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Through Kyzyl-Kum and Kara-Kum: following the ancient roads of two great desserts

During this tour you will follow the ancient roads of two great Central Asian desserts: Kyzyl –Kum and Kara – Kum, and discover a combination of well known and unusual spots of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Each region on your way will meet you with its peculiar blend of cultural, artistic and natural attractions from world famous historical cities and excavation sites of ancient towns to Dinosaurs’ Plateau and spectacular flaming Darvaza Gas Crater.

Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan

Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Koytendag ( Kuguitang) – Turkmenabad – Mary (Old Merv) – Ashgabat – Gas crater – Konya – Urgench – Khiva – Tashkent

14 days / 13 nights

Days Cities Activities Meals  
Day 01 Tashkent Arrival in Tashkent international airport. Meet and greet.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Tashkent.

D: Restaurant
Day 02 Tashkent
Morning sightseeing tour in Tashkent.
After lunch transfer to Samarkand.
Accommodation at the hotel upon arrival.
Overnight in Samarkand.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Opera Theatre
Day 03 Samarkand Breakfast.
Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Overnight in Samarkand.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Day 04 Samarkand –
Transfer to Bukhara.
Accommodation at the hotel upon arrival.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Overnight in Bukhara.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Ark Citadel
Day 05 Bukhara Breakfast.
Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Dinner with traditional dishes and folklore show at Nadir Divan Begi.
Overnight in Bukhara.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Bukhara - Poi Kalon
Day 06 Bukhara –
Turkmenabad –
Morning transfer to Uzbek - Turkmen border. Crossing the border at check point Farab. Meet guide.
Transfer to Koytendag via Turkmenabad (400 км).
En route visit Astana Baba Mausoleum (12 c).
Overnight in Koytendag tourist base.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
Astana Baba Mausoleum
Day 07 Koytendag –
(Kuguitang nature reserve)
Sightseeing tour in Kuguitang nature reserve (40 км).
Visit to Kirk Gyz Gorge and caves, Dinosaurs' Plateau with 400 footprints left by dinosaurs.
Lunch picnic during the visits.
Overnight in Koytengad tourist base.
B: Hotel
L: Lunch boxes
footprints by dinosaurs
Day 08 Koytendag –
Transfer to Mary.
En route visit Kaynar Baba lake.
Picnic lunch en route. Accommodation in hotel upon arrival in Mary.
Visit Mary Regional Museum.
Overnight in Mary.
B: Hotel
L: Lunch boxes
D: Restaurant
Day 09 Mary
(Gonur Depe,
Old Merv )
Full day sightseeing tour in Margush and Old Merv.
Visit Gonur Depe - the capital of Margush (Margiana) dating back to 2300 – 2250 cc. BC.(125 km off Mery).
Picnic lunch en route.
Transfer back to Mary.
En route excursion in Old Merv.
Overnight in Mary.
B: Hotel
L: local café
D: Restaurant
Day 10 Mary –
Morning transfer to the airport to take domestic flight to Ashgabat T5 -128 (08 20 -09:00).
Upon arrival transfer to the archeological site of Old Nisa – the remnants of the capital of Parthian Empire (3rd century BC -3rd century AD).
Sightseeing tour in Ashgabat.
Overnight in Ashgabat.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Day 11 Ashgabat –
Gas crater
After breakfast transfer to Darvaza Gas Crater across Kara Kum desert (260 km from Ashgabat).
En route visit to Kekerdik village, peculiar for having preserved nomadic customs and handicraft traditions.
After lunch proceed with excursion in water based, clay based and flaming gas craters.
Accommodation in Tents Camp near flaming Gas crater upon arrival.
Overnight in Tents Camp.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Picnic
Gas Crater
Day 12 Gas crater –
Konya –
Urgench –
After early breakfast transfer to Konya– Urgench.
Sightseeing tour in Konya – Urgench upon arrival.
Transfer to Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan check point Shavat.
Meet guide and driver. Transfer to Khiva.
Accommodation at hotel upon arrival in Khiva.
Overnight in Khiva.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Day 13 Khiva –
Urgench –
Morning sightseeing tour in Khiva.
After lunch proceed with sightseeing.
Evening transfer to airport to take domestic flight to Tashkent.
Accommodation in hotel upon arrival in Tashkent.
Overnight in Tashkent.
B: Hotel
L: Restaurant
D: Restaurant
Khiva - Kalta Minor
Day 14 Tashkent Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport to take international flight back home.
B: Hotel

Suggested accommodation in:

Suggested accommodation in Uzbekistan: Suggested accommodation in Turkmenistan:
Tashkent – Lotte City Hotel Tashkent Palace 4*
Samarkand – Afrosiab Palace 4*
Bukhara – Bukhara Palace 4*
Khiva – Asia Khiva4* / Malika Khiva 4*
Koytendag – tourist lodge "Koytendag"
Mary – Hotel Margush 3* / Hotel Yrsgal 3*
Ashgabat – Hotel Nissa 4*


  • Accommodation based on TWN rooms
  • Meals – according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for Sightseeing spots mentioned
  • Overland transportation by AC coach
  • All airport-hotel-airport transfers
  • Escort guide for the whole tour (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese-Mandarin, etc speaking)
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Dinner with folklore show in Bukhara
  • Farewell dinner in Tashkent
  • Visa support to Uzbekistan
  • Domestic air fare Mary-Ashgabat
  • Portage services in airports and hotels
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per day per pax
  • International airfares
  • Domestic air fare Urgench – Tashkent
  • Camera and Video charges during the sightseeing

Payment: 100 % prepayment should be made not later than 3 days prior to the arrival of the group.

Cancellation fees:
Cancellation prior 30 days – no penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 15 days – 50 % penalty is charged
Cancellation prior 1 day – 100 % penalty is charged

Sightseeing attractions
that will be visited during the excursions:

Kukeldash Madrassah, Abul Kassim madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Madrassah, Mosque on Khazrati Imom street, visit to Chor - Su (handicraft bazaar), Museum of Applied Arts, Amir Temur Monument and Square, Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Teater and Square.

Shakhi - Zinda necropolis (14-15c), "Stars above Samarkand" - Ulugbek observatory (15c), "Ruines of Afrosiab"- the excavation and museum of the ancient town (6 BC-13 AD), Visit to medieval architectural monuments: Bibi Khanum Mosque (14c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble including Ulugbek (15 c.), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya-Kari Madrassahs (17c).

Visit to Samanids mausoleum ( 9-10 cc.) - vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum 14c ), Ark Fortress (16 c.) and Bolo Khauz Ensemble (18c.), Poi-Kalon Ensemble including Minaret (12c), Jami Mosque (15c) and functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Taqi (trading domes), Lyabi – Khauz Ensemble (17 c.), Magaki Attari Mosque(12 c.- 16 c.), Ulug Beg Madrassah (15 c.) and Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah (17 c.), Chor-Minor Madrassah (18c.)

Visit to Kirk Gyz Gorge and caves, Dinosaurs’ Plateau and waterfall of Umbar Depe Gorge

Ruins of Old Nisa ( 3rd century BC -3rd century AD). National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan. Carpet Museum, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Squar, Monument of Independence, New Grand Mosque in Kipchak.

Gonur Depe and Ancient Merv:
Erk Kala – an Achaemenid city (6th century BC); Gyaur Kala fortress (3rd century BC); Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar (12th century); Mohammad Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (12th century), Large and Small Gyz Kala – two fortress – palaces of the 7th century, Beni Makhan Mosque ( 7 c.),Yusuf Hamadani Mosque.

Konya – Urgench:
Dash Kala Mausoleum (14c.), Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum ( 12 century); Sultan – Arslan Mausoleum (12th century); Kutlug Temur Minaret (14th century) – the highest minaret in Central Asia (64m); Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ( mid-14th century).

Konya Ark Forteress (18c.); Mukhammad Aminkhan madrassah (1852-1855 ); Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret (1908); Mukhammed Rakhim Khan Madrassah (19 c.), Djuma Mosque ( 1789 c.), Kutlug Murad Inaq Madrassah (1804 -1812), Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum (14 -19 cc.), Tash Khauli Palace Complex (1830-1838), Tim (roofed market) and caravan - sarai of Allah Kuli Khan (19c.).

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