17 day tour with Stan countries(Central Asia)
17 days tour with Stan countries
|Day 1 Arrive Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Upon arrival to Almaty airport by ***, meet and transfer to hotel
|Day 2 Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Breakfast at hotel, a full day of sightseeing
0900 Panfilov Park/Zenkov Wooden Cathedral/St.Nicholas Cathedral/National Musical Instruments Museum/Central State Museum/Green Bazaar and have a Panoramic view at observatory
|Day 3 Almaty – Bishkek (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)
Breakfast at the hotel
0830 Depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via newly built highway.
In the afternoon arrive Bishkek. Check in to the hotel.
1300 lunch at local restaurant. Sightseeing of Bishkek visit Central Museum/Panfilov park/the local bazaar .
1930Dinner at local restaurant
|Day 4 Bishkek – Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
Breakfast at hotel
0830-0900 Transfer to the Issyk Kul Lake, en route visit Burana Tower
1300 Lunch in Kyrgyz family in Tokmon city. Continue on driving to Issyk Kul Lake through Boom Canyon. Visit petroglyphs of Paleolithic era and local museum in Cholpon Ata
Upon arrival check into hotel
1930 Dinner at local restaurant
|Day 5 Issyk Kul Chopon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Grigorevka Gorge .Lunch at local restaurant return to
|Day 6 Bishkek – Dushanbe (Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan)
Meeting in the airport. Sightseeing the Dushanbe city: Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means "Monday" in Tajik (Persian language), and the name reflects the fact that the city grew on the site of a village that originally was a popular Monday marketplace. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon.Tajikistan United Museum – includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art.Museum of ethnography – professional showcase of 20th centure Tajik art. The collection includes pottery, carpets, cloaks, embroidery, jeweler, musical instruments, woodwork and more. Sleeping Budda.
Monument Somoni and park Rudaki
Lunch in local restoran.
Hissar fortress 30km outside of city – the remains of an 18th century fortress, occupied until 1924 is located in 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress are two plain madrassahs, one dating from the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of 16th century (25km). Drive to Dushanbe.
Dinner at national chayhana Rohat
|Day 7 : Dushanbe – Iskandarkul lake -Istarafshan – Khujand (380km)
You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in height from 3200 to 5060 m (Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colors - Kulikalon.
Iskandarkul lake: length - 5км, width - 3,5км and depth to - 80м, located at height 2250м. The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height 38 meters. Drive to Istarafshan. Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. In 2002 Istaravshan turned 2,500 years old. The city was founded in the sixth century B.C. by a Akhemenid king Cyrus who fortified the settlement by means of three wall lines and a citadel. In the second -seventh centuries B.C. the ancient sentiment Mugteppa was located on the territory of Istaravshan. Mugteppa was the residence of the local aristocracy who erected there numerous palaces distinguished by original expressive architecture. The evidence of that was found in Bundzhikat (Kala and Kakh-Kakh) and Chil'khudzhra settlements which had fortified structures with palaces and cult buildings decorated with paintings and carved panels. For example in Bundzhikat the archaeologists found the painting with the image of a she-wolf feeding two babies - the symbol of contacts between the West and the Orient. During the years of Arabian sovereignty Istaravshan became a province Arabian Caliphate. It was at this time when Islamic architectural structures of portal-dome design such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, etc. started to appear. Sightseeing the city: Madrasa Kuk-Gumbaz, Old city, mosque Shohi Zinda
Lunch. Drive to Khujand city.Evening walking in the central park. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
|Day 8. Khojand-Tashkent 100 km
Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. The city's history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts center. It in many respects speaks it can be explained by its favorable position. Khujand stands at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley. Owing to this it was one of the main centers of the Great Silk way and enjoyed prosperity and richness. One of the ancient cities of the Central Asia Khujandhas been known since the 7th century. In the 19thcentury after the Russian intrusionKhujand became the center of district of rapid industrial development.
Sighseeing the city: museum, western market Panjshanbe and mavzoleumShayhMuslihiddin
Drive to the border. Transfer to Uzbek side
|Day 9 Tashkent-Samarkand
After breakfast at hotel
0830 drive to Samarkand via Syrdarya and Jizzakh provinces (300 km) or take train to Samarkand at 0800-1010 by Afrosiab fast train.
Arrive to Samarkand in the afternoon, check in to hotel.
1300 Lunch at Paper Mills Factory presentation of paper production from mulberry tree
Visit Afrasiyob Museum/Central bazaar of Samarkand-Siyobian /taste non made only in Samarkand
|Day 10 Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at the hotel
0900 Full day sightseeing of Samarkand
Visit Registan Square/Gur Emir Mausoleum/Ulugbek’s observatory/Shaki Zinda Necropolis /Bibi-Khanum Mosque
|Day 11 Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at the hotel
0830 Depart Samarkand for Bukhara with stop at city Shakhrisabz (140 km, 2,5 hrs)
Upon arrival to Shakhrissabz, visit Ak – Saray/Kok Gimbaz Mosque
After lunch at 1300 in Shakhrisabz continue to Bukhara (another 290 km, 4,5 hrs)
Upon arrival to Bukhara, accommodate at the hotel
2000 Dinner in local restaurants
|Day 12 Bukhara
After breakfast full day sightseeing
0900 Visit Samanid’s Dynasty Mausoleum/Chashma Ayub Mausoleum/Bolo – Khauz Mosque
/The Ark Forteress – Citadel/Kalon Complex – consists of minaret, Mosque and
Madrasah/Magoki Attori Mosque/Ulugbek and Abdulazizi Khan madrasahs/Reservoir Lyabi Khauz complex
2000 Dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program
|Day 13 Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Full day of sightseeing in Bukhara
0900 Visit Chor Minor memorial/ former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan /Sitora – iMokhi – Khosa/Museum of Decorative Applied Art
1300-1400 lunch drive to Gijduvan
Visit Abdulla’s pottery house where we’ll be offered short presentation and a cup of tea. Back to Bukhara.
|Day 14 Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Mary 380 km
0830 After breakfast depart to Turkmenistan border Upon arrival to the border point go through custom procedures and continue on to drive directly to Mary via Turkmenabat, on the way cross the Floating Bridge
1300 Lunch on the way in local restaurants of Turkmenabat
After lunch proceed to Mary, en route stop to visit the sand dunes and bush. arrival at border post. Transfer to Turkmenabad, via Amu Darya Bridge. Transfer to Mary, with visit of Merw
(UNESCO) on the way. Arrival in Mary and check-in.
|Day 15 Mary- Ashgabat
0630 Transfer to airport for flight T5-128 ETD 0755h, ETA 0835h to Ashgabat. City tour, including visit to the Oguzhan fountain complex, Old Nissa (UNESCO), Health pass, Carpet museum, Russian Bazaar, Lenin Monument, Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque, Independence Park and Neutrality Arch.
After dinner city-by-night tour, including Wedding Palace Viewpoint.
|Day 16 Ashgabat
Breakfast in the hotel
0830 Morning visit of the Oriental Bazaar, followed by visits of Ahalteke horse stables, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum and National Museum.
1300 lunch in local restaurant
1930 Dinner in local restaurant
|Day 17 Departure
Transfer to airport for return flight home. End of services