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Explore the stunning natural landscape of two of Central Asia’s most beautiful countries. This trip will lead you from Tashkent to Dushanbe. Meet hospitable Uzbeks along the way and explore the traditional lifestyle of the sedentary Pamiri people living high up in the mountains. Witness how people live hand in hand with nature continuing practices that have been passed down through the generations for centuries.
Uzbekistan is the perfect place to travel & explore the rich history of the Silk Road trade through the well-preserved architecture of ancient cities like Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara. These cities tell travelers fascinating stories about the Golden Age of Islam; when pioneering advancements in astrology, mathematics, and medicine took place. Bukhara is where Marco Polo’s father and uncle stayed for three years before moving to the court of the Mongol Khan, and where Avicenna wrote his teachings in medicine, while Samarkand was the capital of the Timurid empire.
Uzbekistan is a must visit for people who want to learn about the history and culture of the region. Marvelous mausoleums, gloriously decorated madrassas, and huge mosques will impress people of all ages. Travelers will feel immersed in the atmosphere of 1001 Nights, yet at the same time one can explore the Soviet-built cities and visit the forbidden Soviet art expositions at the Savitsky Museum. The best time to travel is Spring and Autumn, where special festivals of spices and cultural events take place, the temperature is pleasant for evening tea and for interesting talks with hospitable locals about handicrafts, music, and culture.
Little-visited Tajikistan is barely on the tourist radar but those that make the effort to visit will be rewarded with some of the most pristine and precious landscapes on the planet. Not only will you gain an insight into the diversity of Central Asian culture, you’ll explore Tajikistan and Uzbekistan’s rich heritage.
And of course, we must not forget the great outdoors – and this tour includes a plethora of opportunities to be amazed by some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
- Tashkent - Wander through Tashkent's bazaar for a wonderful insight into daily life and mingle with the locals in the lively Chorsu market
- Khiva - Visit to the most romantic city on the Silk Road, a UNESCO protected site and perhaps the most perfectly preserved of all the Silk Road cities
- Bukhara - Admire Islamic architecture, browse bustling bazaars and take tea adjacent to the beautiful pool of Lyab-i-Khauz
- Samarkand - Discover the cultural gem of the Silk Road and visit the awe-inspiring restored madrassas standing on three sides of Registan Square
- Kyzyl Kum Desert - Travel across the great Kyzyl Kum Desert on the legendary Silk Road route
- Dushanbe - Discover the Persian cultural heritage of Central Asia in the Tajik capital
- Pamir Mountains - Drive through the majestic Pamir Mountains
- Fann Mountains - See one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the world, Iskanderkul
- Nature - be amazed by some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet.
Arrival in Tashkent. Meet your driver and transfer to the hotel. Check in at noon. Free day. Overnight at the hotel.
Early breakfast. At 06:00 transfer to the domestic airport for flight HY051 to Urgench departing at 07:50 (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Urgench at 09:30, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min.). Leave your luggage at the reception desk and start guided walking sightseeing tour. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site. Starting city tour – inner town of Ichan Kala (XIV-XX CC) with Muhamad Amin Khan Madrassah, Kalta Minor Minaret, Kunya Ark, Muhamad Rahim Khan Madrassah, Juma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli Palace, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrassah, Shirgazi Khan Madrassah, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight in Khiva.
After breakfast depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h). The Great Silk Road once routed from Khiva to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Dinner and national show at Nodir Devan Begi Madrasah.
Breakfast. In the morning start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara that will last around 6-7 hours. Visit Lyabi Hauz 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
At 08:00 depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Rabat-i-Malik. Continue driving. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
Later start Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar. Free evening. Overnight at the hotel
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
In the morning meet with your guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel. Continue sightseeing: visit Ulugbek Observatory and Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum & archaeological site – a hilly area of 212 hectares surrounded by a moat, Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.
At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Guided sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran, holy book, of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Farewell lunch in one of the restaurants in Tashkent. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h.).
Sightseeing in Khujand: Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur-Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mosque and Madrasah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, Payshanba Bazaar. Lunch at the local restaurant. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. Khujand, continuously occupied for 2500 years, was founded by Alexander the Great. The city became one of most important places in Central Asia. It was a key junction of the Silk Road. The beautiful city was razed by Gengiz Khan. Through history it remained a center of considerable power. Prior to the Russian invasion in the nineteenth century it was one of the main emirates in Central Asia.
Khujand stands at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley. Owing to this it was one of the main centers of the Great Silk way and enjoyed prosperity and richness. One of the ancient cities of the Central Asia Khujand has been known since the 7th century.
Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 h.). Arrival and check in to the guest house. Meet you guide to start sightseeing: Museum of Rudaki considered as the father of Persian Poetry; ancient Penjikent - ruins of 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. Overnight at the guest house.
Penjikent is a Sogdian city, which flourished from the 5th to 8th centuries. It is well preserved and it was called “Central Asia’s Pompeii”. An opulent governor’s palace, homes, and temples can be seen. At one time Sogdiana controlled a key section of the Silk Road, but in the 8th century Empire collapsed and people fled to the mountains. Descendants of this ancient kingdom still live in the more remote regions of present-day Tajikistan name Jagnob Valley and still speak a remote dialect of Sogdian. City Sarazm, some 20 km from Penjikent, is one of the most ancient settlements of Central Asia, dating from the Bronze Age.
Drive to Seven Lakes (80 km). On the way you will visit Sarazm, one of the most ancient settlements in Central Asia with 5500 years old history. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the UNESCO Human Heritage list. The main spot of the day is HafKul meaning seven lakes in Persian. These lakes in the mountains of Tajikistan are famous for their different colours: 1.Mijgon, 2. Soya, 3. Hushyor, 4. Nophin lakes (2139 m above sea level), Khurdak, 6.Marguzor, 7.Hazorchashma lakes (2400 m above sea level). Picnic at the lake. Drive back to Penjikent (80 km). Overnight at the guest house.
Drive to Saritag via Iskanderkul (240 km, 6-7 h.). According to the legend, the Lake Iskanderkul was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great’s path to Central Asia from India laid through this lake. Arrival and overnight at the guest house.
Iskanderkul Lake is surrounded by mountains, and is about four km across. The views across the lake are impressive in all directions. At 2000 m, it is pleasantly cool in summer. “Iskandar Kul or Lake Alexander is indeed a beautiful spot”, there are many waterfowl and it is possible to fish in this tranquil and beautiful spot. We will walk to the impressive waterfall of 40m height. A platform allows spectators to stand right above the thunderous torrent.
The lake got its name after Alexander the Great – in Persian called “Iskander”. He camped at Iskanderkul’s shore during one of his campaigns en route to India. According to one of the many legends originating from this time, Alexander’s famous battle horse Bucephalus drowned in the lake – and to this day may be seen racing over its surface at full moon.
After breakfast depart Saritag and drive to Dushanbe (160 km, 3-4 h.). After lunch meet your guide and start Dushanbe sightseeing tour. Start guided city tour with visiting of National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan(closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum). Visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Dushanbe is a relatively modern town that rose to prominence during the Soviet era, when it was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic and named Stalinabad. Its name means ‘Monday in the Tajik language, arising from the fact that this was the day that the market was held when Dushanbe was still a small and fairly insignificant village. The ousted Emir of Bukhara, fleeing from the Bolsheviks, stayed in Dushanbe and cooperated with Enver Pasha’s Basmachis until he had to leave the region. From Dushanbe, he fled to Afghanistan in 1921, the year the town was freed from the Basmachis as well.
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Dushanbe Airport. End of the tour.
3 star hotels
4-5 star hotels
|1||$ upon request||$ upon request|
|2||$ upon request||$ upon request|
|4||$1600||$ upon request|
3 star hotels
5 star hotels
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|Tashkent||Uzbekistan, Shodlik Palace, Sharq
|Khiva||Euro Asia, Old Khiva, Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva||1|
|Bukhara||Omar Khayyam, Devon Begi, Minzifa, K.Komil, Zargaron, Siyavush
|Samarkand||Grand Samarkand, Diyora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic||1|
Hotels will be booked based on availability
- 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;
- Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
- Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights ;
- Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench;
- Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
- Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah in Bukhara, farewell lunch in Tashkent;
- Full board (lunch and dinner) in Tajikistan;
- FREE HUGS.
- 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;
- Lunches, Dinners;
- Personal items.