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This epic trip through the heart of Central Asia will take you to intrinsically tiled ancient mosques, alpine lakes bordered by yurt camps, grand monuments, rural villages and colourful markets.

♦ Isskyk Kul - "the pearl of Kyrgyzstan" and second largest mountain lake in the world

♦ Iskanderkul Lake (Tajikistan) - one of the most exquisite lakes in all of the former Soviet Union nations

♦ Khiva - The inner town, or Itchan Kala, is encircled by brick walls, whose foundations are believed to be laid in the 10th century.
♦ Bukhara - The town boasting more than 140 architectural monuments.
♦ Samarkand - one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world (about 2,500 years old), prospering from its location on the trade route between China and Europe (Silk Road).

 


 

Day 1 Arrival to Bishkek
This entire day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. But no tour of Bishkek is complete without visiting our Asian Bazaar! We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colorful tapestry of fabrics, produce, and people selling and buying goods.

 

Day 2 Bishkek – Issyk-Kyl
Your guide will pick you up at 8 a.m and you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. On route to the lake, you will visit Burana Tower (and 11th century minaret) and an open-air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Lunch in Chinese Muslims village. We’ll make our trip to the lake. Also we will get to see petroglyphs – ancient stone engravings. Your dinner will be in a local restaurant. Night is in a hotel.

Day 3 Issyk-Kul – Bishkek – Osh
A one-hour cruise on a steamboat is the perfect way to enjoy the lake’s beauty. On the way back in Tamchy village we will see eagle hunting show. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Osh. Dinner in the restaurant. Overnight is in hotel.

Day 4 Osh – Kokand
In Osh city you will have a walk and will get to visit a famous and special place - Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Transfer to the border. Border formalities. Continue driving to Kokand. On the way we will visit silk production workshops in Margilan and famous ceramist’s workshop in Rishtan. Overnight is in hotel.

Day 5 Kokand-Tashkent
Sightseeing tour in Kokand: Visit Khudoyar Khan palace, Juma mosque, Modarikhon mausoleum and Norbutabey madrassah.
Afternoon drive to Tashkent via Kamchik mountain pass 2200m. You’ll have panoramic views to Qurama mountain range (West Tian Shan mountains). Arrival and accommodation in hotel.

Day 6 Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva

Sightseeing tour in Tashkent: Kukeldash Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Madrassah, Mosque on Khasty Imam Street, Visit to Chor-Su – oriental market (handicraft bazaar). Visit to Tashkent Metro, Mustakillik Square (Independence Square), Amir Temur Square, Monument to Alisher Navoi.
Evening flight to Urgench (19h00-20h40). Arrival and transfer to Khiva (30 km).

Day 7 Khiva
Sightseeing tour in Khiva: Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan (19c) Madrassah, Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex, Abd Al Bobo complex (18c), Rafanek Madrassah, Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c), Amir-Tur Madrassah, Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum. Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Kheivak well (10c), Uch Avlioli (“three saints”) Mausoleum, Juma Mosque (18c), Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Tash Hauli (“stone yard”) Palace, Alla-Kuli-Khan (18c), Arab Mohammed Khan (18 c) Madrassahs.

Day 8 Khiva- Bukhara
Transfer to Bukhara through Kyzyl-Kum desert. Route will take from 6-8 hrs. En route stop by the bank of Amu Darya River to take photos. Arrival to Bukhara closer to the evening, accommodation in hotel.

Day 9 Bukhara
Sightseeing tour in Bukhara: Poi-Kalyan Ensemble including Minaret (12c) Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Emir-Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magok-i-Attari Mosque(16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c),
Visit to Registan, Ark Fortress (16 c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c). Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs; Chor-Minor Mausoleums. Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers dynasty, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c).

Day 10 Bukhara – Samarkand
Sightseeing tour out of Bukhara: Transfer to Bakhauddin Nakhshbandi Ensemble: Abdu`l Faiz Khan Mosque (1720); Muzaffar Khan Mosque (1870); Sitora-i-Mohi Khosa last Bukhara Emir’s summer residence (1911). Drive to Samarkand.

Day 11 Samarkand – Tashkent
Sightseeing tour in Samarkand: Gur-Emir Mausoleum (15c), Registan Ensemble (including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17c), Tillya –Kari Madrassahs (17c).
Bibi Khanum Mosque. Visit to Samarkand bazaar. Shah-i-Zinda necropolis (14-15c), “Stars above Samarkand”: tour to Ulugbek observatory (15c), “Ruins of Afrosiab” State archaeological reserve (6 BC-13 AD).
Bullet train to Tashkent (17h30-19h44).

Day 12 Tashkent- Dushanbe
Morning flight to Dushanbe (08h00-09h00). Upon arrival start city tour.
Tajikistan United Museum includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art, Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of museum. (closed on Mondays).
Botanical garden-very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajiks.
Bazaar- an oriental market is the most crowded place in the city
Hissar fortress the remains of an 18th century fortress, occupied until 1924 is located in 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress are two plain Madrassah, one dating from the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of 16th century. O/n at hotel.

Day 13 Dushanbe - Iskanderkul
Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes through Istiklol tunnel (2630m) with amazing panorama views. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. This is an amazing place to have a rest. In addition, we will hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall. Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers.
Night is in a cottage.

Day 14 Iskanderkul - Dushanbe
Drive to Dushanbe, accommodation to the Hotel «Sheraton Dushanbe»5*
Return to Dushanbe and visit Museum of Musical Instruments. The Museum was founded in 1990 on the basis of the private collection of the Tajik artist Gurminj Zavqibekov. The talented actor started his collection in his early youth. Gurminj Museum currently has more than 200 items exhibited from all over Asia, boasting a wide range of mainly stringed and percussion instruments including “setars”, “dutars”, “rubabs”, “tanburs” and “banjos”. O/n at hotel

Day 15 Departure
Transfer to airport. Flight back home.

 


Price Includes:
Twin accommodation in hotels with breakfast ,English speaking guide for the whole period of the tour
All transfers as indicated on the program by air conditioned moderne vehicle
Entrance fees
1L of water per person per day
Bullet train tickets
Airfare international Tashkent – Dushanbe
domestic flight Bishkek- Osh
Domestic flight Tashkent-Urgench

Not Included:
International flights
visas
tips
personal expenses
drinks and meals not mentioned
insurance


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