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5 STAN tour: Along the Great Silk Road

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Tour itinerary: Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan - Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan
Season: All the year around
Days: 14Nights: 13
Price: by request
Tour description:


We're glad to offer you tour program with visiting 5 Central Asian countries: modern Kazakhstan, beautiful Kyrgyzstan, unforgettable Tajikistan, friendly Uzbekistan and mysterious Turkmenistan. 

Day 1
Almaty Arrival
Arrival in Almaty in the morning.
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Start Almaty city tour with visits to Panfilov's Park with Zenkov's Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and National Musical Instruments Museum. We'll also visit Central Mosque and Green Bazaar. 
Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 2
Drive to Medeo world skating rink. There will be an opportunity for short hiking tour upstairs to the top of the dam to enjoy beautiful view of surroundings. Take a cable car to Chimbulak ski resort. 
P.M. transfer to Sunkar falconry - it's a place where you can get to know more about birds of prey. Birds of prey Show in the evening. 
Return to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 3
Almaty - Bishkek
Start driving to Bishkek by car (250km ~ 4-5hrs). Border crossing (~1h).
Please be ready to handle all you luggage across the border by yourself (300m). 
Continue driving to Bishkek. Arrival, hotel check-in. Free time. 

Day 4
Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park (80 km), which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Easy hike in the park. 
In the Ala-Archa gorge you can see 1,100 species of plants, and its fauna is rich and diverse. There are foxes, wolves, hares, badgers, porcupines, argali, snow leopard and griffins here. 
P.M. Return back to Bishkek for city tour with visits to State History Museum at Ala Too Square, Lenin Statue, White House, Manas Monument.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5
Bishkek - Dushanbe
Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Dushanbe. 
Arrival in Dushanbe. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. 
Day 6
Start city tour with visiting Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament, Central Museum and Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. A visit to National park where the biggest National Flag in the world (165m) is situated.
To feel real life we invite you to visit Asian bazaar. It has colorful goods, fruits and vegetables.
Dinner in traditional restaurant. Night is in a hotel. 
Day 7
Dushanbe - Khudjand
Start driving to Khudjand by car (310km ~ 4-5hrs). Drive through Anzob pass.
After the lunch continue driving through Shakhristan pass to Khujand. The road is very beautiful and you will have an opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery of Tajik mountains during our short stops. 
Arrival in Khujand.  Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8
Khudjand - Tashkent
Start Khudjand city tour with visiting Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square, Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum
Muslihiddin memorial complex, Panjshanbe bazaar and Arbob palace.
Drive to Tajik-Uzbek border via Oibek pass. Border crossing. 
Transfer to Tashkent. Hotel check-in. Free time. 
Day 9
Tashkent - Samarkand
07:00 Transfer to the railway station. 
08:00 Departure to Samarkand by fast train "Afrosiab"
10:10 Arrival in Samarkand. 
Start sightseeing tour of Samarkand with visiting: Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlan's tomb), Ruhabad Mausoleum, Registan Square (a heart of the city), Bibi-Hanum Mosque, orient bazaar Siyab, Shahi Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek’s Observatory.
Return to the hotel. Free time. 
Day 10
Samarkand - Bukhara
Start driving to Bukhara by car (275km ~ 5-6hrs). On the way you will have stop in Caravan Serai Rabati-Malik and in Gijduvan city. 
Arrival in Bukhara. Free time. 
Day 11
Start walking city tour along the old part of Bukhara with visits to the Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to the I century BC.
Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassah. There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.
Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim and a visit to the Caravanserai Sayfuddin which is the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara. Magoki Attari Mosque.
Lyabi Hauz is the center of old Bukhara and it is an architectural complex of the XVII century that includes Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaqa, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based in this square.
Return to the hotel. Free time. 
Day 12
Bukhara - Khiva
Start driving to Khiva by car (455km ~ 7-8 hrs).  Stop en route near the Amudarya River.
Resting time on arrival in Khiva. Accommodation. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 13
Start sightseeing in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala which is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia consists of the following architectural monuments: Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya Ark, Muhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret.
Continue city tour with visits to Juma Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, the last Khiva Khan Allakulikhan’s Madrassa and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan.
Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 14
Khiva - Border - Dashoguz - Ashgabat
Transfer to Turkmen – Uzbek Border Pass the border. (Check point Shavat). Border crossing. 
Moving to Kunya-Urgench. Start sightseeing tour with visiting: the founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra (XII-XIII centuries); the mausoleum of Mongolian princess Torebeg-Hanym (XII-XIV centuries); minaret Mamun (X-XI centuries); minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - 67m height); mausoleum Kyrkmolla (II in BC - III A.D.); mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century).
Transfer to the airport
20:00 depart Dashoguz by flight
20:50 arrival in Ashgabat
Meeting, transfer to the hotel, check-in. 
Day 15
Breakfast in the hotel. 
Start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa. 
A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC). Return back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight. 
Day 16
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
City Hotels 3*
Almaty Otrar
Bishkek Asia Mountains
Dushanbe Lotus
Tashkent Shodlik
Samarkand Malika Prime
Bukhara Kabir
Khiva Old Khiva
Ashgabat Ak Altyn
Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail:
- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms with breakfasts;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c;
- Local guide services (English Speaking guides);
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Visa support to all 5 STAN countries (if required);
- Domestic air tickets;     
- Still water all tour time (about 1.5 l per person per day);

Not included:
- Air tickets for international flights;
- Visa fee and Turkmenistan Migration card;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners). 
Tour reviews:
"Fantastic, well-organized, good value tour!"

This tour exceeded our expectations - everything was SO organized and flowed so smoothly. I thought that it was good value as well. I loved the hotels that were selected. Zarina was so responsive and designed a tour specifically for our interests in food. I never ate so well in my life. The buffets at the Serena hotel in Dushanbe, Tajikistan were the culinary highlight of the trip. For that reason alone, I would suggest that this hotel be used for future guests who like great food.

My favorite spots were Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Bukhara for the magical atmosphere, the terrific culture show, and fantastic souvenirs - particularly the very inexpensive but beautiful miniature paintings (I bought 8). Ashgabat was a striking white marble city unlike any other I have seen in the world. I am impressed by all the good the president of the country has done for his people. Flying into the city at night with all the gleaming, orderly white marble buildings and brilliant neon lights was such an experience. I have never seen so many impressive monuments. The city was spotlessly clean as well.

We also enjoyed the well-planned cities of Almaty, Kazakhistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and their settings against the mountains - they had so many parks and restaurant options!

We survived the border crossing at Turkmenistan and examination of our 20+ drugs by labeling everything for its purpose and smiling a lot. But a visit to Turkmenistan is one that you will not forget. Ashgabat is one of the most fascinating cities in the world (out of the 120 countries we have now visited). We travel a lot, but would not be able to do this tour on our own due to language difficulties and so many transfers (all which went perfectly).

My favorite guides were Elmira in Kazakhstan and Govel (sp?) in Turkmenistan - they were just superb and so knowledgeable. I give our highest recommendation for Anur tours!

Author: Jean, (Ostin, Texas)
Reviewed: 12 august 2017
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