Almaty – Big Almaty Lake – Targap village – Samsy village – Check Point “Korday” – Issyk-Kul Lake – petrogliphs in Cholpon-Ata – Grigoryevskoe gorge – Karakol town – Djety-Oguz gorge – Southern coast of lake Issyk-Kul – Tamga village – Balykchi town – Boom gorge – Tokmok village – Bishkek – Taraz – Shymkent – Temirlan – Ekpindy – Shaulder – Otrar – Arstanbab – Turkestan – Shymkent – Check Point “Zhibek Zholy” – Tashkent – Syrdaryo – Gulistan – Djizak – Samarkand – Pass Tachtakarach – Shakhrizabs – Karshi town – Bukhara – Gazli village – Tortkol village – Beruni town – Urgench – Khiva – Urgench – Check Point “Shavat” Turkmen\Uzbek border – Dashoguz – Kunya-Urgench – Ashgabad
Almaty. View from Kok-Tobe mountain. Kazakhstan
The program day by day:
21 days and 20 nights:
1 Day. Almaty.
Arrival in Almaty . Meeting in airport, transfer to the hotel , accommodation. Rest. Breakfast. City sightseeing: visit to the 28 Panfilov’s guardsmen park, Cathedral, Museum of national musical instruments, National museum, Medeo gorge, Republic square (4 hrs.). Overnight at the hotel.
2 Day. Walking to Big Almaty Lake.
Breakfast. Excursion to Big Almaty lake (H-2527) (35 km). Walking at environs. Snow-clad peaks and glaciers panorama. Back to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.
3 Day. Almaty – Targap village – Samsy village – Check Point “Korday” – Issyk-Kul Lake (475 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Almaty – Targap village – Samsy village – Check Point “Korday” (213 km). After Kazakh border and customs formalities meeting for Kyrgyz guide on the Kyrgyz border. Border and customs formalities on the Kyrgyzstan side Transfer: Check Point “Korday” – Boom gorge – Balykchi town – Issyk-Kul lake (262 km). After breakfast we leave Almaty and travel along picturesque road via many villages and steppes. Arrival on Issyk-Kul lake, transfer to hotel, accommodation in the guest house on Issyk-Ku . Overnight.
4 Day. Cutter trip on Issyk-Kul lake – excursion to petrogliphs in Cholpon– Ata (2 km).
Breakfast. Cutter trip on Issyk-Kul lake (1 hours). Excursion to petrogliphs in city Cholpon-Ata and visit to museum in Cholpon-Ata. Walking environs Issyk-Kul lake. Overnight.
Bishkek. Main area Ala-Too. Kyrgyzstan
5 Day. Issyk-Kul lake – Grigoryevskoe gorge – Tyup village – Karakol town – Djety-Oguz gorge (213 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Issyk-Kul lake – Gigoryevka village – mountain lake (19 km), walking around lake. Transfer: mountain lake – Gigoryevka village – Tyup village – museum of Prezhavalskiy (126 km). On the way visit and excursion to museum and majestic monument to Przhevalsky, famous Russian traveler and scientist. Transfer: Museum of Przhevalskiy – Karakol – Djety-Oguz gorge ( The broken heart ) (32 km). Walking to Djety-Oguz gorge translated as “seven oxen ”. High red rocks form the entrance into the gorge. Transfer from valley “The broken heart” to Glade and merge of the rivers in gorge Djety-Oguz (6 km). Walking environs. Return to Karakol (30 km). Excursion on the town: visit to Dungan mosque (1910), Troitsk Orthodox Church (1894 – 1895), local bazaar and local museum of history in the city. Transfer to guest house, accommodation and overnight.
6 Day. Karakol – Southern coast of lake Issyk-Kul – Tamga village – Balykchi town – Boom gorge – Tokmok village – Bishkek (428 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Karakol – South Southern coast of lake Issyk Kul – Tamga village – Balykchi town – Boom gorge – Tokmok village – Burana Tower (350 km.). On the way visit to Burana Tower (X – XII c.c.) architectural monument was built Karakhanids. Transfer: Burana Tower – Kant village – Bishkek (78 km). Arrival in Bishkek, transfer to hotel, accommodation. City tour: visit to Russian Orthodox Church (1945), State History Museum, Osh bazaar, Victory square. Overnight in the hotel.
Street near to a citadel. Tashkent. Uzbekistan
7 Day. Bishkek – Taraz – Shymkent (471 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Bishkek – Kara Balta village – Check Point “Chaldavar” Kyrgyz-Kazakh border (90 km). After Kyrgyz border and customs formalities meeting for Kazakh guide on the Kazakh border. Border and customs formalities on the Kazakhstan side. Transfer: Chaldavar – Merke village – Kulan village – site of ancient settlement Akyrtas (126 km). Arrival on the Akyrtas ruins, walking on ancient settlement Akyrtas and to excavation of settlement of tsars. Transfer; ruins Akyrtas – Taraz (70 km). In Taraz town – v isiting of mausoleums Kharahan (XI century) and Daut-Beka (XIII century). Mausoleum built over the grave one of representatives of Karakhanids dynasty. Excursion to c ity museum of history and ethnography. Transfer: Taraz – village Aisha-Bibi (16 km). On the way visit to monuments of architecture – Aisha-Bibi and Babadji-Khanum (XVIII c.). After excursion to mausoleums transfer to Sairam village (153 km). Visiting of the ancient mausoleums of parents and alliance Akhmeda Yassavi. Transfer to Shymkent (16 km). Arrival in Shymkent, transfer to hotel, accommodation. Overnight.
8 Day. Shymkent – Temirlan – Ekpindy – Shaulder – Otrar – Arstanbab – Turkestan (222 km)
Breakfast. Visiting of city park of Independence. Transfer: Shymkent – Temirlan village (48 km), visit to museum Khadji Mukana, the exposition of a museum tells about well-known Kazakh fighter Mukan Munaitpasov who was the first Kazakh world champion on the French struggle. Transfer: Temirlan village – Ekpindy village (22 km), on a way survey of the Red bridge in the village Ekpindy on the Bogen river, constructed in 1886. Transfer: Ekpindy village – Tortkol village – Shaulder village (78 km). Arrival in Shaulder village. Lunch in local cafe. Excursion in a museum «Otrar» in which there are archeological finds with ancient Otrar, ransack and burnt by armies Chingis Khan in XII century. The ending of excursion, transfer: Shaulder village – Kogam village – site of ancient settlement Otrar (X – XII с . с .) (14 km), visiting of site of ancient settlement Otrar, archeological excavations – a medieval bath, a mosque, residential area, a fortification. Transfer: site of ancient settlement Otrar – mausoleum Arstanbab (3 km), visiting of the mausoleum. Transfer to mosque Arstanbab (1 km), constructed on money of the Kazakhstan patron of art, visiting of a mosque. Transfer: mosque Arstanbab – city Turkestan (56 km), arrival in Turkestan, transfer in hotel, accommodation. Dinner, overnight.
Registan in Samarkand. Uzbekistan
9 Day. Turkestan – Shymkent – Check Point “Zhibek Zholy” – Tashkent (285 km).
Breakfast. After breakfast excursion to Akhmed Yassawi maussoleum complex: gallery of stone statues, arheological museum, historical (cultural reserve) museum “Azaret-Sultan”, gates (Darvaza) (XIX c.), Esimkhan mausoleum (XVI c.), Rabia Sultan Begim mausoleum (XV c.), Akhmed Yassawi mausoleum (XII – XIV c.c.), “Zhuma” mosque (1878), underground mosque Khilovat (XII-XV c.c.), oriental baths (XV – XVI c.c.). Transfer: Turkestan – Shymkent Check-point “Zhibek-Zholy” (Chernyaevka) (Kazak-Uzbek border) (285 km).. After Kazakh border and customs formalities meeting for Uzbek guide on the Uzbekistan border. Border and customs formalities on the Uzbekistan side. Transfer to Tashkent ( 8 km ). Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to hotel, accommodation, overnight.
10 Day. Tashkent.
Breakfast. Full day city tour. Visit Kukeldash Madrassah, Khast Imam Square, consisting of Barak Khan Madrassah, Tilly Sheykh Mosque and Kafal Shashi Mausoleum; Chorsu market, Peoples Friendship Square, Abul Kasym Madrassah and applied art museum. After lunch continue city tour. Overnight at hotel.
11 Day. Tashkent – Syrdaryo – Gulistan – Djizak – Samarkand (327 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Tashkent – Samarkand (300 km). En route stop at picturesque local markets for taking pictures. Arrive in Samarkand and transfer to hotel, accommodation. After lunch visit Reghistan square (Sandy place) – ensemble of majestic madrassahs (XV – XVII c.c.). Overnight at the hotel.
12 Day. Samarkand.
Breakfast. After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir (in Tajik – Tomb of the emir) – mausoleum of Timur and the Timurids (XV c.), Bibi Khanym Mosque (XV c.) – the gigantic congregational mosque, Siab Market, Shakhi Zinda (The Living King). Overnight at hotel.
13 Day. Samarkand – Pass Tachtakarach – Shakhrizabs – Karshi town – Bukhara (361 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Samarkand – Pass Tachtakarach – Shakhrisabz (85 km). Arrive in Shakhrisabz and visit Ak Saray (White Palace) – Summer residence of Tamerlane (XIV c.), Kok Gumbaz (Blue Dome) – Friday mosque (XV c.), built by Ulugbek in honor of his father and Dorut Tilyavat (House of Meditation) – burial complex of Timur’s forebears. Transfer: Shakhrizabs – Karshi town – Muborak village – Bukhara (276 km). Arrival in Bukhara, transfer to hotel, accommodation, overnight.
14 Day. Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day city tour of Bukhara. Overnight at hotel.
15 Day. Bukhara.
Breakfast. After breakfast continue city tour. Visit Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque (“Mosque Near the Pool”) (1712), Ismoil Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub (“Spring of Job”), Sitora-I-Mohi Khosa – summer palace of the last Bukhara emir and Chor Minor (Four Minarets) (1807). Overnight at the hotel.
16 Day. Bukhara – Gazli village – Tortkol village – Beruni town – Urgench – Khiva (450 km)
Breakfast. Transfer: Bukhara – Urgench – Khiva (450 km). Drive through Kyzyl Kum desert. Short stop at stroll of Amu Darya river for taking pictures. Arrive in Khiva and transfer to hotel, accommodation, overnight.
17 Day. Khiva.
Breakfast. Full day excursion on the town, visit to Ichan Kala (Inner town). Visit Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah (1852 – 1855); Kelte Minor (“Short minaret”), Kunya Ark (Old Fortress), Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
18 Day. Urgench – Check Point “Shavat” Turkmen\Uzbek border – Dashoguz – Kunya-Urgench – Ashgabad.
Breakfast. Transfer: Khiva – Urgench – Check Point “Shavat” Turkmen-Uzbek border (81 km). After Uzbek border and customs formalities meeting for Turkmen guide on the Turkmen border. Border and customs formalities on the Turkmen side. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench (10 km). Excursions, visit to Mausoleums of Turebek-Hanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla. Transfer: Kunya-Urgench – Dashoguz (94 km). Arrival in Dashoguz, transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat, T 5 – 106, departure at 20.00, arrival in Ashgabad at 20.50. Arrival in city Ashgabat. Meet in airport, transfer to hotel, arrival in hotel, accommodation. Rest. Overnight.
Khiva. Ichan Kala. Uzbekistan
19 Day. Ashgabat – Mary.
Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mary T5 – 127, departure at 07.00, arrival in Mary 07.20, meeting in airport, transfer to of Ancient Merv, visit to Alexandria, Antiochia, Sultan Kala, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, remains (VI – VII century castles “Keshk”. Continue to Mary and visit to History museum. Lunch in the town Mary. Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat, T5 132, departure at 19.20. Arrival in Ashgabat at 20.00, meeting in airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight.
20 Day. Ashgabad.
Breakfast. Full day sightseeing tour of Ashgabat. Visit National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, archeological site “Old Nisa”- Parthian period, continue to Spiritual Mosque and Mausoleum of Turkmenbashy. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
21 Day. Departure from Ashgabad.
Transfer to airport. Departure from Ashgabat.
Price of the tour is $3 441 per person (for 2 people travelling together)
Additional payment for air tickets for Turkmenistan Airlines domestic air tickets (Boeing 737, economy class) Dashoguz – Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat – $ 105 per person
Additional payment for Half Board – $ 385
Additional payment for Full Board – $ 713
Additional payment for Single Supplement – $ 480
The price includes:
Accommodation throughout the tour including breakfast
Hotels in Almaty – “Astra” ***
Hotels on Issyk-Kul lake – guest house
Guest house in Karakol – “Green Yard” or similar
Hotels in Bishkek – “Asia Mountins” *** or similar
Hotels in Tashkent – “Uzbekistan” *** or “Shodlik Palace” ****
Hotels in Bukhara – “Sasha and Son” *** or “Amelia” *** or “K.Komi” ***
Hotels in Samarkand – “Malika Prime” *** or “Asia Samarkand” ***
Hotels in Khiva – “Malika Khiva” *** or “Old Khiva” ***
– Transportation throughout the tour (airport drops off and pick ups are included)
– Entrance fees
– Local English-speaking guides services (separate in Dashoguz, Mary and Ashgabat) for full duration of the program
– Flight ticket Tashkent-Bukhara economy class
– Visa support (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan)
– State Registration and Travel Pass in Turkmenistan,
– Bottled drinking water en route 1,5 l (In Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan)
– Porter services en route in Turkmenistan
Price does not include:
– Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
– Full board (lunches and dinners);
– Charges in hotels for additional services;
– Turkmenistan 10 – day visa $ 85 + 2 per person, when obtained at international airport Ashgabat (subject to change; nationality dependent)
– Turkmenistan migration tax $ 10 + 2 per person, to be paid at international airport Ashgabat (subject to change)
– Photo and video fees at historical sites and museums
– Tips for local guide and driver(s)
– Souvenirs and other personal items
– All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”
Transport specifications, as per table below, with minimum seat space per pax, and sufficient luggage space on intercity transfers:
|1||2||Toyota Avallon, 3-seater, Sedan|
|2||3||Toyota Sienna, 5-seater, Minivan|
|3||4||Toyota Hiace, 14-seater, Minibus|
|4||5||Toyota Hiace, 14-seater, Minibus|
|5||6||Toyota Hiace, 14-seater, Minibus|
|6||7||Toyota Hiace, 14-seater, Minibus|