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21 Day Five Stans of the Silk Road

$4,999
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Typically $7,699
Step back in time and journey through the 5 Stans in our epic 21 day adventure. Visit Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan & Kyrgyzstan. This one is a trip of a lifetime!

the tour

Journey through our epic 21 day 5 Stans Tour. Immerse yourself in the original path of the Silk Road. Experience the contrasts that make Central Asia so intriguing.  As Silk Road trade declined in the mid 15th century, the Stans were seen as the middle of nowhere rather than the centre of Asia, where culture, art, philosophy and science had flowed and flowered.  This tour allows you to be immersed in the history of this fascinating land that, under Soviet rule, was previously off limits to travellers.

The Stans was a constantly evolving region back in the day and is still defined by the three great conquerors who swept through: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Timur.  This tour blends historical sightseeing with active exploration. Hiking, meeting nomadic families on yurt homestays, dusty ruins, lofty mountains and alpine lakes.  The contrasts will delight and create lifetime memories.

Discover Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  The suffix ’stan is Persian and Urdu for ‘land of’. So, if you’re in Kyrgyzstan, you’re in the land of the Kyrgz. Turkmenistan is dominated by desert, but Tajikistan is all about mountains. Uzbekistan brims with Silk Road cities, but Kyrgyzstan is the place for hiking and horse riding. This tour brings dazzling variety and while the sights may vary the welcome by the people never falters.

INCLUSIONS
Our 21 day 5 Stans Tour has dates through 2022. It includes full board meals, 3 and 4 star hotels. A traditional yurt stay. All transport including 3x domestic flights, high speed train and dedicated driver. English speaking guide and all entrance fees. Secure all this with just a 10% deposit and travel on a date of your choosing.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, your local english speaking guide and driver will meet you with a name board at Tashkent International Airport.

Check-in time begins from 1pm at the hotel.

We will start our excursion from the capital, Tashkent city, which includes old and modern parts:

➢ Khasti Imam Ensemble (16th-20th Centuries), Kaffal Shashi tomb, Barakhan and Muyi muborak madrasahs (madrasah – a school of Islam religion), Namazgah va Juma mosques.

This shrine has a special place in the Islamic world, where the Holy Quran manuscript (7th century), written by Caliph ‘Uthman, which is very vital for the Muslim people, is preserved in almost complete and original form.

➢ Charsu Bazaar: You will discover oriental style huge and beautiful domed bazaar of Tashkent city and enjoy from Uzbek products

➢ Tashkent Underground: It is a magical world in the underground. The reason is that each station is designed based on a special work of art, and the decoration of each station in terms of artistic architecture symbolically reflects the name of the station;

➢(stations: Kosmonavtlar (Astronauts), Alisher Navoiy, Paxtakor and Mustaqillik Maydoni (Independence square).

➢ Broadway: it is located in the centre of Tashkent city and it is favourite place of Tashkent youths. While walking through Broadway you come across local artists, street singers and many more entertainments. (Amir Temur square, 1 st Uzbekistan hotel and Palace of Forums, Twin clock towers, the first gymnasium in Tashkent are observed from outside) .

➢ It is high time to discover Amir Temur and Timurids museum.

MEALS: Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Rakat Palza or Qushbegi Plaza

Day 2: Tashkent ~ Urgench, Khiva

After having breakfast, check out of the hotel at 6:30am and transfer to Tashkent local airport for a morning flight to Urgench. Departure and arrival times: 07:40-09:10. Arrival in Urgench and transfer to Khiva (30km) by transport.

We will start our journey through the ancient city known as “A Thousand and One Nights” Khiva, an integral part of ancient Khorezm, the homeland of Algebra. Today, we start our excursion with the discovery of the Ichan Kala (inner fortress, 10th-19th centuries) complex in Khiva, which occupies an area of 26 hectares and it was surrounded by a thick and high fortress wall. In addition, it is also known as the “open-air museum city”.

➢ Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah And Kalta Minor Minaret: The largest madrasah in Khiva was built by Khiva khan Muhammad Aminkhan, next to it, the Kalta Minor Minaret took place, which attracted everyone with its wonderful colours and appearance.

➢ Onto the Kunya-Ark Citadel: One of the oldest and most beautiful eye catching buildings in Khiva is the Khan’s Palace, which is divided into four courtyards. By visiting this ruler’s residence, you will discover with your own eyes how the rulers of the past lived in those times.

➢ Next is a wonderful photo opportunity at Ok Shaykh Baba Teressa: Allows you to observe the whole beauty of Khiva in the form of a panorama and it is a great chance to test your photography skills.

➢ We’ll visit the Muhammad Rahim-Khan (Feruz) Madrasah: It was built by the order of one of the most revered khans of Khiva, and it is also one of the most beautiful madrassas in the city and it consists of a mosque, a porch, a classroom, a library and rooms.

You will be awed by the Friday Mosque: It is known as one of the first mosques built in Central Asia (10th-18th centuries). It will amaze you with its 227 unique wooden pillars and you will not come across such a unique mosque anywhere else in the world.

➢ After lunch we visit Tach Khaouli Palace And Khan`S Kharam: It was built by the order of Khiva khan Allakulikhan and it consists of 3 courtyards and 111 rooms: Arz courtyard, Ishrat courtyard, Kharam. The kharam part of the palace is also unique in that it is decorated with ornaments and woodcarvings. The kharam caused the huge interests for all tourists as it involves 5 separate porches (for the khan and his 4 wives), from which to the rooms are entered through the corridors.

➢ Followed by Allakuli Khan Caravanserai: As Khiva was an important city at the Great Silk Road, caravanserais (caravanserai – an ancient structure of the hotel where caravans stop, exchange products, eat foods and spend a night) played a very important role, and such a historic place is still used for trade, which makes a tremendous impression on you.

➢ Spend some time at The Madrasah And Minaret Of Islam Khoja: Islam Khoja was an important prime minister in the history of Khiva, and you will get fascinating more information about madrasah and minaret named after him as well as his contributions to Khiva.

➢ End the day at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum: It was built for honour of the great philosopher, poet, philosopher, scientist, and wrestler, master of fur and hats maker Pakhlavan Mahmud. Moreover, it is impossible not to amaze you charmingly built mausoleums.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Erkin Palace or Orient Star Khiva Historical Madrasa or Zarafshon Boutique

Day 3: Khiva ~ Shavat ~ Kone Urgench ~ Darvaza (Turkmenistan)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel at 8:00am and transfer to Turkmen/Uzbek border “Shavat” border which is about 30 minutes drive from Khiva. Our representative will meet you at Turkmen/Uzbek border “Shavat”. Drive to Kunya Urgench (1.5hrs).

Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal Of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, Il Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy Of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum.

In the afternoon we will drive to the Darwaza Burning Gas Crater (3.5 h) The Crater is also known as “The Door to Hell”. The area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 60 m and 20 m deep. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Stay overnight at the Gas Crater, Yurt Camp.

Day 4: Darvaza ~ Ashgabat City Tour

After having breakfast at yurt camp. Transfer to Ashgabat, which takes about 3.5 hours. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will stop in a small desert village Erbent. Arrival in Ashgabat and free time.

Later drive to visit Horse hippodrome to see a national proud of Turkmen people – Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. After you will have Ashgabat city tour. In 2013 the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of the white marble. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities, the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sport Hotel, Ashgabat

Day 5: Ashgabat ~ Mary ~ Merw ~ Farap ~ Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast and checkout, catch transfer to domestic airport of Ashgabat for domestic flight to Mary. Arrival in Mary and drive to Merv to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VIVII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.

After sightseeing, drive to Turkmen-Uzbek border Farap border (3.5hrs). When you arrive to the Farap border of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, your local guide and driver will meet you with the name board. Then, transfer to the ancient city of Bukharai-Sharif. By the way, Bukhara is the homeland of Avicenna (Ibn Sina), known as one of the greatest figures in the field of medicine known to the world. After placing belongings in the hotel, we will start our excursion through the ancient city of Bukhara. Dinner in Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, national dance with live music, fashion shows which can amaze all the visitors.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner in

OVERNIGHT: Kavsar Boutique, Old House Boutique or An-Nur Boutique

Day 6: Bukhara

This morning we will continue our excursion with the legendary city of Bukhara:

➢ Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (16th-17th Centuries): Lyabi Havuz pool, Nadir Divan-begi khanakah and madrasah, Kukaldash madrasah is the most well liked place of local and foreign tourists as ancient eye-catching buildings influence positively to everyone. Originally, an open market square existed at this site of historic architectural importance. Later, a large pool was dug in the middle of the square, surrounded by stones, and it has always been popular among the people.

➢ Char Minar (19th Century): It was built by the order of the wealthy Khalfa Niyazqul. This architectural monument is radically different from other madrassas as its four minarets were built in a unique style. Therefore, it makes a tremendous impression on tourists;

➢ Ancient And Oriental Domed Markets (16th-17th): Toqi sarrafon (dome of exchanging currency)–it was the main mall for exchanging currency. Toqi telpakfurushon (trading dome of hats) – a domed building for the manufacture and sale of hats. Tim Abdulla Khan trading dome – the largest trading dome in Bukhara. Toqi zargaron (trading dome of jewelleries) — it is a mall for the sale of jewelleries. Taqi Zargaron is the largest and most complex dome among others in Bukhara

➢ Ulugbek And Abdulaziz Khan Madrasahs (15th-17th centuries): They are architectural monuments whose decorations were made with high art and artisanship. The large portal is adorned with elegant and rare tile curry patterns.

➢ Poi Kalon Ensamble (12th-16th centuries): Poi Kalon mosque and minaret, Miri Arab madrasah. You will get memorable pleasure from the splendour and charm of this ensemble. Go closer to the bottom of the minaret and face the end of it, preferably keep your hat in your hand. Otherwise, due to its height and beauty, it may fall to the ground in a hat like Genghis Khan.

➢ Ark Of Bukhara (5th-20th Centuries): It is historical castle-town monument. It was the residence of the rulers of Bukhara and it was one of the most luxurious and charming monuments of Bukhara. As you walk in the big gate through a long sloping corridor, each step is worth a century and takes you back to history.

➢ Bolo Hauz Mosque (18th-20th centuries): It was built gradually and amazes everyone with its stunning decorations and style. In particular, the huge portal at the entrance to the mosque, with its tall carved columns, and it is unparalleled beautiful verandas surprises everyone

➢ Samanids Mausoleum (9th-10th centuries): We will be acquainted with the history of the Samanids, the world’s first brick building and the mausoleum, which is preserved in a good condition;

➢ Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum (12th-16th centuries): The prophet Ayub is well known in several religions

➢ Bukhara Bazaar: Bukhara, like other cities, has many markets, but you will not find such a beautiful, oriental-style food market everywhere.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Kavsar Boutique, Old House Boutique or An-Nur Boutique

Day 7: Bukhara ~ Samarkand 270 Km (High Speed Train)

After having breakfast, take some free time to explore old Bukhara independently.

Transfer at 14:30 to Vobent train station in the direction of Bukhara-Samarkand Departure and arrival times: 15:30-17:00 After arrival to the hotel in Samarkand, check in and take the rest before dinner.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Emir Han or Minor Boutique

Day 8: Samarkand

Today we continue our journey through the ancient and eternally old Samarkand city, which is almost three thousand years old:

➢ Gur-E Amir Mausoleum (14th-15th centuries): One of the masterpieces of Samarkand, built during the reign of Amir Temur and the Temurids, this monument always amazes people around the world with its unique beauty and majesty;

➢ Registan Square (15th-17th Centuries): Ulugbek, Tillya-kori and Sherdor madrasah. In the ancient Great Silk Road it became an international trade centre and later a centre of science “sandy place” – Registan Square will captivate you with its day and night charm;

➢ Bibi Khanym Mosque (14th-15th centuries): It was named after his beloved queen Bibi Khanym by order of Amir Temur. At that time it was known as the largest mosque in Central Asia;

➢ Siab Bazaar: It is an opportunity to be acquainted with the ancient Siab bazaar in Samarkand and enjoy the oriental sweets and dried fruits that you read about in your fairy tales.

➢ Shah-I-Zinda Ensemble: It is one of the holiest shrines for Muslims and includes a complex of mausoleums from the 9th to the 19th centuries. Shah-i-zinda means, “living king” and it is the title given to Qusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. The mausoleum dedicated to him and the beautiful mausoleums of people connected with Amir Temur give a special beauty to the complex;

➢ The Observatory Of Ulugbek (15th century): It was founded during the reign of the Timurid ruler, the famous astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek, and the discoveries in the observatory made an important contribution to world civilization.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Emir Han or Minor Boutique

Day 9: Samarkand – Panjikent (Tajikistan)

After breakfast, check out and transfer to the Samarkand – Panjikent (Tajikistan border) which is about 40 minutes far from the city centre. Border formalities.

We will head directly to the restaurant and nearby facilities to change money and buy what we need. The city is also called “ocean of Sogdian paintings”. The city of Penjikent (“five villages”) is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. Sightseeing the city.

➢ Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.

➢ Ancient Penjikent – ruines of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.

➢ Sarazm settlement – 5500 years, UNESCO heritage object

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Guesthouse, Sayohat Panjikent

Day 10: Penjikent ~ Dushanbe

After having breakfast, we continue our way to Dushanbe via Varzob pass (3372m). On the way we will visit the largest lake Iskandarkul lake in the Fann Mountains situated at an elevation of 2,068m above sea level. You will see Fann Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in height from 3200 to 5060m (Mirali). The Fann Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, Iskandarkul lake: length – 5км, width – 3,5км and depth to – 80м, located at height 2250м. The heart of Fann mountains, the treasure of TyanShan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height 38 meters.

Drive via Anzob pass and tunnel Isticlol 5km to Dushanbe. On the way beautiful panorama of mountains and Varzog gorge with tajik villages.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Atlas Hotel

Day 11: Dushanbe

After breakfast at the hotel, we will discover Dushanbe and its surroundings. Dushanbe City Tour will introduce you to the capital of Tajikistan. You will visit the main sights of the city and its surroundings:

➢ Monument of Ismoil Somoni: Ismoil Somoni is considered by most modern Tajiks to be the national hero of Tajikistan. The statue of this ancient king can be seen in most major towns and cities across the county.

➢ Tajikistan national museum: This museum was opened in 1934. This museum is a unique place where you may find a lot of worthy information about the lifestyle in Tajikistan, the Socialist Realist style, Soviet-era literature and much more. You will learn how people lived many years ago, how Tajikistan was formed and who was behind it all. This museum has numerous exhibitions that are dedicated to the President – Emomali Rahmon. You will discover archaeological and ethnographic collections that will teach you more about Tajik history.

Drive 30km from Dushanbe to Hisar fort. Hissar fortress is the ex residence of Bek – a deputy of Bukhara emir. The fortress walls were 1 metre thick and had gun slots for rifles and cannons. Inside of the fort was a garden and water pool. Stairs and brick terraces lead to the main entrance but unfortunately they were lost with time as well as the palace building. The only part that remains today is monumental gates built of burnt bricks with two-cylinder towers and lancet arch between them. This type of architecture is typical for most of Bukhara buildings built within XVIII-XIX cc.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Atlas Hotel

Day 12: Dushanbe ~ Khujand

After Breakfast, transfer to Khujand city via Shahristan pass and tunnel Shahriston 5km. On the way view of Fan valley, Zarafshon valley with tajik villages which located in the foot steps of mountains.

Arrive in Khujand city. Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. The city’s history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts centre. In many respects this can be explained by its favourable position. Khujand stands at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley. Because of this it was one of the main centres of the Great Silk way and enjoyed prosperity and richness. One of the ancient cities of the Central Asia Khujandhas has been known since the 7th century. In the 19th century after the Russian intrusion, Khujand became the centre of rapid industrial development.

Start guided Khudjand city tour by visiting the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, Panjshanbe Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th century), “Tajik Sea” Kayraccum HPS (Hydro Power Station)-the symbol of People’s Friendship, built in 1968.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Firuz Plaza

Day 13: Khujand ~ Osh (390 Km)

After breakfast. Transfer to Osh city. Border formalities.

After your arrival in Osh you will walk to visit a famous and special place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city centre and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Chavo

Day 14: Osh ~ Bishkek (Flight)

After Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Bishkek. This entire day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest.

But no tour of Bishkek is complete without visiting our Asian Bazaar! We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colourful tapestry of fabrics, produce, and people selling and buying goods.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Garden Hotel

Day 15: Bishkek ~ Kochkor ~ Son Kul (350 Km)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and we will start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads have come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. On route you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). We will have a break In Kochkor village, where a local family will show you how our national felt carpets are made.

After completing excursion, we will transfer to the Yurts.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Yurt Camp

Day 16: Son Kul

After breakfast, we will walk and meet real nomads. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. All nomads are very hospitable. They will always invite you inside their yurts to drink tea with them. They are not used to seeing many tourists and are always happy to speak with you. Hospitality is one of the main laws among nomads. The used to say: “Guest is sent by God”. So they cannot just let you pass without having a rest with them. A traditional lunch and dinner will be served in original nomadic houses – yurts.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Yurt Camp, Son Kul

Day 17: Son Kul ~ Issik Kul (300km)

After breakfast. We will be transferred to Kochkor village. LUNCH: Lunch on the way

The road will go along an amazing gorge and you will drive today over Kalmak Ashu pass that is 3225 meters high. In Kochkor village you will spend some time with a family that will show you the way our national felt carpets are produced. Also you will visit a small handicraft museum there. Afterwards you will be transferred to the celestial Issik Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m above sea level). The lake is called “the pearl of Central Asia”. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Art Hotel, Issik Kul Lake

Day 18: Issik Kul ~ Karakol (180 Km)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz Gorge. It’s famous for its red rock formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see the Broken Heart Mountain. We will have the opportunity for many photos and if you want it is possible to go to the top of the mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge! Then we continue our way to Karakol town. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that It was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: My Hotel, Karakol

Day 19: Karakol ~ Charyn ~ Almaty (400 Km)

After breakfast transfer to Almaty. Border formalities. Sightseeing at Charyn Canyon on the way. Charyn Canyon is a natural complex, unique in its kind not only in Kazakhstan but also worldwide. Hiking (2h, -200m).

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Grand Voyage or Kazzhol

Day 20: Almaty

Almaty Grand Tour and Central museum – The tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions. You will visit a popular place for townspeople – the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colours, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous Oriental sweets, but don’t forget to bargain…

Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks – Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the centre of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Grand Voyage or Kazzhol, Almaty

DINNER: at the restaurant and transfer to the hotel for staying overnight.

Day 21: End of Tour

After having breakfast, check out the hotel and transfer to Almaty International Airport in the morning. This is the end of our short journey to Central Asia. Thank you for opening the door to “The Lost World” with us. See you again!!!

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

Journey through our epic 21 day 5 Stans Tour. Immerse yourself in the original path of the Silk Road. Experience the contrasts that make Central Asia so intriguing.  As Silk Road trade declined in the mid 15th century, the Stans were seen as the middle of nowhere rather than the centre of Asia, where culture, art, philosophy and science had flowed and flowered.  This tour allows you to be immersed in the history of this fascinating land that, under Soviet rule, was previously off limits to travellers.

The Stans was a constantly evolving region back in the day and is still defined by the three great conquerors who swept through: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Timur.  This tour blends historical sightseeing with active exploration. Hiking, meeting nomadic families on yurt homestays, dusty ruins, lofty mountains and alpine lakes.  The contrasts will delight and create lifetime memories.

Discover Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  The suffix ’stan is Persian and Urdu for ‘land of’. So, if you’re in Kyrgyzstan, you’re in the land of the Kyrgz. Turkmenistan is dominated by desert, but Tajikistan is all about mountains. Uzbekistan brims with Silk Road cities, but Kyrgyzstan is the place for hiking and horse riding. This tour brings dazzling variety and while the sights may vary the welcome by the people never falters.

INCLUSIONS
Our 21 day 5 Stans Tour has dates through 2022. It includes full board meals, 3 and 4 star hotels. A traditional yurt stay. All transport including 3x domestic flights, high speed train and dedicated driver. English speaking guide and all entrance fees. Secure all this with just a 10% deposit and travel on a date of your choosing.

 

INCLUSIONS

 

21 Day guided tour of Central Asia

20 Nights accommodation

20x Breakfasts, 20x Lunches, 20x Dinners

3x Domestic flights

Traditional Folklore show in Bukhara

Traditional Eagle Show

Archery

Bukhara-Samarkand fast speed train ticket

All sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary

English speaking tour guide in each city

Dedicated A/C transport with driver throughout

Tourist maps for each city

Mineral water per person per day

24 hours agency support

Visa (visa is not required for Australian citizens in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan)

Letter of Invitation for Visa (State Registration, Travel Pass for Turkmenistan and Tajikistan)

Travel Tax

Dedicated A/C transport with driver throughout

Archery

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Visa fees

Personal expenses

Additional services not mentioned in the Itinerary

Beverages for all meals

Travel insurance

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

April: 28

May: 26

June: 16

September: 29

October: 6

 

HOTELS

 

3-4 STAR HOTELS:

Tashkent: Rakat Plaza (4*) or similar

Khiva: Erkin Palace Hotel (3*) or similar

Mary: Mary Hotel (4*)

Ashgabat: Sport Hotel (4*)

Darvaza: Yurt Camp (unrated)

Bukhara: Kavsar Boutique (3*) or similar

Samarkand: Emir Han (4*) or similar

Panjikent: Guesthouse (3*)

Dushanbe: Atlas Hotel (4*)

Khujand: Firuz Plaza (4*)

Osh: Chavo (4*)

Bishkek: Garden Hotel (4*)

Son Kul: Yurt Camp (unrated)

Issik Kul Lake: Art Hotel (3*)

Karakol: My Hotel (3*)

Almaty: Grand Voyage (4*)/Kazzhol (4*)

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrades are not available with this package

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extend your time in Central Asia with extra nights pre/post tour:

PRE-TOUR

3 Star Hotel Tashkent – $150

POST-TOUR

3 Star Hotel Almaty – $140

 

Prices are based per room per night and include breakfast. Airport transfer is not included.

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid on selected dates until 12 October 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 30 days prior to departure and are subject to availability

 

RATES:

21 Day 5 Stans of the Silk Road – $4999 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum 4 people

Maximum 10 people

 

SINGLE TRAVELLER SURCHARGE:

Single travellers who require their own room will be required to pay the single supplement:

– $850

 

CHILDREN POLICY:

Children under the age of 5 travel free of charge in exisiting bedding

Children aged 6-12 require a child voucher (Add to cart at checkout):

– $3799 per child

 

Children aged 13+ are classed as an adult

Child vouchers only apply if in addition to two full paying adults.

Maximum room capacity is 2 adults and 2 children (1 in existing bedding, 1 in extra bed)

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise.

This tour departs with a minimum of 4 people. If minimum numbers are not met you will be given the choice to pay a supplement for the tour to depart with just 2 people, or choose an alternative travel date. You will be notified 60 days prior to departure if the tour has not met minimum numbers. 

Day tours included in itinerary may join a larger group than specified

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

After 21 days from purchase, travel vouchers/tour packages are non refundable

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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