Day 1: Ashgabat
Arrival Ashgabat early morning (or late evening of previous day), check in and overnight. City tour in Ashgabat with visits of Ertogrul Gazi Mosque it honors Ertogrul, the father of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Independence Park, this Park is one of the city’s attractions, embodying the spirit of modern Turkmenistan. Arch of Neutrality is a viewing platform. National Museum - Opened in 1998, the museum's 9 history halls houses the Turkmenistan’s major collection of artifacts discovered at various excavation sites in Turkmenistan. Nissa Historical Park - located on a natural high platform at the foothills of the Kopetdag Mountains, Nissa owes its importance to the early Parthian rulers who took over control of the area in III c. BC. Turkmenbashi Spiritual Mosque and Mausoleum in Kipchak. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
Early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat airport, first morning flight to Mary. Upon arrival excursion to Ancient Merw – Merw, located at the former banks of the Murghab River, was the most important Silk Road hub in the region, and particularly thriving as regional capital under Seljuk governor Sanjar. Merw is the collective name of five urban centers that existed under various different names in different periods from the VI c BC up to the XVIII c AD. Returning to Mary, visiting History Museum. Afterwards transfer to Mary airport, flight for Ashgabat, arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 3 (Friday only): Ashgabat – Almaty (flight)
Flight to Almaty (08:10-12:00 aprox). The tour starts with sightseeing in the central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions: Central State Museum, Palace of President, Republic Square and Monument of Independence, Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre, Astana Square, Almaty Railway Station, Central Mosque, Green Bazaar, Abai Square and Palace of Republic. After exploration of the sport, cultural and business areas of the city (Sport Palace, Central Stadium, Kazakh Circus, Wedding Palace, Auezov Drama Theatre, Almaty Towers, Nurlytau Business Center, Financial Center, Kok-Tobe Hill) the tour route will take you to one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park, where you will know more about the history of the city and see one of the highest wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country. In the evening is transfer to the hotel.
Day 4: Almaty
The tour route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. Also at the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature. In the evening is transfer to the hotel.
Day 5: Almaty – Dushanbe
Transfer to the airport to have a flight at 11:05, landing is at 12:00. Our Tajik guide will meet you in the airport and accompany to Dushanbe. The entire day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. Afterwards is excursion in Central Museum. Night is in a hotel.
Day 6: Dushanbe
In the morning we will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII–XVII centuries). This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons. Inside there was a pool and a garden and across from the fortress there was a busy market square with a caravan serai and shops. Apart from the entrance gate with its two imposing towers, not much has survived of the fortress. Other interesting sites in Hisar include: the recently restored monuments of “Madrasa I Kuhna” (new school of 16th-17th centuries), mosque; the mausoleum of “Mahdumi Azam” (16th century). After coming back to Dushanbe you will visit Botanical garden and Victory Park with a panorama view on the city. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Dushanbe – Bishkek
In the morning guide will pick you up at 10:30 as you must come to the airport at 11:00. Your flight is at 13:00 and you will lane in Bishkek at 15:00. Your Kyrgyz guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. In the afternoon you will have a short guided tour. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul lake northern shore – Bishkek
Today you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m above sea level). On route to the lake you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). Issyk Kul is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Thanks to the salty water, the lake possesses curative qualities. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it! The water of the lake is very clean. Here you will visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2000 years ago by shamans. Also you will visit local ethnography museum. In Cholpon Ata town you will visit Rukh Ordo, a unique cultural and spiritual complex of culture and tolerance of religious diversity. Located right on the shore of the lake it perfectly demonstrates its beauty and magnificence. Then is drive back to Bishkek. Night is in the hotel.
Day 9: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek – Tashkent
Today we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a
Day 10: Tashkent – Bukhara (train)
You will have a morning train to Bukhara. Today you will have a full day city tour in this fascinating city. At first you will visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara dating back to the 4th century named Citadel Ark which served as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see Samanids mausoleum, a real masterpiece of architecture of 9th -10th century. Then the tour continues to Chashma Ayub, meaning Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, known also as the mosque of forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then you have a chance to walk along the shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. The tour will end with visiting Poi Kalon complex, the unique sample of architectural art of Bukhara. It consists of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 11: Bukhara
Today you will have a sightseeing tour in the surrounding area of Bukhara. First you will visit Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex, located few kilometers from Bukhara. It is a memorial complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher, one of the Muslim pilgrimage places for all people of Islamic world. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was one of the spiritual masters of Amir Timur. Today complex consists of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Then you will drive to see the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs named Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. The palace is the sample of combination of various architectural styles. Emir named the palace on behalf of his wife who died young “Star - like and moon- like Palace”. At last you will drive to Sumiton village to find Chor Bakr memorial complex, the town of the dead. Complex symbolizes the four sides of the earth and interprets that all people are equal. Construction of the complex began during the Samanids reign until the 16th century. After excursions you will return to city. Night is in a hotel.
Day 12: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand (290 km, 4 hours)
After breakfast we will start our way to Samarkand. On the way, we will stop over at Gijduvan village to visit famous private pottery workshop. Gijduvan ceramics school has its deep roots. The skills have been passed from father to son from generation to generation. Today Gizhduvan is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family which glorified Gijduvan school ceramics all over the world. Gijduvan School of ceramics is distinguished by a geometric pattern. Green and blue colors prevail in decoration of products. Afterwards we continue driving to Samarkand. Night is in a hotel.
Day 13: Samarkand – Tashkent (train)
Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and is of the same age as the city of Babylon or Rome. Today you will visit its most outstanding sights such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, a complex of three fascinating Madrasahs dating back to 15-17th centuries, is the main highlight of Samarkand that no person can stop admiring its beauty and majesty. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh represents a big collection of mausoleums dating back to 11th-15 centuries being a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his successful campaign in India. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 14: Tashkent
Today you will visit Independence square which is the main square of the country, erected as a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Then you will have a chance to walk along the local Broadway, a walking street between independence square and Amir Timur square. Further you can take a ride in famous Tashkent metro, among the most beautiful subways in the world. First line was opened in 1977. Then you will visit the old part of the city which includes: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The highlight of its exhibits is the Othman Quran which is the world’s oldest Quran copy dating back to 8th c. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four righteous Caliphs who succeeded the prophet Muhammad). Othman was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. His blood spred over the Quran that you still can see on its pages. Night is in a hotel.
Day 15: Tashkent – Flight
Transfer to airport, flight for next destination.
· Accommodation at mentioned hotels on double share basis
· Transportation per program in comfortable a/c transport with professional drivers
· Breakfasts at the hotels
· Daily two bottles of 0.5l water per person
· Economy class ticket for bullet train Afrosiab Tashkent-Bukhara and Samarkand-Tashkent
· Group tour leader in single room free of charge (+1 Foc)
· Escort English speaking professional guide for entire tour (separate in each country)
· Entrance fees to mentioned sights per program (excluding photo and video charges at sights)
· Visa support to Uzbekistan (if required)
· Visa support to Kazakhstan (if required 60$ pp)
· Visa support to Turkmenistan
· Visa support to Kyrgyzstan
Price does not include:
· Visa consular fees and processing expenses
· All lunches and dinners per program
· Master classes and show programs for group departures in Uzbekistan (from 15 pax and more)
· Photo and video charges at sights
· International and domestic air tickets
o Ashgabat – Almaty – from 280$
o Almaty – Dushanbe – from 160$
o Dushanbe – Bishkek – from 120$
o Bishkek – Tashkent – from 160$
· Travel Insurance
· Extras, not indicated in inclusions
· Pricing valid for contracted partners for 2019 year use
· If mentioned hotels are overbooked and not available, we will give appropriate alternative.
· If there is no free seats in bullet train, we will replace by normal train or do transfer by auto transport.
· Tour payment should be made not less than 40 days prior to tourist group arrival to our bank account as per sent invoice. (this article can be considered according the signed contract)
· The rooming list should be finalized 30 days before arrival.
· No charges up to 45 calendar days up to tour starting date
· 50% of full package price up to 14 calendar days up to tour starting date
· 100% of full package price – 7 or less working days up to tour starting date or no show.