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1 Best of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Dushanbe – Khujand – Istaravshan – Panjakent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent
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2 Highlights of Uzbekistan & Tajikistan | 12 Nights / 13 Days
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Panjakent – Seven Lakes – Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand – Oybek Border – Tashkent
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3 Essence of Uzbekistan & Tajikistan | 14 Nights / 15 Days
Dushanbe – Kuli Iskandarkul – Khujand – Tashkent – Samarkand – Aydar Kŭl Camp – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
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4 Explore Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 11 Nights / 12 Days
Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake – Penjikent – Seven Lakes – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
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5 Glimpses of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Dushanbe – Seven Lakes – Penjikent – Jartepa Border – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
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6 Five Capitals of Central Asia | 11 Nights / 12 Days
Bishkek – Tashkent – Samarkand – Dushanbe – Almaty – Nur Sultan – Ashgabat
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7 Five Stans Central Asia | 12 Nights / 13 Days
Bishkek – Almaty – Dushanbe – Seven Lakes – Panjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Turkmenabat – Ashgabat
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8 UNESCO Sites in Central Asia Tour | 13 Nights / 14 Days
Tashkent – Khiva – Ichan Kala – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat – Old Nisa – Ancient Merv – Bukhara – Gijduvon – Samarkand – Sarazm – Panjikent – Tashkent – Otrar – Turkestan – Almaty – Tamgaly Petroglyphs – Almaty
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9 Pearls of Central Asia Tour | 16 Nights / 17 Days
Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Almaty – Bishkek – Ala Archa – Tashkent – Samarkand – Seven Lakes – Panjikent – Samarkand – Gjduvon – Bukhara – Khiva – Kunya Urgench – Darvaza – Ashgabat
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10 Uzbekistan & Tajikistan Express Tour | 09 Nights / 10 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Boysun – Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe
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11 Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Tour | 06 Nights / 07 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Seven Lakes – Penjikent – Samarkand – Tashkent
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12 Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 07 Nights / 08 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – 7 Lakes – Penjikent – Khujand – Tashkent
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13 Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 09 Nights / 10 Days
Tashkent – Samarkand – Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand – Gijduvan – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
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14 Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijdavan – Samarcanda – Penjikent – 7 Lakes – Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Dushanbe
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15 Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 13 Nights / 14 Days
Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarcanda – Penjikent – Khujand – Kokand – Fergana – Margilan –Tashkent
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16 Silk Road Experience Tour | 15 Nights / 16 Days
Bishkek – Burana – Kochkor – Naryn – Tash Rabat – Torugart Border – Kashgar – Kala Kule Lake – Irkestam Border – Osh – Dostyk Border – Kuva – Margilan – Fergana – Rishtan – Kokand –Tashkent – Bukara – Samarkand – Jartepa Border – Sarazm – Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand – Tashkent
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17 Stans and Caucasus on the Silk Road Tour | 21 Nights / 22 Days
Ashgabat – Ashgabat – Mary and Merv – Kunya Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Sarazm – Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand – Tashkent – Baku – Gobustan – Absheron – Shamakhi – Lahic – Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Stepantsminda – Gudauri – Uplistsikhe – Gori – Tbilisi – Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi – Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Khor-Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan
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18 Pamir Highway Tour | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Dushanbe – Kalaikhum – Khorog – Bulunkul – Murghab – Karakul Lake – Osh – Bishkek
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19 The Ultimate Pamir Highway Tour | 08 Nights / 09 Days
Dushanbe – Kulob – Kalaikhum – Khorog – Ishkashim – Langar – Murghab – Karakul Lake – Osh
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20 Central Asia Adventure Tour | 20 Nights / 21 Days
Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Dushanbe – Kalaikhum – Khorog – Bulunkul Lake – Murghab – Karakul Lake – Osh – Kazarman – Son Kul Lake – Bishkek – Samarkand – Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Ustyurt Plateau – Aral Sea – Kungrad – Nukus – Kunya – Urgench – Darvaza – Ashgabat
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21 Silk Road Journey – Uzbekistan | Turkmenistan | Iran | 22 Nights / 23 Days
Tashkent – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara – Farab – Mary – Ashgabat – Gaudan/Bajigiran – Mashad-Shiraz – Persepolis – Yazd – Isfahan – Tehran
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PROGRAM – 1
Best of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Dushanbe – Khujand – Istaravshan – Panjakent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Dushanbe 02 By Flight

Arrive Dushanbe.

Meet assist and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 02 Dushanbe B – D

After breakfast, start Dushanbe sightseeing tour visiting:

– Tajik National Museum of Antiquities with the biggest Buddha in Nirvana. The Museum consists of 22 exhibition halls with departments of nature, antiquity and the Middle Ages, modern history, fine and applied arts.

– Tajik flagpole-one of the World tallest flagpoles (165-meter flagpole);

– Main square of Dushanbe. The Monument of Ismoili Somoni – the forefather of Tajik Nation located on the main square. A 40-meter-high monument built to the memory of Ismaili Saman-Khuda, founder of the Samanid dynasty;

– Mehrgon Bazaar – one of the biggest markets of Dushanbe;

– 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. You will also be able to visit the Old Madrassa (Madrasai Kuhna) of the 16-17th century with a museum inside, the new Madrassa of the 17-18th century as well as Caravan Saray.

Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Dushanbe – Khujand B – D By Road 305 Kms. / 4H 55M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:30 Transfer to Khujand.

Khujand was the furthest point Alexander the Great reached in Central Asia, the city was named Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the Farthest), the city became one of the important entrepôts on the great Silk Road.

Start of the excursion program

– Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square;

– Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum;

– Muslihiddin memorial complex;

– Panjshanbe bazaar (Khujand’s central market that has many stores offering different kind of goods and services. The name Panjshanbe comes from Persian language meaning “Thursday”. Panjshanbe is considered as one of the oldest markets in Tajikistan. The Silk Road which passes Khujand city, had always made Panjshanbe to be crowded with traders and tourists).

– Arbob Palace (Arbob palace had its particular significance in 1992, when it was the place for the meeting of the Tajik Soviet ministers which officially declared independence from the Soviet Union. Also, it was the site where the Tajik flag was chosen).

Day 04 Khujand – IstaravshanIstaravshan – Panjakent B – D By RoadBy Road 80 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.182 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Panjakent via Istaravshan town.

Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 km southwest from Khujand, Istaravshan is one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan (more than 2500 years). Ancient name Cyropolis founded by Cyrus the Great in 544 BC as a boarding fort of the Achaemenid Empire.

During the Soviet era, the city was known as Ura – Tyube.

Overview sightseeing in Istaravshan visiting:

– Mazori Sharif mausoleum,

– Kog Gumbaz madrasa (16th century)

– Kuhi Mug, the ruins of the ancient fortress.

Arrival in Penjikent.

Start an excursion to Marguzor lakes in Fann Mountains.

– Transfer to Marguzor, the famous seven lakes – seven wonderful water mirrors full of mountain riverside drops. Each lake looks different whenever the sun changes its position. Colors may vary from deep blue to indie color ripple. Most of them are cold to swim even in summer. These lakes belong to Fann Mountains system.

On the western edge of the Fan Mountains in the valley of the river Shing there are seven lakes, six of them are dammed origin, besides the lake Hazorchashma. Lakes are called Marguzor, but each lake has its own name: Nezhigon (other references Mizhgon), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. The difference in level between the upper and lower lake is 692 meters.

Easy hike at the lakes.

Later, Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Panjakent – Samarkand B – D By Road 62 Kms. / 1H 15M appx.

Breakfast in the hotel.

Visit Penjikent.

– Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki, the forefather of Persian Poetry. Before lunch, visit the local bazaar and mosque.

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage) lies downstream of the city on the tugay-vegetated floodplain of the river.

– The archaeological site of the ruins of old Penjikent – a walled inter-city (2500-years ago) – was once a Sogdian trading city on the Silk Road. Today, only ruins are left owing to the fact that the main construction material was clay-bricks.

Later, Drive to the border crossing BP Jartepa to Uzbekistan (takes about 30 min-1 hr), meet the driver at Uzbekistan side of the border.

Transfer to Samarkand.

Sightseeing of Samarkand.

Start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6 hours):

– Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants decorated with gold ornaments and considered as one of the most significant places in the world;

– Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori.

– Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city which was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15th Century;

– Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) belonging to the Muslim person named Saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand bazaar – Siyab.

Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 Samarkand – ShakhrisabzShakhrisabz – Bukhara B – D By RoadBy Road 85 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.265 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Bukhara via Shahrisabz.

Excursion tour in Shahrisabz includes visiting:

– 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 favourite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir.

– Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation.

– Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continue to Bukhara.

Arrival in Bukhara. Hotel check in.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast in the hotel.

Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara (5-6 hours):

– Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);

– Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion;

– Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading domes or so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses the imagination of every visitor;

– Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally can be added by request: USD 25 PP

Visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture.

Resting time in the afternoon.

Overnight.

Day 08 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By Road 430 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

After breakfast, drive to Khiva through the Kyzylkum Desert.

Stop en route to enjoy the views of Amudarya River and the desert.

Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in and time for rest.

Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at ichan Kala in Khiva.

Overnight in Khiva.

Khiva’s colourful minarets tower over the city’s thick crenelated walls, surrounded by flat-roofed mud-brick houses and elegant madrassas tiled in turquoise. It’s a fairy tale sight, aided in our imagination by romantic tales of khans and princesses, thirsty camel caravans marching through the gates, and brutal slave raiders hiding out in this desert outpost.

Day 09 Khiva – UrgenchUrgech – Tashkent B – D By RoadBy Flight 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

After breakfast, full day visit of Khiva.

Evening, transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent.

On arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 10 Tashkent B – D

After breakfast, full day tour of Tashkent.

Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan. The city is set out as a grid of straight, wide streets and avenues, interspersed with many green areas (parks, squares, and gardens) and fountains.

This marvelous city embodies the modern elegance of many other capitals of the world; at the same time, as an eastern city, Tashkent has its own unique flavour. It tastefully combines medieval buildings that look like they’re from the pages of ancient oriental tales, with elegant European architecture from the time of the Turkestan governorship, concrete ‘blocks’ from the Soviet era and, finally, sparkling high-rise commercial buildings made of glass and concrete that represent a new era of independent Uzbekistan.

– Amir Timur Square, founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square, was renamed on August 31, 1994 after of the Amir Timur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror. Around the Square there is the Museum of History of Timurids, Uzbekistan hotel, Forum Palace and famous Tashkent striking clock.

– Tashkent striking clock, one of major symbols of Tashkent.

– Theater Square with the Opera House: State Academic Theater of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi built in 1947 is one of the best opera theater of the world performs both classical and national repertoires.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the Cabinet and the Senate, the “Eternal flame” in honor of soldiers who died during the Second World War.

– Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

– Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah; Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century (original Quran Othman). Khast Imam is one of the most significant spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts the pilgrims and visitors all over the world.

– Chorsu bazaar – the ancient bazaar of Tashkent. “Chorsu” means “four waters”, symbolically meaning the conjunction of four major parts of old city in bazaar where people come for trades. The bazaar beautiful blue dome, built in traditional style after the Tashkent earthquake, is often depicted in postcards and international magazines and became one of the major sights of interest both for locals and guests – one can see oriental tiled bazaar from different souvenir shops with ceramics, handicraft works, carpets and jewelry, the whole pavilion full of delirious fruits to the finest textiles and colorful fabrics.

– Tashkent Metro (the first line was launched in 1977) with beautiful train stations each decorated in thematic style with traditional ornaments and special lightning.

Evening, transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 11 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 10 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide for the whole trip.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– One way domestic flight from Urgench to Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at Ichan Kala in Khiva
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Dushanbe 02 Hilton Dushanbe
Khujand 01 Khujand Deluxe Hotel
Panjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 01 Asia Khiva
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1460 PP
Single Supplement USD 499 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 2
Highlights of Uzbekistan & Tajikistan | 12 Nights / 13 Days
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand – Panjakent – Seven Lakes – Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand – Oybek Border – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Tashkent – – – By Flight

Arriva Tashkent.

Meet and greet service, transfer to the hotel, check-in.

Overnight at the hotel.

Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia. The city probably dates from the 2nd or the 1st century BC and was variously known as Dzhadzh, Chachkent, Shashkent, and Binkent; the name Tashkent, which means “Stone Village” in Uzbek, was first mentioned in the 11th century. An important centre of trade and handicrafts on the caravan routes to Europe and East Asia, the city was conquered by the Arabs at the beginning of the 8th century and later became part of the possessions of various Muslim ruling lines before falling to the Mongols in the early 13th century.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning, City tour in Tashkent: Old part of the city: the religious complex Khasti Imam: consisting of Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV centure), Barak Khan Madrassah (XVI centure), Muy-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of prophet Muhammad; Dzhuma-mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrassah (XVI), Abdulkasim Madrassah (XIX).

After lunch visiting modern part of Tashkent: The State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, visiting Independence Square, after continue to Navoi Theater square and Amir Timur Square.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent – UrgenchUrgench – Khiva B – D By FlightBy Road 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for flight to Urgench.

On arrival, meet assist and proceed for the city tour of Khiva.

Khiva city on south-central Uzbekistan. A notorious slave market was centered there from the 17th to the 19th century. The city is also known for the Islamic architecture within its 590-acre (240-hectare) historic center. According to archaeological evidence, the city existed as early as the 6th century AD, but it was first recorded in the 10th century by two Arabian travelers. In the 16th century it became the capital of the khanate of Khiva. By the 17th century the city began to develop as a slave market. During the first half of the 19th century alone, some one million Persians, as well as an unknown number of Russians, were enslaved and transported there before being sold. Many of them were set to work on the construction of buildings in the walled Ichan-Kala (Royal Court), which is the most striking feature of the historic city.

City tour in Khiva: Ichan-Kala architectural complex (XII-XIX), the Residence of the last Khiva Khan including Ismail Khodja Mausoleum, Muhammed Amin Khan Madrassah, Kunya-Ark Castle (XVI-XVI), Kalta Minor Tower, Tash-Hovli Palace (XIX), Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum(XIV-XVIII), Juma Mosque (X) and other Khiva tourist sights. Narrow streets, carved “ayvans” veranda and doors, majestic minarets and mausoleums, heritage and arts –all kept with care in this city as great treasure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Khiva – Bukhara B – D By Road 440 Kms. / 6H 30M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Interesting Road trip to Bukhara via desert Kyzyl-Kum along Caravan road with picnic on the road (6-7 hrs).

Arrival Bukhara. Hotel accommodation.

Free time.

After dinner, walking to the hotel with guide along the narrow streets of Bukhara

Overnight at the hotel.

Bukhara or Buxoro city, south-central Uzbekistan, located about 140 miles (225 km) west of Samarkand. The city lies on the Shakhrud Canal in the delta of the Zeravshan River, at the centre of Bukhara oasis. Founded not later than the 1st century CE (and possibly as early as the 3rd or 4th century BCE), Bukhara was already a major trade and crafts centre along the famous Silk Road when it was captured by Arab forces in 709. It was the capital of the Samanid dynasty in the 9th and 10th centuries. Later it was seized by the Qarakhanids and Karakitais before falling to Genghis Khan in 1220 and to Timur (Tamerlane) in 1370. In 1506 Bukhara was conquered by the Uzbek Shaybanids, who from the mid-16th century made it the capital of their state, which became known as the khanate of Bukhara.

Day 04 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour in Bukhara: Ismael Samani Mausoleum – the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ jeweler at the end of IX – beginning of X), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job – XIV), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of XX), Citadel Ark (IV) – city in a city, Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of Sacred Bukhara, consists of Minaret Kalon (XII), Kalyan Mosque (XII), Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI), Ulugbek’s Madrassah (1417), Magoki-Attori Mosque (dated XII-XVI centuries), Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (dated XIV-XVII centuries), Chor-Minor (four minarets).

Free time: we advise you to visit Bukhara Dome Bazaars (dated 15-16 centuries): Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Moneychangers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of Jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk).

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

Tour around Holy places in Bukhara visit to Bahouddin Nakshbandi mausoleum (16-19th c.), to the sepulchres of his mother and his preceptor (14th c.), mausoleum Chor-Bakr (10th c.). Summer residence of last Emir of Bukhara.

Afternoon free time for leisure and own explore Bukhara.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 Bukhara – ShakhrisabzShakhrisabz – Samarkand B – D By RoadBy Road 85 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.265 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Shakhrisabz city (motherland of Great Amir Timur).

City tour: Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (XIV-XV), Dor-ut Saodat Complex: Khazratiy Imam Mosque (XIV), Jahongir Mausoleum (XIV), Dor-ut Tillavat Complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (XV).

Continue to Samarkand.

Arrival and Samarkand hotel accommodation.

Overnight at the hotel.

Samarkand city in east-central Uzbekistan that is one of the oldest cities of Central Asia. Known as Maracanda in the 4th century BCE, it was the capital of Sogdiana and was captured by Alexander the Great in 329 BCE. The city was later ruled by Central Asian Turks (6th century CE), the Arabs (8th century), the Samanids of Iran (9th–10th century), and various Turkic peoples (11th–13th century) before it was annexed by the Khwarezm-Shah dynasty (early 13th century) and destroyed by the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (1220). After it revolted against its Mongol rulers (1365), Samarkand became the capital of the empire of Timur (Tamerlane), who made the city the most important economic and cultural centre in Central Asia.

Day 07 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

City tour in Samarkand: Visit Gur Emir Mausoleum – Tamerlane’s Tomb (14-15th c.) – Guri Amir is Persian for “Tomb of the King” Continue to Registan square – Registan square heart of Samarkand. Registan Square is ornate portals, patterned minarets and glistening cupolas. Registan Square consist with three madrasahs: The Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). All three madrasahs rife with glazed mosaics in liquid shades gold.

Visit Bibi-Khanum Mosque and Siyab Bazaar– The Bibi Khanym complex in Samarkand was built in 1399–1405 with the spoils of Timur’s (Tamerlane’s) campaign in India. Bibi Khanym was named in homage to Timur’s senior wife, Sarai Mulk Khanym.

Visit Islam Karimov memorial complex and continue to Architectural complex Shakhi-Zindeh (11-15th c.) – The necropolis of Shah-I Zindah (Persian for “living king”) is revered as a memorial to Kusam-ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Mohammad.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Saarkand – Panjakent B – D By Road 80 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the Tajikistan border, formalities and cross the border. Meeting with guide at Jarteppa border and drive to Panjakent.

Sightseeing in Panjakent: Rudaki Museum, local Bazaar and mosque. Visit ancient Panjakent located within 5 minutes’ drive from modern Panjakent.

Panjakent was a major Sogdian city dating back to the 5th century and was destroyed by Arab conquerors in the 8th century.

Dinner.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09 Panjakent – Seven LakesSeven Lakes – Dushanbe B – D By Road 236 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Seven Lakes.

The Seven Lakes are located in the west of Fann mountains; each of them has its own colour which varies from calming turquoise to mesmerising purple. At the last lake of Khoazorchashma you will enjoy a picnic. See 1. Mijgon, 2. Soya, 3. Hushyor, 4. Nophin lakes (2139m.a. l), Khurdak, 6. Marguzor, 7. Hazorchashma lakes (2400m a.s.l.).

Continue to Dushanbe.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 10 Dushanbe B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Tajikistan United Museum includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art, Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of museum. (closed on Mondays).

Botanical garden-very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajiks.

Bazaar- an oriental market is the most crowded place in the city Hissar fortress the remains of an 18th-century fortress occupied until 1924 is located in 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress are two plain Madrassah, one dating from the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of 16th century.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Dushanbe – IstaravshanIstaravshan – Khujand B – D By RoadBy Road 230 Kms. / 3H 55M appx.80 Kms. / 1H appx.

In the morning, depart to Khujand via Israravshan (260 km, 5-6 h.). In Istaravshan visit a local bazaar, Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of the brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Istaravshan. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Sightseeing: Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Payshanba Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Khujand – Oybek BorderOybek Border – Tashkent B – D By Road 165 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to border point Oybek, pass the border and transfer to Tashkent

Arrival. Free time.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 12 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– One way domestic flight from Tashkent to Urgench in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at Ichan Kala in Khiva
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Khiva 01 Asia Khiva
Bukhara 03 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Panjakent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Dushanbe 02 Hilton Dushanbe
Khujand 01 Khujand Deluxe Hotel
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1890 PP
Single Supplement USD 480 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 3
Essence of Uzbekistan & Tajikistan | 14 Nights / 15 Days
Dushanbe – Kuli Iskandarkul – Khujand – Tashkent – Samarkand – Aydar Kŭl Camp – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Dushanbe – – – By Flight

Welcome to the capital of Tajikistan on the Varzob River with snowcapped mountains in the backdrop. There are no activities planned until the evening welcome meeting, so get out there and explore.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 02 Dushanbe – Kuli Iskandarkul B – D By Road 135 Km. / 2H 50M appx.

Enjoy a morning tour of Dushanbe, visiting the main monuments, museum, and mosque.

Visit the highlights of the capital city on a guided tour, seeing the Central Mosque and square, Ismail-i-Somoni Monument, the State Flag Pole, and Tajikistan Antiquities Museum.

After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains to Iskandar-Kuli for a short hike to Iskander Darya waterfall. Take a short hike through the peaceful Fan Mountains to Iskander Darya waterfall, or Fan Niagra. The Iskander Darya river flows from the famous Iskandarkul Lake, named after Alexander the Great for his love of place. This massive, majestic waterfall falls from a height of 38 meters.

Afterward, continue the drive—passing Alexander the Great’s lake—to your overnight stay at a local home in the stunning mountain valley. Meet the local people and explore the gorgeous landscape of the Fann Mountains.

Day 03 Kuli Iskandarkul B – D

After breakfast, embark on a trek alongside Sarytag and the Karakul River. Return to the homestay for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Later, head to Sarytag Village to experience local living and get a better understanding of life in this remote region. After the village exploration, head back to the homestay for a delicious Tajikistan dinner.

Day 04 Kuli Iskandarkul – Khujand B – D By Road 220 Kms. / 3H 40M appx.

Continue on to Khujand, stopping first in Istaravshan to explore a local mosque and Mug Teppe, an ancient citadel fortress stormed by Alexander the Great in 329 BC. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before continuing the drive to Khujand. Wander the city in the afternoon, visiting the Historical Museum of Sughd, resembling a castle, and the Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin.

Day 05 Khujand – Tashkent B – D By Road 165 Kms. / 2H 40M appx.

Visit the Khujand market (largest in Tajikistan) before continuing on to the border.

Cross into Uzbekistan and drive to the capital city of Tashkent, where modern skyscrapers mix with Soviet-era architecture and mosaic mausoleums.

Enjoy a short orientation walk in the evening before the dinner.

Day 06 Tashkent B – D

Spend the day freely exploring this unique bustling city. Check out one of the many museums, wander the streets admiring the modern, Soviet-era architecture, venture up Tashkent Tower (which offers city views from its observation deck), or wander through the bazaar.

Day 07 Tashkent – Samarkand B – D By Road 310 Kms. / 4H 30M appx.

Travel on to Samarkand, known for intricately beautiful mosques and mausoleums, situated on the Silk Road. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum, dedicated to the famous conqueror who once hoped to rebuild the empire of Genghis Khan.

Day 08 Samarkand B – D

Embark on a city tour, visiting Ulugbek Observatory, Shaki Zinda complex, the bazaar, Bibi Khanum, and Registan Square. With a free afternoon, continue exploring the Samarkand sights, have a cuppa in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar. Explore the Tomb of Prophet Daniel, famous for the Biblical story of Daniel and the lions.

Day 09 Samarkand – Aydar Kŭl Camp B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 4H 30M appx.

Travel out into the desert to visit Chashma Complex, a pilgrimage site in the territory of Nurata, dominated by ruins of Alexander the Great’s fortress, Juma mosque, a bath-house, and the ancient Panjvakta mosque.

All of this, hiding a holy spring believed to heal diseases. After exploring the complex, head to Aidarkul Lake and opt for a swim before continuing on for an overnight stay in a local yurt camp. Enjoy an authentic Uzbekistan dinner and an evening Kazakh singing show.

Day 10 Aydar Kŭl Camp – Bukhara B – D By Road 250 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Travel to Bukhara, known as one of the most charming cities in the country, and get your bearings on an orientation walk. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, enjoy a traditional dinner cooked by a local family, visit a hammam (bathhouse), or just relax in the pleasant atmosphere of this Silk Road city.

Day 11 Bukhara B – D

Explore Bukhara on a half-day guided walking tour around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets, or trading domes, that make up the Old City.

A centre for pottery, cloth, and carpets, Bukhara is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees. Wander the artisan shops and narrow twisting streets and alleyways, or sit at a café table and let the evening drift by.

Watch a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai, or indulge in a rejuvenating hammam bathhouse.

Day 12 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By Road 450 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

Enjoy a scenic drive through the desert on a full day’s journey to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva, well worth the arduous drive. Get to know this peaceful, picturesque city on a late afternoon orientation walk, and pick your favourite spots to explore more in-depth tomorrow.

Day 13 Khiva B – D

Before exploring this historic town on your own, enjoy a guided tour to learn about local life here. Wander through the narrow labyrinth mudbrick alleyways of old town, bargain with locals at the bazaar, admire the madrassas, mosques, and blue mosaic domes, climb up towering minarets, and venture into the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Explore the inner walls of Ichon-Qala, and enjoy spectacular sunset views on the sand-coloured buildings.

Khiva is currently almost a museum city, with well-preserved city walls and ancient monuments. Wander the city and learn about life here and its important place in history.

Day 14 Khiva – UrgenchUrgech – Tashkent B – D By RoadBy Flight 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

Take a short flight back to Tashkent and enjoy a city tour, then explore the city.

Visit the city’s highlights with a local guide. Ride the Russian-esque metro and visit the religious centre of the city and Quran Museum. Wander the neighbourhood streets and learn about daily life and history of the city and the Uzbek people.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 15 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 14-night accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– One way domestic flight from Urgench to Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at Ichan Kala in Khiva
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Dushanbe 01 Hilton Dushanbe
Kuli Iskandarkul 02 Guest House / Home Stay
Khujand 01 Khujand Deluxe Hotel
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Aydar Kul Camp 01 Camp
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 02 Asia Khiva
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 2350 PP
Single Supplement USD 590 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 4
Explore Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 11 Nights / 12 Days
Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake – Penjikent – Seven Lakes – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Dushanbe – – – By Flight

Arrival in Dushanbe early in the morning. Meet at the airport, transfer to the hotel and rest.

After breakfast meet the guide and start of the city tour in Dushanbe.

Visit the following sites: Tajikistan United Museum, including exploring the famous Buddha in Nirvana – one of the most valuable exhibits of museum; Botanical garden; Oriental Bazaar. After lunch transfer 30 km out of the city to visit the ruins of the ancient Hissar Fortress of 18th century; two plain madrasahs of 18th and 19th centuries and mausoleum of 16th century.

Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 02 Dushanbe – Kuli Iskandarkul B – D By Road 135 Km. / 2H 50M appx.

After breakfast transfer to the high mountain lake, named Iskanderkul Lake (2255m above the sea level), which is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. The road to the lake goes via Istiklol tunnel (2630m) with amazing panorama views.

On arrival on the lake we take a 40 minutes hike to the local waterfall. Accommodation at the guest house or a cottage near Iskanderkul Lake.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 03 Kuli Iskandarkul B – D

After breakfast start of the active hiking tour – it is possible to walk up (or drive up if you do not want to walk a lot) through the Presidential summer houses to the top of Alexander’s hat, which the Tajik residents call Dojdemerniy Peak (3358m).

Hiking up the peak and back takes about 7 hours. Lunch (picnic) en route.

Return to the guest house or cottage for dinner and overnight.

Day 04 Kuli Iskandarkul – Panjikent B – D By Road 155 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

Today we make a transfer to Penjikent via Istaravshan. Upon arrival start of the city tour in Penjikent. Visit museum of Rudaki (this city is a birthplace of this ancient poet), ruins of ancient Penjikent of 5-8th centuries (foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins).

Accommodation at the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight.

Day 05

Panjikent – Seven LakesSeven Lakes – Jartepa (Border)

Jartepa – Samarkand

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

165 Kms. / 3H 40M appx.

After breakfast transfer to the region of Seven Lakes with a guide. En route visit the ancient settlement of Sarazm with the history of 5500 years of civilization. In 2010 Sarazm settlement was added to the list of the Human heritage sites of UNESCO. Arrival to the region of Haftkul – which is represented by seven lakes of different colors, located in the mountains of Tajikistan.

Picnic at one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. After lunch transfer to “Jartepa” land border and formalities; meet local driver and guide and further transfer to Samarkand.

Upon arrival accommodation at the hotel, rest and overnight.

Day 06 Samarkand B – D

After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: visit Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum (from the outside); after lunch visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.

Return to the hotel.

Rest and overnight.

Day 07 Samarkand – Bukhara B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 4H 50M appx.

After breakfast continuation of the city tour in Samarkand. Visit Afrosiab museum and settlement, Saint Daniel’s tomb and Silk paper workshop. Further transfer to Bukhara by road.

Accommodation at the hotel on arrival, overnight.

Day 08 Bukhara B – D

After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

Afternoon, visit Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.

Return to the hotel for rest and overnight.

Day 09 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By Road 450 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer across Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along Amudarya River to Khiva. Lunch en route.

Arrival in Khiva.

Leisure time.

Visiting traditional workshops and souvenir shops is recommended.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Khiva – UrgenchUrgech – Tashkent B – D By RoadBy Flight 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Khiva. Visit the sights of Ichan Kala (historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hoja Madrasah & Minaret. After lunch visit Tash Khauli Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum.

In the evening transfer to Urgench and further flight to Tashkent.

Upon arrival in Tashkent transfer to hotel and check in.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Tashkent B – D

Breakfast and start of the guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: visit Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-Shashi Mausoleum; Kukeldash Madrasah, Minor white Mosque, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square and Tashkent metro.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 11-night accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– One way domestic flight from Urgench to Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at Ichan Kala in Khiva
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Dushanbe 01 Hilton Dushanbe
Kuli Iskandarkul 02 Guest House / Home Stay
Panjakent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 01 Asia Khiva
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1670 PP
Single Supplement USD 554 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 5
Glimpses of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Dushanbe – Seven Lakes – Penjikent – Jartepa Border – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Dushanbe – – – By Flight

Arrive in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.

Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon.

Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel reception for a city tour of Dushanbe, beginning with a drive to the sites at Hissar Historical and Cultural Reserve (30km, 50min):

  • Hissar Fortress (17th-19th centuries), where the impressive gates of a castle, once the home of a Bukharin emir, still amaze with their stateliness;
  • Kukhna Madrasah (17th century), a spacious religious school that functioned until the early 20th century, it now contains a small history museum;
  • Khistin Caravanserai (19th century), an unusual caravanserai constructed of burnt brick.

Drive back to Dushanbe to continue your tour to the following:

  • National Museum of Tajikistan, holding more than 40,000 expositions on Tajikistan’s history, nature and art, including a 12-meter statue of Buddha discovered on Tajikistan territory;
  • Haji Yaqub Mosque (19th century), Dushanbe’s landmark mosque that can hold up to 3,000 people;
  • Rudaki Park, a beautifully manicured park filled with fountain and flowers, with a tasteful monument of Rudaki in the center;
  • Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, dedicated to celebrating the musical heritage of the Tajiks and Pamiris through a collection of national instruments, music lessons and periodic concerts;
  • Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (1940s), whose gorgeous outer décor is accentuated by the pristine lawns that surround it;
  • Statue of Ismail Somoni, a classy tribute to the founder of the Tajik people which towers 25 meters high in the city center;
  • Mehrgon Market, Dushanbe’s newest bazaar housed in an ornately designed atrium.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 02 Dushanbe – Seven Lakes B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 5H 40M appx.

In the morning, meet your drive at your Dushanbe hotel to drive to Seven Lakes in the Fann Mountains.

Travel along the M34 Highway via the Anzob Pass, which at 3400 meters above sea level is considered the best viewing point for the Fann Mountains.

Arrive at Seven Lakes (Haft Kul), where each lake has a distinct color accentuated by the beauty of the cliffs encircling them. Stop at each lake, about a 10-15 minutes’ drive apart from one another, to take photos and learn about each lake’s unique characteristics.

Stretch your legs with a 30-40-minute hike along a mountain stream between the sixth and seventh lakes, the latter of which is situated 2300 meters above sea level. Go for a stroll around a nearby village, taking photos along the way.

Check in to the guesthouse.

Overnight at Seven Lakes.

Day 03 Seven Lakes – Panjikent B – D By Road 78 Kms. / 2H 10M appx.

After breakfast at the guesthouse, a driver will pick you up for transfer to Penjikent.

Stop for a tour of Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and sprawling ancient city founded by 3500BC. The excavation site is divided into three sections and still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads. Complete the drive to Penjikent for a city tour of the following:

  • Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum), which has eight exhibition halls on archaeology, nature, history, culture, lifestyle, Tajik customs and the life of Rudaki, the founder of Tajik-Persian classical literature;
  • Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah, originally from the Middle Ages and rebuilt in recent times, it now serves as the city’s main mosque and local gathering place;
  • Penjikent Bazaar, a bustling bazaar at the junction of the city’s main roads, complete with all the standard goods and Tajik souvenirs;
  • Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals, the site includes foundations of houses, Zoroastrian fire temples, a cemetery and reconstructed living spaces.

Check in to the hotel. Overnight in Penjikent.

Day 04

Panjikent – Seven LakesSeven Lakes – Jartepa (Border)

Jartepa – Samarkand

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

165 Kms. / 3H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border crossing at Jartepa-Sarazm (30 km, 40min). After passing through customs, meet your driver at the Uzbekistan border for transfer to Samarkand (50km, 1hr). Arrive in Samarkand, where hotel check-in begins at noon.

Begin your tour of Samarkand, a city at the crossroads of the world’s cultures. The private city tour includes:

  • Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek;
  • Registan Square, the commercial center of Samarkand for centuries and Samarkand’s most famous site today. The square includes three madrasahs: Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century), Sher-Dor Madrasah (17th century) and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (17th century);
  • A boulevard lined with workshops, souvenir stores and ice cream stands;
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife;
  • Siab Bazaar, a multi-level complex where you can shop for souvenirs and sample sweets, fruits and Samarkand’s famous bread;
  • Shakhi-Zinda, a burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries. Climb the blue-domed path and explore more than 20 small mausoleums that line the broad alleyway.
Day 05 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel. Your sightseeing tour of Samarkand region will continue to the following:

  • Visit to the excavation site and museum of the ancient city Afrosiyob.
  • Ulugbek Observatory, where you can see the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant and tour the Ulugbek Museum.
  • Tour of the Khodja Daniyar Mausoleum, believed to be the tomb of the prophet Daniel, whose remains were brought here by Tamerlane.
  • Drive to Konigil Village to observe the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry leaves.
  • Excursion to the Oriental Silk Carpet Factory to see firsthand how top-quality carpets are created. You can even learn basic skills from the masters and try carpet weaving yourself!

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 06 Samarkand – Bukhara B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 4H 50M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel before taking the morning train to Bukhara.

Arrive in Bukhara and transfer to your hotel in the Old City, an area resembling a scene from Arabian Nights. With your private local guide, enjoy a walking tour of the most impressive sights of Bukhara’s Old City:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, holding the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara (14th-17th centuries). This ensemble includes some of the largest madrassahs in the city: the Khanaka Madrassah, Kukeldash Madrassah and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrassah (all 16th century).
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century).
  • Four Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), which still house local handicrafts for sale.
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), consisting of the Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Amir-Alimkhan Madrasah and Miri-Arab Madrasah.
  • Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century), relatively untouched yet impressive religious schools.
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), the ancient center of Bukharan statehood and currently home to a small museum.
  • Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs that once provided water for the entire city.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 07 Bukhara B – D

Have breakfast and check out from the hotel by noon. Enjoy free time before continuing your tour of Bukhara to the following locations:

  • Chor Minor (Four Minarets), an unusual madrassah built by Niyazkul in the 18th century, whose four minarets are said to reflect the four major world religions of that period.
  • Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), believed to be the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, and the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum.
  • Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century), the emir’s summer residence boasting of a blend of Oriental and Russian architecture.
  • Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, an ensemble dedicated to the founder of the Sufi Order “Naqshbandia”; the site includes a mausoleum, mosque, pond, and museum.
  • Chor-Bakr Necropolis, (City of the Dead, 10th century), ancient burial grounds which were developed into a memorial complex in the 1500s.

Return to the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 08 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By Road 450 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel before checkout.

Drive to Khiva.

Arrive in Khiva in the afternoon and check in to your hotel for a rest. You’ll be staying near Ichan Kala, the historical center of Khiva, the “Museum Under the Open Sky” that’s been preserved for nearly 1500 years.

Overnight in Khiva.

Day 09 Khiva – UrgenchUrgech – Tashkent B – D By RoadBy Flight 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

After breakfasts begin your walking tour of Khiva’s architectural complex Ichan Kala, the city’s historical center and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city complex, which has been almost completely preserved for the past 1500 years, includes:

  • Kunya-Ark Fortress, the inner citadel of Ichan Kala;
  • Kalta Minor Tower, which would have been the tallest minaret in Central Asia had construction been completed; its name literally means “Short Tower”;
  • Muhammad Amin-Khan and Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasahs, the largest medieval madrasahs in Khiva;
  • Juma Mosque, built with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 meters high;
  • Tash-Hauli(Stone Courtyard Palace), which resembles a fortress with high battlements, towers and fortified gates;
  • Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, ancient religious center of Ichan Kala;
  • Residence of Islam Khodja, personal advisor of the last khan. The complex consists of a madrasah and a minaret whose top platform has a height of 45 meters, the highest observation point in town.

Transfer in late afternoon to Urgench Airport (35 km, 45min) for an evening flight to Tashkent.

Upon arrival to Tashkent, you’ll be brought to the hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 10 Tashkent B – D

After breakfast, begin your Tashkent city tour, which will include:

  • Excursion to the Old City, including the Khazret-Imam Architectural Complex, which holds the oldest known Quran in the world.
  • Visit to Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent’s most well-established bazaar that includes a large selection of traditional Uzbek ceramics, jewelry, handbags, garments and more.
  • Ride on the Tashkent Metro, an immaculate subway system with each station decorated in colored mosaics and ceramics to depict a specific theme.
  • Walk through Amir Timur Square, with a massive statue of none other than Tamerlane himself at the center.
  • Stroll through Independence Square, including the moving Mourning Mother Monument and the Eternal Flame, in memory of more than half a million Uzbek soldiers who died during World War II.
  • Drive to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, a 20th-century Roman Catholic Church with beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic-style architecture.
  • Tour of the Applied Arts Museum, an informative collection of Uzbekistan’s finest handicrafts housed in an ornately decorated villa.

Free time for remainder of the day. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 11 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 10-night accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– One way domestic flight from Urgench to Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at Ichan Kala in Khiva
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Dushanbe 01 Hilton Dushanbe
Seven Lakes 01 Guest House / Home Stay
Panjakent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 01 Asia Khiva
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1530 PP
Single Supplement USD 540 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 6
Five Capitals of Central Asia | 11 Nights / 12 Days
Bishkek – Tashkent – Samarkand – Dushanbe – Almaty – Nur Sultan – Ashgabat

Day 01 Arrive Bishkek – – – By Flight

Upon arrival in Bishkek, your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel, where check-in begins at noon.

Free time.

Overnight in Bishkek.

Day 02 Bishkek – Tashkent B – D By Flight

After breakfast, city tour of Bishkek.

  • Ala Too Square, Bishkek’s large central square that maintains a distinctly Soviet feel. Watch the hourly changing of the guards, take a selfie under the large Kyrgyzstan flag and pay your respects to a Kyrgyz legend at Manas Monument.
  • Old Square with Parliament House, a regal piece of 20th century architecture, and Lenin Statue, relegated to its current place after being supplanted by Manas in Ala Too Square.
  • Philharmonic Hall, a stately Bishkek landmark whose courtyard is a popular meeting place for local students and youth.
  • Oak Park, where the beautiful tree lined Erkindik Boulevard will take you to a statue of Kurmanjan Datka, a prominent 19th century Kyrgyz leader known as the “Queen of the Mountains”.
  • Opera and Ballet House, a stylish hall serving as a key center for the performing arts.
  • Victory Square, which honors those who lost their lives in WWII with an Eternal Flame burning under a sizable granite half-yurt.

Continue sightseeing with a drive to Burana Museum Complex (80km, 1hr 30min), enjoying the breathtaking view of the Chuy Valley and Tien Shan Mountains en route. This open-air museum encompasses several significant sites:

  • Burana Tower (11th century), a 25-meter-high minaret that impresses with its intricately chiseled exterior. The only remaining structure from Balasagun city, it affords a memorable climb up its dark and winding stairwell, with a spectacular view at the top to reward you for your efforts.
  • Balbals (6th century), round stone figures used as grave markers and memorial stones of the deceased.
  • Museum containing items found in Balasagun including jewelry, pottery and religious objects.
  • Petroglpyhs (2nd century) and mausoleums (9th century).

In the evening, transfer to Bishkek airport for flight to Tashkent.

Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital.

Transfer to the hotel and have a rest after your flight.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 03 Tashkent B – D

Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to begin your Tashkent city tour. Your private tour will include:

  • Excursion to the Old City, including the Khazret-Imam Architectural Complex, which holds the oldest known Quran in the world. Also on site are the Madrasah of Barak-Khan (16th century), Tillya-Sheykh Mosque, Juma Mosque and Mausoleum of Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi (15th century).
  • Visit to Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent’s most well-established bazaar that includes a large selection of traditional Uzbek ceramics, jewelry, handbags, garments and more.
  • Ride on the Tashkent Metro, an immaculate subway system with each station decorated in colored mosaics and ceramics to depict a specific theme.
  • Walk through Amir Timur Square, with a massive statue of none other than Tamerlane himself at the center.
  • Independence Square, including the moving Mourning Mother Monument and the Eternal Flame, in memory of more than half a million Uzbek soldiers who died during World War II.
  • Drive to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, a 20th-century Roman Catholic Church with beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic-style architecture.
  • Tour of the Applied Arts Museum, an informative collection of Uzbekistan’s finest handicrafts housed in an ornately decorated villa.
Day 04 Tashkent – Samarkand B – D By Train

In the morning a driver will pick you up from your hotel to chauffeur you to the railway station for your Tashkent to Samarkandd train. (330km; Journey on high-speed Afrosiyob train is 2hrs 10min, and on the regular-speed Sharq train, 3hrs 10min).

Your private city tour of Samarkand will include:

  • Gur Emir, the impressive burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek.
  • Registan Square, the social and commercial center of Samarkand for centuries and Samarkand’s most famous site today. The square includes three madrasahs: Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century), Sher-Dor Madrasah (17th century) and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (17th century).
  • A boulevard lined with workshops, souvenir stores and ice cream stands.
  • Siab Bazaar, a multi-level complex where you can shop for souvenirs and sample sweets, fruits and Samarkand’s famous bread.
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife.
  • Shakhi-Zinda, a burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries. Climb the blue-domed path and explore more than 20 small mausoleums that line the broad alleyway.
  • Ulugbek Observatory, the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant and its accompanying museum dedicated to this amazing astronomer’s life.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 05 Samarkand – TashkentTashkent – Dushanbe B – D By TrainBy Flight

After breakfast, your driver will drop you to the railway station for your train ride back to Tashkent.

Upon arrival in Tashkent, you’ll be picked up and taken to the airport for a flight to Dushanbe.

On arrival, meet assist and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon, free to explore.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 06 Dushanbe B – D

Early in the morning, arrive in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan. A driver will take you to the hotel for rest after your flight.

Later in the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at hotel reception for your private Dushanbe city tour, beginning with a drive to the sites at Hissar Historical and Cultural Reserve (30km, 50min):

  • Hissar Fortress (15th century), where the impressive gates of a castle, once the home of a Bukharin emir, still amaze with their stateliness.
  • Kukhna Madrasah (17th century), a spacious religious school that functioned until the early 20th century, it now contains a small history museum.
  • Khistin Caravanserai (19th century), an unusual caravanserai constructed of burnt brick.

Drive back to Dushanbe to continue your tour to:

  • National Museum of Tajikistan, housed in an artsy 4-story building and holding more than 40,000 expositions, including a 12-meter statue of Buddha discovered on Tajikistan territory.
  • Haji Yaqub Mosque (19th century), Dushanbe’s landmark mosque that can hold up to 3,000 people.
  • Rudaki Park, a beautifully manicured park filled with fountains and flowers, with a tasteful monument of Rudaki in the center.
  • Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, dedicated to celebrating the musical heritage of the Tajiks and Pamiris through a collection of national instruments, music lessons and periodic concerts.
  • Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (1940s), whose gorgeous outer décor is accentuated by the pristine lawns that surround it.
  • Statue of Ismail Somoni, a classy tribute to the founder of the Tajik people towering 25 meters high in the city center.
  • Mehrgon Market, Dushanbe’s newest bazaar that’s housed in an ornately designed atrium.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 07 Dushanbe – Almaty B – D By Flight

Free time in the morning before transferring to the airport for a flight to Almaty.

Arrive in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. You will be met by our driver for transfer to the hotel.

Check in to the hotel, followed by free time.

Overnight in Almaty.

Day 08 Almaty – Nur Sultan B – D By Flight

Your guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to begin the Almaty city tour:

  • Walk through Panfilov Park and see the World War II Memorial Complex, with a gigantic monument of soldiers bravely in advance and an eternal flame blazing nearby.
  • Visit Zenkov Cathedral (a.k.a Ascension Cathedral), also situated in Panfilov Park. Constructed entirely of wood without a single metal nail, this colorful five-domed wonder is one of the oldest buildings in Almaty.
  • Plunge into the atmosphere of Green Bazaar, a lively eastern market with festive colors, mouth-watering smells and lively crowds. It’s the perfect spot to purchase dried fruits and famous Kazakhstan chocolates…but don’t forget to bargain!
  • Stop by Republic Square, where the Mayor’s Office, Central State Museum and former Presidential Palace encircle the Monument of Independence, a towering statue of the Golden Man and bronze bas-reliefs depicting the country’s history.
  • Tour the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, containing nearly a quarter million exhibits, including a replica of the Golden Man. Exhibits cover the full gamut of Kazakhstan ethnography and history, from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
  • Drive from Almaty to Medeo along a scenic mountain road (18km), to see the world’s highest Olympic-sized skating rink.
  • Continue the tour with a short drive to Kok-Tobe Hill, which provides a striking panoramic view of Almaty. Entertain yourself atop Kok-Tobe with the petting zoo, souvenir shops, famous Beatles statue and a meander down the Alley of Lovers.
  • Take a short ride from the top of the hill to the city center on the famous Almaty Cable Cars.

Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Nur-Sultan (1200km, 1hr 40min). After landing in Nur-Sultan, a driver will take you to the hotel. Overnight in Nur-Sultan.

Day 09 Nur Sultan – Almaty B – D By Flight

Your guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby to begin the tour of Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana).

The tour will include:

  • Independence Square, a marble plaza with symbolic sculptures whose crowning glory is the staggering 91-meter-high Kazakh Eli Monument.
  • Excursion to Hazrat Sultan Mosque, boasting of the largest dome in Kazakhstan (51x28m) plus four minarets 77 meters in height. The premises are adorned with fountains and flowers, while the interior impresses with massive white pillars and intricate Kazakh ornamentation.
  • Continue to the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, a huge symmetrical pyramid built by architect Norman Foster whose glass-and-granite symbol of unity holds conference halls, exhibition rooms and even an opera house.
  • Cross the Ishim River and continue sightseeing along Nurzhol Boulevard. This pedestrian walkway is lined with fountains and statues that reflect Kazakhstan’s heritage and culminates in Round Square, a busy center of shops, cafes and fountains.
  • Ride to the top of Bayterek Tower (a.k.a. the Tree of Life), the city’s most popular attraction which provides an amazing view of the city. Place your palm in the famed golden imprint of former President Nazarbayev’s hand.
  • Shop at Khan-Shatyr, a unique shopping mall and entertainment center housed in the largest tent in the world. Its amazing eco structure maintains warm temperatures inside even during the city’s frigid winters.

Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Almaty.

Overnight in Almaty.

Day 10 Almaty – Ashgabat B – D By Flight

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabat.

Arrive in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

City tour Ashgabat with your private guide and driver.

Tour to the following sites:

  • Old Nisa, a spectacular archaeological site just 15 kilometers from the city. Nisa was the capital of the Parthian Empire, founded in the 3rd century BC and remaining in power for nearly 500 years. Today it’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, the largest mosque in Central Asia. Also referred to as the Spiritual Mosque and the Gypjak Mosque, it houses the tombs of former president Turkmenbashy and his immediate family members.
  • Arch of Neutrality, a 95-meter-high tower topped with a gold statue of former president Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenbashy) that rotates to face the sun. Ride to the top in a funicular to tour a small museum and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
  • Independence Park, including the yurt-shaped Independence Monument housing the Museum of National Values. The museum is surrounded by lavish fountains, 27 statues of Turkmenistan’s key historical figures and a golden sculpture of Niyazov himself.
  • Statue of Lenin, unique in that it stands on a large base ornately decorated in traditional Turkmen ornamentation.
  • National Museum of History, displaying over half a million items from every region of the country, including rare artifacts from ancient times through the Middle Ages.

Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 11 Ashgabat B – D

After breakfast, today’s excursion also includes a trip to the Akhalteke horse stables, (app. 1 hour from Ashgabat), where you’ll learn about the care and training of these pure-bred Turkmen horses, known for their incredible speed, agility and sleek beauty.

Visit, Gulistan Bazaar (also known as the Russian Bazaar), one of the oldest markets in the city, a clean yet lively place to buy snacks and mingle with local shoppers.

Return to the hotel after sightseeing.

Overnight in Ashgabat

Day 12 Depart Ashgabat B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 11-night accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– Express train Tashkent – Samarkand – Tashkent.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Domestic flights Bishkek – Tashkent – Dushanbe – Almaty – Nur Sultan – Almaty – Ashgabat in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Bishkek 01 Sheraton Bishkek
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Almaty 01 Rixos Almaty
Nur Sultan 01 Hilton Astana
Almaty 01 Rixos Almaty
Ashgabat 02 Yyldyz Hotel

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 2670 PP
Single Supplement USD 625 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 7
Five Stans Central Asia | 12 Nights / 13 Days
Bishkek – Almaty – Dushanbe – Seven Lakes – Panjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Turkmenabat – Ashgabat

Day 01 Arrive Bishkek – – – By Flight

Upon arrival in Bishkek, your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel, where check-in begins at noon.

Begin your sightseeing tour of Bishkek, which will take you to the following:

  • Ala Too Square, Bishkek’s large central square that maintains a distinctly Soviet feel. Watch the hourly changing of the guards, take a selfie under the large Kyrgyzstan flag and pay your respects to a Kyrgyz legend at Manas Monument.
  • Old Square with Parliament House, a regal piece of 20th century architecture, and Lenin Statue, relegated to its current place after being supplanted by Manas in Ala Too Square.
  • Philharmonic Hall, a stately Bishkek landmark whose courtyard is a popular meeting place for local students and youth.
  • Oak Park, where the beautiful tree lined Erkindik Boulevard will take you to a statue of Kurmanjan Datka, a prominent 19th century Kyrgyz leader known as the “Queen of the Mountains”.
  • Opera and Ballet House, a stylish hall serving as a key center for the arts in the capital.
  • Victory Square, which honors those who lost their lives in World War II with an Eternal Flame that burns under a sizable granite half-yurt.

Drive back to the hotel.

Overnight in Bishkek.

Day 02 Bishkek B – D

Free day to choose independent exploration or to book an optional tour (below).

Overnight in Bishkek.

Optional Ala-Archa Canyon Day Trek:

  • In the morning a driver and guide will pick you up from your Bishkek hotel and drive to Ala-Archa National Park (40km, 1hr). Surrounded by snow-covered peaks and the banks of the Ala-Archa River, enjoy a hike through Ala-Archa Canyon.
  • Beginning at Alpine camp (2200m), you’ll hike through Broken Heart Boulder (2380m) and Tepshi Plateau (2460m) before continuing the climb to Ak Sai Waterfall (2665m). This hike includes crossing a large mountain stream and continuing a steeper ascent through pine forests before reaching another valley, where you can see the 35-meter-high waterfall up close. Relax before the waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch before you begin the return trek. Return to Bishkek in the afternoon.

Total Duration: 6-8 hours

Difficulty Level: Medium

Distance: 3.2 kilometers one way

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Day 03 Bishkek – Almaty B – D By Flight

Transfer in the morning to the airport for a flight to Almaty.

Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting to bring you to the hotel.

Check in to the hotel at noon.

Your guide and driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to begin the Almaty city tour:

  • Walk the pleasant pathways of Panfilov Park. Within the park is a World War II Memorial Complex, whose focal point is a gigantic monument of soldiers bravely in advance, with an eternal flame blazing nearby.
  • Visit Zenkov Cathedral (a.k.a Ascension Cathedral), also situated in Panfilov Park. Constructed entirely of wood without a single metal nail, this colorful five-domed wonder is one of the oldest buildings in Almaty.
  • Plunge into the atmosphere of Green Bazaar, a lively eastern market with festive colors, mouth-watering smells and lively crowds. It’s the perfect spot to purchase dried fruits and famous Kazakhstan chocolates…but don’t forget to bargain!
  • Admire Almaty Central Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Its gold domes and striking white marble exterior give this post-independence building a regal quality, while the interior impresses with artistic simplicity.
  • Stop by Republic Square, where the Mayor’s Office, Central State Museum and former Presidential Palace encircle the Monument of Independence, a towering statue of the Golden Man and bronze bas-reliefs depicting the country’s history.
  • Tour the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, containing nearly a quarter million exhibits including its most well-known display, a replica of the Golden Man. Exhibits cover the full gamut of Kazakhstan ethnography and history, from prehistoric times to the 21st century.
  • Ride the Almaty Metro, whose tunnels give the impression that you’re in a palace instead of a public subway system. Each station has been beautifully designed to portray a specific theme, and you’ll stop at 2-3 stations to admire the colorful, intricate murals.

Drive back to the hotel.

Overnight in Almaty.

Day 04 Almaty B – D

Free day to choose independent exploration or to book an optional tour (below).

Overnight in Almaty.

Optional Charyn Canyon Day Tour:

You will be met by your guide and driver at the lobby of your Almaty hotel to start the Charyn Canyon Tour.

Depart Almaty and drive to Charyn Canyon (220km, 3-4hrs), enjoying the view of the passing Altai Mountains and villages on the way. Upon arrival, hike to the bottom of the gorge to see the roaring Charyn River. Have a rest and a picnic lunch while your guide shares information about the nature surrounding you. Hike through Charyn Canyon, where steep mountain slopes reach up to 300 meters and the stunning Castles Valley runs more than 2 kilometers in length. Spend the afternoon wandering about this fairytale land of ridges and bypaths.

After the hike, return to your Almaty hotel.

Day 05 Almaty – Dushanbe B – D By Flight

Check out from the hotel in the morning and transfer to Almaty International Airport for a flight to Dushanbe.

Arrive in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel reception for a city tour of Dushanbe, beginning with a drive to the sites at Hissar Historical and Cultural Reserve (30km, 50min):

  • Hissar Fortress (17th-19th centuries), where the impressive gates of a castle, once the home of a Bukharin emir, still amaze with their stateliness.
  • Kukhna Madrasah (17th century), a spacious religious school that functioned until the early 20th century, it now contains a small history museum.
  • Khistin Caravanserai (19th century), an unusual caravanserai constructed of burnt brick.

Drive back to Dushanbe to continue your tour to the following:

  • National Museum of Tajikistan, holding more than 40,000 expositions on Tajikistan’s history, nature and art, including a 12-meter statue of Buddha discovered on Tajikistan territory.
  • Haji Yaqub Mosque (19th century), Dushanbe’s landmark mosque that can hold up to 3,000 people.
  • Rudaki Park, a beautifully manicured park filled with fountains and flowers, with a tasteful monument of Rudaki in the center.
  • Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, dedicated to celebrating the musical heritage of the Tajiks and Pamiris through a collection of national instruments, music lessons and periodic concerts.
  • Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (1940s), whose gorgeous outer décor is accentuated by the pristine lawns that surround it.
  • Statue of Ismail Somoni, a classy tribute to the founder of the Tajik people which towers 25 meters high in the city center.
  • Mehrgon Market, Dushanbe’s newest bazaar housed in an ornately designed atrium.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 06 Dushanbe – Seven Lakes B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 5H 40M appx.

In the morning, meet your driver at your Dushanbe hotel to drive to Seven Lakes in the Fann Mountains (280km, 5-6hrs). Travel along the M34 Highway via the Anzob Pass, which at 3400 meters above sea level is considered the best viewing point for the Fann Mountains.

Arrive at Seven Lakes (Haft Kul), where each lake has a distinct color accentuated by the beauty of the cliffs encircling them. Stop at each lake, about a 10-15 minutes’ drive apart from one another, to take photos and learn about each lake’s unique characteristics. Stretch your legs with a 30-40-minute hike along a mountain stream between the sixth and seventh lakes, the latter of which is situated 2300 meters above sea level. Go for a stroll around a nearby village, taking photos along the way.

Check in to the guesthouse.

Overnight at Seven Lakes.

Day 07

Seven Lakes – PanjikentPanjikent – Border

Border – Samarkand

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

70 Kms. / 2H 10M appx.45 Kms. / 1H 20M appx.

After breakfast at the guesthouse, a driver will pick you up for transfer to Penjikent (70km, 2hrs). Arrive in Penjikent for a tour of ancient Penjikent and Sarazm:

  • Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum), which has eight exhibition halls on archaeology, nature, history, culture, lifestyle, Tajik customs and the life of Rudaki, the founder of Tajik-Persian classical literature.
  • Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah: A medieval complex which now serves as the city’s main mosque and a popular gathering place for locals.
  • Penjikent Bazaar – a bustling bazaar at the junction of the city’s main roads, complete with all the standard goods and Tajik souvenirs.
  • Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals, the site includes foundations of houses, Zoroastrian fire temples, a cemetery and reconstructed living spaces.

Drive to the settlement of Sarazm (15km, 15min). A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010, this archaeological site bears testimony to the development of human settlements in Central Asia. The sprawling ancient city is divided into three sections and still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.

Transfer to the Tajikistan – Uzbekistan land border. Go through border formalities at both checkpoints. Meet your driver and transfer to Samarkand (45km, 1hr).

Arrive in Samarkand, capital of Tamerlane’s Empire.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 08 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel before beginning your private tour of Samarkand to the following sites:

  • Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek.
  • Registan Square, the commercial center of Samarkand for centuries and Samarkand’s most famous site today. The square includes three madrasahs: Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century), Sher-Dor Madrasah (17th century) and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (17th century).
  • Walk along a boulevard lined with workshops and souvenir stores.
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife.
  • Siab Bazaar, a multi-level complex where you can shop for souvenirs and sample Samarkand’s famous bread.
  • Shakhi-Zinda, a burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries. Climb the blue-domed path and explore more than 20 small mausoleums that line the broad alleyway.
  • Ulugbek Observatory, where you can see the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant and tour the Ulugbek Museum.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 09 Samarkand – Bukhara B – D By Road 280 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel before taking the morning train to Bukhara.

Arrive in Bukhara and transfer to your hotel in the Old City, an area resembling a scene from Arabian Nights. With your private local guide, enjoy a walking tour of the most impressive sights of Bukhara’s Old City:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, holding the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara (14th-17th centuries). This ensemble includes some of the largest madrassahs in the city: the Khanaka Madrassah, Kukeldash Madrassah and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrassah (all 16th century).
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century).
  • Four Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), which still house local handicrafts for sale.
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), consisting of the Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Amir-Alimkhan Madrasah and Miri-Arab Madrasah.
  • Ulugbek (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century), relatively untouched yet impressive religious schools.
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), the ancient center of Bukharan statehood and currently home to a small museum.
  • Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs that once provided water for the entire city.
  • Mausoleum of the Samanids (9th-10th centuries), believed to be the most ancient brick building in Central Asia.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 10 Bukhara – BorderBorder – Turkmenabat B – D By RoadBy Road 100 Kms. / 2H 20M appx.

Enjoy free time after breakfast before an afternoon departure for the Alat-Farap border crossing from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan.

Your Turkmen guide will meet you at the border after you’ve passed through customs and drive you to Turkmenabat.

Check in to the hotel and enjoy free time in the evening.

Overnight in Turkmenabat.

Day 11 Turkmenabad – Ashgabat B – D By Flight

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight from Turkmenabat to Ashgabat.

Arrive in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan.

A driver will meet you at the airport to bring you to your hotel.

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel for a half-day of sightseeing in the capital:

  • Old Nisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former capital of the Parthian Empire, founded in the 3rd century BC and remaining in power for nearly 500 years.
  • Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, the largest mosque in Central Asia. Also referred to as the Spiritual Mosque and the Gypjak Mosque, it includes the tombs of former president Turkmenbashy and his immediate family members.
  • Arch of Neutrality, a 95-meter-high tower topped with a gold statue of former president Saparmurat Niyazov (Turkmenbashy) that rotates to face the sun. Ride to the top in a funicular to tour a small museum and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
  • Independence Park, including the yurt-shaped Independence Monument housing the Museum of National Values. The museum is surrounded by lavish fountains, 27 statues of Turkmenistan’s key historical figures and a golden sculpture of Niyazov himself.
  • Statue of Lenin, unique in that it stands on a large base ornately decorated in traditional Turkmen ornamentation.
  • National Museum of History, displaying over half a million items from every region of the country, including rare artifacts from ancient times through the Middle Ages.

Transfer to the hotel after your tour.

Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 12 Ashgabat B – D

After breakfast, today’s excursion also includes a trip to the Akhalteke horse stables, (app. 1 hour from Ashgabat), where you’ll learn about the care and training of these pure-bred Turkmen horses, known for their incredible speed, agility and sleek beauty.

Visit, Gulistan Bazaar (also known as the Russian Bazaar), one of the oldest markets in the city, a clean yet lively place to buy snacks and mingle with local shoppers.

Return to the hotel after sightseeing.

Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 13 Depart Ashgabat B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 12 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Domestic flights Bishkek – Almaty – Dushanbe, Turkmenabad – Ashgabat in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Bishkek 02 Sheraton Bishkek
Almaty 02 Rixos Almaty
Dushanbe 01 Hilton Dushanbe
Seven Lakes 0 Guest House / Home Stay
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 01 Asia Bukhara
Turkmenabad 01 Yupek Yoly
Ashgabat 02 Yyldyz Hotel

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 2190 PP
Single Supplement USD 583 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 8
UNESCO Sites in Central Asia Tour | 13 Nights / 14 Days
Tashkent – Khiva – Ichan Kala – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat – Old Nisa – Ancient Merv – Bukhara – Gijduvon – Samarkand – Sarazm – Panjikent – Tashkent – Otrar – Turkestan – Almaty – Tamgaly Petroglyphs – Almaty

Day 01 Arrive Tashkent – – – By Flight

Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital.

Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon, and have a rest after your flight.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 02 Tashkent B – D

In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel for a Tashkent city tour which includes:

  • Old City, including Khazret-Imam Architectural Complex, which holds the world’s oldest known Quran;
  • Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent’s most famous market that includes a large selection of handmade souvenirs;
  • Tashkent Metro, where each station is decorated in colorful mosaics to depict a specific theme;
  • Amir Timur Square, with a massive statue of Tamerlane himself at the center;
  • Independence Square, including the Mourning Mother Monument and Eternal Flame memorial;
  • Sacred Heart Cathedral, known for its stained-glass windows and Gothic-style architecture;
  • Applied Arts Museum, an informative collection of Uzbek handicrafts housed in an ornate villa.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 03 Tashkent – UrgenchUrgench – Khiva B – D By FlightBy Road 30 Kms. / 40M appx.

Transfer in the morning to the local airport for a flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1hr 40min). Upon arrival, a driver will take you to the hotel in Khiva (35 km, 45min).

A guide will meet you to begin your walking tour of Ichan Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nicknamed “Museum Under the Open Sky”. The tour includes:

  • Kunya-Ark Fortress, inner citadel of Ichan Kala;
  • Kalta-Minor Tower, once destined to be one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia;
  • Muhammad Amin-khan, the biggest medieval madrasah and educational institution in Khiva;
  • Muhammad Rahim-khan Madrasah, a sprawling complex that was once one of the largest in Central Asia;
  • Juma Mosque, built with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 meters high;
  • Tash-Hauli Palace, which resembles a fortress with high battlements, towers and garrisoned gates;
  • Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, ancient religious center of Ichan Kala;
  • Minaret and madrasah of Islam Khodja, vizier of the last khan.

Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 04

Khiva – Kunya UrgenchKunya Urgench – Dashoguz

Dashoguz – Ashgabat

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Flight

165 Kms. / 2H 40M appx.96 Kms. / 1H 30M appx.

In the morning, travel with your driver to the Turkmenistan border to pass through customs (transportation may not be available when crossing the border).

Your Turkmenistan guide will meet you on the other side and drive to Kunya Urgench, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to visit Tyurabek-Khanym, Sayit Ahmed Mausoleums, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum of Khorezmshakh and Kyrk Molla Hill.

Drive to Dashoguz Airport for a late afternoon flight to Ashgabat.

Upon arrival in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, a driver will transfer you to your hotel. Free time to relax at the hotel and enjoy its amenities. Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 05 Ashgabat B – D

After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of the capital, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world.

Explore the archaeological site of Old Nisa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Spiritual Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and the recently built Independence Park.

Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 06 Ashgabat – MaryMerv – Bukhara B – D By FlightBy Road 100 Kms. / 2H 20M appx.

Take an early morning flight from Ashgabat to Mary (370km, 40min).

Upon arrival, drive to Merv (40 km, 40 min), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your guided tour of Merv includes:

  • Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum (12th century) – one of Merv’s most majestic monuments which displays amazing architectural craftsmanship for its day;
  • Greater and Lesser Kyz Kala (8th-9th centuries) – unique homes with no archeological equivalents;
  • Askhab Mausoleums (9th-12th centuries) – one of Turkmenistan’s most important pilgrimage sites;
  • Erk Kala (6th century BC) – seat of ancient Merv and its oldest settlement. Climb its walls for a great view!
  • Gyaur Kala (3rd century BC) – Merv’s second oldest settlement famous for its thick, 2-km long walls;
  • Muhammad Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (12th century) – popular Sufi shrine with symmetrical architecture.

After the tour of Old Merv, depart for the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border. Complete border formalities and meet your driver in Uzbekistan to continue to Bukhara (100 km, 1h 30min). Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 07 Bukhara B – D

Have a leisurely breakfast before your private walking tour of the most impressive sights of Old Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, including the Lyabi-Hauz Pool and the Khanaka, Kukeldash and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrasahs (all 16th century);
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century);
  • Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), where you can purchase handmade souvenirs;
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), including Kalyan Minaret and Mosque and Amir-Allimkhan and Miri-Arab Madrasahs;
  • Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century);
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), ancient center of Bukharin statehood now home to a small museum;
  • Bolo Hauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th-century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs;
  • Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), the oldest brick building in Central Asia;
  • Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (dates vary), otherwise known as Job’s well.

Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 08 Bukhara – GijduvonGijduvon – Samarkand B – D By RoadBy Road 50 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.240 Kms. / 3H 30M appx.

After breakfast, drive to Gijduvon (50 km, 1hr), whose traditional ceramics have been sought after for centuries due to their fine quality and colorful, decorative style.

Continue driving to Samarkand (240 km, 3.5 hrs). Along the way, stop by the Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai ruins and Sardoba, an ancient reservoir.

Arrive in Samarkand, capital of Tamerlane’s Empire.

Check in to the hotel and have a free evening.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 09

Samarkand – SarazmSarazm – Panjikent

Panjikent – Samarkand

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

50 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.30 Kms. / 40M appx.

120 Kms. / 2H 40M appx.

In the morning, our driver will pick you up from your hotel for transfer to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border. Your Tajik guide and driver will be waiting for you on the other side.

Drive to Penjikent, stopping on the way at the ancient settlement of Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded by 3500BC which holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes and roads.

Continue to Penjikent to tour the following:

  • Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum);
  • Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah (dates vary), the city’s main mosques;
  • Penjikent Bazaar, a bustling bazaar with standard goods and Tajik souvenirs;
  • Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals.

Drive back to the border in late afternoon, pass through customs and re-enter Uzbekistan.

Return to Samarkand for drop-off at the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 10 Samarkand – Tashkent B – D By Train 2H 30M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out before your Samarkand tour to the following:

  • Registan Square, Samarkand’s most famous site which includes Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (15th- 17th centuries);
  • A boulevard lined with workshops and souvenir stores;
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife;
  • Siab Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, fruits, sweets and Samarkand’s famous bread;
  • Shahi-Zinda, an exquisite burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries;
  • Gur-Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek;
  • Ulugbek Observatory, including Ulugbek Museum and the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant.

After your Samarkand tour, take a train to Tashkent.

Upon arrival, a driver will bring you to your hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 11 Samarkand – Turkestan B – D By Road 130 Kms. / 2H 20M appx.

In the morning, a driver will take you to the Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan border.

After border formalities, meet your driver and guide on the Kazakhstan side and drive to Otrar to see:

  • Ancient Otrar (10th – 12th centuries), with excavations of a bathhouse, mosque, homes and a fortress.
  • Arslanbob Mausoleum, the burial place of Ahmed Yasawi’s spiritual teacher.
  • Small museum displaying artefacts from the region.

Transfer to Turkestan.

Visit the Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Complex (dates vary), a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes Akhmed Yassawi Khanaka Mausoleum, Hazrat Sultan Archeological Center, Fortress Wall, Khilovat Underground Mosque, traditional Turkish baths and more.

Overnight at the hotel in Turkestan.

Day 12 Turkestan – Almaty B – D By Flight

In the morning, drive to Shymkent to catch a flight to Almaty.

After landing, a driver will take you to your hotel.

Your guide and driver will meet you to begin the Almaty city tour to the following:

  • Panfilov Park, including the World War II Memorial Complex of the same name;
  • Zenkov Cathedral (Ascension Cathedral), one of the oldest and most colorful buildings in Almaty;
  • Republic Square, including the former Presidential Palace and Monument of Independence;
  • Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including a replica of the Golden Man;
  • Drive from Almaty to Medeo (18km, 30min) to see the world’s highest Olympic-sized skating rink;
  • Kok-Tobe Hill, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Almaty and various entertainment options;
  • Short ride from Kok-Tobe to the city center on the famous Almaty Cable Cars.

Overnight at the hotel in Almaty.

Day 13 Almaty B – D

Meet your guide and driver for a scenic drive to Tamgaly Petroglyphs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tamgaly Gorge (170km, 3hrs).

Upon arrival, explore the valley and marvel at the 5000+ petroglyphs as your guide provides further insights into the ancient drawings.

Have a picnic lunch before driving back to Almaty.

Overnight at the hotel in Almaty.

Day 14 Depart Almaty B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 13 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan – Ichan Kala, Bukhara, Samarkand.
– UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tajikistan – Sarazm, Panjikent
– UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkmenistan – Kunya Urgench, Old Nisa, Ancient Merv.
– UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kazakhstan – Turkestan, Tamgaly Petroglyphs.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Express train from Samarkand to Tashkent.
– Domestic flights Tashkent – Urgench, Dashoguz – Ashgabat – Mary, Turkestan – Almaty in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon
Khiva 01 Asia Khiva
Ashgabat 02 Yyldyz Hotel
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Turkestan 01 Hotel Turkestan
Almaty 02 Rixos Almaty

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 2370 PP
Single Supplement USD 572 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 9
Pearls of Central Asia Tour | 16 Nights / 17 Days
Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Almaty – Bishkek – Ala Archa – Tashkent – Samarkand – Seven Lakes – Panjikent – Samarkand – Gjduvon – Bukhara – Khiva – Kunya Urgench – Darvaza – Ashgabat

Day 01 Arrive Almaty – – – By Flight

Arrive in Almaty. Check-in to hotel at noon, followed by free time.

Overnight in Almaty.

Day 02 Almaty – Charyn CanyonCharyn Canyon – Almaty B – D By RoadBy Road 220 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.220 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.

Your guide and driver will meet you at 09:00 at your Almaty hotel.

Depart Almaty and drive to Charyn Canyon, enjoying the view of the Altai Mountains and villages along the way (220km, 3-4hrs).

Arrive to Charyn Canyon in time for a picnic lunch. Hike through Charyn Canyon, where steep mountainsides reach up to 300 meters and the stunning “Castles Valley” runs more than 2 kilometers in length.

Return to Almaty in late afternoon.

Overnight in Almaty hotel.

Day 03 Almaty – Bishkek B – D By Flight

After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will meet you in the lobby around 10:30 for a sightseeing tour of Almaty. A short drive (25km) will take you to Chimbulak, where you can ride the cable cars to a plateau to enjoy the amazing view of the Tian Shan Mountains.

Return to the heart of Almaty to ride the metro to Panfilov Park to learn more about the city’s history and see one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, Zenkov Cathedral. Visit the Memorial of Glory and the Eternal Flame, dedicated to the soldiers who died for the country’s independence.

Continue to Republic Square and Almaty City Museum. Shop for sweets, souvenirs and freshly cooked meals at the famed Green Bazaar.

Drop-off at the airport for your evening flight to Bishkek.

Arrive in Bishkek and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Bishkek.

Day 04 Bishkek B – D

Your guide will meet you after breakfast and drive you to Burana Tower, part of the ancient city of Balasagun (11th-13th centuries) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Watch the Kyrgyz national sport Ulak Tartysh (Goat Pulling), as two teams on horseback battle for possession of a goat carcass. Transfer to Don Aryk village for lunch at the home of a local Kyrgyz family. After lunch, watch a demonstration and explanation of a yurt construction by local women.

You can even take part in the demonstration if you wish! Return to Bishkek.

Overnight at Bishkek hotel.

Day 05

Bishkek – Ala ArchaAla Archa – Bishkek

Bishkek – Tashkent

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Flight

40 Kms. / 1H appx.40 Kms. / 1H appx.

Begin your day with a city tour of Bishkek’s impressive examples of Soviet urban planning and architecture: Oak Park, Ala Too Square, Manas Statue, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Philharmonic Hall, and Victory Monument.

Travel to Ala-Archa National Park (40km). Hike this alpine gorge, flanked by snow-covered peaks, to Ak-Sai waterfall and the banks of the Ala-Archa River.

Drive back to Bishkek for your evening flight to Tashkent.

Arrive in Tashkent and transfer to your hotel for the night.

Day 06 Tashkent B – D

Your guide will pick you up from the hotel to begin your introduction to Tashkent city: Excursion to the Old City, including the architectural Khazret-Imam Complex (15th century), which holds the oldest known Quran in the world. Visit Chorsu Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Central Asia, where you can sample or buy sweets, fruits and souvenirs.

Ride on the Tashkent Metro, where ceramic tiles and murals depict a unique theme at each station. Walk through Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, admiring the paintings for sale on ‘Broadway’ Drive. Drive to Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Tour of the State Museum of the History of Uzbekistan.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 07 Tashkent – Samarkand B – D By Train 2H 50M appx.

Your driver will help you transfer to the railway station for your train to Samarkand.

Upon arrival to Samarkand, a guide and driver will meet you to begin your city tour of Samarkand, the capital of Tamerlane’s magnificent empire: Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek. Spectacular Registan Square with its three madrasahs (15th -17th centuries), the center of Samarkand for centuries. Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane, and Shakhi-Zinda, a 15th century burial complex. Climb the imposing walkway and explore its blue-domed tombs.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 08 Samarkand – JartepaJartepa – Seven Lakes B – D By RoadBy Road 50 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.90 Kms. / 1H 50M appx.

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer around 9am to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border crossing at Jartepa.

After passing through customs and passport control, your local Tajik guide and driver will meet you on the Tajikistan side to drive you to Seven Lakes (90km, 2hrs), located in the Fann Mountains. Each lake has its own color, varying from turquoise to purple.

Have lunch at the guest house next to the fourth lake, where you’ll also stay overnight.

Day 09

Seven Lakes – PanjikentPanjikent – Jartepa

Jartepa – Samarkand

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

80 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.30 Kms. / 40M appx.

50 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.

Have breakfast at the lake before driving to ancient Penjikent, the ruins of a town founded by the Sogdians in the 5th century and abandoned by Arabs in the 8th century.

In old Penjikent you’ll see the foundations of houses, a citadel with Zoroastrian fire temples, the remains of the city bazaar and other excavated ruins in the old city.

In the newer part of Penjikent, visit a local bazaar, mosque, and the Rudaki Museum.

Drive to the Jartepa border crossing (30km, 40min) via Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 4th century BC. After crossing the border, you’ll continue your tour in Uzbekistan, with your driver meeting you at the border to take you to your hotel in Samarkand.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 10 Samarkand – GjduvonGijduvon – Bukhara B – D By RoadBy Road 230 Kms. / 3H 30M appx.48 Kms. / 50M appx.

Pearls of Central Asia Tour continues with a drive from Samarkand to Bukhara via Gijduvon.

Stop on the way at the Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai (11th century). Visit Gijduvon, a small town whose traditional crafts and ceramics have been sought after in Central Asia for centuries due to their quality and colorful, decorative style. Visit the ceramic center and museum before having lunch.

Transfer to Bukhara and check in to the hotel.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 11 Bukhara B – D

Begin the morning with a city walking tour led by your local guide. Your private tour will include the Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque and the Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries) that serve today as a tourist bazaar.

Continue your excursion outside of the old city center to see the following: Poi Kalyan Ensemble, (including Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah); Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahs; Ark Fortress and museum; Bolo-Khauz Mosque; and Mausoleum of the Samanids. Free time in the evening.

Overnight in the Bukhara hotel.

Day 12 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By Road 470 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

After breakfast, drive to Khiva.

Arrival in Khiva, the “Museum Under the Open Sky”.

Free time in the evening.

Overnight in a hotel located inside or near Ichan Kala, the historical center of Khiva and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 13 Khiva B – D

Take a walking tour around Ichan Kala with a local guide to see Kunya-Ark, the Khan’s castle and inner citadel of Ichan Kala, before continuing to the following sites: Kalta Minor Tower; Muhammad Amin-Khan, the largest medieval madrasah in Khiva; Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah; Juma Mosque, with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 meters high; Tash-Hauli Palace (Stone Courtyard Palace) with its high battlements, towers and fortified gates; Necropolis of Pahlavan Mahmud, the cultic center of Ichan Kala; and residence of Islam Khodja, vizier of the last khan, an ensemble consisting of a minaret with the highest observation point in town.

Overnight in Khiva.

Day 14 Khiva – Kunya UrgenchKunya Urgench – Darvaza B – D By RoadBy Road 165 Kms. / 2H 45M appx.270 Kms / 4H 10M appx.

Travel with your driver in the morning to the Turkmenistan border point to pass through customs (transportation may not be available when passing through customs).

Your Turkmenistan guide will meet you after you’ve passed through border control and together you’ll drive to Kunya-Urgench. In Kunya-Urgench visit the Tyurabek-Khanym and Sayit Ahmed Mausoleums, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum of Khorezmshakh and Kyrk Molla Hill.

In the afternoon drive to Darvaza Gas Crater, located in the middle of the Karakum Desert.

Set up camp and enjoy the enormous ring of fire by night (app. 80m in diameter and 30m in depth).

Enjoy a campfire meal for dinner near the burning gas crater.

Overnight in tents.

Day 15 Darvaza – Ashgabat B – D By Road 265 Kms. / 3H 20M appx.

Watch the desert sunrise before eating a camp-style breakfast. Visit the mud crater and water craters before driving to Ashgabat.

Enjoy the desert drive and photo ops of sand dunes and camels.

Arrive to Ashgabat for a sightseeing tour of the capital, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world.

Explore the archaeological site of Old Nissa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and the recently built Independence Park.

Overnight at Ashgabat hotel.

Day 16 Ashgabat B – D

After breakfast, today’s excursion also includes a trip to the Akhalteke horse stables, (app. 1 hour from Ashgabat), where you’ll learn about the care and training of these pure-bred Turkmen horses, known for their incredible speed, agility and sleek beauty.

Visit, Gulistan Bazaar (also known as the Russian Bazaar), one of the oldest markets in the city, a clean yet lively place to buy snacks and mingle with local shoppers.

Return to the hotel after sightseeing.

Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 17 Depart Ashgabat B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 16 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Express train from Tashkent to Samarkand.
– Domestic flights Almaty – Bishkek – Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Dinner at Zarafshon Restaurant at ichan Kala in Khiva.
– Folklore performance with traditional dances in the Nodir Devon-Beggy madrasah.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Almaty 02 Rixos Almaty
Bishkek 02 Sheraton Bishkek
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Seven Lakes 01 Guest House / Home Stay
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 02 Asia Khiva
Darvaza 01 Camp
Ashgabat 02 Yyldyz Hotel

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 3490 PP
Single Supplement USD 685 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 10
Uzbekistan & Tajikistan Express Tour | 09 Nights / 10 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Boysun – Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe

Day 01 Arrive Tashkent – – – By Flight

Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital.

Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon, and have a rest after your flight.

Your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel to begin your Tashkent city tour:

  • Excursion to the Old City, including the Khazret-Imam Architectural Complex, which holds the oldest known Quran in the world.
  • Visit to Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent’s most well-established bazaar that includes a large selection of traditional Uzbek ceramics, jewelry, handbags, garments and more.
  • Ride on the Tashkent Metro, an immaculate subway system with each station decorated in colored mosaics and ceramics to depict a specific theme.
  • Walk through Amir Timur Square, with a massive statue of none other than Tamerlane himself at the center.
  • Independence Square, including the Mourning Mother Monument and the Eternal Flame, burning in memory of more than half a million Uzbek soldiers who died during World War II.
  • Drive to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, a 20th-century Roman Catholic Church with beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic-style architecture.
  • Tour of the Applied Arts Museum, an informative collection of Uzbekistan’s finest handicrafts housed in an ornately decorated villa.

Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 02 Tashkent – Bukhara B – D By Flight

Transfer to the domestic airport for a morning flight to Bukhara.

Arrive in Bukhara and transfer to your hotel in the Old City.

With your private local guide, enjoy a walking tour of the most impressive sights of Bukhara’s Old City:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, holding the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara (14th-17th centuries) and some of the largest madrasahs in the city: the Khanaka Madrasah, Kukeldash Madrasah and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrasah (all 16th century).
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century).
  • Four Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), which still house local handicrafts for sale.
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), consisting of the Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, Amir-Alimkhan Madrasah and Miri-Arab Madrasah.
  • Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century), relatively untouched yet impressive religious schools.
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), the ancient center of Bukharan statehood and currently home to a small museum.
  • Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs that once provided water for the entire city.
  • Chor Minor (Four Minarets), an unusual madrasah built by Niyazkul in the 18th century, whose four minarets are said to reflect the four major world religions of that period.
  • Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), believed to be the most ancient brick building in Central Asia, and the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum.

Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 03 Bukhara – Samarkand B – D By Train 1H 50M appx.

Have breakfast and check out from the hotel by noon. Enjoy free time before continuing your tour of Bukhara to the following locations:

  • Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century), the emir’s summer residence boasting of a blend of Oriental and Russian architecture.
  • Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, an ensemble dedicated to the founder of the Naqshbandia Sufi order; the site includes a mausoleum, mosque, pond, and museum.
  • Chor-Bakr Necropolis, (City of the Dead, 10th century), ancient burial grounds which were developed into a memorial complex in the 1500s.

Return to Bukhara to catch an afternoon train to Samarkand.

Arrive in the historic town of Samarkand, seat of Tamerlane’s ancient empire.

Transfer to the Samarkand hotel, followed by free time to rest or explore the city.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 04 Samarkand B – D

Begin your tour of Samarkand, a city at the crossroads of the world’s cultures.

The private city tour, led by an experienced, local guide, will include the following:

  • Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek.
  • Registan Square, the commercial center of Samarkand for centuries and Samarkand’s most famous site today. The square includes three madrasahs: Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century), Sher-Dor Madrasah (17th century) and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (17th century).
  • A boulevard lined with workshops, souvenir stores and ice cream stands.
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife.
  • Siab Bazaar, a multi-level complex where you can shop for souvenirs and sample sweets, fruits and Samarkand’s famous bread.
  • Shakhi-Zinda, a burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries.
  • Climb the blue-domed path and explore more than 20 small mausoleums that line the broad alleyway.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 05 Samarkand – ShakhrisabzShakhrisabz – Boysun B – D By RoadBy Road 85 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.190 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.

Your guide will meet in your hotel lobby and drive you to Shakhrisabz via the Tahtakaracha Pass. The birthplace of Tamerlane, one of Uzbekistan’s most prominent historical figures, and an official UNESCO World Heritage site, Shakhrisabz has retained its small-town, conservative atmosphere.

During your city tour you’ll visit:

  • Downtown Shakhrisabz, unique for its town layout and architecture;
  • Dorus Saodat Memorial Complex, which includes the Jahongir and Omar Sheikh Mausoleums and the 14th-century Khazratiy Imam Mosque;
  • Dor-ut Tilovat Ensemble, including Kok-Gumbaz Mosque (Blue-Domed Mosque) and the burial vault of Tamerlane’s father;
  • Ruins of the Ak-Saray Palace (White Palace), Tamerlane’s summer residence, considered an astounding work of art by his contemporaries of the 14-15th centuries.

Complete your city tour of Shakhrisabz and transfer to Boysun.

Overnight in Boysun.

Day 06 Boysun B – D

After breakfast, Drive to Sayrob (120km, 90min) to view two 950-year old plane trees and water ponds teeming with fish.

Continue driving to Darband (Derbent; 100km, 75min) to visit:

  • Darband Canyon, a stunning gorge dotted with Tajik villages, verdant pastures, and caves;
  • Iron Gate, a narrow mountain pass where the armies of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan purportedly passed through.

On the return drive to Boysun (25km, 30min), visit:

  • Omonkhona Health Sanatorium, revered for its curative natural spring tucked away in a mountain niche;
  • Khodja Sulan Vali Cemetery, burial site of the holy man credited with bringing forth the natural spring from the parched earth;
  • Boysun Craftsmen Workshop, a UNESCO-backed house of art where demonstrations of traditional carpet weaving, thread dying and suzani embroidery are taught and the region’s finest productions of each are on display.

Free time in the village.

Overnight in Boysun.

Day 07 Boysun – Dushanbe B – D By Road 200 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Transfer in the morning to the Uzbeksitan-Tajikistan border crossing near Sariosiyo (130km, 2.5hrs). Along the way you’ll visit:

  • Sayyid Otaliq Madrasah (16th-17th century), one of Central Asia’s largest religious institutions;
  • Denau Bazaar, the largest bazaar in the district which attracts shoppers from the region’s remote villages.

At the border, pass through passport control on both sides. Your driver will meet you at the Tajikistan border for transfer to Dushanbe (80km, 1.5hrs).

Free time upon arrival.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 08 Dushanbe B – D

Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel reception for a city tour of Dushanbe, beginning with a drive to the sites at Hissar Historical and Cultural Reserve (30km, 50min):

  • Hissar Fortress (17th-19th centuries), where the impressive gates of a castle, once the home of a Bukharin emir, still amaze with their stateliness;
  • Kukhna Madrasah (17th century), a spacious religious school that functioned until the early 20th century, it now contains a small history museum;
  • Khistin Caravanserai (19th century), an unusual caravanserai constructed of burnt brick.

Drive back to Dushanbe to continue your tour to the following:

  • National Museum of Tajikistan, holding more than 40,000 expositions on Tajikistan’s history, nature and art, including a 12-meter statue of Buddha discovered on Tajikistan territory;
  • Haji Yaqub Mosque (19th century), Dushanbe’s landmark mosque that can hold up to 3,000 people;
  • Rudaki Park, a beautifully manicured park filled with fountains, flowers and a tasteful monument of Rudaki in the center;
  • Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, dedicated to celebrating the musical heritage of the Tajiks and Pamiris through a collection of national instruments, music lessons and periodic concerts;
  • Ayni Opera and Ballet Theatre (1940s), whose gorgeous outer décor is accentuated by the pristine lawns that surround it;
  • Statue of Ismail Somoni, a classy tribute to the founder of the Tajik people which towers 25 meters high in the city center;
  • Mehrgon Market, Dushanbe’s newest bazaar housed in an ornately designed atrium.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 09 Dushanbe – Iskanderkul LakeIskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe B – D By RoadBy Road 135 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.135 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.

In the morning, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel in Dushanbe.

Drive to Iskanderkul Lake (130km, 3hrs), enjoying the beautiful scenery of red-tinted mountains along the way. The drive along the M34 Highway will continue through the Anzob Pass, which runs 3400 meters above sea level and is considered the best viewing point for the Fann Mountains.

Spend the afternoon at legendary Iskanderkul Lake, where you’ll have free time to walk around, enjoy a picnic lunch and dip your feet in the water. A short hike will take you to the 40-meter-high Fann Niagara Waterfall, where an observation deck allows you to view the falls unhindered. The area also holds small natural springs and Snake Lake, named for the unusually large number of snakes that inhabit its waters due to their warm temperatures.

Return to the capital in the afternoon.

Overnight in Dushanbe.

Day 10 Depart Dushanbe B – – By Flight

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 9 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Express train from Bukhara – Samarkand.
– Domestic flights Tashkent – Bukhara in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Bukhara 01 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Boysun 02 Tourist Lodge
Dushanbe 03 Hilton Dushanbe

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1450 PP
Single Supplement USD 488 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 11
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Tour | 06 Nights / 07 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – Seven Lakes – Penjikent – Samarkand – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent – – – In flight

Flight to Tashkent , the largest city in Central Asia with 2.5 million inhabitants.

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov, first president of Uzbekistan.

Migration procedures usually take between 20 and 60 minutes: visa/passport control and baggage claim.

Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent Airport is not far from the city center, the transfer will not take long. Arrival at the hotel. Register.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent – Bukhara B – D By Train 1H 50M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:30 Transfer to the train station.

07:30 Departure to Bukhara on the tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

11:19 Arrival in Samarkand.

Exit the terminal and meet the driver in the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel to leave your bags. Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the WALKING tourism program in Bukhara (5-6 hours):

– Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monumento of Khodja Nasreddin);

– The Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Bukhara since before the invasion of Mongolia;

– Tim of Abdullakhan with numerous craft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothing and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Bukhara Craft Development Centre);

– There are three commercial domes or the so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved since the sixteenth century and these bazaars were the centers for the silk trade, jewelry and even for currency exchange. Today you can also enjoy and acquire different souvenirs from a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Carpets of Bukhara;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or the so-called Kosh (stop) madrassas facing each other with a distinctive style of ornamental façade decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with minaret and Kalon mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa: the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex that impresses the imagination;

– Ark Fortress : the oldest citadel dating from the first century BC. C. where you can feel the history of the great fortress covered with beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally it can be added by order:

Visit to the mausoleum of the Samanids (ninth century), monument of high medieval architecture.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 03 Bukhara – ShahrisabzShahrisabz – Samarkand B – D By roadBy road 220 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.85 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz city via beautiful Takhta Karacha Pass. The photo stops along the way.

Meet the guide in Shahrisabz.

The excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting:

– Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of Tamerlane’s summer palace The palace was built and decorated by skilled builders, masters and craftsmen deported from conquered Khorezm. Some parts of the gate tower survived to this day.

– The mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat (“The Place of Power”, fourteenth century) contains the tomb of Tamerlane’s eldest son, Jahongir.

– Visit Kok Gumbaz, the so-called “House of Meditation.

– Gumbazi-Seyidon mausoleum of the sixteenth century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Entrance to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Samarkand – Seven LakesSeven Lakes – Penjikent B – D By roadBy road 120 Kms. / 2H 40M appx.60 Kms. / 1H 20M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Jartepa border. The border crossing usually takes between 30 min and 1 h.

Meet the guide and driver in Tajikistan, part of the border.

Start an excursion to the Marguzor Lakes in the Fann Mountains.

– Transfer to Marguzor, the famous seven lakes – seven wonderful water mirrors filled with mountain river drops. Each lake looks different every time the sun changes position. Colors can range from deep blue to wavy indie color. Most of them are cold for swimming even in summer. These lakes belong to the Fann Mountains system.

On the western edge of the Fan Mountains in the Shing River valley there are seven lakes, six of them are of dammed origin, in addition to Hazorchashma Lake. The lakes are called Marguzor, but each lake has its own name: Nezhigon (other Mizhgon references), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. The difference in level between the upper and lower lake is 692 meters.

Easy hike on the lakes.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Penjikent – Samarkand B – D By road 61 Kms. / 1H 20M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Start of the sightseeing tour in Penjikent visiting:

– Ancient Penjikent: the ruins of the ancient city of Sogdian, founded in the fifth century and abandoned in the eighth century by the Arabs. The ruins were once a citadel with a pair of Zoroastrian fire temples, the foundations of houses.

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located downstream of the city on the river’s floodplain with tugay vegetation;

– Rudaki Museum (Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki,

considered as the ancestor of Persian poetry with a room dedicated to the Rudaki, well-preserved frescoes of ancient Sarazm.

Border crossing in the afternoon BP Jartepa to Uzbekistan (takes about 30 min-1 h), meet the driver on the Uzbekistan side of the border. Transfer to Samarkand.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 06 Samarkand – Tashkent B – D By road 310 Kms. / 4H 20M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the tourism program in Samarkand :

Mausoleum of Gur Emir – A funerary vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered one of the most important sights in the world;

– the famous Registan Square: the heart of Samarkand and a true masterpiece of medieval Architecture of Central Asia, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque: the largest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in the fifteenth century;

– Necropolis of Shahi Zinda: unique complex of mausoleums formed by standing on either side of the cenotaph (an imaginary tomb) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek Observatory: the best astronomical center in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, a prominent scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand Bazaar – Siyab.

16:30 Transfer from the hotel to the train station.

17:28 Departure to Tashkent on the fast train “Afrosiab” / “Sharq”.

19:44 Arrival in Tashkent.

Exit the terminal and meet the driver.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Departure from Tashkent B – – In flight

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the Tashkent sightseeing tour by visiting the old and new parts of the city:

– The Amir Temur Square founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square was renamed in 1994 after Amir Timur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror.

– The chimes of Tashkent, one of the main symbols of Tashkent, were brought from the defeated Koenigsberg in 1945 as a sign of the great victory and eternal glory of the patriots who fought in World War II.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House: The Bolshoi State Academic Theatre of Uzbekistan, named after Alisher Navoi, built in 1947, is one of the best opera houses in the world presenting both classical and national repertoires.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan There are fountains, the “Eternal Flame” in honor of the soldiers of the World War, the arch “Good and noble aspiration” crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, the road “Ok Yul” that leads to the Independence Monument and a monument to the Happy Mother that symbolizes hope. for a great future.

– Earthquake Memorial, the composition is dedicated to the tragic date of the earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and stands on the approximate site of the epicenter of the earthquake. Residents still flock to the monument to honor the people who participated in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

– Khast Imam Square: a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah; Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi and the library of Islamic literature with the Holy Quran of the seventh century (original Othman Quran). Khast Imam is one of the most important spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

Transfer to Tashkent International Airport.

Evening departure flight from Tashkent.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Assistance meeting at the airport and hotels.
– 6 nights accommodation in the mentioned hotels.
– Meal plan – Half board.
– English speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions in private vehicle AC with driver.
– Train from Tashkent to Bukhara.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea and soft drinks during dinner.
– Cultural performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Bukhara 01 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Penjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 990 PP
Single Supplement USD 380 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 12
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 07 Nights / 08 Days
Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand – 7 Lakes – Penjikent – Khujand – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent – – – In flight

Flight to Tashkent , the largest city in Central Asia with 2.5 million inhabitants.

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov, first president of Uzbekistan.

Migration procedures usually take between 20 and 60 minutes: visa/passport control and baggage claim.

Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent Airport is not far from the city center, the transfer will not take long. Arrival at the hotel. Register.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent – Bukhara B – D By Train 1H 50M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:30 Transfer to the train station.

07:30 Departure to Bukhara on the tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

11:19 Arrival in Samarkand.

Exit the terminal and meet the driver in the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel to leave your bags. Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the WALKING tourism program in Bukhara (5-6 hours):

– Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monumento of Khodja Nasreddin);

– The Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Bukhara since before the invasion of Mongolia;

– Tim of Abdullakhan with numerous craft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothing and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Bukhara Craft Development Centre);

– There are three commercial domes or the so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved since the sixteenth century and these bazaars were the centers for the silk trade, jewelry and even for currency exchange. Today you can also enjoy and acquire different souvenirs from a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Carpets of Bukhara;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or the so-called Kosh (stop) madrassas facing each other with a distinctive style of ornamental façade decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with minaret and Kalon mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa: the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex that impresses the imagination;

– Ark Fortress : the oldest citadel dating from the first century BC. C. where you can feel the history of the great fortress covered with beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally it can be added by order:

Visit to the mausoleum of the Samanids (ninth century), monument of high medieval architecture.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 03 Bukhara – ShahrisabzShahrisabz – Samarkand B – D By roadBy road 220 Kms. / 3H 10M appx.85 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via the city of Shakhrisabz.

Meet the guide in Shahrisabz.

The excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting:

– Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of Tamerlane’s summer palace The palace was built and decorated by skilled builders, masters and craftsmen deported from conquered Khorezm. Some parts of the gate tower survived to this day.

– The mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat (“The Place of Power”, fourteenth century) contains the tomb of Tamerlane’s eldest son, Jahongir.

– Visit Kok Gumbaz, the so-called “House of Meditation. Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via the city of Shakhrisabz.

Meet the guide in Shahrisabz.

The excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting:

– Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of Tamerlane’s summer palace The palace was built and decorated by skilled builders, masters and craftsmen deported from conquered Khorezm. Some parts of the gate tower survived to this day.

– The mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat (“The Place of Power”, fourteenth century) contains the tomb of Tamerlane’s eldest son, Jahongir.

– Visit Kok Gumbaz, the so-called “House of Meditation. Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via the city of Shakhrisabz.

Meet the guide in Shahrisabz.

The excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting:

– Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of Tamerlane’s summer palace The palace was built and decorated by skilled builders, masters and craftsmen deported from conquered Khorezm. Some parts of the gate tower survived to this day.

– The mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat (“The Place of Power”, fourteenth century) contains the tomb of Tamerlane’s eldest son, Jahongir.

– Visit Kok Gumbaz, the so-called “House of Meditation.

– Gumbazi-Seyidon mausoleum of the sixteenth century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Entrance to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

– Gumbazi-Seyidon mausoleum of the sixteenth century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Entrance to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

– Gumbazi-Seyidon mausoleum of the sixteenth century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Entrance to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the tourism program in Samarkand :

Mausoleum of Gur Emir – A funerary vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered one of the most important sights in the world;

– the famous Registan Square, heart of Samarkand and true masterpiece of medieval Architecture of Central Asia, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque: the largest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in the fifteenth century;

– Necropolis of Shahi Zinda: unique complex of mausoleums formed by standing on either side of the cenotaph (an imaginary tomb) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek Observatory: the best astronomical center in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, a prominent scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand Bazaar – Siyab.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Samarkand – Seven LakesSeven Lakes – Penjikent B – D By roadBy road 120 Kms. / 2H 40M appx.60 Kms. / 1H 20M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 Transfer to Jartepa border. Border crossing.

Meet the guide and driver in Tajikistan, part of the border.

Start excursion to the Seven Lakes.

– Transfer to Marguzor, the famous seven lakes – seven wonderful water mirrors filled with mountain river drops. Each lake looks different every time the sun changes position. Colors can range from deep blue to wavy indie color. Most of them are cold for swimming even in summer. These lakes belong to the Fann Mountains system.

On the western edge of the Fan Mountains in the shing river valley there are seven lakes, six of them are of dam origin, next to Hazorchashma Lake. The lakes are called Marguzor, but each of the lakes has its own name: Nezhigon (other Mizhgon references), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. The difference in level between the upper and lower lake – 692 meters.

Transfer to Penjikent to visit:

– Ancient Penjikent: the ruins of the ancient city of Sogdian, founded in the fifth century and abandoned in the eighth century by the Arabs. The ruins were once a citadel with a pair of Zoroaster fire temples, the base of the houses.

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located downstream of the city on the river’s alluvial plain with tugay vegetation.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. We will spend the night in a guest house near the lakes.

Day 06 Penjikent – JuyandJuyand – Tashkent B – D By roadBy road 260 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.165 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

Breakfast at the guest house.

Transfer to Khujand via istaravshan city.

– Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 km southwest of Khudjand, Istaravshan is one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan (over 2500 years old) ancient name Cirópolis founded by Cyrus the Great in 544 BC as a shipping fort of the Achaemenid Empire.

During the Soviet era, the city was known as Ura-Tyube.

Summary of tourism in Istaravshan visiting:

– mausoleum of Mazori Sharif;

– Kog Gumbaz Madrasah (sixteenth century);

– Kuhi Cup, the ruins of the ancient fortress.

– Continue to Khujand, the second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan, the farthest point Alexander the Great reached in Central Asia, so the city was called Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the farthest away). Sightseeing tour on arrival:

– Pushkin Square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square;

– the fortress of Timur Malik and the Sugd museum;

– Muslihiddin memorial complex;

– Panjshanbe Bazaar (the name Panjshanbe comes from the Persian language and means “Thursday”). Panjshanbe is one of the oldest markets in Tajikistan.

– Arbob Palace.

Bp Oybek afternoon border crossing to Uzbekistan (takes about 30 min-1 h), meet the driver on the Uzbekistan side of the border. Transfer to Tashkent.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Tashkent B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the Sightseeing Tour of Tashkent

visiting the old and new parts of the city:

– Amir Timur Square founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square was renamed in 1994 after Amir Temur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror.

– The chimes of Tashkent, one of the main symbols of Tashkent, were brought from the defeated Koenisberg in 1945 as a sign of the great victory and eternal glory of the patriots who fought in World War II.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House: The Bolshoi State Academic Theatre of Uzbekistan, named after Alisher Navoi, built in 1947, is one of the best opera houses in the world and features both classical and national repertoires.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country. There are fountains, the “Eternal Flame” in honor of the soldiers who died during World War II, the “Good and Noble Aspiration” arch crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, the “Ok Yul” road that leads to the Independence Monument and the Happy Mother Monument. which symbolize the hope of a great future.

– Earthquake memorial, the composition is dedicated to the tragic date of the earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and stands on the approximate site of the epicenter of the earthquake. Residents still flock to the monument to honor the people who participated in the reconstruction of Tashkent.

– Khast Imam Square: a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah; Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi and the library of Islamic literature with the Holy Quran of the seventh century (original Othman Quran). Khast Imam is one of the most important spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Departure from Tashkent B – – In flight

Breakfast at the hotel,

Transfer to the airport.

Morning departure flight from Tashkent.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Assistance meeting at the airport and hotels.
– 7 nights accommodation in the mentioned hotels.
– Meal plan – Half board.
– English speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions in private vehicle AC with driver.
– Train from Tashkent to Bukhara.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea and soft drinks during dinner.
– Cultural performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Bukhara 01 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Penjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 950 PP
Single Supplement USD 370 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 13
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 09 Nights / 10 Days
Tashkent – Samarkand – Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand – Gijduvan – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent – – – In flight

Flight to Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia with 2.5 million inhabitants.

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov, first president of Uzbekistan.

Migration procedures usually take between 20 and 60 minutes: visa/passport control and baggage claim.

Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent Airport is not far from the city center, the transfer will not take long. Arrival at the hotel. Register.

You will have time to discuss the details of the tour with the tour manager.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent – Samarkand B – D By Train

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:30 Transfer from home to the train station.

07:30 Departure to Samarkand by tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

09:48 Arrival in Samarkand.

Leave the terminal and meet the guide and driver in the meeting area.

Start the tourism program in Samarkand:

Mausoleum of Gur Emir – A funerary vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered one of the most important sights in the world;

– Famous Registan Square: heart of Samarkand and true masterpiece of medieval Central Asian architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque: the largest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in the fifteenth century;

– Shahi Necropolis of Zinda: unique complex of mausoleums formed on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary tomb) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek Observatory: the best astronomical center in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, a prominent scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand Bazaar – Siyab.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Samarkand – Penjikent B – D By road 62 Kms. / 1H 30M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Jartepa border. Border crossing (usually takes between 30 min and 1 h).

Meet the guide and driver in Tajikistan, part of the border.

Start the excursion to the Seven Lakes in the Fann Mountains:

– Transfer to Marguzor. On the western edge of the Fan Mountains in the Shing River valley there are seven lakes, six of them are of dammed origin, next to Hazorchashma Lake.

The lakes are called Marguzor, but each of the lakes has its own name: Nezhigon (other Mizhgon references), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. The difference in level between the upper and lower lake – 692 meters.

Transfer to Penjikent, an ancient city in Sogdiana and is now a city in the Sughd province of Tajikistan on the Zeravshan River.

Rest time in the afternoon.

During the night.

Day 04 Penjikent – Samarkand B – D By road 62 Kms. / 1H 30M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Start of the sightseeing tour in Penjikent visiting :

– Rudaki Museum: As Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu-Abdallah Rudaki, the ancestor of Persian poetry. Before lunch, visit the local bazaar and mosque.

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located downstream of the city on the floodplain with tugay vegetation of the river.

– The archaeological site of the ruins of ancient Penjikent, a walled interurban city (2500 years ago), was once a Sogdian trading town on the Silk Road. Today only ruins remain because the main building material was clay bricks.

In the afternoon transfer to the Tajik – Uzbek jartepa border post,

Cross the border into Uzbekistan (it takes about 30 min-1 h), meet the driver on the Uzbekistan side of the border. Transfer to Samarkand.

Rest time in the afternoon.

During the night.

Day 05 Samarkand – GijduvanGijduvan – Bukhara B – D By roadBy road 233Kms. / 3H 40M appx.48 Kms. / 1H appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time in Bukhara, free morning.

– Transfer in the afternoon to Samarkand, en route visiting the famous Gijduvan pottery workshop where visitors are welcome for a tour of the workshop and observe the process of making and painting the pottery.

– The owners demonstrate the stages of pottery making, from turning the potter’s lathe to making paintings with natural ingredients, decorating the pottery with a distinctive style, drying and baking. Take a tour of the museum-hall of ceramic masterpieces with a unique collection of ceramic items from Gijduvan and other regions of Uzbekistan.

Upon request, a master class in ceramic painting, suzani embroidery and traditional bread baking.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand in the afternoon, check in.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the WALKING tourism program in Bukhara :

– Set Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monumento of Khodja Nasreddin );

– Magoki The Attari Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Bukhara since before the Mongol invasion;

– Tim of Abdullakhan with numerous craft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothing and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Bukhara Craft Development Centre);

– There are three commercial domes or the so-called Toki Sarrofon covered bazaars, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron are preserved since the sixteenth century and these bazaars were the centers for the silk trade, jewelry and even for currency exchange. Today you can also enjoy and acquire different souvenirs from a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Carpets of Bukhara;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or the so-called Kosh (stop) madrassas facing each other with a distinctive style of ornamental façade decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with minaret and Kalon mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa: the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex that impresses the imagination of all visitors;

– Ark Fortress : the oldest citadel dating from the first century BC. C. where you can feel the history of the great fortress covered with beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally it can be added by order:

Visit to the mausoleum of the Samanids (ninth century), monument of high medieval architecture.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 07 Bukhara – Khiva B – D By road 405 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy panoramic drive to Khiva.

Arrive Khiva.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon/evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Khiva – Tashkent B – D In flight

Breakfast at the hotel.

10:00 Start the walking tour in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner City”). Ichan -kala-the largest open-air museum in Central Asia consisting of:

– They- Darvaza, Kunya-Ark,

– Muhammad Rahim Khan’s Madrasah,

– Muhammed Aminhan Madrasah,

– Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva

– Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was,

– Caravanserai y Tim Allakulihan ,

– Gates of Pahlavan Mahmud,

– Mausoleum of Seyd Alaudin,

– Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud,

– Minaret and Islam-Khoja Madrassah, Mosque and Jami Minaret.

20:30 Transfer to Urgench Airport

22:35 Flight Urgench – Tashkent HY 52

23:55 Arrival in Tashkent.

Exit the terminal and meet the guide.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon/evening. During the night.

Day 09 Tashkent B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the Sightseeing Tour of Tashkent: visiting the old and new parts of the city:

– Amir Timur Square founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square was renamed in 1994 in honor of Amir Temur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror.

– The chimes of Tashkent, one of the main symbols of Tashkent, were brought from the defeated Koenisberg in 1945 as a sign of the great victory and eternal glory of the patriots who fought in World War II.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House: Bolshoi State Academic Theatre of Uzbekistan named after Alisher navoi Built in 1947, it is one of the best opera houses in the world and features both classical and national repertoires.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan There are fountains, the “Eternal Flame” in honor of the soldiers of the World War, the arch “Good and noble aspiration” crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, the road “Ok Yul” (“Good Way”) that leads to the Independence Monument and a monument. to the Happy Mother who symbolizes the hope of a great future.

– Earthquake memorial, the composition is dedicated to the tragic date of the earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and stands on the approximate site of the epicenter of the earthquake. Residents still flock to the monument to honor the people who participated in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

– Khast Imam Square: a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah; Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi and the library of Islamic literature with the Holy Quran of the seventh century (original Othman Quran). Khast Imam is one of the most important spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10 Departure from Tashkent B – – In flight

Transfer to the airport.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Assistance meeting at the airport and hotels.
– 9 nights accommodation in the mentioned hotels.
– Meal plan – Half board.
– English speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during dinner time.
– Express train from Tashkent – Samarkand.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions in private vehicle AC with driver.
– Domestic flights Urgench – Tashkent in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea and soft drinks during dinner.
– Cultural performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Penjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Khiva 01 Hotel Asia Khiva
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1280 PP
Single Supplement USD 440 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 14
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 10 Nights / 11 Days
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijdavan – Samarcanda – Penjikent – 7 Lakes – Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Dushanbe

Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent – – – In flight

Flight to Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia with 2.5 million inhabitants.

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov, first president of Uzbekistan.

Migration procedures usually take between 20 and 60 minutes: visa/pasporte control and baggage claim.

Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent Airport is not far from the city center, the transfer will not take long.

Arrival at the hotel. Register.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Tashkent B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet the tour manager in the lobby. The tour manager presents the package and you will have time to discuss the details of the tour.

Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the Tashkent sightseeing tour: visiting the old and new parts of the city:

– Amir Timur Square, founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square, was renamed on August 31, 1994 after Amir Temur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror.

The monument of Amir Timur (Tamerlane) is a bronze figure sitting on a horse and the famous motto of the commander, engraved in four languages: “Justice is strength”. Around the square are the State Museum of Timurid History, the Uzbekistan Hotel, the Forum Palace and the famous chimes.

– The chimes of Tashkent, one of the main symbols of Tashkent, were brought from the defeated Koenisberg in 1945 by Sergeant Eisenstein as a gift to the hometown. The chimes were installed on May 9, 1947 as a sign of the great victory and eternal glory of the patriots who fought in World War II.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House: Bolshoi State Academic Theatre of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi Built in 1947, it is one of the best opera houses in the world and presents both classical and national repertoires. The theatre building survived intact after the strong earthquake of 1966 and impresses visitors not only with the monumental façade, but also with the exquisite decorative interior of national design lobby. In front of the building there are fountains reminiscent of cotton capsules in shapes that light up colorful at night.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country. There are fountains that represent the vital energy of the Uzbek people, the Cabinet and the Senate, the “Eternal Flame” in honor of the soldiers who died during World War II, the arch “Good and Noble Aspiration” crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, the “Ok Yul” (“Good Way”) road that leads to the Independence Monument and a monument to the Happy Mother that symbolizes the hope of a great future.

Newlyweds can often be seen starting a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and Noble Aspirations”, laying flowers on the monument of the Happy Mother and “Eternal Flame”.

– Earthquake Memorial, the composition is dedicated to the tragic date of the earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and stands on the approximate site of the epicenter of the earthquake. Residents still flock to the monument to honor the people who participated in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

– Khast Imam Square: a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah; Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi and the library of Islamic literature with the Holy Quran of the seventh century (original Othman Quran). Khast Imam is one of the most important spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

– Chorsu Bazaar : the old bazaar of Tashkent. ” Chorsu ” means “four waters”, which symbolically means the conjunction of four main parts of the old city in the bazaar where people come to trade. The beautiful blue dome of the bazaar, built in traditional style after the Tashkent earthquake, is often depicted in international postcards and magazines and became one of the main places of interest for both locals and visitors: you can see the oriental tile bazaar of different souvenir shops with ceramics, handicrafts, carpets and jewelry, the entire pavilion full of delirious fruits to fine textiles and colorful fabrics.

– Tashkent Metro (the first line opened in 1977) with beautiful train stations, each decorated in a themed style with traditional ornaments and special lighting.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Taskent – UrgenchUrgench – Khiva B – D In flightBy road 32 Kms. / 40M appx.

Early breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 Transfer to the local airport.

07:25 Flight to Urgench by HY51

08:55 Arrival at Urgench airport.

Leave the terminal and meet our driver.

Transfer to the Khiva hotel to leave your bags. Standard check-in at the hotel at 14:00.

Meet the guide in the lobby.

Start the walking tour in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner City”). Ichan-kala: the largest open-air museum in Central Asia consisting of the following monuments:

– They- Darvaza, Kunya-Ark,

– Muhammad Rahim Khan’s Madrasah,

– Muhammed Aminhan Madrasah,

– Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva

– Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was,

– Caravanserai y Tim Allakulihan ,

– Gates of Pahlavan Mahmud, mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin,

– Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud,

– Minarete y Islam-Khoja Madrassah,

– Jami Mosque and Minaret.

Rest time in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Khiva – Bukhara B – D By road 405 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

After breakfast, transfer to Bukhara.

Enjoy panoramic drive.

Arrive Bukhara.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon/evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the WALKING tourism program in Bukhara:

– Set Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monumento of Khodja Nasreddin );

– The Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Bukhara since before the invasion of Mongolia;

– Tim of Abdullakhan with numerous craft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothing and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Bukhara Craft Development Centre);

– There are three commercial domes or the so-called Toki Sarrofon covered bazaars, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron are preserved since the sixteenth century and these bazaars were the centers for the silk trade, jewelry and even for currency exchange. Today you can also enjoy and acquire different souvenirs from a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Carpets of Bukhara;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or the so-called Kosh (stop) madrassas facing each other with a distinctive style of ornamental façade decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with minaret and Kalon mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa: the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex that impresses the imagination of all visitors;

– Ark Fortress : the oldest citadel dating from the first century BC. C. where you can feel the history of the great fortress covered with beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally it can be added by order:

Visit to the mausoleum of the Samanids (ninth century), monument of high medieval architecture.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 06 Bukhara – GijdavanGijdavan – Samarkand B – D By roadBy road 47 Kms. / 1H appx.235 Kms. / 3H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time in Bukhara, free morning.

Transfer in the afternoon to Samarkand, en route visiting the famous Gijduvan pottery workshop where visitors are welcome for a tour of the workshop and observe the process of making and painting the pottery.

The owners demonstrate the stages of pottery making, from turning the potter’s lathe to making paintings with natural ingredients, decorating the pottery with a distinctive style, drying and baking it. Take a tour of the museum-hall of ceramic masterpieces with a unique collection of ceramic items from Gijduvan and other regions of Uzbekistan.

Upon request, a master class in ceramic painting, suzani embroidery and traditional bread baking.

Continuation to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand in the afternoon, check in.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Samarkand – Penjikent B – D By road 160 Kms. / 3H 20M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the tourism program in Samarkand:

– Mausoleum of Gur Emir: a funerary vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered one of the most important sights in the world;

– Continue to the famous Registan Square, heart of Samarkand and true masterpiece of medieval architecture of Central Asia, the set of grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque: the largest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in the fifteenth century;

– Necropolis of Shahi Zinda: unique complex of mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary tomb) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek Observatory: the best astronomical center in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, a prominent scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand Bazaar – Siyab.

Later, transfer to Panjikent.

Rest time in the afternoon/evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Penjikent – Iskanderkul B – D By road 151 Kms. / 3H appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:00 Transfer to Jartepa border. The border crossing usually takes between 30 min and 1 h.

Meet the guide and driver in Tajikistan, part of the border.

Transfer to Penjikent, an ancient city in Sogdiana and is now a city in the Sugd province of Tajikistan on the Zeravshan River.

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located downstream of the city in the tugay – alluvial plain with river vegetation.

– The archaeological site of the ruins of ancient Penjikent, a walled interurban city (2500 years ago), was once a Sogdian trading town on the Silk Road. Today only ruins remain because the main building material was clay bricks.

– Transfer to Marguzor. On the western edge of the Fan Mountains in the shing river valley there are seven lakes, six of them are of dam origin, next to Hazorchashma Lake.

The lakes are called Marguzor, but each lake has its own name: Nezhigon (other Mizhgon references), Soybean, Gushor, Nofin, Hurdak, Marguzor, Hazorchashma. The difference in level between the upper and lower lake is 692 meters.

Transfer back to Penjikent.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 09 Iskanderkul B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Transfer to Lake Iskanderkul, tourism en route:

– Iskandarkul, enjoy the view of the pearl of the Fan Mountains: Lake Iskanderkul (Lake Alexander, 2195 m).

Arrive in Iskandarkul, have a picnic on the most beautiful lake in the Fan Mountains. Learn more about the legends about Alexander the Great.

– Later visit to the “Niagara Falls” of Tajikistan. On a vibrating observation deck, observe the 40-meter-deep waterfall. Excursion and hike to the waterfall and Snake Lake.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 10 Iskanderkul – Dushanbe B – D By road 135 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free morning.

Transfer to Dushanbe, north of the “Land of Mountains” on the way enjoying beautiful views of green, sometimes barren rocks, mountain streams and steep rocks.

Arrival in Dushanbe, light sightseeing in the afternoon.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Departure from Dushanbe B – – In flight

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 The sightseeing tour of Dushanbe begins by visiting:

– National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan with the largest Buddha in Nirvana.

– Flagpole of Tajikistan: one of the tallest flagpoles in the world (flagpole of 165 meters);

– The main square of Dushanbe. The Monument of Ismoili Somoni, the ancestor of the Tajik Nation located in the main square. A 40-meter-high monument built in memory of Ismaili Saman-Khuda, founder of the Samanid dynasty;

– Mehrgon Bazaar – one of the largest markets in Dushanbe;

– Gissar Fortress: the remains of the Beck Palace of the Emirate of Bukhara. Its thick walls once protected a swimming pool, a garden and a palace, while the fortress itself opposed a noisy market and a caravanserai. The place was famous for its trade center during the Silk Road. You can also visit the Old Medressa (Madrasai Kuhna) of the XVI-XVII century with a museum inside, the new Medressa of the XVII-XVIII century as well as the Saray Caravan.

Return to Dushanbe.

Transfer to Dushanbe International Airport.

Evening departure flight from Dushanbe.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Assistance meeting at the airport and hotels.
– 10 nights accommodation in the mentioned hotels.
– Meal plan – Half board.
– English speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions in private vehicle AC with driver.
– Domestic flights Tashkent – Urgench in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea and soft drinks during dinner.
– Cultural performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon
Khiva 01 Hotel Asia Khiva
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 01 Grand Samarkand Superior
Penjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Iskanderkul 02 Tourist Lodge
Dushanbe 01 Hilton Dushanbe

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1540 PP
Single Supplement USD 490 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 15
Uzbekistan – Tajikistan Circuit | 13 Nights / 14 Days
Tashkent – Nukus – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarcanda – Penjikent – Khujand – Kokand – Fergana – Margilan –Tashkent

Day 01 Arrival in Tashkent – – – In flight

Flight to Tashkent, the largest city in Central Asia with 2.5 million inhabitants.

Arrival at Tashkent International Airport named after Islam Karimov, first president of Uzbekistan.

Migration procedures usually take between 20 and 60 minutes: visa/passport control and baggage claim.

Transfer to the hotel. As Tashkent Airport is not far from the city centre, the transfer will not take much time.

Arrival at the hotel. Register.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02 Taskent – NukusNukus – Khiva B – D In flightBy road 170 Kms. / 3H appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 Transfer to the local airport

07:25 Flight Tashkent-Nukus HY 11

09:05 Arrival in Nukus.

Arrival in Nukus. Leave the terminal and meet our driver.

Transfer to Khiva with sightseeing en route:

– Visit to the Savitsky Museum which exhibits a unique collection of khorezm and Karakalpak antiquities, Uzbek fine arts and the second largest collection of Russion Avant-garde works according to the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg.

The museum’s founder, Igor Savitsky, dedicated his life to collecting piece by piece the finest works by Modern Uzbekistani artists and Russian avant-garde artists. In the 70s it was quite risky to become an anti-Soviet propagandist. During perestroika and the first years since Uzbekistan’s independence, the museum gained worldwide recognition and rightfully deserved must-see status in Central Asia.

Moved to Khiva. The road will take ~ en route to take photos in the ruins of the fortresses of ancient Khorezm.

– Ayaz-kala and Toprak-kala, the Kushan period fortresses of ancient Khorezm that used to be powerful border fortresses that protected residents from raids by nomadic tribes. The forts were built between the fourth and seventh centuries BC. C., during the time when Khorezm achieved its independence. The fortresses are located in the hills very close to each other and visitors can take a brief overview of the monumental fortresses that are currently drowning in the sands.

Arrival in Khiva. Check-in at the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 Khiva B – D

Early breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the walking tour in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner City”). Ichan-kala: the largest open-air museum in Central Asia consisting of the following monuments:

– They- Darvaza, Kunya-Ark,

– Muhammad Rahim Khan’s Madrasah,

– Muhammed Aminhan Madrasah,

– Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva

– Tash Hauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was,

– Caravanserai y Tim Allakulihan ,

– Gates of Pahlavan Mahmud, mausoleum of Seyd Allaudin,

– Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud,

– Minarete y Islam-Khoja Madrassah,

– Jami Mosque and Minaret.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04 Khiva – Bukhara B – D By Road 405 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy panoramic drive to Bukhara.

Arrive Bukhara.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon/evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05 Bukhara B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the WALKING tourism program in Bukhara :

– Set Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monumento of Khodja Nasreddin );

– The Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Bukhara since before the invasion of Mongolia;

– Tim of Abdullakhan with numerous craft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothing and carpets;

– Caravanserai Sayfuddin (Bukhara Craft Development Centre);

– There are three commercial domes or the so-called Toki Sarrofon covered bazaars, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron are preserved since the sixteenth century and these bazaars were the centers for the silk trade, jewelry and even for currency exchange. Today you can also enjoy and acquire different souvenirs from a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Carpets of Bukhara;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or the so-called Kosh (stop) madrassas facing each other with a distinctive style of ornamental façade decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with minaret and Kalon mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa: the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex that impresses the imagination;

– Ark Fortress : the oldest citadel dating from the first century BC. C. where you can feel the history of the great fortress covered with beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally it can be added by order:

Visit to the mausoleum of the Samanids (ninth century), monument of high medieval architecture.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 06 Bukhara – GijdavanGijdavan – Samarkand B – D By roadBy road 47 Kms. / 1H appx.260 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time in Bukhara, free morning.

-Transfer in the afternoon to Samarkand, en route visiting the famous Gijduvan pottery workshop where visitors are welcome for a tour of the workshop and observe the process of making and painting ceramics.

The owners demonstrate the stages of pottery making, from turning the potter’s lathe to making paintings with natural ingredients, decorating the pottery with a distinctive style, drying and baking it. Take a tour of the museum-hall of ceramic masterpieces with a unique collection of ceramic items from Gijduvan and other regions of Uzbekistan.

Upon request, a master class in ceramic painting, suzani embroidery and traditional bread baking.

Continuation to Samarkand.

Arrival in Samarkand in the afternoon, check-in at the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the tourism program in Samarkand :

– Mausoleum of Gur Emir: a funerary vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered one of the most important sights in the world;

– Continue to the famous Registan Square, heart of Samarkand and true masterpiece of medieval architecture of Central Asia, the set of grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque: the largest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in the fifteenth century;

– Necropolis of Shahi Zinda: unique complex of mausoleums formed on both sides of the cenotaph (imaginary tomb) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Samarkand Bazaar – Siyab.

Rest time in the afternoon/evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the tourism program in the Samarkand countryside :

– Ulugbek Observatory: the best astronomical center in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, a prominent scholar and astronomer;

– Mausoleum of Khoji Doniyor also known as St. Daniel. Khoja Donier is regarded as a patron saint of Samarkand, people believe that a visit to the mausoleum can bring health and success; many visitors come here to make wishes near the almond tree. A sacred spring is located at the foot of the mausoleum hill; people claim that water has healing and miraculous properties.

– Paper factory “Meros” in the village of Konigil that produces unique paper that can be preserved for more than and is used in handicrafts,

– Carpet factory ” Hudjum ” to observe the weaving process of the finest carpets.

Rest time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 09 Samarkand – PenjikentPenjikent – Juyand B – D By roadBy road 62 Kms. / 1H 30M appx.235 Kms. / 3H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:30 Transfer to Jartepa border. The border crossing usually takes between 30 min and 1 h.

Meet the guide and driver in Tajikistan, part of the border.

Transfer to Penjikent, an ancient city in Sogdiana and is now a city in the Sugd province of Tajikistan on the Zeravshan River.

Start excursion in Penjikent visiting:

– The Sarazm Important Bird Area (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is located downstream of the city on the floodplain with tugay vegetation of the river.

– The archaeological site of the ruins of ancient Penjikent, a walled interurban city (2500 years ago), was once a Sogdian trading town on the Silk Road. Today only ruins remain because the main building material was clay bricks.

Transfer to Khujand via istaravshan city.

Located in the northern foothills of the Turkistan mountain range, 78 km southwest of Khujand, Istaravshan is one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan (over 2500 years old). Ancient name Cyropolis founded by Cyrus the Great in 544 BC. C. as a shipping fort of the Achaemenid Empire.

During the Soviet era, the city was known as Ura – Tyube.

Summary of tourism in Istaravshan visiting:

– Mausoleum of Mazori Sharif,

– Kog Gumbaz Madrasah (sixteenth century)

– Kuhi Cup, the ruins of the ancient fortress.

Transfer to Juyand.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 10 Juyand B – D By road

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Start of the sightseeing tour in Khujand :

– Khujand, the second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Tajikistan, the furthest point Alexander the Great reached in Central Asia, so the city was called Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the Farthest).

– Pushkin Square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square;

-Timur Malik Fortress and Sugd Museum;

– Muslihiddin memorial complex;

– Panjshanbe Bazaar (The name Panjshanbe comes from the Persian language and means “Thursday”) is one of the oldest markets in Tajikistan;

– Arbob Palace.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 11 Juyand – KokandKokand – Ferganá B – D By roadBy road 135 Kms. / 2H 30M appx.90 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

08:30 Transfer to patar/ Andarhan border post.

Border crossing to Uzbekistan (takes about 30 min-1 h), meet the guide and driver on the Uzbekistan side of the border. Transfer to Kokand.

Start sightseeing in the Fergana Valley by visiting:

Kokand (referred to as Khavakand or Kokan derived from a tribal name) is an ancient city which, due to its favorable location, was one of the convenient fortified points of the caravan routes on the Great Silk Road.

Today, Kokand is a modern city at the crossroads of Tashkent, the valley from Fergana to Andijan and the other route to Khujand (Tajikistan) and is considered as one of the most important border points.

Start the Kokand sightseeing tour by visiting:

– Khudoyar – The nineteenth-century Khan Palace is included in the UNESCO world heritage, currently houses the Kokand Regional History Museum which exhibits a unique collection of more than 3000 artifacts from the ancient, khanate and tsarist periods of the region.

– Norbut – Biy Madrassah, the largest madrasah in Kokand. The madrasah was built in the eighteenth century by captured architects, as well as by the famous Bulgarian architect Usto Muhammed Salih Kasim, so the design and construction are quite typical of some eighteenth-century monuments in Bukhara.

– The mausoleum of Modari Khan (Modari – khan means “Mother of Khan”) was built in 1825 by order of the widow of Umarkhan, the famous poet Nodira to honor the tomb of her mother-in-law. Since then, the mausoleum became the family mausoleum where most of the female members of the Khan family were buried.

– Rishton (50 km west of Fergana) famous worldwide for its pottery decorated according to an ancient tradition of more than 800 years. Teachers pass on their trade secrets from father to son. The unique masterpieces of red clay pottery are decorated with natural ornaments from overseas, turquoise and blue known as blue enamel ” ishkor “.

– Workshop of the famous potter Rustam Umarov, where visitors can observe the best Rishtan pottery in wonderful tea sets and handmade and hand-painted lagans and beautifully decorated jars and vases.

Transfer to Ferganá.

Rest time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 12 Ferganá – MarguilánMarguilán –Tashkent B – D By roadBy train 18 Kms. / 30M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel.

1 0:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Continue sightseeing in the Fergana Valley:

– Fergana is a relatively young city that was founded as a strategic fortified point in Turkestan in 1876 during the region’s tsarist period. Initially, the city was called New Margilan, and then in the Soviet period it was renamed Fergona in 1924. Today, Fergana is a beautiful flourishing city and, despite its young history, it became the focal point of the Fergana Valley.

– Visit the Ahmad Al-Fargoni monumental complex;

– Continue to Margilan. Margilan (“Persian green grass Marg”, ” lon ” – “place”) was an inhabited settlement in the Fergana Valley from the IV-III centuries BC to now.

– Said-Ahmad Hodji Madrassah where artisans produce original silk carpets;

– Yodgorlik Silk Factory, where visitors can observe the silk making process with the traditional “ikat” decoration.

15:40 Transfer to the train station.

16:48 Train Margilan – Tashkent.

21:38 Arrival in Tashkent.

Exit the terminal and meet the driver.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time in the afternoon. During the night.

Day 13 Tashkent B – D

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meeting with the guide in the lobby.

Start the Tashkent turistic tour , visiting the old and new parts of the city:

– Amir Timur Square, founded in 1882 and originally called Konstantinovsky Square, was renamed in 1994 after Amir Timur to honor the cultural and historical contribution of the great conqueror.

– The chimes of Tashkent, one of the main symbols of Tashkent, were brought from the defeated Koenisberg in 1945 as a sign of the great victory and eternal glory of the patriots who fought in World War II.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House: Bolshoi State Academic Theatre of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi Built in 1947, it is one of the best opera houses in the world and presents both classical and national repertoires.

– Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan There are fountains, the “Eternal Flame” in honor of the soldiers of the World War, the arch “Good and noble aspiration” crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, the road “Ok Yul” that leads to the Independence Monument and a monument to the Happy Mother that symbolizes hope. for a great future.

– Earthquake memorial, the composition is dedicated to the tragic date of the earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and stands on the approximate site of the epicenter of the earthquake. Residents still flock to the monument to honor the people who participated in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

– Khast Imam Square: a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan Madrasah; Mausoleum of Kaffal Shashi and the library of Islamic Literature with the Book of the Holy Quran of the seventh century (original Othman Qur’an). Khast Imam is one of the most important spiritual centers in Central Asia and attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world.

Transfer to the hotel.

Rest time in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14 Departure from Tashkent B – – In flight

Departure transfer to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Assistance meeting at the airport and hotels.
– 13 nights accommodation in the hotels mentioned.
– Meal plan – Half board.
– English speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during dinner time.
– Train from Marguilán – Tashkent.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions in a private vehicle AC with driver.
– Domestic flights Tashkent – Nukus in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea and soft drinks during dinner.
– Cultural performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Khiva 02 Asia Khiva Hotel
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 03 Grand Samarkand Superior
Juyand 02 Tourist Lodge
Fergana 01 Hotel Asia Fergana
Tashkent 02 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 1930 PP
Single Supplement USD 495 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 16
Silk Road Experience Tour | 15 Nights / 16 Days
Bishkek – Burana – Kochkor – Naryn – Tash Rabat – Torugart Border – Kashgar – Kala Kule Lake – Irkestam Border – Osh – Dostyk Border – Kuva – Margilan – Fergana – Rishtan – Kokand –Tashkent – Bukara – Samarkand – Jartepa Border – Sarazm – Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand – Tashkent

Day 01 Arrive Bishkek – – – By Flight

Arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Begin your sightseeing tour of Bishkek to the following:

  • Ala Too Square, Bishkek’s large central square with a distinctly Soviet feel. Watch the hourly changing of the guards, take a selfie under the Kyrgyzstan flag and pay respects to a Kyrgyz legend at Manas Monument;
  • Old Square, including Parliament House and Lenin Statue;
  • Philharmonic Hall, a stately Bishkek landmark whose courtyard is a popular meeting place for locals;
  • Oak Park, including the tree-lined Erkindik Boulevard and statue of Kurmanjan Datka, a 19th- century Kyrgyz leader nicknamed “Queen of the Mountains”;
  • Opera and Ballet House, a stylish hall serving as a key center for the arts in Bishkek;
  • Victory Square, including a World War II memorial of an eternal flame burning under a granite half-yurt.

Drive back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.

Day 02

Bishkek – BuranaBurana – Kochkor

Kochkor – Naryn

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

84 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.141 Kms. / 2H 10M appx.

119 Kms. / 1H 40M appx.

Breakfast at the hotel before an adventure-filled day as you leave the city and head into rural Kyrgyzstan. The first stop is the small town of Tokmok for an excursion to Burana Tower and Museum Complex, including:

  • Burana Tower (11th century), a 25-meter-high minaret and the only remaining structure from Balasagun city. Climb its dark, winding stairwell for a spectacular view from the top;
  • Balbals (6th century), round stone figures used as grave markers and memorial stones for the deceased;
  • Museum containing items found in Balasagun, including jewelry, pottery and religious objects;
  • Petroglyphs (2nd century) discovered in the greater Chuy Region.

Continue driving to Kochkor, a Kyrgyz village known for its shyrdak felt rugs, embroideries and other handicrafts. Try your hand at the classical art and support local entrepreneurs by purchasing handmade souvenirs from village artisans.

Transfer to Naryn through beautiful mountain landscapes. Arrive in the small town and relax over dinner at the guesthouse. Overnight at the guesthouse in Naryn.

Day 03

Naryn – Tash RabatTash Rabat – Torugart Border

Torugart Border – Kashgar

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

108 Kms. / 2H appx.91 Kms. / 1H 50M appx.

170 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

After breakfast, drive to Tash Rabat Caravanserai. Located at an altitude of 3200 meters, this 15th-century stone fortress served as an inn for Silk Road travelers.

Continue driving to Torugart Pass. Cross into China, where your guide will be waiting for you, and transfer to Kashgar. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and have a rest.

Overnight at the hotel in Kashgar.

Day 04 Kashgar B – D

In the morning, a local guide will give you a private tour of Kashgar to the following sights:

  • Kashgar Old Town, a labyrinth of traditional Uyghur home and shops;
  • Handicraft Street, where you can browse and buy a variety of handmade souvenirs;
  • Id Kah Mosque (1442), one of the largest mosques in China which reflects a traditional Uyghur design;
  • Apak Khoja Mausoleum (16th century), regarded as the holiest site in all of Xinjiang;
  • Yekshanbe Bazaar (Sunday Market), whose colorful aisles are filled with fabrics, kitchenware, knives, hats, fresh produce, carpets and jewelry. A horse and livestock bazaar is also located nearby.

Overnight at the hotel in Kashgar.

Day 05 Kashgar – Kala Kule LakeKala Kule Lake – Kashgar B – D By RoadBy Road 194 Kms. / 4H 50M appx.194 Kms. / 4H 50M appx.

Drive in the morning to Kala Kule Lake, a spectacular body of water located 3650 meters above sea level. On the way, marvel at Red Mountain and White Sand Mountain which loom before you.

Kala Kule Lake is guarded by Muztagh Ata (7546m) and Kongur Tagh (7649m), mountains which remain covered in snow year-round. Have a picnic at the lake and spend a few hours relaxing by its waters. Although the weather at the lake is too cold for swimming, you can mingle with shepherds, see their traditional yurts and even take a horse or camel ride. Return to Kashgar. Overnight at the hotel in Kashgar.

Day 06 Kashgar – Irkestam BorderIrkestam Border – Osh B – D By RoadBy Road 230 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.260 Kms. / 4H 10M appx.

After breakfast, drive to the Kyrgyzstan border. Pass through the border to meet your Kyrgyz driver, who will take you to Osh via the village of Sary-Tash. Bask in the spectacular views along the way.

Upon arrival in Osh, take a short sightseeing tour:

  • Sulaiman Too National Historical and Archaeological Museum – one of the largest museums in Kyrgyzstan, it’s housed in a mountain cave;
  • Dom Babura (Bobur’s Prayer House, 16th century) – built by Bobur, founder of the Mughal Empire;
  • Silk Road Museum – a collection of artefacts discovered on Sulaiman Too Mountain.

Overnight at the hotel in Osh.

Day 07

Osh – KuvaKuva – Margilan

Margilan – Fergana

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

70 Kms. / 1H 50M appx.30 Kms. / 40M appx.

20 Kms. / 30M appx.

After breakfast, transfer to the Uzbekistan border. After passing through customs, meet your Uzbek driver and travel to the Fergana Valley via Kuva.

In Kuva, you will visit the ancient Buddhist settlement for which Kuva is famous in the region.

Continue to Margilan, where your tour will include:

  • Visit to Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah, where craftsmen produce handmade carpets and silk;
  • Tour of the Yodgorlik Silk Factory and workshop, where you can observe silk weaving with traditional Ikat patterns and shop for handmade khan-atlas material (closed Sundays).

Continue to the city of Fergana.Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Fergana.

Day 08

Fergana – RishtanRishtan – Kokand

Kokand – Tashkent

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

55 Kms. / 1H appx.45 Kms. / 50M appx.

240 Kms. / 4H appx.

Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for your tour of Rishtan and Kokand, which was once the capital of the entire Kokand Khanate.

Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master (Rustam Usmanov or Alisher Nazarov) whose works are exhibited in world exhibitions. Tour the pottery workshop and see the collection of local ceramics.

Continue driving to Kokand. Your tour will include:

  • Palace of Khudoyar-Khan (19th-century), Kokand’s most famous attraction;
  • Jami Mosque, the iconic centerpiece of Chorsu Square;
  • Norbutabiy Madrasah (18th century), which still serves as a functioning madrasah.

Transfer to Tashkent through the gorgeous Kamchik Mountain Pass (2267 meters a.s.l). Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, and check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 09 Tashkent – Bukara B – D By Flight

Your guide and driver will pick you up to begin your Tashkent city tour, which will include:

  • Old City, including Khazret-Imam Architectural Complex, which holds the world’s oldest known Quran;
  • Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent’s most famous market that includes a large selection of handmade souvenirs;
  • Tashkent Metro, where each station is decorated in colorful mosaics to depict a specific theme;
  • Amir Timur Square, with a massive statue of Tamerlane himself at the center;
  • Independence Square, including the Mourning Mother Monument and Eternal Flame memorial;
  • Applied Arts Museum, an informative collection of Uzbek handicrafts housed in an ornate villa.

After the tour, head to Tashkent domestic airport for a flight to Bukhara. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in the Old City, an area resembling a scene from Arabian Nights. Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 10 Bukara B – D

After breakfast, enjoy a private guided walking tour of the most impressive sights of Bukhara’s Old City:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, including Lyabi-Hauz Pool and the Khanaka, Kukeldash and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrasahs (all 16th century);
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century);
  • Four Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), where you can purchase handmade souvenirs;
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), including Kalyan Minaret and Mosque and Amir-Allimkhan and Miri-Arab Madrasahs;
  • Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century);
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), ancient center of Bukharin statehood now home to a small museum;
  • Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th-century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs.

Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 11 Bukara – Samarkand B – D By Train 1H 30M appx.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy free time before check-out from the hotel. Continue your tour of Bukhara region to the following locations:

  • Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), the oldest brick building in Central Asia;
  • Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, otherwise known as Job’s well;
  • Chor Minor (Four Minarets, 18th century), an unusual madrasah whose minarets are said to reflect the four major world religions of that period;
  • Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century), the emir’s summer residence which blends Oriental and Russian architecture;
  • Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, an ensemble dedicated to the founder of the Naqshbandia Sufi Order;
  • Fayzulla Khodjaev House Museum, a replica of a 19th-century Bukharan home and tribute to a local leader.

Transfer to the train station to catch the bullet train to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand, the capital of Tamerlane’s Empire. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 12 Samarkand B – D

After breakfast, begin your private tour of Samarkand with a local, experienced guide to the following:

  • Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek;
  • Registan Square, Samarkand’s most famous site which includes Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (15th – 17th centuries);
  • Walk through a boulevard lined with workshops, souvenir stores and ice cream stands;
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife;
  • Siab Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, fruits, sweets and Samarkand’s famous bread;
  • Shakhi-Zinda, an exquisite burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries;
  • Ulugbek Observatory, including Ulugbek Museum and the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 13 Samarkand – Jartepa BorderJartepa Border – Penjikent B – D By RoadBy Road 50 Kms. / 1H appx.30 Kms. / 40M appx.

A driver will meet you at your Samarkand hotel for transfer to the Jartepa border. After passing through customs, your Tajik guide and driver will meet you and drive to Penjikent.

Stop on the way at Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient city founded by 3500BC. The excavation site still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.

Continue driving to Penjikent (Panjakent) to tour the following:

  • Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum), which has diverse exhibits on Tajik customs and the life of Rudaki, founder of Tajik-Persian classical literature;
  • Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah, the city’s main center for worship;
  • Penjikent Bazaar, a bustling bazaar with standard goods and Tajik souvenirs;
  • Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals.

Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Penjikent.

Day 14 Penjikent – IstaravshanIstaravshan – Khujand B – D By RoadBy Road 180 Kms. / 3H appx.80 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.

Depart Penjikent in the morning and drive to Khujand via Istaravshan.

Arrive in Istaravshan and begin your city tour to the following:

  • Istaravshan Bazaar – housed chiefly in a 3-story building, it’s impressively large and authentic;
  • Hazrat Shah Architectural Complex (18th-19th centuries) – includes two mausoleums and a mosque known for its brightly painted ceiling;
  • Mug Teppe – a renovated fortress which provides a great overlook of the city.

Continue driving to Khujand. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Khujand.

Day 15 Khujand – Tashkent B – D By Road 165 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

In the morning, begin your tour of Khujand, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The tour includes:

  • Khujand Fortress (dates vary), once one of the most impenetrable castles in Central Asia;
  • Historical Museum of Sughd, which houses unusual artefacts from the territory of Sughd;
  • Mausoleum of Sheikh Muslihiddin Khujandi (12th century), a two-story mausoleum commemorating this 12th-century ruler and poet;
  • Payshanba Bazaar (Thursday Bazaar), a colorful oriental market rumored to be the best in Tajikistan;
  • Somoni Park, where a statue of Ismoil Somoni, fountains and bright mosaics are displayed.

In the afternoon, drive to the Uzbekistan border and pass through customs. Meet your Uzbek driver and transfer to Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 16 Depart Tashkent B – – By Flight

Departure transfer to the Airport for flight to onward destination.

Tour Ends

Includes
– Meet assist at the airport and hotels.
– 15 nights accommodation in mentioned Hotels.
– Meal Plan – Half Board basis.
– English Speaking guide.
– Live traditional music performance during the dinner time.
– All transfers, tours, sightseeing and excursions by private AC vehicle with driver.
– Express train from Bukhara – Samarkand.
– Domestic flights Tashkent – Bukhara in economy class.
– Entrance fees to the monuments.
– Tea & Soft drinks during the dinner.
– Cultural Performance.
– Complimentary water during the Tour.
– All taxes.

Excludes
– Personal Expenses.
– Camera / Video Camera Fees.
– Air Ticket: Bechar – Algiers.
– Medical Aid.
– Tips.
– Travel Insurance.
– Visa If any.

 
Hotels

Cities Nights Deluxe Hotels
Bishkek 01 Sheraton Bishkek
Naryn 01 Tourist Lodge
Kashgar 03 Tourist Lodge
Osh 01 Hotel Osh Grand
Fergana 01 Hotel Asia Fergana
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon
Bukhara 02 Asia Bukhara
Samarkand 02 Grand Samarkand Superior
Penjikent 01 SUGHD Hotel
Khujand 01 Tourist Lodge
Tashkent 01 The Royal Mezbon

 

Private Tour Hotels
02 Pax USD 2360 PP
Single Supplement USD 540 Per SGL

 

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PROGRAM – 17
Stans and Caucasus on the Silk Road Tour | 21 Nights / 22 Days
Ashgabat – Ashgabat – Mary and Merv – Kunya Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Sarazm – Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand – Tashkent – Baku – Gobustan – Absheron – Shamakhi – Lahic – Tbilisi – Mtskheta – Ananuri – Stepantsminda – Gudauri – Uplistsikhe – Gori – Tbilisi – Telavi – Sighnaghi – Tbilisi – Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Khor-Virap – Noravank – Areni – Yerevan

Day 01 Arrive Ashgabat – – – By Flight

Arrive in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan. You will be met by a driver and brought to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Enjoy a half-day of sightseeing with your private local guide and driver to the following:

  • Old Nisa, capital of the Parthian Empire and present-day UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, the largest mosque in Central Asia which includes the tomb of former president Turkmenbashy;
  • Arch of Neutrality, a 95-meter-high tower topped with a gold statue of Turkmenbashy. Ride to the top in a funicular to enjoy a panoramic view of the city;
  • Independence Park, including Independence Monument, lavish fountains and 27 statues of historical figures;
  • National Museum of History, displaying over half a million items from every region of the country, including many rare artifacts.

Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 02 Ashgabat – MaryMary – Ashgabat B – D By FlightBy Flight

An early morning flight from Ashgabat to Mary. Upon arrival, drive to Merv , an ancient trade center on the Great Silk Road and UNESCO Site. Your guided tour of Merv will include:

  • Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum (12th century) –majestic monument displaying amazing craftsmanship for its day;
  • Greater and Lesser Kyz Kala (8th-9th centuries) – unique homes with no archeological equivalents;
  • Askhab Mausoleums (9th-12th centuries) – one of Turkmenistan’s most important pilgrimage sites;
  • Erk Kala (6th century BC) – seat of ancient Merv and its oldest city. Climb its walls for a great view!
  • Gyaur Kala (3rd century BC) – Merv’s second oldest settlement famous for its thick, 2-km long walls;
  • Beni Makhan Mosque (7th – 9th centuries) – also called Juma Mosque, it sits near a still-functioning cistern;

Muhammad Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (12th century) – popular Sufi shrine with symmetrical architecture.

Return to Mary airport for an evening flight to Ashgabat. Overnight at the hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 03

Ashgabat – DashoguzDashoguz – Kunya Urgench

Kunya Urgench – Khiva

B – D

By FlightBy Road

By Road

50M appx.120 Kms. / 1H 30M appx.

60 Kms. / 1H appx.

Transfer to Ashgabat’s domestic airport for a morning flight to Dashoguz. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you to drive to Kunya Urgench, ancient capital of the Khorezm Empire. Your tour includes:

  • Tyurabek-Khanym Mausoleum (14th century), burial site of a Mongolian princess;
  • Sayid Ahmed Mausoleum (14th century), tomb of a leader of the Golden Horde;
  • Kutlug Timur Minaret (11th-13th centuries), which at 62 meters is the tallest minaret in Central Asia;
  • Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum of Khorezmshakh (12th century), a medieval tomb for royalty;
  • Kyrk Molla Hill (dates vary), a fortress including Mamun Library and an ancient cemetery;
  • Fakhreddin Razi Mausoleum (13th century), one of the oldest, most unique structures in Central Asia;
  • Mausoleum of Najmaddin Kubra (12th century), grave of the founder of the Sufi order Kubrawiya;

Sultan Ali Mausoleum (16th century), a half-completed structure built for a powerful Turkmen ruler.

Drive to the Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan border. Cross into Uzbekistan and meet your driver to continue on to Khiva. Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 04 Khiva B – D

After breakfast, meet your guide to begin your walking tour of Khiva’s Ichan Kala, the city center that has been preserved for the past 1500 years. Your tour will include:

  • Kunya-Ark Fortress, the inner citadel of Ichan Kala;
  • Kalta Minor Tower, once destined to be the tallest minaret in Central Asia;
  • Muhammad Amin-Khan, the largest medieval educational institution in Khiva;
  • Muhammad Rahim Khan Madrasah, one of the largest madrassahs in all Central Asia;
  • Juma Mosque (Friday Mosque), with 212 wooden columns and a minaret 32.5 meters high;
  • Tash-Hauli Palace, resembling a fortress with towers and fortified gates;
  • Pahlavan Mahmud Necropolis, the former religious center of Ichan Kala;
  • Islam Khodja Madrasah and Minaret, which at 45 meters is the highest observation point in town.

Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 05 Khiva – Bukhara B – D By Road 435 Kms. / 6H 10M appx.

After breakfast, drive to Bukhara.

Upon arrival, your driver will take you to the hotel.

Free time to rest or explore the old streets of Bukhara, whose alleyways resemble a scene from “A Thousand and One Nights”.

Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 06 Bukhara B – D

Have breakfast at the hotel before your private walking tour of the Old City’s sights:

  • Lyabi-Hauz Ensemble, including Lyabi-Hauz Pool and the Khanaka, Kukeldash and Nadir Divan Beghi Madrasahs (all 16th century);
  • Magoki-Attori Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bukhara (12th century);
  • Four Trade Domes (15th-16th centuries), where you can purchase handmade souvenirs;
  • Poi Kalyan Ensemble (12th-16th centuries), including Kalyan Minaret and Mosque and Amir-Allimkhan and Miri-Arab Madrasahs;
  • Ulugbek Madrasah (15th century) and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah (17th century);
  • Ark Fortress (4th century), ancient center of Bukharin statehood now home to a small museum;
  • Bolo-Khauz Complex, consisting of an artfully decorated 18th- century mosque, a minaret and reservoirs;
  • Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries), the oldest brick building in Central Asia;
  • Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, otherwise known as Job’s well.

Overnight at the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 07 Bukhara – Samarkand B – D By Road 300 Kms. / 4H 30M appx.

After breakfast, continue your tour of greater Bukhara to the following locations:

  • Chor Minor (18th century), whose minarets represent the four major world religions of that period;
  • Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa (19th century), the emir’s summer residence which blends Oriental and Russian architecture;
  • Bakhautdin Naqshband Mausoleum, an ensemble dedicated to the founder of the Sufi Order “Naqshbandia”;
  • Chor-Bakr Necropolis, (10th century), ancient burial grounds developed into a memorial complex.

Later, transfer to Samarkand. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand, capital of Tamerlane’s Empire.

Day 08 Samarkand B – D

Breakfast at the hotel before your private tour of Samarkand, crossroads of the world’s cultures, including:

  • Gur Emir, the imposing burial site of Tamerlane and Mirzo Ulugbek;
  • Registan Square, Samarkand’s most famous site which includes Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah and Tilla-Kori Madrasah (15th- 17th centuries);
  • Bibi Khanum Mosque, built by Tamerlane for his favorite wife;
  • Siab Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, fruits, sweets and Samarkand’s famous bread;
  • Shakhi-Zinda, an exquisite burial complex built between the 9th-14th centuries;
  • Ulugbek Observatory, including Ulugbek Museum and the remains of a 14th-15th century sextant.

Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 09 Samarkand – Jartepa borderJartepa border – Penjikent B – D By RoadBy Road 50 Kms. / 1H appx.30 Kms. / 40M appx.

A driver will meet you at your Samarkand hotel for transfer to the Jartepa border with Tajikistan. After passing through customs, your Tajik guide and driver will meet you and drive to Penjikent.

Stop on the way at Sarazm, a UNESCO Site founded by 3500BC. The excavation site still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.

Continue driving to Penjikent (Panjakent) to tour the following:

  • Republican Museum of History (Rudaki Museum), which has diverse exhibits on Tajik customs and the life of Rudaki, founder of Tajik-Persian classical literature;
  • Central Mosque and Olim Dodkhoh Madrasah, the city’s main center for worship;
  • Penjikent Bazaar, a bustling bazaar with standard goods and Tajik souvenirs;
  • Ancient Penjikent (5th century BC), a labyrinth of walls and passages decorated with amazing murals.

Overnight at the hotel in Penjikent.

Day 10 Penjikent – IstaravshanIstaravshan – Khujand B – D By RoadBy Road 180 Kms. / 3H appx.80 Kms. / 1H 10M appx.

Depart Penjikent in the morning and drive to Khujand via Istaravshan. Arrive in Istaravshan and begin your city tour to the following:

  • Istaravshan Bazaar – housed chiefly in a 3-story building, it’s impressively large and authentic;
  • Hazrat Shah Architectural Complex (18th-19th centuries) – includes two mausoleums and a mosque known for its brightly painted ceiling;
  • Mug Teppe – a renovated fortress which provides a great overlook of the city.

Continue driving to Khujand. Free time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel in Khujand.

Day 11 Khujand – Tashkent B – D By Road 165 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

In the morning, begin your tour of Khujand, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The tour includes:

  • Khujand Fortress (dates vary), once one of the most impenetrable castles in Central Asia;
  • Historical Museum of Sughd, which houses unusual artefacts from the territory of Sughd;
  • Mausoleum of Sheikh Muslihiddin Khujandi (12th century), two-story tomb of a local ruler and poet;
  • Payshanba Bazaar (Thursday Bazaar), a colorful oriental market rumored to be the best in Tajikistan;
  • Somoni Park, where a statue of Ismoil Somoni, fountains and bright mosaics are displayed.

In the afternoon, drive to the Uzbekistan border and pass through customs. Meet your Uzbek driver and transfer to Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 12 Tashkent – Baku B – D By Flight

After breakfast, transfer to Tashkent International Airport for your departure flight to Baku.

Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. You will be met by our driver for drop-off at the hotel. Have a rest, followed by a private walking tour of Old Baku (Icheri Sheher) to see:

  • Maiden Tower (date unknown), a city symbol of mysterious origins which offers a great view of Baku;
  • Palace of the Shirvanshahs (15th century), a UNESCO ensemble and Azerbaijan’s finest example of medieval architecture;
  • Multani Caravanserai (15th century), built as a haven for Indian merchants and fire worshipers;
  • Juma Mosque (12th century, rebuilt 1899), constructed on the site of a Zoroastrian temple;
  • Market Square (17th century), a plaza of winding streets and shops selling souvenirs and antiques.

Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Baku.

Day 13

Baku – GobustanGobustan – Absheron

Absheron – Baku

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

60 Kms. / 1H appx.20 Kms. / 30M appx.

58 Kms. / 1H appx.

Depart Baku and drive to Gobustan National Park, located on the Caspian Sea, to visit:

  • Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, an open-air gallery dating back to 10000 BC. Enjoy the gorgeous view as you discover nearly 6000 petroglyphs;
  • Petroglyph Museum, which provides a brief introduction to the park’s cultural and ecological history;
  • Mud Volcanoes, where gases bubble up from the earth in a mix of mud and methane.

Return to Baku via Absheron Peninsula, On the way, visit Bibi Heybat Mosque (dates vary) a central piece of Azerbaijani Islamic architecture.

  • In Absheron, visit Yanar Dag (Burning Mountain), a natural gas fire which has been burning for thousands of years.
  • Drive to Ateshgah Fire Temple (dates vary), a historic center of Zoroastrian worship.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Baku.

Day 14

Baku – ShamakhiShamakhi – Lahic

Lahic – Baku

B – D

By RoadBy Road

By Road

180 Kms. / 2H 30M appx.60 Kms. / 1H 15M appx.

170 Kms. / 2H 50M appx.

Your guide and driver will meet you for a drive to Shamakhi.

Stop in Maraza at Diri Baba Mausoleum (15th century), a two-story monument carved into a cliff as a unique display of Shirvan-Absheron architecture.

Continue driving to ancient Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit:

  • Juma Mosque (8th century), Azerbaijan’s oldest mosque whose architecture is unparalleled in the country;
  • Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum (19th century), burial site of the last khan of Shamakhi.

Drive through the breathtaking Girdimanchay River Valley to the alpine village of Lahic, situated 2000 meters above sea level. Explore this ancient village filled with traditio