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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
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  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • Pamir mountains and Central Asia
  • The Pamir highway is a stunning road that stretches from Kyrgyzstan into Uzbekistan; passing through Tajikistan. If you are after magnificent scenery and off the beaten path destinations, you’ll undoubtedly have to consider a trip along this remote road. The famous Pamir Highway, the second highest highway in the world running between Osh in Kyrgyzstan to Khorog in Tajikistan and winding its way through the Parmir Mountains, their 7,000m peaks earning this artery the title ‘roof of the world’.

    The Pamir Highway is one of the world’s greatest road trips. Unofficially starting in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan and unofficially ending in Osh in Kyrgyzstan, this captivating route was once part of the historic Silk Road. Weaving between soaring mountains and along sprawling desert, the trek connects Osh to Khorog, a small town in the heart of the Pamir Mountains.

    As you will travel through remote communities scattered along the Highway and beyond, you will stay in welcoming homestays, immerse yourselves in a cacophony of cultures, with each village speaking in a unique dialect.

    This journey through some of the most exquisite elevated landscapes in the world is more about following in the tracks of ancient traders and explorers than those of modern day tourists, with isolated communities that still see very few foreign visitors, and traditions that haven’t changed for generations.

    In the closing leg of this trip you will visit three main ancient cities of Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva with its grandiose architectural monuments. Uzbek oases will be a total contrast of what you have seen couple of days earlier. Bursting with mosques, madrassas, markets and minarets, these blue-domed oases were once the most important stops along the Silk Road – fulcrums of power, the arts and intellectual vigour. Comprised of a hybrid culture including Iranian and Chinese influences, and a religion that is a mix of Zoroastrianism and other traditions, it’s easy to see how Uzbekistan was the embodiment of a historical melting pot.

    Tour Highlights
    • Pamir Highway (second highest international highway in the world after the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan) roadtrip is the trip of a lifetime 
    • Drive through traditional Pamir Highway route from Osh to Khorog through the Wakhan Valley
    • Glance at Afghanistan from the Tajik side
    • Enjoy the scenic landscapes of the “Roof of the World”
    • Appreciate the remoteness of the place and stay overnight in yurt at the bottom of Lenin Peak
    • Enjoy the incredible landscape of the turquoise waters of Karakul lake contrasting against the white mountains
    • Discover the blue-colored alpine lakes and the scenic ranges of Pamir & Fann Mountains
    • Stay with local people and experience the local culture in Wakhan
    • Visit cosmopolitan town of Khorog with its suspension bridges
    Itinerary program
    day
    1
    Arrival to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

    Arrive to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel, check-in at standard time (12:00 – 14:00). Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    2
    Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ala Archa National Park (40km). It is popular place for picnics, hikes, rock climbing and alpinism with 20 glaciers in the territory. The total area of the park is 200 km2. You can go for a walk on the paved road along the river or hike up to the mountains to get a spectacular view of the gorge. If you are in a reasonable state of health you can hike up to the waterfall (3.75 km - 2.5-3 h one way).

    Drive back to Bishkek. After lunch we will have sightseeing tour of Bishkek: the Monument of Kyrgyz National hero Manas, main Ala Too square, Kurmanjan Datka Monument, Opera and Ballet theatre and Oak Park.  A sightseeing tour of Bishkek comes to an end at Victory Square.

    Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    3
    Bishkek – Osh

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for flight to Osh.

    Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s southern capital, and one of the oldest cities in the country. With a history estimated to stretch back 3000 years, Osh has long been a central city in the Fergana Valley. Osh has also been historically significant in many different eras. Upon arrival visit famous Sulaiman Mount and Asian bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    4
    Osh – Achik Tash Base Camp

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Achik Tash alpinist base camp (5h). We will drive along stunning Pamir mountains and stay at the bottom of Lenin Peak. Dinner and overnight in tents.

    day
    5
    Achik Tash Base Camp – Murghab

    Breakfast. Transfer to Kyrgyz-Tajik Border (3h). Lunch (lunch-boxes). Crossing formalities. Meet your Tajik driver and guide, drive to Murghab (7h).

    The landscapes on the Murghab Plateau are stark, quite barren, but you’ll stop along the way at picturesque Karakul (the saltiest lake in Tajikistan) and will drive over the Ak Baital mountain pass, the second highest motorable pass in the world. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    6
    Murghab – Bulunkul

    Breakfast at the hotel. Short walk through local bazaar in Murghab.

    Depart to Bulunkul (3h), en route visit Ak-Balik (Holy Lake), Yashikul and Bulunkul Lakes. Overnight at the guesthouse.

    day
    7
    Bulunkul – Langar

    Breakfast at the guesthouse. Early departure to Wakhan Corridor by crossing the Khargush Pass. In Langar, where you will stay for night, you can walk around the village, stop to see ancient shrines which reflect the local fusion of Islamic and Zoroastrian beliefs. You might also want to hike uphill to view the impressive collection of over 6,000 petroglyphs and to gaze in awe at the panorama of the Hindu Kush mountain range. Overnight at the guesthouse.

    day
    8
    Langar – Ishkashim

    Breakfast at the guesthouse. Today you will drive through the Wakhan Corridor to Ishkahsim (6h), a small town which is divided between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. En route you will visit Vrang to see a Buddhist Stupa (a reminder that Buddhism once flourished in the Wakhan), the museum of Sufi mystic, astronomer, and musician Mubarak Kadamm and his solar calendar in Yamg. There will be two additional stops, one at the Yamchun Fortress and the other at the Bibi Fatima hot spring, which is very famous among the locals. Overnight at the guesthouse.

    day
    9
    Ishkashim – Khorog

    Breakfast at the guesthouse. Drive along the banks of the Amu Darya (Oxus River), the physical border between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, to Khorog (5h), the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO). Khorog is a lively town with a young, engaging population. You can visit the bustling bazaar or the botanical gardens, which are the second highest in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    10
    Khorog – Kalai Khumb

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kalai Khumb (6h) – also known as Darvaz, “the gateway” – last destination in the Pamir. Afghanistan is remarkably close as you drive along, and you will be able to see quite clearly the Afghan villages across the river. Overnight at the guesthouse.

    day
    11
    Kalai Khumb – Dushanbe

    Breakfast at the guesthouse. The final drive is a long but generally fairly comfortable 370 km to Dushanbe (8-9h). We will take the southern road via Kulob (stop for lunch) and will pass the impressive Nurek Reservoir and dam. In the afternoon – check-in at hotel and hosted for the dinner with guide at luxury Tajik restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    12
    Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Iskanderkul Lake in Saratog Village. Lunch in Sarvoda. Spend the day at the lake, visit local waterfall. Overnight at the guesthouse.

    day
    13
    Iskanderkul Lake – Noffin Village – Penjikent

    Breakfast at the guesthouse. In the morning, drive to Shing valley (80 km) to see the 7 lakes. First lake name is Mijgon, 2nd – Soya, 3rd – Husher, 4th – Noffin, 5th – Khurdak, 6th – Marguzor, 7th – Hazorchashma. We will have a lunch at the guesthouse in village Noffin and then drive to Penjikent. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    14
    Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to ancient city of Istarafshan. Visit the remains of Istarafshan's hill fortress, and complexes of Sari Mazor and Hazrati Shoh. In the afternoon arrive in Khujand. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    15
    Khujand – Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Short city tour in Khujand: Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, Payshanba Bazaar, and then transfer to the border. Crossing formalities. Meet your Uzbek driver, transfer to Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    16
    Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Start guided tour in Tashkent – 2200 years old capital city of Uzbekistan. 

    We will start from the Old City: Khast Imam Ensemble – a religious center of the city consisting of Barakkhan Madrasah, Tillya Shaykh Mosque, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with original Uthman’s Quran of the VIII century.

    Explore traditional Chor-Su Bazaar – oldest in Tashkent where you can buy souvenirs, watch Uzbek bread baking process in traditional oven, taste some local food.

    Visiting modern part of Tashkent: Applied Arts Museum where one can see Uzbek fabrics, Bukhara and Khiva carpets, “Suzani” embroidery, metal and wooden items adorned with ornate Arabic lettering, oriental jewelry, and ceramics. Continue to Mustakillik Square – symbol of Uzbek capital and popular place for people. We will use Tashkent subway to get to Amir Temur Square – the heart of the city, established on the intersection of two ancient trade roads, with many modern buildings. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    17
    Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva

    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to domestic airport for morning flight Tashkent-Urgench. Arrive in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva. Leaving luggage and starting city tour.

    Today we will explore ancient inner town Ichan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage site, XIV-XX CC) – big open air museum consisting of Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque of X century, Tash Hauli – main palace of Khiva rulers, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    18
    Khiva – Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara through Kyzylkum Desert (7-8 hours). Stop at Amudarya River bank. Lunch in a local café. Arrive in Bukhara, free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

    day
    19
    Bukhara

    Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will see Ark Fortress – residence of Bukhara khans (except Wed), Samanids Mausoleum – Shrine of Ismail Samani and other members of the Samanid Dynasty, Chashma-Ayub mausoleum – Saint Job’s well.

    Continue to Poi-Kalyan complex with Kalyan Minaret through orient bazaars with trade domes, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs. Visiting Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble consisting of Kukeldash Madrassah, Magoki-Attori Mosque now used as a carpet museum, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah and Nadir Divan-begi Khanaka. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    20
    Bukhara – Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive outside Bukhara for sightseeing: Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum – center of Sufism and most important pilgrimage site.

    Drive to Samarkand (4h). Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    21
    Samarkand

    Breakfast at the hotel. We will start sightseeing from Gur Emir Mausoleum (tomb of Tamerlane), continue with iconic Registan Square (which means “desert” in Persian) and three madrassahs (religious study centers) surrounding the square: Ulughbek Madrassah, Sher-Dor Madrassah, and Tillya-Kari Madrassah – covered with gold.

    Visit to Shakhi Zinda Necropolis – ensemble including mausoleums and other ritual buildings of IX-XIV and XIX CC, Ulughbek Observatory, built in XV century by Timurid ruler and astronomer, Bibi Khanym Mosque – built by Amir Timur for his favorite wife in XV century. Overnight at the hotel. 

    day
    22
    Samarkand – Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out. Continue sightseeing in Samarkand: ancient settlement and museum of Afrosiab, and Tombstone of Saint Daniyar. The prophet Daniyar (Daniel) is revered by three world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and mausoleum is still a pilgrimage place for the followers of all three Abrahamic religions. 

    Drive to Konigil village to visit Samarkand Paper Mill “Meros”, where you can see the process of making famous Samarkand paper by ancient technology.

    Transfer to the train station for evening train to Tashkent. Pick up, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

    day
    23
    Departure from Tashkent

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out by 12:00 noon. Transfer to the airport. End of services.

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    tour themeTour theme: Culture/Arts, Central Asia
    tour durationDuration: 23 days
    tour pathPath: Bishkek – Osh – Achik Tash – Murghab – Bulunkul – Langar – Ishkashim – Khorog – Kalai Khumb – Dushanbe – Iskanderkul – Noffin – Penjikent – Istaravshan – Khujand – Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent
    tour difficultyDifficulty level: Medium
     
    Price for tour package (for one person) in USD
    Tourists

    Premium option

    Comfort option

    1 $8580 USD $7860 USD
    2 $5040 USD $4630 USD
    3 $4430 USD $3940 USD
    4 $3660 USD $3250 USD

    We reserve the right to change itinerary according to weather conditions, or flight/train timetable 

    Itinerary with Achik Tash Base camp (Kyrgyzstan) is possible in July-August only.

    Other months (May, June, Sept, Oct) – alternative route through Sary Tash.

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    OPTION 1
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    Comfort Hotels

    # of nights

    Bishkek

    Ambassador 4*

    Bridges 3*

    2

    Osh

    Classic 4*

    Sun Rise 3*

    1

    Achik Tash

    Tent camp

    1

    Murghab

    2* hotel

    1

    Bukunkul

    Guesthouse

    1

    Langar

    Guesthouse

    1

    Ishkashim

    Guesthouse

    1

    Khorog

    2* hotel

    1

    Kalai Khumb

    Guesthouse

    1

    Dushanbe

    Atlas 4*

    1

    Iskanderkul

    Guesthouse

    1

    Penjikent

    Sugd 3*

    1

    Khujand

    Khujand Grand 4*

    1

    Tashkent

    Miran International 4*

    Bek Tashkent 3*

    3

    Khiva

    Asia Khiva 4*

    Euro Asia 3*

    1

    Bukhara

    Asia Bukhara 4*

    Komil 3* 

    2

    Samarkand

    DiliMah 4*

    Rabat 3*

    2

    Hotels will be booked based on availability. If no available rooms, we reserve the right to book hotels within the same price category. In some locations (Pamir) provided options are the only available. 

    PACKAGE IN KYRGYZSTAN INCLUDES:

    • Transport
    • Accommodation (twin base)
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrances to all sights
    • Meals (lunch – Day 5, dinner – Day 4)
    • Flight tickets Bishkek – Osh

    PACKAGE IN KYRGYZSTAN DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Visa & visa support fees
    • Early check-in / late check-out
    • Full board
    • Travel insurance
    • Photo/video fees
    • Single supplement
    • Gratuities (recommended)

    PACKAGE IN TAJIKISTAN INCLUDES:

    • Transport
    • Accommodation (twin base)
    • English speaking guide
    • Entrance tickets
    • Full board meals

    PACKAGE IN TAJIKISTAN DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Visa fees
    • Early check-in / late check-out
    • Insurance
    • Single supplement
    • Gratuities (recommended)

    PACKAGE IN UZBEKISTAN INCLUDES:

    • Transport
    • Accommodation (twin base)
    • Flight tickets Tashkent-Urgench (economy)
    • Train tickets Samarkand-Tashkent (economy)
    • English speaking local guides for city tours
    • Entrance tickets

    PACKAGE IN UZBEKISTAN DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Visa fee
    • Early check-ins / late check-outs
    • Photo/video fees
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Insurance
    • Single supplement
    • Ø Gratuities (recommended)

     

    Included services
    • Visa invitation letter;
    • Transport service on comfortable tourist class vehicle (a certain type of vehicle is provided depending on the group size);
    • Double/twin & Single sharing accommodation in the hotels with full breakfast;
    • FREE HUGS.
    Not included services
    • Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
    • Fees for the use of cameras and videos in the monuments and tourist sites;
    • Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings, tickets for a theatre and visits to museums which are not specified in the program);
    • Alcohol drinks;
    • Personal items;
    • International air tickets;
    • Travel insurance.
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