Silk Road Tour miracle: Tour 2
Destinations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
Duration: 20 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty - Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol - Skazka - Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek - Osh - Khudjand - 7 lakes - Penjikent - Jartepo - Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva - Shavat - Kunya Urgench - Darwaza - Ashgabat - Mary - Merv - Ashgabat
Day 1: Almaty
In the first day of the tour in Kazakhstan we travel to Almaty. First the guests are met in the airport and then taken to the city tour of 6 hours. The first point to be seen is the Green Bazaar, where you can bargain in order to get the goods for lower prices. Then we are going to see Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral. The photos of great views can be captured. Then the Medeo Gorge, the famous skating rink is visited. The wanderers are going to step at the territory of Kok-Tobe hill and park, and take a ride of the Almaty cableway. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
Kazakhstan is also famous for natural locations, as the tour to Issyk Lake. The way takes about 7 hours. The gorge of the same name is seen to lie along the Kuldja tract. Nature is pristine here, the history of the Saka period is depicted with the monument to "Golden Man". All along the tour you travel, it is possible to make a visit of the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK". Right here ancient items are gathered, included ceramics and weapons. All along the way everyone will take a road at 1756m above sea level. The gorge is supposed to emerge in 1963. The night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek
From Kazakhstan we take a tour to Kyrgyzstan. The city tour along Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic. The Asian Bazaar is for the greatest recommendation of visiting, as here the bright life of the locals can be seen. The night will be made in the hotel.
Day 4: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
The tour in Kyrgyzstan is oriented on the investigation of the Issyk Kul Lake, the way to which is laid along the Burana tower. It is the tower also named as the minaret of the 11th century, surrounded by the balbals. Then the destination is taken to the Issyk Kul lake, located at the height of 1600m above sea level. It is the pearl of Kyrgyzstan and basically of Central Asia. Actually the region of Cholpon Ata is famous for ancient stone inscriptions. The guests are offered to see the local ethnography museum, the night in the hotel is offered.
Day 5: Issyk Kul - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol
Our dearest guests can always travel to the Issyk Kul region, and visit the Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye gorges. These are the locations where everyone is able to immerse in nature, as the territory is full of greenery points. You are free to travel then to Karakol city of Kyrgyzstan, where everyone takes a way to the Dungan mosque and wooden Orthodox Church. The guesthouse will be ordered for the night.
Day 6: Karakol - Skazka - Bokonbaevo
Kyrgyzstan is the country where the visitants are able to travel tours along natural locations, as the Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls, in red color. The legend connected to the gorge will be told by the members of our team. Then we get to the height of the Broken Heart Mountain. Then the tour is made along the village of Tosor to the Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. Passing to the Bokonbaevo village, famous for the berkutchi, having birds eagles for hunting hares and foxes. The night will be in the yurt.
Day 7: Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek
Today we travel back to the capital of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, and on the way make a visit of Kyzyl Tuu village. Here there skills of yurt creation can be seen, with the yurts being the main dwellings of the Kyrgyz people. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Osh - Khudjand
From Kyrgyzstan we travel to Tajikistan, and on the way the visit of Suleiman Mountain is prescribed. The mountain is seen now as the site for Muslim pilgrimages. The legend says that the biblical prophet Solomon was here with the further bury at the foot of the hill. So, being at the border of Tajikistan the guide meets you in order to show the beauties of the country. We are in Khujand city, travelling along Syr Darya River in the city with the population of 149,000. All along the tour the guests need to see Cultural Palace of Khujant and the mosque. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 9: Khudjand - 7 lakes - Penjikent
As the country Tajiistan concerns, we make a visit of the Fannsky Gory (Fann Mountains), as the tour here is usually presented in the route along the mountains. The everyone makes a visit of the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes). In 60km we travel to Panjakent, where the trip along the sites perfect for photos is made. The Zeravshan river valley is said to be created in the 5-8th century. For now this city is known as the main center of Sogd. Today it is seen to be in the territory of temples and markets, houses and statues. The night will be made in the hotel.
Day 10: Penjikent - Jartepo - Samarkand
From Tajikistan the visitants make a tour to Uzbekistan. They travel to Samarkand and visit the river Zerafshan, compared with the territory of Babylon or Rome. Then the tour is made along Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. The first site is famous for Madrasahs of 15-17th century. Then Samarkand is peculiar also for Shakhi-Zindeh as the large collection of mausoleums. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
In order to get to Bukhara the guests are making a tour to the Gijduvan village and become the witnesses of the private pottery workshop of ceramics, the skills of which are transferring throughout generations. Then the next point of Uzbekistan is memorial complex of Al Bukhary, used to be the religious school. In the end of the day the group gets to Bukhara, where the hotel is ordered.
Day 12: Bukhara
The whole day will be devoted to the city tour of Bukhara, one of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan. Today it is named as Citadel Ark, the home of the many dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Making a way here the guests are offered to travel to the Samanids mausoleum, Bolo-Hauz mosque. The shops of the streets can show the way to the fine madrasahs of the city. Then the visitants make a way to Poi Kalon complex, Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. The night is made in the hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara - Khiva
Khiva city is famous for about 140 buildings of great historical significance, tending to date back to the middle ages. This city can be seen as the one full of greenery, narrow streets and magnificent gardens. At the same time it is the home of the Kizilkum desert, and Amu Darya river. The night will be in the hotel.
Day 14: Khiva
The entire day will be in Khiva, and the city tour along the ancient city of Uzbekistan is made along Ichan-Qala city, located inside the main city. Then we travel to 400 traditional dwelling and 60 architectural monuments. Being here make a visit of the Kunya-Ark fortress with various buildings of the 17th centuries to be located. The Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace are usually in the list of the program. After emotional day the guests take a way to the Khorezm architectural mastership and then spend the night in the hotel.
Day 15: Khiva - Shavat - Kunya Urgench - Darwaza
Hotel offers the breakfast and then the group of the company travels to the Shavat border in order to start from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan. In this day the new-comers are going to witness Kone-Urgench, Khorezm capital, as one of the famous sites of the country, tending to be of the 12th century. The next point is aimed at the investigation of the Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra. The final destination of the day is the Darvaza or Door to Hell crater. The night is organized in the tents.
Day 16: Darwaza - Ashgabat
The day is devoted to the way from Darwasa to Ashgabat. Turkmenistan is famous for being the country of amazing parks and gardens. In Ashgabat the guests are going to visit new parks and fountains. A great location to be seen in the obligatory way is Carpet Museum and the Park 10 years of Independence. Do not miss the opportunity!
Day 17: Ashgabat - Mary - Merv
Make a notice, that the day is going to be interesting and emotional, so the visitants are going to see the Mary city, and the Annau. These are the ruins of the 15th century, tending to be at the territory of the Seyit Jamal-ad-Din Mosque. Turkmenistan is said to be the country where the excavations were made revealing the ancient city of Abiward. From here we make a way to Merv city which had gained the background of the Silk Road to be here for 2000 years or so. It is the unique city, with the abundance of mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd.
Day 18: Mary - Ashgabat
The wanderers return back to the city Ashgabat, which is in Turkmenistan. In this day everyone makes a visit of the Russian bazaar, Lenin Monument, Ertugrul Gazi mosque. It means that the city trip will be unforgettable.
Day 19: Ashgabat
Ashgabat is the city famous for being the home of the "Ancient Nisa". Right here the mosque "Ruhy" and the Mausoleum of the first President of Turkmenistan are located and wait for you to enter. The next point is horse farm, where the horses can be communicated with. The night is in the hotel.
Day 20: Flight
The flight back home is today, so make the checking out and start for the airport.
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Bokonbaevo - Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Penjikent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Porso" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Old Khiva" Hotel 3*
Darwaza - Tents with dinner
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
- Visa support to Turkmenistan
- Provision of mineral water
- English speaking guide in Turkmenistan
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12 $)
- English speaking guide
- Museum admissions
- Use of cameras on monuments for additional payment
Note: Availability of 2 photos (5×6) for each traveller in order to be presented at the points of entry.