Tashkent to Ashgabat

08/19/2020 through 10/17/2022
08/19/2020 through 10/20/2022
Intrepid Travel

Tashkent to Ashgabat

Travel into desert landscapes heavy with romance and mysticism on this 10-day journey through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Watch the sun set over Technicolour minarets in Khiva, learn about life in a desert settlement in Yerbent and revel in the eastern-futurism of Ashgabat. Step off the beaten track and onto the ancient Silk Road in this revelatory tour through ancient lands.

Activities

  • Khiva – Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum
  • Khiva – Kuhna Ark
  • Khiva – Islom Hoja Minaret & Medressa
  • Khiva – Juma Mosque
  • Khiva – Tosh-Hovli Palace
  • Darvaza – “Door to Hell” Crater
  • Konye-Urgench – City tour
  • Yerbent – Village visit
  • Ashgabat – National Museum of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat – Nisa ruins
  • Ashgabat – Anau ruins
  • Ashgabat – Independence Monument
  • Ashgabat – Neutrality Arch
  • Ashgabat – Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque & Family Mausoleum of the First President of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat – Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
  • Merv – Big & Small Kizkala
  • Merv – Erk Kala & Gayur Kala
  • Merv – Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum

Highlights

  • This incredible journey takes you through parts of Central Asia that few people can find on a map, let alone have considered travelling to.
  • Steeped in Silk Road history and immortalised in many great tales, the UNESCO-protected town of Khiva is as photogenic as it is legendary.
  • Explore the sprawling ruins of Mary, Merv and other ancient kingdoms and contemplate the remnants of empires that once ruled these vast lands.
  • Witness the eternal flames of the Darvaza Crater, aka the ‘Door to Hell’ as you camp nearby – one of the strangest, most mesmerising geological oddities on earth.
  • Ashgabat rose from the devastation of an earthquake in 1948 and has enjoyed a surreal and futuristic makeover – witness its often bizarre, but certainly memorable architecture on a city tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tashkent
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Day 2 Khiva
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Day 3 Khiva
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Day 4 Konye-Urgench – Darvaza
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Day 5 Yerbent – Ashgabat
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Day 6 Ashgabat
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Day 7 Mary
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Day 8 Merv – Mary
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Day 9 Ashgabat
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Day 10 Ashgabat
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