Tajikistan & Uzbekistan: Tour to Ancient Sogdiana

Exploring Ancient Cities of Silk Road and Hiking in Fann Mountains

 

Countries: Tajikistan - Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Best time to travel: June - September
Itinerary: Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake - Penjikent - Seven Lakes - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent

Комбинированный экскурсионный тур: Таджикистан + Узбекистан

Legendary Sogdiana (Sogdia) was a historical region in the middle section of the Zeravshan River valley, which is currently occupied by two countries - Tajikistan (present-day Sughd Region) and Uzbekistan (most of Samarkand Region). Sogdia was known from a very ancient past, and the earliest written source it is mentioned in is the Avesta, the holy book of the Zoroastrians. Since the 8th century BCE the famous city of Maracanda known today as Samarkand was the political and cultural heart of the Sogdian land.

The tour of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan embraces the most famous cities in these two countries and includes the brightest sightseeing with visits to the sites of ancient Sogdian cities in Penjikent, a series of incredibly beautiful many-coloured lakes in the Fann Mountains, architectural masterpieces in Samarkand and historical monuments in some other cities on the Silk Road, such as Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent. The tour’s itinerary is a combination of informative excursions in ancient cities and light hiking in the highly picturesque environment of the Pamir-Alai.

Feel the atmosphere of the old and new Orient and acquaint yourselves with the character of the local people, the descendants of the proud Sogdians!

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Tour Program, 2019:
Day 1. Dushanbe, arrival.
Breakfast
Arrival in Dushanbe early in the morning. Meet at the airport, transfer to the hotel and rest.
After breakfast meet the guide and start of the city tour in Dushanbe. Visit the following sites: Tajikistan United Museum, including exploring the famous Buddha in Nirvana - one of the most valuable exhibits of museum; Botanical garden; Oriental Bazaar. After lunch transfer 30 km out of the city to visit the ruins of the ancient Hissar Fortress of 18th century; two plain madrasahs of 18th and 19th centuries and mausoleum of 16th century.
Return to the hotel and overnight.
Accommodation: Atlas B&B Hotel 3* / Atlas Hotel 4*

Dushanbe

Day 2 Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake (road transfer, 135 km).
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast transfer to the high mountain lake, named Iskanderkul Lake (2255m above the sea level), which is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. The road to the lake goes via Istiklol tunnel (2630m) with amazing panorama views. On arrival on the lake we take a 40 minutes hike to the local waterfall. Accommodation at the guest house or a cottage near Iskanderkul Lake.
Dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: guest house or cottage

Iskanderkul Lake

Day 3. Iskanderkul Lake, hiking.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
After breakfast start of the active hiking tour - it is possible to walk up (or drive up if you do not want to walk a lot) through the Presidential summer houses to the top of Alexander’s hat, which the Tajik residents call Dojdemerniy Peak (3358m). Hiking up the peak and back takes about 7 hours.
Lunch (picnic) en route. Return to the guest house or cottage for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: guest house or cottage

Iskanderkul Lake

Day 4. Iskanderkul Lake - Penjikent (road transfer, 155 km).
Breakfast, lunch
Today we make a transfer to Penjikent via Istaravshan. Upon arrival start of the city tour in Penjikent. Visit museum of Rudaki (this city is a birthplace of this ancient poet), ruins of ancient Penjikent of 5-8th centuries (foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins). Lunch en route. Accommodation at the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight. 
Accommodation: Sugd Hotel 3*

Penjikent

Day 5. Penjikent - Marguzor Lakes (Seven Lakes) - “Jartepa” land border - Samarkand (road transfer, 160 km).
Breakfast, lunch
After breakfast transfer to the region of Seven Lakes with a guide. En route visit the ancient settlement of Sarazm with the history of 5500 years of civilization. In 2010 Sarazm settlement was added to the list of the Human heritage sites of UNESCO. Arrival to the region of Haftkul - which is represented by seven lakes of different colors, located in the mountains of Tajikistan. Picnic at one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan.
After lunch transfer to “Jartepa” land border and formalities; meet local driver and guide and further transfer to Samarkand. Upon arrival accommodation at the hotel, rest and overnight.
Accommodation: City Hotel 3* / Grand Samarkand Hotel 4*

Marguzor Lakes

Day 6. Samarkand.
Breakfast
After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: visit Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum (from the outside); after lunch visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.
Accommodation: City Hotel 3* / Grand Samarkand Hotel 4*

Samarkand

Day 7. Samarkand - Bukhara (road transfer, 280 km).
Breakfast
After breakfast continuation of the city tour in Samarkand. Visit Afrosiab museum and settlement, Saint Daniel’s tomb and Silk paper workshop.
Further transfer to Bukhara by road. Accommodation at the hotel on arrival, overnight.
Accommodation: Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begi Hotel 4*

Samarkand

Day 8. Bukhara.
Breakfast
After breakfast start of the 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, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. After lunch visit Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Return to the hotel for rest and overnight.
Accommodation: Fatima Hotel 3* / Devon Begi Hotel 4*

Bukhara

Day 9. Bukhara - Khiva (road transfer, 440 km).
Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer across Kyzyl-Kum Desert and along Amudarya River to Khiva. Lunch en route. Arrival in Khiva. Leisure time. Visiting traditional workshops and souvenir shops is recommended. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Zukhro Boutique Hotel 3* / Bek Khiva Hotel 4*

Bukhara

Day 10. Khiva - Urgench (road transfer, 35 km) - Tashkent (evening flight).
Breakfast
After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Khiva. Visit the sights of Ichan Kala (historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hoja Madrasah & Minaret. After lunch visit Tash Khauli Palace, Juma Mosque, Muhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah, and Avesta Museum.
In the evening transfer to Urgench and further flight to Tashkent. Upon arrival in Tashkent transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Samir Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4*

Khiva

Day 11. Tashkent.
Breakfast
Breakfast and start of the guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent: visit Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-Shashi Mausoleum; Kukeldash Madrasah, Minor white Mosque, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square and Tashkent metro.
Overnight at the hotel.
Accommodation: Samir Hotel 3* / Ramada Hotel 4*

Tashkent

Day 12. Tashkent, departure.
Breakfast
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out at 12:00.
Transfer to the International airport for departure.

Cost of the tour in USD per person for 2019:

Group 2 4 6 8 10 12 Supplement for single accommodation
Hotels 3* 1668 1385 1377 1236 1200 1192 + 260
Hotels 4* 1849 1575 1565 1413 1386 1369 + 395

Cost includes:

Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check in on day 1 in Dushanbe (after 06:00); check-in at other hotels - at 14:00; check-out - at 12:00;
Meals - breakfasts at the hotels, 4 lunches and 2 dinners (according to the program);
Entrance fees to the monuments and museums;
Services of English-speaking accompanying guide for the whole tour in Tajikistan;
Services of English-speaking local guides in cities in Uzbekistan for city tours only (from 6 persons - accompanying guide will be provided);
Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-hotel-airport” transfers;
Local flight of Urgench-Tashkent destination (ticket of economy class);
Bottle of mineral water per day/per person;
 

Cost does not include:

International airfares;
Travel health insurance;
Uzbekistan visa invitation and visa fees;
Tajikistan visa fee;
Photo and video shooting charges at museums and monuments.

Additional services (upon request):

Uzbekistan visa invitation - 45 USD per person (if necessary);
Supplement for accompanying English speaking guide in Uzbekistan is 385 USD/per group (for groups 2-4 persons);
Supplement for meals:
  - Half board (dinners, except mentioned) - 110 USD/per person/for the whole tour (optional);
  - Full board (lunches and dinners) - 198 USD/per person/for the whole tour (optional).

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*
Dushanbe Atlas Hotel B&B or similar Atlas Hotel 4* or similar
Iskanderkul Homestay or cottage Homestay or cottage
Penjikent Umariyon Hotel 3* or similar Umariyon Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand City Hotel 3* or similar Grand Samarkand Hotel 4* or similar
Bukhara Fatima Hotel 3* or similar Devon Begi Hotel 4* or similar
Khiva Zukhro Hotel 3* or similar Bek Hotel 4* or similar
Tashkent Samir Hotel 3* or similar Ramada Hotel 4* or similar

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.

The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.

Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.

After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.

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