Tour 702  

Discover Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan 

Itinerary                

Day 1. Thursday      ARRIVE ALMATY                                   Arrive Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan, and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. No meals included today  

Day 2. Friday        ALMATY TOUR AND DEPART.  (BLD)   Enjoy a walking tour of Almaty this morning including the Asension cathedral, one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. Lunch ina  Yurt restaurant and board your train for departure. 

Day 3. Saturday       TURKISTAN       (BLD)                 Enjoy the scenes of the steppes while you enjoy breakfast in the dining car before arriving in Turkistan for a tour of the city. See the magnificent mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and other sights of the city before reboarding your train.

Day 4.  Sunday           TASHKENT         (BLD)                    Arrive Tashkent in Uzbekistan this morning. the city is studded in monuments dating back to the Silk Road era including caravanserais, fortresses, and Madrassah - as well as the architecture and monuments of the Soviet era. Tour the city and depart this evening by train.

Day 5. Monday  SHAKRISABZ, the mighty.  (BLD)  Explore Shakrisabz, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Timur, the 14th century Mongol conqueror, filled this city with grandiose testaments to his earthly power. Now his palaces stand in ruins around the market place. Explore the area and viisit a small village for a folklore performance. depart by train and enjoy Uzbek wine tasting in the dining car.  

Day 6. Tuesday     SAMARKAND, the ancient      (BLD)   Enjoy the splendours of ancient Samarkand, one of the oldest cties on earth. At the time of Timur this was called the most beautiful city on earth. Marvel at the beauty and splendour of the of the ornate marble pillars and vaults of Registan Square or the exquisite glazed tiles of the Shah-I Zinda Necroplis and explore the Afrosiyab excavation site. Two nights accommodation at the Registan Plaza Hotel or similar 

Day 7. Wednesday. SAMARKAND, the magnificent (BLD) Another day of wonders exploring the ancient buildings plus the markets and seeing the Uzbek craftsmen weaving silk into carpets and press paper from Mulberry bark. Also visit the amazing Ulugh Beg Observatory the ruins of Bibi Kharum Mosque, and the impressive Gut Emir Mausoleum. 

Day 8. Thursday.     SAMARKAND DEPART     (BLD     Free morning to explore at your lesiure and depart around midday for more mountain and steppe scenery. Overnight on the train. 

Day 9. Friday.            KHIVA          (BLD)                      Khiva is an ancient fortress. Visit the Kalta Minor Minaret and and see he winding streets on a tour of the towns palaces, mosques, mausoleums, and madrasah, all thriving in a living museum. Lunch in the old Summer Palace of the Emir. Overnight on the train.

Day 10. Saturday.       BUKHARA, the noble.   (BLD)    Gaze at the magnificent gateways on either side of the Kaljan Minaret, a monument to intricate and grand design. This city-museum holds over a  thousand monuments to the glory of the caravan trade. At the Lyab-i-Hauz ensemble witness the 500 year old architectural ingenuity that keeps a pool full in the baking Kysylkum desert, watch local dances and listen to exotic Uzbek music in the courtyard of a Madrasah. Overnight at Hotel Asia or similar.  

Day 11. Sunday.       BUKHARA DEPART.      (BLD)           Most of the day is spent exploring Bukhara  including the Mire-e-Arab Madrassah the exquisite Samanid Mausoleum the 1,500 year old Ark Fortress, and the only womens mosque in the country. return to the train and depart.

Day 12. Monday        MERV                   (BLD)             Arrive at the ancient oasis of Merv early this morning. In the 12th century this was one of the largest cities in the world Now see the imposing ruins of the UNESCO site including the gigantic tomb of Ahmed Sanjar, the virgin fortress, and the cold room. Lunch in the courtyard of a family home. Overnight in Ashgabat at the hotel Ashgabat or similar.    

Day 13. Tuesday.    ASHGABAT AND NISA.    (BLD)       Explore the former royal city of Nisa this morning and this afternoon the modern city of Ashgabat including the museum. Farewell dinner tbis evening.  

Day 14.   Wednesday       ASHGABAT DEPART   (B)         The end of an amazing journey. Transfer to the airport for departure.     

Passengers continuing on our ANCIENT EMPIRES tour fly to Rome for 2 days sightseeing and 14 night cruise to Greece and israel. 

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Tour 702 

Discover Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan.   14 days/13 nights   6 nights hotel - 7 nights train. 

Operation dates 2019

Commence Almaty  thursday 28 March, End Ashgabat wednesday 10 April 

Commence Almaty thurs 03 October   End Ashgabat Wednesday 16 October This tour will be escorted from Auckland departing 02 October subject to minimum of 10 travelling. This tour links to our Ancient Civilisations tour and 14 night cruise from Rome to Rome. 

Commence Ashgabat tuesday 09 April End Almaty monday 22 April 

Commence Ashgabat tues 15 October End Almaty Monday 28 October                 

Includes: 

** All travel by private train from Almaty to Ashgabat or vice versa. 

** Arrival and departure transfers at each point 

** 7 nights train and 6 nights hotel       

** All meals from breakfast day 2 to breakfast day 14.

** ALMATY: Capital of Kazakhstan and first city we meet from the ancient Silk Road.  

** TURKISTAN: City tour including the magnificent mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. 

** TASHKENT: Cross into Uzbekistan and enjoy most of the day sightseeing in Tashkent. 

** SHAKRISABZ: Most of the day sightseeing in this UNESCO Heritage site. 

** SAMARKAND: Fabled city of T\imur and Tamerlane. Samarkand is one of the oldest cities on earth. 2 nights hotel with plenty of time for your guided tours and to explore on your own.                

** KHIVA: Tour the ancient fortress town of Khiva

** BUKHARA, the noble: Sightseeing, culture, free time, and 1 night hotel included 

** MERV: Oasis town on the ancient Silk Road this is another UNESCO Heritage site. 

** ASHGABAT: Tour the former Royal city of Nisa .and modern Ashgabat. Two nights hotel. 

 

Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars Almaty to Ashgabat or vice versa.

Habibi. 4 berth cabin     $5,900   Cabin shared by 3 persons  $7,400 

Ali Baba 2 berth cabin    $8,700  Single cabin $11,900

Aladdin   2 berth cabin   $10,200   Single cabin $14,020

Sultan 2 berth suite        $15,800   Single cabin $24,350 

Kalif 2 berth suite           $16,200 Single cabin $24,620 

Supplement to share cabin on train but have single room at hotels $1,090 

 

Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars in single cabin on trains and single room at hotels. 

Alibaba                           $11,900 

Aladdin                           $14,020 

Sultan                             $24,350 

Kalif                                $24,620

 

      

 

 

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