Central Asian Adventures!
Itinerary:Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva-Dashoguz –Ashgabat-Mary-Turkmenabad-Bukhara-Samarkand -Dushanbe – Iskandarkul lake-Istarafshan – Khujand-Kokan-Ferghana-Osh-Toktogul Lake-Issykul Lake – Bishkek.
Duration: 17 days – 16 nights.
Accommodation: Hotel 3 * or 4 * depending on the option
Guide: English speaking guide
Transport: Private vehicle with driver
Best periods: from March to November
As complex as it is dynamic, this capital city has been the gateway to Uzbekistan for centuries. Experience it firsthand during tour of the city that includes Khast- Imam Complex and Chorsu bazaar and Independence Square. Followed by Applied Arts Museum and panoramic city tour,Visit Japanese garden which is located in the heart of Tashkent with great view whole year around. Tashkent Metro (subway) It has 29 stations. Each station is decorated with unique architectural features: marble, granite, glass, smalt, art ceramics, carved alabaster, ganch and other decorations. Transfer to local airport to get flight to Urgench (gateway to Khiva) and transfer to Khiva (30km). Arrival Khiva and chech-in to hotel overnight.
Day2 Khiva-Doshogz (Turkmenstan)
Transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point. Proceed to customs and passport control on both sides. After passing Turkmenistan border post meet Turkmenistan guide. Drive to Kunya Urgench 110 km (UNESKO 2005) ancient capital of Khorezm. Visit mausoleums of Il Arslan and Soltan Tekesh, Nejmeddin Kubra, Soltan Ali, Turabek-Khanum(12th c), minaret of Kutlug Timur, MamunII. Lunch . Arriving Dashoguz city. Dinner at restaurant hotel . Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Flight to Ashgabat. (T5-102, 07:50/08:40). Arriving Ashgabat city. After drive to Gokdepe fortress and horse farm. Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev. The siege of Gokdepe lasted twenty-three days, after which the city was taken by storm. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Also you will visit Gokdepe museum that dedicated to the war. At the horse farm you can see proud of Turkmen national Akhalteke horses. Over the 30 beautiful horses, you can see at the horse farm. 5000 years ago, Turkmens began breeding Akhalteke horses. A Unique breed in the world that’s not mixed with other breeds. Lunch. After visiting the archeological site “Old Nisa”-Parthian period. After come back to the Hotel. Traditional restaurant dinner. Overnight in Hotel.
Morning fly to Mary (T5-127, 07:00-07:40). Drive to Gonur depe (90km). Driving off-road for what seems several hours and leaving clouds of dust behind, your car climbs a hill from where you can see excavations into the ancient country Margush. The American newspaper "Boston Globe" wrote that before we knew the four oldest centers of the world's civilization: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China, and now due to the fantastic results of the Margiana expedition it’s quite possible to think that there was another, the fifth center. Lunch box at the sight. Drive back to Mary city. Overnight in Hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. After visiting “Ancient Merv”: visit Gyz Gala& Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Sotla Gala, Sotlan Sanjar Mausoleum etc.Lunch. After continue to the Turkmenabad city. Transfer to the “Farap” border.(Turkmenabat city-“Farap” border 40 km) cross into Uzbekistan (Alat Bukhara) arrival in old Bukhara (from Uzbek-Turkman border to Bukhara 105km) check-in and overnight in Bukhara
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and start walking sightseeing tour in old part of Bukhara. Visit Ismail Samani mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Mosque and Ark Fortress. Transfer to lunch and continue with Poi-Kalyan ensemble (Kalyan minerat, Kalyan mosque and Miri-Arab madrasah),Magoki-Attori mosque, trade domes, Lyabi-Khauz Complex and CHor-Minor madrasah before departing Samarkand. Enjoy short guided excursion by ceramic master in his shop on the way to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand where immediate check-in has been arranged and some free time to fresh up. Transfer to dinner and overnight in Samarkand.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Entire day is dedicated to discover the capital city of Amir Temur. Including: Meros Paper mill, Observatory of Ulugbek, Shakhi-Zinda Burial Vault. Transfer to the restaurant to have lunch. Head to Bibi-Khanum Mosque and enjoy shopping in the oriental bazaar called Siab.Dinner and overnight in Samarkand hotel.
Meeting in the border. Drive to Dushanbe in the way sightseeing the Hisar fort.Sightseeing the Dushanbe city: Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means "Monday" in Tajik (Persian language), and the name reflects the fact that the city grew on the site of a village that originally was a popular Monday marketplace. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon.
Breakfast. Drive to Iskandarkul lake via Varzob gorge and tunnel Isticlol (5km). You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colors - Kulikalon.Iskandarkul lake: length - 5км, width - 3,5км and depth to - 80м, located at height 2250м. Walking near the lake, Dinner and overnight in the guest house.
Drive to Istarafshan city: Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. During the years of Arabian sovereignty Istaravshan became a province Arabian Caliphate. It was at this time when Islamic architectural structures of portal-dome design such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, etc. started to appear. Lunch. Drive to Khujand city.
Evening walking in the central park.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel Firus 4*.
Day11 Khojand– border-Kokand (235 km, 4 hour to drive)
In the morning drive to the Ferghana Valley via Kamtchik Pass (2110 m). On the road visit the monuments of Kokand 235 km from Tashkent. Kokand is a strategic city that has also long been the subject of conflicts. It has been linked to Uzbekistan until 1922. The palace of the last Kokand khan was built in 1870. It surrounded by huge walls with twelve gates, named after the towns to which they led.Visit of a sculpture studio house on wood Dangara, the Khoudayar Khan Palace.Lunch in Kokand, stroll through the market Kokand, business Narbutabey madrassah, built in 1799 by architect boukhariote and was one of the few schools to accommodate students during the Soviet occupation. After lunch you can visit the mausoleum and Modari Khan Jami Mosque. Dinner and overnight in Kokand.
Day12 Kokand - Ferghana
Breakfast. Drive to the famous city Rishton throughout the Ferghana Valley for the quality of its traditional pottery. Rishton, famous for its ceramics made from the local red clay and decorated with blue and green natural pigments, which are then glazed. Visit the woolen carpet workshop. Arrival in the city of Ferghana. Check-in to hotel. Walk in the Al-Fergani park. Overnight in Fergana.
Day13Ferghana valley Dostuk border – Osh – South Coast of Toktogul Lake (300 km)
Morning sightseeing of Ferghana valley, later transfer to Dostuk Kyrgyz/Uzbek border. Upon arrival we are met by our Kyrgyz guide for our transfer to Osh town.
City tour of Osh including a visit to Suleyman Mountain, Baburs house and Osh Bazaar. Afternoon start driving to Toktogul via Hydro-Power stations. En route stopping at Uzgen Minaret and Mausoleum.
Dinner and Overnight in Homestay in Tokgul (D)
Day14Toktogul Lake – Chyckan Canyon – Kizil-Oy village – Sonkul Lake (350 km)
In the morning drive to Sonkul Lake via Kara-Keche pass. Our journey takes us through the Susamyr Valley, Teo-Ashu tunnel and pass, Ala-Bel pass, Chickan Valley, Marble Pyramid and the Toktogul Water Reservoir. Upon arrival explore the beautiful surrounding area of Sonkul Lake. Dinner and Overnight in Yurt (BD)
Today we drive to Cholpon-Ata, Northern Coast of Issykul Lake. Our next stop will be in Kochkor village where you will visit a felt carpet workshop of a local women co-op and where will be demonstrated how to make Kyrgyz national felt carpets by Masters. Later continue driving to Issykul Lake. Upon arrival in Issykul Lake, Visit Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs, which covers 42 hectares and contains prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall) and petroglyphs dating from 500 BC up to 600 AD.
Overnight in CBT Homestay in Tamchy village (BD)
Drive to Bishkek. En route stop in Burana tower, the remains of the ancient city of Balasaguni formed by the Karakhanid dynasty in the 10thcentury. Arrival in Bishkek. Downtown walking tour which includes Central Square Alatoo, White House, Parliament House, Manas on Horse Statue, Lenin Statue, and Oak Park.
Overnight in Asia Mountains hotel (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport.
-All transfers: 1-2 pax on sedan type car, 3-6 pax on minivan/van, 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus;
-Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
-Sightseeing tour program in each country with local guides (in Uzbekistan, different guides in each city);
-Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
-Economy class tickets for flights Tashkent-Urgench, Dashoguz-Ashgabat,
-Visa support for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan tourist visas;
Price does not include:
Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
Full board (lunches and dinners);
Hotel charges for additional services;
Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax ($12);
Visa support for Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
Personal travel insurance.