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Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan Historic Tour

We discover the culture and history of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and as we explore the ancient sites and ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage site at Merv and the Parthian Fortress of Nisa. We also explore the fabled Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Ashgabat, Bokhara and Khiva.

Tour Highlights

  • Ashgabat - Explore Turkmenistan's remarkable capital city, a rich mix of ancient and modern
  • Khiva - Discover the historic heart of one of the great Silk Road cities
  • Bokhara - Guided visits to the Abdul Khan Madrasah and the Emir's Palace
  • Samarkand - Marvel at Tamerlane's magnificent city, including Registan Square and the Shah-i-Zinda
  • Tashkent - Mingle with the locals at Chorsu market in the vibrant Uzbek capital


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    Trip starts in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

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    Free morning and afternoon city tour

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    In Ashgabat, visit Sunday market and Nissa Fortress; free afternoon

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    Drive to Mary stopping at Kaka Oasis

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    From Mary, explore the ancient site of Merv; afternoon visit to Mary Historical Museum

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    Drive across the border to Bokhara (Uzbekistan); afternoon orientation walk

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    In Bokhara, discover the Ark Citadel, Emir's Palace and Char Minar Mosque

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    Free day in Bokhara for further exploration

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    Drive through the Kyzylkum desert to Khiva

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    In Khiva, orientation tour of the Old City; drive to Urgench to take sleeper train to Samarkand

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    In Samarkand, discover Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum and Bibi-Khanym Mosque

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    In Samarakand, visit Ulug-Beg Observatory and the Shah-i-Zinda; free afternoon

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    Drive to Tashkent, explore the city and ride the Tashkent Metro

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    Tour ends in Tashkent

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Wonders Of The Silk Road
Why Book this trip
This holiday combines two 'stans' of Central Asia. You will journey along parts of the ancient Silk Road and encounter friendly locals as you learn about the rich history of the region. This tour is ideal for travellers who are interested in culture, architecture and desert scenery. Uzbekistan has been named as one of the top emerging destinations of 2015.
Included meals 13 0 0
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train
9 nights Standard Hotel
3 nights Simple Hotel
1 night Simple Overnight Train
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader(s)
Group Size
Generally 12 - 18