Great Silk Road 12D/11N
This journey takes you to places where one still can feel the spirit of times passed long ago, to sense the smell of the camels, to hear the shouts of trading dealers, to experience the life in the desert. During this exciting roundtrip you will pass through the famous cities on the caravans way – Khiva, Buhara and Samarkand. “Everything I had heard about Samarkand is true – at a closer look it is even more beautiful then I have imagined”. These were the words of Alexander the Great when he conquered the city in 329 year B.C. In the dust of the numerous markets on the background of turquoise mosques you can almost see the loaded with silk and other jewels caravans heading West.
- Visit Samarkand, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world (about 2,500 years old)
- Experience Ashgabat, a relatively new city with modern and impressive architecture
- Khiva – a unique city, claiming the title of “the seventh wonder of the world”, thanks to its authentic atmosphere of the ‘era of the beginning of time’
Max group size:
- Accommodation 3* hotels in Uzbekistan with breakfast and hotel with private facilities in Turkmenistan with half board
- 1 night in yurt camp with full board - up to 4 people will be accommodated in one yurt
- Flight ticket Asghabat - Dashoguz
- Transport and entrance fees according to program
- Local English speaking guides
- Invitation letter
Day 1: Arrival. Ashgabat
Arrival to Turkmenistan’s capital – Ashgabat early in the morning. Accommodation in a hotel and time for rest after the flight. Sighseeing tour in the afternoon – Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, History Museum of Turkmenistan.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Nisa - Asghabat
Today we continue our tour in and around Ashgabat, and visit the ancient Nisa Fortress, dating from 3C BC.
Day 3: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Khiva
We take an early morning flight to Dashoguz / Tashauz, where we will explore the ancient Kunya Urgench site. Afterwards we cross the border with Uzbekistan and will head towards the historic city of Khiva, where we will overnight.
Day 4: Khiva
The day is devoted to sightseeing tour in Khiva. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 5: Khiva - Bukhara
We follow the ancient route of the caravans through the desert Kazulkum to Bukhara. Accommodation in hotel in Bukhara.
Day 6: Bukhara
Sightseeing tour of Bukhara, which is still considered as the most sacred town in Central Asia. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 7: Bukhara - Nurota
Transfer to Nurota. Camel Riding in the afternoon. Acconmmodation in traditional yurts in a base camp.
Day 8: Nurota - Samarkand
Drive to Ayder Kul Lake in the morning. In the afternoon: transfer to Samarkand and accommodation at a hotel.
Day 9: Samarkand
Sightseeing in Samarkand. Samarkand is considered to be the oldest city in Central Asia (500 BC). In the city centre, the Registan, the most imposing complex of Central Asia and one of most beautiful of Islam with name meaning “sand square”, is still preserved. We will make a sightseeing tour of the city today.
Day 10: Samarkand - Tashkent
Transfer to Tashkent – the biggest city in Central Asia and capital of Uzbekistan. After a devastating earthquake from 1966 the city is rebuild in a Soviet Union style, but here we can also see many ancient landmarks. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 11: Tashkent
We continue our sightseeing tour in the morning. The afternoon is free for exploring Tashkent, shopping, etc.
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to the airport for departure from Tashkent.