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Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan combined tour (16 days)

Join Iran,Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan combined tour for 16 days to explore the best of Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. In this small group tour you will visit Mashhad, Ashgabat, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent and will camp off-road.
18 Person 16 Days
Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan combined tour route map (16 days)
Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Combined Tour route map

Embark on a captivating 16-day journey through the mystical lands of Iran, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, where wanderlust turns dreams into reality! Listen to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by his tomb. Explore the Turquoise mine in Neishabour and compare its allure to the vibrant Turquoise hues adorning historic structures along the trip. Wander through bustling bazaars, admire breathtaking landscapes, and visit sacred sites in Mashhad, Samarkand, and Bukhara. Immerse yourself in the beauty of natural wonders, including the legendary Darvaza gas crater. While navigating unfamiliar territories alone might seem daunting, fear not! With a knowledgeable local guide leading the way, you will experience unforgettable adventures where safety accompanies the thrill of exploration.

Check the departure dates here or you can email us if you want to join the private version of this tour.
Group Size
min. 2 / max. 18 small group tour or private tour on request
We provide the Visa Invitation letter or support letters for Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan if required.
plane, comfort private transport, public transport, walking
Meals Included
15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
3 & 4 star hotels for 13 nights, camps for 2 nights
Tourist Guide
included from start to the end
Entrance Fee
included for the mentioned monuments in the itinerary
Pick-up Service
domestic airport and train transfers are included, arrival transfer excluded
Tour Activity Level
Age Limit
above 10
Check the offers in departure dates table here


Monuments included in this tour

Mashhad City tour: Nadeshah Tomb, Imam Reza Shrine guided tour

Neishbour Excursion: Omar Khayyam tomb, Attar Neishabouri tomb, Kamal Almolk tomb, turquoise mine guided tour

Ashgabat visit: City tour Monument of Independence, the National Museum and the Neutrality Arch

Darvaza gas crater visit

Kunya Urgench and History Museum of Khorezm guided tour

Khiva city tour: Ichan-Kala Fortress complex half-day walking tour

Bukhara city tour: Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Ark Fortress, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums

Alexander the Great fortress visit

Nurata Shrine visit

Samarkand walking tour: Ulugbek Observatory, Shaki Zinda complex, the bazaar, Bibi Khanum shrine, and Registan Square

Samarkand: Registan Complex, Bibi Khanum shrine

Tashkent walking tour: Chorsu Bazaar and Applied Arts Museum, Amir Timur Square


Key Highlights of the tour

Visiting Omar Khayyam tomb

exploring Neishabour Turquoise mine

Stay overnight in a local yurt camp

visiting Khiva historic neighborhood

wonder at beauties of Samrkand


Should I join this tour?

Travel Style: Premium

Service Level: Standard

Tour Activity Level: Average

Trip Type: Small Group, Max 18 pax

Age Limit: above 10 years old

Accomadation: Cozy hotels with a touch of charm wherever available, camping for 2 nights

Transport: a blend of public and private transport including flight and train trip

Included Guided Activities: The key monuments and activities are included at an excellent value. They include walking and light hiking.


How we contribute to Sustainable Tourism in this tour

Local tour leader

Family run or private-owned hotels and hosts wherever possible

Local restaurants and cafes recommened by your tour leader

The most efficient travel plan to minimize driving and transportation

We are a local travel agency and tour operator in Iran


Your Visa Requirements

When it comes to obtaining a visa, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind. Ensure that your passport remains valid for a minimum of six months, and it's crucial to have all necessary travel documents on hand that is your own responsibility. The visa requirements for your journey differ based on your place of origin and your destination and it is your own responsibility. While certain nationalities are exempt from obtaining visas for Iran and Uzbekistan, all nationalities must have a visa to enter Turkmenistan. We will help you with the LOI and the support letter if needed.


If your country is not included in the list of visa-free nationalities for visiting Iran, please complete this form and send it to us including a good quality passport image and a passport size photo. This will enable us to obtain your visa invitation letter, allowing you to acquire your visa upon arrival at Tehran airport or any designated Iran consulate before your arrival in Iran. For American, British, and Canadian citizens, it is advisable to apply for the LOI no later than 90 days prior to the tour commencement, while for other nationalities, the safe time is 30 days though we can provide you with the LOI code in a couple of days if you book close to the trip departure so that you get the visa on arrival.

If you wish to extend your stay or explore more of Iran, such as Shiraz and Isfahan, feel free to inform us. American, British, and Canadian passport holders are required to adhere to the exact travel itinerary provided to us within a guided tour if they wish to explore more of Iran before this trip departure. However, other nationalities can arrive ahead of the tour and enjoy their own time in Iran or book an additional tour with us.

You can get more details on Iran visa application process here.


All nationalities must obtain a visa to enter Turkmenistan. To acquire your visa, start by applying for a Letter of Invitation from Uppersia. After confirming your trip, ensure to submit your Turkmenistan Letter of Invitation application at least 40 days before your tour begins using the provided form and send it to us including a good quality passport image and a passport size photo. If your LOI is approved, your tour leader will help you collect your visa at the border crossing in Gaudan (Bajgiran/Mashhad, Iran) if you have not get the visa stamp beforehand.


Many nationalities can get a 10-day, 30-day or 60-day visit to Uzbekistan visa-free and many nationalities can get a 30-day visit to Uzbekistan by getting the e-visa.If you need a Letter of Invitation (LOI) to apply for a visa to Uzbekistan, kindly complete and submit the provided request form. please complete this form and send it to us including a good quality passport image and a passport size photo.

Important Notes


As a result of the economic embargo, credit cards and ATMs are not usable in Iran, making cash the sole option. While Iran is affordable, it is advisable to carry sufficient cash as running out could limit your options. It's important to note that Iran operates with two currencies: the official currency is the Rial, but people commonly refer to Tooman. For tourists visiting Iran, it is recommended to bring only cash as cards and checks are not accepted. Both US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted in Iran and can be exchanged for Rial at banks, exchange offices, and airports.

In the Central Asia region, including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, there are limitations on exchanging currency. Only notes printed after 1996 and in good condition will be exchanged. Typically, 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes receive more favorable exchange rates. It's advisable to also carry smaller denominations as many vendors accept them in the absence of local currency.

In Uzbekistan there are numerous ATMs available for withdrawing local currency (UZS), and banks are also present for exchanging USD or EUR. It is advisable to avoid using traveler's checks since only a few banks accept them. Keep in mind that ATMs dispense only local currency (Uzbek Sums). While some banks in Tashkent offer USD cash advances, this is subject to the availability of USD cash in the bank.


In Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan it is common to tip service providers like waiters and it is highly valued, typically around 3-5%, depending on the service. Tipping is a way to show appreciation for those who assist you during your journey. Even though it may not be your usual practice, it carries great importance to those taking care of you while you travel. Throughout the trip, there will be opportunities to tip local guides or drivers. You can tip them individually or have your tour leader collect the money and tip as a group. For drivers and local guides, recommendations range from $2-$3 USD per person per day, depending on the service quality and duration. Consult your tour leader for specific suggestions based on the situation and local customs. At the end of the trip, if you feel your Uppersia tour leader has provided exceptional service, tipping is welcomed. The amount is entirely up to you, but as a reference, $20-$25 USD per person per week is a common practice.

Dress Code

Female tourist in Iran has to cover their hair appropriately. They should also wear loose fitting garments which cover arms and legs up to at least the knee area over pants or skirt with a scarf in summer, and a full-length woolen coat and scarf in winter. Dress attire for men is similar to that in Europe. The strict dress code for men in Iran prohibits short trousers and short sleeved shirts and t-shirts. Although you would not see Iranian men dressed in shorts, you will almost certainly see men wearing short sleeved shirts and t-shirts. Sandals and flip flops without socks is acceptable for both genders and makes no problem.

In Central Asia including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a blend of traditional attire and Western-style clothing is common. When preparing for your journey, feel free to pack your typical travel wardrobe, including shorts, t-shirts, and sandals for summer. Avoid tank tops, singlets, or outfits with exposed shoulders or backs as they may not be well-received, especially in larger cities. As our itinerary involves visits to religious sites with strict dress codes, women are advised to have a headscarf in their day bags for mosque visits and to cope with the summer heat. To adapt to the warm Central Asian weather, opt for loose, long clothing like trousers, sarongs, or long skirts. During colder months (late October to April), be ready for rain and snow by packing warm clothes, jackets, and comfortable shoes.


Our group tours feature shared accommodation. Solo travelers on group tours are matched with a same-sex roommate in twin or multi-share lodging throughout the trip. You may ask for the single supplement and pay the extra cost  if you want to stay in a single room during the whole trip for those nights that can be arranged.

Your Tour Leader

Throughout the entire trip, a tour leader who is a local to the region will accompany you, ensuring you make the most of your experience. They will assist in overcoming language barriers with locals and offer information on activities and destinations.

Joining Instructions on Day 1

If you haven't arranged an arrival transfer with Uppersia Travel, we recommend taking a taxi from Tehran International Airport to the hotel. However, if you have scheduled an arrival transfer with Uppersia Travel, our driver will pick you up and take you directly to the hotel.

Please be aware that day 1 is designated as an arrival day with no scheduled activities. Upon reaching your Joining Hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon), keep an eye out for a note or bulletin board at the reception from your tour leader. This note will contain information about your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (typically at 7pm), providing an opportunity to meet your tour leader and fellow travelers, and to gain insight into the tour itinerary. If you do not see a note, feel free to ask reception for further details!

Itinerary Disclaimer

While we aim to adhere to the specified details and itinerary, unforeseen circumstances may lead to changes in accommodation, transportation, or included activities. In the event of any changes, rest assured that our primary goal is to ensure your safety and comfort throughout the journey. Our experienced team will work diligently to make necessary adjustments while maintaining the essence of the trip experience. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding during such instances, as it allows us to navigate challenges effectively and deliver a memorable adventure for you and your fellow travelers. Your cooperation is invaluable in creating a positive and enjoyable travel experience for everyone involved.


Departure Dates

 Starting from Tehran  Ending in Tashkent  Availability  Price
26/08/24 Mon 11/09/24  Available $2700
02/09/24 Mon 17/09/24  Available (few) $2700
09/09/24 Mon 24/09/24  Available $2700
16/09/24 Mon  01/10/24  Available (few) $2700
23/09/24 Mon  08/10/24  Available $2700
30/09/24 Mon  15/10/24  Available $2700
07/10/24 Mon  22/10/24  Available (few) $2700
14/10/24 Mon  29/10/24 Available $2700
21/10/24 Mon  05/11/24 Available $2700
15/03/25  30/03/25  Available $2700


Booking Policy for this trip

If you prefer booking this tour through a travel agency in your country, kindly inform us. If we have a partner in your country, you can contact them directly to book your tour. This service does not incur any extra fees to your trip cost.



Day 1 : Tehran

You get to meet your tour guide and mingle with your travel buddies, discovering the exciting details about your upcoming adventure. A notice will be left at the reception in the lobby, indicating the official time and location for the group meeting. If you arrive in the morning or during midday, you have the option to visit the Golestan Historic Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the heart and historic core of Tehran. Alternatively, you can explore the Iran National Museum and marvel at the fascinating history of Persia.

  Roodaki hotel or similar

Group Meeting with your tour leader and Fellow Travelers

Fly to Mashhad in the morning, then head to Tous to explore Ferdowsi's tomb. Afterward, visit the tombs of Nader Shah and the Imam Reza Shrine.

An hour flight from Tehran to Mashhad

Almas hotel or similar option

Included sightseeing in Mashhad and Tous for 4 hours

Breakfast included

Let us embark on a voyage to Neishabour, the enchanting city adorned with turquoise hues. Behold the sacred resting places of Omar Khayyam, Attar Neishabouri, and Kamal almolk. Following this, we shall venture into the depths of the turquoise mine nestled close to Neishabour's embrace.

Driving for 3 hours for the excursions

Included sightseeing in Neishabour and exploring Neishabour turquoise mine for 6 hours

Breakfast included

After having breakfast, embark on the journey to the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, by crossing the border at Bajgiran. Once you reach Ashgabat, take the evening to relax and enjoy your leisure time. Consider visiting the Tolkuchka Bazaar that is one of the largest markets not only in Turkmenistan but throughout Central Asia or try the Ashgabat Cable Car in the foothills of Kopetdag Mountains.

Mashhad– Ashgabat: Driving for 4 hours in a private vehicle

Ak Altyn hotel or similar option

Breakfast included

Explore vibrant Ashgabat for the day. Start with a morning half-day city tour, where you'll discover various city gems like the Monument of Independence, the National Museum and the Neutrality Arch. Later, you may venture to explore the ancient ruins of old Nisa or enjoy walking exploring Ashgabat.

Included sightseeing in Ashgabat for half a day.

Breakfast included

Embark on the path and pause by the realm of Erbent, where golden sands cascade like rivers of light into the endless expanse. Venture to the Karagum desert, where the fiery maw of the Darvaza gas crater, whispered to be the "Gates of Hell," beckons. As twilight descends, savor a feast of flames at a celestial banquet and rest beneath the tapestry of stars in a yurt camp.

AshgabatDarvaza: Driving for 3:30 hours in a private vehicle

Darwaza Yurt Camping

Breakfast & Dinner included

Journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kunya Urgench to explore the ancient capital of the Khorezmshakhs Empire, then proceed to Dashoguz. Consider kicking of your exploration with a brief orientation stroll to uncover the city and its lively Bai Market.

Dashoguz – Kunya-Urgench: Driving for 2:30 hours in a private vehicle

Dashoguz hotel or similar option

Included sightseeing in Kunya-Urgench historical complex and History Museum of Khorezm region for 5 hours

Breakfast included

Embark on a picturesque drive through the desert for a full day to reach the UNESCO-listed Khiva, making the adventurous journey well worthwhile. Explore this serene and charming city during a late afternoon orientation stroll, and select your preferred locations to delve into further tomorrow.

Dashoguz–Khiva: Driving for 1:30 hours in a private vehicle

Muso To'ra hotel or similar option

Breakfast included

Before embarking on a solo odyssey through this storied town, partake in a guided enchantment to unravel the tapestry of local lore. Stroll through the winding passageways of ancient mudbrick, haggle with denizens in the bustling bazaar, marvel at the grandeur of madrassas, mosques, and azure mosaic domes, ascend towering minarets. Traverse the sacred ramparts of Ichon-Qala, and behold the breathtaking spectacle as the sun's golden embrace caresses the sand-hued edifices.

Included sightseeing in Khiva including Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site for 5 hours.

Breakfast included

Journey to Bukhara, renowned as one of the country's most enchanting cities, and start with an orientation walk to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Choose to explore the ancient city bazaars, savor a traditional meal prepared by a local family, experience a hammam (bathhouse), or simply unwind in the delightful ambiance of this Silk Road city.

KhivaBukhara: Train Travel for 7 hours or driving for 7 hours in a private vehicle

As-Salam hotel or similar option

Breakfast included

Embark on a half-day guided walking tour in Bukhara to discover the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets of the Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Ark Fortress, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. You can choose to enjoy a local puppet show in a historic caravanserai or indulge in a refreshing hammam bathhouse experience.

Included walking tour in Bukhara for 6 hours.

Breakfast included

Venture into the desert to explore the Chashma Complex, a revered pilgrimage destination located in Nurata. The site features remnants of Alexander the Great's fortress, the Juma mosque, a bathhouse, and the ancient Panjvakta mosque. Within these structures lies a sacred spring believed to possess healing powers. Following your exploration, unwind with a swim at Aidarkul Lake before proceeding to spend the night at a nearby yurt camp. Indulge in a traditional Uzbekistan dinner and delight in an evening performance of Kazakh singing.

Bukhara–Aydar Kŭl: Driving for 4 hours in a private vehicle

Yurt Camp Stay Aidarkul or similar option

Breakfast & dinner included

Journey forth to Samarkand, a realm adorned with mesmerizing mosques and sacred tombs, nestled along the legendary Silk Road. Embark on a guided sojourn, perhaps pausing to explore the revered Amir Timur Mausoleum, a tribute to the illustrious warrior who aspired to resurrect the realm of Genghis Khan.

Aydar Kŭl–Samarkand: Driving for 4:30 hours in a private vehicle

Zarina hotel or similar option

Breakfast included

Take a city tour, where you will visit Ulugbek Observatory, Shaki Zinda complex, the bazaar, Bibi Khanum, and Registan Square. During your free afternoon, feel free to keep discovering Samarkand's attractions, enjoy a cup of tea at a local tea house, or stroll through the bazaar. You can also choose to explore the Tomb of Prophet Daniel, known for the biblical tale of Daniel and the lions.

Included walking tour in Samarkand for 5 hours.

Breakfast included

Hit the road to Tashkent post-breakfast to visit the last city in your adventure checklist. Tashkent, the enchanting capital of Uzbekistan, presents a fascinating mix of contemporary urban energy and the distinctive allure of an Eastern city. Strolling through its streets, you'll discover a fusion of elegant European buildings, Soviet-era structures, the blue domes of mosques and madrasas, and the striking facades of modern architecture.

Samarkand–Tashkent: Driving for 4:30 hours in a private vehicle

Alpha Plaza hotel or similar option

Breakfast included

Discover Tashkent with a morning half-day guided city tour. Gain insights into the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. This guided tour will include immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of Chorsu Bazaar, a true eastern marketplace. Continue your journey with a ride on Tashkent's Metro, renowned as one of the most beautiful metro systems in the world, to the city center. Visit the Applied Arts Museum and stroll through Navoi Theater to reach Amir Timur Square.

Included sightseeing in Tashkent for 5 hours.

Breakfast included


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