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Along the Traces of the Great Silk Road

Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan

This 8-Day trip is a heritage-focused tour covering all the essential spots in Turkmenistan. Amongst others you will venture far south to the unique cultural heritage sites of Abiverd, Mekene and Seraks some of which date back to the 5th century. On your way overland to Bukhara you will visit the Repetek desert nature reserve.

Visit all main historical spots of Turkmenistan as well as two main cities in Uzbekistan: Ashgabat, Abiverd, Meane Baba , Seraks, Dandakan, Merv, Turkmenabat (Chardjou), Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent.

For centuries commercial routes stretching from South-East Asia to the Mediterranean connected the people of East and West. Named afterwards as the "silk" road / route, due to the most important commodity which legendary ancestors accomplished dangerous journeys along the deserts, steppes and mountainous paths. However, these ways were not only commercial, they served as a passage for the dissemination of concepts, technology, arts and religion. Along antique Parthia and through Turkmen territory some of the first international trade routes were developed. Here in Turkmenistan lies the middle point between the East and the West. The real treasures of the of the Silk Route are its historical memorials of ancient Merv, the legendary head of the Parthian state- Nissa, the excavations of Mashhad-Missiriana, the great constructions of Urgench, and the wonderful mausoleums of Abiverd, just to name a few. These and other memorials of this time continue to amaze archeologists, historians and tourists.

Duration 8 days: 5 days Turkmenistan, 3 days Uzbekistan. Accommodation 4 Stars, transportation by air-conditioned vehicles and airplane.

Day 1 Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Ashgabat City tour, visit of the History Museum. Lunch Excursion to the Old Nissa - the ancient fortress of the second century B.C. Excursion to Anau - the ancient settlement of the first farmers and 15th century mosque.
Day 2 Transfer to Mary (350 km). Visit: Abiverd- the remains of an ancient city of the 9-12 Century, Meane Baba Mausoleum (13th century, the Mausoleum of Abu-Said ibn Khaira), Seraks- border point of the Great Silk Route between Nishapur and Merv (11th century), Dandanakan- the ancient city Dash-Rabat (the remains of the fortress walls with watch towers-5-12 centuries. In the 13th was destroyed by the hordes of Chingiz Khan.) Dinner. Overnight at the hotel. .
Day 3 Excursion to ancient Merv - walk among the group of cities Erk-Kala, the small Kiz-Kala, the larger Kiz-Kala, and the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar. Excursion to the History Museum in Mary. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 Transfer to Turkmenabat (Chardjou) (250 km). Visit of the Repetek nature reserve. City tour of Amul. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 Transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation at the hotel "New Bukhara". Sightseeing tour: the Citadel Ark, Bolo-Khaus Mosque and Samands Mausoleum. After lunch visit the complex necropolis Bogouddin and possibly take part in a religious ceremony. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 Departure for Urgench by bus. Sightseeing tour. Visit Hiva and the Kunya-Ark fortress. Flight to Tashkent. Transfer to hotel "Shodlik Palace". Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 After breakfast, city tour of Tashkent. Visit the architectural Ensemble of Zangi-Ota Anbar-bibi Medrese Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Transfer to the airport for your final or next destination.
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