Central Asia 16 Days Tour
What's Included?•Hotel accommodation in 3 star hotels Double/Twin room share.
•Transport for all transfers, pick up/drop/sightseeing.
•Local train and flight ticket Tashkent-Urgench.
•Bottled water during the travel.
Destination CoveredKyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan
Best SuitedAll, Budget, Families, Groups, Honeymoon, Kids, Solo travellers
Day 2 : Almaty sightseeing: Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov wooden cathedral, St.Nicholas cathedral, the National Musical Instruments museum, Almaty's Green bazaar, panoramic view at observatory. Overnight Almaty.
Day 3 : Almaty – Bishkek (250 kms): After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan via a newly-built highway. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour in Bishkek. Overnight Bishkek.
Day 4 : Bishkek - Grigorevka Gorge – Cholpon Ata: Drive to Lake Issyk Kul (240 kms), one of the world's largest mountain lakes at 1607 metres. After arrival, drive to Grigorevka gorge full of lush green alpine meadows and fir trees, then do an easy hike in the gorge.
Next stop is in Cholpon Ata where you will be able to visit the petroglyphs lying under the open sky. Overnight Cholpon Ata.
Day 5 : Issyk Kul - Bishkek (240 km) Return to Bishkek visiting Burana Tower en route. 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.Overnight Bishkek.
Day 6 : Bishkek -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 bazar, Applied Arts museum, Indpendence square and Tashkent metro. Overnight.
Day 7 : Tashkent - Samarkand (300 kms 2 hrs 10 min) After early breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to train station of Tashkent for your train to Samarkand at 0800-1010. Upon arrival 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).
Day 9 : Samarkand - Bukhara via Shahrisabz (80 kms +290 kms) 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.
Day 10 : Bukhara: Full day walking city tour of 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.
Day 11: Bukhara - Mary (380 kms): Leave early to drive to the Turkmenistan border. 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 Mary, and oasis in the Karakum desert. Overnight Mary.
Day 12 : Mary – Merv - Ashgabat: Drive to Bairamaly (25 kms). Sightseeing in ancient Merv, founded in the 6th century BC and one of the most important cities along the Silk Road. Return to Mary and visit the museum. Catch afternoon flight to Ashgabat.
Day 13 : Ashgabat is the capital of Turkmenistan. 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.
Day 14 : Ashgabat -Dashoguz- Kunya Urgench: 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 the same 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 Khiva.
Day 15 : Khiva - Tashkent: 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 transfer to Urgench airport (35 kms from Khiva) for flight Tashkent. Meet and transfer to hotel in Tashkent. Overnight Tashkent.
Day 16 : Tashkent - Departure Transfer to international airport of Tashkent for your next flights. End of services.
• Charges in hotels for additional services
•Single supplement if required
•Visa facilitation service if needed (depends on citizenship)
•Camera and video fees
•Meals, except as specified
•Payment for extra night's accommodation in case of early arrival
• International airfares.
•Booking should be done at least 2 month before the travel or as early as possible to reserve the seat.
•50% payment should be done after booking.
•50% payment 1 month before the trip.
•Cancellation must be done at least 1 month before the trip.
•Lf cancelled 1 month before 30% will be charged.
•After 1 month 50% .
•Less than 1 week 100%.
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