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Through the Ancient Civilizations

Through the Ancient Civilizations

Itinerary: Tashkent –Urgench / Khiva  Nukus – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat (Nissa) – Mary (Merv) – Bukhara  Shakhrisabz  Samarkand  Tashkent

Duration of stay: 16 days/ 14 nights

Day1/ 2: Arrival / Tashkent  Urgench/ Khiva
Arrival in Tashkent.
Start exploration of the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent was known as important trade point on the Great Silk Route. Today it is a huge modern city of European style. Visit to an old part of Tashkent with its madrassahs and mosques, then panoramic tour of modern part of Tashkent: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, and the Alisher Navoi Theatre Square.
Transfer to airport for evening flight to Urgench. Arrival and transfer to Khiva - the last capital of Khorezm region.

Day 3: Khiva
Today explore Khiva - an architectural masterpiece of Central Asia, a city of palaces and spender minarets, unique mausoleums and madrassahs. A walk in Khiva will bring you to the world of Thousand and One Arabian Nights fairytales from a long forgotten childhood.
 
Day 4: Khiva  Nukus (230 km)
Drive Nukus. Visit to a Savitsky museum – “Louvre of the Steps”, a treasure of art, a rich collection of paintings of the epoch of Soviet / Russian Avant-Guard and Post Avant-Guard, collected by Igor Savitsky.

 Day 5: Nukus – “Khodjeily” border – Kunya Urgench – Dashoguz / Ashgabat (155 km + flight)
Transfer to Uzbek / Turkmen border point  “Farab”. Passing through visa and customs formalities. Meet by local Turkmen team. Enjoy an excursion to Kunya-Urgench, one of Central Asia's most ancient cities. Here you will visit a number of striking mausoleums and minarets, including one of the few surviving monuments of pre-Mongol Urgench.
Evening flight to Ashgabat.

Day 6: Ashgabat (Nissa)
Start exploration of Ashgabat: visit archaeological site of Old Nissa , the capital of the Parthian Empire, which existed more than 2000 years ago. Visit to Ashgabat’s pride – National Museum of History and Ethnography. Visiting Turkmenbashi mosque. Overnight at hotel.  
 
Day 7: Ashgabat – Mary (1 hr flight)
Continue visits in Ashgabat. Transfer to airport for flight to Mary.
 
Day 8: Mary (Merv) 
Excursion in ancient Merv - important architectural complexe which once were the most significant points along the Great Silk Road. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 9: Mary – “Farab” border – Bukhara (400 km)
Transfer to Turkmen / Uzbek border point “Farab”. Passing through visa and customs formalities. Meet by local Turkmen team. Drive to Bukhara – one of the most prosperous city of a Great Silk Road.

Day 10-11: Bukhara
Explore Bukhara over the next 2 days - Central Asia's holiest city with ancient buildings dating back to the previous millennium, the city center has century-old buildings, and almost takes you back in time.

Day 12: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz (300 km)
Drive to Shakhrisabz motherland of Tamerlane. Observation of Tamerlane’s palace - the Ak Saray “White Palace” (14th c), Kok Gumbaz Friday mosque and the Mausoleum of Dorut Tilavat.

Day 13: Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (150 km)
Drive to Samarkand - the city which has marvelous and attractive power. Poets and historians of the past called it “Rome of the East, “The Pearl of the Eastern Moslem World”.
 
Day 14: Samarkand
Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand including majestic Registan Square, the most beautiful place of Central Asia, the Bibi Khanym Mosque, the necropolis of Shakhi Zinda and Mausoleum of Gur-Emir.
Tea-party with halva at ancient caravanserai. Dinner at local house.
  
Day 15: Samarkand – Tashkent (2h by train)
Continue sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Evening train to Tashkent.
 
Day 16: Tashkent - Departure
Transfer to airport for your next destination.
 
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