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Arrival in Almaty (early check-in after 06 a.m.). Breakfast at the hotel. Almaty grand tour + Central museum. The tour starts with sightseeing in the central part of Almaty. You will know more about the history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions. You will visit a popular place for townpeople – the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is a great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells, and crowds. There you can obtain famous Oriental sweets, but don’t forget to bargain… Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country. After exploration of the sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. The next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Dinner at a local restaurant. Night at the hotel.
Early transfer to Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan border. Today we drive 250 km to the Kyrgyz border and cross it, your guide will meet you in the Kyrgyz side, then you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It’s 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. Lunch. On route to the lake, you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th-century minaret) and an open-air museum of Balbans (stone warriors), also near Burana is located in the ancient town of Suyab (Ak Beshim). Then we’ll make our trip to the lake. Your dinner will be at a hotel. The night is at a hotel.
The day starts with breakfast at 8 o’clock. Afterward, you will start your trip to Karakol city. On the way, we will take a short break to allow you to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. Then we continue our way along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in a Chinese style without using a single metal nail. The mosque will be followed by a visit to an old wooden Orthodox Church. The night is spent at a guesthouse.
Today you will be transferred to Bishkek city. Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have the name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also, you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. We will make many photos there and if you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. There are yurts in the gorge and people can offer you to drink Kumis. It is a national drink that is made of mare’s milk, and it is an alcoholic drink as a beer. This time we will drive along the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. This is a great chance to see the whole lake from all sights. We will take a short break to allow you to visit Fairy tale canyon “Skazka”. The canyon was named due to its bizarre rocky landscape, which for many years has been transformed by wind into fabulous sculptures and formations. Some formations in “Skazka” have been named for their similarity to well-known objects. For example, one set of ridges in the canyon is named “The Chinese Wall” due to its similarity to the Great Wall of China. Arrival in Bishkek. The second half-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 other 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. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night at a hotel.
Today you will have a transfer to Taraz town in Kazakhstan. Wake up at 5 a.m. On the way, we will have to pass border control. Taraz is a city and a center of the Jambyl Province in Kazakhstan. It is located in the south of Kazakhstan. It has a population of 330,100, making it one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, after Astana and Turkestan. Taraz celebrated its official 2000 anniversary (recognized by UNESCO) in 2001. Taraz is standing on the site of the ancient city of Taraz, which flourished as a stop along Silk Road from Europe to China until it was destroyed by Mongol armies in the 13th century. On the way, we will visit Aisha-Bibi tomb, Babaya-Hatum tomb. Then transfer to Turkestan. You will have an excursion in Turkestan. We will visit Azret-Sultan historical-architectural complex and Khodja Akhmed Yassayu mausoleum. He is the first great Muslim holy man that brought religious glory to the town. The mausoleum in honor of Kozha Akhmed Yasavy was built on a grand scale by Timur in the late 14th century (from 1389 to 1405). Also, we will visit Turkistan town’s necropolis, oriental baths, and underground mosque. It is a small but very interesting town!The dinner will be at 8 o’clock. The night will be in a hotel.
In the morning we will drive to Arystan Bab mausoleum. The mausoleum was erected over the grave of a famous religious mystic Arystan Bab, who lived in the XII century. The first building of the mausoleum belongs to the 14-15 century. In the 18th century section of the site an ancient tomb was destroyed by an earthquake, was built two domed buildings with aiwan, supported by two carved wooden columns. The 18th-century building was destroyed and in 1909 was rebuilt again. The mausoleum was built of baked bricks.Otrar was the richest center of commerce, crafts, and arts. Otrar attracted the attention of an enviable location, located at the intersection of ancient caravan routes. He was one of the richest and most developed cities on the Silk Road in Central Asia. Otrar is mentioned in the travel records of almost all Arab and Persian authors who have ever visited this region. Also, Otrar is the birthplace of one of the greatest philosophers of the East – Abu Nasr al-Farabi.Cross the border.Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Today after breakfast you will have the city tour around the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent. Hotel check-out before noon. You will start with the complex Khast Imam that preserves the famous Koran of caliph Uzman. Then you will explore the richest and the biggest bazaar on the territory of Uzbekistan – Chorsu. You will be able to see the local life on this bazaar and of course to taste different products that sometimes will amaze you. After the bazaar, you will descend into Tashkent underground and take a ride to the center of the city where you will visit two main squares of the capital – Amir Temur Square and Independence square. After lunch, you will have a visit to the Applied Art Museum of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Meeting guests on the Tajik side of the border. After crossing the border drive to Khujand – the center of the Sugd region, Northern Tajikistan. Khujand was continuously occupied for 2500 years and found – possibly on the site of an earlier settlement – by Alexander the Great. It is the furthest point he reached in Central Asia thus the city was named Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the Furthest). City tour in Khujand will be organized where you will be able to visit: Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square, Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum, Muslihiddin memorial complex, Panjshanbe bazaar (Khujand’s central market that has many shops offering a different kind of goods and services). The name Panjshanbe comes from Persian language meaning “Thursday”. Panjshanbe is considered as one of the oldest markets in Tajikistan. The Silk Road which passes Khujand city had always made Panjshanbe to be crowded with traders and tourists. Overnight in Khujand and dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, we leave through Istaravshan, to the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. Istaravshan is one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan, known in the times of the USSR as Ura-Tyube. Here you can visit Mug Teppa Fort and the local bazaar. Then continue the trip through the Shahristan tunnel and the city of Aini, the road goes along the Fon Darya River with some stops in the villages. Then we head south, in the afternoon we plan to arrive in Dushanbe. We will pass through the Anzob tunnel, through the beautiful Varzob gorge. The rest of the day you can walk along the main street of Rudaki. A walk along Independence Square, where we see the flagpole, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest flagpole in the world (H165m). Dinner at a local restaurant, overnight at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, you will visit the Buddha in Nirvana at the Museum of Antiquity. At an altitude of more than 13 meters, it is the largest Buddha in Central Asia and is believed to be 1,600 years old. There is also a stop at the famous Gourminga Musical Instrument Museum, a huge Somoni statue from which the currency was named. After visiting, stop for lunch and you can have dinner in a traditional Tajik restaurant before heading to Iskandarkul Lake, located on the slopes of the Fan Mountains, at an altitude of 2200m above sea level. Upon arrival, you can check-in at your local hotel for the night and leave your luggage. A walk from here will lead you to a magnificent waterfall hidden in a rocky gorge where Iskandardarya falls from an impressive height of 24 meters. From here you can visit the reed-covered Serpentine Lake. Immerse yourself in the crystal clear and refreshing waters of Iskandarkul Lake. Tonight, you will enjoy your dinner in a beautiful, natural, and relaxed atmosphere that will lead you into a peaceful sleep. Overnight at the hotel.
On this day of the tour, your transport will take you to the famous Seven Lakes. Relax, enjoy the stunning beauty and colors of the seven lakes, hidden from view by the rocky mountains, until you fall next to the sixth lake. From here, go hiking to explore the seventh, elevated 2250 meters, and vice versa. Then you will be taken to Penjikent for a welcome dinner and an unforgettable night at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
This action-packed day begins with breakfast in the ancient city of Panjakent, the old center of the Sogdian empire. This is a wonderfully preserved city where you will take a tour and visit the Rudaki Museum, which presents the ancient artifacts of the city. Excavations of ancient Sogdiana are also an inspiring visit, where you can see the ruins of old Penjikent, built over 2500 years. After a walk around the city, lunch at the restaurant. Departure to the Tajik-Uzbek border of Dzhartepa, on the way we will drive to the excavations of Sarazm and further to the border. Formalities and meetings with Uzbek partners. Arrival in Samarkand. Visit Samarkand paper factory. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
The whole day will be devoted to the city tour around the pearl of the Orient – Samarkand. You will have the opportunity to visit the tomb of the Timurid dynasty – Gur-i-Emir, the famous Registan Square, the mosque that will amaze you by its size and at the same time by its condition – Bibi Khanum mosque. Then you will walk on the biggest bazaar of Samarkand – Siab bazaar. After lunch, you will continue the excursion and visit the necropolis Shakhi Zinda and Ulugbek observatory. Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will drive to Bukhara. On the way, you will visit Shakhrisabz – Tamerlane’s hometown. Upon arrival in Shakhrisabz, you will start a city tour. You will be able to visit the ruins of Amir Temur’s Ak Sarai Palace, memorial complex Dorut Tilovat, which includes the mausoleum of Sheikh Shamsuddin Kulyal al-Keshi, mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidan, Kuk-Gumbaz mosque. After lunch, you will continue your path to Bukhara. Arrival, hotel check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Today’s full-day city tour, all on foot through this ancient, holy city, includes Chashma Ayub mausoleum, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz mosque, and Ark Fortress. You will see palaces, trade domes, mosques, madrasas, hanaka, Turkish hammam, the bazaar, and many souvenir shops. After lunch at a local restaurant or café, you visit Kalyan minaret, Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Nadir Divan Begi Madrasa, and Khanaka, Magaki Attari mosque, Chor Minor madrasa. Dinner and folk show at Nodir Devonbegi madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Early breakfast at the hotel. Hotel check-out and departure for Khiva. Drive to Bukhara via Kyzylkum desert. Stop for a picnic. Arrival in Khiva. Hotel check-in. Overnight.
Breakfast. Start sightseeing. Khiva is a museum in the open air with many mosques, madrasahs, caravan saray, harem, minarets, workshops, and museums. Visit famous Kalta minor a short minaret which means left unfinished when the ruler died but it supposed to be the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Tash havli palace, Juma mosque with 218 wooden pillars of different ages, Islam hodja mosque, and Minaret, Kuhna Ark, the palace of Khiva Khanate. Overnight.
Meet the group at the Turkmen-Uzbek border. Drive to the North of Turkmenistan, to the architectural monuments of Kone Urgench, Capital of Khorezm in X-XII centuries. During the tour, visit the Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, Tyurabek Khanum, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, the highest minaret in Central Asia Kutlyg-Timur. After lunch at the airport in Dashoguz City. Flight at 18:00 to Ashgabat. Dinner at the local restaurant and rest. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, drive to the local airport to Ashgabat. Flight at 09:50. Visit the Historical Museum of Mary City. After lunch drive to the Old Merv. Excursion to an Ancient Merv (UNESCO World Heritage). Merv was located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and quickly became one of the largest and biggest cities of the ancient world and was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus. Guided tour: Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. After dinner rest and overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to the local airport of Mary City. Flight at 08:00. This day explore the capital of Turkmenistan. To visit independence period parks and monuments, such as the Monument and Park of Independence (looks like a white-marble “Eiffel Tower”), a fountain-monument devoted to the 10th anniversary of independence (sculptural depiction of ten Akhal-Tekke horses placed on the top of a beautiful fountain) and impressive Ertoghrul Ghazi mosque. After lunch, visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography. After dinner rest and overnight at the hotel.
Flight by Turkish Airlines.