Silk Road: The five Stans of Central Asia

Our “Central Asia Travel” tour program is specially designed for solo travelers, who like to visit all Central Asian countries for 21 days. The “Central Asia travel” is more appropriate for travelers who prefers to stay at Guesthouses, homestay, Yurts, and small hotels. The “Central Asia travel” is more appropriate for tourists who want to save more money for the long journey. The “Central Asia Travel” is available for a couple, alone women and vegetarians too. The “Central Asia Travel”  is available for individuals who want to save a lot of money during the voyage.

21 Days
Free cancellation before at least 4 days

Upon arrival to Tashkent International Airport you will be met by one of Trip Orient LLC representatives and transferto the beautiful hotel, where you will stay 2nights.Afterbreakfast you are invited to your first visit in Tashkent. We start sightseeing tour from the Independent square and Amir Temur square, which are located in new city. We continue our travel to the old part of the city by visiting Kukeldashmadrassah and “Chorsu” bazaar. We continue to visit touristic attractions: Khast-Imam complex, the madrasah of Barak-Khan where the Uthman Qur’an (VII) is kept, Tilla-Shaiyhthe mosque and the mausoleum of Kaffel-Shashi as well. Dinner is served at a local restaurant. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast transfer to the domestic airport to catch an early morning flight from Tashkent to Urgenchat 07:00 am. Arrival to Urgench at 08:50 am. Transfer to the hotel, the duration of travel time is about 40 minutes from the airport, which is 19 miles (30 km) away from Urgench. Visit Kunya-Ark Fortress, Ichan Kala, Tower Kalta Minor, Madrassah Muhammad Amin Khan, Juma Mosque with 212 wooden supports and Minaret, TashKhauli, the Mosque Ark, the Minaret of Islam Khodja, the Minaret of the main Vizir and Caravansarayof Allakhuli-Khan. Lunch is at a local restaurant. Continue our sightseeing by visiting the Memorial of PakhlavanMakhmud, Khiva Bazaar and the craft centers of Khiva. Dinner is served at a local restaurant. The evening is left free to relax or explore surrounds as you wish. Overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border, i.e. Shavot – Dashoguz checkpoint. You will met by your local guide and drive to KunyaUrgench, which was the capital of Khorezmshahsin the past (3-16th cc.), was included into the World Heritage Book of UNESCO.KunyaUrgench(well known as a Gurganch in the past) is the largest historical and archaeological park in the north of Turkmenistan. It is a large reserve with numerous ruins and monuments on the territory of modern KunyaUrgench. Great Muslim scholars like al-Beruniy, al-Khorezmiy and Avicenna once worked there. Sightseeing of the old city: Portal of CaravanSaray(11-14th cc.), Il Arslan Mausoleum (12th c.), Mausoleum of Khorezm shah Sultan Tekesh (13th c.), HorezmAcademy (3-13th cc.), Mausoleum of TurabekHanum, Minaret of KutlugTimur (14th c.), one of the highest minarets in Central Asia, Najmeddin Kubra (13th c.) and Soltan Ali (15th c.) Mausoleums.

After sightseeing of KunyaUrgench drive to Darvaza. Arrival at Darvaza and explore the flaming Gas Crater at sunset. Dinner (barbecue) and overnight stay in tents at camp site.

Drive to Ashgabat. Explore the gas craters on the way, first one with water and the other one with sulfur – mud. Make stop-over to visit Yerbent Nomadic village, where you can enjoy seeing the local life in the desert – Turkmen yurts, dromedaries, tandyr (mud oven) and tec. Arrive & overnight at AkAltyn 4*/hotel.

After breakfast drive to Tolkuchka bazaar. You will see Turkmen Carperts and jewelleries. Today we will have a sightseeing tour of Ashgabat including visits to Park and Monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, a 75m- high monument with a revolving golden statue of the first President Turkmenbashy. Hit the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality to see the beautiful panorama of Ashgabat. Panoramic tour to “Alem” the largest Indoor Ferris wheel.Visiting of the Memorial Complex. Continue tour to the historical and archaeological site “Ancient Nissa – the Residence of Parthian Kingdom” UNESCO site from 2007. The Parthian Empire was one of the most powerful and influential civilizations of the ancient world and a brilliant rival of Rome which prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire to the East. Pay a visit to Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Morning flight to Mary. Arrival and sightseeing to Ancient Merv, known as Mary ShahuJahan-King of the World for about 300 years became the biggest city in Asia, inscribed into the monuments list of World Heritage Book, protected by the UNESCO. Pay a visit to Gyz Gala &Oglan Gala (6-7th cc.), Complex of Askhabs (8-14th cc.), Giaur Gala (4th c. BC), Buddist Complex (4-6th cc.), Erk Gala (6th c. BC), Soltan Gala (11th c.), SoltanSanjar Mausoleum (12th c.), IbnZeid Mausoleum (12th c.). After sightseeing tour of Ancient Merv, drive to Farap, a checkpoint where we cross the border and continue our trip to Bukhara. Arrive & check-in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

After breakfast starts walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit LyabiHauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours.

Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to SitoraiMokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, a unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to BakhouddinNaqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Dinner and overnight in the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

After breakfast, we will drive to Nurata. On the road, we will stop off to visit the Gijduvan. Nurata is a desert town where we visit the historical complex of a fortress which built by the Alexander Great. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. We head for Yangi Gazgan, the village of shepherds, by the short of Aydarkul. We drive to the bench of Aydarkul and enjoy swimming on the Lake. After arriving at our camp we visit the Kyzyl Kum desert with its amazing views and mehari tour. Dinner is served at Yurt. The evening is left free for private exploration.

After breakfast, we drive to Samarkand and after arrived in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel and for lunch. Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of BibiKhahum mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek observatory. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours.

At 9 am we begin guided trip of Samarkand old center to the Shakhi-Zinda Necropolises which is probably one of the most significant religious complexes in Samarkand and monument of unique architecture in whole Central Asia. Visit to the observatory of Ulugbek and Samarkand Afrasiyab museum. The late afternoon and evening are left free for private exploration. (Optional activity: visit the Registan light show). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

In the morning depart to Panjakent, towards Tajikistan (220km).Ancient Penjikent – ruins of the old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Sarazm ruins. Sarazm one of the ancient settlements in Central Asia with 5500 years of civilization. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the list of the Human heritage by UNESCO. Lunch on the road. We will visit the Zemniy and Iskandarkul Lake, drive to the village Sartog, meet with locals of Tajikistan, dinner and overnight stay at the guest house “Saratog”.

In the morning after a short walking tour depart to Khodjent (330 km), We will visit Istarafshan town. Free time to look around «Pandjshanbe» bazar, which is one of the big ones in Tajikistan and as well as complex ShaikhMaslaxatdin. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops to take photos at the best delightful points. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, we start our way to be at the Tajik –Uzbek border. We will change our vehicles and then you will continue your way to Fergana. Start sightseeing tour in Ferghana Valley. Visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque and Ikat silk factory. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast, we start our way to be at the Uzbek –Kyrgyz border. At the Kyrgyz border will the guide meet you and then you will continue your way to Osh. In Osh city, you will have a walk and will get to visit a famous and special place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Transfer to the airport to take an evening flight to Bishkek Dinner in the restaurant. The night is spent at a hotel. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Breakfast. Today we will have sightseeing in Bishkek where we will visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After lunch transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). You will visit alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge. Overnight at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner

The day starts with breakfast at 8 o’clock. Then you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. On route to the gorge you will visit Burana Tower. It is a minaret dating from the 11th century. You can climb to the top if you wish to experience the same view that Silk Road travelers saw themselves. Burana Tower served as a sign along the Great Silk Road to let travelers know there was a city and place to have a rest. Nearby you will see an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). These grave-stones look like warriors as they were made in honor of brave soldiers who died for their Motherland. After your excursion there is a scenic transfer to Chon Kemin gorge. On this night you will have the opportunity to enjoy a home stay, and a Kyrgyz family will prepare a nice dinner for you.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Option:Horseriding, Horse game

In the morning you will be transferred to Kochkorvillage.On the way, we will have 3 hours hiking tour to the red canyon Konorchek. In Kochkor village a local family will show you how our national felt carpets are made. You can even learn the art of felt making and create your own carpet together with them! You will have a chance to make your own picture with the help of colored wool and then all together we will beat it in a special way to get a nice felt carpet. You will also get to visit a small handicraft museum there. They have many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. The night will be in a homestay.

Meals: Breakfast /Dinner

After breakfast departure to the city of Karakol. Our way will pass along the southern coast of Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way we will visit the canyons “Skazka”, as well as we will visit DjetyOguz, see the mountain Broken heart. Lunch lunch boxes. Upon arrival in Karakol, accommodation at the hotel Karagat.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch or picnic / Dinner

Early breakfast. Departure to the Kyrgyz Kazakh border and further to Almaty. Today we will visit one of the most popular places of Kazakhstan – Charyn Canyon. It is an amazing creation of nature that has existed for millions of years, picturesque and very diverse in geomorphologic aspects. The height of steep mountainsides reaches 150-300 meters. Numerous ravines and gullies make the dense rambling net. Wind and water created the stunning “Red Castles Valley”. All along the valley, you are surrounded by towers of fantastical forms, built of sedimentary. Throughout time nature has created these architectural wonders, without haste, it has built majestic castles. Arrival and check in to the hotel. Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast / Picnic / Dinner

Today is a full day of sightseeing in Almaty. We visit the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Republic Square. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city at Kok-Tobe Hill. We conclude with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner transfer you to the airport for your late evening flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

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