Travel around Silk Road: Tour 4

Travel around Silk Road: Tour 4 

Travel around Silk Road: Tour 4
Destination:
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Duration: 16 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk - Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore - Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Osh - Guliston - Khudjand - Iskanderkul Lake - Penjakent - Jartepo - Samarkand - Bukhara - Farab - Turkmenabad - Mary - Merv - Mary - Ashgabat

Day 1: Almaty
We are glad to see you in Kazakhstan. Upon arrival you will have a city tour and visit Green Bazaar. Afterwards you will admire beauty of the oldest Almaty parks as Panfilov Park where you can see one of the astonishing wooden buildings in the world as Zenkov Cathedral. The next destination is visiting the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated to the memory of the fighters who lost their lives for freedom of Kazakhstan. In the afternoon we will travel to Medeo Gorge. It is the highest mountain skating rink in the world. Then visit Kok Tobe hill where you can see the biggest TV tower in the world. Have a short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 2: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
The day of a tour will start by visiting gorges of Trans Ili Alatau as Issyk Gorge. It is located along the Kuldja tract. See amazing beauty of nature and take vibrant photos. There is a burial mound of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was discovered. Today it became the state symbol of Kazakhstan. In addition to tours you can visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK" and see remains devoted to the history and culture of the Saka period and a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. Drive to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level and see remaining mountain lake Issyk. It emerged about 10,000 years ago due to landslide of 300 meters in height. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek
We will accompany you to Bishkek. Bishkek city is the capital as well as the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. It is located at about 800 meters (2,600 ft) altitude adjacent the northern range of the Kyrgyz Ala Too range. It belongs to the Tian Shan mountains rises up to 4,855 meters (15,928 ft). There is a stunning view from the range. Nowadays you will have a city tour where you can visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic and other wonders. Overnight is in a hotel.  

Day 4: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
The driver will transfer you to Issyk Kul Lake. It is enclosed by the grand mountains and deliberated to be the second largest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m above sea level. The second name of the lake is "the pearl of Central Asia". It is significant to note that this lake is never freezes due to salt at the bottom. On the way to the lake you can visit Burana Tower and an open-air museum of Balbals (stone warriors) found in the 11th century. Night is in a hotel.

Day 5: Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol
Having a hearty breakfast, we will travel to Karakol city. On the route we will find ancient stone inscriptions discovered in the 800 B.C. See petroglyphs created by shamans more than 2 000 years ago. We will drive along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. On arrival you will visit the Dungan mosque which was made without any spikes and famous among travelers. Also see an old wooden Orthodox Church. In the end of day is night in a guesthouse.

Day 6: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Bishkek
We will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls. There are seven rocks located in a row and have dissimilar shapes. On the way you will have the opportunity to see the Broken Heart Mountain. Plunge to the attractive panorama view if you spend 20 minutes. We will have a stop in Bokonbaeva village and get acquainted with a local trainer who hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. Afterwards is transfer to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek - Osh - Guliston - Khudjand
We will transfer you to the airport for a flight to the city of Osh in the morning. On arrival you will visit Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon's Mountain) is placed in the city center. It is a pilgrimage place for local Muslims. According to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon was repressed at the foot of it. Afterwards we will drive to Tajik border. You will pass over mountains and high passes via Batken region. On the way you can see apricot trees and flower - Aigul. Later your Tajik guide will meet you at the other side and drive to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan and situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. In past times it was the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan. Today it called Sughd. In the afternoon you will visit the Cultural Palace of Khujant where the first president of Tajikistan was selected. Also see Central Mosque. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 8: Khudjand - Iskanderkul Lake
We will start travelling to high Mountain lake - Iskanderkul of 2 255 m. a. s. l located in the famous Fann Mountains. This magnificent place is the best places of Central Asia. On arrival you will walk laterally beaches. On the way we will hike 40 minutes for seeing waterfall. Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources which is the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries. There are more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. Night is in a home stay.

Day 9: Iskanderkul Lake - Penjakent
Today's tour is dedicated by driving to Penjakent via pass Shahriston. The height is about 3 378 m. The perfect city of Penjakent or so called "five villages" and located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a attractive Zeravshan river valley. Originally, it was originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. The city of Penjikent was one of the most noteworthy cultural and crafts centers of Sogd or "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a ruler's palace, where two temples, markets, ironic dwelling houses were decked with paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. But its offcuts were found only in the last century. Currently explorers will have the opportunity to see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper's church. Overnight is in a local hotel.

Day 10: Penjakent - Jartepo - Samarkand
Today is transfer to the Tajik Uzbek border in the morning. The Uzbek driver will meet you at the other side of the border and drive to Samarkand. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 11: Samarkand
Today is a city tour in Samarkand. The pleasing city of Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and contemplated to be the second largest city of Uzbekistan like Babylon or Rome. We will admire beauty of the Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is one of the most visited places all over the world. It has three Madrasahs found in the 15th - 17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh has the biggest collection of mausoleums found in the 11th-15th centuries. It is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is a very gorgeous site which was built for the beloved Tamerlane's wife. Night is in a hotel.

Day 12: Samarkand - Bukhara  
Today you will be transferred to Bukhara by train in the morning. On arrival you will have a city tour and visit ancient citadel in Bukhara which was originated in the 4th century. It is Citadel Ark. It comprised several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. We will visit Samanids mausoleum found in the 9th -10th century. The next destination is the Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo Hauz mosque. There are forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. After you will visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara - Nodir Divan Begi. It became a part of Lyabi House Ensemble as well as Pol Kalon complex. It has three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel. 

Day 13: Bukhara - Farab - Turkmenabad - Mary - Merv
The local guide will meet you at Alat Farap border point. On arrival to the border point you will be checked up and drive to Mary province. On the way you will have the chance to visit an Ancient Merv. It is located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road. Today it became one of the biggest cities of the ancient world as well as the most significant capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Travelers will have a guided tour: Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 14: Mary - Ashgabat
In the morning you will travel to Ashgabat. We will see the Annau Seyitjemaleddin Mosque. You can see Abiverd, in eight kilometers west of Kaka. Abiverd was one of the most significant trading towns of Khorasan. On arrival to Ashgabat, you will have a sightseeing tour. On the way you will drive to Gypchak village in order to see mausoleum and mosque. We will continue to Old Nissa - The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings. Nisa was the capital of Parthian Empire for 600 years as well as was the opponent of Rome Empire. After we will visit Monuments of Archabil avenue and learn more about new part of Ashgabat as Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on mountains, Monument of Constitution "Alem" Culture and Recreation Center. In the afternoon we will visit the Park dedicated to Turkmen horses-the pride of Turkmen, Gulistan Bazar, Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. In the evening you will visit the main streets of Ashgabat as well as Palace of Happiness! Night is in a hotel. 

Day 15: Ashgabat
In the morning we will continue our tour in Ashgabat city. On arrival we will visit the famous "Altyn Asyr" Oriental Bazar Jygyldyk bazaar! It is one of the biggest bazaars in Central Asia. We will visit Horse Farm where you can see Turkmen horses - Akhalteke. Later you can visit the National Museum of History as one of the biggest museums in Central Asia. Then we will drive to Arch of Neutrality. There is a famous rocket and trivet style built which represent neutral status of Turkmenistan. Its height is over 300 feet including 40 feet revolving statue of first President of Turkmenistan: Saparmyrat Nyyazow (Turkmenbashy). We will have a chance to walk around the Park of Independency where you can see fountains and statutes as well as Monuments of Independency and Ruhnama. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 16: 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 - 2 430 $
04 pax - 1 820 $
06 pax - 1 600 $
08 pax - 1 430 $
10 pax - 1 375 $
Single - 280 $                                    

Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 45 $ 

Half board - 245 $
Full board - 350 $

English speaking guide - 1 285 $ per group 

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - $35 per group

 

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Boutique Hotel
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul - Homestay
        Penjakent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
        Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
        Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Merv - Merv-3*Hotel
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
- Train tickets in UZ
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- English speaking guide in TM 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guides
- Migration tax 12$+4$ bank fee in TM
- Fee for using cameras on monuments in TM