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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan   Kyrgyzstan   Kazakhstan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Archeology/History  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5599 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6128 US Dollar (USD)

During your travels with us you can experience the wonders of Central Asia by private expedition. This is awesome landscape of towering mountains, narrow canyons with clear rushing rivers, fantastic National Parks, high glaciated summits and crystal clear lakes. You will walk in the tracks of Marco Polo, explore the routes of the camels, discover the mysterious and historical Silk Road, listen to the stories, see the ruins, and the great classical architecture.Our Silk Road Caravans are waiting for you to explore Central Asia with Zulya Rajabova!

Tour Details:
- Destination: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
- Route: Almaty, Bishkek, Issyk-Kul-Karakul, Tamga, Tashkent, Samarkand, Penjikent, Bukhara, Mary, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Khiva, Tashkent.

Guaranteed tours:
April 26-May 13, 2011
May 10-May 27, 2011
August 30-September 16, 2011
Tour Itinerary:

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.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Land Cost: $5599-$5599
- Single supplement: $ 529.

Price Includes:
- Visa support
- Local air tickets
- Airport transfers
- Baggage handling
- Ground Transportation (with air conditioning)
- English (French, German)-speaking guide / escort
- Hotel accommodation in double room
- Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
- Entrance fees to museums and monuments
- Folklore shows in Samarkand and Bukhara
- Travel Insurance
- Pre departure travel package
- Central Asia Language training