Tour itinerary: Dushanbe – Termez – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Season: all the year round
Days: 3 | Nights: 2
A short and interesting 3-day tour from Dushanbe to Samarkand via Termez, the furthest city in the South of Uzbekistan. Visit the ancient sights of Fayaz – Tepaand Shakhrisabz, the native town of the Great Tamerlane.
09:00Transfer to Tajik - Uzbek–border "Bratstvo"/ "Sariosiyo” (80 km) en-route visiting:
- Gissar Fortress - the remains of the Bukhara Emirate Beck’s palace. Its thick walls once guarded a pool, garden, and palace, while the fortress itself opposed a noisy market and caravanserai. The place was famous for its center of commerce during the Silk Road.
- Old Medressa (Madrasai Kuhna) of the 16-17th century with a museum inside, the new Madrassa of 17-18 century as well as Caravan Saray.
Arrival at the border post "Sariosiyo". Border crossing to Uzbekistan usually takes about 30 min-1 hr.
Meet the driver at the Uzbekistan side of the border and transfer to Termez (180 km, 2.5 hrs) with sightseeing en-route:
- Jarkurgan Minaret (about 40 km from Termez in Minor village), one of the oldest minarets in Central Asia built in 1109 by the order of Sultan Sanjar.
The decoration of the minaret is not mosaic of colored tiles but masonry on ganch solution. The design is notable for that the tower consists of 16 half-columns in the shape of a flower or a star.
The minaret was covered with inscriptions from holly book Koran and ornaments, the remains of the minaret of 21,6 m high are considered as one of the most significant historical sites of Termez and surroundings.
Termez, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, is located in the Surkhan Oasis, where ancient Buddhist monastery complexes coexisted along with monumental Islamic architectural masterpieces of the region.
- Kokildor-Ota Khanaka, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, a summer residence of Samani governors;
- Fortress Kyrk-Kyz - the unique "Kirk Kiz" building ("forty girls”) attracted the attention of researchers for a long time, has been variously considered as a palace, an abbey, a caravansarai, hanaqa, or just simply a civil construction.
- Zurmala – Buddha’s stupa, Buddha complex Fayaz – Tepa – one of the museums in the open air under the protection of UNESCO.
- Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at–Termezi, the founder of the dervish order, an outstanding theologian who wrote numerous religious works and a leader of Islamic mysticism.
Excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting (2,5 hrs):
- Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day.
- Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favorite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir.
- Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation.
- Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of the XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.
Continue to Samarkand. Arrival in the evening. Hotel check-in.
- Accommodation in Dushanbe and Samarkand (can be added by request);
- Meals: lunches and dinners;
- Transport and guide service for free time after the standard city tours;
- Personal travel/medical insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses, and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.
Check-in 14.00, checkout time 11.00. No early check in, late check out are included, unless indicated.
• Please note that the drivers do not speak English or can speak only basic English.
• All the changes in the basic itinerary, timing for transfers depending the international flights departure/arrival time are to be discussed and pre-agreed with Tour Operator
• Train tickets are booked/bought as per the actual schedule and train tickets availability. Please note that the train trip/s MIGHT be replaced for transfer/s by car depending on train tickets availability and trains schedule.