Tajikistan – Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan

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Itinerary: Dushanbe - Hissar - Iskandarkul - Khudjant - Kokand - Margilan - Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand - Tashkent - Turkestan - Shymkent - Almaty - Charyn - Karakol - Semenovskoye - Grigori - Issyk Kul Lake - Cholpon Ata - Burana - Bishkek.

Duration: 16 days, 16 nights

 

1

Day

Dushanbe – Hissar – Iskandarkul

Our guide will meet you in the airport early morning and accompany to Dushanbe. You will have an early check in a hotel. In the morning you will have a short city tour in Dushanbe and then you will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII- XVII centuries).

This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons.

Other interesting sites in Hisar include: the recently restored monuments of “Madrasa I Kuhna” (new school of 16th-17th centuries), mosque; the mausoleum of “Mahdumi Azam” (16th century).

After excursion we will head towards the high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes over Anzob pass (3 372 m) with amazing panorama views.

After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. This is an amazing place to have a rest. Also we will hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall.

Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers.

Night is in a guesthouse.

2

Day

Iskandarkul – Khudjant – Kokand

Early in the morning you will drive to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley.

The population of the city is 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. You will visit in the afternoon a Cultural Palace of Khujant. At this place the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. Also we will go to see Central Mosque that is situated in the middle of the city. Then we will transfer to the border. 

Your guide will meet you at the border. Transfer to Kokand city (50 km). Arrival and hotel accommodation. Overnight in Kokand.

3

Day

Kokand - Margilan - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour in Kokand:

  • Khudoyar-Khan Palace,
  • Jami Mosque,
  • Kamol-Kazy Madrasah.

Continue driving to Margilan city. Visit Yodgorlik Silk factory. Drive to Rishtan to visit ceramic workshop. Transfer to Tashkent, arrival and hotel accommodation. Overnight in Tashkent.

4

Day

Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the Airport for the flight to Urgench, departure time at 13:00, arrival at 14:40. Transfer to Khiva (35 km), arrival and hotel accommodation.

Short sightseeing tour:

  • Muhammad Amin-Khan madrasah and Kalta-Minor,
  • Kunya-Ark fortress.

Overnight in Khiva.

5

Day

Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Pahlavan-Mahmud necropolis,
  • Tash-Hauli palace,
  • Djuma mosque,
  • Islam Khodja ensemble,
  • Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan,
  • Isfendiyar Palace (Nurlabay Palace).

Overnight in Khiva.

6

Day

Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Bukhara, departure at 09:35 am, arrival at 10:35 am, transfer to the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Samanid Mausoleum,
  • Chashma-Ayub,
  • Bolo-Hauz mosque,
  • Ark citadel,
  • Kalyan mosque,
  • Miri-Arab madrasah,
  • trading domes and other architectural monuments.

Overnight in Bukhara.

7

Day

Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Memorial complex of Naqshbandi,
  • Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace,
  • Chor Bakr necropolis,
  • Lyabi Hauz ensemble,
  • Chor minor madrasah,
  • Maghoki Attar and museum of carpets and Feyzullah Khojaev house.

Overnight in Bukhara.

8

Day

Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz city.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Ruins of Ak-Saray Palace,
  • Dor-ut Saodat complex: Khazrati Imam Mosque, Jahongir Mausoleum,
  • Dor-ut Tillavat  complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque.

Continue drive to Samarkand, arrival and hotel accommodation. Overnight in Samarkand.

9

Day

Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Gur-Emir Mausoleum,
  • Registan square: Ulugbeg, Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kari madrasahs,
  • Bibi-Khanym mosque,
  • Siab bazaar,
  • Observatory of Ulugbek.

Overnight in Samarkand.

10

Day

Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit Mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar, Shahi-Zinda necropolis.

Transfer to Tashkent by fast train Afrosiab, departure at 05.00 p.m. Arrival at 07.10 p.m. and hotel accommodation.

Overnight in Tashkent.

11

Day

Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing tour:

  • Amir Temur square,
  • Monument of Courage,
  • an architectural complex Hazreti-Imam: Kaffal-Shashi mausoleum, Madrasah of Barak-Khan;
  • Madrasah of Abdulkasym,
  • Kukeldash madrasah,
  • Jami Mosque,
  • Chorsu bazaar.

Overnight in Tashkent.

12

Day

Tashkent - Turkestan

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the border. Today we will drive to Turkestan. It attracts people with its historical monuments and rich history. You will have a full day excursion in Turkestan.

We will visit Azret-Sultan historical-architectural complex and Khodja Akhmed Yassayu mausoleum. He is the first great Muslim holy man that brought religious glory to the town. The mausoleum in honor of Kozha Akhmed Yasaui, was built on a grand scale by Timur in the late 14th century (from 1389 to 1405).

Also we will visit Turkistan town’s necropolis, oriental baths, and underground mosque. It is a small but very interesting town! After it is transfer to Shymkent.

Overnight in Shymkent.

13

Day

Shymkent - Almaty

In the morning is a flight to Almaty. Your guide will pick you up at International Airport and accompany you to Almaty City.

Today we will have a city tour. You will get acquainted with Almaty's history and see the Ascension Cathedral – the second highest wooden building in the world.

Then you will visit the Square of 28 Panfilov Heroes. Afterwards you will visit the Museum of Musical Instruments.

After lunch we will drive to the “Hawks nursery”. There you will see different hunting dogs and many birds of prey. At this place people train hawks, eagles, golden eagles to hunt together with them. Your guide will tell you about amazing traditions of Kazakh hunting with hawks.

In the evening we drive to Kok Tebe to see the panoramic view of Almaty.

Overnight in Almaty.

14

Day

Almaty – Charyn – Karakol

Today we will visit one of the most popular places of Kazakhstan – Charyn Canyon. It is an amazing creation of nature that has existed for millions of years, picturesque and very diverse in geomorphologic aspects.

The height of steep mountainsides reach 150-300 meters. Numerous ravines and gullies make dense rambling net. Wind and water created stunning "Red Castles Valley".

All along the valley you are surrounded by towers of fantastical forms, built of sedimentary. Throughout time nature has created these architectural wonders, without haste, it has built majestic castles.

Then transfer to Kyrgyz border. Overnight in Karakol.

15

Day

Karakol – Semenovskoye – Grigori – Issyk Kul Lake – Cholpon Ata

Your guide will pick you up at 8 a.m. Afterwards you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake. This time we will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake.

This is a great chance to see the whole lake from all sides. It is the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia and also the favorite place for swimming in summer time. People come to vacation at the lake from neighboring countries.

On the way you will drive to the most beautiful gorges of the lake named Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye that are connected in the end. This area is part of the national park. Here you will be able to enjoy the magnificent mountains covered with snow tops and slopes grown by blue and green pine trees.  

Overnight in Issyk Kul.

16

Day

Cholpon Ata – Burana – Bishkek

In the morning you will be transferred to Bishkek city. On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). Today we will visit Burana Tower. It is a minaret from the 11th century.

Burana Tower was used during the Great Silk Road as a sign for travelers that there was a city to have a rest. Nearby you will see an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After an interesting excursion and climbing to the top of the tower you will transfer to the Kyrgyz capital.

Today day we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge.

Afterwards is return to Bishkek. The second part of the day is dedicated to the City Tour. It includes the visiting of the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National philharmonic and many others places of interest. After late dinner is transfer to airport.

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