From Tashkent To Tehran via Turkmenistan

The countries of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran are woven together like the burnished threads of a fine Persian carpet. From earliest recorded history, these lands have exchanged rulers, architecture, art and religion. Explore the dazzling bazaars and extravagant desert architecture along the byways of the old Silk Road between Tashkent and Tehran.

20 Day Trip

20 Day Trip

Overview Itinerary

Imaginariachile Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Dine at the home of an Uzbek family
    Dine at the home of a local Uzbek family and sample traditional Central Asian dishes....
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  • Explore Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings
    Awaken to ancient history as you stand in the shadow of the colossal marble pillars of Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings and a celebrated...
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  • Survey the complex Persian architecture of beautiful Isfahan
    Survey the complex Persian architecture of Isfahan’s gracefully proportioned UNESCO-listed Imam Square, decorated with cobalt, turquoise and lapis lazuli mosaic tiles....
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  • Visit with a sixth generation ceramics master in Tashkent
    Visit with a sixth generation ceramics master who has revived the lost art of using natural dyes, teaching these rediscovered techniques to contemporary Uzbek ceramicists....
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Why Travel with Imaginariachile on this Tour
  • Over 30 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Vassar, Dartmouth and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen Imaginariachile to guide them to Central Asia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • Imaginariachile affiliate office in Uzbekistan
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers whom clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Tashkent, Samarkand

In Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, visit the private studio of a sixth-generation ceramicist. Admire Samarkand's UNESCO-listed Registan, radiating majesty through the ages. Converse with your hostess at a convivial meal in her family's Samarkand home.


  • Uzbekistan’s capital and largest city, Tashkent
  • The Square of Independence, tracing Tashkent’s history
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Days 4-7: Gijduvan, Bukhara, Khiva

En route to the Silk Road oasis of Bukhara, enjoy lunch at the renowned Gijduvan ceramics workshop, admiring the profusion of lustrous glazed earthenware. In Bukhara, wander the labyrinth of mudbrick streets in the heart of the Old Town. Explore the World Heritage Site of Khiva's atmospheric Old Town, including the 19th century Tash-Hauli Palace and the Dzhuma Mosque, with its interior forest of carved wooden pillars.


  • Visit to a renowned ceramacist’s studio
  • Bukhara’s atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Days 8-9: Dashoguz, Ashgabat, Nisa

Fly to the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, and tour a working farm that breeds the elegant Akhal-Teke horse. Visit UNESCO-listed Nisa, ancient capital of the Parthian kingdom.


  • Capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, with marble and gold monuments
  • Tour of Akhal-Tekke horse farm with the owner
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Days 10-13: Mashad, Tehran, Yazd

Cross the border into enigmatic Iran, visiting Mashad and its Tomb of Imam Reza, one of the most sacred sites of Shia Islam. Tour Tehran's vivid Carpet Museum and spend time in Yazd, famed for its Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, wind catchers and weaving centers.


  • Imam Reza Shrine, dedicated to Muhammad’s 8th grandson
  • Reza Abbasi Museum, tracing the evolution of Iran’s decorative arts
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Days 14-18: Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan

Stop in Shiraz, a place of poetry and luxuriant gardens; explore the fascinating remnants of Persepolis, one of the most important cities of the ancient world; and admire the luminous bridges of Isfahan and its graceful UNESCO-listed Imam Square.


  • Shiraz, “City of Roses and Nightingales”
  • Tomb of Hafez, Iran’s favorite poet
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Days 19-20: Kashan, Tehran

Visit Kashan, watered by an ancient Persian irrigation system of tunnels and vertical shafts called qanats. Finish in the capital, Tehran.


  • UNESCO-listed Bagh-e Fin Garden, one of Iran’s most treasured gardens

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 20 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 5-16 Travelers $8,195
  • Plus Internal Air $300
  • Single Supplement $1,495

2019 Dates

  • October 7-26
  • $8,195
  • Max 16 Travelers
Trip Length: 20 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 5-16 Travelers $7,995
  • Plus Internal Air $350
  • Single Supplement $1,450

2020 Dates

  • October 12-31
  • $7,995
  • Max 16 Travelers

Group Size

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located first class hotels in the major cities and best available hotels elsewhere.
  • 19 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 14 dinners. A few dinners are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking Imaginariachile Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. Imaginariachile will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Ground transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or van (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and other service personnel.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information.
  • Touring with Imaginariachile handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application and instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

Imaginariachile's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

Imaginariachile recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Most Imaginariachile programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Come early to explore neighboring Kazakhstan or Kyrgyzstan. Contact us for details.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

While the accommodations are as comfortable as possible for the region, they will vary from four and five star properties to relatively basic and simple hotels. It is important to keep in mind that the countries of Central Asia and Iran are, in general, not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

About Travel to Iran

If you have any questions about traveling to Iran, feel free to Imaginariachile or speak with one of our Iran travel experts at 111-111-1111.

We invite you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Iran, gathered from our more than 15 years of travel experience.

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