Day 1: Arrival to Almaty. Arrival to Almaty, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty. Sightseeing in Almaty. Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Wooden constructed Cathedral, St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar, Panoramic view at observatory. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Almaty-Bishkek. After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway, see the natural landscapes on the way, afternoon arrive to Bishkek, check in to the hotel. Lunch at the local restaurant. Afternoon sightseeing Bishkek, visit the Central Museum, the Panfilov park, the bazaar, dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bishkek-Issyk Kul-Karakol. Morning drive to lake Issyk Kul (the world's second biggest mountain lake), visit the Rock carvings or Petroglyphs at CholponAta, then drive ahead to Karakol. Overnight in Karakol located on the shores of IssyK Kul.
Day 5: Karakul-Tamga. In the morning visit wooden Russian-orthodox church, the Dungan mosque and the Przhevalsky-Museum, then drive to Jety Ogyz, the gorge of Seven Red bulls as it appears from a distance and the Broken heart, so many legends existed here with the gorge, easy hike in the gorge, then drive to Tamga after lunch. Overnight in Tamga.
Day 6: Tamga-Bishkek. In the morning drive back to Bishkek, en route visit the Burana Tower, XII BC, once was the capital of Karakhanid dynasty, on arrival to Bishkek transfer to hotel for check in, dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Bishkek.
Day 7: Bishkek-Tashkent. Flight to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing Tashkent. Visit center of Tashkent, Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex and Chor-Su bazaar, Applied Arts Museum.
Day 8: Tashkent-Samarkand. In the morning depart Tashkent and drive to Samarkand. Arrival to Samarkand, check in at the hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing Samarkand: Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Ulugbek's Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Nekropolis, Bibi-Khanum Mosque. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Samarkand-Penjikent-Samarkand. In the morning trip to Penjikent located on Tajikistan territory (1 hour drive from Samarkand). Customs procedures of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan sides. Arrival to Penjikent and continue driving to the ruins of ancient Panjikent located within 5 minutes drive of modern Penjikent. Penjikent a major Sogdian city is dating back to 5 th century and was destroyed with Arab conquerors in 8 th century. Presently the ruins are excavated and you can see different teams of archaeologists working on sites. Continue driving to the lake in Fan mountains. Free time in the mountains. Return to the border, crossing the border, return to Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Bukhara. In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz. Arrival to Shakhrisabz visit remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, Khazr ati Imom Ensemble. After sightseeing Shakhrisabz continue driving to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel.
Day 11: Bukhara. Sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Arc Fortress, Kalon ensemble, medrese Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque, Chashma-Ayub, medrese Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex, medrese Chor-Minor. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Bukhara. Continue sightseeing Bukhara. Trip to summer palace of Bukhara emirs Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, Chor Bakr and Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi Mausoleum. In the afternoon free time in Bukhara.
Day 13: Bukhara-Mary. In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farap. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Meeting with representative of Turkmenistan travel company. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat. Upon arrival to Mary accommodation at the hotel.
Day 14: Mary-Merv-Ashgabat. Drive to Ancient Merv (32 km from Mary). Sightseeing Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Kala, Gyaur Gala, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses, others. Return to Mary. In the afternoon depart Mary and drive to Ashgabat. On the way visit Abiverd. Arrival to Ashgabat. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15: Ashgabat. After breakfast sightseeing Ashgabat. Visit National Museum of History and Ethnography Excursion to Nisa (visit Old Nisa ruins), discover Kopet Dag mountains, Carpet Museum , Arch of Neutrality, Ertogrul Gazi Mosque and Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque.
Day 16: Ashgabat-Dashoguz-Kunya-Urgench-Khiva. In the morning transfer to the airport and flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench. Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench, visit Sultan's historic ruins, highest Minaret in Central-Asia, Moslem school. After sightseeing return to Dashoguz. Transfer to border check point Dashoguz. Border formalities on both sides. Continue to Khiva. Arrival to Khiva, check in to the hotel.
Day 17: Khiva-Tashkent. Full day sightseeing of Khiva: Ichan Qala fortress - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Allakulikhan Madrassah, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor, Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islom Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Toshhovli and other monuments are located. In the evening transfer to the airport in Urgench, flight to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Tashkent-departure. Transfer to the airport, end of the tour.
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