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16-day Central Asia Highlights Tour

2 Weeks 2 Days

Description

Explore the architectural gems of Bukhara or take a horse trek across the high Pamirs; everywhere in Central Asia, you will be greeted with instinctive local hospitality and offered a shared meal. Beyond Uzbekistan's Silk Road cities, mass tourism has yet to make any inroads in Central Asia, lending an authentic sense of discovery to each trip. Add to this the intrinsic fascination of a forgotten region slowly emerging as a geopolitical pivot point, and you have one of Asia's most absorbing hidden corners. 

Following the Central Asian Tour, you will have a 16-day journey taking you through Bishkek to the other main highlights of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Itinerary
  • Day 1 - Istanbul - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)expand_more
    • Take a flight from Istanbul (Turkey) to Bishkek. 
    • Arrive in Bishkek, meet up with a guide and transfer to your hotel.
    • Drive to Ala Archa Natural Park Recreational Area, located approximately 40 km south of the capital city of Bishkek in the region’s largest gorge, also named Ala-Archa.
    • Back to Bishkek, have dinner and rest. 
  • Day 2 - Bishkek–Tokmak– Issyk Kul Lakeexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast and transfer to the Issyk Kul Lake, visit Ancient Settlement Ak Beshim in Tokmok and Burana Tower. 
    • Continue driving to Issyk Kul Lake (Cholpon-Ata), the world’s second-largest alpine lake.
    • Arrive at Cholpon-Ata and visit the open-air Stone Museum of Petroglyphs.
    • Have dinner, check into the hotel and rest.
  • Day 3 - Cholpon-Ata – Bishkek – Almaty (Kazakhstan) expand_more
    • Eat breakfast, drive back to Bishkek. 
    • Visit Ala-Too Square, Oak Park, Victory Square and Osh Bazaar.
    • Have dinner, transfer to the airport for the flight to Almaty. 
    • Transfer to the hotel and rest.
  • Day 4 - Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Chundja Hot Springsexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast and tour Almaty.
    • Visit Panfilov’s Park, Zenkov Wooden Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum.
    • Take a ride to Charyn Canyon (200 km, 2h30m). 
    • Drive to Chundja town, famous for its hot springs. 
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 5 - Chundja Hot Springs – Almatyexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast and transfer to Kayindy Gorge and explore the unique lakes of Kazakstan – Kaindy gorge, called after a small spring river that runs through in-depth.
    • Drive back to Almaty. 
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 6 - Almaty – Dushanbe (Tajikistan)expand_more
    • Transfer to Almaty airport at 8 AM and take a flight to Dushanbe (Tajikistan).
    • Meet the guide at the airport and drive to a local restaurant for lunch. 
    • Tour Dushanbe, the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. 
    • Visit Tajikistan's National Museum, housed in an impressive modern building with an elliptical roof and giant atrium. 
    • Go to extensive Rudaki Park, with its beautiful canopy of mature trees, offers a series of pathways through flower gardens and alongside lakes and fountains. 
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 7 - Dushanbeexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast and visit one of the interesting museum of Central Asia - The National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan: 
    • Drive to Hissar Fortress (30km, 1h00m). Eat lunch.
    • Visit Nurek Dam, the massive and uncompromising civil engineering scheme of the Nurek Dam, the second-tallest dam in the world.
    • Back to Dushanbe, dinner and rest.
  • Day 8 - Dushanbe – Penjikent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan) expand_more
    • Eat breakfast in the hotel and go to Samarkand. 
    • Visit Iskanderkul Lake (distance: 135 km, time: 3h00m).
    • Tour Ancient Penjikent represents a unique early Middle Ages monument (distance: 150 km, time: 3h30m). 
    • Visit Penjikent Ancient Settlement.
    • See Sarazm Settlement. 
    • Reach Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border, pass border formalities.
    • Drive to Samarkand.
    • Dinner and rest.
  • Day 9 - Samarkandexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast in the hotel. 
    • Visit Gur-Emir Mausoleum (the tomb of emir), which was one of the lust structures built in Samarkand by order of Amir Timur. 
    • Eat lunch and visit Meros Silk Paper Mill, located about 10 km from Samarkand on the picturesque banks of the River Siab.
    • Go to Bibi-Khanim Mosque, the principal city mosque of Bibi-Khanim, is a distinguished architectural structure and the largest mosque in Central Asia. 
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 10 - Samarkand – Bukhara expand_more
    • Eat breakfast in the hotel and go to Bukhara (280 km by road, 4h30m). 
    • Visit the Sitora-i Mokhi Khosa Complex, popularly known as the Emir’s Summer Palace:
    • Go to The Ark Citadel, a massive fortress located in the city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan that was initially built and occupied around the 5th century AD.
    • Explore Bukhara at Poi Kalon complex and the Toki-Zargaron (Dome of the jewelers), Trade Dome Toki-Sarafon (Dome of the Money changers) and Toki-Tilpak Furushon (Dome of the headgear Sellers). 
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 11 - Bukhara – Khiva expand_more
    • Eat breakfast in the hotel and go to Khiva (480 km, 7h00m). Khiva’s name, redolent of slave caravans, barbaric cruelty, terrible desert journeys and steppes infested with wild tribe members, struck fear into all but the boldest 19th-century hearts. 
    • Visit Itchan-Qala inner city and city walls, evening promenade.
    • Dinner and rest. 
  • Day 12 - Khivaexpand_more
    • Have breakfast and visit Mukhammad Amin Khan and Kalta Minor, Mukhammad Rakhim Khan Madrasa, Said Allaoutdin Mausoleum, Jami Mosque with 212 wooden columns, Tash Khauli - the second residence of khans of Khiva, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Islam-Khodja ensemble and visit of wood carver’s workshop.
    • Free time for self walks and shopping.
    • Dinner and rest.
  • Day 13 - Khiva – Kunya Urgench - Dashoguz expand_more
    • Eat breakfast, transfer to Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan border and transfer to Kunya Urgench via Dashoguz city.
    • Go Kunya Urgench (UNESCO), located in the territory of Dashoguz velayat of Turkmenistan. 
    • Visit Turabeg Khanym Complex.
    • Back transfer to Dashoguz (distance: 96 km, time: 1h30m). 
    • Dinner, then check-in to the hotel, rest.
  • Day 14 -Dashoguz – Darwaza – Ashgabatexpand_more
    • Eat breakfast and transfer to Ashgabat, with a stop nearby Darwaza village (330 km, 5h30m) and discover two local wonders – the Mud Crater and Gas Crater or “Door to the Hell”. 
    • Have a BBQ dinner at the camp nearby, later, taking pictures at the night scenery.
    • Transfer to the Ashgabat.
    • Check-in and rest.
  • Day 15 - Ashgabatexpand_more
    • Have breakfast and transfer to The Parthian Fortresses of Nisa (UNESCO site).
    • Transfer to Ashgabat for lunch. 
    • Visit Ashgabat National Museum of History, a museum in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan. 
    • Go to Akhal-Teke Horse Stables, Gypjak Mosque, Tolkuchka Bazaar, Independence Square and Arch of Neutrality. 
    • Enjoy a night city tour in Ashgabat.
    • Transfer to airport, waiting for international flight to Istanbul. 
  • Day 16 - Ashgabat - Istanbul expand_more
    • Take Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, departure at 02:55 (AM), arrival at 05:10 (AM). 
    • Fly to your destination city.  
What's Included
  • Transportation
  • Bishkek: Jannat Regency Hotel 5-star, or similar 
  • Cholpon-Ata: Raduga Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Almaty: Kazzhol Park Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Chandra: Premium Spa Resort 4-star, Eco Park Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Dushanbe: Atlas Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Samarkand: Alexander Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Bukhara: Malika Bukhara 4-star, or similar
  • Khiva: Arkanchi Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Dashoguz: Dashoguz Hotel 4-star, or similar 
  • Ashgabat: Archabil Hotel 5-star, or similar 
  • Only Breakfasts included and two 0.5L bottles of mineral water daily
  • Tour guide in your language
  • Tickets for attractions listed in the itinerary, unless otherwise specified
  • Service fee for overseas driver's guides.
What's Excluded
  • Kyrgyzstan tourist visa fee (if need, depends on nationality); visa support fee: 65.00 USD / person
  • Kazakhstan tourist visa fee (if need, depends on nationality), single entry visa: 80 USD / person, invitation letter issuance service: 40 USD / person
  • Tajikistan tourist visa fee (if need, depends on nationality), single entry visa: 51 USD / person
  • Uzbekistan tourist visa fee (if need, depends on nationality), single entry visa: 22 USD / person
  • Turkmenistan tourist visa fee paid at the border, Turkmenistan immigration tax, delivered at the edge, Turkmenistan city tax, delivered at the hotel: 2 USD / person/night
  • Personal consumption such as laundry, haircutting, telephone, fax, pay TV, drinks in the hotel, etc
  • Porter services and storage fees for overweight luggage
  • Single room supplement
  • International flights
  • Domestic Flights
  • Bishkek-Almaty flight: KC108-starts from $ 90.00 / person
  • Almaty-Dushanbe flight: KC131 - starts from $ 125.00 / person
  • Tips for drivers (optional): 20 ~ 25 USD / group / day
  • Tips for tour guide (optional): 30 ~ 40 USD / group / day
What to bring
  • This journey required having comfortable clothes for walks in deserts, mountains and cities.
Know before you go
  • ]Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level 
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Meeting Point

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Language

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Activity Level

Easy

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