Silk Road life Tour 4

 Silk Road life Tour 4, Silk Road life

Silk Road life: Tour 4 
Destinations: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
Duration: 16 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk - Bishkek - Issyk Kul northern shore - Karakol - Issyk Kul southern shore - Osh - Khudjand - Iskanderkul - Penjakent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Farab - Turkmenabad - Mary - Merv - Ashgabat

Day 1: Almaty
Kazakhstan is the country which has two capitals, the official and the unofficial, but the southern one - Almaty. That is why we try to organize the tour which is interesting and breath-taking. So, please welcome to visit the famous Green Bazaar. Here you are better to bargain for the prices to get lower. Then we get to Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Memorial of Glory. The guests coming to travel here usually have a desire to visit Medeo Gorge. This is the highest position for the skating rink. Then all are going to see the famous Kok-Tobe hill, where you can witness the highest position for the panorama of the city. And then the night will be in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
Our tour in Kazakhstan continues with the visit of the Issyk Gorge located at the Trans-Ili Alatau. In order to get there it is necessary to pass the Kuldja tract. It is a picturesque place where amazing photos can be made. Near it there is the Issyk Lake, at the height of 1756m above sea level. This territory suffered the natural disaster long time ago and our guides will tell about it during the trip. The gorge is the home for the historical museum, where there are a lot of equipment elements of the ancient times. Then we take a view of the Golden Man, which is the monument of the Saka period. The days ends with the transfer to the hotel. 

Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek
From Kazakhstan we take a ride to Kyrgyzstan and investigate the city located at the altitude of 800m above sea level. This is the city at the Kyrgyz range. Basically Kyrgyzstan is a country located at the height, and the Tien Shan Mountain Range. Then after the tour the guests travel to the center of Bishkek in order to investigate the following places as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 4: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
Continuing the trip around the country we make a review of the Issyk Kul Lake, the lake in the very heart of the mountains. That is why it is the perfect place for swimming, enjoying the landscape and hiking. It is the lake at the altitude of 1600m above sea level. Near it there is the Burana tower. The site which we will make a visit of. It was created in the 11th century. The ancient people created balbals, the stone warriors. These are the souls of the ancestors. The night will be in the nearest hotel.

Day 5: Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol
Being in the region of the lake you are required to visit the Karakol city. It is the city of interesting historical background, which will be told by the guide. Then you can travel to the Dungan mosque and the Orthodox Church. At the same time you can notice the existence of the great amount of petroglyphs, basically created 2000 years ago. Anyway we will try to organize everything at the highest level. The guesthouse will be ordered for the night. 

Day 6: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Bishkek
The Jeti Oguz gorge is known to be the popular place where the people from many countries come. They come here in order to see with their own eyes the creation of nature, truly in the form of the Bulls, in the count of seven, standing in row. Near it there is the Broken Heart mountain. Then making a way back to Bishkek you will visit the Bokonbaevo village for being able to see the eagle hunting show. The night will be in the hotel of the capital.                                                                      

Day 7: Bishkek - Osh - Guliston - Khudjand
From the capital the group goes to the south of Kyrgyzstan, the Osh city. Here the guests visit the famous Suleiman Mountain, which bares the legends of the biblical prophet Solomon coming here. The next destination of the day is the Tajikistan border. Arriving there the boarders will pass the Batken region and notice the famous Aigul flower. Then being in the other country everyone will get to the second largest Khujand city. It is located at the river Syr Darya. The city has the population of about 149,000 people. It is the most northern capital of the country. Then we are going to see the Central Mosque and the cultural palace. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 8: Khudjand - Iskanderkul Lake
The most colorful lake of Tajikistan is Iskanderkul lake. Being at the height of 2 255 m above sea level it takes the position of the Fann Mountains territory. And in order to see the waterfall it is required to get to the 40 minutes from the lake. Moreover, this is the country which bears 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. The night will be in the homestay.

Day 9: Iskanderkul - Penjakent
Being the guest of Tajikistan please notice the way to Penjakent along the pass Shahriston. This is considered to be the city of five villages. Being in the Khujand area it is in the wonderful and picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Today you can travel and notice that it is truly "Central Asian Pompeii" area. In the past there were temples, markets, houses. Now it is the place of the worship of the pilgrimages of the country. Anyway, we promise for the tour to be going at the highest point. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 10: Penjakent - Jartepo - Samarkand
This day will be devoted to the way to the border of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Then there will be the driver from the second country, who will get to you to Samarkand. So it is the day of the road. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 11: Samarkand
This is the day fully devoted to Samarkand tour. All can see this city as the location of the valley of the river Zerafshan. The city is said to be the largest one of the country. Even the locals and the new-comers call it as the city Babylon or Rome. Being here we recommend to visit the  Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. The first one is a famous site among the travelers. There are ancient Madrasahs of 15-17th centuries. Today it is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel will be ordered for the night.

Day 12: Samarkand - Bukhara (Morning train transfer)
The morning train transfer will be ordered for you to get the next city of Uzbekistan. The Citadel Ark will be the first city visited during the city tour, as it is the most ancient place, of the 4th century. It symbolizes the dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then the Samanids mausoleum is visited. All the time the wanderers come to the conclusion that they need to see Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque. The territory is the home of the forty columns created in honor of the governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Basically there are shops where souvenirs can be bought. The famous piece of art of Bukhara is the Kalon complex of Uzbekistan. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 13: Bukhara - Farab - Turkmenabad - Mary - Merv
This day will be breath-catching. We are going to get to the Alat/Farap border. Then the travelers will be checked on the border, and taken to the Mary province. The Great Silk Road will be the site symbolized by the Ancient Merv.  Capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus are the largest and the biggest ones taken by the guided tour along Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, SoltanSanjar Mausoleum, IbnZeid Mausoleum. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 14: Mary - Ashgabat
Ashgabat is the next destination of the trip, when the Annau Seyitjemaleddin Mosque will be visited. At the same time the ruined city will be seen - Abiverd, Abiverd. These are the towns of the ancient trade of Khorasan. All during sightseeing the guests will visit Gypchak village, mausoleums and mosques. The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings of the Old Nissa city will be the point of the tour. It was the capital of the Parthian Empire for more than 600 years. Then the Monuments of Archabil avenue, Monument of Constitution "Alem" Culture and Recreation Center will be visited. The evening will be devoted to the check-in to the hotel. And after it you will have an opportunity to witness the Gulistan Bazar, Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. And then the night in the hotel.

Day 15: Ashgabat
The Ashgabat city is the point of the tour the guests travel. And now it is famous for "AltynAsyr" Oriental Bazar- Jygyldyk bazaar. Then the Horse Farm can be seen. It is also the home for strong Turkmen Horses. You will be able to make the photos with them. The next destination is Arch of Neutrality, created in the rocket style, symbolizing the neutral style of Turkmenistan. There is the statue of the President of Turkmenistan, in the Park of Independency. It is an interesting statue as the Monuments of Independency and Ruhnama. So, welcome to Turkmenistan to see its beauties.

Day 16: Flight
Morning transfer to airport.


Price per person:
02 pax - 2 430 $
04 pax - 1 820 $
06 pax - 1 600 $
08 pax - 1 430 $
10 pax - 1 375 $
Single - 280 $

Early check-in - 25 $ 
Single early check-in - 45 $ 

Half board - 245 $
Full board - 350 $

English speaking guide - 1 285 $ per group

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - $35 per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Boutique Hotel
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul - Homestay
Penjakent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
  Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Merv - Merv-3*Hotel
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
- Train tickets in UZ
- Entrances to all museums 
- Mineral water supply
- English speaking guide in TM

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guides
- Migration tax 12$+4$ bank fee in TM
- Fee for using cameras on monuments in TM