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Legendary Central Asia Travel

Duration of this Trip 15 Days Priced From $5,699 per person

For over 3000 years Central Asia has been a cultural and intellectual crossroads, luring travelers, traders, scholars and conquerors . Bordered by the vast Russian steppe to the north, the fairytale beauty of the Caspian Sea to the west, soaring mountains and wilderness to the south, and forbidding deserts and snow-capped peaks to the east, the countries of Central Asia are the ultimate travel destination for anyone seeking the trip of a lifetime. Recently independent, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are the new frontiers on travel itineraries. Bukhara, Tashkent, Samarkand, Merv, Ashgabat and Khiva are the fabled cities of Marco Polo, Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. The region is a mix of the ancient world with modern flair, and a dash of Soviet era thrown in, it is home to the warmest people in the world.

At a Glance

Duration

15 Days

Priced From

$5,699 per person

Departures

  • September 16-30 2016
  • October 1-15, 2016
  • April 25-May 09, 2017
  • June 1-15, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Day 3: Tashkent-Khodjand(Tajikistan)- Tashkent
Day 4: Majestic Samarkand
Days 5-6: Legendary Bukhara
Days 7-8: Mary -Ashgabad(Turkmenistan)
Days 9-10: Konya Urgench(Turkmenistan)- Khiva (Uzbekistan)
Day 11: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Day 12: Bishkek
Day 13: Crystal Clear Issyk kul lake
Day 14: Spectacular Tiyanshan mountains
Day 15: Departure

Itinerary

Day 01. Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel for accommodation.

Day 02. Tashkent

Explore Tashkent. Sightseeing tour in ancient Tashkent: Kukeldash Medresseh, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Medresseh, Mosque on Khast Imam Street. Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar; watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre. Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Bunyodkor Square.Dinner.

Day 03.Tashkent-Khodjent(Tajikistan)-Tashkent

Sightseeing morning drive to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border "Oybek". After border formalities drive to Khodjent,one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan. Sightseeing tour: Visit Temurmalik fortress, The museum of Archeology and History and ancient Silk Road Bazaar. Return to Tashkent. Dinner

Day 04. Tashkent-Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand (300 km) – the city is more than 2500 years old. Stop near the "gate" of Amur Temur where, two mountain ranges meet. Arrival. Accommodation at Malika Prime or similar 3* hotel. Sightseeing tour: Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place holding the world's finest old and modern music festivals and holidays, Ulugbek's Observatory (XVth century), Guri Emir Mausoleum (XIV century). Dinner at the National Uzbek Restaurant.

Day 05 Samarkand-Bukhara

Breakfast. Visit Hebrew Prophet Daniel's Tomb, which is next to a pleasant ancient water stream. It contains a burial chamber around 18 meters long, Jewish Quarter, and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Continue sightseeing tour at the Shahi Zinda Ensemble, an ancient necropolis (IX,XIV,XIX c.), and the Bibi Khanum Complex (the complex was build in honor of the wife of Amur Temur in the fourteenth century). Afternoon drive to Bukhara through Malikchul desert and Zerafshan river (300km). Stop in ancient Karavan Serai Gate (XI century). Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation. Walk to the ancient part of Bukhara.

Day 6. Bukhara

Sightseeing tour of the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of the legendary Bukhara city. Explore the serene desert architecture of Bukhara at the Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVII c.), Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.), the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar (XVI c.), the beautiful Poi–Kalon Complex with its legendary minaret (XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Medreseh (XVI c.). Visit the ancient Bukhara Fortress-Ark (I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c.) and Chashma- Ayub (XII-XVI c.) Mausoleums. Enjoy the Bukhara bazaar. Dinner with folk-show in Medreseh Nodir Divan Begi.

Day 07. Bukhara-Mary (Turkmenistan)-Ashgabad

Drive to Farab (Turkmenistan). After customs and border formalities, continue sightseeing day drive to Mary through the Kara Kum desert. Explore Merv, the oldest well-preserved heritage city. Known in the past as Margiana, it belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Explore the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Gyz-Gala fortress. Accommodation.

Day 08. Ashgabad

Sightseeing tour of the Blue Mosque and Independence Park. Drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruins of the Parthian capital. Discover the unique fortresses, citadel, temples, and tombs (III Century BC). Discover the oriental Bazaar of Ashgabad. Dinner.

Day 09. Ashgabad– Kunya Urgench - Khiva

Flight from Ashgabat to Dashoguz. Arrival. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. After this city's almost complete annihilation by Genghis Khan more than 800 years ago, the city was rebuilt and grew into an important trading center. Travel to the border crossing point of the city between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Drive to the hotel in Khiva. Dinner with panoramic view of Khiva in moonlight

Day 10: Khiva

Sightseeing tour in Khiva - the fairy-tale city of the Silk Road. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Uzbekistan's "Living Museum" was the former capital of the Khanate and legend says that it was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Excursion to Ichan Kala (Old City), surrounded by high walls of air-dried bricks and decorated with delicate majolica tile: delight in the Ata –Darvaza (West Gate, XVII – XVIII c.), Kalta Minar (XIX c.), Tash Hauli Palace and harem (XIX c.), Karavan Saray ( traditional inn for travelling merchants), (XIX c.) and Juma Mosque (XI-XII c.) with its 200 wooden pillars. Flight to Tashkent. Accommodation in Tashkent.

Day 11: Tashkent -Almaty

Morning sightseeing tour in Tashkent. Explore the Alay Bazaar. Afternoon flight to Almaty. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 12. Almaty (Kazakhstan)_ Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Morning sightseeing tour: Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar, Zenkov Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and Glory Memorial in Park Panfilov, Museum of National Folk Musical Instruments and Independence Monument. Enjoy a spectacular view of the mountainous area. Afternoon drive to Bishkek. Arrival and Accommodation. Dinner

Day 13. Bishkek- Issyk kul

Discover the Kyrgyz Capital. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Visit the Central Museum, the Panfilov park and the bazaar. Early afternoon drive to Issyk Kul Lake, stopping at Burana tower (XI c.) in ancient Balasagun City. Visit the Burana tower of the Kharakhanids along with castles and mausoleums. The tower enables visitors to climb to the top. Arrival in Issyk Kul, one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" and is a popular destination in the Ala-Tau mountains that form the northern arm of the Tien Shan range. Accommodation.

Day 14. Issyk kul-Bishkek

Enjoy the beaches and lake tour in Issyk kul in the morning. Sightseeing drive back to Bishkek. Farewell Dinner.

Day 15. Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Departure.

Land Tour Costs

From $5,699 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$579

Scheduled Departures

  • September 16-30 2016
  • October 1-15, 2016
  • April 25-May 09, 2017
  • June 1-15, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Uzbekistan's Silk Road Treasures as you adventure through olden alleyways and bustling bazaars! Premium seating for an evening of traditional music and dance. Be delighted by the flash and swirl of regional dancers and the haunting melodies of the flute and two-stringed dotar
  • Visit Kyrgyzstan's Issyk Kul Lake, a natural wonder with centuries of stories to tell!
  • Go on your own archaeological adventure as you hike around an ancient fortress in Ayaz Kala, Uzbekistan!
  • Relish in Turkmen culture as you shop in busy marketplace and drive through ruin-filled deserts!
  • Silk Road Treasure Tours' best adventures; hands-on cultural experiences, local exploration, participation at seasonal and traditional festivals, and travel to some of the world's most beautiful and rarely visited locations with local, experienced Silk Road experts
  • Wine tasting on private estates and dinners at centuries old medresehs, many as they were during the times of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Omar Khayam

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Almaty, Tiyanshan Mountains, Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake area, Khodjand, Ashgabat, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

What's Included

  • Visa support for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
  • Domestic Flight : Mary-Ashgabad, Ashgabad-Dashoguz, Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent-Almaty
  • Ground Transportation (Land and mountain)
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees for the sights and mountains and parks
  • Folklore Show in Bukhara
  • Pre Departure Silk Road Treasure Tours Packages

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees at the Embassies (All Central Asian countries)

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Almaty, Tiyanshan Mountains, Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake area, Khodjand, Ashgabat, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extentions

Treasures of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

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Legendary Central Asia Travel Tour

A 15 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • September 16-30 2016
  • October 1-15, 2016
  • April 25-May 09, 2017
  • June 1-15, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $5,699 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$579