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Silk Route

Ashgabat - Tashkent

15 DAYS THROUGH Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$1,685 (USD) + 490 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
15 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew
ACCOM:
15%
85%
PHYSICAL:
TRIP CODE:
STT
DEPOSIT:
$350 (USD)

Highlights

  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

  Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Ashgabat ( 19th Aug 2018 )

Border Information: if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

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.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat 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 Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book. 

In Ashgabat we will stay in a decent quality local hotel.

*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.*

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city
Included in Kitty
Day 2 - Darvaza ( 20th Aug 2018 )

Today we set off north from Ashgabat and head into the Karakum Desert. We will have an included side trip to the amazing flaming Darvaza Gas Crater (also known as the 'Door to Hell'!).

We will wild camp in the deserts near Darvaza Crater tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Daily Activities

Included Activities
See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvasa, popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'
Included in Kitty
Day 3 - Kunye Urgench ( 21st Aug 2018 )

Today we will continue our overland journey north across the Karakum. We will visit the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day.

We will wild camp in the deserts near Kunye Urgench tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench

Included in Kitty
Day 4-5 - Khiva ( 22nd Aug 2018 to 23rd Aug 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Turkmenistan at Shovot, enter Uzbekistan at Nijazov.

This morning we will visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, before driving across the border into Uzbekistan and continue to the beautiful historic town of Khiva. 

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The following day we have a guided tour of the ancient city of Khiva during the morning. In the afternoon we will have plenty of free time to further explore this wonderfully preserved Khanate town.

In Khiva we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
See the beautiful turquoise Kalta Minor Minaret, one of the iconic symbols of Khiva
Included in Kitty
Visit the Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassa, a museum dedicated to the Khan that surrendered to the Russians in 1873
Included in Kitty
Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva
Included in Kitty
Learn all about the Khoezm culture and handicrafts at the Islam Hodja Madrassa, Khiva's newest monument
Included in Kitty
Explore the incredible Juma Mosque and the 12th century fortress of the Kukhna Ark
Included in Kitty
Visit the mausoleum of Pahlavon Mohammed, the legendary 14th-century poet, philosopher, wrestler, and patron saint of Khiva
Included in Kitty
Day 6 - Bukhara ( 24th Aug 2018 )

Today we will have a full day's drive to the fascinating city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights.

In Bukhara we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

Day 7-8 - Bukhara ( 25th Aug 2018 to 26th Aug 2018 )

Today we will have a guided tour of Bukhara and the surrounding area, including the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Kalon Mosque, Zindon Prison and the Ark Fortress.

On our second day here, we will have a free day to further explore this incredible historic city and its surroundings.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Visit the magnificent 16th-centrury architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city's principal source of water
Included in Kitty

Explore the city's oldest Islamic monument, the 10th-century mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, the founder of the Samanid Dynasty

Included in Kitty

Explore the colossal Kalon Mosque and Minaret, which has survived without restoration for 850 years and impressed Genghis Khan so much that he ordered the building to be spared

Included in Kitty

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

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Watch an entertaining evening puppet show, featuring many local Uzbek and Tajik poems and songs
USD 5

See the Indian-style Char Minar Minarets, four towers nestled in a maze of alleyways in downtown Bukhara

Free

Visit the gruesome museum at the old prison of Zindon

UZS 4500
Day 9 - Nurata ( 27th Aug 2018 )

Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to head out on an optional camel ride into the desert!

In the Kyzylkhum Desert we will stay in a desert yurt camp.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts.

Included in Kitty
Day 10 - Samarkand ( 28th Aug 2018 )

This morning we will spend some time exploring the Nurata Hills with the option of taking a dip in Lake Ajdar Kul. After lunch we will drive to Samarkand where we will stay for the next 3 nights.

In Samarkand we will stay in a good hotel on the outskirts of town.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 11-12 - Samarkand ( 29th Aug 2018 to 30th Aug 2018 )

Today we will have a guided tour of the incredible historic city of Samarkand and the surrounding area, including the Registan, Ulug Beg Observatory, Bibi-Khanym Mosque and Shah-I-Zinda.

On our second day here, we will have a free day to further explore the beautiful city and its surroundings.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit the Guri-Amir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur

Included in Kitty

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

Included in Kitty

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

Included in Kitty

Discover the ruins of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, once one of the largest mosques in the world and the jewel in Timur's empire

Included in Kitty
See the beautiful and moving ancient mausoleum of Shah-I-Zinda
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to Shakhrisabz city

USD 20
Wander through the markets and carpet vendors of Samarkand, and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the local carpet weavers
Free
Day 13 - Tashkent ( 31st Aug 2018 )

This morning we will have a little more free time to explore more of Samarkand. After lunch we will drive to the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

In Tashkent we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 14 - Tashkent ( 1st Sep 2018 )

Today we will have a free day to explore Tashkent.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore urbane Tashkent and experience a surreal cabaret dinner

Free

Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent

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
USD 5
Day 15 - Tashkent ( 2nd Sep 2018 )

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

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Tashkent. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

This was my first experience of travel as part of an organised group and was impressed with both the overall Dragoman organisation and the staff on the trip.
Frazer K - 8th July 2018
Fantastic, just what I hoped for!
Melanie L - 22nd May 2018
Enjoyed most camping in the desert and seeing the gas crater
Melanie L - 22nd May 2018
I have never wild camped before and I found the entire trip experience fabulous. Everyone chipped in and I quickly became familiar with the truck and how incredible it is for camping with no other facilities!
Emma H - 7th November 2017
I booked the trip at the last minute and was drawn to the fact it went to Uzbekistan. I was slightly apprehensive about the overlanding but need not have worried at all as I absolutely loved it!!! One of my best holidays ever.
Caroline M - 19th September 2017
A well put together itinerary and a smooth, seamless travel experience
Lee C - 12th July 2017
Jalol, the guide in Uzbekistan, was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Eric Albert Clara Da B - 4th June 2015
Jalol was really funny - one of the best guides we have ever come across.
Peter J - 4th June 2015
Jalol was a first rate guide. He was knowledgable, considerate of the whole group and fun. He shared his personal thoughts about his country, which was of great interest to me as a traveller there.
Robyn D - 4th June 2015
Jalol was always enthusiastic, extremely well informed, ready, willing and very able to take the initiative regardless of circumstances - he was faultless in my view.
Peter R - 4th June 2015
On long trips or when spirits were down, Domingo did a wonderful job at cheering people up. Euan the driver was great, he drove very well, and had a very good attitude.
Kushal I - 4th June 2015
We had Jalal and he was the best guide - he was very informative and funny. He gave us very good insights into how life is like in the country.
Kushal I - 4th June 2015
Jalol was our guide in Uzbekistan and he was - far and away - the best guide we've had. He was full of information, gave us detailed explanations of the sights we were visiting (even quizzed us on them), constantly put events in perspective with respect to the local culture, and was a great story teller. He was full of tips and ideas, and went out of his way to help members of the group who wanted to do optional activities. Jalol was a big part of making Uzbekistan a most memorable part of our journey.
Joseph K - 4th June 2015
Jalol (Uzbekistan) was probably the best guide I've ever had. Rustam (Turkmenistan) is a very good guide and extremely professional trying to help us with all the problems (Turkmenistan is not an easy country).
PEDRO ALEXANDRE M - 4th June 2015
I would definetely do another trip with these excellent guys. They are a true asset to Dragoman.
Charles M - 4th June 2015
Jalol in Uzbekistan was outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable, caring, and attentive; he constantly went above and beyond his guide duties to ensure every single one of the group was looked after.
Charles M - 4th June 2015
Tim and Lynsey were great; both were laid-back, extremely reliable and on-the-ball; inspired confidence at all times.
Paul H - 4th June 2015
Excellent work from both Rob and Amanda, can't praise them enough.
Jennifer P - 4th June 2015
Jalol in Uzbekistan was very helpful and incredibly knowledgeable.
Patricia R - 4th June 2015
All the equipment and the vehicle was very highly suitable for this kind of trip and added a real sense of character, community and togetherness to the group.
Graham T - 4th June 2015
Euan and Domingo were excellent leaders, they were enthusiastic and made sure everyone felt involved whilst at the same time they gave people space when necessary.
Graham T - 4th June 2015