Central Asia Discovery- Five Stan Tours

Overview

Tour operates: April until October

No of days: 18 nights 19 days

Route: Bishkek- Issyk Kul Lake-Karakul-Djety Oguz – Chon-Kemin valley – Almaty-Tashkent-Khujand-Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva-Dashoguz-Darvaza-Ashgbad.

Transport: All private transfers in AC transport, economy class domestic flight

Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities, 2 nights at Yurt camp with shared facilities.

Guide: English speaking local guides

Tour starting point: Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

Ending point: Ashgabad Turkmenistan

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Upon arrival at Bishkek airport you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.

City tour of Bishkek, including Victory square, Russian Orthodox Church, Osh market, Ala-Too Square and the History Museum.

Overnight at hotel in Bishkek (D)

Day 2: Issyk-Kul lake Cholpon-Ata

In the morning drive to Issyk Kul Lake via Burana Tower (built in the10th century) in ancient Balasagun City. Visit Burana tower of Kharakhanids along with castles and mausoleums. Enjoy lunch while watching the Buzkashi (Horse game). Later continue driving to Cholpon-Ata. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Lake and mountains at the background.

Overnight at hotel in Cholpon-Ata (BLD)

Day 3: Cholpon-Ata- Chon Aksuu-Karakol

In the morning drive to Karakol, en-route we visit Chon Aksuu (Grigoryevka) gorge for an opportunity for a short hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Later return to Karakul.

Overnight at hotel in Karakol (BLD)

Day 4: Karakol – Djety Oguz

Half day sightseeing of Karakul; visiting the Russian Church (1885), Dungan mosque (1910) and the Museum and grave of Prjevalskiy, the Great Russian explorer of Asia. After lunch, we drive to theimpressive Djeti Oguz gorge, the Gorge of 7 Red Rocks and the the most beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan. Here there is the opportunity to to hike around the canyon or take an optional horse ride.

Overnight in Typical Kyrgyz Yurt (BLD)

Day 5: Djety Oguz- Chon-Kemin valley

In the morning we drive to Chon-Kemin valley. Our first stop will be in Kyzyl-Tuu village where a member of a Kyrgyz family will show us how to make traditional yurt tents. Lunch at Yurt master’s family house. En-route,  we stop for an Eagle Hunting Show and continue onto Chon-Kemin. Upon arrival we explore the village. In the evening, experience true Kyrgyz hospitality with a traditional Vodka party dinner.

Overnight at Ashu Guest house (BLD)

Day 6: Chong Kemin (Kyrgyzstan) – Almaty (Kazakhstan)

After breakfast drive to Almaty via Karasu (Black River) border point. Upon arrival check in hotel. Overnight at hotel in Almaty (BLD)

Day 7: Almaty

Today a city tour of Almaty visiting the Zenkov Cathedral (one of the world’s tallest all wood buildings) and the Central State Museum.  Ascend the Kok-Tube Mountain. Return to Almaty to visit the unique National Museum of Kazak Musical Instruments.

Overnight at hotel in Almaty (BLD)

Day 08: Almaty flight to Tashkent

Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent.

City tour of Tashkent visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops, dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Overnight at hotel in Tashkent (BD)

Day 09: Khujand day trip (Tajikistan)

Transfer to the Uzbek Tajik border at Oybek to Khujand after border formalities sightseeing of Khujand including a visit to the ancient part of Timurmalik fortress, museum and Panjshanbe market. Later in the afternoon return to Tashkent

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 10: Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand for a half day city tour. For most people Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Timbouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we’ll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous for.

Overnight in a hotel (BD)

Day 11: Samarkand sightseeing

Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek; the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century. We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand’s famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 12: Bukhara via Shakhrisabz

Travel to Bukhara via Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. We visit Tamerlane’s palace Ak Sarai, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane’s grandson) and Tamerlane’s Mausoleum. Bukhara is one of the centere of the Russian/British Intelligence Services in the 19th Century.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 13: Bukhara

Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; the resulting restoration of some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, to make them appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago.

We also visit The Ark, a large fortress with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of an ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 14: Bukhara-Urgench Khiva

In the morning drive to Khiva, later half day city tour of Khiva

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 15: Khiva: City Tour

Legend has it that Khiva was founded when Shem, son of Noah, discovered a well here. The town certainly existed by the 8th Century, as a minor fort and trading post on a Silk Road branch to the Caspian Sea and the Volga. In the early 16th century, Khiva was made capital of the Timurid Empire, becoming a busy slave market and pivot of the khanate for the next three centuries. Until Russia finally wrested the region from Timurid grasp in the 19th century, even the boldest hearts feared encounters with these fierce tribesmen and their desert territory. Khiva is an ancient walled city and looks much like it did in centuries past. It is one of the few sites in Central Asia where one can easily imagine life during the time of the emirates. We will spend the morning wandering its maze of ruins and great mosques. Later, a tour of this living museum including the Ichon-Qala gates, Muhammad Amin and Rakhim Khan’s Medressas, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Islom-Huja Medressa and Minaret. Dinner will be served at Toza Bogh Palace (Summer residence of Muhammad Rahim Khan II).

Overnight in Khiva at hotel (BD)

Day 16: Dashoguz- Kunya Urgench – Gas Crater (Turkmenistan)

In the morning drive to Kunya Urgench through the Kara Kum Desert to the ruins of ancient capital. We cross the border at Dashoguz and continue driving to Kunya Urgench. We visit the Kunya Urgench historical site, where the mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra and Sultan Ali are located. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret & Kyrk Molla. Later in the afternoon we drive to Darvaza flaming Gas Crater or the ‘mouth of hell’.En-route we visit a Nomad village located in the Karakum desert. Enjoy the amazing views with picnic dinner. Overnight in a basic camp near the Darvaza crater. We will be providing sleeping bags and mattresses. (BLD)

Day 17: Darvaza Flaming Crater-Ashgabad

In the morning drive to Ashgabad, check in to your hotel, later drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings.  UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village

Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 18: Ashgabad Sightseeing

In the morning visit Tolkuchka Bazaar visit the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi, later drive to Gokdepe fortress and horse farm. Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by 6,000 Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev against 25,000 defenders. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure.

At the horse farm you can see proud of Turkmen national Akhalteke horses. Over the 30 beautiful horses, you can see at the horse farm. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. Unique breed on the world, which not mixed with other breeds. Different rulers as Alexander Great, Darius I wants to own this horses.

Overnight in Grand Hotel (BLD)

Day 19: Ashgabad onward flight

Depending on your flight schedule transfer to the airport for onward flight (B)

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost based on comfort class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4875 $4452 $3875 $3560 $810

Tour cost based on tourists class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4135 $3685 $3000 $2770 $620

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Bishkek Golden Tulip or Holiday, Bishkek Asia Mountain 2
Issyk Kul Karven or Kapriz 3 Crow hotel
Karakul Green Yard or Amir Elite or Altamira
Djety Oguz CBT Homestay or Yurt Camp Betam CBT Homestay or Yurt Camp Betam
Chong Ke Min Ashu Guest House Ashu Guest House
Almaty World Hotel Saltanat or Dostyk Hotel Otrar Hotel
Tashkent Lotte City Tashkent Palace or Gloria Hotel Shodlik Palace or Uzbekistan Hotel
Samarkand Asia Hotel Malika Prime
Bukhara Asia Hotel or Zargaron Plaza Hotel Zargaron or Shasha & Son’s
Khiva Asia Hotel Malika Hotel
Kunya Urgench Uzboy Hotel Uzboy Hotel
Ashgabad Nusay, Yildyz or Oguzkent Hotel Grand Hotel or Al Aktyn

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2017

Starting Date Ending Date Availability  
14-April 2017 2-May 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-April 2017 10-May 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01- May 2017 19-May 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
08-May 2017 26-May 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-May 2017 02-Jun 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
23-May 2017 10-Jun 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-June 2017 19-Jun 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
10-Jun 2017 28-Jun 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
16-Jun 2017 04-Jul 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
25-Jun 2017 13-Jul 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-Jul 2017 19-Jul 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
08-Jul 2017 26-Jul 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-Jul 2017 05-Aug 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-Aug 2017 19-Aug 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
10-Aug 2017 28-Aug 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-Aug 2017 09-Sep 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-Sep 2017 19-Sep 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
12-Sep 2017 30- Sep 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-Sep 2017 10-Oct 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
30-Sep 2017 18-Oct 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
03-Oct 2017 21-Oct 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-Oct 2017 02-Nov 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation and transfers, domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotel mentioned above
• Meals For included meals please see the key above (B) Breakfast (L) Lunches (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• English speaking local guides
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals not mention above
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers
• Early Check in and late Checkout at hotel
• Photography and Video fees

If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request

About Tour operators Silk Road and Himalayas

We are a small, highly experienced “boutique” travel company operating unique tours thoughout Central Asia, Far East, and Indian Subcontinent.