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Silk Route

Ashgabat - Tashkent

15 DAYS THROUGH Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,685 USD + 560 KITTY USD
Now: $1,348 (USD) + 560 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
15 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
ACCOM:
15%
85%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
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 - Tashkent ( 16th Oct 2018 )

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

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.

We will then have a free afternoon to explore the Uzbek capital of Tashkent.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent 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 Tashkent.

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

*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

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 2 - Samarkand ( 17th Oct 2018 )

Today our journey begins with a drive to the fascinating ancient city of 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 - 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!).

Day 3-4 - Samarkand ( 18th Oct 2018 to 19th Oct 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, we will have a free day to further explore the beautiful city and its surroundings.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

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

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 5 - Nurata ( 20th Oct 2018 )

Today we will drive into the Kyzylkhum Desert near the town of Nurata. In the afternoon we will have the opportunity to take a swim in Lake Ajdar Kul and 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 - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts.

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Take a short camel ride around the sand dunes of the Kyzylkhum Desert
UZS 5000
Day 6 - Bukhara ( 21st Oct 2018 )

Today we will drive to the beautiful city of Bukhara, where will spend the next 3 nights. Our drive will take us via the desert town of Nurata, which we will have a brief stop. 

In Bukhara we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

Day 7-8 - Bukhara ( 22nd Oct 2018 to 23rd Oct 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

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

Included in Kitty

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

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

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

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
Watch an entertaining evening puppet show, featuring many local Uzbek and Tajik poems and songs
USD 5
Day 9-10 - Khiva ( 24th Oct 2018 to 25th Oct 2018 )

Today we have a full day drive to the incredible historic town of Khiva. 

Estimated Drive Time - 8-10 hours.

On the next 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 11 - Kunye Urgench ( 26th Oct 2018 )

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

This morning we will drive across the border into Turkmenistan, visit the markets in the border town of Dashoguz, and explore the Kunye Urgench ruins towards the end of the day.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

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

Included in Kitty
Day 12 - Darvaza ( 27th Oct 2018 )

Today we continue south through 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 - 5-7 hours.

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 13 - Ashgabat ( 28th Oct 2018 )

Today we will complete our drive to the interesting capital of Ashgabat, usually arriving mid-afternoon.

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

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Day 14 - Ashgabat ( 29th Oct 2018 )

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city
Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

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

Learn about the history and culture of Turkmenistan at the huge National Museum in Ashgabat
USD 10
Day 15 - Ashgabat ( 30th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: if finishing in Ashgabat, you wil most likely exit Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Ashgabat. 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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Departing: 16 Oct 2018
Returning: 30 Oct 2018
Duration: 15 days
Route: Tashkent - Ashgabat
$1,348 USD + $560 Kitty (USD)
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Departing: 14 Apr 2019
Returning: 28 Apr 2019
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* Sale price is for a limited time only and is subject to change at any time.

WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

It was an excellently organised and sensibly adaptive tour (adaptive to the needs of the group, and the weather). I really enjoyed it, and would go on more Dragoman tours as soon as I can.
Robert B
Really enjoyed it!
Matthew S
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
Fantastic, just what I hoped for!
Melanie L
Enjoyed most camping in the desert and seeing the gas crater
Melanie L
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
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
A well put together itinerary and a smooth, seamless travel experience
Lee C
Jalol, the guide in Uzbekistan, was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Eric Albert Clara Da B
Jalol was really funny - one of the best guides we have ever come across.
Peter J
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
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
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
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
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
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
I would definetely do another trip with these excellent guys. They are a true asset to Dragoman.
Charles M
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
Tim and Lynsey were great; both were laid-back, extremely reliable and on-the-ball; inspired confidence at all times.
Paul H
Excellent work from both Rob and Amanda, can't praise them enough.
Jennifer P
Jalol in Uzbekistan was very helpful and incredibly knowledgeable.
Patricia R
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
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
Leaders are really great guys, I can't speak highly enough of them. They were very knowledgeable, experienced and made sure the trip was safe and fun.
Graham T
Perfect guide. He knew so much and wasn't afraid to deviate from the official government party line. He always tried to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and gave us all the help and assistance we could ever need and more.
Graham T
Great team!
Kate C
Culturally aware and enthusiastic leaders!
Sofie P
Ricky and Em did an excellent job on this trip. While Ricky was more occupied maintaining the truck and driving, Em did a wonderful job managing the difficult personalities in the group. Both of them made a great team and ensured a relatively smooth travel in a difficult region!!
Eric Albert Clara Da B
Jalal in Uzbekistan was excellent.
Sofie P
Jalol was my favorite local guide. He knew so much history about Uzbeckistan. He had a great sense of humor and was extremely helpful and willing to go out of his way to accommodate our wishes.
Charleen K
Uzbekistan guide was really really great.
Nina W
The absolute best!
Elizabeth M
It was nice and pleasant trip which i will remember for a long time:)
Desislava S
Guides were helpful and friendly!
Richard D
Jalol was just amazing, a fantastic guide.
Yvonne D
Nick and Euan were both good people and I enjoyed being on the trip with them.
Thomas D
Both the driver and co-driver were excellent and their driving was top-class along with their people skills, as they were challenged a little by one client on this trip and Tim was just brilliant in how he handled the situation. I was very impressed with this and he has a fantastic way about him so really suited to this job.
Yvonne D
Excellent team, very committed and good leadership.
Thirumalai Govindan P
The two group leaders were amazing.
Elliot C
Lynsey is a gem.
Elliot C
Both Tim and Lynsey worked very well together and were very helpful.
JOAN L
Ilia our guide in Uzbekistan was great.
Christine G
Jalol, the Uzbek guide, was brilliant.
Elliot C
The guide in Turkmenistan was good and knowledgeable, the guide in Uzbekistan was fantastic so helpful knew his information so well and interacted with the group really well best guide of the trip and very helpful when asked for assistance or directions.
JOAN L