Five Stans Tour (CA-3)Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan

24 Days | Spring, autumn | Reviews (1)
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The most detailed and prolonged 24-day tour around the 5 (Five) Stans will take you to the route of the Silk Road and will introduce you cities of beautiful architecture and unforgettable beauty of nature. You will dive into the culture and history of these five Central Asian countries visiting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and will learn what has been connecting nations of those countries for centuries.

In the capital city of Uzbekistan Tashkent, you will visit complex of Khast-Imam; in the southern city of Termez you will see the fortress of Kyrk-Kyz – a summer residence of the Samanids dynasty and Fayaz-Tepe – an ancient Buddhist monument.

You will visit Shakhrisabz where mausoleum to Tamerlane’s father is located and the most well-known city of Central Asia - Samarkand and its famous Registan square. In holy Bukhara city you will learn Lyabi-Khauz, where memories of Khoja Nasreddin are kept and in Khiva you will see the Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, a poet and an Uzbek epic hero of the 14th century. Your trip to Fergana valley, land of hereditary craftsmen will be unforgettable, and also will visit the Palace of the Khudayar Khan in the former capital city of the Kokand Khanate, and in Rishtan you will have a chance to see the most famous pottery of Uzbekistan. Young Fergana will surprise you with its European layout and renovated streets.

In Kyrgyzstan you will start your trip in Osh that has a legend saying it had been founded 3000 years ago by the King Solomon. Your tour to Issyk-Kul will be unforgettable, which is the second biggest mountainous lake in the world. In Cholpon-Ata you will visit the Issyk-Kul State historical-cultural reservation museum, whereas among many displays a huge Saxon bronze boiler (from 3rd – 4th century BC) lifted out from the bottom of the Issyk-Kul impresses with its size and manufacturing technique.

There you will also see ancient petroglyphs in the open-air museum that is sometimes called A Stone Garden which occupies 42 hectares of territory. There are also many interesting places to see in Bishkek, a capital of Kyrgyzstan, especially Ala-Archa National Park stretching for 20 thousand hectares not far from the capital. As a traveler you can find anything: mountains, rivers and forests growing on the flank of the hills.

In ‘the Southern capital’ of Kazakhstan Almaty you will visit a park named after 28 Panfilov’s Guardsmen, Zenkov Cathedral and Kazakh National Musical Instruments Museum. You will have an excellent chance to see an impressive panoramic view of the Southern Capital of Kazakhstan from the Kok-Tobe. You will be able to visit a famous Medeo canyon and Mountain and skating ice rink.

In Tajikistan you will have an excursion to Khujand, visit to the fortress of Timur-Malik that was considered as one of the unassailable fortresses in Central Asia but was assaulted by Genghis Khan army; and you will also stopover the mosque and madrasah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, the ruler of Khujand and a poet living in the 12th century. The road to Dushanbe will go along the mountain route through a picturesque pass Anzob (3300 meters above the sea level). There is a very interesting Gurminj Museum of the National Musical Instruments in the capital of Tajikistan and Hissar fortress full of many legends.

Turkmenistan, a country of wonders and contrasts, will amaze your imagination with the monuments of one of the biggest cities of the ancient world Marv, the first ancient reference of the town was found in Avesto chronicles. In the capital city Ashgabat you will have an opportunity to see the horses of the famous Akhaltekin breed and visit Mosque of Ertugrul Gazi, the biggest mosque in Ashgabat that can has capacity for up to 5000 people. In Kunya-Urgench, the ancient capital of the Khorezm Khanate, you will be told many legends at the Turabek-Khanum Mausoleum about the Mongol princess, beloved daughter of the Golden Horde ruler Uzbek Khan and the spouse of Kutlug-Timur, his deputy in Khorezm.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check in at noon. Start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia with a guide. Explore Old City part of Tashkent. There  you will visit Khast-Imam Complex famous for keeping the holy book Quran of Caliph Uthman. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center continue touring around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Enjoy free time in late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 2: Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana
Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km drive till Fergana city). The steep road* which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan runs via picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m above sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand where you will visit the Khudoyar Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, Norbut-biy Madrasah. Head to Rishtan town to visit a pottery workshop. Continue driving to Fergana city. Visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park in Fergana. Check in to the hotel for overnight.
*Some parts of the road are under construction.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 3: Fergana – border point – Osh – Bishkek
In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan border point. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. In Kyrgyzstan meet your local guide and driver and continue to Osh. Have a short city tour in Osh founded by King Solomon 3000 years ago as legends say. Visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), National Museum of History and Archaeology, and Osh bazaar located at that same place since the time when Osh was an important trading center on the Great Silk Road. In the afternoon transfer to the local airport for flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours

Day 4: Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Bishkek
After breakfast transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km, 50 min.) which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs through the alpine gorge surrounded by snowy peaks with steep forested slopes. Enjoy free time or a hike in the park. In the afternoon return to Bishkek for city tour. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 5: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km, 4 h.). On the way stop to see Burana tower, the remnants of the ancient city Balasagun (11-13th centuries). Continue driving to Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world (1600 m above sea level). Arrival at the lake, accommodation in a hotel at the North Coast of Issyk-Kul. 

Day 6: Issyk-Kul – Bishkek
After breakfast transfer to Cholpon-Ata where you will see petroglyphs, the rock carvings under the open sky, visit Ethnographical Museum. Continue to Bishkek (280 km, 4 h.). Arrive in Bishkek, free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek – Almaty
After breakfast depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (250 km, 4 h.). Cross Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. Continue travelling to Almaty via a newly built highway, see natural landscapes on the way. Arrive in Almaty in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Almaty
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum and Republic Square. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

Day 9: Almaty - Tashkent
Breakfast. You will have some free time until transfer to the airport to fly to Tashkent (672 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Tashkent – Khujand
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek-Fotekhobod (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h.). Sightseeing in Khujand: Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mosque and Madrasah of Sheikh Muslehiddin, Panjshanbe Bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours

Day 11: Khujand – Dushanbe
In the morning depart Khujand and drive to Dushanbe (270 km, 5 h.). The mountain road goes via picturesque Anzob pass (3300 m above sea level). Arrive in Dushanbe and start a city tour: Mosque of Hoji Yakub, National Museum of Tajikistan, Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Statue of Ismail Samani, and Rudaki Park. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours

Day 12: Dushanbe – Termez
Transfer to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border Bratstvo-Sariosiyo (70 km, 1 h.), on the way visit Hissar Fortress where you will see Madrasah Kuhna. Continue driving to the border. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. On Uzbekistan side meet your local guide and driver. Transfer to Termez (180 km, 2 h. and 30 min.). In the afternoon have a short sightseeing tour in Termez: visit Archeology Museum and Mausoleum of Al-Hakim at-Termezi. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours

Day 13: Termez
Continue city tour in Termez: visit Kokildor-Ota Khanaka, Fortress Kirk Kiz – a summer residence of Samani rulers, Sultan Saodat Ensemble, and Zurmala Tower – Buddha's stupa. Continue to Buddhist archaeological site of Fayaztepa. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 14: Termez – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
In the morning depart Termez and drive to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz (290 km, 5 h.). Have a city tour in Shakhrisabz. Visit Mausoleum of Jakhongir in Dor-us Siodat Memorial Complex, remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Dor-ut Tilavat Ensemble with Kok-Gumbaz Mosque and burial vault of Tamerlane’s father. In the afternoon continue driving to Samarkand (90 km, 2 h.). Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours

Day 15: Samarkand
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby to start a city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 16: Samarkand – Bukhara
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. In the afternoon depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. On the way stop at Caravanserai Rabat Malik dating back to the 11th century. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 17: Bukhara
Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 18: Bukhara
Start the second day in this holy city with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 19: Bukhara – Khiva
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Khiva (480 km, 7-8 h.*). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, today you will pass the same route**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the desert and Amudarya River. Arrive in Khiva late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
*we advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip.
**some parts of the road are being renovated.

Day 20: Khiva
Today you will visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The tour features visits to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Try yourself at climbing Islom Khodja Minaret, the highest minaret in Uzbekistan. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Old Khiva in Kunya-Ark. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 21: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Dashoguz – Ashgabat
In the morning drive to Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz (60 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Kunya Urgench (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Visit mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla hill.
In the afternoon drive to Dashoguz airport (120 km, 1 h. 30 min.), take an evening flight to Ashgabat (580 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours 

Day 22: Ashgabat
After breakfast start sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most white marble-clad buildings in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables and Lenin Monument. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 23: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Mary – Ashgabat
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival drive to Merv (40 km, 30 min.), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park that includes Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Return to Mary Airport to get the flight back to Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 24: Ashgabat – departure
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Number of nights

Tashkent

Wyndham Tashkent, Ramada,
City Palace

Shodlik, Le Grande Plaza, Uzbekistan

2

Fergana

Asia Fergana

Club 777

1

Bishkek

Hotel (****)

Hotel (***)

3

Issyk-Kul

Raduga or similar hotel

Raduga or similar hotel

1

Almaty

Atakent Park Hotel

Iris

2

Khujand

Khujand Grand Hotel, Khujand Delux

Vatan, Khujand Delux

1

Dushanbe

Sheraton Dushanbe

Lotus

1

Termez

Silk Road, Meridian, Asson

Silk Road, MeridianAsson

2

Samarkand

Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Malika Prime, Platan, Asia Samarkand

Malika Classic, Caravan Serail, Bibi-Khanum, Billuri Sitora, Shaxzoda Lux

2

Bukhara

Asia Bukhara, Zargaron Plaza, Omar Khayam, Devon-Begi

Kukeldash, Amulet, Minzifa, K.Komil, Chor Minor, Siyavush

3

Khiva

Asia Khiva

Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Old Khiva

2

Ashgabat

Nusay, Oguzkent

Ak-Altyn, Grand Turkmen

3

 

Price includes:

  1. All transfers: 1-2 pax on sedan type car, 3-6 pax on minivan/van, 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program in each country with local guides (in Uzbekistan, different guides in each city);
  4. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  5. Economy class tickets for flights Osh-Bishkek, Almaty-Tashkent, Dashoguz-Ashgabat, Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat;
  6. Visa support for Uzbekistan andTurkmenistan tourist visas;
  7. Dinner on day 5.

Price does not include:

  1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  2. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  3. Hotel charges for additional services;
  4. Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax ($12);
  5. Visa support for Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
  6. Personal travel insurance.

 


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