Tour Overview

Day 1

Tashkent

  • Arrival in Tashkent by air. Meeting with tour escort guide and transfer to the hotel.
  • Dinner at a local restaurant.
  • O/n at hotel.
Day 2

Tashkent - Bishkek - Cholpon Ata

  • Early breakfast or breakfast-box. Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Bishkek. Arrival and meeting with guide. Upon arrival visit of:
  • Kyrgyz Historical Museum – (closed on Mon) displaying Kyrgyz history beginning from rock paintings. Includes stone culture collection, ceramic, glass and metal articles, coins and ethnographic collections
  • Drive to Issyk Kul lake, Cholpon Ata city. On the way SS of:
  • Burana Tower – (located in Tokmak, 80 km east of Bishkek) it was the site of an older settlement; the tower’s minaret is one of the oldest of its kind in Central Asia. The minaret was built in the 11th century and was originally 45 m
  • Ak-Beshim ruins (Suyab) – Despite its relatively modern origin, Tokmak stands in the middle of the Chui valley, which was a prize sought by many medieval conquerors. The ruins of Ak-Beshim, the capital of the Western Turkic Khaganate, are situated 8 km southwest from Tokmok. The Tang Dynasty poet Li Bai is thought to have been born in this area, as was Yusuf Has Hajib Balasaguni, author of the Kutadgu Bilig.
  • Lunch at a local family. Arrival and check-in hotel.
  • Dinner and o/n at hotel.
Day 03

Cholpon Ata

  • Breakfast. SS of:
  • Cruise in Issyk Kul Lake (if the weather is fine)
  • Horse riding games
  • Lunch at local restaurant. SS of:
  • Cholpon Ata Rock Paintings museum
  • Ethnography Museum
Day 04

Cholpon Ata - Almaty

  • Breakfast. Drive to Almaty.
  • PM. Cross the border. Lunch-box without stopping by the way.
  • Arrival in Almaty and visit:
  • Green Bazaar
  • Dinner & o/n at hotel.
Day 5

Almaty - Taraz

  • Breakfast. Visit:
  • National Central Museum – gives a full overview of Kazakhstan's history and displays miniature replicas of the country's greatest archeological treasures including the Golden Man warrior’s costume made from 4000 golden parts
  • Drive to Taraz.
  • Lunch on the route in local cafe.
  • Arrival and check in hotel.
  • Dinner and o/n hotel.

Taraz – Turkestan

  • Breakfast. Drive to Turkestan city. On the way SS of:
  • Battle of Taraz riverside
  • Aishabibi Mausoleum – (XI-XII cc.) made of splendid, delicate terracotta bricks in over 50 different motifs, it looks almost weightless. A Muslim shrine for centuries, it was damaged by the removal of bricks in Soviet times but later restored. It now stands in a glass box meant to ward off the corrosive air .
  • Babashi Khatum mausoleum (X-XI cc.) architectural treasure by UNESCO
  • Lunch on the route in Shimkent city.
  • Arrival and check in hotel. Excursion to:
  • Mausoleum of Khodja Akhmad Yassawi whose tomb is a pilgrimage site for Kazakh Muslims. Includes his underground mosque and hammam (steam bath). UNESCO cultural heritage
  • Dinner and o/n hotel.

Turkestan – Tashkent

  • Breakfast. Drive for SS to Otrar ruins. On the way SS of:
  • Sairam village
  • Arstan-Baba Mausoleum (XIX c)
  • Otrar ruins (XI-XII c)
  • Lunch on the way. Transfer to Kazakh-Uzbek border and see off. Change bus and guide.
  • Transfer to Tashkent and check in hotel.
  • Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • O/n at hotel.

Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva   

  • Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Urgench by HY.
  • Arrival and drive to Khiva. Full day SS of Khiva:
  • Kelte Minar & Muhammad Amin Khan Madrassah
  • Kunya ark (XVII c) – an inner fortress with administrative buildings, gunpowder works, law courts, mosque;
  • Pakhlavan Makhmud complex (XIV – XIX c) – the most remarkable architecture memorial complex in Khiva with unique tiles.
  • Ak-Sheikh Baba Observation platform
  • Lunch at local restaurant. Continue SS:
  • Djuma mosque (X – XVII c) a cathedral mosque, the roof of which lies on 212 wooden fretted columns with unique acoustics and original technical ideas natural of lighting Mausoleum of Seyid Alaudin (XIV c) with its gravestone made from colored majolica in unique among world architectural ceramics
  • 9Islam Khodja minaret and madrassah (1908) – 45 m high is the h10ighest building in Khiva with, the observation area.
  • Tas11h Hovli Palace –summer residence of Khiva Khanswas built i12n the first half of the nineteenth century. Palace has three ya13rds connected by labyrinths of corridors
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • O/n at hotel.

Khiva – Kunya Urgench – Dashoguz – Ashgabat

  • Breakfast. Drive to Uzbek-Turkmen border Shavat.
  • Crossing the border. Change guide & bus. Meet in Turkmen side.
  • Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Kunya-Urgench. Start SS:
  • Mausoleum of Fakhr-At-Din (Il-Arslan)Built in 12-13 centuries, it is small, almost square erection crowned with the 12 sided marquee. Th emausoleum is connected with the name of scientist Fakhr-ad-din.
  • Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum – 1172-1200y. – mausoleum presents semicubic erection, crowned with the high conic cupola.
  • Turebek Khanum Mausolum – the mausoleum is connected with name of the Turebek Khanum wife of the Urgench governor Kutlug Temur. The building consists of the big 12 side volume with the high portal, joining it from South and the small right angled building from the North.
  • Mausoleum of Najmitdin Kubra and Sultan Ali – the mausoleum ensemble of Najmitdin Kubra (XIVc) and Sultan Ali (XVIc)are located at the center of the Muslim cemetery in front of each other.
  • Kutlug Timur Minaret – 60m in height the minaret was buil in 1320-1330 by gold hord khan Kutlug Temur.
  • Drive to Dashoguz. Dinner at local restaurant or boxes.
  • Flight to Ashgabat.
  • Arrival, check in hotel.
  • O/n at hotel.

Ashgabat

  • Breakfast. Full day SS of Ashgabat.
  • National Museum of Turkmenistan – (closed on Tuesdays & during National Holidays) about 500 000 artifacts dedicated to the Bronse Age, Antiquity and Middle age history of Turkmenistan. Other sections of the museum are Nature, Ethnography, Military, Jewelry sections. There is also section with the gifts of the president. Second floor of the museum is a S/S platform from which the giant carpet “Turkmenbashy” can be observed.
  • Ertugrul Gazi Mosque has been constructed as a present to the Turkmen nation from the republic of Turkey. This unique complex consists of the mosque itself, a madrassah, cultural center with library and assembly hall for 250 seats and a park.
  • Bazaar “Gundogar Altyn Asyr”(open on Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays only)
  • Horse Stable with Ahalteke horses
  • Lunch at local restaurant. Continue SS:
  • Anau is the medieval city located 12km in the south–east of Ashghabat is well known by it’s medieval mosque called “Seitjemal – ad – din”.
  • Nisa (III c) Parthia capital inhabited till the 19c. Diggings have revealed a grandiose architectural complex consisting of ceremonial hall, treasure house and residences. UNESCO cultural heritage
  • Azadi square with Neutrality arch
  • Dinner at local restaurant.
  • O/n at hotel.

Ashgabat – Mary

  • Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Mary.
  • Arrival and drive to Old Merv. SS of:
  • Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala & Kiz Kala – ruins of old Merv
  • Sultan Sanjar mausoleum
  • Drive back to Mary. Lunch at local restaurant. Continue SS:
  • Mary regional museum
  • Dinner at local restaurant.
  • O/n at hotel.

Mary – Turkmenabad – Bukhara

  • Breakfast. Drive to Bukhara via Turkmenabad (Farab border).
  • Lunch en route at local restaurant. Crossing Uzbek-Turkmen border in Farab.
  • Arrival in Bukhara and check in hotel.
  • Dinner and o/n at hotel.

Bukhara

  • Breakfast. Full day SS of Bukhara:
  • ARK Fortress (VI – XIX c) – in middle ages it was a whole town with the emirs house, with wives, mosques mint place, government institutes, store rooms, a prison and a square for public executions:
  • Bolo Khauz Mosque (1712) Mosque Near the Pool.
  • Chashma Ayub Mausoleum – the original construction dates from the 12th century rule of Karakhanid Arslan Khan, the earliest surviving dome was raised by Amir Temur in 1380 over the existing tomb chamber.
  • Samanid’s mausoleum (IX – X c) – it was the first building in Central Asia constructed from backed bricks in the shape of a cube covered by a dome with unrepeatable geometrical brickwork design – a masterpiece of world architecture
  • Lunch at local restaurant. Continue of SS incl:
  • Poikalon complex (XII – XVI c) architectural ensemble in the center of old Bukhara – includes the cathedral mosque “Masjidi Kalon”, “Miri Arab” madrasah and the highest minaret (46 m) at that time in the Orient.
  • Trading Domes consists of three trading centers: Tok-i-Zargaron (1570) – Jeweler’s Bazaar, Tok-i-Tilpak Furushon – Cap Maker’s Bazaar, Tok-i-Sarrafon – Moneychanger’s Bazaar.
  • Magoki Attori – in 937 the four-pillared mosque was burn the ground in a city-wide fire and in the 12th century the present mosque was erected, from which the focus of the mosque, the original southern portal remains.
  • Lyabi – Haus (XVI – XVII c) – a complex with Nodir – Devon Begi madrassah, khanaka and big pool surrended by trees
  • Chor-Minor – unique and one of the most surprising buildings in Bukhara with four minarets – one for each corner. It was built in 1807, by Turkmen merchant Khalif Niyazkul.
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • O/n at hotel.

Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand

  • Breakfast. Drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz.
  • Arrival. Lunch at national house. SS of Shakhrisabz:
  • Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and Dorus Tilovat Complex – (1437) this big Friday Mosque was built by Ulugbek in honour of his father Shakhrukh
  • Doru Saodat Complex – The complex was built in 1392 by Timur and means the seat of power and might.
  • Ak Saray (white Palace) Timur’s summer palace.
  • Drive to Samarkand. Arrival and check in hotel.
  • Dinner and o/n at hotel.

Samarkand

  • Breakfast. Full day SS of Samarkand incl:
  • Registan Square (XV–XVIIc) official center of Timur Empire, consist of grandiose Madrassah of Ulugbek, Sher Dor & Tillya Kari.
  • Gur Amir mausoleum (XV c) – Timurids dynastic burial vault. A unique monument of architecture with blue ribbed tessellated dome
  • Bibi Khanum mosque (XIVc) built by Timur to be biggest mosque at time. Architect, craftsmen & painters built in 5 years long.
  • Siab Bazaar – main bazaar of Samarkand, staying on the crossroad of ancient trading routes.
  • Lunch at local restaurant. Continue SS:
  • Ulugbek’s Observatory (XV c) 1st observatory in orient with 30m sextant built by Ulugbek to make exact astronomical catalogue
  • Afrosiab museum & Afrosiab Hill – each hall of the museum contains exhibits of some certain period of history of Afrasiab. In one hall remarkable ancient wall paintings are exhibited. Afrosiab Hill is a place of ancient city-fort Afrasiab, named after legendary king of Turan.
  • Shahi Zinda mausoleum (XIV–XV c) ‘Town of Dead’ a complex of more than 20 unique buildings of different ages.
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • O/n at hotel.

Samarkand – Tashkent – Out

  • Breakfast. Drive to Tashkent by coach.
  • Arrival & lunch at local restaurant. City tour incl:
  • Mustakillik Square – former “Red Squire” the main squire of the Tashkent with the monument to victims of the WW II.
  • Navoi Theatre – (from outside) this is one of the building in Tashkent which has its own personality. Planning and construction is started in 1940 and Japanese prisoners of war completed construction in 1947.
  • Japanese cemetery – After World War II Japanese prisoners were deported to Central Asia through Siberia. Most of them returned to Japan after several years and 79 of them who died are resting in this cemetery.
  • Tashkent Metro stations – construction began in 1972 and five years later the first train rolled. Some people say that Tashkent metro is one of the beautiful metro stations.
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Transfer to airport for departure flight.