Day 1: Tashkent (Uzbekistan). Early morning arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel “Tashkent Palace”. Accommodation. Sightseeing tour in ancient Tashkent: Kukeldash Medresseh, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Medresseh, Mosque on Khast Imam Street. Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar, watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Halklar Dustligi Square (Friendship Square).
Day 2: Tashkent - Samarkand. Drive to Samarkand (300 km), the city is more than 2500 years old, Stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Arrival. Accommodation at Malika Prime or similar 3* hotel. Sightseeing tour to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world’s finest old and modern music festivals and holidays, Ulugbek’s Observatory, XVth century. Guri Emir Mausoleum (XIV century). Dinner at the National Uzbek Restaurant or house.
Day 3: 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, one of the most important cultural and economic centers of its time. Visit Rudakiy Museum. Drive to the Fan Mountains to experience the incredible natural beauty of north-west Tajikistan. Revel in the fresh air, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and aquamarine lakes. Return to Samarkand. Overnight at Malika Prime.
Day 4: Samarkand - Bukhara. Breakfast. Visit to Hebrew Prophet Daniel’s Tomb which is next to a pleasant ancient water stream and contains a burial chamber around 18 meters long, the Jewish Quarter, and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Continue sightseeing, Shahi Zinda Ensemble – ancient necropolis (IX, XIV, XIX c.), Bibi Khanum Complex (the complex was build in honor of the wife of Amur Temur in the fourteenth century). Afternoon drive to Bukhara through Malikchul desert and Zerafshan river (300 km). Stop in ancient Karavan Serai Gate (XI century). Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at hotel Omar Khayam 3*. Walk to the ancient part of Bukhara.
Day 5: Bukhara. Sightseeing tour of the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of legendary Bukhara city. Explore the serene desert architecture of Bukhara at the Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVII c.), Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.), the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar (XVI c.), the beautiful Poi–Kalon Complex with its legendary minaret (XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Medreseh (XVI c.). Explore ancient Bukhara Fortress-Ark (I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c.) and Chashma- Ayub (XII-XVI c.) Mausoleums. Visit Bukhara bazaar. Dinner with folk-show in Medreseh Nodir Divan Begi. Overnight at Grand Nodirbek.
Day 6: Bukhara - Mary (Turkmenistan). Drive to Farab (Turkmenistan). After customs and border formalities continue sightseeing day drive to Mary through the Kara Kum desert. Accommodation at Yrsgal/Margush Hotel 3* in Mary
Day 7: Mary - Ashgabad. Explore Merv, the oldest well-preserved heritage city. Known in the past as Margiana, it belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Explore the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Gyz-Gala fortress. Early afternoon flight to Ashgabad. Sightseeing tour of the Blue Mosque, Arch of Neutrality and Independence Park with its rotating gold statue of Turkmenbashi. Drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Discover the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs (III Century BC). Overnight at Grand Turkmen 4* Hotel.
Day 8: Ashgabad - Almaty. Morning sightseeing tour in Ashgabad. Explore the Talkuchka Sunday bazaar, one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colourful rugs, jewellery, carpets, silk and national Turkmen costumes. Visit the Carpet Museum, one of the best in Central Asia featuring designs from the Tekke, Yamud, Sarik and Chodor tribes. Late afternoon flight to Almaty. Arrival. Accommodation at Ujut hotel.
Day 9: Almaty (Kazakhstan) – Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan). Morning sightseeing tour: Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar, Zenkov Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and Glory Memorial in Park Panfilov, Museum of National Folk Musical Instruments and Independence Monument. Enjoy a spectacular view of the mountainous area. Early afternoon drive to Issyk Kul Lake stopping at Burana tower (XI c.) in ancient Balasagun City. Visit Burana tower of Kharakhanids along with castles and mausoleums. The tower enables visitors to climb to the top. Arrival in Issyk Kul, one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" and is a popular destination in the Ala-Tau mountains that form the northern arm of the Tien Shan range.
Day 10: Issyk kul. Enjoy the beaches and lake tour in Issyk kul. Overnight.
Day 11: Issyk kul - Bishkek. Sightseeing day drive back to Bishkek. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Visit the Central Museum, the Panfilov park and the bazaar. Farewell Dinner.
Day 12: Departure.
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