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Fixed Dates! Central Asia Tour 2018

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Tour itinerary: Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan-Uzbekistan- Turkmenistan
Season: April-October
Days: 16Nights: 15
Price: 2470$
Tour description:

Join our group and visit 5 Central Asia countries from September 24th till October 7th. 

Deadline for signing up the tour is 20 August 2018. 

Group size is 4-5 persons. 

23th September. Day 1
Almaty Arrival
Arrival in Almaty
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Free time.
Overnight at the hotel. 
24th September. Day 2
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. 
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. 

Return to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel. 
25th September. Day 3
Almaty -BP -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. 

26th September. Day 4
Bishkek - Issyk Kul lake
Start Bishkek city tour with visiting State History Museum at Ala Too Square, Lenin Statue, White House and Manas Monument.

P.M. Drive to Issyk Kul lake. Free time. 
Overnight at the hotel. 
27th September. Day 5
Issyk Kul - Bishkek-Tashkent
Free time on Issyk Kul lake.
P.M. Start driving to Bishkek airport for flight to Tashkent.
18:10 Departure by flight HY 780 
18:30 Arrival in Tashkent. 
Meeting with representative of Uzbekistan travel company. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. 
28th September. Day 6
Tashkent - BP - Khudjand
Drive to Uzbek-Tajik border (BP Oybek - Fotehobod). Border crossing. 
Meeting with representative of Tajikistan travel company. 
Transfer to Khudjand city, hotel accommodation. 
After short rest we'll start Khudjand city tour. Visits to Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square, Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum, Muslihiddin memorial complex, Panjshanbe bazaar and Arbob palace.
Dinner in traditional restaurant. Night is in a hotel. 
29th September. Day 7
Khudjand - Iskanderkul - Dushanbe
Start driving to Penjikent through Istaravshan town (ancient name-Kiropolis). It's  one   of   the   oldest   cities  in Tajikistan. We'll visit Mazori Sharif mausoleum, Kog Gumbaz madrasa (16 century) and Kuhi Mug, the ruins of ancient fortress. 
Continue driving via Aini where we can sortly stop to observe the town to Iskanderkul, enjoy the view of the purl of Fan Mountains  –     Iskanderkul   Lake   (Alexander   Lake)   (2195m).  
Continue driving. Arrival in Dushanbe. 
Overnight at the hotel. 
30th September. Day 8
Dushanbe - BORDER - Termez
Start Dushanbe 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.
Drive to Tajik-Uzbek border (BP Sari-Osio - Friendship). Border crossing. 
Transfer to Termez city (Uzbekistan). Hotel check-in. Free time. 
1st October. Day 9
Termez - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand
Start drive to Samarkand. En-route visit Shakhrisabz city. Short city tour with visiting Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane; Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favourite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir; Kok Gumbaz, ensemble Dorus-Tilyavat built by Ulugbek in honor of his father Shahruh and mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried. 
Continue driving to Samarkand. Arrival. Free time. 
Overnight at the hotel. 
2nd October. Day 10
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. 
3rd October. Day 11
Samarkand - Bukhara
09:00 transfer to the railway station
10:10 depart for Bukhara by fast train "Afrosiab"
11:57 arrival in Bukhara.

Transfer to the hotel, accommodation.
After short rest start Bukhara city tour 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. 
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. 
4th October. Day 12
Bukhara - BP - Mary - Ashgabat
Start driving to Uzbek-Turkmen border (BP Alat - Farab). 
Border formalities on both sides, meeting with representative of Turkmenistan travel company. Transfer to Mary.
En route visit to the Ancient Merv (UNESCO).  Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.
19:20 evening flight to Ashgabat
20:00 arrival in Ashgabat
Transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel and overnight.
5th October. Day 13
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. 
Overnight at the hotel. 
6th October. Day 14
Ashgabat Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
City Hotels 3*
Almaty Otrar
Bishkek Asia Mountains
Issyk Kul Kapriz
Dushanbe Lotus
Khudjand Sugd
Tashkent Shodlik
Samarkand Malika Prime
Bukhara Kabir
Ashgabat Ak Altyn
Anur Tour Group Price per 1 person
3 and more people 2470 USD
Single supplement 470 USD
- 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);
- Visa support for Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan;
- Domestic air tickets:
       Mary - Dashoguz (economy class);
- Train tickets:
         Samarkand - Bukhara (economy class)
- Still water all tour time (about 1.5 l per person per day);

Not included:
- Air tickets for international flights;
- Air tickets: Bishkek - Tashkent;
- Visa support for Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan;
- Visa fee and Turkmenistan Migration card;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners). 
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