Central Asia Tour

Duration: 18 days

Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan

Itinerary:
  • Day 1: Arrive Tashkent – Sightseeing tour

    Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. In the afternoon meet your guide and driver and start sightseeing capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex and Chor-Su bazar, continue to center of Tashkent with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 2: Tashkent- Almaty (2 hrs flight) Transfer to the airport, flight to Almaty. Arrive Almaty, transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 3: Almaty Sightseeing in Almaty: Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty’s Green Bazaar, Panoramic view at observatory, trip to Medeo. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 4: Samarkand-Bukhara, (280 km, 4 hours) After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek (250 km, 4 hours) via a newly built highway, see the natural landscapes on the way and Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border crossing. Arrive Bishkek in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing Bishkek: typical soviet-style architecture such as Philharmonia – concert hall, government building, Monument dedicated to World War II, and also modern monuments pointing out the traditional Kyrgyz culture such as Monument of Manas, Monument of Independence. Bishkek is known as one of the greenest cities in Central Asia, due to its countless parks and alleys. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 5: Bishkek – Grigorevka Gorge – Cholpon Ata-Issyk Kul In the morning depart Bishkek and drive to Issyk Kul lake (250 km, 3,5 – 4 hours). Arrival to the lake, drive to Grigorevka gorge (60 km, 1,5-2 hours) full of lush green Alpine meadows and fur trees, easy hike in the gorge. Transfer back to Cholpon Ata where you will be able to visit Petroglyphs or Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden. Transfer to a hotel or guest house on the Norther shore of the lake. Overnight.
  • Day 6: Issyk Kul -Bishkek Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower. It is 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. Arrive Bishkek, check in to the guest house or hotel. Overnight.
  • Day 7: Bishkek-Tashkent (1,5 hrs flight) Morning flight to Tashkent. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 8: Tashkent-Samarkand (300 km, 2 hours 30 minutes) At 07:00 driver will transfer you from hotel to Railway Station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08.00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:30. Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin sightseeing program in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Ulugbek observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum, authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 9: Samarkand In the morning head outside of the city to explore Afrosyiob museum, once a heart of ancient Samarkand and nowadays a unique archeological site. Then visit the tomb of Saint Daniel and drive to mausoleum of Muslim scholar Imam Al Bukhari– a pilgrimage place for Muslims (25 km, 30 min). Return to Samarkand and free time at your leisure to explore this wonderful city.
  • Day 10: Samarkand-Shakhrisabz-Bukhara (90 km, 1,5 hrs + 290 km, 4hrs) In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara via Shakhrisabz. Arrive to Shakhrisabz, visit remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, Khazrati Imom Ensemble. After sightseeing Shakhrisabz continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive Bukhara, check in to the hotel.
  • Day 11: Bukhara Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. The starting point sightseeing tour is Lyabi Hauz complex, continue to Magoki-Attori mosque, trade domes, Kalon Ensemble and Miri-Arab madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasah, Ark Fortress, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 12: Bukhara Start the second day with a visit to summer palace of Bukhara Emirs Sitorai-Mokhikhosa, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi mausoleum and Chor-Bakr necropolis.
  • Day 13: Bukhara-Mary (380 km, 6 hrs) In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point (100 km, 1 and a half hours). Customs and passport control on both sides, between two border posts cross 1 mile long neutrality zone. After passing Turkmenistan border post meet Turkmenistan guide. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat. Arrive Mary, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 14: Mary-Merv-Ashgabat (40 minute flight) Sightseeing tour to Ancient Merv (30 minutes drive from Mary). Sightseeing Merv historical park: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Kala, Gyaur Gala, medieval fortresses– “Kesk” and others. Return to Mary. Lunch. Visit Mary historical Museum. Late in the afternoon flight to Ashgabat. Arrive Ashgabat, overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 15: Ashgabat After breakfast sightseeing Ashgabat: center of Ashgabat with Arch of Neutrality and magnificent marble buildings, archeological site Nisa, National Museum of History & Ethnography, Ertogrul Gazi Mosque & Turkmenbashy Spiritual Mosque, statue of the first President of Turkmenistan. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 16: Ashgabat-Dashoguz-Kunya-Urgench-Khiva (1,5 hrs flight) In the morning transfer to the airport and early morning flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench- a UNESCO World heritage Site. Visit Kunya Urgench Historical Park: mausoleums of Turabek Khanym, Khorezmshahs Il-Arslan, Tekesh and Sultan Ali, and of famous Sufi teacher Najmeddin Kubra, once the tallest minaret in Central Asia, the 62-meter high Kutlug Timur minaret, Ak Dash Caravanserai, Kyrk Molla hills. Transfer to border check point Dashoguz. Border formalities on both sides. Continue to Khiva. Arrive Khiva, check in to the hotel.
  • Day 17: Khiva-Urgench-Tashkent (flight 1,5 hrs) In the morning guided sightseeing of Khiva, spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan medresah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Medresah, Kunya-Ark, Toshkhovli palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud mausoleum, Eastern gate, Ata Darvaza, Karavansaray, handicrafts workshops of wooden stuff and silk carpets. Free time in the afternoon. In the evening transfer to the airport in Urgench (30 minutes), evening flight to Tashkent. Arrive Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 18: Tashkent-departure
Accommodation
City Accommodation, Option 1 Comfort Accommodation, Option 2 Economy
Ashgabat President hotel, 5* Ak-Altyn, 3*
Tashkent Tashkent Palace, 4* Tashkent Palace, 4*
Samarkand Asia, Grand Samarkand, Samarkand Plaza, all 3* Malika Classic, Kamila, Sherdor
Bukhara Zargaron Plaza, Asia, Omar Khayam, Devon Begi – all 3* Minzifa, K.Komil, Amelia, Amulet, Sasha&Son
Khiva Asia Khiva, Malika Kheivak, 3* Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Sobir-Arkanchi
Almaty Grand Ayser, 4* Astra
Bishkek Club Dostyk, 4* Asia mountains, Alpinist or similar
Karakol Green Yard, Amir or similar Guest House (B&B)
Issyk-Kul Raduga, Raduga West or similar, 3* Guest House (B&B)
Prices
Number of persons traveling Option 1, COMFORT price per person, US$ Option 2,ECONOMY price per person, US$
1 6799.00 5590.00
2 4090.00 3490.00
3 3690.00 2985.00
4 3390.00 2690.00
5 3015.00 2490.00
6 3050.00 2290.00
8 3095.00 2,135
10+1 3235.00 2470.00
15+1 3115.00 2380.00
20+1 2880.00 2190.00
Single Supplement 890.00 560.00
Half board supplement 370.00 370.00
Full board supplement 700.00 700.00
Air ticket Tashkent-Almaty, one way, economy class 240 240
Air ticket Bishkek-Tashkent, one way, economy class 225 225
Uzbekistan part prices include:
  • 1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • 2. Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • 3. Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides;
  • 4. Entrance tickets to the sights, museums, mausoleums;
  • 5. Airplane tickets for domestic flight Urgench-Tashkent;
  • 6. Train ticket Samarkand- Tashkent, economy class;
  • 7. Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • 8. Starting 8 persons English speaking tour escort
  • 9. Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.
Uzbekistan part prices do not include:
  • 1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • 2. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • 3. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • 5. Personal insurance.
Kazakhstan part includes:
  • 1. All transfers;
  • 2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing;
  • 3. Sightseeing tour in Almaty;
  • 4. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  • 5. Meals – only breakfast included;
Kazakhstan part does not include:
  • 1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 2. Single supplement;
  • 3. Consular fees for Kazakhstan visa;
  • 4. Visa support for Kazakhstan visa;
  • 5. Photography and video making fees;
  • 6. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • 7. Personal insurance.
Kyrgyzstan part includes:
  • 1. All transfers;
  • 2. Twin room accommodation;
  • 3. Sightseeing tour programs in each city;
  • 4. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  • 5. Meals – only breakfast included;
  • 6. English speaking guide to accompany the group;
Kyrgyzstan part does not include:
  • 1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 2. Single supplement;
  • 3. Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan visa;
  • 4. Visa support for Kyrgyzstan visa
  • 5. Photography and video making fees;
  • 6. Personal insurance.
  • 7. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • 8. International airfare;
Prices include Turkmenistan part:
  • 1. All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-4 pax by minivan; 5-8 pax by minibus; 8-20 pax by 35 seat bus;
  • 2. Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • 3. Sightseeing tour program in each city;
  • 4. Entrance tickets to the sights, museums,
  • 5. Airplane tickets for domestic flights Mary-Ashgabat, Ashgabat-Dashoguz;
  • 6. English speaking tour escort;
  • 7. Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
Prices do not include Turkmenistan part:
  • 1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 2. Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • 3. Full board;
  • 4. Migration card paid upon arrival on the border US$ 12;
  • 5. Personal insurance.