Small Group Caucasus Tour 2018

Central Asia Group Tour 201814 Days | Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

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Group size: Max - 14 persons. Min - 1 person.

10% early bird discount till December 31, 2017.

Central Asia is so jam-packed with historical and nature sights, it would literally take years to explore the all, even the half. We guess you are rather tight in time, but still want to see as much as possible. That is why we have put together in 14 day itinerary the best that this part of the world offers to tourists. Central Asia Group Tour 2018 with fixed dates will open up the most interesting in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. In addition, we are excited to offer to prolong your Silk Road adventures with a Small Group Tour to South Caucasus.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Tuesday: Almaty – arrival (KAZ)
 
Arrive in Almaty. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at 14:00. Free time. Welcome dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Wednesday: Almaty – Bishkek (KAZ/ KYR)
 
Breakfast. At 09:00 your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Republic Square, Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge.
At 15:30 transfer to the Airport to get the flight KC109 to Bishkek at 18:00. Arrival at Bishkek at 18:55. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 3, Thursday: Bishkek – Burana – Kemin – Bishkek – Tashkent (KYR/ UZB)
 
Breakfast. At 08:00 start the trip from Bishkek. Firstly, you will stop at Burana Tower. This is a historical complex, which marks the original site of Balasagun, the Karakhanid town. After, you will watch Kyrgyz national horse game “Ulak Tartysh” (goat pulling). Ulak Tartysh (a.k.a Kok Boru) is a fight between two teams of riders for a goat carcass. Lunch at home of a local Kyrgyz family. After lunch transfer to Kemin village (70 km) where you will have a chance to watch a demonstration of yurt erection (nomadic dwelling) and even take a part in it if you wish. Local Kyrgyz woman will tell the meaning and use of the each part of the yurt. Transfer back to Bishkek (110 km).
Transfer to the Airport. Evening flight HY780 to Tashkent at 18:10. Arrival at 18:30. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4, Friday: Tashkent – Khudjand – Tashkent (UZB/ TAJ/ UZB)
 
Breakfast. At 08:00 drive to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border point Oybek (100 km, 1 h 30 min). After completing customs and passport control on both sides, Tajik local guide and driver will meet you on the Tajik side and take you to Khujand (70 km, 1 h). Start Khujand sightseeing tour. You will explore the Sughd Historical Museum, Timur-Malik Fortress, Mosque and Madrasah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, Panjshanbe Bazaar. You will try delicious Tajik cuisine at the local restaurant. Drive back to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border point Oybek (70 km, 1 h). After passing the border Oybek, the driver will meet you on Uzbekistan side and transfer to your hotel in Tashkent (100 km, 1 h 30 min).
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 5, Saturday: Tashkent (UZB) 
 
After breakfast at 09:00 start Tashkent city tour. You will visit Old City part of Tashkent that includes Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu bazar. After, continue to the city center to promenade at Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and explore Applied Arts Museum. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6, Sunday: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (UZB)
 
Early breakfast. At 05:40 transfer to local airport for flight HY055 to Urgench at 07:40 (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench at 09:20, transfer to the hotel in Khiva to leave the luggage (30 km, 35 min). Later proceed for guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 7, Monday: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Darvaza gas crater (UZB/ TUR)
 
Breakfast. At 08:00 drive to Uzbekistan-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 Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakum desert (270 km, 4 h). Set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Day 8, Tuesday: Darvaza Gas Crater – Ashgabat (TUR)
 
After camp style early breakfast depart to Ashgabat at 08:00 (280 km, 3h 30 min). On the way stop at Erbent village to witness life of locals surrounded by desert. Arrive in Ashgabat at 11:30. 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 Nissa (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 Gazy Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 9, Wednesday: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Bukhara (TUR/ UZB)
 
Early breakfast. Transfer to the Airport to take a morning flight to Mary at 06:15 (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 with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress, and others. In the afternoon drive to Turkemnistan-Uzbekistan border point “Farap-Alat” (290 km, 5 h 30 min). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Bukhara (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Arrival in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Thursday: Bukhara (UZB)
 
Breakfast. 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. Visit National show at Nodira Devon Begi madrassah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11, Friday: Bukhara – Samarkand (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to Mausoleum of Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi. At 15:00 transfer to the railway station to take fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Samarkand at 15:50. Arrive in Samarkand at 17:25. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 12, Saturday: Samarkand (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siyob Bazaar and Ulugbek observatory. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 13, Sunday: Samarkand – Tashkent (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrosiyob Museum, the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Free time. At 16:30 transfer to the railway station. Take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:30 (300 km). You will arrive at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 14, Monday: Tashkent – departure (UZB)
 
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Economy Hotels

Nights

Almaty

Kazzhol

1

Bishkek

Park Hotel, Smart

1

Tashkent

Ichan Qala, Sharq

4

Khiva

Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Qosha Darvoza

1

Darvaza

Camping

1

Ashgabat

Grand Turkmen, Ak-Altyn

1

Bukhara

Fatima, Amulet, Minzifa, K.Komil

2

Samarkand

Sultan, City, Platan, Malika Prime

2

 

  • All transfers: 3-7 pax on minivan/van, 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with English speaking guides in each country;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class tickets for flights: Almaty-Bishkek-Tashkent-Urgench, Ashgabat-Mary;
  • Economy-class tickets for trains: Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan triple entry visa and Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • Meals: welcome dinner on Day 1 in Almaty, lunch at home of a local family on Day 3, lunch on Day 4 in Khudjand, camp style dinner at Darvaza, National folklore show and dinner on Day 10 in Bukhara;
  • Tour leader to accompany the travelers for the whole period of the tour starting from 6 pax.
  • Tour leader to accompany the group of 1-5 travelers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax ($12);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan tourist visas;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International Air fares from/to home.

 

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