Central Asia Travel: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (19 days) - 5 "stans"

Tour: "Spiritual journeys through Silk Road - 5 stans" (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)

Intinerary: Almaty - Bishkek - Cholpon Ata -  Tashkent - Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara - Turkmenabat - Merv - Mary - Ashgabat - Kunya Urgench - Tashauz - Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent - Khujand - Istaravshan - Tashkent

Duration: 19 days/18 nights

Brief description: Duration of our “Spiritual journeys through Silk Road – 5 stans” itinerary covers 5 countries which are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan with over 17 different cities. This land of ancient civilizations had witnessed rise and fall of many empires and kings such as Sogdians, the Macedonians, the Huns, the Seljuks, the Mongols, the Temurids etc. You will see the sights of the mysterious East. You will find a fascinating journey through the five Central Asian countries. The ancient cities of fascinating history, legends and ancient monuments, noise and odors spice bazaar, culture, lifestyle and unique hospitality of the local people - all these and more will wait you during this exciting and full of adventures tour. Welcome to Central Asia!

 

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March 30’2013

April 17’2013

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April 20’2013

May 8’2013

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May 11’2013

May 29’2013

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 June 1’2013

June 19’2013

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August 24’2013

September 20’2013

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September 21’2013

October 9’2013

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October 12’2013

October 30’2013

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November 2’2013

November 20’2013

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Price mentioned in USD per person in twin room sharing:

Pax quantity in group

Budget option(guest houses)

3-4* hotel option

1

5715

6265

2

3800

4220

3-4

3495

3915

5-6

2910

3340

Single

370

660

Full board(lunches&

410

410


Day-by-Day program

Day 1: Almaty, Friday (Kazakhstan) 

Arrival to Almaty in the evening, meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty , Saturday (Kazakhstan)

Full day sightseeing in Almaty: you will visit a popular place for local people – Green Bazaar. It is a great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real Central Asia market. Continuation of excursion: visit one of the oldest Almaty Panfilov Park, where located on of the unique wooden buildings in the world – Zenkov Cathedral and Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. After excursion you  will go outside of city to explore Medeo Gorge, where located the highest mountain staking rink in the world. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located and you can see the amazing panorama of the city from the special observation deck. The tour ends with short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by famous Almaty cablewas.

After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 3:   Almaty – Bishkek -270 km, Sunday (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)

In the morning depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway (270km-4h). En route watch the natural landscapes. Afternoon arrive to Bishkek. Check in to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Bishkek: visit Central Museum, Panfilov park, the local bazaar.

Day 4: Bishkek – Issyk Kul Cholpon Ata – 260 km, Monday (Kyrgyzstan) 

Transfer to Issyk Kul Lake – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. En route visit Burana Tower. Keep on driving to Issyk Kul valley through Boom Canyon. Visit petroglyphs of Paleolithic era (riverhead of the Sary-Djaz river), local museum in Cholpon Ata. On arrival to Cholpon Ata, check-in to the hotel.

Day 5: Issyk Kul Cholpon Ata–Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek – 260 km, Tuesday (Kyrgyzstan)

Morning transfer to visit Grigorevka gorge full of lush green, Alpine meadows and fur trees, easy hike in the gorge. In the afternoon return to Bishkek. On arrival to Bishkek, check-in to hotel.

Day 6:   Bishkek-Tashkent – 475 km, Wednesday (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)

In the morning transfer to airport for flight to Tashkent. On arrival in Tashkent you will be met by our representative with meeting board “Asia Travel Discoveries”. Transfer to hotel. After short rest, sightseeing of Tashkent. We will start from the exploring of Old city: visit Khast Imam Complex with Barak Khan Medressa, Mausoleum of Yunus Khan & Kafal-Al-Shashi. Next to the Old city under the green dome lies Chorsu Bazaar - one of the largest and oldest in Central Asia. Behind the bazaar is Kukeldash Medressa – an Islamic school that located beside the Juma Mosque dated back to 15th century. Also, we visit Abdul Kasim Medressa where we can see a lot of souvenirs workshops. After lunch we will continue to explore New city and visit Applied Arts Museum where kept the best Uzbek handicrafts. Next to see Independence Square – the main square in Uzbekistan. Then we can walk to the Alisher’s Navoi Uzbek state Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally we see the Monument of Courage dedicated to earthquake in 1966 year.After excursion transfer to hotel.

Day 7:   Tashkent – Samarkand – 300 km, Thursday (Uzbekistan) Samarkand

Today we will be transferred to Samarkand.  Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. We will go to the Central Registan square with the majestic Medressas dated back to different centuries: Ulugbek Medressa (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Medressa (1619-1636) and the Tilya Kori Medressa (1647-1660), Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 8: Samarkand, Friday (Uzbekistan) 

Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: visit Bibi-Khanum Mosque dedicated to one of Tamerlane’s wife. Next we visit the Shahi Zinda complex and the famous oriental Bazaar Siyob. And finally we will observe Ulugbek Observatory – one of the greatest in the middle ages. Optional excursion to Afrosyob Museum and Paper Mills.

Day 9: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz –Bukhara – 380 km, Saturday (Uzbekistan)

In the morning we will be transferred to Shakhrisabz – the pearl of Orient, dated back to the XV c. All monuments in Shakhrisabz related to Tamerlane and his family. We explore the summer Palace Ak-Saray, Dorut Saodat complex and Dorut Tillavat Medressa. After excursion, proceed to Bukhara. Bukhara - a real jewel of Central Asia, the sacred city of Muslims, carefully preserved its ancient monuments.

Day 10: Bukhara, Sunday (Uzbekistan)

Today we explore the mausoleum of the Samanids (IX-X cc.) - the pearl of Central Asia . Next we visit the tomb of Chashma Ayub (XII century.), which means "source of Job." Bolo House complex including a reservoir, a Friday mosque and minaret. Friday Mosque Bolo House is located at the entrance to the Arc citadel. Inside the citadel was situated a town, which includes residential and office buildings: the mosque, a prison, a harem, the treasury, the residence of the Emir, etc. Then we see Poi Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.) includes the Kalyan Mosque , Mir-Arab and the famous Kalyan minaret. After lunch, we explore one of the biggest architectural ensembles of Bukhara "Lyabi House." The oldest part of the complex - Medressa Kulbaba-Kukeldash, which has 160 cells and it pretend the biggest in Bukhara. Medressa "Nadir Devanbegi" was built by order of vizier Nadir-devanbegi shortly after the device pool and logically completed the ensemble “Lyabi- House”. The oldest mosque Magoki Attori located next to the ensemble “Lyabi House”, built in the tradition of figurative brick masonry and carved ornaments of archaic majolica. And finally, you see interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex.

Day 11: Bukhara, Monday (Uzbekistan)

In the morning we drive to summer palace of Bukhara emirs "Sitora-I-Mohihosa.", built in fusion of European &

Bukhara’s traditions, more than hundred years ago. Next we visit the complex of Bahauddin Naqshbandi shaykh, as well as a necropolis Chor Bakr - city of shadows, dated to the 16th century. After excursion back to Bukhara. Free time for shopping.

Day 12: Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Merv  – Mary – 460 km, Tuesday (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)

Depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat & Merv (350km/4.5h). Sightseeing of Merv: visit Merv (350km/4.5h). Sightseeing of Merv: visit  Gyz Gala& Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Sotla Gala, Sotlan Sanjar Mausoleum etc. Upon arrival to Mary accommodation at the hotel. After short rest, walking tour to city bazaar and center square.

Day 13: Mary –Ashgabat – 350 km, Wednesday (Turkmenistan)

Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat by T5 128 08:20/09:00 AM hrs. Arrival to Ashgabat: visit Ashgabat famous Oriental Bazaar, Hippodrome of Ashgabat, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Museum of History & Ethnography, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque.

Day 14: Ashgabat – Nissa – Ashgabat – 30 km, Thursday (Turkmenistan)

Excursion to Nissa located 30 km from Ashgabat: visit Old Nisa ruins, discover Kopet Dag mountains. After excursion, drive back to Ashgabat: visit Carpet Museum, Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 15: Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya - Urgench – Khiva - 310 km, Friday (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench (120km/1.5h). Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz. Transfer to Turkmen/Uzbek border “Shavat”. Border formalities on both sides. You will be met by our representative with meeting board “Asia Travel Discoveries”. Drive to Khiva.  Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel.

Day 16: Khiva – Urgench –Tashkent – 1150 km, Saturday (Uzbekistan)

Khiva is a beautiful and ancient town and perfect for exploring by walk, with impressive four walls at the centre of each side of the old city. Upon entering through its gates we are welcome by high minarets and many medressas. We visit many of these monuments including the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Medressa, Juma Mosque (XVII c.), the Islom-Khodja complex includes mosque and minaret, the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II.

Day 17: Tashkent –Oybek border – Khujand – Istaravshan – Khujand – 410 km, Sunday (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)

Early in the morning drive to Uzbekistan/Tajikistan border 410 km, Sunday (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)

Early in the morning drive to Uzbekistan/Tajikistan border “Oybek”. After border formalities drive to Khujand. On arrival transfer to the hotel. After check-in, drive to Istaravshan. Sightseeing of Istaravshan: visit Mugtepa, Kuk-Gumbaz. After excursion transfer back to Khujand for overnight.

Day 18: Khujand – Oybek border– Tashkent – 220 km, Monday (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)

Sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand, “Timurmalik fortress”, Archeology & History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe. Afternoon drive to the Tajik/Uzbek border  “Oybek”. After border formalities drive to Tashkent.

Day 19: Tashkent, Tuesday (Uzbekistan)

Transfer to the airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Hotels:

Cities:

Budget option (2* hotels)

3-4*  option

Almaty

Astra or similar

Kazzhol or similar

Bishkek

Asia Mountains or similar

Ak-Keme or similar

Issyk-Kul

Raduga or similar

Raduga or similar

Tahkent

Retro Palace or similar

Asia Tashkent or similar

Samarkand

Dilshoda or similar

Asia Samarkand or similar

Bukhara

Fatima&Ibragim or similar

Asia Bukhara or similar

Mary

Margush or similar (best available)

Margush or similar (best available)

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn or similar

Grand Turkmen or similar

Khiva

Arkanchi or similar

Asia Khiva or similar

Khujand

Sogd or similar (best available)

Sogd or similar (best available)

 

Price includes:

Price excludes:

Letter of Invitation for 3 countries (not visa fees)

Visa fees to 3 countries paid directly to the Embassies or at the border

All transfers by comfortable vehicle

International air fare to/from Uzbekistan

Accommodation in twin room sharing with breakfasts

Full board (lunches/dinners)

Excursions with Professional English Speaking guides

Photo and camera fees on sights

Entry tickets

Early check - in, late check - out

Air fare Urgench – Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat-Dashoguz, (economy class)

 

Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities

 

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