Silk Road Tours: Tour 3

Silk Road Tours: Tour 3, Silk Road tours

Silk Road Tours: Tour 3
20 days

Day 1: Ashgabat
Our company is happy to see travelers on the tour along Silk Road. Meet the loal guide at the Ashgabat International Airport and reach to a hotel. Later on we will visit the Horse farm. You will see the Turkmen people and Akhal Teke horses. Travelers will see Akhal Teke horse show program and the racks. Afterwards we will visit "Gypjak" Mosque and Mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan. In the evening we will return to Ashgabat and have a city tour. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Darwaza - Ashgabat
After breakfast you will visit the "Old Nisa". It is the Sanctuary of Parhian Kings (UNESCO site). The next tour is the State Museum of History. It has relics of the settlements Nisa, Merv and Gonurdepe, collection of vintage Turkmen carpets, rare examples of national clothing, jewelries, and antique weapons. In the second part of day we will travel to the North of Turkmenistan in order to see the Gas Crater - Darwaza. It is located to the North of Ashgabat. You will have a stop at the small nomadic village and relish the enchanted view of the gas crater. Return to Ashgabat. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 3: Ashgabat - Mary
The tour will start by travelling to Mary. We will visit the Anau pilgrimage place (remnants of Seyitjemaleddin mosque XV c). There are the remains of Abiverd medieval city which was a trading town of North Khorasan. In the evening you will have a short walking tour around the city center. Night is in a hotel.

Day 4: Mary - Merv - Turkmenabat - Uzbek-Turkmen border ‘Farap/Alat' - Bukhara
In the morning we will travel to Mary Historical Museum and then Old Merv - Merv. It is found at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and later became one of the largest cities of the olden world. We will have a guided tour where you can visit Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum and drive to Turkmenabat city and move to Turkmen Uzbek border Farap/Alat (Uzbekistan).  You will meet the group at Uzbek side of the border and drive to Bukhara. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 5: Bukhara
City tour in Bukhara. Visit the citadel in Bukhara as Citadel Ark of the 4th century. It was the foremost place of Bukhara Empire. Then we will visit Samanids mausoleum and continue your tour to Chashma Ayub (Job's well). On the way you can visit Bolo Hauz mosque well-known for its forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. Afterwards we will visit madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble and to end the tour visiting Poi Kalon complex. It has three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 6: Bukhara - Samarkand
We will have a city tour in Bukhara and visit the Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex. It is located few in kilometers from Bukhara and defined to be a memorial complex of Sufi Leader and Philosopher. It is the Muslim haj places of Islamic world. The next destination is Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi which was one of the masters of Amir Timur. It has of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana. See courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Then we will visit the residence of Bukhara Emirs - Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. There are dissimilar kind of shapes and arts. Emir called this place for his wife who died young "Star - like and moon - like Palace". Afterwards is transfer to Samarkand. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 7: Samarkand
Samarkand is a spectacular city situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and the second largest city of Uzbekistan like Babylon or Rome. Upon arrival we will visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is the eminent site of Samarkand which has three brilliant Madrasahs found in the 15th -17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh is famous for a rich collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15th centuries and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built in honor of beloved Tamerlane's wife, after his effective tour in India. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 8: Samarkand - Tashkent
We will transfer to Tashkent in the morning. On arrival we will find the Independence square dedicated to the victory over fascism in World War II and then walk along the local Broadway. It is located between Independence square and Amir Timur square. Than we will travel to the Tashkent metro opened in 1977. Then we will visit Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam which is famous for its several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Then we will see the Othman Quran. It is the world's oldest Quran copy found in the 8th century. Quran was a part of Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph. Othman was killed by non-muslims people in the 8th century. Night is in a hotel.

Day 9: Tashkent - Uzbek border - Khujand
Today you will transfer to Oibek border check point. The group will meet a Tajik driver who accompany you to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan. This city is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is about 149,000. It is the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan - called Sughd. In the second half of the day you will visit a Cultural Palace of Khujant where the first president of Tajikistan was chosen as well as visit the Central Mosque. Overnight is in a hotel.  

Day 10: Khujand - Dushanbe
You will travel to Dushanbe city over Anzob pass of 3 372 m and tunnel of Isticlol. There are brilliant panorama views. On the way you will have the chance to take perfect photos and enjoy the background of Tajik mountains. Afterwards is arrival to Dushanbe.  Night is in a hotel.

Day 11: Dushanbe
Today is a guided tour. We will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal and House of parliament. We will walk to National park and see Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world of about 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. In the afternoon we will visit Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and Asian bazaar. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 12: Dushanbe - Khoburubot - Kalai Khum
In the morning we will drive to Kalai Khum village via mountain road in the morning. The road will go over high Khoburubot Pass of 3 252, also known as Western Pamir Tract. Travelers will have an opportunity to enjoy brilliant view of terrain and take bright photos. You will meet locals and learn more about their culture and traditions. The tour will amaze you by landscape and exclusive nature. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 13: Kalai Khum - Khorog
In the morning we will drive to Khorog. It is one of the smallest cities on the map of the world which is enclosed by rocky mountains from all four sides. The town formed due to the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara River and Ghund River flow into Pyanj River. On the way to Khorog you will get acquainted with Pamir people. Night is in a guesthouse.

Day 14: Khorog - Yashil Kul Lake - Bulunkul Lake - Murgab
We will travel to the most beautiful lakes of the Pamirs as Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes). They are located on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level in the Murghab district. The color of water in Bulunkul is dark-blue in the sunlight. It depends on the temperature. Here a lot of species of fish in the lake. We will have an opportunity to see yaks, domestic animals, cow and sheep which produce meat, milk and wool. We will drive over Koitezak pass of 4 271 m. Overnight is in a guesthouse.

Day 15: Murgab - Osh
Today is transfer to Kyrgyz border Kyzyl Art. It is located on the altitude of 4 336 m. The Kyrgyz driver will meet you and transfer to Osh city. We will admire brilliant landscape and get encouragement of exclusive nature. We will drive high mountain pass - Taldik of 3 615 meters high! Rest is in a hotel.

Day 16: Osh - Bishkek
In the morning you will have a city tour. We will visit well-known place as Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too or Solomon's Mountain is located in the center of the city. It is an important place for haj of Muslims. According to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon was buried at the foot of it. Then we will visit the Asian bazar. Night is in a hotel.

Day 17: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today is a city tour of Bishkek. You will visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and other places of wonder. In the second half of the day we will travel to Ala Archa gorge. It is 45 km from the city. The Ala Archa gorge is located on the Tien Shan mountain range and eminent for its brilliant view. Afterwards you will return to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.

Day 18: Bishkek - Almaty
In the morning we will travel to Almaty. The distance from Bishkek to Almaty is 230 km. It will take about 4 hours. We will pass a border control. You will learn more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. We will visit Green Bazaar and learn more about local lifestyle. Then we will visit Almaty parks as Panfilov Park as well as Zenkov Cathedral. The tour will be continued visiting the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. It is dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of Kazakhstan. In the afternoon you will visit the Medeo Gorge. The next destination is the Kok Tobe hill and see the tallest TV tower in the world. The tour will end by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 19: Almaty - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Charyn Canyon is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years' old which was created by wind, sun and rain. It will take about 3 hours to stretch the canyon. On the way you will have an opportunity to learn more about its history and development. Admire gorgeous panorama views. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 20: Almaty - Airport
Transfer to airport in the morning. Thank you for a tour!


Transport in Turkmenistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus
10 pax - Bus

Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus

Transport in Tajikistan:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter 

Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus


Price per person:
02 pax - 2 975 $
04 pax - 2 115 $
06 pax - 1 985 $
08 pax - 1 750 $
10 pax - 1 785 $
Single - 350 $

Early check-in - 70 $
Single early check-in - 140 $ 

All dinners - 260 $*
All lunches and dinners - 495 $*

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 40 $ per person 

English speaking guides:
TM - included by law
UZ - local 140 $ per group or escort 380 $ per group
TJ - 760 $ per group
KG - 295 $ per group
KZ - 220 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*       
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3* *
Kalai Khum - "Karon Palace" Hotel 4*
Khorog - "Lal" Guesthouse
Murgab - "Pamir" Guesthous
Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Visa support in Turkmenistan
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent
- English speaking guide in Turkmenistan
- Flight tickets Osh - Bishkek (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg) 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide