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Central Asia Tour to 5 Stans 2020: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Tour Country:

Stans tour

Duration:

15 days

Price per person:

2660 USD

Tour dates:

Group #1: August 24 – September 7, 2020

Group #2: September 14 – September 28, 2020

Tour description:

Visit 5  countries of the Central Asian region for 15 days as part of the great Central Asia Tour, 2020 with fixed dates. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are in one big tour by the legendary Great Silk Road.

Tour Program:

Day 1 – Ashgabat, arrival. Day trip to Kow-Ata underground lake.

Arrival in Ashgabat early in the morning. Meet at the airport and further group transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
After breakfast meet the local guide. Today we make a day trip to Nohur village, located in Kopetdag Mountains – here we visit tribal cemetery and pilgrim site; get acquainted with the local craftsmen, specializing in silk weaving. En route to Nohur village visit Turkmenbashi mosque mausoleum and Kow-Ata underground lake. Return to Ashgabat in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 2 – Ashgabat – Darwaza gas crater – Ashgabat (road transfer, 600 km).

After breakfast start of the half-day sightseeing tour around the city. Visit National Museum of Turkmenistan, Nissa ancient fortress (UNESCO Heritage site), Independence Park and Neutrality Arch. After lunch transfer to the most unique site in Central Asia – Darwaza burning gas crater. Arrival in Darwaza before sunset. Enjoy barbeque dinner near the burning gas crater; watch and make photos of the crater during the nighttime. Return to Ashgabat (slow driving after dark). Arrival at the hotel before or just after midnight. Overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, dinner.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 3 – Ashgabat – Mary (morning flight) Merv ancient city, Farap, Bukhara (road transfer, 385 km).

After breakfast meet the guide and further transfer to the airport; flight to Mary. Upon arrival – transfer to visit the ancient city of Merv, which is also included into the list UNESCO Heritage Sites. Exploring the region. Further transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities. Meet Uzbek team of guide and driver and further transfer to Bukhara. Accommodation at the hotel on arrival. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 4 – Bukhara.

After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Bukhara: Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. After lunch visit Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Return to the hotel for rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 5 – Bukhara – Samarkand (road transfer, 280 km).

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand which will take around 5 hours. On arrival – start of the sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit the main pride of the city – Registan Square, most famous square in Central Asia (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah); and Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s final resting place. Accommodation at the hotel in late afternoon. Rest and overnight in Samarkand.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 6 – Samarkand.

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide; continuation of the city tour in Samarkand. Visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory. After lunch visit Afrosiab museum and settlement, Saint Daniel’s tomb and Silk paper workshop. Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 7 – Samarkand – “Jartepa” land border – Penjikent – Samarkand (road transfer, 120 km in both directions).

After early breakfast we take a day trip to Tajikistan – the important part of ancient Sogdiana. In the morning – transfer to the land border with Tajikistan. Border formalities. Meet Tajik guide and driver and drive to the region of Seven Lakes. The Seven Lakes are located in the west of Fann mountains; each of them has its own color. At the last of Seven Lakes – Khozorchashma Lake we enjoy a picnic. After lunch drive to Penjikent. Sightseeing in Penjikent includes visiting of the following sites: Rudaki Museum, local Bazaar and mosque. Further visit ancient Penjikent which was a major Sogdian city and was destroyed by Arab conqueror. By the evening – return to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities and transfer to the hotel. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 8 – Samarkand – Tashkent (road transfer 330 km).

Breakfast at the hotel. Road transfer to Tashkent. On arrival – start exploring the capital city of Uzbekistan. Visit Minor white Mosque, Independence Square, Amir Timur Square and Tashkent metro. Accommodation at the hotel in the evening. Overnight in Tashkent.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 9 – Tashkent to Kokand (train 060, 08:07-12:13) Rishtan, Dustlik land border, Osh (road transfer, 195 km).

After early breakfast transfer to the railway station for further transfer to Kokand by train (modern carriages, normal speed, seated places). On arrival in Kokand – one of the ancient cities of Fergana valley, start the city tour. Visit Palace of Khudayar Khan, Mausoleum of Modari Khan, Juma Mosque. After lunch transfer to the land border with Kyrgyzstan. Border formalities. Meet Kyrgyz team of guide and driver and further transfer to Osh. Accommodation at the hotel. Rest and overnight in Osh.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 10 – Osh – Bishkek (midday flight). City tours in Osh and Bishkek.

After breakfast meet the guide and start the city tour in Osh. Visit Suleiman Mount, one of the main shrines of the Islamic world in Central Asia. On the mount visit to a historical museum, located in the main cave. After that walk up the hill and watch a little mosque of Babur, The Great Mogols Dynasty founder, and take a bird eye’s view of the city. After lunch transfer to the airport and flight to Bishkek. On arrival – short sightseeing tour and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 11 – Bishkek – Burana Tower – Issyk-Kul Lake (road transfer, 280 km).

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide and driver and drive to the second largest alpine lake in the world – Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way visit the ruins of the ancient city Balasagyn and Burana tower. Upon arrival accommodation at the hotel and rest.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 12 – Issyk-Kul – Karakol (road transfer, 150 km).

Breakfast at the hotel. Start driving to Karakol. On the route visit the museum of Petroglyph’s in Cholpon-Ata and museum of the famous Russian explorer of Central Asia N.M. Prjevalsky. Upon arrival city tour in Karakol. Visit a Dungan mosque(19century), a unique construction built in Chinese style with no nails used. Also, see the wooden Russian Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Trinity built at the end of the 19th century. Walk around the central bazaar to feel the real life of the city. Accommodation at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 13 – Karakol, Kegen, Charyn canyon, Almaty (road transfer, 380 km).

Early breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Karakol at 08:00. Transfer to the land border with Kazakhstan. Border formalities. Further transfer to Almaty. En route visit spectacular Charyn Canyon. The Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park about 215 km east of Almaty and approximately a 3 hour drive via the A 351 and A 352. The Canyon has been described as the Grand Canyon’s little brother. The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long, and, in places up to 300 meters deep. One area of particular interest is an area of 2 km called the Valley of Castles, due to the pillars and rock formations forming imposing, almost man-made structures. Arrival in Almaty by the evening. Accommodation and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 14 – Almaty (city tour including Falcons’ show).

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, start of the sightseeing tour about Almaty (10 hours). Visit the following places: the Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Next visit of the Kok-Tobe hill with the tallest TV tower in the world. Short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. After lunch transfer to the most beautiful lakes, located in the surroundings of Almaty – Big Almaty Lake. Arrival to the Lake and slight hiking in the surroundings. En route visit to “Sunkar” Falcons’ Farm to watch the show with hunting birds. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Meals: breakfast.

Accomodation: Hotel.

Day 15 – Almaty, departure.

Transfer to the International airport of Almaty. Departure from Kazakhstan.

Meals: breakfast.

Notes:

Single accomodation: 390 USD per person

Important note for all travelers:

Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Central Asia, no EURO and no credit cards are accepted in these countries (only in Almaty and Bishkek it is possible to cash money via cash machine).

Hotels:

We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.

– Standard – inexpensive yet cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere;

– Comfort – very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

Included
  • • Accommodation at the hotels (mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category) in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check-in at the hotel in Ashgabat on day 1 – check-in before 06:00. Check-in at other hotels – at 14:00
  • • check-out – at 12:00
  • • Meals – only breakfasts at the hotels and one dinner on Darwaza crater
  • • Services of English-speaking local guides (separate guides in each country)
  • • Entrance fees at museums and historical parks mentioned in the program above
  • • Internal air flight from Ashgabat to Mary
  • • Internal air flight from Osh to Bishkek. Railway transfer from Tashkent to Kokand (modern carriages, normal speed, seated places)
  • • Transportation services on comfortable air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses – depending on the number of tourists in a group)
  • • Mineral water for each day of the tour
  • • Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, including Letter of Invitation, State Registration and Travel Pass (obligatory for all foreigners)
Does not include
  • • International flights, besides included
  • • Visa invitations to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan – (if necessary)
  • • Visa fees to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan (if necessary)
  • • Meals (except mentioned)

    Additional Services:
  • • Visa invitation to Kazakhstan – 65 USD/per person (if necessary)
  • • Visa invitation to Kyrgyzstan – 55 USD/per person (if necessary)
  • • Visa invitation to Uzbekistan – 45 USD/per person (if necessary)
  • • Group visa to Kyrgyzstan (can be issued by our company for a group of 4+ tourists) – 70 USD/per person (if necessary)

TOUR PRICES

Fixed price per person

2660usd

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  • August 24 - September 7, 2020
  • September 14 - September 28, 2020

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