- Destination: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
- Route: Almaty, Bishkek, Issyk-Kul-Karakul, Tamga, Tashkent, Samarkand, Penjikent, Bukhara, Mary, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Khiva, Tashkent.
April 26-May 13, 2011
May 10-May 27, 2011
August 30-September 16, 2011
Day 1: Almaty. Arrive in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, transfer to hotel. Today we'll explore Almaty. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Almaty - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). We arise early to have a sightseeing day drive to Bishkek. Accommodation. We will get a true taste of everyday life in Bishkek.
Day 3: Bishkek - Issyk Kul. Drive to beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul, one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world.
Day 4: Karakul - Tamga. Enjoy the beauty of Issyk-Kul Lake, visit the Przhevalsky Museum and Russian Orthodox church.
Day 5: Tamga - Bishkek. Drive to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Stop at the Burana Tower of the XI century. Arrival in Bishkek
Day 6: Bishkek - Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Flight to Tashkent. Arrival. Lunch at a traditional Uzbek restaurant. Visit the Applied and Decorative Art Museum of Uzbekistan to gain a greater understanding of traditional art, stroll through old Tashkent neighborhoods and the “Chorsu” bazaar. See Amur Temur and Independence Squares.
Day 7: Tashkent - Samarkand. Sightseeing drive to Samarkand (300 km), a UNESCO world heritage site more than 2500 years old, Stop near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Sightseeing tour in Samarkand.
Day 8: Samarkand - Penjikent (Tajikistan) - Samarkand. Early morning drive to Penjikent (“5 Villages”). Cross the border into Tajikistan to discover the ruins of the ancient Sogdian city of Penjikent. Drive to the Fann Mountains to experience the incredible natural beauty of north-west Tajikistan. Return to Samarkand.
Day 9: Samarkand - Bukhara. Half day excursion in Samarkand. Afternoon departure to Bukhara via Malik Chol desert. Opportunity to photograph old Caravanserai gate “Rabota-Malik” from the XII th century. Accommodation.
Day 10: Bukhara. Explore holy city of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This morning we'll explore the city's highlights, including Labi Khaus Complex, Magoki Attari Mosque, Poi-Kalon Ensemble with the greatest minaret of Central Asia, Ark (winter residence of local rulers), Bolo Khaus Complex and Ismail Samoniy Mausoleum. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers, singers and fashion.
Day 11: Bukhara. Visit Mohi Khosa Palace (summer residence of local rulers with national traditional dress), the Chor Minor Complex built in the Indian style.
Day 12: Bukhara - Mary (Turkmenistan). Drive to Farab (Turkmenistan). After customs and border formalities continue sightseeing day drive to Mary through the Kara Kum desert (black sands). Accommodation.
Day 13: Mary - Merv - Ashgabat. Drive to ancient Merv and explore the ruins of this mythical city. Drive from Mary to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. Arrival. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 14: Ashgabat. Sightseeing tour in this modern city.
Day 15: Ashgabat - Kunya - Urgench - Khiva. Flight from Ashgabat to Dashoguz. Arrival. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. Travel to the border crossing point of the city between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Drive to the hotel in Urgench.
Day 16: Khiva. Sightseeing tour in Khiva - the fairy-tale city of the Silk Road. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Uzbekistan’s “Living Museum” was the former capital of the Khanate. Dinner with panoramic view of Khiva in moonlight. Transfer back to the hotel.
Day 17: Urgench - Tashkent. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent. Accommodation. Sightseeing tour: Earthquake Memorial, Abul Kasim complex with handicraft centers, Museum of Amir Temur. Walk down main boulevard where everything is on show or sale. Ride by Metro.
Day 18: Departure from Tashkent International airport.
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