Central Asia 13 days tour

Trip Highlights

Description

Discover and explore the Central Asia countries: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan & Turkmenistan. This 13-day tour will surely be an amazing trip as you visit lots of historical and cultural sites, breath-taking museums that have ceramics, embroidered clothes, and other antique displays.

You will witness some of the UNESCO heritage sites and world-known natural tourist spots and have a chance to hear legendary stories from the locals as you taste the local cuisines that are only in Central Asia.

Itinerary

Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov wooden cathedral, St.Nicholas cathedral, the National Musical Instruments museum, Almaty's Green bazaar, panoramic view at observatory. Overnight Almaty.

Tamgaly (or Tanbaly) is a much more ancient site of human ritual, 150km west of Almaty. It’s an atmospheric, interesting place that tracks the evolution of human culture in this area over the past 4000 years. To get out there, take the road west towards Bishkek, and turn off after 90 km towards the village of Kopa. Tamgaly is a valley, with black flint rock jutting out on both sides. It’s excellent carving material. The site is extensive, consisting of 7 big spots housing several thousands of petroglyphs. The majority of them are from the Bronze Age, depicting animals, hunting scenes and fertility rituals involving men and goats. Of special significance are the sun deities, with a radiant head, which appear in several places, especially near the spiritual heart of Tamgaly on the western side of the valley, where scenes of dancing and revelry abound. Back to Almaty for overnight

Transfer to airport for flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival city tour in Bishkek. Drive to Burana tower 90 km from Bishkek for day trip and return to Bishkek for a flight to Tashkent. The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chuy Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country's capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top. Evening flight to Tashkent at 1840-1900, meet and transfer to hotel in Tashkent.

Depending of the day of the week, catch a morning or evening 90-minute flight to Tashkent. Transfer to Tashkent hotel. Proceed for city tour: visit Hasti Imam square, Mui Muborak library with Osman Koran of 7 c, Barakhan Madrasa, Chorsu bazaar, Applied Arts museum, Independence square and Tashkent metro. At 1850 2000 train to Samarkand, Sleep in Samarkand.

Breakfast in the hotel and start your city tour in Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum, Registan square and Siab Bazar, Bibi Hanum mosque. Day 8: Full day city tour of Samarkand. You will visit Shahi Zinda complex, Afrosiab museum with wall painting of 7 C and other ancient artifacts found at the site dating back to 6 century BC up to 20 Century AD. Also visit Ulughbek observatory and your visit to Konigil Silk paper workshop will finish your sightseeing. Enjoy Sound and Light Laser show at Registan after 2100 (if available). Overnight Samarkand

Breakfast. Drive to the border. Crossing the border. Meet your Tajik guide and driver Drive to Marguzor lake 70KM. Marguzol lakes: Seven beautiful lake. The first lakes name’s Mizhgon (eyelash) - Multi-coloured, one of the most beautiful Marguzor lakes. The Soya (shade) second lake and third lakes Husher (vigilance) at height 1700M. The fourth lakes name’s Nofin length 3,5KM, depth 70m. The fifth lakes Hurdak. The sixth lakes Marguzor - length of lake 5км, depth of 80 metres, height on a sea level 2139M. Seventh Lake-Hazorchashma (one thousand sources) at height 2400M, length 4,5KM and depth 85M. Picnic near the lake. Drive back to Samarkand overnight in Samarkand.

Drive to Bukhara via Shahrisabz, another UNESCO world heritage site. Short city tour of Shahrisabz, visit Ak Saray ruins, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Juma mosque, Jahangir’s mausoleum. Shahrisabz is also famous for its embroidery Suzane which is different than other regions of Uzbekistan and you will be able to purchase local craft works from local masters on site. After lunch, continue driving to Bukhara and you will arrive in Bukhara later evening and have free time for little walk and exploration of the city. Your hotel is located in the old town. Overnight Bukhara.

Bukhara is the pearl of Asia and it was the center of Education and Islamic culture in the medieval ages. Still in the city there are many mosques, madrasa and mausoleums. Visit Ismael Samaniy mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub, Bolo Hauz mosque. Ark Fortress, dating back to 1st century AD and 20 century, it was the royal residence of Bukhara Emir. Kalyan mosque and minaret, Mir Arab Madrasa, Taki Zargaron, Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Tim Abdullakhan, Taki Telpakfurushon, Magaki Attari mosque, Nadir Divan Begi Hanaka and Madrasa and Chor Minor. Overnight Bukhara.

You will be transferred to the border and pass through both customs, visa formalities and meet your Turkmenistan guide and driver at Turkmenistan customs. Between two countries there is a neutral zone and you can use Shuttle bus from one side to the other. Continue driving to Old Merw, sightseeing and evening flight to Ashgabat.

It’s known for its white marble buildings and grandiose national monuments. To the northwest, the sprawling Ruhy Mosque has a vast gilt dome. The central Artogrul Gazi Mosque is modeled on Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Examples of traditional weaving are displayed at Turkmen Carpet Museum. The Wedding Palace is a series of star-shaped tiers topped by a giant golden globe. Sightseeing in Ashgabat including the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, old Nisa, the ancient Parthian settlement, and the Anau ruins. Overnight Ashgabat.

Early morning 50-minute flight to Dashoguz. then drive to Kunya Urgench. Visit Kunya Urgench historical sites mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din Kubra, Sultan Ali. View the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla, Izmukhir. Return drive to Dashoguz. You will cross the border, the procedure is thesame as you did when you crossed from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan. At Uzbekistan side, where your Uzbek driver will meet you and transfer you to Khiva. Overnight.

Full day visit of Khiva: Ark Fortress, Ichan kala, Madrasah Muhammad Aminkhan, Madrasa Muhammad Rahimkhan, Kalta Minor, wood workshop, carpet Workshop, Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum, Shergazikhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli palace, Caravanserai and bazaar. Evening after 8 PM transfer to airport of Urgench for your flight to Tashkent. Arrival at 2230. Transfer to hotel.

Transfer to airport for return flight home. End of Services.

 

Tour info

Duration
13 days
Group Size
At least 1
Price starts at
2798 USD
Languages
Uzbek, English
Meeting Point

Arrival Almaty

Dropoff location

Tashkent International Airport

Included

  • Accommodation in Double room share

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation throughout the tour

  • Local guides

  • Entrance fee

  • Sightseeing

  • Local flight ticket MAR-ASG, URG-TAS

  • Daily water during the trip

Excluded

  • Flight BIS-TAS $170 pp, Almaty to Bishkek $150 pp

  • Single room supplement

  • Visa fee for Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

  • Tipping guides and drivers

Things to know

Program we offer

Turkestan 2 days trip from Tashkent: 390 dollars per person

1. Meeting client Check-point Chernayevka (Kazakh to Uzbek border). Transfer: Check-point Chernayevka to Cimkent to Turkestan (330 km). After Chimkent visiting to museum site of ancient settlement Otrar in Shaulder village, excur...

Turkestan 2 days trip from Tashkent: 390 dollars per person

1. Meeting client Check-point Chernayevka (Kazakh to Uzbek border). Transfer: Check-point Chernayevka to Cimkent to Turkestan (330 km). After Chimkent visiting to museum site of ancient settlement Otrar in Shaulder village, excursion to Arstan Baba Mausoleum, Otrar ruins. Arrival in Turkestan. Lunch on the way. Accommodation In Yassy hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

2 Breakfast. After breakfast excursion to Akhmed Yassawi maussoleum complex: gallery of stone statues, arheological museum, historical (cultural reserve) museum Azaret-Sultan, gates (Darvaza), Esimkhan mausoleum, Rabia Sultan Begim mausoleum, Akhmed Yassawi mausoleum, Zhuma mosque (1878 year), underground mosque Khilovat, oriental baths. Lunch at the local cafe. Transfer: Turkestan to Checkpoint Chernayevka (Kazak to Uzbek border) (285 km).

Accommodation

1. Almaty: Otrar or Kazjol hotel
2. Tashkent: Radisson or Lotte city or City Palace hotel
3. Samarkand: L Argamak or Dilimah or Alexander
4. Bukhara: Zargaron plaza or Omar Khayam
5. Khiva: Erkin Palace or Bek hotel
6. Mary: Mary hotel
7. Ashgabat: Grand

1. Almaty: Otrar or Kazjol hotel
2. Tashkent: Radisson or Lotte city or City Palace hotel
3. Samarkand: L Argamak or Dilimah or Alexander
4. Bukhara: Zargaron plaza or Omar Khayam
5. Khiva: Erkin Palace or Bek hotel
6. Mary: Mary hotel
7. Ashgabat: Grand Turkmen

Extension to Turkestan

You have the option not to extend our Turkestan trip. Let us know as early as you book with us.

You have the option not to extend our Turkestan trip. Let us know as early as you book with us.

Supplementary Room Pricing

1. 02 Persons $2798 pp
2. 04 Persons $2769 pp

1. 02 Persons $2798 pp
2. 04 Persons $2769 pp

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