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5-stans Tour in Central Asia 2: 14 days

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Tour itinerary: Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan
Season: April - October
Days: 14Nights: 13
Price: by request
Tour description:


5-stans tour could be less than a half of year? Unbelieveable! Well... Unless?

We made it possible by creating this small but intensive 2-weeks tour, a Classic Mini 5-stans tour package to Central Asia. Join us!

Day 1
Almaty

Flight to Almaty. Arrival in the late afternoon. 

Leave the terminal and meet with your driver holding the sign 'ANUR TOUR' in the meeting zone.

Transfer to hotel.
You will have time to discuss the tour details with our staff.
Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 2
Almaty

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start of Almaty city tour

- Visit to Panfilov's Park with Zenkov's Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and National Musical Instruments Museum;

- Visit Central Mosque and Green Bazaar;

- Drive to Medeo world skating rink. There will be an opportunity for a short hiking tour upstairs to the top of the dam to enjoy the beautiful view of surroundings;

- Take a cable car to Chimbulak ski resort;

Return to Almaty.

Leisure in the afternoon. 

Overnight.

Day 3
Almaty - Bishkek

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport of Almaty to take a flight to Bishkek.

The flight will take ~50min (250 km)

Arrival. Meet with a guide and driver and start your excursion in Bishkek:

- State History Museum at Ala-Too Square;

- Lenin Statue;

- White House;

Manas Monument.

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 4
Bishkek - Tashkent

Breakfast.

Quick excursion around Bishkek and suburbs.

Visit to Ala-Archa gorge.

Back to Bishkek, transfer to the airport.

Departure to Tashkent by the evening flight. (1h55 m)

Arrival. Leave the terminal and meet with your driver holding the sign 'ANUR TOUR' in the meeting zone.

Transfer to hotel.

Overnight.

Day 5
Tashkent

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet the guide at the hotel lobby.

Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5-6 hrs) visiting old and new parts of it:

 Earthquake Memorialthe 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 - the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country; 

– Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;

– Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century. 

– Visiting Chorsu marketplace and drive back to the new city by metro. 

Continue excursion with visiting Independence Square. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the World War II,  the arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, a road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and monument to Happy Mother that symbolize the hope for a great future.

One can often see the newly-weds 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.

– Amir Temur Square

 Theatre Square with the Opera House

Back to the hotel. 

Overnight

Day 6
Tashkent - Khujand

Breakfast.

07:00 Meet up with our driver in your hotel and transfer to Uzbek - Tajik border (~100 km)

08:30 Arrival to "Oybek" border pass. Pass the border. Meet up with our Tajikistan staff and transfer to Khudjand (70 km, 1h.) – center of Sugd  region of Northern Tajikistan.

Khudjand was the furthest point Alexander the Great reached in Central Asia, the city was named Alexandria Eschate (Alexandria the Farthest), the city became one of the important entrepôts on  the great Silk Road.

Start of the excursion program: 

- Pushkin square with Kamoli Khudjandi Square;

Timur Malik’s fortress and Sugd museum;

- Muslihiddin memorial complex;

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).

Arbob Palace (Arbob palace had its particular significance in 1992, when it was the place for the meeting of the Tajik Soviet ministers which officially declared independence from the Soviet Union. Also, it was the site where the Tajik flag was chosen).

Finish excursion.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight 

Day 7
Khujand - Istaravshan - Penjikent - Samarkand

Breakfast.

Transfer to Istaravshan. 

Arrival. Meet with a guide and take an excursion in Istaravshan - the center of handicraft, winemaking and dried fruits production. On top of that masters from Istaravshan product knives, carpets and national clothes. The hats from Tajikistan are very warm & beautiful, the knives don't lose their sharpness for long and the fruits can tell you everything about Central Asian sun.

Finish your excursion. Transfer back to Penjikent, then - to the border pass 'Oybek'.

Pass the border and meet with a driver on the Uzbek side.

Transfer to Samarkand. Hotel check-in.

Overnight.

Day 8
Samarkand
Breakfast.
09:00 Meet with a 'ANUR TOUR''s guide & driver and start your excursion in Samarkand:

– Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants decorated with gold ornaments and considered as one of the most significant places in the world;

– Continue to the famous Registan Square – the heart of Samarkand and a real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor, and Madrassa Tilla Kori;

– Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city which was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century;

– Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums  formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) belonging to the Muslim person named Saint Abbas ibn-Kussam;

– Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in the medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding scholar and astronomer;

– Samarkand bazaar – Siyab.

Finish excursion. Transfer back to hotel.

Overnight.

Day 9
Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara
Breakfast.

Departure to Bukhara (270 km). On the way, visit the workshop of Abdullo Narzullaev, a famous ceramic craftsman living in Gijduvan.

A festive gift from the company ANUR TOUR - master class in painting ceramic products. You can take the finished product with you as a souvenir from sunny Uzbekistan!

Arrival in Bukhara. Hotel accommodation.

Overnight.

Day 10
Bukhara

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around Bukhara:

– 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 stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. 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;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing the imagination of every visitor;

- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths.

Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 11
Bukhara - Mary

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer to Uzbek - Turkmen Boarder pass "OLOT-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.

Finish your excursion.

Transfer to hotel. Check in to the hotel and overnight.

Day 12
Mary - Ashgabat - Darvaza
Breakfast.
Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Ashgabat. (~40 mins)
Arrival. Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118 m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - a 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. 

Finish your excursion. 

Transfer by car to gas crater Darwaza (260 km to the north from Ashgabad, 5 hours). In 1971, geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas.

The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, they decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed awakens mysterious feelings. 

The views are most impressive in the dark, and an overnight stay in a camp near the crater is a unique experience.

Barbeque dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 13
Darvaza - Ashgabat

Breakfast at the camp.

Leave the camp and start driving to Ashgabat. (~5 hours)

Meanwhile driving, take 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. 

Arrival to Ashgabat. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 14
Ashgabat
Breakfast.
Departure to your home destination country by the closest flight.
End of the tour.
Accommodations:

City

Standard

Comfort

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Khujand

Guesthouse

Guesthouse

Bukhara

Porso / Asl 

Devon Begi / Sofia / Asia Bukhara / Malika Bukhara

Samarkand

Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum

Dilimah / Grand Samarkand / Emirhan

Tashkent

Shodlik / Uzbekistan

Navruz / Aster Group Hotel / Gloriya / Praga

Almaty

Green Yard

Karagat

Bishkek

Ak Keme

Mary

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Price of the tour:

Number of participants

Price in Standart

Price in Comfort

1 person

$

$

2-3 persons

$

$

4-5 persons

$

$

6-8 persons

$

$

Single supplement

+$

+$

Tour Price includes:

- Accommodation in standard twin - shared rooms;

- Meals: breakfast at hotels;

- All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport including transfers to-from airport and train stations ;  

- English speaking professional licensed  local guides  (5 standard excursions);

- Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums as per program;

- All the train tickets mentioned in the program;

- Tourist tax in the hotels per person;

Tour Price does not include:

- International/domestic air tickets mentioned in a program;

- Photo/video fees (professional camera);

- Transport for walking city tours like in Bukhara and Khiva, guide and transport service for free time and after the standard city tours;

- Meals: lunches and dinners; 

- Personal/travel insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.

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