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Treasures of Tajikistan

Duration of this Trip 10 Days Priced From $3,599 per person

Tajikistan is a landscape of white peaks and lush, sub-tropical valleys, a land of contrasts and extremes – of citrus orchards and glaciers, soaring eagles and stalwart yaks, rushing rivers and silent stone ruins. The land retains the Persian culture of its ancestors, visible in language, dress, and architecture. Touch the "Roof of the World" as you climb the Pamir Mountains, famous for their glaciers and glittering alpine lakes. Follow the European-style streets of the capital Dushanbe, or stop in a chaikhana teahouse for tea, sweets, handicrafts, and gossip. Explore the ruins of Penjikent, once a thriving Silk Road center, now a rocky archaeological treasure. Every part of Tajikistan offers unparalleled opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast and the uncommon traveler, and a chance to sample some of the warmest hospitality in the world.

At a Glance

Duration

10 Days

Priced From

$3,599 per person

Departures

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Itinerary

Days 1-2: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Day 3: Kulob
Day 4: Dushanbe
Day 5: Fann mountains
Days 6-7: Penjikent
Day 08: Istaravshan-Khodjand
Day 09-10: Khodjand

Itinerary

Day 1: Dushanbe

Arrival at Dushanbe airport where you will be met by your guide and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant with a folklore show.

Day 2: Dushanbe

Dushanbe was originally the site of a Monday market, but the Barakat bazaar is still a bustling attraction in this modern metropolis. Visit the monument of Ismail Samani, the founder of the Samanid Kingdom in the IX century, the Museum of National Antiquity, the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Enjoy the tour around the bazaar and the popular tea house "Rohat".  Drive to Hissar Fortress, to see the remains of an ancient caravanserai, the mausoleum and meddreseh. Photo opportunity at the Pamir Nature Reserve.

Day 3: Dushanbe - Kulyab

Sightseeing day drive to Kulyab, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia, once an important cultural and educational Silk Road city, and buffer area between the Bukharan Emirs and the rulers of Afghanistan. Along the way we will stop at the vast water reservoir of Nurek with the world's tallest dam, now a popular resort destination. Arrival in Kulyab. Accommodation. Dinner at the national restaurant.

Day 4: Kulyab - QorghonTeppa - Dushanbe

Sightseeing tour: Visit the holy Mir Said Hamadoni complex and the Kulyab Memorial Complex. Drive to Qorghon Teppa to see the remains of an ancient Buddhist temple, and visit the local handicraft bazaar. Return back to Dushanbe.

Days 5/6: Dushanbe – Fann Mountains - Penjikent

Scenic drive to Penjikent via the Anzob Pass 3,373 m above sea level. We will stay overnight in the Fann Mountains at Iskandar Kul Lake to experience the incredible natural beauty of north-west Tajikistan, and the legend of Alexander the Great and his horse. Picnic lunch. Revel in the fresh air surrounded by snow –capped peaks and aquamarine lakes. Arrival in Penjikent.

Day 7: Penjikent "Five Villages"

Penjikent, an old center Sogdian Empire, is now a rocky archaeological treasure. During excavations the remains of temples, streets, shops, an impressive citadel, dwellings, wall frescoes, and a variety of ceramic items. Visit the museum of the famous 11th c.Tajik poet Rudaki and enjoy the view from the new town there. 

Day 8: Penjikent - Istaravshan – Khodjand

After breakfast our signtseeing day drive will take us to Khodjand via Istaravshan. Explore ancient ruins of Istaravshan, a well preserved town located in the Turkestan Mountains. Visit Mug Tepa Fortress where foundations have stood since the 4th c.BC, the Khazrati Shoh architectural complex and mausoleum, and the Namozgoh Mosque. Enjoy some browsing at the bazaar in Istaravshan. Upon arrival in Khodjand you will be accommodated at the Grand Khodjand Hotel.

Day 9: Khodjand

Sightseeing tour around Khodjand, a city surrounded by mountains and orchards, and for most of the 20th c. known as Leninabad: Visit the Temurmalik Fortress, the Museum of Archaeology and History, the Friday Mosque and the impressive columns and  of the Panjshanbe Bazaar.
Farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

Land Tour Costs

From $3,599 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$469

Scheduled Departures

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Trip Highlights

  • Join local Tajiks for traditional meals, hot tea, and exciting folklore shows
  • Trek along the Fann Mountains' snow-capped peaks and aquamarine lakes
  • Explore ancient, little-known Silk Road sites in Penjikent and Khodjand 
  • Encounter the Tajik cultural arts as you visit rich museums in the capital, Dushanbe

Visited Countries

Tajikistan

Visited Cities & Places

Dushanbe, Kulyab, Penjikent, Istaravshan, Khodjand

Suggested Extensions

Uzbekistan Cultural Discovery Tour, Gems of Kyrgyzstan

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
  • Domestic Flight
  • Ground Transportation
  • Experienced English-speaking escort guide
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees for the sights and mountains and parks
  • Folklore Show in Dushanbe
  • Pre-Departure Silk Road Treasure Tours Packages

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Additional hotel services charges
  • Consular fees

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Treasures of Tajikistan

A 10 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

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Land Tour Costs

From $3,599 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$469