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5 Stans


Day 1.  Almaty
Hotel “Otrar”**** B&B

Day 2.  Almaty
Visit the city. 2 museums: central museum and
museum of kazahstany instruments. Walk from central square to  Panfil park.
Cathedral in Panfilov park.
Visit Kok-Tube  panoramic view point
Hotel “Otrar”**** B&B

Day 3. Almaty -  Dushanbe
Meeting group at Dushanbe airport, transfer to the hotel, check in.
We explore Dushanbe’s sites and soak up the atmosphere of this little visited Central Asian city. Visit in Museum of  Antiques with biggest Slipping Buddha statue and Museum of Ethnography by Behzod name. Visit to Shohmansur bazaar Afternoon  drive for visit on Hisar Historical complex (30 km ),  Ibrahim Beg Fortress, Old and New Madrasah      
Overnight Hotel “Taj-Palace ”****B&B

Day 4.  Dushanbe- Khujant
After breakfast drive through stunning scenery Varzob valley and Anzob pass  to Aini city, road goes along Fon-Dario valley. Lunch in road teahouse .  When drive over Shahristan pass(3240 m)  to  Istravshan (Kiropolis) city, here short  excursion. Continue drive to  Khujant .
Overnight  hotel *** B&B

Day 5.  Khujant – Oibek– Tashkent (90 km)
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Khujand starts to  visit Shaikh Maslihaddin mausoleum, minaret and mosque (13th century), Panjshanbe bazaar, remains on the old citadel rebuilt in 13 century, now restored, Pushkin square with Museum of Suhgd History, then drive to Oibek.
After border formalities transfer to Tashkent. Dinner in Tashkent.
Overnight: Hotel Tashkent Palace B&B

Day 6. Tashkent – Samarkand (330 km)
Morning FAST  train (dep. At 08:00, arr:10:40) to Samarkand and on arrival in Samarkand check into your pre booked Hotel.
Full day sightseeing in Samarkand:
Visit: Bibi Khanum mosque, the Silk Road bazaar and Shahi Zinda necropolis
Afternoon visit Afrosiab museum and site and Ulugbek’s observatory located at the entrance to Samarkand. Registan Square to see the three beautiful madrassahs, visit Gur Emir - mausoleum of Great Tamerlane.
Overnight Stay at Hotel  Afrosiab B&B

Day 7.  Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Bukhara ( Drive – 368 km)
Morning drive to Bukhara en route excursion to Shakhrisabz -  the birthplace of the Great Amir Temur, visit: Ak Saroy Palace ruins, Dorus Tilavat seminary, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat and the Friday mosque
Late afternoon proceed to Bukhara
Upon arrival in Bukhara check in at your pre booked Hotel
Overnight at Hotel  Omar KHayam B&B

Day 8. Bukhara
Full day sightseeing tour:
Visit – Lab-i-khauz, madrassah Nadirkhon, Devanbegi, Khanaga, Mogaki Attari mosque, Poi Kalon minaret and mosque, Madrassahs Aziz Khan and Ulugbek
Afternoon visit: Ark Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, Chashma Ayub
Overnight at Hotel Omar Khayam B&B

Day 9. Bukhara – “Farab” – Mary - 100 km
Morning drive to Uzbek-Turkmenistan border point “Farab”
Meet the guide at Farab border of Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan. Complete border formalities. Drive to Turkmenabat for lunch. After lunch drive to Mary. On arrival in Mary, transfer to Margush or Yrsgal hotel 3* (subject to availability).
ON at hotel Margush or Dayanch hotel 3* B&B

Day 10. Mary.  In the morning, we head 25 km to the east of Mary, towards Bayram-Ali, the contemporary re-incarnation of and humble suburb of the glorious Ancient Merv (UNSCO World Heritage Site). One of the major archaeological sites of Central Asia, Merv played an important part in the development of the Silk Road for more than 2 000 years. Within the limits of the archaeological park, which is 1200 ha, we will have a chance to observe all constituent parts of the “wandering city”. A series of adjacent cities, which can be roughly divided into the ancient (Erk Kala and Gyaur Kala), the medieval (Sultan Kala with its suburbs), and post-medieval (Abdulla-Khan Kala and Bayram-Ali-Khan Kala), appeared in the course of time as a token of the natural progress of the city from initial stages of its existence to a more advanced level. Besides remnants of the cities of Merv, we will visit the VI-IX cc. AD forts of Big and Little Kyz-Kalas, excellent examples of the so-called corrugated Koshks; the splendid XII c. mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd, demonstrating exquisite Seljuk period brickwork and architectural décor. If time and enthusiasm permits, it is possible to visit several more interesting spots within the site. Then we return to Mary to visit local History Museum. The museum presents a wide array of archaeological finds (dating back from the III mill. BC through the late XIX century) from both Ancient Merv and Bronze Age sites of the Margush country, as well as interesting ethnographic displays reconstructing the scenes of daily life of the Turkmen population and other minorities of the Murghab oasis.
Overnight at hotel Margush or Dayanch hotel 3* (subject to availability) B&B

Day 11. Mary – Ashgabat
In the morning we catch a flight to Ashgabat (40 min by Boeing 717 or 737). On arrival we visit the fortress of Old Nisa (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the earliest of Parthian Empire capitals. Located in an atmospheric area on an irregular pentagon hill, at the foot of the Kopet-Dag Mountains, Old Nisa is a beautiful landmark. 14 ha in size, the fort accommodates two semi-excavated complexes of Parthian period (III c. BC - III c. AD) structures, designated as royal residence and temple complex. Abandoned at the end of the Parthian period, Old Nisa conveyed its functions to New Nisa, another archaeological site located a couple of kilometres to the west of it, an important medieval Silk Road city. From Old Nisa we return to Ashgabat to visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography (more than 327.000 objects on a display) exhibiting exclusive ancient artifacts from different historical & archeological sites of Turkmenistan, such as Old Nisa, Ancient Merv, Kunya-Urgench & others. After lunch we will have orientation tour of the city. We will see independence period parks and monuments, such as  the Monument and Park of Independence (looking like a white-marble “Eiffel Tower” standing in a beautiful park) and a fountain-monument devoted to the 10th anniversary of independence (sculptural depiction of ten Akhal-Tekke horses placed on the top of a beautiful fountain), impressive Ertoghrul Ghazi mosque.
Overnight at hotel Grand Turkmen/Ak Altyn/Lachin 3-4* (subject to availability). B&B

Day 12. Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya Urgench - Khiva
AM. Early breakfast. This morning we fly to the north of Turkmenistan, Dashoguz, to see outstanding monuments of the Turkmen Khorezm (50 min by Boeing-717). Arrive in Dashoguz. Drive to Kunya-Urgench (Old Urgench) to see the former capital of the Khorezmshah Empire (95 km). Another World Heritage site, Kunya-Urgench welcomes you with the mausoleum of Turabeg Khanum (15 c.), one of the best architectural examples of its time; the minaret of Kutlug Temur (11-14 cc.), the highest medieval minaret in Central Asia; the mausoleum of Sultan Tekesh (late 12 c.), with a turquoise cone of a dome; and the mausoleum of Il-Arslan (the mid 12 c.), the founder of the pre-Mongol Khorezmshah empire. Then we drive back to Dashoguz. Transfer to border (10 km). Complete formalities. Transfer to Khiva.
On arrival to Khiva transfer to hotel, check in.
Overnight: Hotel  MALIKA B&B

Day 13. Khiva – Urgench (30 km) - Tashkent HY 1057 21.30/23.35
Full day city tour of Khiva - the museum under the open sky in the inner city Ichan Kala no transport, whole day will be just walking tour.
Visit Ichan Kala, Kalta Minor, Kunya Ark, Madrassah Rakhimkhon, Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, Islam Khodja minaret and enjoy view of whole ancient Khiva.
12:00 check out
In the afternoon continue city tour of Khiva visit Friday mosque and Tashauli Palace/harem.
In the evening you are transferred to Urgench airport for flight to Tashkent
On arrival in Tashkent Airport you are met and transferred to your pre booked Hotel
Overnight Hotel Tashkent Palace 4* B*B

Day 14. Tashkent – Bishkek HY
Flight to Bishkek. After rest S/S program (visit History musem, the center part of the city, Osh basaar) Hotel **** B&B

Excursion to Ala Archa canyon.
Ala-Archa is an alpine national park in the Tian Shan Mountains, established
in 1976. The close location of the gorge allows getting the place within one
hour from Bishkek city, within this time you will rise from 750 to 2100
meters above sea level. The name Ala-Archa is translated as Bright Juniper
from Kyrgyz as the whole gorge is covered with various trees including the
main one - juniper. Ala Archa is a perfect place to spend a day walking in
the gorge. The region has also many climbing routes of high complexity, and
peaks with altitudes from 4,000 m to 4,875m m above the sea level.
Picnic lunch in Ala-Archa
Afternoon return to Bishkek and visit historical museum and walk in the city
center from main square to the Osh bazar.
Hotel  **** B&L

Day 16. BISHKEK - ISSYK KUL  (250km)
Drive to lake Issyk Kul. Visit Burana tower.
Burana Tower - situated 10 km south of Tokmok, is all that remains of the
ancient city Balasagun, which was established by the Karahanids at the end
of the 10th century.  The entire museum complex today includes the tower
itself (24.6 m high), reconstructions of mausoleums, a mound that is all
that remains of the palace, a collection of balbals (grave stones) and a
museum. From the Tower, it is possible to head into the mountains to a
picturesque valley to the Kegety or Shamshy gorges. Rest walking on the beach.
Hotel”3Korony”*** B&D

Day 17. Issyk_Kul – KARAKOL (150km)
Drive  to Karakol.
In Karakol visit Dungan mosque, ortodox church and museum Przhevalski.
Prezhevalski Museum is located 12km from Karakol. It is situated just on the
shore of the great lake.
It was built to commemorate the famous Russian traveler and scientist
Nikolai Prezhevalski, who dedicated 21 years of his life to the
investigation of the Issik-Kul valley and the mountains surrounding the
region. He died not far from the place where the museum and the memorial to
his honor are built.

Visit Russian Orthodox Cathedral.
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral built originally of stone in 1872, replaced
the new towns first Christian place of worship, a jurt. Destroyed by an
earthquake in 1890, a new cathedral was completed in 1895, of wood on a
brick base. The ravages of communist secularism stripped the cathedral of
its domes. Rebuilding was completed in the early 1990s for deconsecrating in
1991 and 1997.

Dungan Mosque - distinctly Chinese building looks bizarrely out of place in
Karakol. It is a masterpiece of Dungan architecture, featuring a carved
frieze of fine workmanship. Inside its imagery is an eclectic mix, testament
to the Dungans pre-Islamic Buddhist past,   combining a pomegranate with
Buddhist imagery such as the shell and wheel of fire. Completed in 1910 it
was built entirely without nails using an uncommon grey-blue brick. Instead
of a minaret, the mosque has a wooden pagoda.

Hotel *** B&B

Day18. KARAKOL–Chon-Kemin(350km)
Drive to Chon-kemin
Chong-Kemin – founded in 1997 in the Chong-Kemin river valley and included almost all the forest farms of the Kemin district. The park's main task is to preserve the unique landscapes with their diversity of fauna and flora. It contains hunting and botanical reserves – and the mausoleum of Shabdan Baatyr. There is a nice guest house - perfect place where you can see the real life of the Kyrgyz people.
O/N in Guest house.Full board

Day 19. Chon-Kemin – Bishkek (150km)
After breakfast walking in Chon-Kemin gorge. In the afternoon back to the guest house. Have Lunch. And drive to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana tower.
Burana Tower - situated 10 km south of Tokmok, is all that remains of the ancient city Balasagun, which was established by the Karahanids at the end of the 10th century.  The entire museum complex today includes the tower itself (24.6 m high), reconstructions of mausoleums, a mound that is all that remains of the palace, a collection of balbals (grave stones) and a museum. From the Tower, it is possible to head into the mountains to a picturesque valley to the Kegety or Shamshy gorges.


Day 20 . Departure.

Tour quotation:

For 8 pax size -  US$ 3059.00 per person in twin ( 12 seater)

For 12 pax size - US$ 2809.00 per person in twin (  bus 50 seater)

Single supplement – US$ 590.00 per person

Tour Price includes:              
•    Accommodation with breakfast as mentioned
•    English speaking guide escort in each country
•    Meals as per itinerary
•    All sightseeing and transfers as per the itinerary
•    Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
•    1 bottle of mineral water per person per day (1 L)
•    2nd class train tickets Tashkent – Samarkand (Afrosiab express train)
•    Mary-Ashgabat & Ashgabat-Dashoguz flights ( economy class)
•    Invitation letters for Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan  
•    Folk show in Ashgabat on Day11
•    Folk show in Bishkek

Tour Price does not include:
•    International airfares
•    Insurance & Visa fees
•    Tips/Gratitude to Drivers & Guides
•    Any other items not mentioned above.

Airfares will be charged separately as follows:
Urgench  - Tashkent - US$ 110.00 per person
Tashkent – Bishkek - $170 p.p.
Kindly note airfares are subject to change.

-    Visit of traditional folk show at Nadirdivanbegi medrassah in Bukhara – US$ 12.00 per person

-    Traditional folk show in Dushanbe – US$ 15.00 per person