Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2022-2023

Central Asian Express Tour ItineraryUzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan


Central Asian Express Tour

The Central Asia Express Tour is the way to make the most out of a short trip. From the most ancient to the modern day, this is the best tour of Central Asia for those with a little less time. Start with Tashkent, the biggest city in Central Asia, before heading to Samarkand, one of the most ancient. A day trip to Penjikent is a good introduction to the ancient history of Tajikistan. Bishkek is a modern capital with a unique spirit. Finish up the Central Asia Express Tour in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s southern capital and a busy city next to stunning mountains. For those with busy schedules, the Central Asia Express Tour is the best tour for getting to know the region and all its best places.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Tashkent – Arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to start a sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous holy book Quran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to visit Applied Arts Museum and walk through Navoi Theater to Amir Timur Square where you will end Tashkent city tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2, Th: Tashkent – Samarkand
 
After breakfast transfer to the railway station. The high-speed train Afrosiyob arrives in Samarkand in two hours (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, old oriental Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum (the resting place of Timur). Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3, Fr: Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand
 
After early breakfast transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Jartepa (50 km, 1 h). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Penjikent (30 km, 40 min).
Sightseeing in Penjikent: Rudaki Museum, a local Bazaar and mosque. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch drive to the ruins of ancient Penjikent a major Sogdian city destroyed by Arab conquerors in the 8th century.
Late in the afternoon return to the Jartepa border crossing, customs and passport control, continue to Uzbekistan. Meet your driver and transfer to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel.
Day 4, Sa: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue a sightseeing tour: visit Afrosiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. After, enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal. Late in the afternoon transfer to the railway station. Take the high-speed train, Afrosiyob, departing to Tashkent (300 km). Upon arrival pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 5, Su: Tashkent – Bishkek
 
After breakfast transfer to the airport to get a morning flight to Bishkek. Arrive in Bishkek, drive to Burana Tower, which was part of the ancient city of Balasagun (11th to 13th centuries) and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After visiting the tower and the small museum nearby return to Bishkek. In the afternoon sightseeing tour in Bishkek: visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6, Mo: Bishkek – Ala-Archa – Almaty
 
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km, 50 min) which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. The fast-flowing Ala-Archa River runs through this alpine gorge, surrounded by snowy peaks with steep forested slopes. Enjoy free time or have a hike/trek in the park.
Return to Bishkek in the afternoon. At 17:30, transfer to the airport for evening flight to Almaty (19:55 – 20:45, KC 110). Transfer to the hotel on arrival.
Day 7, Tu: Almaty
 
Breakfast. Check-out from the hotel before noon. Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, the Almaty City Museum, and Republic Square. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 8, We: Almaty – Departure
 
Check-out from the hotel before noon. Transfer to Almaty International Airport. End of the tour service.
  • All transfers: 1-2 pax on sedan type car, 3-8 pax on minivan/van;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with English speaking guides in each country (NB: in Uzbekistan there will be different guides in each city);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Tickets for trains Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace this with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Economy class tickets for flights Tashkent-Bishkek-Almaty.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • All costs associated with visas;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 2 nights
Ateca, Navruz, Praga, Grand CapitalWyndham Tashkent, Courtyard by Marriot, Hampton by Hilton, Lumiere
Samarkand - 2 nights
Usman, Meros, Asia Samarkand or similarDilimah, Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior, Grand Samarkand, Platan or similar
Bishkek - 1 night
Plaza, Park Hotel, Ambassador or similarOrion
Almaty - 2 nights
NovotelRixos Almaty

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