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Central Asia 20 day, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan

Central Asia 20 days, Kazakhstan, Uzbekist...
Central Asia 20 day, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
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Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek
In the afternoon arrive Bishkek. Check in to the hotel.
Sightseeing of Bishkek visit Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Ploshad Ala-Too (Ala-Too
square), the History Museum, walking tour in Bishkek, National philharmonic and many others
places upon your request. It is not a real city tour without visiting real central-Asian Bazaar!
Overnight in hotel Asia Mountains or Discovery 3*
Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan) 260 km, 4 hrs
Breakfast at hotel
0900 Transfer to the Issyk Kul Lake, en route visit Burana Tower
1200 Lunch in Kyrgyz family not far from Tokmok city included. Continue on driving to Issyk Kul Lake
through Boom Canyon. Visit petroglyphs of Paleolithic era and local museum in Cholpon Ata.
Upon arrival check in to hotel, 1930 Dinner at local restaurant on your own. Overnight in Tri Korony
3* or similar hotel.
Day 3: Issyk Kul Cholpon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek 300 km
Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Grigorevka Gorge. Lunch break. And PM returns to Bishkek, overnight in Asia Mountains
hotel or Discovery 3* Dinner is on your own.
Day 4: Bishkek-Almaty 240 km
Morning excursion to Ala Archa national park. Lunch at local restaurant and afternoon transfer to
Almaty. Overnight in Otrar hotel.
Day 5: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Breakfast in the hotel. Start sightseeing in Almaty at 0900, Panfilov Park Zenkov Wooden Cathedral,
St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Green Bazaar
and have a Panoramic view at observatory. Overnight in Otrar hotel.
Day 6: Almaty – Dushanbe (Kazakhstan/Tajikistan) 1,5 hrs flight
Morning transfer to Almaty airport at 8 AM. Flight number KC 131 (Air Astana) 1010 AM – 1100 AM,
Almaty – Dushanbe.Meeting at the airport.
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.
Tajikistan United Museum – includes the exhibits on history, natural history, and art.
Museum of ethnography – professional showcase of 20th century Tajik art. The collection includes
pottery, carpets, cloaks, embroidery, jeweler, musical instruments, woodwork and more. Sleeping
Budda. Monument Somoni and park Rudaki
Hissar fortress 30km outside of city – the remains of an 18th century fortress, occupied until 1924 is
located in 30 km west of Dushanbe. Besides the fortress are two plain madrassahs, one dating from
the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of the 16th century (25km).
Drive to Dushanbe.
Day 7: Dushanbe – Iskandarkul lake -Istarafshan – Khujand (380km)
You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are
about 100 passes in height from 3200 to 5060 m (Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of
Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. 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. The heart
of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful
lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color. A fast flouring Iskandar-Darya river flows
from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so-called the “Fan Niagara” that falls
from the height 38 meters. Drive to Istarafshan. Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of
trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. In 2002 Istaravshan turned 2,500
years old. The city was founded in the sixth century B.C. by an Akhemenid king Cyrus who fortified
the settlement by means of three wall lines and a citadel. In the second -seventh centuries B.C. the
ancient sentiment Mugteppa was located on the territory of Istaravshan. Mugteppa was the
residence of the local aristocracy who erected there numerous palaces distinguished by original
expressive architecture. The evidence of that was found in Bundzhikat (Kala and Kakh-Kakh) and
Chil'khudzhra settlements which had fortified structures with palaces and cult buildings decorated
with paintings and carved panels. For example, in Bundzhikat the archaeologists found the painting
with the image of a she-wolf feeding two babies - the symbol of contacts between the West and the
Orient. 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.
Sightseeing the city: Madrasa Kuk-Gumbaz, Old city, mosque Shohi Zinda. Drive to Khujand city.
Evening walking in the central park.
Day 8: Khojand-Tashkent 100 km (Uzbekistan)
Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. The city's history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial, and crafts center. It in many respects speaks it can be explained by its favorable position. Khujand stands at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley. Owing to this it was one of the main centers of the
Great Silk way and enjoyed prosperity and richness. One of the ancient cities of the Central Asia Khujandhas been known since the 7th century. In the 19thcentury after the Russian intrusionKhujand became the center of the district of rapid industrial development. Sightseeing the city: museum, western market Panjshanbe, and mausoleum Shayh Muslihiddin. Drive to the border.
Transfer to Uzbek side, 90 km. Overnight.
Day 9: Tashkent-Samarkand by fast train Afrosiab 300 km
Transfer to the railway station at 0715, take train to Samarkand at 0800-1010 by Afrosiab fast train.
Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel if the rooms are available for early check-in.
Paper Mills Factory presentation of paper production from the mulberry tree. Visit Afrasiyab
Museum/Central bazaar of Samarkand-Siyob and taste Non (bread) made only in Samarkand,
Day 10: Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel .0900 Full day sightseeing of Samarkand Visit Registan Square, the center of Samarkand with 3 madrasahs of 15-17 Centuries, Bibi Hanum
mosque of 14 Century and Siab Bazaar of Samarkand where you can spend your time for shopping of dry fruits, Samarkand bread, sweets, spices. Shahi Zinda complex, the holy necropolis of Kusam
Ibn Abbas and the mausoleums of Temur’s relatives and generals. Ulugbek’s observatory of 14
Century and Gur Emir, the tomb of Amir Temur, his teacher, sons, and grandsons.
Day 11: Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara 300 km Breakfast at the hotel
0830 Depart Samarkand for Bukhara with stop at city Shakhrisabz (140 km, 2,5 hrs) Upon arrival to Shakhrissabz, visit Ak – Saray/Kok Gimbaz Mosque, PM continue to Bukhara (another
290 km, 4,5 hrs) Upon arrival to Bukhara, accommodate at the hotel Evening you enjoy walking tour of Bukhara, the center of the old town with shops, craft workshops,
galleries, mosque and madrasah, café and restaurants. Overnight.
Day 12: Bukhara
After breakfast full day sightseeing.
0900 Visit Samanid’s Dynasty Mausoleum/Chashma Ayub Mausoleum/Bolo – Khauz Mosque /The Ark Fortress – Citadel/Kalon Complex – consists of minaret, Mosque and Madrasah/Magoki Attori Mosque/Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan madrasahs/Reservoir Lyabi Khauz complex. Upon request, we may arrange seats for Folk and Costume show at 1800.
Day 13: Bukhara
Full day of sightseeing in Bukhara
0900 Visit Chor Minor memorial/ former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan /Sitora –iMokhi – Khosa/Museum of Decorative Applied Art. Lunch on your own. Gijhduvan Visit Abdulla's pottery house and a cup of tea. Back to Bukhara. Overnight.
Day 14: Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Mary 380 km (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan) 0830 After breakfast depart to Turkmenistan border Upon arrival to the border point go through customs procedures and continue on to drive directly to Mary via Turkmenabat, on the way cross the Floating Bridge and transfer to Mary. Overnight in Mary 4* hotel.
Day 15: Mary- Ashgabat
In the morning visit to the Ancient Merv (UNESCO). Upon return to Mary, visit the History Museum of
Merv region. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat, (ETD 1920h ETA 2000h). Transfer to
hotel in Ashgabat, Grand Turkmen hotel or Ak Altyn hotel 4*-3*.
Day 16: Ashgabat
City tour, with visits of Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ahalteke horse stables, Nissa (UNESCO) National Museum and. Overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Ashgabat-Darwaza 250 km
Morning at leisure. Transfer to Karakum desert, visit Erbent desert community on the way. Set up camp. Lunch en route includes and Dinner in Camp near the Gas Crater. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18: Darwaza-Khiva 320 km
Drive to Dashoguz. Visit Kunya Urgench (UNESCO) on the way. Transfer to the border post for border crossing. Meet at Uzbek border and transfer to Khiva. Overnight in Khiva, in Ichan Kala.
Day 19: Khiva-Tashkent
Full day city tour in Khiva, visit all mosques, madrasah, and workshops in Khiva. The hotel is located in the old city. Lunch and dinner on your own in Khiva. Evening take flight to Tashkent at around 2100, arrive at 2240, overnight
Day 20: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. End of Services.