The Name of tour: Great Adventures in Central Asia
Duration: 20 days
Visiting landmarks: Almaty, Bishkek, Issyk Kul, Karakol, Khujand, Iskanderkul, Penjakent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Darwaza, Ashgabat
Day 1: Almaty
After arrival to the airport you will meet the local guide and transfer Almaty and have a city tour. This day you will have a chance to discover the cultural heritage of the southern capital of Kazakhstan and see not only ancient monuments with history. You are going to discover the first colorful site of Almaty the popular Green Bazaar. Today you are going to explore how to work in the most bustling area of the country, buy a lot of colorful goods and national gifts and Souvenirs for the family. Here you will have a chance to buy fresh fruits and take photos. After that you will get to the old park of Almaty Panfilov park where guests of the country will have a chance to discover the amazing views and find the stunning wooden temple Zenkov Cathedral. Today you can also discover the tribute to the memory of the fallen fighters who gave their lives for the Motherland - Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Then you will continue the tour after exploration of the city life, see the cultural heritage and explore the most noisy corners of the city, you can visit such a sports place as Medeu, where you will see the largest high-altitude ice rink and a dam protecting the city from dangerous landslides. This is very popular place due to the skating rink, where athletes have never held games and set world records. Afterwards you will transfer by the mountain road and enjoy the fabulous Kok- Tobe hill where you will observe the tallest TV tower. This day you will have a chance to stroll along the park and be inspired by the picturesque views of the city. This day you will finish with the riding from the top of the hill to the city center along the popular Almaty cableway. This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty – Charyn – Almaty
Today you will have a fascinating tour to Charyn Canyon. This day you will travel by the comfortable car or minivan. This day you will be provided by 1,5L of bottled water. You also can buy snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it. The way will take about 4 hour to drive there. Along the way you will have an opportunity to see the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. During the tour, you can learn that the canyon has beautiful landscapes and views, and that the canyon was formed about 12 million years ago.The canyon itself was created with the help of the lava, the sun and the wind of mother nature. During the tour, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful cliffs and learn that the height can reach about 150-300 meters above sea level. On the tour, you can also explore the grounds and walk through the Valley of the Castles. It attracts visitors with its landscapes and views, as well as fabulous towers and castles. Don't miss the opportunity to take many beautiful photos. You can also see eco cafes and nomads along the road.
Day 3: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
This day you will have a chance to see a lot of amazing places and the important site Issyk Gorge. You are going to explore amazing roads and fabulous gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge that locates alongside the Kuldja tract. You will discover that many years ago caravans kept the way. In course of the tour you will discover the ancient history and discover cultural heritage, exploring Sakas mounds. You will discover that is the place where was found the “Golden man”. This significant find became as a state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the tour you will discover the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK” where guests of the country will have a chance to experience Sakas period’s history and culture, duplicate of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, and of course the sample of Saka burial mound. You will continue the tour with visiting the height of the1756 meters. You are going to see today lake that was originated about 10,000 years ago due to the mudslide that resulted in the formation of a natural dam (300m.). During the tour you will see the lake Issyk located on the name valley Issyk. During the tour you will be amazed by the fascinating views and discover the water surface of Issyk Lake and observe the fabulous views. Here you will be amazed by the picnic and discover the pristine nature. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 4: Almaty – BAO – Almaty – Bishkek
Today you will travel to Big Almaty gorge At an altitude of more than 2500 m above sea level, among the majestic Tien Shan Mountains, the transparent surface of the Big Almaty Lake glitters under the rays of the sun. Many millions of years ago, the mountains, shuddering once again from the powerful aftershocks of an earthquake, "gave up", and a beautiful lake appeared in the resulting crack-basin. beautiful and clean, it fascinates with its beauty and stunning panorama: the snow peaks of the Trans-Ili Alatau, strict as guards, rise directly above the lake, and a little to the side you can see the pyramid of the Big Almaty Peak (Z681 m). In good weather, the calm and clear lake water reflects the harsh mountains and the high sky, which seems to have sunk into the icy water of a high-altitude reservoir. An amazing combination of snow-white mountains, blinding sun, turquoise lake water. You are going to start driving to Bishkek at 15:00. And it will take 4 hours. The night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 5: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
This day you will have amazing city tour in the wonderful capital of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek. During the tour you are going to visit Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Сentral Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and many others sights. After that you will transfer to wonderful natural site of Kyrgyzstan Issyk Kul, which is the largest lake in the world, and which fascinates travelers with its majestic views. You are going to discover that the lake is located at the altitude of 1608 meters and is proudly called the "Pearl of Central Asia". The lake never freezes and have fascinating views in winter and summer. The lake never freezes and has healing qualities. Along the way you will discover the ancient site Burana tower that was built in 11th century by powerful Karakhanids. Today you will also visit open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). This night you will spend in the hotel.
Day 6: Issyk Kul – Grigorievskoye – Semenovskoye – Karakol
This day you will explore Karakol city the administrative center of Issyk Kul. You will travel through the fascinating gorges called Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye. During the tour, customers will be able to see that travelers are attracted to fabulous views and beautiful landscapes, do not miss to capture these moments. In the tour you will be able to explore that the gorges are connected to each other. It turns out that you will stop in one gorge and you will go from another gorge. There are a lot of beautiful landscapes that you can explore on a tour of snow-covered forests. There will also be a chance to see the small lakes and enjoy their scenery. Fully enjoy the fresh air and also the land of the high mountains. Next, you will stop in Karakol. Then you can get acquainted in Karakol in the tour famous sights. You will rest the night I the guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Bishkek
This day you will travel from Karakol to a fascinating Jeti Oguz. You are going to discover the fascinating gorge due to its red rocks standing in one row. Today you will have a great chance to observe spectacular Mountain of Broken Hearts. Here you will have a chance to climb the top of the mountains and enjoy the panorama of the gorge. In the tour you will listen to the interesting legends and discover stories related to the gorge. Here you will see that the gorge has translation as "Seven Bulls" from Kyrgyz. Then you will continue the tour with travelling to Bokonbaevo village along the spectacular southern shore. This day you will the real local eagle-hunter. Here you will discover the ancient methods of hunting, show of eagle hunting and get the information that he hunts to hares and foxes with the help of eagles. You will explore that this method of hunting is passed down from generation to generation from father to son. Then you will travel to capital Bishkek. This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek – Osh – Guliston – Khudjand
This day you will have a flight from Bishkek to Osh city and transfer to Tajik border. During the tour you will transfer via the picturesque passes and through Batken region. You are going to see that this place is very popular due to the unique flower Aigul and its apricot trees. This day you will continue the tour with transferring to Tajik border where you will be met by Tajik driver to Khujand city. During the tour you will discover fabulous Anzob pass that is 3 372 meters high. This day you are going to discover the stunning panoramic views. The company's customers will be able to explore that it is the second largest city in Tajikistan. The population of the city is about 149,000 people. The city itself is located on the Syr Darya River and at the mouth of the Ferghana Valley. It is worth mentioning that Khujand is the capital of the northern province of Tajikistan (Sughd). You will also be able to explore interesting sights of the city during the tour, such as the Khujand Palace of Culture, where the first president of the country was elected. Today you will also explore the interesting landmark of the Central Mosque. You will have a chance to see in the center the city. This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 9: Khudjand – Iskanderkul Lake
Today you will transfer to the next fabulous attraction called Iskanderkul Lake. You are going to explore the fabulous lake is located at an altitude of 2255 meters above sea level. The lake is situated in the center of the Fann Mountains and is one of the best places to travel. You will explore that the lake is named after the commander Alexander the Great. Upon arrival to the lake you will have a chance to explore the emerald lake, you will enjoy a walk through beach. This day the guests will an interesting trip to the amazing waterfall that will take about 40 minutes. Tajikistan is not only beautiful mountains, but also charming lakes and rivers. You will see that Tajikistan has a large water potential and is in the second place among the CIS countries. This country has more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. This night you will spend in the guesthouse.
Day 10: Iskanderkul – 7 lakes – Penjakent
In the morning you will transfer to one of the most popular place of Tajikistan. You will have a chance to observe the fabulous lakes Seven Lakes. Along the way you will have an amazing chance to hike and explore the territory. These lakes are charming and fascinating due different heights and have different sizes and names. In course of the tour you will meet the locals and see their way of life. After that you will travel to the next destination Penjakent. The city of Penjikent is located in the valley of the Zeravshan River. On the south-eastern edge of modern Penjikent are the ruins of the ancient Sogdian city of the same name — Panjikent-a unique monument of pre-Muslim culture of Central Asia. This city, which existed in the 5th-8th centuries and is often called "Central Asian Pompeii", is one of the few well-studied ancient cities of Sogd. Numerous pottery, metalworking and other handicrafts were found in Penjikent, as well as several thousand bronze, silver Arab and Sogdian coins. Bright monuments of the monumental and decorative art of Sogd were also discovered here - paintings (multi-figure wall paintings with glue paints), clay (relief frieze) and wooden (reliefs, caryatids) sculptures. Travelling here guests of the country will have a chance to observe the remains of residential buildings and office buildings, a citadel with a palace, a house of craftsmen and a church of fire worshipers. The overnight will be in the local guesthouse.
Day 11: Penjakent – Jartepo – Samarkand
This day you will departure to the border and get to Samarkand. This day is dedicated to a fabulous city tour where guests of the country will have a chance to discover sights of the city. The ancient city of Samarkand dates back about 2,500 years and is located in the valley of the Zeravshan River, it is the second largest city in Uzbekistan. It is considered to be the ancient cities of Uzbekistan and in the tours you will learn that it is considered to be the same age as Rome and Babylon. Along the way you will discover the best attractions of the city as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. In our tours, you will be able to explore that the precanceway of Registan Square is very beautiful and has 3 charming madrasas on its territory, which date back to the 15th-17th centuries, the territory will amaze you with its views. You will also go to the architectural complex of Shahi-Zinde where you can explore the beautiful views of the mausoleums that are very precancerous and go back to the 11th-15th centuries. They are also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do not miss the chance to explore the beautiful revenge of Bibi Khanum, where you can explore the beautiful mosque of Samarkand, and also find out how it was established after Tamerlane's campaign in honor of his beloved wife. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand – Gijduvan – Bukhara
After the breakfast you will start the tour to Bukhara. During the tour you will make a stop at Gijduvan village. This day you will have a chance to explore pottery private school. After that, you will explore the memorial complex of Al-Bukhari-an Islamic scholar, during the tour you will be able to explore what has been in demand and known all over the world for many years by the 6th generation of the Narzullayev family. During the tour, guests will be able to see that the history of the craft of making ceramic products goes back to ancient origins and has deep roots.This kerami is very famous all over the world and all serkerts, skills and techniques are passed down from generation to generation. In beautiful works, the masters use geometric patterns, and such a bright range of colors as blue and green. Next, you will head to the Al-Bukhari complex, which was an Islamic scholar who compiled a collection of hadiths known as Sahih Al-Bukhari, which is considered by Sunni Muslims to be one of the most authentic collections of hadith. Then you will continue driving to Bukhara. The overnight is in the hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara
Today you will have an amazing city tour and discover the best sites. Today you will have a chance to explore the outstanding sights of Bukhara such as Citadel Ark. This site dates back to the 4th century and this is the most ancient sight of Bukhara Empire. Further you will discover the mausoleum of Samanids that is the real gems of architecture of the IX-X centuries. After that the tour route will take you today to Chashma Ayub (the Job's well). Ater that you will continue the tour Bolo -Hauz Mosque, this grand mosque is famous for its 40 columns and was erected in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayyud Khan. Then you will have a chance to discover the shopping domes and discover the views of popular madrassas- Nodir Divan Begi. You are going to explore that is the part of the Lyabi House ensemble. This day you will finish the tour with exploring the popular site Poi Kalon complex. You are going to explore that this attraction represents an extraordinary sample of architectural art of Bukhara. There you will have a chance to three structures built in the 12th-16th centuries: the Kalon minaret, the Kalon mosque and the Mir-Arab madrasah. You will rest the night in the hotel.
Day 14: Bukhara – Khiva
This day you will head to Uzbekistan called Khiva. You will know during the tour that Bukhara is enchanting city that consists of more than 140 architectural monuments. There are located beautiful streets, green parks and gardens full of flowers and green, historical and architectural monuments that were built in different times but stands close to each other. Khiva is a well-preserved oasis city near the Karakum desert near Khorezm. The history and historical significance of Khiva goes far back to the times when the Great Silk Road was not yet laid. At the end of the XVI century, the city became the center of the Khiva Khanate and received a second period of development and prosperity, becoming one of the most important and largest centers of Islam in the East. The city is full of magnificent sights, among which you can see buildings of both secular and religious purposes. This day you will from Bukhara to Khiva ia the picturesque Kizilkum desert. Today you will have a great chance to discover amazing views of Amu Darya Rive. This river is the largest river in Central Asia. Upon arrival to Khiva you will have free time. This night you will spend in the hotel.
Day 15: Khiva
In the morning you will have a city tour in Khiva exploring the ancient monuments of the city. Guests of the country will have a chance to discover Ichan-Qala or inner city of Khiva that surrounded by the magnificent walls. Along the way you will have a chance to enjoy the views of old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses. These attractions made the city into unique city-monument. There are located over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments. In 1969 area of Ichan Qala became historical and architectural conservation. Being here you will have a great opportunity to discover wonderful attractions as Kunya-Ark fortress of 17th century, explored by Muhammad Arang Khan and Kalta Minor minaret, and Tash Khouvli palace. You are going to see that all these landmarks are the great sample of incredible masterpiece of Khorezm architecture from 200 years ago. This night will be in the hotel.
Day 16: Khiva – Farap – Kunya Urgench – Darwaza
After the breakfast you will discover fascinating attractions, travelling along Farap borders. Along the way you will get acquainted with your driver and travel to the North of Turkmenistan where you will reach the outstanding architectural monuments of Kone Urgench that was Capital of Khorezm previously (X-XII centuries). During the tour you will discover such monuments as Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, Tyurabek Khanum, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, the highest minaret in Central Asia Kutlyg-Timur. After that you will finish the tour with the next destination with the fantastic natural site Darwaza also famous as Gas Crater.
Day 17: Darwaza – Ashgabat
This is a gas crater, which travelers and locals have given the name "The Gates of Hell". Its diameter is 60 meters, and its depth is more than 20 meters. It was located on the territory of a massive natural gas field in the Zaunguz Karakum desert, in Turkmenistan. For almost half a century, the dangerous site has been engulfed in flames, attracting numerous researchers and tourists. Then you will get to the hotel. Then you will continue the tour with the spectacular pride of Turkmen people Akhal-Teke horses. During the tour you will discover that they are amazing in their views and were born more than 5000 years ago. You are going to discover that these horses are very hardy and are one of the most beautiful horses on earth. During the tour you will enjoy traditional Tea party, Akhal-Teke horse short show program and observe the horse races. Then you will finish the tour with amazing the show you will return to Ashgabat.
Day 18: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
Today you will travel to ancient city Mary. Mary is a city in the south of Turkmenistan, on the territory of the Murghab oasis in the river delta; it is the capital of the Mary velayat. From the south, the city bends around the Karakum Canal. In 1884, with the arrival of Russian troops in Central Asia, Mary, which at that time was called by the beautiful ancient name "Merv", was, as in Ashgabat, formed a military-administrative center on the site of the Tekin settlement. In 1937, the name of the city was changed to Mary, which we now know. Mary is the third largest city in Turkmenistan, which, in fact, also does not have any extraordinary history. But what distinguishes it from all the others is one very famous and important attraction – the Merv settlement, located just 30 km from the modern Mary. This day you will have a chance to have the city tour and explore magnificent Mausoleums of the Sultan, Sanjar and Muhammed Ibn-Zeid (XII c), where you will observe refined Seljuk brickwork and architectural decor. After that you will head to Ashgabat. This day you will also be amazed by the amazing views of the fauna and flora of the Karakum desert.
Day 19: Ashgabat
This day you will have amazing city tour in the capital of Turkmenistan Ashgabat. Today you will discover the stunning “Nisa” that was Capital of the Parthian Empire. It was included in the protection of UNESCO Heritage in 2007. You will continue the tour with visiting Monument and Park of Independence, that similar white-marble “Eiffel Tower”, a fountain-monument initiated to the 10th anniversary of independence it is a sculptural depiction of ten Akhal-Tekke horses placed on the top of a beautiful fountain and of course splendid Ertoghrul Ghazi and Gypjak Mosques. After that you will visit another fabulous places National Museum of History and Ethnography.
Day 20: Flight
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport. Fly. End the program.
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
02 pax – Sedan
04 pax – Minivan
06-10 pax – Sprinter
01-05 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-10 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
01-02 pax – Sedan
04-08 pax – Minibus 14 seats
10 pax – Bus (20 seats)
02 pax – Sedan
04-08 pax - Minivan (Grand Starex, Istana)
10 pax - Midibus (Mitsubishi Rosa, Sprinter)
Price per person:
02 pax – 3 000 $
04 pax – 2 220 $
06 pax – 1 965 $
08 pax – 1 795 $
10 pax – 1 770 $
Single – 335 $
Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Half board – 280 $*
Full board – 495 $*
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – 50 $ per person
English speaking guides:
KG – 435 $ per group
UZ – local 120 $ per group or escort 395 $ per group
TJ – 445 $ per group
KZ – 420 $ per group
TM – included by law
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Khujand – “Firuz” Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul – “Dilovar” Gueshouse
Penjakent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*
Khiva – “Porso” Hotel 3*
Darwaza – Tents with dinner
Ashgabat – “Menzil” Hotel 3*
- Visa support to Tm
- Museum admissions
- Mineral water supply
- English speaking guide in Tm
- Flight tickets Bishkek – Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guides
- Entrances to all museums in Uz
- Migration tax (12 $) + bank fee (4 $)
Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5x6) to be presented at the points of entry.