The Five Stans of Central Asia
|Countries:||Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan|
|Tour duration:||15 days / 14 nights.|
|Best time to travel:||March - June; September - November|
|Itinerary:||Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty - Bishkek - Ala-Archa Gorge - Bishkek - Dushanbe - Khujand -|
|Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Mary - Ashgabat.|
itinerary / services & cost
|Arrival to Almaty.
Arrival to Almaty early in the morning. Early check-in at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour about Almaty. Visit the following places: the Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Transfer 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. Next visit of the Kok-Tobe hill with the tallest TV tower in the world. Short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to the hotel.
Check in and overnight.
|Almaty - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the most beautiful lakes, located in the surroundings of Almaty - Big Almaty Lake. En route visit Square of the Republic, Monument of Independence and State museum. Arrival to the Lake and slight hiking in the surroundings. Return to Almaty in the afternoon, and visit “Sunkar” Falcons’ Farm to watch the show with hunting birds at 17:00 pm.
Arrival to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.
|Almaty - Bishkek.
Transfer to Bishkek (4-5 hours including border control and customs). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel of Bishkek; accommodation. City tour of Bishkek: Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic, Asian Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
|Bishkek - Ala-Archa Gorge - Bishkek.
Morning transfer to Ala-Archa gorge – a Natural Park. The Ala-Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range, it is located in 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Short possible hiking to the small scenic waterfall.
Return to Bishkek. Overnight.
|Bishkek - Dushanbe (domestic air flight).
Free morning. Transfer to the airport and flight to Dushanbe (flight 7J 4850, 12:20-12:50).
Half day city tour about Dushanbe on arrival, including visit of famous Museum of National Antiquities with reclining Buddha in Nirvana, Botanical garden, Somoni monument, Building of a national spirit, Stroll Rudaki Prospect.
Continuation of the city tour about Dushanbe: excursion to Hissor town (23 km from Dushanbe) to see ancient fortress of Hissor. Visit Madrassah Kuhna and Museum of Tajik Way of life there, Madrassah nearby and mausoleum of Sufi saint Mahdumi Azam.
|Dushanbe - Khujand - “Oybek” border point - Tashkent.
Morning drive to Khujand via “Istiklol” tunnel (4 hours drive). In Khujand visit the following monuments: Museum of archeology and fortification, Payshanba Bazaar, one of the interesting places here, which attracts people with various sounds and tastes. After lunch transfer to the border point “Oybek”. Border formalities. Change car and guide in Uzbekistan and further transfer to Tashkent (an hour and a half drive).
Accommodation at the hotel on arrival and overnight.
Guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah; after lunch: Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Overnight at the hotel.
|Tashkent - Samarkand (morning railway transfer).
Drive to the railway station for transfer to Samarkand by a high-speed “Afrosiab” train (08:00-10:10) Guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand on arrival: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum; after lunch: Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Samarkand - Bukhara.
Road transfer to Bukhara (4-5 hours drive). On arrival to Bukhara visit the out-of-town sites: Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa Palace, Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi Complex.
Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah; after lunch: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
|Bukhara - “Farap” border point - Mary.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Uzbek-Turkmen border Farab. Overcoming the border. Transfer to Mary through Turkmenabat. Arrival to Mary accommodation and overnight at the hotel.
|Mary - Merv - Mary - Ashgabat (evening flight).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to ancient city of Merv, excursion program. Return to Mary, sightseeing program in Mary: Russian Orthodox Church, the main bazaar of the city, central Mosque, city Museum. Transfer to the airport, evening flight to Ashgabat. Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Ashgabat: Independence Park, Arch of Neutrality, museum of history and ethnography, sacred mosque of Turkmenbashi. Overnight at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. Flight back home.
|The cost of the tour 2017 in USD for 1 person:|
|Hotels of 3*||4505||2725||2355||1935||1745||1700||+ 390|
|Hotels of 4*||4985||2980||2680||2270||2095||2045||+ 540|
The cost tour includes:
The cost tour does not include:
Important note for all travelers:
Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Central Asia, no EURO and no credit cards are accepted in these countries (only in Almaty and Bishkek it is possible to cash money via cash machine).
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - inexpensive yet cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere;
- Hotels 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
This tour comes with the following accommodation:
|City||Hotels 2-3*||Hotels 3-4*|
|Almaty||Kazakhstan Hotel 3*||or similar||Kazjol Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Bishkek||Green City Hotel 3*||or similar||Plaza Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Dushanbe||Poytaht Hotel 2*||or similar||Lotus Dushanbe Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Tashkent||Arien Plaza Hotel 3*||or similar||Ramada 4*||or similar|
|Samarkand||Arba Hotel 3*||or similar||Grand Samarkand Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Bukhara||Rangrez Hotel 3*||or similar||Zargaron Plaza Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Mary||Margush Hotel 3*||or similar||Mary Hotel 4*||or similar|
|Ashgabat||Ak-Altyn Hotel 3*||or similar||Grand Turkmen Hotel 4*||or similar|
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