Archaeological Tour

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  • Tour duration 18 days
  • Combined countries
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Archaeological tourism is aimed for acquaintance with cultural and historical sights, museums, places of excavations, monuments: architectural and geological.

An archaeological tour will take you to the most important archaeological sites. You will get acquainted with valuable finds and exhibits, visit the historical corners of the three Central Asian countries. Participants of this tour discover archaeological treasures collected by history itself in the open air. This tour is designed for everyone who is interested in archaeological excavations and wants to learn more about the age-old history of this region. Choosing this tour, you will find an unforgettable journey through time!

During this trip, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit the main archaeological sites;
  • Plunge into ancient times and get acquainted with the findings of the Neolithic, Bronze age and the middle ages;
  • Explore ancient petroglyphs;
  • See the ancient settlements and towns, as well as works of art of the ancient masters who inhabited this territory.

Excursions in the most ancient cities in the world, such as Shakhrituz, Takhti-Sangin, Penjikent and Kurgontepa in Tajikistan, Afrosiyob, Kara-tepa and Fayaz-tepa in Uzbekistan, Abiverd, Kesk fortresses, Merv and Nisa ancient cities in Turkmenistan – will introduce all of the fans of archaeological tours with the history, ancient art and culture of the peoples who lived in Central Asia dozens of centuries ago, those who created historical heritage of these countries and formed a mass of cultural layers. The ruins of ancient settlements and towns, all excavations and fortresses listed in the program are under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage.

Locations you will visit

  • Dushanbe
  • Shakhrituz
  • Takhti-Sangin
  • Kurgonteppa
  • Penjikent
  • Istaravshan
  • Khujand
  • Tashkent
  • Samarkand
  • Termez
  • Bukhara
  • Mary
  • Merv
  • Nisa
  • Ashgabat

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3-4* hotels
  • Accommodation in guest houses
  • Full board
  • Excursions in all cities listed in the program
  • English Speaking local guides’ service
  • Transportation and driver services
  • Train tickets as per the itinerary
  • Entrance tickets to the places of interest listed in the program
  • Permits for all excursions as per the itinerary

Not included

  • International air tickets (optional)
  • Activities during the free time, not part of the tour package (entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service etc.)
  • Insurances
  • Special requests on food and meals, alcohol and soft drinks, which are not part of full board menu
  • Tips & gratuities and personal expenses
  • Fees for video and photo shooting

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1. Arrival in Dushanbe from Istanbul (City tour)
Day 2. Dushanbe – Shakhrituz –Takhti-Sangin – Kurgonteppa (A road trip ~350 km)
Day 3. Kurgonteppa – Dushanbe (A road trip ~330 km)
Day 4. Dushanbe – Anzob Pass (H=3373 m) – Iskanderkul Lake (A road trip ~150 km)
Day 5. Iskanderkul Lake – Aini Village – Mazori Sharif Village – Sarazm Village – Penjikent (A road trip ~210 km)
Day 6. Penjikent – 7 Marguzor Lakes – Penjikent (A road trip ~150 km)
Day 7. Penjikent – Shakhristan Pass (3378 m)- Istaravshan – Khujand (A road trip ~280 km)
Day 8. Khujand – Fotekhobod – Oybek border – Tashkent (A road trip ~260 km)
Day 9. Tashkent (City tour)
Day 10. Tashkent – Samarkand (Train ~306km)
Day 11. Samarkand – Termez (A road trip ~400 km)
Day 12. Termez
Day 13. Termez –Bukhara (A road trip ~480 km)
Day 14. Bukhara
Day 15. Bukhara – “Farab” border point – Mary (A road trip ~330km)
Day 16. Mary – Merv – Ashgabat (evening flight)
Day 17. Ashgabat
Day 18. Ashgabat – Departure to Istanbul

Day 1Arrival in Dushanbe from Istanbul (City tour)

Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in. Time for refresh & relax after the flight.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Half day city tour about Dushanbe on arrival, including visit of famous Museum of National Antiquities with reclining Buddha in Nirvana, Ismoil Somoni monument – the founder of Tajik Dynasty, National Library and National Museum.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch continue sightseeing in Dushanbe to visit Rudaki Prospect, ancient Oriental Bazaar and Craft Workshops.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Dushanbe.

Day 2Dushanbe – Shakhrituz –Takhti-Sangin - Kurgonteppa (A road trip ~350 km)

Early breakfast at hotel.

Morning we drive to Shakhrituz through Vakhsh valley to visit Takhti Sangin (Persian “stone throne”), an ancient settlement in the south of Tajikistan, at the confluence of the Vakhsh and Panj. Excavations (conducted since 1976) opened the Greco-Bactrian and Kushan city with a citadel (the area of 237 mx 165 m), fortified stone walls. In the center of the citadel of a Greek temple excavated Oxus (the ancient name for the Amu Darya), built according to the type of Zoroastrian temple, – a hall with four column-bypass lanes stores. Found works of art III-II centuries BC.

Lunch break.

Later we will drive to Kurgonteppa city. Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Kurgonteppa.

Day 3Kurgonteppa – Dushanbe (A road trip ~330 km)

Early morning after breakfast you will drive back to Dushanbe. On arrival at Dushanbe you will be transferred to the local restaurant for lunch.

Lunch break.

After lunch half day city tour around Dushanbe: excursion to Hissor town (23 km from Dushanbe) to see ancient fortress of Hissor. Visit Madrasah Kuhna and Museum of Tajik Way of life there, Madrasah nearby and mausoleum of Sufi saint Mahdumi Azam.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Dushanbe.

Day 4Dushanbe – Anzob Pass (H=3373 m) – Iskanderkul Lake (A road trip ~150 km)

After breakfast at hotel you will be transferred to Iskanderkul Lake through Anzob Pass (3373m). Firstly you will move via Varzob Gorge, en route you will see many local restaurants and cafes. You will make a short stops on Anzob Pass for taking photos of these beautiful places. Here you can see the wonderful scenery of Gissar mountains and the road leads to Anzob Pass along Varzob River. It is considered that Iskanderkul Lake is named in honor of Alexander the Great, as the lake was described in the campaign of Alexander the Great and for the reason of this fact the antiquity of lake is verified as real. The coastal stones which lies on the mountain slopes of surrounding area of the lake shows that the level of the lake is decreasing. You will have a lunch en route in local restaurant or will have lunch boxes. After a lunch walking tour to Panjchashma springs.

Dinner in guesthouse.

Night stay in guesthouse near Iskanderkul lake shore.

Day 5Iskanderkul Lake – Aini Village – Mazori Sharif Village - Sarazm Village – Penjikent (A road trip ~210 km)

Breakfast at the guest house.

After breakfast start from the lake to Aini village and visit Aini minaret. Then drive to Mazori Sharif village. Visit Mukhammad Bashoro mausoleum – an architectural monument located in gorges of Zaravshan ridge and built in XII – XIV centuries. Continue to Penjikent town.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch visit Sarazm village located 13 km from Penjikent. Sarazm village is dated approx. IV – II millennium B.C. Here you will see ancient temples, palaces and other ancient buildings. Return back in Penjikent and passing the town drive to archaeological excavations and ruins of Penjikent ancient city. This ancient settlement consists of fortifications, defensive wall, countryside mansions and a tomb. Penjikent town was built in V century and has functioned as a town until VII century. Archeological excavations of this ancient settlement started here in 1947. There remained walls of some houses but only till the ground and first floor. Drive back to Penjikent.

Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.

Night stay in Penjikent.

Day 6Penjikent – 7 Marguzor Lakes – Penjikent (A road trip ~150 km)

Breakfast at hotel.

Early morning drive to Marguzor Lakes (in translation from the Tajik language it means seven beauties).

Marguzor lakes are situated in a Shing River valley. The gorge of Shing River was useful for both India and Central Asia. There are 7 lakes: Mizhgon, which means eyelash from Tajik, Soya (Shadow), Hushyor (Vigilance) situated at the height of 1700 meters above sea level, Nofin (Cord), Padrud, Khurdak (Baby) and Khazor Chashma (1000 sources). The temperature of the water in Khurdak is very low, so it is very cold.

On the way to this lake you can see the gardens of apple and apricot trees. The road to Marguzor lakes passes through field of clover with bushes of barberry and dogrose. Khazor Chashma Lake is the highest lake (H=2400 m, L=4,5 m) and one of the most beautiful lakes among other 6 lakes, besides there are two rivers, which flow into Khazor Chashma Lake Khisor and Darakhti Surkh.

Lunch will be as a picnic on the lakeshore.

Later proceed to Penjikent town.

Dinner and overnight in guesthouse.

Night stay in Penjikent.

Day 7Penjikent – Shakhristan Pass (3378 m)- Istaravshan – Khujand (A road trip ~280 km)

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning drive to Khujand via Shakhristan Pass (3378 m), Istaravshan town. Istaravshan town is located in Sogd province of Tajikistan, it is administrative center of Istaravshan area. It is one of the most ancient cities on the territory of Central Asia and according to historical data it was founded by Kir-Kurush ruler from Akhemenids’ dynasty in IV cent. BC. Up to present days there were preserved a huge number of monuments such as Mugteppa, Kok Gumbaz madrassah, Khazrat Shokh, Sari Mazor ensemble etc.

After sightseeing in Istaravshan drive to Khujand.

On arrival to Khujand lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch visit Museum of archeology and fortification, Payshanba Bazaar, one of the interesting places here, which attracts people with various sounds and tastes.

Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Night stay in Khujand.

Day 8Khujand – Fotekhobod - Oybek border – Tashkent (A road trip ~260 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

After breakfast transfer to Fotekhobod – Oybek border.  Border formalities.

Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to Tashkent to the hotel.

Lunch at local restaurant en route.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Tashkent.

Day 9Tashkent – Samarkand (Train ~306km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the hotel. Early check-in. Time for refresh & relax. Free time at leisure.

Lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon city tour along the old part of Tashkent:

Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.), Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad

Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali

Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.)

Free time for purchases in Chorsu bazaar and souvenir shops.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Transfer to the hotel.

Night stay in Tashkent.

Day 10Tashkent – Samarkand (Train ~306km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the railway station to catch a train to Samarkand.

Upon arrival meeting.

 Full day Samarkand City tour:

  • Famous Registan Square that consists of Madrasah Ulugbek (XV c.), Madrasah Sher-Dor (XVII c.), Madrasah Tillya-Kori (XVII c.).
  • Gur Emir Mausoleum – Amir Temur’s Tomb (XIV-XV cc.)

 Lunch at local restaurant.

  • Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (XI-XV cc.)
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV)

 Then you will proceed to Afrosiab Ancient City excavations. During the excavations have been found: the ruler’s palace, decorated with polychrome painting, ancient fortifications, residential neighborhoods, commercial and civic buildings, mosque, with a delightful ornamental ceramic glaze, carved ganj. Later visit eastern Siyob Bazaar for dried fruits, sweets and souvenirs.

 Dinner at local restaurant.

 Transfer to the hotel.

 Night stay in Samarkand.

Day 11Samarkand – Termez (A road trip ~400 km)

Early morning breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.

Morning drive to Termez. Here you will have full day trip around the city. Upon arrival check in.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch you will see Khakim at-Termezi Mausoleum, which was restored on 2500th anniversary of Termez city, Archaeological Museum, which opened its doors in 2002 and which includes 9 exhibition halls with 27 thousand showpieces, Fayaztepa Buddhist Temple-Monastery Complex with one of the most ancient depictions of Buddha.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Termez.

Day 12Termez

Early morning breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Karatepa Complex – the center of ancient Buddhist culture, Dalverzintepa Ancient City, Djarkurgan minaret, Kirk Kiz Fortress, which was built in IX-X cc., “Zurmala” Buddhist Stupa and Kukildor-ota Khanaka.

Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch free time at leisure.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Termez.

Day 13Termez –Bukhara (A road trip ~480 km)

Early morning breakfast at the hotel. Check-out.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Later proceed to Bukhara. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Free time at leisure.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Bukhara.

Day 14Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day Bukhara city tour:

  • Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dynasty at the end of IX –beginning of X cc.)
  • Citadel Ark (IV c.) – city in the city
  • Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of XX c.)
  • Poyi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great) – religious heart of sacred Bukhara that consists of Minaret Kalon (XII c.), Kalyan Mosque (XII c.) and Miri Arab Madrasah (XVI c.)
  • Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Money changers)
  • Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers)
  • Toki Zargaron (the Dome of jewelers)
  • Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk)

Lunch at local restaurant.

  • Ulugbek Madrasah (1417)
  • Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque (XII-XVI cc.)
  • Kosh-Madrasah Ensemble that consists of Madari-Abdullakhan Madrasah, Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (XIV-XVII cc.), Nodir Divanbeghi Madrasah, (Abdullakhan’s mother) and Abdullakhan Madrasah

 

Transfer to the hotel.

 

Night Stay at Bukhara.

Day 15

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Uzbek-Turkmen border Farab-Alat. Crossing the border and filling all needed documents (border formalities).

Transfer to Mary through Turkmenabat city. Arrival to Mary and check in.

Lunch at local restaurant.

The rest part of the day at your own exploration.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Transfer to the hotel.

Night stay in Mary.

Day 16Mary - Merv - Ashgabat (evening flight)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing program in Mary: Russian Orthodox Church, the main bazaar of the city, Central Mosque, City Museum. Proceed to Merv to visit Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others.

Lunch at local restaurant.

Transfer to the airport, evening flight to Ashgabat. Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. (Optional driving to Ashgabat, en route see Bagabat Town and Abiverd Medieval Town ruins, Anew Mosque.

Dinner at local restaurant.

Transfer to the hotel.

Night stay in Ashgabat.

Day 17Ashgabat

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Ashgabat: Independence Park and Monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, Museum of History and Ethnography, visit National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique expositions from Ancient Merv and Nisa, Ertogrul Gazy mosque, sacred mosque of Turkmenbashi. After the lunch drive to Ancient Nisa which is located 18 km away from Ashgabat and see the ruins of ancient city which are dated to the I millennium BC, besides it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later on arrival to Ashgabat dinner at local restaurant.

Night stay in Ashgabat.

Day 18Ashgabat – Departure to Istanbul

Midnight transfer to the airport.

02:55 Departure from Ashgabat by TK323 direct flight. 05:10 Arrival in Istanbul.

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