This 20 days tour to Central Asia includes visit to all 5 stans and around 15 cities. During your Central Asia Tour you will visit stunnig Charyn Canyons, ancient East in Samarkand and Bukhara, open air museum-Khiva, deserts, alpine lake, ancient Mary and also spectacular Darwaza Gaz Crater, Kunya Urgench which are listed in world heritage list of UNESCO.
Travel to Central Asia, fall in love and be amazed with the rich culture, amazing mediaeval architecture, pristan nature, traditions and of course hospitality.
Tour price: $5890
Group size: Min. 2 people-Max 16 people
Day 1 – Friday... – Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Arrival to Almaty, meeting at the airport by our professional guide, transfer to the hotel. Check into the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Almaty. (Dinner)
Day 2 – Saturday Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Almaty: visit Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon tour of Almaty incuding visits to Central State Museum, Kok Tebe hills. Overnight at hotel in Almaty.
Day 3 – Sunday Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Almaty – 200 km (Kyrgyzstan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Charyn canyons – the pearl of Kazakhstan. Charyn canyons are located 200 km east of Almaty. It is about 154 km long canyon carved by the river Charyn through many layers of various kinds of sedimentary formations. The most ancient ones age 12 million years. In some areas, the height of the vertical cliffs of the canyon reaches 300 meters. In the afternoon we return to the hotel. Dinner in a local café. Overnight at hotel in Almaty.
Day 4 – Monday Almaty – Bishkek (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast depart Almaty to Bishkek (270km-4h). Enjoy the natural landscapes on your way. Arrival to Bishkek. Check into the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant in Bishkek. Afternoon sightseeing of Bishkek: visit museum of fine arts, National museum. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.
Day 5 – Tuesday Bishkek – Issykkul – 260 km (Kyrgyzstan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Issyk Kul Lake – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. En route visit Burana Tower. Lunch at Kyrgyz family in Tokman town. Keep on driving to Issyk Kul valley through Boom Canyon. Visit petroglyphs of Paleolithic era (riverhead of the Sary-Djaz river and near by Cholpon-ata city), local museum in Cholpon Ata. Arrival to hotel and check in. Dinner at hotel restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Issyk Kul Lake.
Day 6 – Wednesday Issykkul – Chopon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek 260 km
Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to visit Petroglyphs, the rock carvings lying under the open sky, then drive to Grigorevka gorge full of lush green Alpine meadows and fur trees, easy hike in the gorge.
Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon return to Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bishkek.
Day 7 – Thursday Bishkek – Tashkent – 474 km (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)
Transfer to airport for flight to Tashkent by HY 780 10:05/10:25 AM hrs. Full day sightseeing in Tashkent: visit the Khast Imam complex as well as possessing a rich Islamic Library with highlight immense Othman Quran, Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash madrasah (XVI c.).
In afternoon visit Independence (Mustakillik) Square with governmental buildings, A. Navoi theatre square, Museum of Applied Arts. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.
Day 8 – Friday Tashkent – Samarkand – 293 km (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Samarkand. En route stop at honey, cheese and apple bazaar. Lunch and dinner will be served at local restaurants. Afternoon visit of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siyob bazaar in Samarkand and Silk Paper Mills. Overnight at hotel in Samarkand.
Day 9 – Saturday Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Samarkand trip starts from visit of Registan Square which is centerpiece of Central Asia after which we will head to Gur Emir Mausoleum. Lunch at one of the finest restaurants of Samarkand. In the afternoon visit Ulugbek’s Observatory and Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Master class of preparing most popular dish of Uzbeks- Plov at local family during dinner. Overnight at hotel in Samarkand.
Day 10 – Sunday Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara – 380 km (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz. Arrival to Shakhrisabz: visit remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, Khazrati Imom Ensemble.
Lunch at local family. After sightseeing in Shakhrisabz, continue driving to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara and check into the hotel. Dinner followed by show of national dance and costumes in Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.
Day 11 – Monday Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara: visit Samanid dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress, Magoki-Attori mosque, Chashma-Ayub, Madrasah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Kalon ensemble, Miri-Arab madrasah, trade domes, madrasah Chor-Minor and Lyabi Hauz complex. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.
Day 12 – Tuesday Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Continue sightseeing of Bukhara. Excursion to Bukhara Emir’s summer palace Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, Complex of Bakhovuddin Naqshbandi. Lunch at local restaurant.In afternoon excursion to Gijduvan – famous pottery house. In the afternoon you will attend a master class of baking Uzbek Bread in clay oven. Dinner. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.
Day 13 – Wednesday Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabad – Merv 460 km (Uzb/Turkm)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Turkmenistan's border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border.
Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat&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. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Mary.
Day 14 – Thursday Mary – Ashgabat – 350 km (Turkmenistan)
Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat by T5 128 08:20/09:00 AM hrs. Arrival to Ashgabat: visit Ruhyyet Palace, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Drive to Gokdepe horse farm and Mosque. At the horse farm you can see pride of Turkmen national Akhalteke horses. 5000 years ago, Turkmens began breeding Akhalteke horses. Unique Akhalteke horeses are not mixed with other breeds. Overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.(Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 15 – Friday Ashgabat –Nissa - Darwaza Gaz Crater – 270 km (Turkmenistan)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Nissa located 18 km from Ashgabat: visit Old Nisa ruins and Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque. After lunch, drive to Derweze Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell".We drive through Karakum desert and make a stop at small nomad village and in the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. We will prepare dinner at Darwaza Gas Crater. Overnight in a camp.
Day 16 – Saturday Darwaza Gaz Crater – Kunya Urgench – Khiva 310 km (Uzb/Turkm)
After the breakfast drive to Kunya-Urgench (120km/1.5h).
Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravan saray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing transfer to border check point Dashoguz. Border formalities on both sides. Continue driving to Khiva. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Khiva.
Day 17 – Sunday Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent 1149 km (Uzbekistan)
Sightseeing of Khiva: visit Ichan Qala fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Allakulikhan Madrassah, Muhammad Amin Khan, Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, IslomKhoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and etc..
Transfer to the airport in Urgench for flight to Tashkent by HY 1058 08:40/10:10 PM hrs. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.
Day 18 – Monday Tashkent – Khujand – Istaravshan – Khujand – 408 km (Uzb/Tajikistan)
Early breakfast at hotel. Drive to Uzbekistan / Tajikistan border “Oybek”. After border formalities drive to Khujand. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant and drive to Istaravshan. Sightseeing of Istaravshan: visit Mugtepa, Kuk-Gumbaz. Drive back to Khujand. Overnight at hotel in Khujand.
Day 19 –Tuesday Khujand – Oybek border – Tashkent – 220 km (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing of Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand,Timurmalik fortress, Archeology & History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe.Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon drive to the Tajik/Uzbek border “Oybek”. After border formalities transfer to Tashkent. On arrival Farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 20 –Wednesday Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to your destination. (Breakfast)
Tour price: $5990 per person on TWN room sharing basis
Single Supplement*: $830
*Single supplement ( Extra charge which will be applied against those who stay in SGL room)
|Hotels during the holiday:|
|Almaty (3 nights)||Kazjol or similar|
|Bishkek (2 nights)||Ak Keme or similar|
|Issyk Kul (1 night)||Karven or similar|
|Tashkent (3.5 nights)||Shodlik Palace or similar|
|Samarkand (2 nights)||Konstantin or similar|
|Bukhara (3 nights)||Amulet boutique hotel or similar|
|Mary (1 night)||Margush or similar|
|Ashgabat (1 night)||Ak Altyn or similar|
|Darwaza Gaz Crater (1 night)||Tent|
|Khiva (1 night)||Malika Khiva or similar|
|Khojand (1 night)||Soghd or similar|
|Tour price includes:|
|Letter of Invitation|
|Hotel Accommodation (double room sharing)|
|Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)*|
|Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)|
|All Land Transfers with A/C|
|Internal Flights (Bishkek – Tashkent, Mary – Ashgabat, Urgench – Tashkent)|
|Accompany of guide/escort|
|Master class of baking bread and master class of preparing plov|
|Map of Uzbekistan and reading material|
|Show program in Tashkent “Belly Dancers”|
|Souvenir from company|
|Show program in Bukhara “NDB”|
|Tips in hotels, to the guides and driver|
|Any extra expenses in hotels|
|Video and photo camera charges|
|Immigration fee on Turkmenistan boarder ($12)|
|April 6, 2018||Aprili 25, 2018|
|May 4, 2018||May 23, 2018|
|September 14, 2018||October 3, 2018|
|October 5, 2018||October 24, 2018|