Silk Road tour: Tour 4
Destination: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Duration: 20 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol - Kochkor - Son Kul Lake - Chon Kemin - Bishkek - Ala Archa - Osh - Kyrgyz-Tajik border Guliston - Khudjand - Penjakent - Jartepo border - Samarkand - Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Farab border - Mary-Merv - Darwaza - Ashgabat
Day 1: Almaty
We are glad to see you in Kazakhstan. Today is transfer from airport to sightseeing. Guests will have a city tour of Almaty. We will visit the Green Bazaar! We will visit the oldest Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral. Then we will the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated to the memory of the fighters who fought for liberty and independence of Kazakhstan. Later on, you will get to the Medeo Gorge where you can see the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam. Afterwards we will drive Kok Tobe hill! Then see the tallest TV tower in the world. In Kok-Tobe Park you will enjoy unresolved view of panorama. On the way we will visit souvenir shops. In the end of day see the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.
Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol
We are glad to present the next tour of travelling to the Charyn Canyon. Charyn Canyon is one of the special natural monuments of Kazakhstan of 12 million years old which entices travelers from around the world. It will take about 3 hours to arrive there. On the way you will have the opportunity to hear about the history and nature of the region, Kazakh people, and their lifestyle. When you reach to Charyn Canyon you will enjoy impressive nature and countryside. Afterwards is transfer to Kegen border.
Day 3: Karakol - Kochkor
The day will start by driving to Kochkor village. On the way we will visit Jeti Oguz gorge (Seven Bulls) and see red rocks formations in a row. See Broken Heart Mountain full of legends. On the route you will see attractive panoramic view and take spectacular photos. After that we will drive to Bokonbaeva village. We will meet with a local eagle trainer and see an eagle show. On arrival at Kochkor village you will have rest in a hotel.
Day 4: Kochkor - Son Kul Lake
Today we will travel to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul Lake. Guests will be captivated by this lake. This amazing lake is enclosed by mountains and contemplated to be the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan of 3013 meters above sea level. Being there you will meet with Kyrgyz nomads who used to rest there on off days. On arrival you will relish the exclusive nature and take bright photos. Overnight is in yurts.
Day 5: Son Kul Lake - Chon Kemin
Today you will travel to Chon Kemin village passing by Kalmak Ashu pass that is 3 225 meters high. Have a break in Kochkor village and learn how to make Kyrgyz carpets. Then you can make your own by different style. On the way visit a small handicraft museum where you can see silver decorations, coats made of wolfs, horse saddle decorations, carpets and so on. On arrival to Chon Kemin village. Night is in a hotel.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
In the morning you will spend 3 hours of horse riding. Guests will ride along the mountains and mountain forest and see the panorama view of the gorge. Afterwards we will drive to Bishkek city. On the route we will visit the Burana Tower built in the 11th century and used to be a symbol for traders in the Great Silk Road. Next to minaret see an open-air museum of Balbals or stone warriors dedicated to brave soldiers died for their Motherland. Transfer to Bishkek. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today is a guided tour in Bishkek. We will see the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and other interesting places of wonder. Then we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is 45 km from Bishkek. You will be awe-struck by natural park and relish your stay. The Ala Archa gorge is found on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is important to note that the admission to this gorge was strictly well-ordered by government. We will enjoy a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Afterwards we will return to Bishkek. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Osh
In the morning you will be transferred the airport for a flight to the city of Osh. In Osh city you will have a city tour where you can walk and visit a celebrated place as Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon's Mountain) is located in the city center and hajj place for local Muslims. He was submerged at the foot of this mountain. Later on, we will visit Asian Bazaar and take vibrant photos of local life. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 9: Osh - Kyrgyz-Tajik border Guliston - Khudjand
Drive to Tajik border over mountains and high passes. On the way you will pass via Batken region. Find apricot trees and flower called Aigul. Tajik driver will meet you and drive to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan found on the Syr Darya River at the entranceway of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan which today called Sughd. In the afternoon you will visit Cultural Palace of Khujant. See Central Mosque located in the middle of the city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 10: Khudjand - Penjakent
We will travel to Penjakent via pass Shahriston (3 378 m) in the morning. The city of Penjakent ("five villages") is situated in Khujand area of Tajikistan near Zeravshan river valley. There are five villages started the history of this extraordinary city which found in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent in this period of time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd which retitled to "Central Asian Pompeii". It was revived city with a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods, but the ruins of this city were found only in the last century. Today travelers will have the opportunity to see the remnants of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshipers' church. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 11: Penjakent - Jartepo border - Samarkand
Today the guide will meet you at Jartepo border and transfer to Samarkand. Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan. Today we will have a city tour and visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is a famous complex of three attractive Madrasahs originated in the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh has a huge collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15 centuries (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Bibi Khanum Mosque was constructed by favorite Tamerlane's wife. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand - Tashkent
Guests will be transferred to Tashkent is by train. On arrival visit Independence square as one of the most visited places in Tashkent. Then walk along the main square of the country and see a sign of victory over fascism in World War II. We will drive to the famous Tashkent metro opened in 1977. The next destination is Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam. The Hast Imam complex of various madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The important part of this site is the Othman Quran as world's oldest Quran copy of 8th century. It was a part of Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 13: Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva
Flight to Urgench and then transfer to Khiva. Guests will be inspired visiting the oldest city of Uzbekistan. It will be inside of Ichan Qala as the inner city in Khiva with robust walls. See old sound buildings, palaces, mosques; Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan Sarais and Bathhouses. Ichan Qala has over 400 traditional dwelling houses and 60 architectural monuments. Ichan Qala was selected a historical and architectural conservation area. The next destination is the Kunya Ark fortress of 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan. Night is in a hotel.
Day 14: Khiva - Bukhara
We will travel to the great city of Bukhara. There are more than 140 architectural monuments. Bukhara is a "town museum" originated in the Middle Ages. This special city has slight streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments of different events. They located close to each other. The road from Khiva to Bukhara goes by famous Kizilkum desert. On the route you will see the spectacular view to Amu Darya river. It is the deepest river in Central Asia, molded by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan, flowing into Aral See. Night is in a hotel.
Day 15: Bukhara
In the morning is a guided city tour in Bukhara. We will have an opportunity to visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara (4th century) - Citadel Ark used several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then we will visit Samanids mausoleum of the 9th-10th centuries. The next destination is Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque. It is the mosque of forty columns constructed in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. Visit madrasahs of Bukhara - Nodir Divan Begi, a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. The tour will end visiting Poi Kalon complex. It is one of the unique places of architectural art of Bukhara built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 16: Bukhara - Farab border - Mary-Merv
In the morning we will drive to the border with Turkmenistan near Turkmenabad. The local guide will meet you at the Turkmen/Uzbek border and transfer to Turkmenabad city. Then you will have the tour to Mary city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 17: Mary - Ashgabat
Today we will drive to Mary city. We will visit an Ancient Merv (UNESCO World Heritage Site). It is one of the archaeological sites of Central Asia. Merv is defined to be the noteworthy part of Turkmenistan and made the growth of the Silk Road for more than 2 000 years. In XII century, mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn Zeyd recognized the great Seljuk period of brickwork and architectural decoration. Afterwards you will be transferred to Ashgabat city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 18: Ashgabat - Darwaza
Today we will drive to the Gas Crater - Darvaza. It is located to the North of Ashgabat. In the evening you will have the chance to relish wonderful view of the gas crater. We will visit it at daylight and as well as at night. Night is in a tent.
Day 19: Darwaza - Ashgabat
In the morning we will travel to Ashgabat City. Visit "Old Nisa" - The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings (UNESCO site) and "Gypjak" Mosque and Mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 20: Flight
Morning transfer to airport. Thank you for a tour.
Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus
Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter
Transport in Tajikistan:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Transport in Turkmenistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus
10 pax - Bus
Price per person:
02 pax - 3 085 $
04 pax - 2 215 $
06 pax - 1 890 $
08 pax - 1 660 $
10 pax - 1 670 $
Single - 355 $
Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Price per person:
02 pax - 3 320 $
04 pax - 2 470 $
06 pax - 2 140 $
08 pax - 1 910 $
10 pax - 1 870 $
Single - 540 $
Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in - 70 $
Half board - 240 $*
Full board - 490 $*
Entrance fees - 55 $*
Meals and entrance fees are available with escort guide only.*
Supplement for escort guide in Uzbekistan - 350 $ per group
Tashkent - Urgench flight - from 80 $
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3* / "KazZhol" Hotel 4*
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts, "Nomad's Dream" camp (4 pax in 1)
Chon Kemin - Homestay
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4* /"Plaza" Hotel 4*
Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*/ "Classic" Hotel 4*
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Penjikent - "Sugd" Hotel 3
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*/ "Diyora" Hotel 4*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*/ "Ramada" Hotel 4*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*/ "Lokomotiv" Hotel 4*
Bukhara - "Porso" Hotel 3*/ "Omar Khayam" Hotel 4*
Mary - "Mary" Hotel 3*/ "Merv" Hotel 4*
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*/ "Ak Altyn" Hotel 4*
Darwaza - Tents
- Visa support to TM
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- English speaking escort guides in KZ, KG, TJ, TM
- Flight tickets Bishkek - Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Tashkent - Urgench flight
- Migration tax (12 $ + 4 $bank fee)
- Fees for using cameras on monuments