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Tour 4: The Golden Way
Duration: 16 days
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
In short: Almaty – Issyk – Bishkek – Issyk Kul northern shore – Karakol – Issyk Kul southern shore – Osh – Khudjand – Iskanderkul – Penjakent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabad – Mary – Merv – Ashgabat
Day 1: Almaty
The tour will start from airport to sightseeing. Today you will visit the central part of Almaty. Start from the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see wonderful attractions. First visit Green Bazaar. It is one of the most famous bazaars in Kazakhstan. When you arrive there you will have the opportunity to buy national goods and oriental sweets. The bazaar is very crowd and busy. After that you can visit the oldest Almaty parks as Panfilov Park. Being there you will find wooden buildings in the world as Zenkov Cathedral. Later on try to visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame which is made to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country. There is no tour without vesting the Medeo Gorge. It is the highest mountain skating rink in the world. After that you can visit the Kok-Tobe hill. There is the biggest TV tower in the world. Afterwards you will have a short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. The tour will inspire you!
Day 2: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
The day will start by visiting gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau as Issyk Gorge. It lies along the Kuldja tract. In ancient time traders moved from there. On the way you will have the opportunity to see amazing beauty of nature and take wonderful photos. There is a burial mound of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found. Nowadays it became the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition to tours you can visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. It is important to note that there are the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period and a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. You will pass to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level and see outstanding mountain lake Issyk. It appeared about 10,000 years ago due to landslide of 300 meters in height. You will be impressed by the stunning view of blue lake and learn more about its history. Afterwards is transfer to hotel.
Day 3: Almaty – Bishkek
You will be met by the driver who accompanies you to Bishkek. Bishkek city is the capital as well as the largest city of Kyrgyzstan and situated at about 800 meters (2,600 ft) altitude near the northern range of the Kyrgyz Ala Too range. It belongs to the Tian Shan mountains rises up to 4,855 meters (15,928 ft). There is a beautiful view from the range. Today you will have a city tour where you can visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic and other interesting places of visit. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
The driver will pick you up at 8 a.m. Today you will travel to Issyk Kul Lake. It is surrounded by the celestial mountains and considered to be the second largest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m above sea level. The second name of the lake is "the pearl of Central Asia". It is important to note that this lake is never freezes due to salt at the bottom. On the way to the lake you can visit Burana Tower and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). This complex was found in the 11th century. For sure you will like it. This place is full of mysteries. Afterwards is rest and night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol
You will have breakfast at 8 o’clock and then travel to Karakol city. On the route you can have a break near ancient stone inscriptions found in the 800 B.C. You will find petroglyphs made by shamans more than 2 000 years ago. After that you will drive along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. On arrival you will visit the Dungan mosque which was made without any nails and famous among travelers. Also visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. Today you will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 6: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Bishkek
The tour will start by driving to Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls. There are seven rocks situated in a row and have different shapes. On the way you will have the opportunity to see the Broken Heart Mountain. Immerse to the beautiful panorama view if you spend 20 minutes. After that you will have a stop in Bokonbaeva village. It is the great idea to get acquainted with a local trainer who hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. In addition you can take photos with birds. Afterwards is transfer to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek – Osh – Guliston – Khudjand
We will transfer you to the airport for a flight to the city of Osh in the morning. On arrival you will have the chance to visit a famous and special place as Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center. It is the important place of pilgrimage for local Muslims. According to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Afterwards we will drive to Tajik border. You will pass over mountains and high passes. We will drive via Batken region. This region is famous for apricot trees and flower − Aigul. Afterwards your Tajik guide will meet you at the other side and drive to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan and situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. In addition it is the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan. Nowadays it called Sughd. In the second half of day you will visit the Cultural Palace of Khujant where the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. On the way you will see Central Mosque. It is situated in the middle of the city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 8: Khudjand – Iskanderkul Lake
The day will start by travelling to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul of 2 255 m. a. s. l. You will find it in the famous Fann Mountains. This wonderful place is considered to be the best places of Central Asia. On arrival you will walk along beaches. On the way we will hike 40 minutes in order to see a waterfall. It is important to note that Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources which is the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries. There are more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. The night will be spent in a home stay.
Day 9: Iskanderkul – Penjakent
Today we will drive to Penjakent via pass Shahriston. The height is about 3 378 m. The wonderful city of Penjakent or so called "five villages" is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a charming Zeravshan river valley. Originally, the five villages appeared in the 5th -8th centuries AD. The city of Penjikent was one of the most significant cultural and crafts centers of Sogd or "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a ruler's palace, where two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses were decorated with paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. But its remnants were found only in the last century. Nowadays travelers will have the opportunity to see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. It will be interesting! Overnight is in a local hotel.
Day 10: Penjakent – Jartepo – Samarkand
You will be transferred to the Tajik-Uzbek border in the morning. The Uzbek driver will meet you at the other side of the border and drive to Samarkand. Today you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand
The day will start by having a city tour in Samarkand. The wonderful city of Samarkand is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and considered to be the second largest city of Uzbekistan like Babylon or Rome. After that visit the Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is one of the most visited places among travelers. It has three Madrasahs found in the 15th - 17th centuries. We are sure you will like it. Shakhi-Zindeh has the largest collection of mausoleums found in the 11th-15th centuries. After some time it included to The UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is a very beautiful site which was built for the beloved Tamerlane’s wife, when he came from India. The night is in a hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand – Bukhara (Morning train transfer)
You will be transferred to Bukhara by train in the morning. The city tour. Visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara which was found in the 4th century and got the name as Citadel Ark. It included several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Afterwards you can visit Samanids mausoleum. This site was found in the 9th -10th century. The next destination is the Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque. There are forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. In your free time you can walk around the city and buy gifts form souvenir shops. Later on you will visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara − Nodir Divan Begi. It became a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Further you will have the opportunity to visit the Kalon complex. It is very famous art of Bukhara. On the way you will see three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Today you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabad – Mary – Merv
You will be met with your local guide at Alat/Farap border point. On arrival to the border point you will be checked up and drive to Mary province. On the route you will have the chance to visit an Ancient Merv which is located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road. Nowadays it became one of the largest and biggest cities of the ancient world as well as the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Guided tour:Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, SoltanSanjar Mausoleum, IbnZeid Mausoleum. Your breakfast will be done at the hotel.
Day 14: Mary – Ashgabat
In the morning you will travel to Ashgabat. During the tour we will see the Annau Seyitjemaleddin Mosque. Then a ruin town − Abiverd, in eight kilometres west of Kaka. Abiverd was one of the most important trading towns of Khorasan. When you arrive to Ashgabat, you will have sightseeing. On the way you will drive to Gypchak village in order to see mausoleum and mosque. We will continue to Old Nissa − The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings. Nisa was the capital of Parthian Empire for 600 years as well as was the enemy of Rome Empire. After that you will have the opportunity to visit Monuments of Archabil avenue and learn more about new part of Ashgabat as Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on mountains, Monument of Constitution “Alem” Culture and Recreation Center. In the afternoon we will drive to hotel and check in. After that you can visit the Park devoted to Turkmen horses-the pride of Turkmen, Gulistan Bazar, Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Afterwards you will have a night tour for seeing the main streets of Ashgabat. Don’t miss to see Palace of Happiness! For sure you will love it!
Day 15: Ashgabat
Today we will continue the tour in Ashgabat city. Visit the famous “AltynAsyr” Oriental Bazar- Jygyldyk bazaar! It is one of the biggest bazaar in Central Asia where you will find anything you want. Then you can visit Horse Farm. Being there you will see strong Turkmen Horses – Akhalteke and take photos with them. Later on you can visit the National Museum of History. It is one of the biggest museums in Central Asia. Further you can drive to Arch of Neutrality. There is a famous rocket and tripod style built which symbolize neutral status of Turkmenistan. Its’ height is over 300 feet including 40 feet rotating statue of first President of Turkmenistan: Saparmyrat Nyyazow (Turkmenbashy). Then you will have the chance to walk around the Park of Independency where you can see fountains and statutes as well as Monuments of Independency and Ruhnama. It will be very interesting!
Day 16: Flight
Morning transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax – 2 430 $
04 pax – 1 820 $
06 pax – 1 600 $
08 pax – 1 430 $
10 pax – 1 375 $
Single – 280 $
Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Half board – 245 $
Full board – 350 $
English speaking guide – 1 285 $ per group
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – $35 per group
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Boutique Hotel
Khujand – “Firuz” Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul – Homestay
Penjakent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*
Merv – Merv-3*Hotel
Ashgabat – “Menzil” Hotel 3*
- Train tickets in UZ
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- English speaking guide in TM
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guides
- Migration tax 12$+4$ bank fee in TM
- Fee for using cameras on monuments in TM
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