Small Group Uzbekistan Tours 2017/2018

Silk Road Capitals Tour20 Days | Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

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Tour to the capitals of the Great Silk Road unites the best Central Asian and Caucasus countries offer to tourists who are eager to learn different cultures and worlds. You will repeat the journey of medieval pilgrims and will meet 8 capitals in one go. Every country has a unique culture and rich history. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are the land of nomads who meticulously guard their traditions. Tajikistan is a country of a virgin nature and majestic mountains of Pamir and Tien-Shan. Uzbekistan calls with the ancient towns and alluring architectural monuments. Turkmenistan is the home to one of the world's oldest civilization of Margush. Archeologists dag out findings dating back to 2300 BC there. Moreover, in Turkmenistan you will discover the Kara-Kum, one of the largest sandy deserts in the world. Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire, is a melting pot of Asian and European civilization. In Georgia you will enjoy cheerful feasts and some of the best wines. And finally, you will discover Armenia, the first country in the world that recognized Christianity as the official religion. All this variety of colors and cultures are united in our exciting 20 day tour.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek – arrival (Kyrgyzstan)
 
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning or a day before. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to hotel for check-in.
Meet your guide and driver and driver to Ala-Archa National Park which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails (40 km, 50 min.). 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 2: Bishkek – Almaty (Kyrgyzstan – Kazakhstan)
 
At 8:00, depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (250 km, 4 h.). Cross Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border point Ak Jol-Qorday. 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. Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 3: Almaty – Dushanbe (Kazakhstan – Tajikistan)
 
At 08:30, transfer to the airport for flight KC 131 departing at 11:10, arriving in Dushanbe at 12:00. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Start guided city tour with visit to the National Museum of Antiquities, where the famous statue of Buddha in Nirvana is preserved. Continue to Hissar Fortress (23 km from Dushanbe) where you can see Madrasa Kuhna. Return to Dushanbe and visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Additional meals: lunch, dinne
Day 4: Dushanbe – Khujand (Tajikistan)
 
In the morning, depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (280 km, 5-6 hours). The mountain road goes via picturesque Anzob pass (3300 m above sea level). On the way, visit an ancient settlement of Mug Tepa located in Ura-Tube, and Khazrati Shoh architectural complex comprised of Khazrati Shoh mausoleum, Khudayar Valami mausoleum, and Namozgoh mosque. Arrive in Khujand for overnight.
Additional meals: lunch, dinner
Day 5: Khujand – Tashkent (Tajikistan – Uzbekistan)
 
In the morning, start Khujand city tour featuring Timur Malik fortress located at the ancient part of the city, Museum of Archeology and History, and Panjashbe bazaar, a place to experience the real magic of oriental bazaar with freshly baked bread, oriental spices, and juicy fruits. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon drive to Tajik/Uzbek border point “Oybek”. Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Meet Uzbekistan driver and drive to Tashkent (100 km, 1 h. 30 min). Arrive in Tashkent. Check in to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Additional meals: lunch
Day 6: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
 
Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia.
Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 7: Tashkent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan)
 
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs from Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. 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 8: Samarkand – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
 
In the morning, depart from Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way at Rabati-Malik Caravanserai. Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel.
Spend your afternoon in fascinating Old Bukhara which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 9: Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
 
Start the second day in Bukhara discovering Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Samani dynasty and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Then visit Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Bukhara – Mary (Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan)
 
In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Alat-Farab (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Mary through Turkmenabad (290 km, 5 h. 30 min.). Arrival in Mary, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Mary – Merv – Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
 
After breakfast drive to Ancient Merv (40 km, 30 min.). Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. Return to Mary and visit Merv History Museum. Take an evening flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 12: Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
 
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 13: Ashgabat – Baku (Turkmenistan – Azerbaijan)
 
Transfer to Ashgabat airport for early morning flight to Baku. As you arrive in Baku, you will be met by our driver and guide and transferred to the hotel. Check-in at noon.
After you will start Baku sightseeing tour with visiting Memory Alley Shehidler Khiyabany, from where you will have a great panoramic view of the city. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. You will explore Maiden Tower, Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. An excellent round-up to the city tour will be a visit to the National Carpets Museum, the richest bank of Azeri carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 14: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Tbilisi (Azerbaijan – Georgia)
 
Today you will visit the Greater Baku and Absheron peninsula. Tour will start with the Gobustan National Park and the Petroglyphs Museum where you will explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve that is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Later drive to Ateshgah, temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Drive to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Take an evening flight to Tbilisi. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-8 hours
Day 15: Tbilisi – Mtskheta (Georgia)
 
After breakfast, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centres of Georgia included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Visit Jvari Church, a true architectural masterpiece of the early Medieval Period overlooking the confluence of Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers from the top of the hill, and Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept.
Return to Tbilisi for sightseeing tour. Visit monument to Vakhtang Gorgasali, the legendary founder of Tbilisi. Take cable car to Narikala Fortress to enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Walk down to the district of Sulphur bath houses passing by the only mosque in Tbilisi. Stroll through the Sharden area full of narrow streets with cozy cafés, wine tasting bars, souvenir shops, and breathe in the living past. Visit Sioni Cathedral, Anchiskhati Basilica, and the clock tower of famous Rezo Gabriadze Theatre and cross the Bridge of Peace to Rike Park. In the evening, visit a local restaurant to taste dishes of traditional Georgian cuisine and enjoy folklore show. Overnight in Tbilisi.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-8 hours
Additional meals: dinner
Day 16: Tbilisi – Telavi – Tsinandali – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi (Georgia)
 
After breakfast depart towards the Kakheti region, the cradle of Georgian wine. Beautiful road lies through Gombori pass. Our first stop will be in Telavi, the administrative and historic center of the region. Have a short walk through charming streets of old Telavi and have a photo stop at the monument to Erekli II. Drive to Tsinandali, the residence of dukes of Georgia with beautiful English garden, a museum, and the wine cellar which belonged to prince Chavchavadze, 19th century public figure and poet. Continue to Sighnaghi, the city of love and the Royal Town, one of the crossroads of the Great Silk Road surrounded by defensive walls with 23 towers. Depart to Tbilisi. If time permits, stop en-route at Bodbe convent, which according to the legend is a burial place of St. Nino, who converted Georgia to Christianity in the 4th century. According to Tsar Alexader III of Russia decree, since 1889 Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery. Return to Tbilisi for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 8-10 hours
Day 17: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Haghpat – Lake Sevan – Sevanavank – Yerevan
 
At 09:00, our driver will meet you at your hotel in Tbilisi and transfer to “Sadakhlo-Bagratashen” Georgian-Armenian border point. Cross the border, meet your Armenian guide and driver and start the journey to the land of ancient traditions and oldest temples.
Drive to Lori region and visit Haghpat monastery, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture erected in 10-13th centuries stands on a hillside beautifully overlooking Debed River. Drive to Lake Sevan, “The Jewel of Armenia” and one of the largest high-mountainous fresh water lakes in the world. The coastline of Lake Sevan is rich with thick woods, white bare steep rocks, mountain steppes and Alpine meadows. Stop at Sevanavank to visit the remnants of the monastery that include two temples – Surb Arakelots and Surb Astvatsatsin standing among numerous khachkars. The buildings were constructed from black tuff which probably gave the monastery its name Sevanavank – “the Black Monastery”. The view from there is simply magnificent: the mountains surround lake from all sides and snow tops are seen almost on the entire perimeter and disappear behind the horizon. Reach the capital of Armenia for overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Yerevan
 
One of the oldest cities of the world, Yerevan is famous as a pink city and calls visitors with its humble and at the same time splendid landscapes. Start city tour visiting Cascade Monument which was the main symbol of the cities 2780th anniversary with the equivalent number of stairs. Mega scale staircase is 500 meters high and 50 meters wide. A panoramic view from the monument opens up breathtaking city view with Opera House, Mount Ararat, Swan Lake, Republic Square, and Abovyan Avenue, which you will also walk by during the tour. If it is a weekend, visit Vernissage, the biggest souvenir market in Yerevan. Continue to the Armenian Genocide memorial complex on the hill of Tsitsernakaberd. An excellent round-up of the tour will be a visit to the Megeryan carpet factory where you can observe a process of creating famous Armenian rugs. You will see carpets from different regions of Armenia and find out about hidden meanings of elements used in their design. In the evening, enjoy dinner and traditional folklore show. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 19: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan (Armenia)
 
Depart Yerevan and drive to Garni, one of the major villages in Armenia famous for its fortress. The fortress is the only pagan sacred place from the 1st century that survived aggressive introduction of Christianity in the 4th century. Next stop is at the monastery complex Geghard (meaning a spear). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development throughout the region. The complex was introduced to the history in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside a cave. Continue to Etchmiadzin, the Holy See of Armenia. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral* which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight.
* The site is presently under renovation works.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 20: Yerevan – departure (Armenia)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Number of nights

Bishkek

City Hotel, Ambassador 4* or similar

Asia Mountains, Shah Palace Hotel 3* or similar

2

Almaty

Kazzhol, Atakent

Astra

1

Dushanbe

Sheraton Dushanbe

Sheraton Dushanbe

1

Khujand

Khujand Deluxe

Khujand Deluxe

1

Tashkent

Wyndham Tashkent, Ramada, City Palace

Shodlik, Le Grande Plaza, Uzbekistan

2

Samarkand

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

Malika Classic, Caravan Serail, Bibikhanum, Billuri Sitora, Shaxzoda Lux

1

Bukhara

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

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

2

Mary

Mary Hotel

Mary Hotel

1

Ashgabat

Oguzkent, Nusay

Grand Turkmen, Ak-Altyn

2

Baku

Holiday Inn, Park Inn, Intourist

Sapphire, Shah Palace, Central Park

2

Tbilisi

Tiflis Palace, Riverside, Ambasadori

Kopala, Tiflis, KMM

3

Yerevan

Best Western Congress Hotel

Hrazdan, Silachi, Cascade

3

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each country with local guides (in Uzbekistan, different guides in each city);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • All regional flights in economy class cabin: Almaty-Dushanbe, Mary-Ashgabat; Baku-Tbilisi;
  • Business/Economy class ticket for train Tashkent-Samarkand as per option;
  • Visa support letters for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan tourist visas;
  • Azerbaijan tourist e-visa;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia;
  •  Dinner and folklore show in Tbilisi (day 3), and Yerevan (day 6);
  •  Additional meals as per itinerary.
  • One person as a tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole tour;
  • Full board (lunch and dinner);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax ($12);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Armenia tourist visas;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Ashgabat-Baku flight on Lufthansa.

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