Central Asia High Road – Five Stan Tours

Overview

Tour operates: May until September

No. of days: 24 nights 25 days

Destinations: Ashgabad-Darvaza-Marve-Bukhara-Samarkand-Khujand -Iskanderkul Lake-Dushanbe-Kalaikum-Khorog-Ishakahism-Langar-Murghab-Kizil Art pass-Sarai Tash-Osh- Chychkan Gorge – Kyzyl-Oy village- Song Kol Lake-Issyk-Kul Karakul-Bishkek-Almaty.

Transport: Private air conditioned transport in towns, 4×4 Jeeps for Pamir Highway, economy class domestic flights

Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities in cities, Guest houses, Home stays and Yurt in the remote areas with basic sharing facilities

Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country

Tour starting point: Ashgabad

Tour Ending Point: Almaty

** Or this tour can be done in reverse as well.

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
On arrival at Ashgabat international airport you will be met by our guide and transfer to your hotel, afternoon city tour of Ashgabad, visit Tolkuchka bazaar. Continue to Old Nisa – ancient Parthian settlement and the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi.
Overnight in Grand Hotel (D)

Day 02: Ashgabad- Darvaza Gas Crater
Today we visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan. In the afternoon drive to Darwaza  Gas Crater, en-route  we visit a Nomad village, Karakum desert,  continue drive to Darwaza flaming gas crater or the ‘mouth of hell’.Later return to Ashgabad
Overnight in Grand Hotel (BD)

Day 03: Mary
Morning flight to Mary, Later sightseeing of Mary visit the ancient ruins of Merv which came under Persian, Greek, Sassanian and Moslem rule and from the 11th century was the capital of the Seljuk Turks, who controlled an empire stretching from Afghanistan to Egypt. In the 13th century Merv was destroyed by the Mongols leaving only the ruins of these numerous civilizations, later visit the History Museum, Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum and Kys Kala. Overnight in Margosh Hotel (BD)

Day 04: Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
In the morning, drive to the Turkmen Uzbek border, after border formalities you will be met by our Uzbek guide, later drive to Bukhara. Afternoon city tour of Bukhara
Overnight in Devon Begi Hotel (BD)

Day 05: 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 Divon Begi Hotel (BD)

Day 06: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
We depart early for Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, where we tour Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, House of Meditation and the Crypt of Timur, a man who changed the course of history and made a signfigant difference to Central Asia. There’s little left of Timur’s Ak-Saray Palace except bits of the gigantic, 40 m (98 foot) high entrance covered with gorgeous filigree like blue, white and gold mosaics, but it’s staggering to try and imagine what the rest of this glorious summer palace must have looked like. We continue later to Samarkand. For most people, Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Tombouctou. 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.
Overnight in Malika Prime Hotel (BD)

Day 07: Samarkand City Tour
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, 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 Afrosiab.
Overnight in Malika Prime Hotel (BD)

Day 08: Samarkand-Khujand (Tajikistan)
In the morning we drive to Uzbek Tajik border at Oybek, after border formalities we cross to Khujand. In the afternoon we visit Khujand museum, local bazar.
Overnight in Sugd stay (BD)

Day 09: Khujand-Iskandar Kul Lake
In the morning drive to Iskandar Kul Lake via Shahristan, afternoon walk around the Lake and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Overnight in Guest houses (BD)

Day 10: Dushanbe
In the morning, visit Hissor Fort, formerly capital of Eastern Bukhara province. The site has two madrassas (18th-19th centuries), visit to the bazaars and museums. Overnight in Guliston Tours Hotel (BD)

Day 11: Kalaikum
Today we start our journey toward the Pamir over the mountain pass to Kalaikum which is half to Khorog. Overnight at Guesthouse (BD)

Day 12: Khorog
Drive to Khorog which is the capital of (GBAO) Gorno- Badakhshan along the Panj River which form the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.
Overnight in Serena Hotel (BD)

Day 13: Khorog
In the morning visit Khorog’s bazaar, museum and botanical gardens the rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Serena Hotel (BD)

Day 14: Ishkashim Wakhan Valley
Today we drive to Wakhan valley. En-route we stop at Garm Chashma (Hot spring) Garam Chasma is the Pamirs’ most popular open-air hot spring pool for the locals.
Later visit the ruins of Kah Kahah fortress dated back from Kushan period 4th Century AD. Later, drive to Bibi Fotima hot spring for walk around the village and in the afternoon. Overnight homestay (BD)

Day 15: Langar
In the morning visit a small museum of local astronomer and poet Sufi Muboraki Wakhoni. Later drive to nearby village Vrang where on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th-7th centuries, reminders of the ancient pilgrim caravans that passed through the region. Continue driving to Langer, afternoon walk around the village and meet the locals, or if you are energetic optional hike up the hill to see the petroglyph site above the village, which involves a fair physical effort to reach. These images carved into the rocks high above the village depict goats, caravans, horses. Overnight in home stay (BD)

Day 16: Murghab
In the morning, visit local shrine Mazor-I Shoh Qambar-I Oftob (Master of Sun). Afterward we drive along the Pamir River via the Khargoshi pass (4344m) to Murghab.
Murgab is the highest village in Tajikistan. It is located at an altitude of 3600 meters. The town lies at the junction of the Pamir highway (that connects the region with Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan) and the main road linking Tajikistan with China through the Kulma pass. Overnight in homestay (BD)

Day 17: Kyzyl Art pass – Sary-Tash – Osh (Kyrgyzstan)
In the morning we drive along the Pamir Highway to Sary-Tash, en-route we stop at Karakul Lake with beautiful view of the Lake and surrounding Mountain peaks. drive to Kyzyl-Art Pass (4,280 m) border crossing. After border formalities, meet your Kyrgyz guide and descend to Sary-Tash, continue driving to Osh. Overnight in Silkway Hotel (BD)

Day 18: Osh-Chyckan Gorge
In the morning we drive to Osh visit Suleyman Mountain, Baburs house, History Museum, Rabat Abdullah Khan Mosque and Mausoleum, Osh Bazaar. Later drive to Chychkan gorge, stopping along the way at the Uzgen minaret and Mausoleums. Our journey takes us through the hydro-power stations, Toktogul Water Reservoir, Marble Pyramid and the Chychkan Canyon. Overnight in Oson Motel. (BD)

Day 19: Chychkan Gorge – Kyzyl-Oy village
Today we drive via Ala-Bel pass (3200 m above sea level) and Suusamyr valley to Kyzyl-Oy village. Upon arrival in Kyzyl-Oy village, exploration around the village. Here is very good option for horse ride lovers! Dinner and overnight in Homestay. (BD)

Day 20: Song Kol Lake
Morning scenic drive to Song Kul Lake. Song Kol is a high alpine lake in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan It lies at an altitude of 3016 metre from sea level. It is an important migration point for birds, which flock here for the lake’s rich marshlands. The lake itself is an exquisite gem-coloured turquoise blue, reaching a depth of 14 meters. In the summer. Song-Kul Lake is surrounded by lush verdant grass, making it a hotspot for nomadic cattle and horse breeders. Overnight in Yurt. (BD)

Day 21: Son Kol Lake – Issyk Kul Lake
Morning drive to Issyk-Kul. En route stop in Kochkor village where you will visit the Altyn Kol Women’s Handicraft Co-operative Centre.
Here, you will learn how nomadic Kyrgyz women made Shyrdak, and Ala-Kiyiz – a floor covering made by pressing felt of various naturally dyed colors. You will see the process of felt carpet-making and wool-dying. Later, we continue driving to Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul. Visit Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs Saimalu-Tash, which covers 42 hectares and contains prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall) and petroglyphs dating from 500 BC up to 600 AD. Upon arrival enjoy the stunning view of the Lake or take an optional boat ride. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 22: Issyk-Kul Lake – Karakol
Drive to Karakol. Half  day  sightseeing  of  Karakol:  visit Russian Church (1885),  Dungan  mosque  (1910), the museum and grave of Prjevalskiy – Great  Russian  explorer  of Central Asia and Mongolia. After lunch drive to Djety-Oguz valley. Walking around the Canyon later return back to Karakol overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 23: Karakol – Bishkek
In the morning we drive to Bishkek. 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. Here also we will enjoy watching Eagle Hunting Show. Later start driving to Bishkek. En route we will stop in Burana Tower of 11th century.
Upon arrival in Bishkek, a city tour which includes Central Square Ala-Too, White House, Parliament House, Manas on Horse Statue, Lenin Statue, and Oak Park.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 24: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Today we start early for Almaty, after border formalities at the Korday border crossing continue driving to Almaty, afternoon city tour includes, visit of the Zenkov Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest all wood buildings and the Central State Museum, after lunch, ascend the Kok-Tube Mountain by capable railway. Return to Almaty to visit the unique national museum of Kazak Musical Instruments. Overnight in Otrar Hotel (BD)

Day 25: Onward flight
The tour concludes with transfers to the airport (B)

Note: 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.

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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

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $6070 $5100 $4400 $3930 $680

Tour departures 2018

Starting Date Ending Date Availability  
20-May 2018 13-Jun 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
2-Jun 2018 26-Jun 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
16-Jun 2018 10-Jul 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
30-Jun 2018 24-Jul 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
7-Jul 2018 31-Jul 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
21-Jul 2018 14-Aug 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
02-Aug 2018 26-Aug 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
11-Aug 2018 4-Sep 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
16-Aug 2018 9-Sep 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers in air-conditioned cars, bus in cities depend on the group size, 4 wheel drive for Pamir Highway and domestic flights.
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities Home stays, Guest houses and Yurt with basic sharing facilities
Meals half board: Breakfast and Dinner. Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters for Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees and GBAO permit
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, Lunches
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout

*** Please also note that Single Supplement is only available while staying in hotels only not in Guest houses and home stays***

***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.