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The Great Silk Road – 25 days Guaranteed Departure Tour for 2017

(China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan)

Absorb the highlights, sounds and scents of the Oriental markets such as Chorsu or Sunday market in Kashgar which were trade hubs in ancient times. Follow the routes of ancient caravans along The Great Silk Road. PayPal verified

Silk Road Tour is the most interesting holiday among tourists visiting Central Asia, always captivating visitors with its magical beauty. We invite you to come and see the magnificence of constructions from those times in person with us.

 

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Day 1 – Sunday        …    – Urumqi (China)

Arrive in Urumqi in the evening. Meet and greet by professional guide. Transfer to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Urumqi.

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Day 2 – Monday        Urumqi Turpan 180 km (China)

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  Breakfast at hotel. Your silk route tour starts from drive to Turpan which lasts about 3 hours. On the way we can see the largest wind powered station in China (da ban cheng). After arrival and check-in, we begin our tour of Turpan.                               Kariz underground water system is the China’s third   most important ancient engineering feat. Jiaohe Ancient City is the oldest, largest, highest ancient city built of mud in the World.  Then you will visit Emin Minaret built in 1777.Overnight in Turpan (Breakfast, Lunch Dinner)


Day 3 – Tuesday             Turpan Urumqi – Kashgar – 1078 km (China)

 

After breakfast we drive to Gaochang Ancient City, 47 km east of Turpan. The city was built in the first century B.C; it was a key point on the ancient Silk Road.

 

Then we head to Astana Ancient tombs, the capital tombs and underground museum of Xinjiang where many important writings, paintings and mummies have been discovered.

 

Next we will have a traditional Uygher lunch in Tuyuk Valley and Flaming Mountain. We will visit the Tuyuk Village where we can see traditional Uyghur life. Villagers live in traditional homes made of mud.

You will then take an evening flight to Kashgar

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 Day 4 – Wednesday  Kashgar – Karakol Lake – Kashgar 1078 km (China)

Today we take a drive on Karakurum highway, renowned as the highest paved border crossing in the World. We will see the following on our drive: Opal village is a 1 hour drive from Kashgar. It is a good location to take photos of village life and traditional activities like bread making and Uyghur food stalls.

 Half an hour drive from the village we will arrive in Oytagh Red Mountain. The mountain valley is surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of multi-coloured mountains topped by snowcapped peaks. kashgar_old_town_peopleCorner Lake (Bulung Kul) is a tranquil shallow lake where you can take very nice photographs of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Karakul Lake is 3600 meters above sea level.      It is located between Mt. Muztagata  (7546 meters) and Mt. Gonger (7719 meters), which are said to be 2 of the 6 most beautiful mountains in the World . We will visit the local Kyrgyz Yurts and listen to their stories about traditional ways of nomadic mountain life.                                                 

Picnic lunch: We will then enjoy our picnic lunch of fruits and fresh bread that we purchased in Opal village in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul Lake. you will drive back to Kashgar in the time for dinner.

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Days 5 Thursday           Kashgar – Urumqi 1078 km (China)

 We will begin our tour of Kashgar City by visiting the Apak Hoja tomb also called fragrant concubine tomb (Xingfei in Chinese) . This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.

Next we will head to the Infamous lively Sunday market renowned as the biggest market in Central Asia. It is said you can buy anything you want from the Sunday market except chicken milk and Cow eggs. 

After lunch we will wander through the narrow winding streets of the historic Old town brushing shoulders with the friendly Uyghur residents. Located at the spiritual heart of old town is Id Kah Mosque, the largest mosque in China.  We will go inside and have the chance to understand a bit more about the Islamic life of the Uyghur people. We will pass down Handicraft Street where we can view pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops.

Note: For entering the Mosque visitors should dress respectfully, no shorts or short sleeved shirts and women should cover their heads with a scarf

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Day 6 – Friday         Urumqi  (China)

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Sightseeing of Urumqi: visit  Heavenly Lake. It lies on snow-capped Mount Bogda at almost 2000 meters above sea level. The sapphire-blue lake is set in deep slope of pine forests and meadows of wild flowers where Kazak nomads camp. The views from the cruise boat are breathtaking.

Drive back to Urumqi. Proceed to visit the Xinjiang Museum.

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Day 7 – Saturday        Urumqi– Almaty (China/Kazakhstan)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty, meeting at the airport by our professional guide, transfer to the hotel. Check into the hotel.

Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon is free to have rest, explore neighborhood and walk around. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Almaty.

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Day 8 – Sunday        Almaty (Kazakhstan)

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   Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing tour 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.

 

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Day 9 – Monday             Almaty – Bishkek– 240 km (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.

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 Day 10 – 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. (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
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Day 11 Wednesday           IssykKul – Chopon Ata–Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek 260 km (Kyrgyzstan)

  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.  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)  Back to top

Day 12 – Thursday          Bishkek - Tashkent - 474 km (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)

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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.).

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Day 13 – Friday             Tashkent – Samarkand – 293 km (Uzbekistan)

Breakfast at hotel. Drive to pearl of The Great Silk Road Samarkand. En route stop at honey, cheese and apple bazaar.Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Afternoon visit Afrosiyob Museum, Central bazaar in Samarkand, Silk Paper Mills. Overnight at hotel in Samarkand.

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 Day 14 – Saturday                  Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

 Breakfast at hotel. Sightseeing of Samarkand: visit Registan Square which is centerpiece of Central Asia, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Ulugbek’s Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Bibi-Khanum  Mosque.

Master class of preparing most popular dish of Uzbeks- Plov at local family
. Overnight at hotel in Samarkand.
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Day 15 –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 which was one of the most important cities on Silk Road. Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Dinner followed by show  of national dance and costumes in Nodir Devon Begi Madrassah. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.

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Day 16 – Monday          Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

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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 ,Kosh madrasah, trade domes, madrasah Chor-Minor, Lyabi Hauz complex,. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Bukhara.         (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)                                                  

 

Day 17 – 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.
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Day 18 –Wednesday           Bukhara–Farab–Turkmenabad–Merv 460 km (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border.Lunch.


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.

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Day 19 –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 Ashgabat  famous Oriental Bazaar, Horse stable, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Lunch & dinner at local restaurants. Overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.

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Day 20 – Friday  Ashgabat – Nissa – Ashgabat – 30 km (Turkmenistan)

Nisa, Turkmenistan  After breakfast, sightseeing of Ashgabat: visit National Museum of History & Ethnography Excursion to Nissa (Visit Old Nisaruins), discover Kopet Dag mountains, Carpet Museum, Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque. Lunch at local restaurant.
Continue sightseeing: Monument of Independence and Ruhnama, Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.
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Day 21 – Saturday                Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya - Urgench – Khiva - 310 km (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)

Breakfast at hotel. 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 Caravan saray, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz.


 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.

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Day 22 – Sunday          Khiva – Urgench  – Tashkent – 1149 km (Uzbekistan)

  Full day sightseeing of Khiva: visit Ichan Qala fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Allakulikhan Madrassah, Muhammad Amin Khan, Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, IslomKhoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and etc..

After dinner 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.
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Day 23 – Monday    Tashkent –Oybek border – Khujand – Istaravshan – Khujand – 408 km (Uzbekistan/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.

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Day 24 –Tuesday                  Khujand – Oybek – 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.

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Day 25 – Wednesday            Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport for flight to your destination.

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Tour price:   $8250 (for 1 person on SGL) 

10% discount will be applied if there are 2-3 travelers (on TWN/DBL)

15% discount will be applied if there are 4-5 travelers (on TWN/DBL)

 

*Single supplement ( Extra charge which will be applied against those who stay in SGL room)

Hotels of holiday: Back to top

Urumqi (3 nights)

Urumqi Hualing or similar

Kashgar (2 nights)

Xinjian Grand or similar

Turpan (1 nights)

Tuha Petroleum or similar

Almaty (2 nights)

Kazjol or similar

Bishkek (2 nights)

Ak Keme or similar

Issyk Kul (1 nights)

Royal Beach or similar

Tashkent (3,5 nights)

Uzbekistan or similar

Samarkand (2 nights)

Emir Khan or similar

Bukhara(3 nights)

Ameliat or similar

Mary (1 night)

Mary or similar

Ashgabat (2 nights)

Grand Turkmen similar

Khiva (1 night)

MalikaKhiva or similar

Khujand (1night)

Soghd or similar

 

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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 (Urumqi – Kashgar– Urumqi, Urumqi– Almaty, Bishkek – Tashkent, Mary – Ashgabat, Ashgabat – Dashoguz, Urgench – Tashkent)

Accompany of guide/escort

Guided sightseeing

Entrance Fees

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”

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Price of holiday excludes:

Tips in hotels, to the guides and driver

Any extra expenses in hotels

Video and photo camera charges

Immigration fee on Turkmenistan boarder ($12)

 

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Holiday begins

Holiday ends

April 16, 2017

May 10, 2017

September 10, 2017

October 4, 2017


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By Dilshod Eshmurodov