Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

Tashkent - Ashgabat

15 days through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
FROM: $1825 USD + 610 USD Kitty
Transport:
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Crew:
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Accom:
Comfortable Hotel 8 nights
Yurt Camp 1 night
Basic Hotel 3 nights
Camping without facilities 2 nights
Meals:
Breakfasts x 11, Lunches x 3, Dinners x 3
Physical:
Lifestyle:
Code:
STT
Deposit:
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

This journey takes us deep into heartlands of the ancient Silk Route. Starting in the bizarre city of Ashgabat, we overland across the remote and inhospitable deserts of Turkmenistan to the incredible burning gas crater of Darvaza and the crumbling ancient ruins of Konye Urgench, before crossing into the fascinating country of Uzbekistan. It is in Uzbekistan that we'll discover the jewels in the crown of the fabled journey of the Silk Road, at the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. History and stunning architecture vie for prominence in each city, and the wealth of culture and local heritage is breathtaking; the bazaars and souks are fascinating. North of the Oxus River lies the Kyzylkhum Desert, where we will overnight in a yurt stay before heading to the great city of Tashkent for a bit of R&R and old fashioned night clubs.

Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
Overland in to the Karakum desert
Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
Guided tour of the ancient and beautiful city of Khiva
3 nights in Bukhara with guided tour of the many unique sites
Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts
Guided tour of the historic city of Samarkand and surrounding area

This is a comfortable trip, with only limited camping. It can be extremely hot and dry in the summer when we visit, however, which can be challenging; ideal for lovers of history and stunning monuments. It is great also for "eclectic shoppers" in the bazaars and markets of Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent.

Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia

Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory once the finest observatory in the Islamic world

Discover the ruins of the ancient 5th-century fortress of the Bukhara Ark

Visit the magnificent 16th-centrury architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city\'s principal source of water
Guided City Tour of Khiva
Day 1 - Tashkent (1st September 2020)

Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

We will then have a free afternoon to explore the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*


Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel


Daily Activities

Optional Activities

Tashkent Chorsu Bazaar

Entrance: Free

Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world\'s oldest extant copy of the Koran

Entrance: 45,000 UZS

Take in an opera performance at the neoclassical Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre

Entrance: 30,000 UZS

Day 2 - Samarkand (2nd September 2020)
Day 3 - Samarkand (3rd September 2020)
Day 4 - Samarkand (4th September 2020)
Day 5 - Kyzylkhum Desert (5th September 2020)
Day 6 - Bukhara (6th September 2020)
Day 7 - Bukhara (7th September 2020)
Day 8 - Bukhara (8th September 2020)
Day 9 - Khiva (9th September 2020)
Day 10 - Khiva (10th September 2020)
Day 11 - Kunye Urgench (11th September 2020)
Day 12 - Darvaza (12th September 2020)
Day 13 - Ashgabat (13th September 2020)
Day 14 - Ashgabat (14th September 2020)
Day 15 - Ashgabat - End Date (15th September 2020)

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01 Sep 20 Tashkent
15 Sep 20 Ashgabat
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08 Sep 20 Tashkent
22 Sep 20 Ashgabat
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29 Sep 20 Tashkent
13 Oct 20 Ashgabat
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18 Apr 21 Ashgabat
02 May 21 Tashkent

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18 May 21 Tashkent

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13 Jun 21 Tashkent

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08 Jul 21 Ashgabat

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27 Jul 21 Ashgabat

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08 Aug 21 Tashkent

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14 Sep 21 Ashgabat

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