The Jewels of 3 Central Asia "Stans"

Duration of this Trip 15 Days Priced From $5, 450 per person

Ancient Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent. Uzbekistan Ancient Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent. Uzbekistan

This immersive Central Asia journey takes you to some of the major landmarks of ancient civilization here and welcomes you with the warm hospitality of  the region. It starts in the historical capital of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with fabulous site-seeing and a unique Silk Road shopping experience.  The heart of the ancient Silk Road routes between China and the west, Uzbekistan offers centuries of history, culture and Silk Road cuisine. Tashkent reflects a storied past and eager transformation to modern urban life. From here, enjoy a leisurely drive to the ancient desert city of Khiva and bask in the late afternoon warmth of its medieval adobe walls inset with delicate majolica tiling.  Hassel-free border crossings are the hallmark of travel with Silk Road Treasure Tours as we navigate this enigmatic region into Turkmenistan. This mostly traditionally nomadic nation offers a discovery of traditional bazaars and ancient archeological sites in Konya Urgench, once capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Our expert guides then take you to Ashgabad, the largest city in Turkmenistan known for its abundance of white marble and grandiose monuments. Here you'll find one of the most beautiful carpet museums of Central Asia and experience the Altyn Asyr bazaar, whose unique architecture itself resembles a Turkmen carpet. Visit the legendary oasis city of Mary in a region known as one of the earliest seats of civilization in the world.

Cross back into Uzbekistan and prepare yourself for the fabled hospitality of Bukhara. It's a true stay in paradise in the heart of this 3,000 year old city. Have your camera ready as you head into the city of Samarkand. You'll want to capture every minute of this remarkable experience, from the local plov to the walls of intricate designs of green and blue tilework in the Shah-i-Zinda complex.  Near Samarkand, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great along the Zeravshan River to our final destination in Tajikistan and the beauty of the wondrous ancient city of Panjakent. Tajikistan is a small, landlocked "stan" of Central Asia, offering a fascinating peek into this lesser traveled part of the world. 

This tour through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan is an opportunity of a lifetime. Silk Road Treasure Tours provides smooth Visa processing, border crossings, and superb accommodations. Our extremely experienced guides help create a special trip, perfectly crafted for your unique travel style.

At a Glance

Duration

15 Days

Priced From

$5, 450 per person

Departures

  • August 20-September 3, 2021
  • September 6-21, 2021
  • October 1-15, 2021
  • October 10- 25, 2021

               2022 Tours

  • April 4- 18, 2022
  • April 20- May 4, 2022
  • May 8-22, 2022
  • May 15-29, 2022
  • May 27-June 10, 2022
  • August 21-September 4, 2022
  • September 10-24, 2022
  • October 2- 16, 2022

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Day 3: Tashkent-Khiva
Day 4: Magic Khiva
Days 5-6: Konya Urgench-Ashgabad
Day 7: Mary (Turkmenistan)
Days 8-10: Bukhara
Days 11-12: Samarkand
Day 13: Explore Silk Road City Khodjand (Tajikistan)
Day 14: Tashkent
Day 15: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1. Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2. Tashkent

Sightseeing tour in ancient Tashkent: Kukeldash Medresseh, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Medresseh, Mosque on Khast Imam Street. Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar, watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Mustakillik Square and Bunyodkor Square. Welcome Dinner

Day 3. Tashkent - Urgench- Khiva

Early morning transfer to the airport to take a flight to Urgench. Upon arrival you will be met and will be transferred  to legendary Khiva, one of the popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road. Accommodation. Discover fascinating Khiva. Khiva was the former capital of the Khorezm Khanate and legend says that it was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Excursion in Ichan Kala (Inner Old City), surrounded by high walls of air-dried bricks and decorated with delicate majolica tile: delight in the Ata –Darvaza (West Gate, XVII – XVIII c.)Dinner.

Day 4. Khiva

We shall continue our sightseeing tour with Kalta Minar (XIX c.), Medreseh Mohammad Amin (XIX c.), Kunya Ark (XVII-XIX c.), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum (XVIII-XIX c) with proverbs embossed on its tiles, Medreseh Khodja Islam with minaret, Tash Hauli Palace and harem (XIX c.), Karavan Saray (XIX c.) and Juma Mosque (XI-XII c.) with its 200 wooden pillars. Dinner panoramic view of Khiva on moonlight.

Day 5. Khiva-Dashogus (Turkmenistan)-Ashgabad)

Travel to the border crossing point at Shavat -Dashoguz (between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan). Drive to Konya Urgench to discover its ancient archaeological sites and history. Visit the Mausoleum of Turabeg Khanum and the Shrines of Soltan Tekesh and Il-Arslan. Evening flight to Ashgabad Grand Turkmen (or President)

Day 6. Ashgabad

Sightseeing tour: Visit the Blue Mosque and Independence Park. Drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Discover the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs (III Century BC), the National Museum of History and Ethnography all set against the Kopet Dag mountains in the background. The museum contains impressive displays of archaeological finds from sites excavated in the oasis and an informative and attractive display of fabulous Turkmen carpets, Turkmen costumes and domestic equipment. Dinner.

Day 7. Ashgabad-Mary

Explore world famous Ashgabad Talkuchka Sunday Bazaar. Visit Hippodrom to see the horse game/race of Turkmenistan people. Earthquake memorial. Late afternoon flight to Mary and accommodation at Margush or Dayanch hotel. Short walking tour within the central part of Mary City: visit the Regional Mosque, the Central Theater and the Convention Center "Ruhiyet Koshgi

Day 8. Mary-Merv-Bukhara

Start the tour early morning and discover Merv, the oldest well-preserved heritage city. Known in the past as Margiana, it belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Explore the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Gyz-Gala fortress. Drive to the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan Border. After border formalities drive to Bukhara City. Arrival and accommodation. To walk to the ancient part of Bukhara, Labi Khaus to have tea and relax around the old pond. Dinner at Labi Khaus area. Minzifa

Day 9-10. Bukhara

Sightseeing tour of the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of legendary Bukhara city. Explore the serene desert architecture of Bukhara at the Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVII c.), visit the Jewish quarter and ancient Synagogue. The explore Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.), the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar (XVI c.), the beautiful Poi–Kalon Complex with its legendary minaret (XII c.), Mosque Kalon and Miri Arab Medreseh (XVI c.). Dinner with folk-show in Medreseh Nodir Divan Begi. Explore ancient Bukhara Fortress-Ark (The winter residence of local Bukhara Amirs, I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c.) and Chashma- Ayub (XII-XVI c.) Mausoleums.

Day 11. Bukhara-Samarkand

Morning visit the Sitorai Mohi Hossa, summer residence of Bukhara Emirs and Chor Minor Complex.Then explore Bukhara's colorful bazaars. Enjoy lunch with Uzbek family to experience local culture. Afternoon drive to Samarkand (300 km). ) through Rabota Malik chul (desert). Arrival in Samarkand. Enjoy your stay in ancient paradise.Samarkand city which is 3000 years old. Malika Prime or Grand Samarkand

Day 12. Samarkand

Discover world famous Registan and Guri Emir Mausoleums. Visit to Hebrew Prophet Daniel's Tomb which is next to a pleasant ancient water stream and contains a burial chamber around 18 meters long, the Jewish Quarter, and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Lunch at the hotel. Continue sightseeing: Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis (IX,XIV,XIX c.), Bibi Khanum Complex ( the complex was build in honor of the wife of Amur Temur in the fourteenth century) and Guri Emir Mausoleum (XIV century). Wine Tasting at the Khorenko winery. Dinner.

Day 13 Samarkand-Tashkent- Khodjand(Tajikistan)

Photo opportunities from the highest point of Samarkand. Drive to Tajikistan. Stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Opportunity to photograph two great mountain ranges of Uzbekistan and see the ancient river stream. Arrival in Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Border. Border formalities. You will be met by our representatives in Tajikistan and will be transferred to your hotel in Khodjand, one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan. Dinner in a charming restaurant.

Day 14 Khodjent(Tajikistan)-Tashkent(Uzbekistan)

Sightseeing tour: Visit Temurmalik fortress, The museum of Archeology and History, fascinating Tajikistan lakes and ancient Silk Road Bazaar. Return to Tashkent. Border formalities. Farewell dinner in Tashkent.

Day 15. Tashkent

Early morning transfer to the International airport to take your flight to your home country.

Land Tour Costs

From $5, 450 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$680

Scheduled Departures

  • August 20-September 3, 2021
  • September 6-21, 2021
  • October 1-15, 2021
  • October 10- 25, 2021

               2022 Tours

  • April 4- 18, 2022
  • April 20- May 4, 2022
  • May 8-22, 2022
  • May 15-29, 2022
  • May 27-June 10, 2022
  • August 21-September 4, 2022
  • September 10-24, 2022
  • October 2- 16, 2022

Trip Highlights

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites that have inspired imagination through the ages with outstanding archaeologists and historians. Tour the magnificent temples, and mosques, medieval caravansarai, graceful arched portals and glittering palace tile work of bygone civilizations
  • Create your own 1001 nights in the lively bazaars of Central Asia! Its master craftsmen are famous for jewelry in silver, gold and semi-precious stones, embossed silver, brass and copper; luxurious silks and intricate gold and silk embroideries
  • Meet and interact with hospitable Central Asia people
  • View spectacular mountains, deserts and lakes and enjoy extraordinary photo opportunities
  • Wine Tasting in Samarkand
  • Enjoy traditional music, dance performances and fashion shows

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva Tajikistan: Khodjand Turkmenistan: Ashgabad, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Kazakhstan, Gems of Kyrgyzstan

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

What's Included

  • Visa support for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
  • Domestic Flights: Tashkent-Nukus, Dashoguz-Ashgabad, Ashgabad-Mary,
  • Ground Transportation
  • Experienced English-speaking guides/escort (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)
  • Hotel accommodation (Boutique Hotels, 4 star hotels)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner, one complimentary lunch
  • Entrance fees for the sights and mountains and parks
  • Folklore Show in Bukhara
  • Pre Departure Travel Package along with Silk Road Gifts
  • Learn local languages
  • Unlimited counseling

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva Tajikistan: Khodjand Turkmenistan: Ashgabad, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extentions

Treasures of Kazakhstan, Gems of Kyrgyzstan

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

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The Jewels of 3 Central Asia Stans Tour

A 15 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • August 20-September 3, 2021
  • September 6-21, 2021
  • October 1-15, 2021
  • October 10- 25, 2021

               2022 Tours

  • April 4- 18, 2022
  • April 20- May 4, 2022
  • May 8-22, 2022
  • May 15-29, 2022
  • May 27-June 10, 2022
  • August 21-September 4, 2022
  • September 10-24, 2022
  • October 2- 16, 2022

Land Tour Costs

From $5, 450 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$680