Combined Country tours
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Arrival Almaty, transfer to the hotel. Overnight Almaty.
Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov wooden cathedral, St.Nicholas cathedral, the National Musical Instruments museum, Almaty’s Green bazaar, panoramic view at observatory. Overnight Almaty.
After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan via a newly-built highway. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour in Bishkek. Overnight Bishkek.
Drive to Lake Issyk Kul (240 kms), one of the world’s largest mountain lakes at 1607 metres. After arrival, drive to Grigorevka gorge full of lush green alpine meadows and fir trees, then do an easy hike in the gorge. Next stop is in Cholpon Ata where you will be able to visit the petroglyphs lying under the open sky. Overnight Cholpon Ata.
Return to Bishkek visiting Burana Tower en route. The Burana Tower is a large minaret in the Chuy Valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country’s capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. The tower, along with grave markers, some earthworks and the remnants of a castle and three mausoleums, is all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century. An external staircase and steep, winding stairway inside the tower enables visitors to climb to the top.Overnight Bishkek.
Depending of the day of the week, catch a morning or evening 90-minute flight to Tashkent. Transfer to Tashkent hotel. Proceed for city tour: visit Hasti Imam square, Mui Muborak library with Osman Koran of 7 c, Barakhan Madrasa, Chorsu bazaar, Applied Arts museum, Independence square and Tashkent metro. Overnight.
Transfer to Tajikistan border 90 km . Meet your Tajik guide and driver and city tour in old Khojand city. The drive from Tashkent to the Uzbek-Tajik border is 98 km, which should take you approximately 1.5 hours. You will be assisted and taken by your Tour guide through the customs formalities, although be prepared for a slow pedestrian crossing of the border, which includes 1.5 km walk across No Man’s Land of the two border controls. In all likelihood you will have to convey your own luggage so remember to keep it light. Think of these border crossings as a cultural experience, one that hopefully in a few years will disappear, but you will have undertaken.
Once you cross both of the border controls you will be met on the Tajik side and your sightseeing tour of Khujand will commence. From the border to Khujand is 66 km, which is approximately an hour drive. Your sightseeing today will commence with the Payshanba bazaar – one of the most crowded bazaars of Tajikistan, Sheikh Muslihiddin mosque and mausoleum and Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant, and you will then finalise your day’s sightseeing with the Fortress of Temur Malik, Museum of History and Archaeology. Overnight.
Enjoy breakfast within your hotel, then visit the Monument to Lenin and to Khujandi poet, the Orthodox church of Maria Magdalena and Kayrakkum Hydro Power Station built in 1968.
After lunch in Khujand you will commence your 80 km drive (approx. 1.5 hrs) to Istaravshan. Upon arrival in Istaravshan visit the Khazrati Shah architectural complex which consists of Khazrati Shah mausoleum – the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami mausoleum and the mosque Namazgah. Mug Tepa – situated in Ura-Tuba is one of the ancient settlements in Tajikistan. It is said the city was founded by Cyrius the Great in the north-east boundary of the Persian Empire. Drive back to Uzbek border near Samarkand and be transferred to hotel in Samarkand.
Today start your city tour in Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum, Registan square and Siab Bazar, Bibi Hanum mosque. Day 8: Full day city tour of Samarkand. You will visit Shahi Zinda complex, Afrosiab museum with wall painting of 7 C and other ancient artifacts found at the site dating back to 6 century BC up to 20 Century AD. Also visit Ulughbek observatory and your visit to Konigil Silk paper workshop will finish your sightseeing. Enjoy Sound and Light Laser show at Registan after 2100 (if available). Overnight Samarkand.
Today we will show one of the famous Urgut bazar of Uzbekistan, located 40 km from Samarkand. You will discover local market with food stuff, embroidery of Suzane and other craft works. After the market you wil return to Samarkand and visit Konigil village where locals revived the production of Samarkand Silk paper made of Mallberry tree. Afernoon free on your own to explore more. Overnight.
Drive to Bukhara via Shahrisabz, another UNESCO world heritage site. Short city tour of Shahrisabz, visit Ak Saray ruins, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Juma mosque, Jahangir’s mausoleum. Shahrisabz is also famous for its embroidery Suzane which is different than other regions of Uzbekistan and you will be able to purchase local craft works from local masters on site. After lunch, continue driving to Bukhara and you will arrive in Bukhara later evening and have free time for little walk and exploration of the city. Your hotel is located in the old town. Overnight Bukhara.
Bukhara is the pearl of Asia and it was the center of Education and Islamic culture in the medieval ages. Still in the city there are many mosques, madrasa and mausoleums. Visit Ismael Samaniy mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub, Bolo Hauz mosque. Ark Fortress, dating back to 1st century AD and 20 century, it was the royal residence of Bukhara Emir. Kalyan mosque and minaret, Mir Arab Madrasa, Taki Zargaron, Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasa, Tim Abdullakhan, Taki Telpakfurushon, Magaki Attari mosque, Nadir Divan Begi Hanaka and Madrasa and Chor Minor. Overnight Bukhara.
You will be transferred to the border and pass through both customs, visa formalities and meet your Turkmenistan guide and driver at Turkmenistan customs. Between two countries there is a neutral zone and you can use Shuttle bus from one side to the other. Continue driving to Mary, and oasis in the Karakum desert. Overnight Mary.
Sightseeing in ancient Merv, founded in the 6th century BC and one of the most important cities along the Silk Road. Return to Mary and visit the museum. Catch afternoon flight to Ashgabat.
It’s known for its white marble buildings and grandiose national monuments. To the northwest, the sprawling Ruhy Mosque has a vast gilt dome. The central Artogrul Gazi Mosque is modeled on Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Examples of traditional weaving are displayed at Turkmen Carpet Museum. The Wedding Palace is a series of star-shaped tiers topped by a giant golden globe.Sightseeing in Ashgabat including the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, old Nisa, the ancient Parthian settlement, and the Anau ruins. Overnight Ashgabat.
After breakfast drive to Darwaza, gas crater it is also known as Hell’s gate where in 1970s they discovered huge reserve of natural gas and the crater is till buring since 70s. En route you will stop to see Erbent village to see how local turkmen people live . Arrive in Darwaza evening, rest and accommodate in Tents. You will have picnic dinner with Shishi kebab prepared outside near the crater. Overnight in Tents.
Early morning 50-minute flight to Dashoguz. then drive to Kunya Urgench. Visit Kunya Urgench historical sites: mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. View the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla, Izmukhir. Return drive to Dashoguz. You will cross the border, the procedure is the same as you did when you crossed from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan. At Uzbekistan side, where your Uzbek driver will meet you and transfer you to Khiva. Overnight Khiva.
Full day visit of Khiva: Ark Fortress, Ichan kala, Madrasah Muhammad Aminkhan, Madrasa Muhammad Rahimkhan, Kalta Minor, wood workshop, carpet Workshop, Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum, Shergazikhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli palace, Caravanserai and bazaar. Evening enjoy local Folk music an dance show in local family restaurant or on Roof top. Overnight.
After breakfast transfer to airport of Urgench for your flight to Tashkent at 0930-1105. Meet in Tashkent airport and transfer to hotel. Free time for own private activities or visit bazar for shopping. Overnight.
Departure. Transfer to airport for return flight home. End of Services