Heart of Central Asia Five Stan’s Tours

Overview

Tour operates:  April until October
No of days: 21 nights 22 days
Route: Almaty- Charyn Canyon-Karakul-Bishkek- Chong-Kemin valley – Chychkan Gorge -Osh-Ferghana valley-Tashkent-Khujand-Penjikent- Fann Mountains, Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva—Dashoguz-Darvaza-Ashgbad.
Transport: Air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flight
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guides in each country
Tour starting point: Almaty
Ending point: 
Ashgabad
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Almaty Kazakhstan

On Arrival at Almaty airport you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.Sightseeing of Almaty city,including the Zenkov Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest wood buildings and the Central State Museum.After lunch,ascend the Kok-Tube Mountain by railway.Return to Almaty to visit the unique National Museum of Kazak Musical Instruments. Overnight in Hotel(LD).

Day 2: Almaty

After breakfast, we drive to Medeo. Medeo is a picturesque valley located 15 km above Almaty. Besides beautiful nature there are some other attractions to see, one of which is the world’s largest speed skating rink know as Medea. The other one is a dike; a fine piece of engineering created to protect the city from mud floods. The dike’s collector has an impressive capacity of 6.000.000 m of water. Our last stop is at the end of the gorge where there is a ski resort Chimbulak, situated at an altitude of 2.200 m above sea level. It is one of Central Asia’s top skiing spots. The ski season lasts from November to April. Later return to your hotel for Overnight (BLD)

Day 3: Almaty-Charyn Canyon Karakul (Kyrgyzstan)

Drive to Karakul. En-route we visit Charyn canyon where you will have chance to walk around after picnic lunch. We cross the border to Karakul. Overnight in Hotel (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 impressive Jeti Oguz gorge, the Gorge of 7 Red Rocks. This is the most beautiful gorge in Kyrgyzstan, here you have a chance to hike around the canyon or take an optional horse ride.
Later return to Karakul for overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 5: Karakul–Cholpon-ata Issyk-Kul

In the morning drive to Aksuu (Grigoryevka) Canyon for a hike around the canyon. Later, visit some rock petroglyphs dated to 3rd century AD to 14th century AD. Overnight in a Hotel (BLD)

Day 06: Issyk-Kul-Chon-Kemin

Today we drive to Chong-Kemin valley situated in a lush green pine area and explore the area by foot. In the evening, experience true Kyrgyz hospitality with a traditional Vodka party dinner. Overnight at Guest House (BD)

Day 07: Chong Kemin-Bishkek-Chychkan Gorge

Drive to Bishkek via Burana Tower, the remains of Karakhanid minaret. Enjoy a city tour of Bishkek. We continue driving toward Chychkan Gorge over Too-Ashuu pass to Susumayer valley to admire the beautiful scenery.
Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 8: Bishkek Osh

In the morning, we leave Chychkan Natural Reserve to Osh. En-route we stop at Toktogul reservoirs and ancient minaret and mausoleums in Uzgen town. Overnight in Guest House (BD)

Day 9: Osh-Ferghana valley (Uzbekistan)

Half day sightseeing of Osh city including the famous Osh Bazaar. Later, transfer to Dostuk border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 10: Ferghana Valley-Tashkent

In the morning explore the Ferghana valley includes visit of Yodgorlik Khan Atlas Silk Factory, here you will see acquaint self with the manufacturing processes of silk, starting from unreeling cocoons till their painting. The complex Kaftarlik with a mosque and minaret, portal-dome mausoleums and original pigeon loft has been maintained.
Later drive to Tashkent via Kokand, visit includes; Museum in the Fort of the Last Ruler – Khudayor Khan and see a collection of exhibits related to the times of the Khan’s rule. Museum Norbuta – Bia madrassa and Modarikhon mausoleum. Overnight in Hotel (BD))

Day 11: Khujand-Istrafshan – Penjikent (Tajikistan)

In the morning transfer to the Uzbek Tajik border at Oybek to Khujand. You will be met by our Tajikistan guide and drive to Khujand city, City tour of Khujand includes a visit to the ancient part of Timurmalik fortress, museum and Panjshanbe market, after lunch drive to Istrafshan and visit the well preserved old town of Istarafshan, a maze of small alleys that wind through neighborhoods of shady, mud walled Central Asian homesteads. Sights include the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, the Hafz-i-Sangin Mosque and the eighteenth century Hazrat-i-Shah Mosque and mausoleum complex. Continue driving to Penjikent. Overnight at  hotel in Penjikent. (BD)

Day 12: Penjikent – Fann Mountain

In the morning we drive to visit the Seven Lakes (80 km) through the settlement of Sarazm the UNESCO World Heritage site. Seven lakes of Marguzor is located in the west of Fan Mountains; each of them has its own colour which varies from calming turquoise to mesmerizing purple. Today you will have a chance to hike around the Mountain, after picnic lunch return to Penjikent. Afternoon visit Penjikent museum, local market.  Overnight at hotel in Penjikent. (BD)

Day 13: Samarkand (Uzbekistan 2nd arrival)

In the morning transfer to Penjikent border crossing, after border formalities meet your Uzbekistan guide and 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 at hotel in Samarkand. (BD)

Day 14: 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 15: 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 16: 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 17: Bukhara-Khiva

In the morning drive to Khiva, later half day city tour of Khiva. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 18: 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 19: Dashoguz- Kunya Urgench (Turkmenistan)
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. Visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After lunch continue driving to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as “The Door to Hell”. The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the as is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater in Camp. (BLD) We will be providing sleeping bags and mattresses.
Day 20: Gas Crater-Ashgabad
Picnic style breakfast in the camp. Morning drive to Ashgabat. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. Arrival in Ashgabat and 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. Later in the afternoon drive to visit Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russian Empire Army. The siege of Gokdepe lasted 23 days, after which the city was taken by storm. Visit Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Also visit Gokdepe Historical Museum to learn the history of Gokdepe, understand the reason of Russian attacks, see the drawings of Russian-Turkmen battle, and see socio-historical development of Turkmen people. Overnight at Grand hotel in Ashgabad. (BLD)
Day 21: Ashgabad Sightseeing
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to visit “Altyn Asyr” Oriental Bazar– Jygyldyk located in 20km to the north of Ashgabat. It is one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colourful rugs, jewellery, carpets, silk and national Turkmen costumes and animals in other part.
Later drive to visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people – Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses in the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia).   Overnight at hotel in Ashgabad (BLD)
Day 22: Onward flight
Our service will end with airport transfer. (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 premium class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5050 $4400 $3650 $3280 $910

Tour cost tourists class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $ 4630 $4000 $3150 $2800 $620

Hotels

Places Premium class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Almaty World Hotel Saltanat or Dostyk Hotel Otrar Hotel
Karakol Green Yard Hotel Elite Guest House
Issyk Kul Karven Issyk Kul 3 Carona Hotel
Chong-Kemin Ashu Guest House CBT Guest Huse
Chychkan Gorge Oson Hotel Kok Bel Hotel
Osh Sunrise Hotel Silkway hotel 
Ferghana valley  Asia Hotel Club 777
Tashkent Lotte City Tashkent Palace Uzbekistan hotel orShodlik Palace
Penjikent Sugd Hotel Zarafshan
Samarkand Asia Hotel,  Emirhan, Grand Superior  Malika Prime
Bukhara Asia Hotel or Zargaron Plaza Zargaron or Malika
Khiva Asia Hotel, Malika Khievak, Orient star Malika Hotel
Gas Crater Camp Camp
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 2018 – 2019

Starting Date Ending Date Availability  
11-April 2019 2-May 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-April 2019 09-May 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
27- April 2019 18-May 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
02-May  2019 23-May 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-May 2019 09-Jun 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
26-May 2019 16-Jun 2010 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-June 2019 22-Jun 2019 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
08-Jun 2018 29-Jun 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-Jun 2018 06-Jul 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-Jun 2018 13-July 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-Jul 2018 22-Jul 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
11-Jul 2018 1-Aug 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
25-Jul 2018 15-Aug 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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15-Aug 2018 05-Sep 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
29 -Aug 2018 19-Sep 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
07-Sep 2018 28-Sep 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
14-Sep 2018 05-Oct 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
21-Sep 2018 12-Oct 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
28-Sep 2018 19-Oct 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
05-Oct 2018 26-Oct 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
14-Oct 2018 04-Nov 2018 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation and transfers, domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotel mentioned above with private facilities basic facilities at camp.
• Meals Please see key (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (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
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.