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Silk Road travel 3

Silk Road travel 3, Silk Road tours. 

Silk Road travel 3
Destination:
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Duration: 20 days

Day 1: Ashgabat
Upon arrival guide will meet and accompany you to Ashgabat city. The guided city tour will be on the most significant sites of the city. At first you will have a tour to the Horse-farm where you can observe the pride of Turkmen people called Akhal-Teke horses. In addition you will have a chance to have traditional tea break and Akhal-Teke horse show program where you can verify the professional skills of horse riders. Later on you will explore "Gypjak" Mosque and Mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan.  Afterwards you will return to Ashgabat. In the evening you will have a city tour.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Darwaza - Ashgabat
In the morning you will be transferred to the sight that is known as "Old Nisa". This prominent attraction is the Sanctuary of Parhian Kings that was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site. In course of the tour you will have an excursion in the State Museum of History where you can enjoy such exhibits from the settlements Nisa, Merv and Gonurdepe, collection of vintage Turkmen carpets, rare examples of national clothing, jewelries, and antique weapons. Later on you will travel to the attraction that tourist all of the world know the famous Gas Crater - Darvaza. It is located to the North of Ashgabat. On the way to the place which tours are incredibly popular you will have a stop at nomadic village to learn more about culture and traditions. In the evening you will have a chance to witness the captivating view of the gas crater. Return to Ashgabat.

Day 3: Ashgabat - Mary
In course of the tour you will have a drive to Mary. On the way you will have a stop to the Anau which is known to be a pilgrimage place as well as being ruins of Seyitjemaleddin mosque XV c. Here you will be able to explore the remains of Abiverd medieval city which was a trading town of North Khorasan. Upon arrival you will have a short walking around the city center. Night is in hotel. 

Day 4: Mary - Merv - Turkmenabat - Uzbek-Turkmen border ‘Farap/Alat' - Bukhara
Today you will have an opportunity to have a tour in the Mary Historical Museum and then Old Merv as well. This city was big and prosperous the reason for this is the Great Silk Road that passed here. In addition you will have an opportunity to enjoy the Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Later on you will be transferred to Turkmenabat city and move to Turkmen-Uzbek border Farap/Alat (Uzbekistan).  The Uzbek guide will meet you on border and drive to Bukhara. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara
Today you will have a guided city tour in Bukhara. Here you will be able to enjoy the most prominent sights of the city like Citadel Ark (4th century). This the oldest citadel in Bukhara used to be a place of Bukhara Empire. Later on you will explore the Samanids mausoleum that is considered to be a masterwork. Continue your route to Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, which is famous due to its forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Here you will be able to explore the souvenir shops. In course of the tour you will visit one of the most visited madrasahs of Bukhara, the Nodir Divan Begi. This site is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. In addition in the end you will visit Poi Kalon complex that consist of three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara - Samarkand
Today you will travel to the sights that located near Bukhara city. At first you will explore the Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex that lays in few kilometers from Bukhara. This site is also known as a memorial complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher. Many Muslims came here to one of the pilgrimage places of Islamic world. After it you will visit sight that was erected to the celestial master of Amir Timur, the Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. It consists of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana. By having tours here you will ebb le to witness the pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Later on you will explore residence of Bukhara Emirs - Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. You will amazed by the number of different styles that was used to build it. Then is the sight that was erected in memory of the Emir's wife who died young "Star - like and moon - like Palace". Afterwards is transfer to Samarkand. Today you will spend the night is in a hotel.

Day 7: Samarkand
In course of the tour you will explore the city that is known to be located in the valley of the river Zerafshan as well as being the second largest city of Uzbekistan. Moreover it is important to note that this city as old as ones of Babylon or Rome. While travel here you can enjoy to witness the great sights of the city like Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. The tour will start with visiting the Registan Square with its famous three Madrasahs of the 15th -17th centuries. Moreover you will be amazed by Shakhi-Zindeh that is also possesses big collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15th centuries. It is worthy to note that this it include to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his successful trip in India. Overnight is in the hotel.

Day 8: Samarkand - Tashkent
In the morning you will be transferred to Tashkent for having guided city tour. First destination of the tour is the Independence square where placed a symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Then you can explore the local Broadway that separate Independence square and Amir Timur square. Then you will have an opportunity to have a ride in famous Tashkent metro the first line of which was opened in 1977. Later on you can explore the old part of the city where you will have an opportunity to witness great example of the architecture of the city such as   Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam which is famous for its several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The most famed part of th our here is to witness the Othman Qura hat is known to be the world's oldest Quran copy found in the 8th century. Othman was killed by non-muslims people in the 8th century the blood of his still can be found on the Quran. You can see it on its pages. Night is in a hotel.

Day 9: Tashkent - Uzbek border - Khujand
Today you will be transferred to Oibek border check point. On the other side of the border you will meet you guide that will accompany you to Khujand city. It is worthy to note that the city is considerate to be the second largest in Tajikistan. Upon arrival you will be find yourself on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is about 149,000. In addition to this it is the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan - called Sughd. Here you will see the most important parts of the city like a Cultural Palace of Khujant where the first president of Tajikistan took place as well as Central Mosque. It is situated in the middle of the city. The night will be spent in a hotel.

Day 10: Khujand - Dushanbe
In course of the travel you will have a drive to Dushanbe city. The road will go through the Anzob pass the altitude of which is 3 372 m and tunnel of Isticlol. During the way you will have an opportunity to enjoy one of the most picturesque views of panorama. Moreover you will have a lot of photo stop to capture the picturesque backgrounds of the scenery of Tajik mountains. Afterwards is arrival to Dushanbe.  Night is in a hotel.

Day 11: Dushanbe
Today you will explore the capital city of Tajikistan. In course of the tour you will explore Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal and House of parliament. You will be transferred to National park where it will be possible to take vibrant photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world. The size of his flag is about 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. Later on you will have an excursion in the Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Moreover you will have a chance to visit the real Asian Bazaar. Here you will be able to find many interesting goods. On the way you will be told about Tajik people and their culture. Overnight is in a hotel. 

Day 12: Dushanbe - Khoburubot - Kalai Khum
Today we will drive to Kalai Khum village through mountain road that goes to Khoburubot Pass the altitude of which is 3 252 meters above sea level. The road that you will have is also known as Western Pamir Tract. Here you can enjoy magnificent views of the nature as well as taking amazing photos. Here you can enjoy mountains and rivers as well as learn more about culture and traditions of local people. The tour will mesmerize you by landscape and unique nature. We Night is in the hotel.

Day 13: Kalai Khum - Khorog
Toady you will have a tour to Khorog that is known as the one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. Upon arriving here you will see that this city located among rocky mountains. Moreover you will be impressed on the view of the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara River and Ghund River flow into Pyanj River. While driving to this interesting place you will have a break to meet Pamir people. They are very hospitable and peaceful! Today you will spend the night in a guesthouse.

Day 14: Khorog - Yashil Kul Lake - Bulunkul Lake - Murgab
In course of the tour we will be glad to show you two incredible lakes known as Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes). This lakes can be found on Pamir mountains on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level in the Murghab district. The color of Bulunkul lake will captivate you with its interaction of sunlight due to which it become violet and dark-blue. You will be amazed to know that you can find there a lot of fish in the lake. On the way you will have an opportunity to see yaks, domestic animals, cow and sheep. They produce meat, milk and wool. Then you will drive over Koitezak pass of 4 271 m. Overnight is in a guesthouse.

Day 15: Murgab - Osh
Toady you will be transferred to Kyrgyz border Kyzyl Art which can be found on the altitude of 4 336 m. The guide will meet and accompany you to Osh city. On the way you will have a great view on the landscapes that will mesmerize you. Here you can oak in calmness and relaxation of unique nature. The road top this the south capital of the country will go via high mountain pass Taldik which altitude is 3 615 meters high! Your night will be spent in a hotel.

Day 16: Osh - Bishkek
Today you will explore this ancient and interesting city. In course of the tour you will visit Suleiman Mountain. You can find this incredible sight in the center of the city. This place is known as the important place for pilgrimage of Muslims. As the legend says biblical prophet Solomon was buried at the foot of it. During the tour you will have great chances to learn about it more. Don't forget to visit famous Asian bazar. The market will impress you by big variety of goods. Transfer to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.

Day 17: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today you will have a guided city tour that will show you the greatest parts of the city like Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and other places. Later on you will have to drive to the Ala Archa gorge that is 45 km from the city. Upon arrival you will see this gorge on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range and famous for its wonderful view. While having tour here be prepared to have a hiking tour to witness the breathtaking view of the gorge. The weather there will surprise you. Afterwards you will return to Bishkek. The night will be spent in a hotel.

Day 18: Bishkek - Almaty
In the morning you will have to drive to Almaty to have a guided city tour. The distance from Bishkek to Almaty is 230 km or about 4 hours. After crossing the border Kazakh guide will meet you and on the way to the city you will learn the main parts of this area. The first place to visit is the famous Green Bazzar that is known to be a place where you can buy many interesting and tasty goods. Then is Panfilov Park as well as Zenkov Cathedra that is considerate to be one of the most picturesque wooden buildings. The Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame was erected for who died for freedom and independence of the country. In course of the tour you will visit the Medeo Gorge where can be seen the highest mountain skating rink in the world. On tours In Kok Tobe park you can enjoy the tallest TV tower in the world and end the tour by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to hotel.

Day 19: Almaty - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Today your destination is Charyn Canyon that is known as the one of the most exceptional site of Kazakhstan. This breathtaking sight is appeared about 12 million years old thanks to the wind and water as well as sun and rain. The road from Almaty will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. During the way you will get a lot of interesting facts about this region. It is worth travelling here and to take vibrant photos. You can also see the beautiful panorama views. Travelers like visiting this place. Night is in the hotel. 

Day 20: Almaty - Airport
Transfer to airport in the morning. 

 

Transport in Turkmenistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus (14 seats)
10 pax - Bus (20 seats) 

Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus 

Transport in Tajikistan:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex 

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - 1 Mercedes Sprinter 

Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-10 pax - Sprinter          

 

Price per person:
02 pax - 2 975 $
04 pax - 2 115 $
06 pax - 1 985 $
08 pax - 1 750 $
10 pax - 1 785 $
Single - 350 $

Early check-in - 70 $
Single early check-in - 140 $  

All dinners - 260 $*
All lunches and dinners - 495 $*

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 40 $ per person

 

English speaking guides:
TM - included by law
UZ - local 140 $ per group or escort 380 $ per group
TJ - 760 $ per group
KG - 295 $ per group
KZ - 220 $ per group

 

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*       
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3* *
Kalai Khum - "Karon Palace" Hotel 4*
Khorog - "Lal" Guesthouse
Murgab - "Pamir" Guesthouse
Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Visa support in Turkmenistan
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent
- English speaking guide in Turkmenistan
- Flight tickets Osh - Bishkek (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg) 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide