- Tour operates: March until October
- No. of days: 22 nights 23 days
- Destinations: Almaty- Chong-kemin valley-Bishkek-Issyk Kul Lake-Karakol-Kochkor village- Tash Rabat-Torugart pass-Kashgar-Karakul Lake-Irkishtam pass-Sarai Tash-Osh-Ferghana valley-Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara-Mary-Darvaza-Ashgbad.
- Transport: Private air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights
- Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities, 2 nights in local guest houses with basic communal facilities.
- Guides: Fully escorted English speaking guides in each country
- Tour starting point: Almaty or Ashgabad
- Tour ending point: Ashgabad or Almaty
- Guaranteed departure: Daily-minimum 2 people required.
Day 1: Almaty (Kazakhstan). Upon arrival at Almaty airport you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Later city tour of Almaty visiting the Zenkov Cathedral (one of the world’s tallest all wood buildings) and the Central State Museum. After lunch, ascend the Kok-Tube Mountain. Return to Almaty to visit the unique National Museum of Kazak Musical Instruments. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Chong Kemin (Kyrgyzstan). Today we drive to Chon-Kemin Valley, after border formalities at the Korday border crossing. In the afternoon we explore the village. In the evening, experience true Kyrgyz hospitality with a traditional Vodka party dinner. Overnight at Ashu Guest house. Includes: (B, D).
Day 3: Bishkek Issyk Kul Lake. In the morning drive to Issyk Kul Lake. En-route we stop in Bishkek for sightseeing. Overnight in Three Carona hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4: Karakul. Drive to Karakol, one of the first towns of the Russian Cossak settlements in late 19th century. En-route we visit Przevalski (a great Russian explorer in late 19th century) Memorial Museum. After lunch sightseeing of Karakol. We visit the museum, Dungan Pagoda type of mosque and the Orthodox wooden Church. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Day trip to Altyn Arshan valley. Full day exploration of Altyn-Arashan valley, where you can relax in one of the hot springs or hike around the area. Later return to the Karakul. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 6: Karakol – Kochkor village. In the morning drive to Kochkor village. En-route we stop at Jety Oguz Canyon for a hike or an optional horse ride. In the afternoon visit the local handcraft center which is run by local communities. Dinner will be served with a traditional Kyrgyz local folk music. Overnight in Guest house. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7: Tash Rabat. In the morning transfer to Tash-Rabat towards the Chinese border. Visit the Caravan Sarai established in the 11th century, which served as a fortress for travelers along the Great Silk Road. Overnight in Yurt. Includes: (B, D).
Day 8: Kashgar (China). Early in the morning transfer to Kyrgyz Chinese border at Torugart. After border formalities we will be met by our Chinese guide and driver and transfered to Kashgar for overnight stay. Includes: (B, D).
Day 9: Day trip to Karakul Lake. Day trip to Karakul Lake along the famous Karakorum highway. The scenery along the way is breathtaking. We will be stopping at the Lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountain. After lunch, we have time for stroll around the lake. Return to Kashgar, overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 10: Kashgar Sunday Market. This day is planned to coincide with the famous Sunday market in Kashgar where everything from carpets, blankets, fresh produce, horses, donkeys, sheep and even camels are for sale! Wonderful assortments of people come from all over the region, and the population of the town swells by 100,000. This is truly one of the most incredible bazaars in Asia, and a photographer’s paradise. Overnight in Hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 11: Irkeshtam pass to Sari Tash. In the morning transfer to Chinese Kyrgyz border Irkeshtam where you will be met by our Kyrgyz guide. Later drive to Sarai Tash. Overnight at home stay. Includes: (B, D).
Day 12: Osh-Ferghana valley. In the morning drive to the city of Osh; a town with a 3000 years history. Sightseeing of Osh includes Oriental Bazaar - one of the biggest bazaars in Central Asia, Suleiman mountain or Solomon’s throne, the rocky hill where Bobur the Mougal king and the ruler of India resided. In the afternoon after border formalities transfer to Dostuck border for Ferghana valley. Upon arrival you will be met by our Uzbekistan guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 13: Tashkent. Morning visit to Babur Park in Andjian and the silk factory in Margilan.
Later drive to Tashkent via Ko Kand. Overnight in Tashkent. Includes: (B, D).
Day 14: Khujand-Istrafshan (Tajikistan). Transfer to the Uzbek Tajik border at Oybek to Khujand. After lunch we continue to drive to Istrafshan and visit the well preserved old town of Istarafshan, a maze of small alleys that wind through neighborhoods of shady, mud walled Central Asian homesteads. Sights include the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, the Hafz-i-Sangin Mosque and the eighteenth century Hazrat-i-Shah Mosque and mausoleum complex. Later return to Khujand. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 15: Khujand-Tashkent. Morning city tour of Khujand including a visit to the ancient part of Timurmalik fortress, museum and Panjshanbe market. Later in the afternoon transfer to Oybek border to Tashkent. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 16: Samarkand. Drive to Samarkand for a half day city tour. For most people Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Timbouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city's long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we'll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous for. Overnight in a hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 17: Samarkand sightseeing. Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient' was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek; the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century.
We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia's most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand's famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region's local produce, from grapes to the world's tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 18: Bukhara via Shakhrisabz. Travel to Bukhara via Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. We visit Tamerlane’s palace Ak Sarai, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane’s grandson) and Tamerlane’s Mausoleum. Bukhara is one of the centere of the Russian/British Intelligence Services in the 19th Century. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 19: Bukhara. Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling "trade domes," active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret ("tower of death"), one of Central Asia's tallest. We'll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; the resulting restoration of some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, to make them appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago.
We also visit The Ark, a large fortress with the Emir's open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We'll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of an ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 20: Mary (Turkmenistan). In the morning, drive to the Uzbek Turkmen border and continue to ancient Merv. There will be plenty of time to see this historically important site, one of the most significant in Turkmenistan and indeed central Asia. The site consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history and contains, amongst other things, the remains of Erk Kala and it’s citadel and the Musoleum of Sultan Sanjar. Overnight in Hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 21: Ashgabad. In the morning, we fly to Ashgabat. Half day city tour of Ashgabad, Visit Tolkuchka bazaar. Continue to Old Nisa - ancient Parthian settlement and the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 22: Ashgabad - Darwaza Gas Crater. Today we visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan. In the afternoon drive to Darwaza Gas Crater, en-route we visit a Nomad village, Karakum desert, continue drive to Darwaza flaming gas crater or the ‘mouth of hell’. Later return to Ashgabad for overnight in hotel. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B, D).
Day 23: Ashgabad sightseeing. Depend on the flight schedule transfer to the airport for onward flight. Includes: (B).
Tour cost and Dates:
- We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size.
- If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.
- All private transfers in air-conditioned cars, van and bussed depends on the group size, domestic flights.
- Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities 2 nights stay in Guest houses with communal facilities
- Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
- All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
- Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
- Visa support letters if required
- Visa Fees
- Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
- Optional activities
- Personal expanses
- Single supplements
- Tips for Guides and drivers
- Early check in hotels and late checkout.
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