Name of trip: Adventures along the Central Asia
Tour’s destinations: Almaty, Bishkek, Issyk Kul, Karakol, Khujand, Iskanderkul Lake, Penjakent, Samarkand, Bukhara Khiva, Tashkent
Arrival to: Almaty
Departure from: Tashkent
Day 1: Almaty
This day you will arrive to wonderful country Kazakhstan. You are going to have a city tour where you will discover the important sites of the country. Today you will have a chance to explore cultural and sports centers. This day you will discover a lot of interesting facts and discover development and history of the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. Thos day you will have a chance to discover one of the most interesting sites as colorful place of Almaty - Green Bazaar. Being here you will have a chance to discover interesting goods, enjoy colorful rows, and this day you will have a chance to bargain. You will have a chance to take photos! After that you will explore the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park. Today you will discover the amazing building Zenkov Cathedral where you will explore the fascinating that is one of the most enchanting structures in Almaty. You will discover charming attractions and explore sites, green trees, alleys and flowers. In course of the tour you will discover the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. This day you will discover wonderful Medeo Gorge where you will explore the highest skating rink in the world. After that you will discover Kok Tobe hill by the mountain path. Along the way you will see the perfect site for travelling. This day you will also experience the highest TV tower in the world. Today you will walk in Kok Tobe Park and discover the amazing landscape of green land. Today you will also walk and wander, buy some souvenirs for your family or friends. The tour route will take you to cableway where you will have a chance to the ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the Almaty. After that you will travel to the hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Almaty – Charyn – Almaty
After breakfast you will travel to the fantastic Charyn Canyon on a comfortable car or minivan. This day you will have 1,5L of bottled water. In the tour you can buy snacks or drinks as well but in a container with a lid on it. The way to the canyon will be about 4 hours where you can see the steppes, nature of Kazakhstan. This day you will also discover the amazing the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. After arrival to the canyon you will discover see a fascinating panorama that will attract you with its views, and will be able to take beautiful photos. You will definitely remember the beauty of the canyon for the rest of your life. Today you will also have a chance to wander through the famous Valley of Castles which stretches for 2 km and attracts tourists from all over the world with its unique views of the fabulous castles and towers. In course of the tour you will discover that the history of the canyon estimates about 12 million years ago with the help of Mother Nature and has a height of rocks from 150-300 meters. There are you will observe see eco cafes and nearby yurts, nomad dwellings in the summer.
Day 3: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
Today you will travel to the fabulous place -spectacular gorge on Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge which is located along the Kuldja tract. In the ancient times here passed the caravans. In course of the tour you will discover the natural beauty and the pristine nature and admire the amazing panorama. This day you will explore a chance to plunge into the history. Today you will have a chance to observe the burial mounds of Saka period, where you will discover "Golden Man" that is the great symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. After that discover you will discover the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. There you will experience the finds dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, also a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and of course the model of Saka burial mound. The tour route will take you to the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level where you will reach the fabulous lake Issyk. The depth of Lake Issyk reached 80 meters, the height above sea level-about 1 800 meters, the length - 1 850 meters, the width-500 meters. The reservoir was fed by water from the melting glaciers of the Trans-Ili Alatau. The birth of Lake Issyk happened about 10,000 years ago, when after a powerful mountain collapse, a large fragment of rock fell into the river, thereby blocking it. The resulting natural dam with a height of 300 meters was the beginning of the birth of the mountain lake. This day you will also have a chance to have an amazing picnic and free time. After that you will have a chance to travel to the hotel for overnight. Then you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Almaty – BAO – Almaty – Bishkek
This day you will have a wonderful tour to the picturesque Big Almaty gorge of an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level where you can see the Big Almaty Lake. The Big Almaty Lake is located in the northwestern part of the Tien Shan, almost on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This place is considered the most picturesque in the vicinity of Almaty and the entire surrounding national Park. Its visit guarantees an unforgettable experience and unique photos, regardless of the season. The Big Almaty Lake is located in the northwestern part of the Tien Shan, almost on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. This place is considered the most picturesque in the vicinity of Almaty and the entire surrounding national Park. Its visit guarantees an unforgettable experience and unique photos, regardless of the season. This day you will have a chance to take fabulous photos! Being here you will have a chance to fully enjoy nature, see a beautiful panorama and breathe fresh mountain air. We promise you will love it! Then you will transfer to Bishkek at 15:00. This day you will travel about 4 hours. This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 5: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
Today you will start the amazing tour with the important highlights of the city where you will discover the best attractions and experience the prominent information. Today you are going to explore the best attractions such as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Сentral Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and others. Then you will be taken to the pearl of Central Asia and discover the best attractions. Today you will explore the beautiful lake that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. Lake Issyk-Kul, located in Kyrgyzstan, has joined the list of the most impressive mountain lakes on the planet. This place is called the pearl of Central Asia, a natural wonder that amazes with its clear waters. In this respect, Issyk-Kul is second only to Lake Baikal. The lake is located at an altitude of 1608 meters above sea level and impresses with its paintings. You will be able to enjoy the beauty and incredible adventures while traveling through it. During the tour you will have a chance to visit the ancient site called Burana Tower or Minaret. You will explore that minaret was built in 11 century by Karakhanids. You will also explore an open air museum of Balbals (stone statutes). This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 6: Issyk Kul – Grigorievskoye – Semenovskoye – Karakol
Today you will travel along the amazing Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye gorges. You will discover fabulous gorges and see that they are connected to each other. This day you will be able to explore the fascinating scenery, admire beautiful landscapes and take photos. Don’t miss a chance to capture snow-capped mountains and juniper forests. This day you will have a chance to get acquainted with the locals and see yurts on the tour. This is unique site that attracts people with the pure nature. Today you will have a chance to make photos and remember this day forever. After that you will travel to Karakol city. After arrival to Karakol you will explore interesting attractions of the city such as Dungan mosque that was built in Chinise style and without any nail. Then you will be offered to discover the picturesque old wooden Orthodox Church. You will rest the night in the guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Bishkek
After breakfast you will start the tour with travelling to a wonderful natural called Jeti Oguz gorge. This gorge is translated from Kyrgyz as Seven Bulls. Today you will see one of the most popular landmarks in Kyrgyzstan surrounded by beautiful forests. After arrival to the gorge you will explore beautiful red stones that stand in a single line. This day you will also inspired by the fabulous views and can see directly from the top of the mountains (20 minutes). Here you will also have a chance to make photos and take photos near the Broken Heart Mountain that can tell us a lot of interesting stories and legends. After that you will travel to Bokonbaevo village where you will get acquainted with berkutchi (an eagle hunter). Today you will discover the ancient methods of hunting with the help of eagle that came us from the 12-13 centuries. They usually hunt hares, foxes, wolves, and many other animals. Today you will have a great chance to see the eagle hunting and take photos with them! After that you will travel to Bishkek. This night you will rest in the night the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek – Osh – Guliston – Khudjand
You will have a morning flight to Osh city in the morning. Then you will travel to Tajik border. In course of the tour you will travel along the fabulous mountain passes and observe amazing landscapes. In course of the tour you will also pass Batken region. Travelling here you will have a chance to discover growing apricot trees and the unique flower – Aigul. Upon arrival to you will meet Tajik driver and after that you will travel to then you will be driving to Khujand city. In course of the tour you will transfer via the vivid Anzob pass (3 372 m), Today you will also have a chance to admire the enchanting panoramic views and take photos. Our customers on the tour will see that Khujand is the second largest city in Tajikistan. It is the Northern province of Tajikistan (Sughd). In our tour you will be able to explore that it is located on the banks of the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Ferghana Valley. The total population of the city is about 149,000 people. You will have a great opportunity today to enjoy exploring the Khujand Culture Palace. The first president of the country was also elected here. Next, you can also explore the Central Mosque, which is located in the center of the city. You will rest the night in the hotel.
Day 9: Khudjand – Iskanderkul Lake
In the morning you will have amazing tour where you will discover the fascinating highlights and discover Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). You will explore that lake is situated in the Fann mountains. This is one of the most charming lakes Tajikistan. You will discover the popular place for trekking and hiking. During the tour you will explore that the lake attracts with its emerald surface and was named in honor the commander Alexander the Great. Upon arrival you will have a chance to discover the gorgeous scenery and discover the fascinating view. This day you will also have chance to get to the waterfall about 40 minutes. You will do some researches and explore that Tajikistan is very attractive and has powerful water resources. As well as has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. Today you will spend the night in the guesthouse.
Day 10: Iskanderkul – 7 lakes – Penjakent
In the morning you will travel to the spectacular Fannsky Gory (Fan Mountains). You will have a chance to observe the fascinating site where people likes to hike and exploring nature. After that you will transfer to the spectacular Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes) wjere guests of the country will have a chance to discover beautiful landscapes and take photos! In course of the tour you will have a chance to admire 7 lakes that attract people with different colors and altitudes. You will also meet the local inhabitants and observe their way of life. After that you will travel to the fabulous city Penjakent ("five villages"). Penjikent is located in Tajikistan, is the district center of the Penjikent district. At a distance of 50 km is Samarkand, and the distance from Dushanbe is 240 km. According to the national composition, Tajiks and Uzbeks are mainly distinguished. The city is located near the Zeravshan River, at an altitude of 900 m above sea level. Archaeologists have discovered a settlement near the modern city of the 5th century AD. A medieval Sogdian city has long been located here. The settlement was considered a kind of cultural center of all Asia. He had a very high level of construction skills for that time. During the excavations, a temple with a round altar was discovered, as well as residential buildings. The city itself had the same name – Panjikent - and bore the proud status of "Central Asian Pompeii". There were located two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses with paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods and others, while the ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. This night you will spend in the local guesthouse.
Day 11: Penjakent – Jartepo – Samarkand
This day you will have a breakfast and travel to the spectacular country Uzbekistan. Today you will transfer to the border at 10 am, to Samarkand city. You are going to have fascinating city tour and explore the main landmarks of the city. You will explore that Samarkand is an ancient city of Uzbekistan, which dates back about 2500 years. This city is situated in the valley of the Zeravshan River and is the second largest in Uzbekistan. Samarkand is the same age as Babylon and Rome. In course of the tour you will experience such wonderful sites as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. On the tour, you can visit the beautiful and grandiose Registan Square with incredible views of the three madrasas, which date back to the 15th-17th centuries and boast of their beauty. After that, you will go to the beautiful and wonderful place of Shah Zinde, which is very beautiful and has a large collection of mausoleums that are included in the UNESCO list and which date back to the 11th-15th centuries. On the tour, you will also be able to explore the beautiful mosque called Bibi Khanum and enjoy its amazing views, which was built in honor of Tamerlane's wife. You will rest the night in the hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand city – Gijduvan – Bukhara
After breakfast you will travel to Bukhara. During the tour you will break at Gijduvan village, Being here you will have a chance to get acquainted with private pottery workshop. This day you will explore the information about Gijduvan ceramics. Today you will also have a chance to discover the 6th generation Narzullaev family is engaged in this beautiful art form. You will discover the school of ceramics is known all over the world. Ceramics use geometric patterns and colorful colors like blue and green. Upon arrival you will travel to Bukhara. This day you will rest in the hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara
This day you will have tour that is dedicating to the city tour in Bukhara. This day you will discover the fascinating sites of this fabulous city, Bukhara. Today you will have chance to explore Citadel Ark that dates back to 4th century. Today you will discover the place where Bukhara Emirs ruled. You will explore the most ancient citadel in Uzbekistan. After that you will explore the vivid Samanids mausoleum of 9th and 10th century. No doubt you will like it! This day you will also travel to Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque. This day you will admire the forty columns that were erected in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Further you will stroll along the shops where you can buy some souvenirs. After that you will have an opportunity to explore Nodir Divan Begi that is one of the main sightseeing of Bukhara which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. You are going to see this mosque was built in honor of Bukhara vizier. This day you will discover Poi Kalon complex, you will have a chance to explore a fascinating art of Bukhara. In course of the tour you will discover three structures built in the 12th and 16th centuries. You will find Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah in it. The overnight is in the hotel.
Day 14: Bukhara – Khiva
In the morning you will lead to Khiva. You will discover Bukhara is a wonderful city with 140 architectural monuments. During the tour you will explore that Bukhara city represents a "town museum" goes back to the Middle Ages. During the tour you will also that Khiva is the ancient year of Uzbekistan. Khiva in Uzbekistan is a real open-air museum, where perfectly preserved ancient architecture and pure beauty. This day you will explore the history of Khiva is inextricably linked with the legendary state of Khorezmshahs. After that you will travel from Bukhara to Khiva via Kizilkum desert where you will admire the fabulous views of Amu Darya River that is deepest sea in Central Asia. Upon arrival you will have a free time. This night you will rest in the hotel.
Day 15: Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent
This day you will have a chance to have a highlight tour. Today you will explore Khiva. Khiva is the most ancient city of Uzbekistan. You will explore Ichan-Qala that is rounded with powerful walls. In course of the tour you will discover old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses made Ichan-Qala into extraordinary city-monument. Ichan-Qala has over 400 traditional dwelling houses and 60 architectural monuments. Ichan-Qala changed into historical and architectural conservation area in 1969. There you will get to the spectacular Kunya-Ark fortress (17th century), found by Muhammad Arang Khan. Also there are Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace. This day you will have the evening flight in Tashkent. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 16: Tashkent – Airport
Morning transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax – 2 325 $
04 pax – 1 645 $
06 pax – 1 440 $
08 pax – 1 310 $
10 pax – 1 235 $
Single – 265 $
Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Half board – 240 $*
Full board – 415 $*
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – 50 $ per person
English speaking guides:
KG – 435 $ per group
UZ – local 130 $ per group or escort 370 $ per group
TJ – 445 $ per group
KZ – 420 $ per group
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Khujand – “Firuz” Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul – “Dilovar” Gueshouse
Penjakent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*
Khiva – “Porso” Hotel 3*
Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*
- Mineral water supply
- Entrances to all museums in Kg, Kz & Tj
- Flight tickets Bishkek – Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Museum admissions in Uz
- Flight tickets Urgench-Tashkent