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The Hidden Riches Of Central Asia

Duration of this Trip 18 Days Priced From $9,750 per person

This trip is from the Condé Nast Traveler Collection.

 Central Asia is fast becoming the new frontier on travel itineraries. The recently independent nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are the ultimate destinations for those seeking the trip of a lifetime. Travelers are finding a world that stands between times. Closed to the west for decades under Soviet rule, the cities are rushing to catch up with the modern world yet most of the land remains as it has for centuries. It's a land of contrast with changing urban skylines and pristine landscapes, Silk Road culture and cuisine, thousands of years of history, some of the last unexplored territories, filled with adventure and opportunity and a tradition of hospitality unmatched anywhere in the world.
Experience everything you've ever dreamed of...soaring minarets and azure skies, opulent silk and silver, intricate designs on ancient mosaics and carpets, the sway of a camel and glitter of an alpine lake, traditional music at a campfire and the inviting scents of warm bread and exotic spices.
An exploration of the legendary "Stans" of Central Asia is the stuff of dreams. Silk Road Treasure Tours can make yours a reality.

At a Glance

Duration

18 Days

Priced From

$9,750 per person

Departures

  • September 8-25, 2016
  • September 18-October 5, 2016
  • October 1-18, 2016
  • April 27-May 14, 2017
  • May 16-June 2, 2017
  • June 12-29, 2017
  • September 15-October 2, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Ashgabad
Day 3: Ashgabad-Dashogus-Kalas
Day 4: Nukus Savitski museum -Khiva
Day 5: Khiva-Tashkent
Day 6: Tashkent
Day 7: Tashkent-Samarkand
Day 8: Samarkand-Bukhara
Day 9: Bukhara-Tashkent
Day 10: Tashkent-Khodjand-Tashkent
Day 11: Tashkent-Bishkek
Day 12: Bishkek- Burana Tower –Chon Kemin
Day 13: Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol
Day 14: Karakol – Djeti Oguz –Tamga
Day 15: Tamga-Bishkek
Day 16: Bishkek-Almaty
Day 17: Almaty - Charyn Canyon – Almaty
Day 18: Departure

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Ashgabad (Turkmenistan)

Fly from Istanbul to Ashgabad and arrive early morning. Welcome to Central Asia!
You will be met by our guide and driver and accommodated at the luxurious Sofitel Hotel for two nights. French style meets Turkmen tradition at this fabulous hotel in the heart of Ashgabad.
Start off after breakfast with a drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Enjoy discovering the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs (III Century BC).
Visit the National Museum with its impressive archaeological displays from sites excavated in the oasis and an informative and attractive display of fabulous Turkmen carpets and cultural artifacts.
Take a tour of the beautiful Kipchak and Blue mosques and to the bustling Talkuchka Sunday bazaar, one of the largest open bazaars in the world.
Trot over to the horse-breeding center at the hippodrome. Meet the director of the center and one of the trainers to learn about the important equestrian culture here in Turkmenistan.

Day 3 Ashgabad - Dashoguz – Kalas (Uzbekistan)

Fly to Dashoguz and drive to Kunya Urgench. Destroyed several times over thousands of years, the ruins and buildings of this ancient archaeological treasure still remain a pilgrimage site.
Travel to the border crossing point at Dashoguz between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and continue on to Ayaz Kala. Tonight we will stay in a authentic yurt! Take a sunset hike, enjoy a lecture on the Kala region and a private concert around the camp fire. Then find yourself warm and snug in this traditional, nomadic home under skies glittering with stars.

Day 03 Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent 1:10AM. Our escort guide will meet you at the airport. Accommodation at Tashkent Palace 4**** . Rest. Breakfast. Afternoon Tour around Tashkent City. Alisher Navoi Opera and Balley Theatre, Independence Square, Broadway, Amur Temur and Navoi Parks. Abul Kasim medreseh and the main handicraft center of Tashkent. Visit the central and ancient oriental Bazaar "Chorsu" . On the way to stop by Kukeldash medreseh, active medreseh in Central Asia. Welcome dinner.

Day 4 Kala – Khiva

Visit the Karalkapak Museum, home of the Savitsky collection of Soviet era, banned, avant-garde art and then continue our drive to Khiva through romantic desert landscapes and via small rural villages. One of the most popular World Heritage Sites of the Silk Road, Khiva is filled with history and legend. Dinner will include entertainment by a local folklore group. Evening in Khiva is magical with the minarets silhouetted against the starlit sky. Accommodation at the lovely Shakhrezade hotel. In a peaceful location within the old city, this is a family-run business with warm, friendly service.

Day 5 Khiva-Tashkent

Tour the fairy-tale city of Khiva. Explore the antiquities of the Ichan Kala (Old City): the Ata –Darvaza gate, the majestic, blue-tiled Kalta Minaret, the ancient citadel of the Kunya Ark, the Tash Hauli Palace, medieval caravanserai and the Juma mosque with its two hundred pillars.
The afternoon flight will get you to Tashkent to see the evening lights of the capital. Accommodation will be at one of the premier hotels in Tashkent; the centrally located Dedeman with its lush courtyard or the Tashkent Palace which is right near Independence Square and surrounded by parks and shopping.

Day 6 Tashkent 

This morning we will discover Tashkent. Visit the landmarks of this ancient city; explore the Chor-Su Bazaar, watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Compare the old with the new at Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Amur Temur Park.

Day 7 Tashkent-Samarkand

Board First Class coaches on the high speed rail to legendary Samarkand, where Alexander the Great married his love Roxana and no trip is complete without seeing Registan Square.
Arrival and accommodation at the Grand Samarkand Superior Hotel, offering old world charm, warm hospitality and modern comforts.
On our discovery of ancient Samarkand we will be joined by an historian for a richer understanding of the importance of this fabled city. Registan Square is the main attraction here, an impressive venue for holiday celebrations and music festivals – the symbol of Samarkand. It's a perfect place for a special anniversary or birthday. Within the city is the 15th century Observatory of Ulugbek, the tomb of the Hebrew Prophet Daniel, the old Jewish quarter, and the unique Shahi Zinda ensemble of ancient mausoleums which date back from the 9th century.
Relax with a wine tasting at the Khorenko winery, followed by dinner at the Registan Restaurant and folklore shows in the square.

Day 8 Samarkand-Bukhara

This morning we will complete our tour of Samarkand and drive off to Bukhara in the afternoon.
Our route will take us through the Malikchul desert and by the Zerafshan River.
We will stop by an 11th century caravanserai Gate and the Gijduvan Ceramic center, one of the principal schools of traditional ceramics in Uzbekistan.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy in this desert oasis and our guides will be happy to help you plan your adventure! We'll be the guests for two nights at one of Bukhara's most charming boutique hotels, either Sasha & Son.

Day 9 Bukhara

Explore the heart of Bukhara today; seeing the Labi Khaus and Poi Kalong Complexes, the mosques, minarets and the Fortress. Visit the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar and be treated to a traditional folk show in an old medresseh.
We will be the guests of a local Uzbek family and experience the hospitality of the region.
The summer palace of the Bukhara Emirs and the Chor Minor complex will round out our day and after dinner we will take a flight back to Tashkent and return to the Tashkent Palace hotel for two night before continuing our journey to Tajikistan.

Day 10 Tashkent - Khodjand, Tajikistan-Tashkent

An early morning drive to the Tajik border will get us to Khodjand in good time. One of the oldest cities of Tajikistan, it is situated along the Sir-Darya River, enjoying a mild climate and ideal location in the Ferghana Valley. Its green hills and snowcapped mountains characterize the city and the region is known for its fruit crops. We will enjoy the spectacular lakes and parks of the area and tour the Temurmalik fortress and Panjshanbe bazaar before returning to Tashkent this evening.

Day 11 Tashkent - Bishkek , Kyrgyzstan.

Our flight takes us to Bishkek, the "Hidden Switzerland" in the heart of Central Asia. Set against a backdrop of the Tien Shan Mountains, this city is an intriguing mix of Soviet style and European influences. Watch the changing of the guards at Ala-too Square, relax in the shade of Oak Park, and even see one of the last (if not the biggest) statues of Lenin left in the region. Learn more about the fascinating modern history of Kyrgystan with a lecture from an American university professor.
Accommodation will be at the Hyatt Regency, right in the center of town, with breathtaking views of the Tien Shan Mountains.

Day 12 Bishkek- Burana Tower –Chon Kemin

The region has long been of cultural and historic significance, the route along the Silk Road to China. We will visit the Burana Tower complex along the way, see equestrian events nearby and stop at the town of Balykchy.
In Tamchy we will be welcomed at a local handicraft workshop and at a sheep shearing demonstration. The Kyrgyz are some of the oldest nomadic people and are well known for their riding skills and their fine quality Merino wool. A welcoming home stay with a friendly Kyrgyz family will round out our tour to this traditional part of the world.

Day 13 Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol

Kyrgystan is a tapestry of unspoiled nature and breathtaking vistas. Beautiful beaches on a salt water lake surrounded by the Ala-Tau mountains; Lake Issyk Kul is a popular destination. Relax at the water's edge and tour around the lake at this delightful spot. Then we will visit the picturesque gorges of Cholpon-Ata. The Ethnographic Museum details the ancient petroglyphs (II millennium BC) found in there. The Przhevalsky Memorial Complex is nearby. A Russian traveler and geographer, Przhevalsky is the namesake of the famous wild horses of Mongolia. Near Karakol we will stop at the Altyn-Arashan springs. The lush alpine meadows in this area are the domain of the Golden Eagle. We will spend overnight on the shores of Lake Issyk kul at the presidential suite at the Karven resort enjoying the scenery and unsurpassed Kyrgyz hospitality.

Day 15 Tamga - Bishkek

Today we will visit one of the most fascinating families in Kyrgyzstan – a family of Berkutchi, or eagle hunters. For thousands of years across the steppes of Eurasia, eagles and hawks have been trained from fledglings as hunting partners. Secrets are passed through generations and training is lengthy and difficult, even dangerous. A soaring eagle is an incredible sight anywhere. In this beautiful and untamed part of the world, it's awe-inspiring. Keep your cameras handy.
On your visit to Kochkor village later, you might look out for one of the jaunty caps they wear! We will visit the local museum, enjoy a locally organized handicraft show and make our way back to Bishkek.

Day 16 Bishkek - Almaty

Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan derives its name from the Kazakh word for apple, and legend has it that this ubiquitous fruit originated right here. We will drive from Bishkek to Almaty and settle in to the luxurious new The Ritz Carlton for our final two evenings. Opposite the presidential palace in Republic Square you are ideally located to explore this exciting city, its parks and gardens and alpine vistas.
Alatu Park in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountains is located just 15 km from the city and provides spectacular panoramas over this lovely area. We will enjoy the view from there after visiting the Green Bazaar, the very original Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments, the wooden, Tsarist-era Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and the golden warrior atop Independence Monument.

Day 17 Almaty - Charyn Canyon – Almaty

Our last day of sightseeing will take us to the Charyn Canyon. Nature has carved the walls of this "Valley of Castles" with deep fissures forming caves, grottoes, shady niches and curious sculptures out of the many different geologic layers. The Charyn River with its Class IV cataracts rushes below. We will hike a ways into this fantastic area to a hatchery where golden eagles are raised for hunting, then return for our final night and farewell dinner. We'll be entertained by local musicians and have the opportunity to try our hand at some of the popular music!

Day 18 Almaty

Early morning departure home. Transfer to the airport where we will send you off with warm memories of your adventures in Central Asia.

Land Tour Costs

From $9,750 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

Not Available

Scheduled Departures

  • September 8-25, 2016
  • September 18-October 5, 2016
  • October 1-18, 2016
  • April 27-May 14, 2017
  • May 16-June 2, 2017
  • June 12-29, 2017
  • September 15-October 2, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • 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
  • Central Asia offers the best of the Silk Road cuisines; Invitations to dine with local families in cities and villages, to attend a tea ceremony, relax in a chaikhana, enjoy a champagne picnic by a glittering alpine lake, and an overnight adventure in a yurt. Cooking classes with master chefs and local bakers, tastings of caviar from the Caspian in Kazakhstan and smooth local vodkas – a legacy of the Soviet era
  • 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
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites that have inspired imagination through the ages with outstanding archaeologists and historians. Tour the magnificent temples, and mosques, medieval caravansarai, graceful arched portals and glittering palace tile work of bygone civilizations
  • Visit a fashion atelier, see the up and coming work of young Uzbekistan designers, have a one-of-a kind piece made from beautiful ikat or embroidered fabrics
  • Exclusive visits to the fabulous collections of the carpet museums in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Lose yourself amidst the geometric harmony and sumptuous colors of the masterpieces collectively known as "Bukhara" and enjoy a relaxed visit to top quality vendors of new and antique pieces
  • Visit the art museum in the desert – the Savitsky collection at the Karakalpak Museum.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Find yourself in some of the most pristine natural environments on Earth, and explore them with the locals, including eagle hunters, nomadic shepherds and local naturalists.

Visited Countries

Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan And Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus Tajikistan: Khodjand Turkmenistan: Ashgabad, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench Kazakhstan: Almaty, Charyn Canyon Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek, Tamga, Issyk kul, Karakol, Djeti Oguz

Suggested Extensions

Call or Contact Us for suggestions

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

  • 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 in Bukhara
  • Breakfast, Dinners and 2 complimentary lunches
  • Visa support for all countries visited
  • All ground transportation in private climate-controlled vehicles, including international arrival and departure transfers.
  • Experienced, local, Private English speaking guides in each country
  • All entrance fees, service charges, and applicable taxes.
  • All domestic flights (4 domestic flights).
  • Horseback riding, biking, and hiking in world's most spectacular alpine lake Issyk Kul and Tiyan Shan mountains.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees

Visited Countries

Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan And Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus Tajikistan: Khodjand Turkmenistan: Ashgabad, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench Kazakhstan: Almaty, Charyn Canyon Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek, Tamga, Issyk kul, Karakol, Djeti Oguz

Suggested Extentions

Call or Contact Us for suggestions

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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Visited Countries

Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan And Uzbekistan

Visited Cities & Places

Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Nukus Tajikistan: Khodjand Turkmenistan: Ashgabad, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench Kazakhstan: Almaty, Charyn Canyon Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek, Tamga, Issyk kul, Karakol, Djeti Oguz

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The Hidden Riches Of Central Asia

A 18 day tour available for groups of 4-10

Scheduled Departures

  • September 8-25, 2016
  • September 18-October 5, 2016
  • October 1-18, 2016
  • April 27-May 14, 2017
  • May 16-June 2, 2017
  • June 12-29, 2017
  • September 15-October 2, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $9,750 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

Not Available