Almaty – Bishkek – Issyk Kul – Bishkek – Tashkent – Khujand – Penjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Mary – Ashgabat
Summer – Autumn
Fixed dates tour to Central Asia 2020-2021 includes visits to interesting places in these regions.
What is 5-stans tour? Five '-stans' is a common name of countries located in Central Asia, ending on -stan.
They are placed in a circle and you'll follow this route aswell. Each country is different and offering wonderful sights to explore. Cultural, historical and archaelogical features vary too. Cuisines are going from spicy dishes (such as fried lagmon) to lightweight green tea parties with a view on Chimgan mountains or Anu-Darya riverside.
During this two weeks itinerary you will visit the fantastic places of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. We will provide you guides in every country and meetings/transfers.
- Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country. One can often see the newlyweds who start a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and noble aspirations”, laying flowers at the monument of Happy mother and “Eternal flame”;
- Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;
After lunch, continue city tour visiting
- Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;
- Panjshanbe bazaar (Khujand’s central market that has many stores offering different kind of goods and services. The name Panjshanbe comes from Persian language meaning “Thursday”. Panjshanbe is considered as one of the oldest markets in Tajikistan. The Silk Road which passes Khujand city, had always made Panjshanbe to be crowded with traders and tourists).
11:00 Transfer to Bukhara by individual car (the departure time has to be pre-agreed for later/earlier transfer by request).
On the way, near town Gijduvan visit workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla where you can learn more about the process of making ceramics, visit museum hall and even buy some of the unique ceramic items.
By request, visit Sardoba and Rabat-i Malik Caravanserais - the remains of the most ancient portals in Central Asia with semi-column decorations on walls.
Arrival in Bukhara in the late afternoon. Check-in the hotel.
09:00 Meet at the hotel's lobby and start the WALKING sightseeing program (5-6 hours)
- Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);
- Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion;
- Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets;
- Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);
- There are three trading domes or so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were centres of silk trade, selling jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs in a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;
- Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;
- Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses the imagination of every visitor;
- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where anyone can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.
Optionally can be added by request: Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture.