Central Asia Tour

Duration: 16 days

Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan

Itinerary:
  • Day 1: Arrive Ashgabat

    Arrive Ashgabat flight XX at XX. Meet Turkmenistan guide. Transfer to the hotel. Check in. Time for rest. Free day.

  • Day 2: Ashgabat Full day sightseeing Ashgabat: New Park dedicated to Akhalteke horses – the pride of Turkmen nation, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazar, Monument of Lenin-one of the few monuments remaining on the territory of the former Soviet Union, Ertogrul Ghazy Mosque, Exhibition/Fair Center of Ashgabat, Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy – the first President of Turkmenistan and his family, Nissa fortress- The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings, Health Path of Turkmenbashy – a walkway created by the first President on the hills of Kopet-Dag mountains, Monument of Independency & Ruhnama.
  • Day 3: Ashgabat-Dahoguz-Khiva Breakfast. Morning flight to Dashoguz. Transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border. Cross the border, passport and customs control on both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan sides. Meet with Uzbekistan tour leader on Uzbekistan side. Continue driving to Khiva. Arrive Khiva, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 4: Khiva Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour of Khiva. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress (which means inner fortress), which is surrounded by a clay wall over 2,200 m in length and 7-8 m in height. In old times Ichan-Qala was home for the rulers of Khorezmain kingdom. Within the fortress today you can visit the madrasah of Mukhammad Amin Khan and Mukhammad Rahimkhan, unfinished minaret Kalta Minor Toshkhovli palace which used to be home for the rulers of Khorezm, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum – burial place of a saint patron of Khiva, Minaret of Islom-khodja, Mosque Juma and many other monuments.
  • Day 5: Khiva –Bukhara In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara. The Great Silk Road routed through Bukhara and Khiva once ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road* does nowadays. En-route stop to enjoy views of Amudarya and the desert.

    Arrive Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.

    *-some parts of the road are presently being renovated, time on the road is 7-8 hours.

  • Day 6: Bukhara Breakfast. Walking guided sightseeing tour in Bukhara which starts in the heart of Bukhara – at Lyabi Hauz pond, a place where Bukharians meet to have a cup of tea, sit and relax under the shade of centuries old mulberry trees. The pond is surrounded by three madrasah Nodir Devon Begi and Khanaka and madrasah Kukeldash. Continue to see Magoki-Attori mosque, trade domes, magnificent Kalon Mosque and Minaret, minaret which survided Chengiz Khan’s invasion, Miri-Arab madrasah and other monuments. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 7: Bukhara-Samarkand Breakfast at the hotel. Free time till afternoon. In the afternoon depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (5 hours). Arrive Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 8: Samarkand Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing Samarkand: Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Gur-Emir mausoleum, local bazaar, Shakhi-Zinda necropolis, Ulugbek observatory, Afrosiyob museum. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 9: Samarkand-Tashkent vBreakfast at the hotel. Free time in Samarkand. Transfer to local train station, train departing for Tashkent at 17:00, arriving 19:40. Arrive Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 10: Tashkent-Bishkek Breakfast at the hotel. Half day sightseeing Tashkent: Old city part with Khast-Imom complex, Chor-Su bazar, Independance Square, Amir Temur Square. Transfer to the airport, flight to Bishkek. Arrive Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 11: Bishkek-Barskoon-Karakol Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Bishkek and drive to Karakol (400 km) the Southern Shore of Issyk Kul Lake. En route visit a workshop to see process of making “Shyrdak”- traditional Kyrgyz felt carpets. Arrive in Karakol in the evening.
  • Day 12: Karakol-Issyk Kul Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Cholpon Ata (150 km). Visit the rock carvings or Petroglyphs (Open Air Museum) dating back to the Bronze Age (8th to 1st centure BC). Issyk Kul (meaning “Warm Lake”) is Kyrgyzstan’s largest lake and at 189 kms long by 70 kms wide and 668 meters at its deepest, it is the world’s second largest mountain lake (after Lake Titicaca), and the fifth deepest lake in the world. Issyk Kul has many rivers flowing into it, but has no outflow. Despite its altitude of 1600 meters, a combination of extreme depth, thermal activity and mild salinity ensures that the lake never freezes.
  • Day 13: Issyk Kul-Bishkek Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast drive to Bishkek (280 km) visiting the 11th century Burana Tower, once a Silk Route staging post and capital of the of the Karakhanid Dynasty. Afternoon sightseeing Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 14: Bishkek-Almaty Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (270 km). See the natural landscapes on the way, afternoon arrive to Almaty. Check in to the hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 15: Ashgabat Breakfast at the hotel. Almaty sightseeing tour for 4 hours: Сentral city park named after the 28 heroes – Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension of Christ (entirely wooden, built without any metal nails and also the oldest building of the city) – Presidential alley – memorial complex devoted to the World War Two – eternal flame – folk musical instruments museum – Green bazaar (place for buying souvenirs) – Central Moslem mosque – Kazakhstan hotel (main business card and one of the highest buildings of the city) – Republic palace – Independence square – three main symbols of Kazakhstan – Obelisk devoted to the independence – transfer back to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
  • Day 16: Almaty-departure

    Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation
City Accommodation, Option 1 Comfort Accommodation, Option 2 Economy
Ashgabat Nusay, 5* Ak-Altyn, 3*
Tashkent Tashkent Palace, 4* Rovshan hotel, B&B
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 hotel
Bishkek Club Dostyk, 4* B&B
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 6000.00 5340.00
2 3980.00 3420.00
3 3540.00 2990.00
4 3250.00 2650.00
5 3175.00 2580.00
6 2825.00 2390.00
8 2890.00 2290.00
10+1 3090.00 2390.00
15+1 2950.00 2240.00
20+1 2790.00 2040.00
Single Supplement 885.00 565.00
Half board 350.00 350.00
Full board 630.00 630.00
Flight Tashkent-Bishkek, economy class 225 225
Turkmenistan part includes:
  • 1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • 2. Road transport as per program ;
  • 3. Accommodation based on shared double hotel room, breakfast included (and accommodation for Tour Leader in single hotel room)
  • 4. English speaking guide
  • 5. Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
  • 6. Porter services en route
  • 7. Flight Ashgabat-Dashoguz
Turkmenistan part does not include:
  • 1. International flights;
  • 2. Turkmenistan visa 85 USD per person plus 2 USD per group admin costs, to be paid upon arrival at Ashgabat International Airport (prices subject to change);
  • 3. Turkmenistan migration tax 10 USD per person plus 2 USD per group admin costs, to be paid upon arrival at Ashgabat International Airport (prices subject to change) ;
  • 4. Photo/video fees at historical parks and museums;
  • 5. Tip for local guide and drivers;
  • 6. Full board;
  • 7. Any service or cost not mentioned in the section “Included” above
Prices include, Uzbekistan part:
  • 1. All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-6 pax by van type car; 8+1 to 12+1 by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 45 seat coach;
  • 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
Prices do not include, Uzbekistan part:
  • 1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • 2. Lunches and dinners;
  • 3. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  • 5. Personal insurance
Kyrgyzstan part includes:
  • 1. Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • 2. Transportation throughout the whole trip;
  • 3. Sightseeing tour program in all cities, including entrance fees to sights, museums, mausoleums;
  • 4. English speaking guide to accompany the group (except for the last day transfer to the airport);
Kyrgyzstan part does not include:
  • 1. Hotel charges for additional services;
  • 2. Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance Visa to Kyrgyzstan;
  • 3. International airfares;
  • 4. Visa support – 35 USD p/p;
  • 5. Personal insurance;
  • 6. Lunch and dinners;
  • 7. Camera/video fees during sightseeing.
Kazakhstan part includes:
  • 1. All transfers;
  • 2. Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included
  • 3. Sightseeing tours according to the program;
  • 4. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  • 5. English speaking guide for city tour in Almaty;
  • 6. Mineral water (1 litre per person per day);
Kazakhstan part does not include:
  • 1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • 2. Single supplement;
  • 3. Consular fees for Kazakhstan visa;
  • 4. Photography and video making fees;
  • 5. Personal insurance;
  • 6. International airfares
  • 7. Lunch and dinners.