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GREAT SILK ROAD TRIP

Destination: 
Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan- and Turkmenistan

 

Cities: Almaty – Chimkent – Otrar - Turkistan - Aksu Djabagly NP – Taraz city – Astana - Bishkek, Son Kul Lake, Naryn Town, Karakol town, Cholpan Ata, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Mary, Merv, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Kunya-Urgench, Khiva, Urgench


Duration: 25 days/24 nights

 

 

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Day 1

Arrival to Almaty, Kazakhstan

 

After arrival to Almaty airport, tourists go to check in the hotel. They have a brief break in the hotel and then go for a tour around Almaty. Sightseeing includes: State Museum of History, Republic Square, Zenkov Cathedral, Panfilov park, Zenkov Cathedral, War Memorial, Museum of Musical Instruments and other places.

Day 2

Visit to Chymbulak ski resort and Medeo damm. Flight from Almaty city to Chimkent city

 

In the morning of second day we have a tour to Medeo damm, that is 20 kilometers away, to see ice skating rink. After that we return to Almaty and go for sightseeing. The program includes: Old square,  Mosque, Opera House and other great places. In the evening we take a flight to Chimkent city. Instead of a flight, we can get there on a train.

Day 3

Chimkent  – Otrar remains - Turkistan city

 

In the morning we leave Chimkent and to Turkistan city. On our way we stop to see remains of Otrar settlement and visit a museum.

Day 4

Turkistan city – Chimkent – Natural park Aksu Djabagly

 

In Turkistan city we visit Akhmed Yassawi Architectural Complex, located in historical center of the city. After that we leave Turkistan city, pass by Chimkent to get to Natural Part Aksu Djabagly.

Day 5

Aksu Djabagly National Park – Taraz city

 

When the day five begins, tourists have the opportunity to get to know the park closer. In the afternoon there will be a tour to Taraz city. On our way to Taraz city we stop by Mausoleum Aisha Bibi.

Day 6

From Taraz city to Astana

 

In the morning we have a tour around Taraz city. The plan for day six is to visit: State History Museum, Central square, Karakhan mosque and mausoleum.

In the evening we take a flight to Astana.

Day 7

Sightseeing in Astana

 

The sightseeing program in Astana includes visiting: Baiterek, Museum of the First President, Culture center, Pyramid, “Dumana”Aquarium and shopping center “Mega”.

Day 8

From Astana to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

 

We go to the airport to take a flight to Bishkek.

Day 9

 

Arrival to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Flight

Upon arrival to Bishkek we check in the hotel, have a short break, have breakfast and go the the Son Kul Lake. This lake is 360 kilometers away. It is situated in a highland area. People that live in that area breed sheep and horses. We will meet with local people and explore how they live. It is allowed to take photos. The night will be spent in a yurt camp.

Day 10

From Son Kul Lake to Naryn town (275 km).

Coach

We will travel from Son Kul Lake to Naryn town. On our way we will see beautiful landscapes passing by mountains. When we reach our destination, we go for sightseeing. The program in Naryn includes: Central Square and Mosque, Art Gallery (if it is open). Accommodation in the hotel Khan Tengri***

Day 11

 

From Naryn to Karakol

Coach

This day we have a long trip from Naryn to Karakol. On our way to Karakol we stop in Kochkor village to visit – a shop and a Museum of Handicraft. On the south side of the Lake Issyk Kul we will visit a canyon called Fairy tale. In the canyon there will be opportunity for hiking and taking pictures. This place is famous for its red rock formations that are quite unusual. After the stop the travel will continue. Upon arrival to Karakol, we settle in the guesthouse called “Green Yard” and stay there for a night.

Day 12

From Karakol to Cholpon Ata

Coach

In the morning we go for sightseeing in Karakol. It includes: Orthodox Cathedral, Dungan Mosque and Przhevalskii Complex. Then we go to Cholpon Ata. In Cholpon Ata we check in “Royal Beach” hotel or if not available in the similar hotel.

Day 13

From Cholpon Ata to Bishkek

Coach

On the way to Bishkek, we will drive from the North side of the lake. On the way to Bishkek, we will stop to see Burana Tower and then continue our trip. In Bishkek we will go to a restaurant for dinner.

Day 14

 

From Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Coach

On day 14 we move to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Day 15

Tashkent sightseeing

Coach

Upon arrival to Tashkent, we will have a tour around Tashkent city. In the airport our driver meets tourists and drives them to the hotel. Later that day after hotel check in you will have a tour and visit the following places: Khast-Imam Architectural Complex, Chorsu market, Amir Timur and Independence Squares, Museum of Applied Arts. The night will be spent in the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 16

From Tashkent to Samarkand

Coach

Breakfast early in the morning in the hotel and then heading to the railway station for a trip to Samarkand. The train "Registan" departs at 7:00 am. Upon arrival to Samarkand there is a guided tour to enjoy finest sites of Samarkand. Samarkand has rich history. At times of Amir Timur’s ruling, Samarkand was a capital of the empire and was known as Afrosiab. Sightseeing program includes: visiting Registan Square, Mausoleum Gur-Emir, Shakhi-Zinda, Mosque Bibi-Khanum. The night is spent in the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 17

Samarkand sightseeing

COACH

After breakfast in the morning of day 17, we will have a trip to the unique archeological place and visit Afrosiab museum. Then we will see the place where Saint Daniel was buried. After that we will go back to Samarkand. In Samarkand there will be some time to spend on your own.

Day 18

From Samarkand to Bukhara

Coach

The day begins with the trip to Bukhara. During the trip we stop by caravan serai called Rabat-i-Malik. After that we continue our trip to Bukhara. Upon arrival to Bukhara, we check in the hotel. Then we leave the hotel to see beautiful Bukhara. The old part of the city is recognized by UNESCO to one of the World Heritage Sites. We will see: Minaret and Mosque Kalyan, Madrassa Miri-Arab, Mosque Magoki-Attori, Abdulazizkhan, Chor-Minor and Ulugbek Madrassas, trade domes and Architectural Complex Lyabi Hauz. The night is spent in the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 19

Bukhara sightseeing

Coach

Day two is also dedicated to the beauties of Bukhara. Sightseeing includes: Mausoleum of Samanids, Ark Fortress, Chashma-Ayub and Naqshbandi Mausoleums, summer residences of  Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Emir. This residence is unique because it combines Russian and Asian architectural styles. After that, tourists will have free time to walk around and visit places they want. The night is spent in the hotel in Bukhara.

Day 20

From Bukhara to Mary

Coach

Wake up early in the morning to get to the Uzbek-Turkmen border. Passing customs control and entering the territory of Turkmenistan. On Turkmen side a guide will be waiting for the tourists and will take them to first to Turkmenabad to have lunch and then to Mary settlement. Sightseeing is not in the program for this day. Upon arrival to Mary, hotel check-in. The night is spent in the hotel.

Day 21

Mary - Merv - Ashgabat    

Coach

After morning meal tourists have a trip to Merv. Merv is located 25 kilometers away from Mary settlement. It is considered to be one of the oldest inhabited Central Asian cities. The city is sometimes called 'Pearl of East'. The citie’s greatest periods were at the time of Achaemenids and Iranian Empire. Gayir Kala that is on the territory of Merv, has a big area and has four gates that face North, South, West and East. Another interesting sight in Merv is Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar. Its size and design gives impression of solidity and power. We will also see: Erk Kala, Small and Large Gyz Kala, Kesk Fort and others. After sightseeing we return back to Mary and take a flight to Ashgabat. In Ashgabat we check in the hotel and stay there for a night.

Day 22

Ashgabat sightseeing

Coach

Sightseeing program in Ashgabat includes: Nisa - Parthian settlement that dates back to 3rd century that had residents up until 19th century; one of the biggest mosques on the territory of Central Asia, called “Spiritual Mosque”; another mosque “Ertogrul Gazy”; Independence Square; Turkmenistan National Museum - the place to see object made of gold and attributes of Bronze Age, Antiquity and Middle age (open every day except Tuesdays). The night is spent in the hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 23

Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Dashoguz - Khiva

Coach

Take one hour morning flight to Tashauz after breakfast. From Tashauz to Kunya Urgench for a tour. Sightseeing in Kunya Urgench include: Turabeg Khanum, Ibn Khadgib, Sultan Ali, Arslan and Sultan Tekesh Mausoleums, Kutlugh Timur Minaret. This minaret is the highest one in Turkmenistan. Then going to a restaurant for lunch. After the meal, return to Tashauz, which is located near Turkmen-Uzbek border. Passing customs control, enter Uzbekistan and drive to Khiva. In Khiva hotel check-in, dinner and a night sleep.

Day 24

Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent

Coach

Sightseeing starts in the morning after breakfast. The program has the following places to visit: Ismail Khodja and Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleums, Kalta Minor Tower, Mohammed Amin Khan and Mohammed Rakhimkhan Madrassas, Juma Mosque, Kunya-Ark and Tash-Hovli Palaces, Islam Khoja Minaret. After Khiva tour, there is a flight back to Tashkent with a transfer flight in Urgench. Hotel check-in and dinner and a night sleep upon arrival to Tashkent.

Day 25

End of the tour

 

At a midday tourists check out the hotel, spend some time on their own and go to the airport to take a flight back home.

 

 

Persons

Price is per person/ in USD

Turkmenistan hotels: Margush or Dayanch *3 in Mary & Grand Turkmen or Ak Altyn*4 in Ashgabat

Uzbekistan hotels: Tashkent Palace 4* (Tashkent), Asia Bukhara 3*(Bukhara), Malika Prime 3* (Samarkand), Asia Khiva 3* (Khiva)

2

5304

3

5002

4

3611

6

3300

8

3220

 

 

Kazakhstan part:

 

Price includes:

 

  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation for six nights
  • Drinking water
  • Transport to the places listed in the tour program. There will be up to three mini buses with air conditioners depending on the size of the group.
  • Admission fees
  • Meals according to the program
  • A train ticket from Almaty to Chimkent

 

Price of the tour doesn't include:

 

  • Flight tickets
  • Fees for processing visa
  • Visa support
  • All the expenses for personal needs

 

Accommodation in different cities:

 

  • Four star hotel Otrar in Almaty
  • Four star hotel Djambul in Taraz city
  • Guest house in Aksuu Djabagly
  • Three star hotel Turkestan in Turkestan city
  • Four star King Hotel Astana in Astana

 


Kyrgyzstan part:

 

Price of the tour includes:

 

  • Professional guide who speaks English
  • Accommodation: two nights in Bishkek, one night in Son Kul, one night in Naryn, one night in Karakol and one night in Cholpon Ata. In total there are 6 nights.
  • Drinking water
  • Transport to the places indicated in the tour
  • Admission fee
  • Meal: B – 6, L – 4, D - 5

 

Price does not include:

  • Flight tickets
  • Fees for processing visa and Visa support
  • Expenses for personal needs

 

Accommodation:

  • Bishkek – three sta Asia mountains hotel
  • Issyk Kul lake – two star Royal Beach Hotel
  • Son Kul lake – yurt camp
  • Karakol town – Green Yard guesthouse
  • Naryn town – three star Khan Tengri Hotel

 

    Optional shows/events:

  • Cruise on a boat cruise when at Issyk-Kul. It costs  $150 an hour for a group
  •  In Song-Kul you can watch a Yurt setting show. It costs $70 for a group
  • Carpet making show offered in Kochkor. It costs $60 for one group
  • Traditional games that include horse riding by Burana Tower. It costs $50 for a group
  • Folk performance at dinner in Bishkek that costs $100 for a group
  • Traditional games that include horse riding it Song-Kul Lake, costing $100 for a group

 

 

Uzbekistan part

 

Price of the tour includes:

  • Accommodation in hotels
  • Breakfasts at hotels
  • Comfortable transportation with DVD, A/C, refrigerator, etc.
  • 10-40 pax – 1 Bus
  • 60-80 pax – 2 Buses 
  • A guide who speaks English
  • 10-40 pax – 1 Guide
  • 60-80 pax – 2 Guides
  • Tour leader FOC
  • 10-40 pax – 1 Tour Leader in Single Room
  • 60-80 pax – 2 Tour Leaders in Double Room
  • Admissions to the monuments mentioned in the program. But the program doesn’t include extra costs such as costs of taking photos or shooting video
  • Visa support
  • All types of taxes

 

Price of the tour doesn’t include:

  • Fees paid for processing and getting visa
  • Allowance to take use cameras in some places
  • International air tickets
  • Expenses for personal needs
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Extras not shown per itinerary
  • Services that are not in the list of the tour price

 

Turkmenistan part

 

Price of the tour includes:

  • Accommodation in hotels
  • Guide who speaks English
  • Tours and admission fees
  • Full Board fm Lunch D.6 till Lunch D.9
  • Comfortable transportation with air conditioning:
  • Car 2 pax
  • Minivan 3-5 pax
  • Midibus 6-8 pax
  • Bus 9-20 pax
  • Transfers according to the program
  • Hotel porter’s service
  • Visa support
  • Travel entry pass
  • Registration
  • Drinking water - half a liter for each person during tours

 

Price of the tour doesn't include:

 

  • $12 per person - Immigration fee
  • Fees for getting Turkmen visa
  • Tours and admissions not stated in the tour program
  • Allowance to use cameras
  • Flight costs from Mary to Ashgabat
  • Flight costs from Ashgabat to Dashoguz
  • Fees for extra luggage
  • Services of porter’s service at borders
  • Folk Performance
  • Expenses for personal needs

 

Payment for the tour:

 

30 day prepayment is required for this tour. The payment can be done in form of bank transfer to our account. Amount and bank details will be stated in our invoice.

 

If a customer wants to cancel the tour:

  • 40 days in advance, there will be 0% charge
  • 15 days in advance, there will be 50% charge of the price of tour
  • 7 days in advance, there will be 100% of the price of tour

 

PS

 

    Prices should not be disclosed to third parties and are not commissionable

    Current tour prices are valid before the beginning of December 2013

 
 
Contant person:  Zafar Abdugaffarov
 

Tel.: +(998 71) 150-66-77

Tel./fax: +(998 71) 129-77-77

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