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

 


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Itinerary:
Day 1.
(Wednesday)
Arrival to Almaty.
Arrival to Almaty early in the morning. Early check-in at the hotel.
Sightseeing tour about Almaty (6 hours). 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.
Day 2.
(Thursday)
Almaty - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty (road transfer).
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.
Day 3.
(Friday)
Almaty - Bishkek (road transfer).
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.
Day 4.
(Saturday)
Bishkek - Ala-Archa Gorge - Bishkek (road transfer).
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.
Day 5.
(Sunday)
Bishkek - Dushanbe (domestic air flight).
Free morning. Transfer to the airport and flight to Dushanbe (flight YK 749).
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.
Day 6.
(Monday)
Dushanbe.
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.
Day 7.
(Tuesday)
Dushanbe - Khujand - “Oybek” border point - Tashkent (road transfer).
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”. Arrival at border by 17:00. 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.
Day 8.
(Wednesday)
Tashkent.
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.
Day 9.
(Thursday)
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.
Day 10.
(Friday)
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.
Day 11.
(Saturday)
Bukhara.
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.
Day 12.
(Sunday)
Bukhara - “Farap” border point - Mary (road transfer).
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.
Day 13.
(Monday)
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.
Day 14.
(Tuesday)
Ashgabat.
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.
Day 15.
(Wednesday)
Ashgabat.
Transfer to the airport. Flight back home.

The cost of the tour 2018:

№ of people in group 1 2 4 6 8 10 12 SGL supplement
Hotels of 3* 4016 2812 2098 1872 1707 1669 1632 + 420
Hotels of 4* 4381 3116 2402 2189 2032 1986 1948 + 690

The cost tour includes:

Accommodation at the hotels of 3* or 4* (mentioned below) in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check-in at the hotel in Almaty on day 1 - check-in after 06:00. Check-in at other hotels - at 14:00; check-out - at 12:00;
Services of English-speaking local guides (separate guides in each country);
Entrance fees at museums and historical parks mentioned in the program, including a fee to the cable car in Kok-Tobe;
Train tickets for high-speed premium service train «Afrosiab» from Tashkent to Samarkand (economy class);
Domestic air flight from Mary to Ashgabat;
Transportation services on comfortable air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses - depending on the number of tourists in a group);
Mineral water for each day of the tour;
Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, including Letter of Invitation, State Registration and Travel Pass (obligatory for all foreigners);
Visa invitation letter to Tajikistan.
 

The cost tour does not include:

International flights;
Domestic air flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe - current cost of the flight is 160 USD, which is subject to change *The flight is available only on Sundays (YK 749);
Visa invitations  to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan - please, require our operators to get more information on the necessity of visa invitations;
Visa fees to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan;
Meals (except breakfasts at the hotels).

Additional Services:

Visa invitation to Kazakhstan - 65 USD/per person (if necessary);
Visa invitation to Kyrgyzstan - 55 USD/per person (if necessary).
Visa invitation to Uzbekistan - 45 USD/per person (if necessary).
Group visa to Kyrgyzstan (can be issued by our company for a group of 4+ tourists) - 70 USD/per person (if necessary).
Supplement for meals on half board basis - 280 USD/per person/for the whole tour (optional).
Supplement for meals on full board basis - 480 USD/per person/for the whole tour (optional).

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).

Additional information:

Hotels
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 3* Hotels 4*
Almaty Astra Hotel 3* or similar Kazzhol Hotel 4* or similar
Bishkek Discovery Hotel 3* or similar Plaza Hotel 4* or similar
Dushanbe Vatan / Meridian / Rohat Hotel 3* or similar Lotus / Atlas Hotel 4* or similar
Tashkent Samir Hotel 3* or similar Shark Hotel 4* or similar
Samarkand City Hotel 3* or similar L’Argamak Boutique Hotel or similar
Bukhara Fatima Hotel 3* or similar Zargaron Plaza Hotel 4* or similar
Mary Mary Hotel 4* or similar Mary Hotel 4* or similar
Ashgabat Ak-Altyn Hotel 3* or similar Grand Turkmen Hotel 4* or similar

 

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Photo of the tour:

Koktobe hill. Almaty, Kazakhstan Ala-Archa national park. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Tashkent, Uzbekistan Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan
TV Tower «Koktobe». Almaty, KazakhstanKoktobe hill. Almaty, KazakhstanBishkek, KyrgyzstanBishkek, KyrgyzstanAla-Archa national park. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanAla-Archa national park. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanUzbek melons and watermelonsGur-e Amir Mausoleum. Uzbekistan, SamarkandBibi-Khanym Mosque. Samarkand, UzbekistanBibi-Khanym Mosque. Samarkand, UzbekistanBibi-Khanym Mosque. Samarkand, UzbekistanNational sweets of UzbekistanСhasing on copper. UzbekistanUzbek breadNational dress in UzbekistanSouvenirs in UzbekistanSouvenirs in UzbekistanSouvenirs in UzbekistanAla-Archa national park. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanAla-Archa national park. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanAla-Archa national park. Bishkek, KyrgyzstanDried apricotsArk Fortress. Bukhara, UzbekistanArk Fortress. Bukhara, UzbekistanArk Fortress. Bukhara, UzbekistanBarak-Khan Madrasah. Uzbekistan, TashkentBarak-Khan Madrasah. Uzbekistan, TashkentBibi-Khanym Mosque. Samarkand, UzbekistanBishkek, KyrgyzstanBishkek, KyrgyzstanBishkek, KyrgyzstanBolo Hauz Complex. Uzbekistan, BukharaBolo Hauz Complex. Uzbekistan, BukharaBolo Hauz Complex. Uzbekistan, BukharaBolo Hauz Complex. Uzbekistan, BukharaDushanbe, TajikistanDushanbe, TajikistanDushanbe, TajikistanDushanbe, TajikistanFigsGur-e Amir Mausoleum. Uzbekistan, SamarkandGur-e Amir Mausoleum. Uzbekistan, SamarkandGur-e Amir Mausoleum. Uzbekistan, SamarkandKhazrati Imam Architectural Complex. Tashkent, UzbekistanKhazrati Imam Architectural Complex. Tashkent, UzbekistanKukeldash Madrasah. Uzbekistan, TashkentKukeldash Madrasah. Uzbekistan, TashkentBaha-ud-din Naqshband Complex. Bukhara, UzbekistanNadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Bukhara, UzbekistanNadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Bukhara, UzbekistanNadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Bukhara, UzbekistanUzbek pilafPo-i-Kalyan Complex. Bukhara, UzbekistanPo-i-Kalyan Complex. Bukhara, UzbekistanPo-i-Kalyan Complex. Bukhara, UzbekistanPo-i-Kalyan Complex. Bukhara, UzbekistanUlugbek Madrasah (XV c). Uzbekistan, SamarkandSher-Dor Madrasah (XVII c). Uzbekistan, SamarkandTilla-Qori Madrasah (XVII c). Uzbekistan, SamarkandRegistan square. Uzbekistan, SamarkandRegistan square. Uzbekistan, SamarkandRegistan square. Uzbekistan, SamarkandTilla-Qori Madrasah (XVII c). Uzbekistan, SamarkandIsmail Samani Mausoleum. Bukhara, UzbekistanIsmail Samani Mausoleum. Bukhara, UzbekistanIsmail Samani Mausoleum. Bukhara, UzbekistanIsmail Samani Mausoleum. Bukhara, UzbekistanIsmail Samani Mausoleum. Bukhara, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanShah-i-Zinda Necropolis. Samarkand, UzbekistanSitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace. Uzbekistan, BukharaSitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace. Uzbekistan, BukharaSitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace. Uzbekistan, BukharaSitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace. Uzbekistan, BukharaBukhara Domed Shopping ArcadesBukhara Domed Shopping ArcadesBukhara Domed Shopping ArcadesSouvenirs in TurkmenistanNational food in TurkmenistanKutlug Timur minaret (XI-XVI) in Kunya-Urgench. TurkmenistanAncient Merv, TurkmenistanTomb of Ahmed Sanjar (1157). Merv, TurkmenistanIndependence Monument. Ashgabat, TurkmenistanCarpets in TurkmenistanTurkmenistanTashkent TV tower. UzbekistanUlugh Beg Observatory. Samarkand, UzbekistanUzbek nationUzbek watermelonWalk in the mountains

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