Spectacular Custom Tours to Central Asia, the Caucasus and Beyond

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Treasures of the 5 Central Asia "Stans"

Duration of this Trip 19 Days Priced From $6,799 per person

Magnificent Registan Square in Legendary Samarkand, Uzbekistan  by Dr. Steve Emmet Magnificent Registan Square in Legendary Samarkand, Uzbekistan by Dr. Steve Emmet

Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan...These are the places we long to explore, where recently independent nations are contrasts of world-class development, remnants of Soviet rule and the pulse of ancient civilization. Experience vast steppe and pristine mountain ranges, soaring minarets and turquoise domes, desolate desert sands, the flash of traditional silk and silver, intricate designs on rich, hand-woven carpets, and the excitement of modern urban capitals. Enjoy the legendary hospitality of centuries as you travel to Central Asia!

At a Glance

Duration

19 Days

Priced From

$6,799 per person

Departures

  • August 30-September 16, 2016
  • September 3-20, 2016
  • September 15-Oct 3, 2016
  • April 15-May 2, 2017   ERD (early reservation discounts)
  • April  22-May 9, 2017  ERD
  • May 1-May 18, 2017    ERD
  • May 5- May 22, 2017   ERD
  • May 9- May 26, 2017 ERD
  • May 15-June 1, 2017
  • May 22-June 8, 2017 
  • June 2-19, 2017
  • July 1-July 18, 2017
  • July 24-August 10, 2017
  • August 20-September 6
  • September 14-October 1, 2017 ERD
  • September 21-October 7, 2017

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Day 3: Tashkent-Khodjand, Tajikistan- Tashkent
Days 4-5: Majestic Samarkand
Days 6-7: Legendary Bukhara
Days 8-9: Mary, Turkmenistan
Days 10-11: Ashgabad
Day 12: Experience nomadic life in Ayaz Kala
Days 13-14: Explore the Savitski Museum of forbidden art and the living museum city of Khiva
Day 15: Arrival in Almaty
Day 16: Bishkek
Day 17: Crystal Clear Issyk kul lake
Day 18: Spectacular Tianshan mountains, cultural show
Day 19: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1. Tashkent, Uzbekistan

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

Day 2. 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. Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Amir Timur Park. Welcome Dinner

Day 3. 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 4. Tashkent-Samarkand

Sightseeing day drive to legendary Samarkand stopping near the "gate" of Amur Temur where two mountain ranges meet. Sightseeing tour in the city to Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place for holding the world's finest music festivals and celebrations,  15th c. Ulugbek's Observatory.

Day 5. Samarkand

Breakfast. Visit the Hebrew Prophet Daniel's Tomb, the Jewish Quarter and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Lunch at the hotel. Continue sightseeing at medieval sites: the necropolis of the Shah i Zinda Ensemble, the  Bibi Khanum Complex (built in honor of the wife of Amir Timur in the 14th c.), and the Guri Emir Mausoleum. Dinner. Folklore show in Registan Square.

Day 6. Samarkand-Bukhara

Day drive to Bukhara through the Malikchul desert and Zerafshan river. Stop at an ancient Caravansarai Gate and the Gijduvan Ceramic Center. Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at hotel. Walk to the ancient part of Bukhara. Sightseeing tour of the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of the old city. Explore the serene desert architecture of Bukhara at the medieval Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi, and Magoki Attari Mosque, the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar, the beautiful 12th c. Poi–Kalon Complex with its legendary minaret, Kalon Mosque, and Miri Arab Medreseh.

Day 7. Bukhara

Explore Bukhara's Fortress-Ark which dates from the 1st century, the Ismail Samani and Chashma- Ayub Mausoleums. Visit Bukhara's bazaar. Enjoy the hospitality of a local Uzbek family. Afternoon visit to Sitorai Mohi Hossa, the summer residence of the local Bukhara Emirs and the Chor Minor Complex. Dinner with folk-show in the Nodir Divan Begi medresseh.

Day 8. Bukhara-Mary, Turkmenistan

Drive to the Turkmenistan border at Farab. After customs and border formalities continue sightseeing day drive to Mary through the Kara Kum desert and the Floating Bridge. Photo opportunities abound here of spectacular desert scenery. Arrival and accommodation in Mary. Late afternoon tour to the regional Mosque, the Central Theater and the Ruhiyet Koshgi Convention Center.

Day 9. Mary-Merv-Ashgabad

Known in the past as Margiana, Merv belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the 6th century until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Explore the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and the Gyz-Gala fortress. Evening flight to Ashgabad. Accommodation in Ashgabad.

Day 10. Ashgabad

Drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruined capital of the Parthians. Discover the unique fortresses, citadel, temples and tombs dating from the 3rd c. BC), the National Museum of History and Ethnography with the Kopet Dag mountains in the background. Sightseeing tour to the Blue Mosque and Independence Park. Dinner. Night Panorama of Ashgabad.

Day 11. Ashgabad

Discover Ashgabad's Talkuchka Sunday Bazaar,one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colorful rugs, jewelery, carpets, silk and national Turkmen costumes. Visit the park dedicated to the famed Akhalteke Horses, Presidential Square, the Monument for the Victims of the 1848 Earthquake, and Lenin's monument erected in 1927. Dinner.

Day 12. Ashgabad - Dashoguz, Turkmenistan - Kalas, Uzbekistan

Fly to Dashoguz and drive to Kunya Urgench to explore this Silk Road city, the Mausoleum of Turabeg Khanum and the shrines of Soltan Tekesh and Il-Arslan. Travel to the border of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. After border formalities, continue to Kalas to experience nomadic life and stay overnight in a yurt. Sunset Photography and folk show.

Day 13. Kalas-Savitsky Museum-Khiva

Options this morning include camel riding, light hiking, enjoying your leisure time and photography around the nomadic yurt encampment. Afternoon visit to Nukus to the famous Savitsky museum with its huge collection of Russian avant garde art. Drive to legendary Khiva, Uzbekistan's "Living Museum". Arrival and accommodation. Optional folklore Show.

Day 14. Khiva-Tashkent

Khiva 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), the Kalta Minar,  Mohammad Amin Medreseh, the Kunya Ark, the Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum with its tiled proverbs, the Khodja Islam medresseh and minaret, the Tash Hauli Palace and remains of the harem, the caravansarai, and Juma Mosque with its 200 carved wooden pillars. Evening flight and overnight, Tashkent.

Day 15. Tashkent - Almaty, Kazakhstan

Flight to Almaty. Accommodation. Sightseeing tour: Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar, the Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and Glory Memorial in Panfilov Park, Museum of National Folk Musical Instruments and Independence Monument. A visit to Alatau Park in the foothills just outside the city.

Day 16. Almaty – Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Drive to Bishkek . Arrival and accommodation. Sightseeing tour. Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Visit the Central Museum, and the bazaar.

Day 17. Bishkek - Issyk Kul

Sightseeing day drive to Issyk Kul Lake stopping at Burana Tower overlooking the ruins of ancient Balasagun City. Climb the tower for a view from 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 resort destination in the Ala-Tau mountains. Enjoy the beaches and lake tour.

Day 18. Issyk Kul- Bishkek

Sightseeing tour around Issyk-kul: the picturesque Cholpon-Ata gorges and "stone garden" of ancient petroglyphs. Return to Bishkek.

Day 19 . Bishkek

Departure from Bishkek International airport.

Land Tour Costs

From $6,799 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$879

Scheduled Departures

  • August 30-September 16, 2016
  • September 3-20, 2016
  • September 15-Oct 3, 2016
  • April 15-May 2, 2017   ERD (early reservation discounts)
  • April  22-May 9, 2017  ERD
  • May 1-May 18, 2017    ERD
  • May 5- May 22, 2017   ERD
  • May 9- May 26, 2017 ERD
  • May 15-June 1, 2017
  • May 22-June 8, 2017 
  • June 2-19, 2017
  • July 1-July 18, 2017
  • July 24-August 10, 2017
  • August 20-September 6
  • September 14-October 1, 2017 ERD
  • September 21-October 7, 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
  • Explore Uzbekistan's Silk Road Treasures as you adventure through ancient 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
  • Experience tribal Turkmen culture as you visit in local villages and explore ruin-filled deserts

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

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

Suggested Extensions

Hidden Riches of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road, Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2014)
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, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan
  • Domestic Flights: Mary- Ashgabad, Ashgabad-Dashoguz, Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent -Almaty
  • Ground Transportation
  • Experienced English-speaking guides/escort (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)
  • Hotel accommodation (3-4-5 star hotels and exotic yurt)
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees for the sights and mountains and parks
  • Folklore Show in Bukhara
  • Pre Departure Travel Package along with Silk Road Gifts
  • Local language and culture lessons
  • Unlimited trip and travel consulting

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees at the Embassies
  • Some meals

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Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

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

Suggested Extentions

Hidden Riches of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road, Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2014)
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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Treasures of 5 Central Asia "Stans"  In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo Tour

A 19 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • August 30-September 16, 2016
  • September 3-20, 2016
  • September 15-Oct 3, 2016
  • April 15-May 2, 2017   ERD (early reservation discounts)
  • April  22-May 9, 2017  ERD
  • May 1-May 18, 2017    ERD
  • May 5- May 22, 2017   ERD
  • May 9- May 26, 2017 ERD
  • May 15-June 1, 2017
  • May 22-June 8, 2017 
  • June 2-19, 2017
  • July 1-July 18, 2017
  • July 24-August 10, 2017
  • August 20-September 6
  • September 14-October 1, 2017 ERD
  • September 21-October 7, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $6,799 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$879