Itinerary, Price, Cancellation Policy


Day 1 March 2o, 2009 Friday  Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
Fly to Ashkabad, the capital of Turkmenistan
(This flight is NOT included in the price of the tour)
Upon arrival look for a MELITOUR sign. You will be given a transfer to the hotel by the MELITOUR representative in Ashkabad. Overnight in Ashkabad and transfer are included in the price of the tour. Since most of the flights will arrive midnight or after midnight dinner is not included tonight but dinner is available at the hotel until 10:00 pm

Day 2 March 21, 2009 Saturday  Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
Considering the jet lag and late arrival, we will start the tour late this morning. The group will meet for a group meeting at 11:00 am at the lobby of the hotel.
After lunch visit the carpet museum.
The most unique experience in this city is to see the ceremony of weddings.
At the near bye park witness the newly weds in their traditional costumes visiting the near bye city park.
Overnight at the same hotel in Ashkabad Breakfast lunch and dinner are included

Day 3 March 22, 2009 Sunday Ashkabad, Turkmenistan
Visit the largest market in Asia. The jewelry, carpets, fur hats sold at the market are mind boggling. The colors are difficult to describe. A very typical Silk Road image especially with the camel market next to the carpet market.
Before lunch we will get a chance to see the fastest horses of Asia (The Ahal Teke Horses ) at the Hippodrome
Visit the Ethnographic and Applied Art Museums and the Craft Center
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Dinner with a fashion show at a local designer's house.
Overnight at the same hotel in Ashkabad Breakfast lunch and dinner are included
Tomorrow we will leave this hotel for one night. you can leave your extra bags at the hotel since we will be returning to the same hotel for one more night

Day 4 March 23, 2009 Monday Drive to Merv
Six hour (236 mile) drive through the Black Sand Desert where nomads still wander. We will probably come across yurts and camels. Visit two ancient sites witnessing the grandeur of the glorious past of this land. End the day in the ancient city of Merv, the capitol of the Selcukian Empire.
Overnight in Merv. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included

Day 5 March 24, 2009 Tuesday From Merv, fly to Ashkabad
Visit the monuments of Merv and the surrounding settlements. Visit the home of a local jewelry maker to see traditional jewelry. Late afternoon flight to Ashkabad.  Lunch and dinner at Merv.
Overnight at Ashgabat. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included

Day 6 March 25, 2009 Wednesday Village visit fly to East Turkmenistan
Visit a village not far from Ashkabad. In addition to seeing village life, we will see villagers doing embroidery for wedding dresses and for everyday use.  In the afternoon fly to over the Red Desert to Dashkovuz.Overnight at Hotel Dashkhovuz. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included

Day 7 March 26, 2009Thursday Nukus, Karakalpakistan ,
Visit old Urgench in Turkmenistan, drive to Uzbekistan via Karakalpakistan
Witness the environmental disaster that Karakalpakistan is experiencing. Meet with the locals at their homes  and visit a stunning museum in Nukus to learn more about the destiny of lake Aral. Overnight in Nukus, Karakalpakistan. Choice of spending the night in a yurt. Only one yurt is available we will draw names if more than one person volunteer. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8
March 27, 2009 FridayUrgench Khiva
Cross over the biggest river of Central Asia, Amuderya to enter Uzbekistan.
Visit the dream like ancient city of Khiva where the blue of the tiles compete with the blue of the heaven.
Dinner at the palace of the former Emir of Khiva. Enjoy Attazebah folk music and folk dance by the local ladies.
Overnight in Khiva, Uzbekistan. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 9 March 28, 2009 Saturday Tashkent
Fly to Tashkent from Urgench Full day city tour of Tashkent . Kukeltash Madrasa stands in the middle of the modern city as a reminder of the age of the past of this capital. Corsu Market is the heart of the city. All those buying and selling meet at this market in the most colorful way. The crowds of people here move like they are being conducted by the most competent conductor. The result is a symphony of colors and sounds that you will remember all your life.
Lunch , Applied Arts Museum , Alisher Navoi Park Craft Center
We make sure you see the country through the interpretations of the local artists.  Overnight in

Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 10 March 29. 2009, Sunday Fly  to Bukhara 
Fly to Bukhara. Arrive at Bukhara hotel
Our first stop will be to the city of Ibn- i Sina the father of Medicine for the Central Asian Cultures. The excellent museum is a monument for the respect people still have in Ibn- i Sina after 1100 years
Short trip to Gijduvan to see a local potter and experience a village life.
We will have our dinner at his house with his family.
Overnight in Bukhara. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 11 March 30, 2009Monday Bukhara
We will start our day with a visit at Nasraddin Hodja's Park, and Lab-i Havuz Mosque. Once you get  oriented to the old city of Bukhara you will have free time for photography.
Lunch at a neighborhood house will be very memorable.
Visit Ark Citadel, Bla Havuz, Masouleum of Samanidz, Minare Kolon, Mir Arap Madrasa.
Folk show in the tim (covered market). Excellent dancing, music at a silk weaving center. Overnight in Bukhara Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 12 March 31, 2009 TuesdayBukhara to Shahrisabz
Depart  Bukhara, drive through a desert which is now being hope of Uzbekistan with the petrol fields. En route we will have lunch at a Chayhane (Tea House) and visit a school.
Arrive Shahrisabz where Emir Timur was born.
Tour of the city (Aksaray and Tombs of Timur's sons), The Marketplace.
Dinner and overnight at recently renevated Intourist hotel
Over night in Shahrisabz Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 13 April 01, 2009 Wednesday Villages enroute to Samarkand
Depart for Samarkand
Visit a family for an opportunity to interact with villagers. Picnic lunch.
Arrive Samarkand  Visit the Mausolem of Timur
Dinner and overnight at Samarkand
Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 14 April 02, 2009 Thursday Full day in Samarkand

 Our will start with a visit to the Observatory of Ulug Beg , the grand son of Timur. After we visit Afrosiab Archaeological Museum  we will have a walk through the Shahi Zinde complex of tombs . It is more like a neighborhood of the most beautiful architecture where the tile workers and masons had competed with each other to create the best and most impressive buildings.
Visit the art gallery of Aliyev Eynullah who made the statue of Alishir Nevai in Tashkent.  Lunch at the hotel. Free time for museum visit and market
Meet at the Registan Square, visit the monument's restoration tile reproduction center.
Overnight at Samarkand . Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 15 April 03, 2009 Friday Samarkand to Tashkent
Leave Samarkand by bus, Lunch enroute
Arrive Tashkent, Free time
Tashkent is the home of one of three Bolshoy Opera/Ballet companies left in the world. We will enjoy the performance of the day and have dinner at the Alishir Nevai Theater. The activities this evening calls for us to be be a bit more dressed up than our daily travel outfits.
Farewell dinner
Overnight in Tashkent
Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

Day 16
April 04, 2009 Saturday Departure
Depart for home
(This flight from Tashkent is NOT included in the price of the tour)

Tour Price

8 - 9 People US$ 3710.-
10 - 11 People US$ 3408.-US
12 - 14 People US$ 3317.-
15 People US$ 3258

The price includes the following

  • 15 nights hotel, Friday March 20 through April 03th  Friday (April 03rd Friday night is included)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day (First meal is breakfast on Saturday on Day 2) (Dinner on Day 1 March 20, is not included )
  • Last breakfast on Friday on Day 15
  • A guide throughout the tour plus local guides in each city
  • Mehlika Seval as tour assistant
  • All entrance fees
  • Train tickets
  • 2 Plane tickets in Turkmenistan
  • One small bottle of water to be served on the bus every day
  • Air port taxes for the flights on the tour
  • All tips at hotels and restaurants
  • Charge for bank com if paid by credit card
  • All transportation (bus & plane) within Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

The Price des not include:

  • International flight to Ashkabad/from Tashkent
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Drinks served with meals
  • Visa charges - you should get your visas directly from the Consulates in the USA

Payment Plan

Deposit at the sign up US$  250.- non refundable
1st  Payment    Nov 21,2009 US$  1000.- If cancelled 60% of this payment is refundable
2nd Payment   Dec 20, 2009
90 Days before the tour starts
US$ 1000.-  If cancelled 50% of your total payment is refundable
3rd Payment  Jan 20, 2009
60 days before the tour starts  
The remaning of the balance  If cancelled after this payment no refund  will be given
Optional Expenses
  • Hotel in Istanbul Single US$ 75 Double US$ 100  (includes breakfast)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Istanbul via hotel van is $50
    Up to 3 people can share a ride
  • Hotel in Ashkabad and Tashkent Bed and Breakfast US$ ...... per person per day if you arrive before the tour or should you stay after the tour dates (Hotel price will be posted as soon as  the Hotel knows their 2009 rates)
  • If you go via Istanbul there is a $20 visa charge upon entry to Turkey payable in US currency. . The visa is good for multiple entries for three months.