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12 DAYS CENTRAL ASIA SILK ROAD (01 – 12 Nov 2023)

TURKMENISTAN (ASHGABAT, TASHAUZ) & UZBEKISTAN (KHIVA, BUKHARA, SAMARKAND, TASHKENT)

History & Culture, Off the Beaten, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • A private Folklore performance of Lyazgi well known in the region for its energy and colour.
  • A master class in Miniature painting by the famous miniaturist Mr. Davlat Toshev. The art was listed as an UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
  • A private visit to the family Ceramics Studio of Mr Rakhimov, whose works are attracting scholars, artisan, and foreign followers.
  • Most fully inclusive arrangements and top Travel Concierge in usual Intriq Finesse style.

Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva are 3 of the most important Silk Road cities in medieval time and perhaps the best preserved and most spectacular. This trip dives into the heart of the heritage of this ancient trade route. And we will also visit Ashgabat, the capital of one of the world’s most inaccessible countries, Turkmenistan, the best description of which is bizarre and unbelievable.

This already very outstanding journey is further enhanced with many special arrangements such as a private folklore performance, a master class in miniature painting and a private visit to Mr. Rakhimov’s ceramic studio.

Land Tour Price

Twin Sharing

HKD 55,880 Per Person
Per Person

Early Bird Promotion
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get free upgrade to Corner One Bedroom Suite (only King Bed) in Hilton Tashkent City

Deposit Amount

HKD 11,176/- Per Person

20% Deposit at time of booking

12 Days 11 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
02 Aug 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Until 02 Aug 2023 (90days prior): Forfeit deposit
From 03 Aug 2023: 100% charge

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
1 NOV 2023, WED ARRIVAL IN ASHGABAT

1 NOV 2023, WED	ARRIVAL IN ASHGABAT
Ashgabat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included

Upon arrival in Ashgabat (estimate 2:55am), transfer to hotel.

Capital of Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most inaccessible countries, the best ways to describe Ashgabat is bizarre or astonishing. Some of the grandest edifice of the 21st centuries set amidst gorgeous parks with endless wonderful fountains.

Panoramic city tour includes Park of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, Rukhnama statue, Palace Square, Earthquake monument, Ertogrylgazy mosque. We will also visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography. And make an excursion to the archaeological site of Nissa, capital of Parthian Empire dating back 2,000 years ago.

Day 02
2 NOV 2023, THU ASHGABAT

2 NOV 2023, THU	ASHGABAT
Ashgabat
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Start the morning with a visit to the Tolkucha Oriental Bazaar, the largest bazaar in Ashgabat. We then visit Geok Tepe horse stable to see unique Turkmen Akhal-teke horses, we will be hosted by Mr. Ashir, the owner of the horse stable and a well-known Turkmen horse breeder. Next, proceed to Gulistan bazaar, also known as Russian bazaar, for souvenirs.

Tonight, enjoy a night panoramic tour in Berzengi District.

Day 03
3 NOV 2023, FRI ASHGABAT / TASHAUZ / KUNYA-URGENCH / KHIVA

3 NOV 2023, FRI	ASHGABAT / TASHAUZ / KUNYA-URGENCH / KHIVA
Khiva
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

This morning, fly to Tashauz near the border with Uzbekistan. From here, explore the archaeological site of Kunya-Urgench (about 100 km or 1.5 to 2 hours’ drive away). This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site with history dating back 2,500 years during the Achaemenid Empire and with monument mainly from the Islamic period of 11 to 15th centuries.

After lunch, we return to Tashauz to cross the border into Uzbekistan and drive about 70 km or about 1 to 1.5 hour to Khiva.

Day 04
4 NOV 2023, SAT KHIVA

4 NOV 2023, SAT	KHIVA
Khiva
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

The whole Khiva Old Town is an open-air museum and an UNESCO world heritage site. It is an architectural complex surrounded by the large fortress wall with four gates, with more than sixty architectural monuments: palaces, mosques, madrassahs, minarets and mausoleums.

Enjoy a panoramic view from Ak Sheikh Bobo observation platform. In the evening, enjoy a sundowner on the rooftop terrace (subject to weather condition). Tonight, be treated to a private Folklore performance of Lyazgi well known in the region for its energetic and temperamental movements, as well as colourful clothing.

Day 05
5 NOV 2023, SUN KHIVA / BUKHARA

5 NOV 2023, SUN	KHIVA / BUKHARA
Bukhara
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

It’s a long drive today (450km or 7 to 8 hours’ drive) as we cross the Kyzylkum Desert to arrive at Bukhara, one of the most important of Silk Road cities and capital of many of the most powerful Central Asian Empires. It is hence endowed with rich architectural heritage (UNESCO listed) – mausoleums, medieval city walls & gates, mosques, madrassah and public complexes.

Day 06
6 NOV 2023, MON BUKHARA

6 NOV 2023, MON	BUKHARA
Bukhara
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Begin our exploration today from the Liabi-Khauz Complex with its several gorgeous medieval Madrassahs, Poi Kalyan Ensemble, Kalyan Minaret and Djuma Mosque. You will also discover the bazaar with puppet workshop, jewellery, and cap-makers. Also, we will make a stop at a local tea house with teas and coffee with various spices and flavours and enjoy the national folklore performance.

One of the highlights today is a master class on miniature painting with the famous miniaturist Mr. Davlat Toshev. The art is now in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Day 07
7 NOV 2023, TUE BUKHARA

7 NOV 2023, TUE	BUKHARA
Bukhara
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

This morning, visit Naiman Village. Explore the village and observe local ways of life including bread baking in tandyr (traditional mud oven) and cooking preparation of some national Uzbek cuisine. Taste them all with a lunch with a local family.

Thereafter, return to Bukhara and continue our exploration of the city. Visit the Fortress Ark, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Chashma-Ayub shrine and the Samanids Mausoleum dating back to the 9th century, a treasure of Islamic architecture in Central Asia.

Day 08
8 NOV 2023, WED BUKHARA / SAMARKAND

8 NOV 2023, WED	BUKHARA / SAMARKAND
Samarkand
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After breakfast, visit Chor Minor, a colorful madrassah and Sitora-i-Mokhi-Khosa, a countryside residence of the last Bukhara Emir.

In the afternoon, hop onto the High-Speed Train (only 1 hour 40 min) to Samarkand. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly a highlight of the trip!

Day 09
9 NOV 2023, THU SAMARKAND

9 NOV 2023, THU	SAMARKAND
Samarkand
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Spend a full day to explore medieval city of Samarkand. Visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum, graves of Tamerlane and his descendants; the world-famous Registan Square, an ensemble of majestic madrassahs and it is among the greatest of all the grandiose and magnificent works of the Islamic world. Take a stroll along Tashkentskaya pedestrian street; visit to the impressive remnants of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, wander into the Siab bazaar, and visit Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda with mausoleums from the 11th to 19th centuries.

Day 10
10 NOV 2023, FRI SAMARKAND / TASHKENT

10 NOV 2023, FRI	SAMARKAND / TASHKENT
Tashkent
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

We have another day in Samarkand. Visit the Afrosiab Museum; Mausoleum of Prophet Daniel, a unique place in the world where Muslims, Christians and Jews come to pray. Proceed to the 15th century Observatory of Ulugbek Timur’s grandson and be amazed by the advanced Astronomy at that time. Next, visit a Silk Paper Center “Meros”, where local artisans have revived ancient tradition of paper making.

Later, catch a High-Speed Train (2 hours) to Tashkent, the capital and the heart of the economy of Uzbekistan.

Day 11
11 NOV 2023, SAT TASHKENT

11 NOV 2023, SAT	TASHKENT
Tashkent
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Explore old Tashkent this morning. Visit to Khast Imam Square, with the immense Osman Koran, said to be the world’s oldest; and the historical Chorsu Bazaar – one of the largest in Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

We will also visit the modern part of the city with Theatre Square; Earthquake monument, Amir Temur Square; Earthquake Memorial and Independence Square. Enjoy a ride on Tashkent metro through a few of the most beautiful stations.

A highlight today is a visit to Rakhimov’s Ceramics Studio. His works are attracting scholars, artisans and foreign followers.

Day 12
12 NOV 2023, SUN DEPARTURE FROM TASHKENT

12 NOV 2023,  SUN	DEPARTURE FROM TASHKENT
N.A.
Breakfast included

Transfer to airport for your flight out.

Hotels & Tour Price

Intriq Finesse's Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person (minimum 10 pax)

Twin Share
HK$ 55,880
Single Supplement
HK$ 7,580

Oguzkent Hotel Ashgabat • Farovon Khiva Hotel • Paradise Plaza Hotel Bukhara • Movenpick Samarkand • Hilton Tashkent City Hotel

Ashgabat

Ashgabat

Oguzkent Hotel (Luxury Room)

The five-star hotel opened in 2011 is a unique super-modern hotel complex with a fabulous view to the center of Ashgabat. Located near the various attractions around the capital city of Turkmenistan, Oguzkent Hotel is the best hotel Ashgabat has to offer. (Opened in 2011 & renovated in 2017; Rooms: 298)

Khiva

Khiva

Farovon Khiva Hotel (Standard Room)

Located in the heart of Khiva, the hotel is designed in a blend of modern style and elements of national colors, which can be traced in the décor of the rooms. It has 3 restaurants and a indoor swimming pool. (Opened in 2021; Rooms: 106)

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Bukhara

Bukhara

Paradise Plaza Luxury Hotel (Deluxe Room)

A boutique hotel newly opened in July 2022, provides accommodation with a restaurant, a bar and a shared lounge. (Opened in 2022; Rooms: 60)

Samarkand

Samarkand

Movenpick Samarkand (Standard Room)

Formerly Registan Plaza Hotel that is rebranded from January 2023, this 4-star modern hotel, located only a short walk from the 15-century Gur-e-Amur Mausoleum, is equipped with indoor and outdoor pools and a gym. (Opened in 2013 & renovated in 2022; Rooms: 165)

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Tashkent

Tashkent

Hilton Tashkent City (King / Twin Guest room)

In the center of Tashkent City, within 10 minutes of Chorsu Bazaar and the Alisher Navoï Opera. Hotel features an indoor pool, spa, and a rooftop terrace and Pan Asian restaurant. (Opened in 2019, Rooms: 258)

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Estimated Price per Person

Economy class HK$ 17,970
Business class HK$ 42,650

Turkish Airlines

30 Oct, Hong Kong – Istanbul (TK 71), 23:30 – 06:10+1

31 Oct, Istanbul – Ashgabat (TK 322), 21:10 – 02:55+1

12 Nov, Tashkent – Istanbul (TK 369), 09:35 – 12:50

13 Nov, Istanbul – Hong Kong (TK 70), 02:05 – 17:00

DEPOSIT
HKD 11,176/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get free upgrade to Corner One Bedroom Suite (only King Bed) in Hilton Tashkent City

Registration Closing Date: 02 Aug 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Domestic on economy class: Ashgabat/Tashauz
  • Train tickets on economy class: Bukhara/Samarkand/Tashkent
  • Accommodation on twin share basis, unless on single supplement, on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportations and transfers on an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of local English-speaking guide
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants
  • Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages per person per meal
  • Visa on arrival for Turkmenistan
  • Border tax in Turkmenistan
  • Tourist tax in Uzbekistan
  • All tipping to local guides, porters and other local service staffs

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes
  • Visa for other countries (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry

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