(Tajikistan & Uzbekistan Combo tour 12 days /11 nights)
Europe – Istanbul – Dushanbe – Alauddin – Moutniy – KuliKalon – Chukrak – Artuch – Pandjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Tashkent – Europe
Day 1// Europe – Istanbul – Dushanbe
Take an international flight to Dushanbe by Turkish Airlines.
Day 2// Dushanbe
Arrival to Dushanbe at night at 03:35 and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the program can be modified according to the arrival time. Discovery of the capital of Tajikistan which is located at 850m above the sea level. Visit the botanical garden, the place of Ismail Samoni and the local bazaar. Dushanbe is the most beautiful capital of Central Asia and is one of the most enjoyable with its mountains in its background.
Day 3// Dushanbe – Alauddin (140 km)
Early in the morning transfer to the Alauddin lake. The road goes through the Zarafshan valley and Posrud river, which incorporates villages, situated in the south-east of Alauddin at 2700 m. Picnic in the open air. Arrangements with an accommodation. Take a rest. If the time allows – walking tour around the Alauddin Lake. In the evening, we will meet with donkey man who will carry our luggage next day. Dinner and overnight stay in tents camp nearby the lake.
Day 4// Alauddin – Mutniy – Alauddin (6 hours walking)
Breakfast. Going up by a good path to the Lake Piyola, this lake is 130km far from the capital city. Kuli Piyola is fresh and lively (3500m). Majestic panorama of the beautiful Zamok peak opens up from this point (5070m). Then walk towards to the lake Moutnyi, the road goes through the village of shepherds. This trip takes you to watch the peaks of mountain Fanskiy: Zamok peak (5070 m), Paygamber peak (4938 m), Energiya peak (5120 m), Chimtargha peak (5498 m) and Kaznok pass (4040 m). Picnic is in the open air. Descent to the camp. Dinner and overnight stay in the tents camp.
Day 5// Alauddin – KuliKalon ( 6 hours by walking)
Breakfast. Ascent to the highest point of Alauddin pass (3860 m), to see a spectacular sunrise over the Chapdara (5050 m), Adamkul (4700 m) and Maria (4970 m). Picnic in the open air and come back to the camp.Climb up to Alouddin pass (3860m). At Mariya peak we can see all the glaciers and lakes of Kulikalon. Picnic in the open air. Get dawn through Dushakha lake to Kulikalon (2900m) (5-6 hours walking).Dinner and overnight stay in the tents camp on the shores of the lake.
Day 6// KuliKalon – Chukurak (6 hour walking)
Breakfast. Early morning pilgrimagetrip to Chukurak pass (3180 m). Walk through Chukurak lake. It is possible fishing. You will have a look mine Florida. Picnic in the open air and descend to the lake Chukurak (2450 m). We will meet with the local people who live in the village in that area. Return to the camp. Dinner and overnight stay in tents camp.
Day 7// Chukurak – Artutch ( 6 hours walking)
Breakfast. Descending to Artuch town, which is located North-East of Kuli Kalon. The road goes around the lake through the Kuli Kalon area. Picnic in the open air and get accommodation in home-stay. Dinner and overnight stay at home-stay.
Day 8// Artuch – Pendjikent (70 km) – Samarkand (60km)
Breakfast. Descending to Pendjikent town. We visit the Sarazm ruins (IV-III BC-III AD). Sarazm was the great city of Sogdiana. Drive to Tajikistan – Uzbekistan border (60 km). You will be met by one of Trip Orient representatives and depart to Samarkand. Arrival to Samarkand and have lunch. Start sightseeing tour of Samarkand at 14:00. We will visit the following attractions:
- Registan (Tilla kori , Sherdor and Ulugbek madrassa);
- Guri Amir mausoleum;
- Bibi-Khanum mosque;
- Wineres “Xorvenko”;
Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9// Samarkand – Bukhara (300 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion across Samarkand is after a breakfast;
- Siyab market;
- Shakhi-Zinda complex;
- Ulug-bek observatory;
- Arasiyab museum;
- Samarkand paper factory;
18.00 Dinner is served at a local restaurant with Samarkand wine;
20.00 Transfer to train station;
Arrival to Bukhara at 21.03 and transfer to the hotel.
Day 10 // Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Start city tour at 09.00. We will visit the following attractions:
- Ismail Samanid mausoleum (IX BC);
- Chashma-Ayub mausoleum;
- Local market;
- Ark Fortress;
- Poi-Kalon Ensemble;
- Labi-Khauz compex
Lunch at alocal restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11 // Bukhara – Tashkent (800 km)
Optional morning activity: After breakfast start to visit attractions, located outside of Bukhara:
- Bakhauddin Naqishband complex;
- Chor minor;
15.00 Transfer to the train station, leave for Tashkent by fast-speed train “Afrasyab”;
15.55 Train to Tashkent;
19.40 Arrival in Tashkent. Dinner and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12 // Tashkent – Istanbul – Europe
Breakfast at the hotel.After breakfast check-out and transfer to the airport.
End of the program.