- Visit exotic oriental bazaars, traditional teahouses and ancient villages
- Discover cultural treasures of Central Asia: magnificent temples and mosques
- Enjoy the warm welcome of Central Asia people
- Hike in a spectacular Tian Shan and Pamir Mountains and Lakes
- Extraordinary photo opportunities
If you want to make a once in a lifetime trip, is there a place you've always wanted to see? That destination should be Central Asia. Central Asia countries - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan are the jewels in the necklace of the Silk Road. There are few places in the world that have captured the imagination of so many travelers, traders and adventurers quite like the ancient Silk Road cities of Bukhara, Samarkand, Penjikent, Tashkent, Turkistan and Merv. From Alexander the Great to Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, visitors and conquerors have marveled at the unspeakably blue Medreseh domes and unique tile-work that adorns the walls of some of the most historic sights in the world. Step into the pages of history and the warm hospitality of the people.
Day 1: Almaty. Arrive in Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, transfer to hotel. Today we'll explore Almaty.
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. Drive to Tamga.
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. Sightseeing in Tashkent.
Day 7: Tashkent - Samarkand. Sightseeing drive to Samarkand (300 km), a UNESCO world heritage site.
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. Return to Samarkand.
Day 9: Samarkand - Bukhara. Half day excursion in Samarkand. Afternoon departure to Bukhara via Malik Chol desert.
Day 10: Bukhara. Explore holy city of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dinner and Folklore show featuring local dancers and singers.
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: Independence Square - surrounded by extravagant palaces and ministry buildings, and the National Museum with its fine collection of historic artifacts and relics.
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.).
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. Ride by Metro.
Day 18: Departure from Tashkent International airport.
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