Small Group Caucasus Tour 2019

Central Asia Group Tour 2019-202015 Days | Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan

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Group size: 1 - 16 persons

Please note that itinerary and price are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

Central Asia is so jam-packed with historical and natural sights that it would literally take years to explore it all. We guess that you are rather short on time, but still want to see as much as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this 15-day trip across five countries to offer the most to travelers. The best Central Asia Group Tour 2019-2020 with fixed dates is the best way to see the most interesting places in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. If you want to prolong your trip, we are happy to offer an extension with the Small Group Tour to the South Caucasus.

Participants need to be in good health, be able to walk for 4-6 hours every day at moderate speed, climb stairs and hills, and be able to carry their own luggage for up to 1 km across borders.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Mo: 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Tu: Almaty (KAZ)
Breakfast. At 09:00 your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Republic Square, Central State Kazakhstan Museum. Enjoy a panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill and and visit Medeo Gorge. Welcome lunch. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 3, We: Almaty – Bishkek (KAZ/ KYR)
After breakfast at 09:00 depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via a newly built highway, and enjoy nature landscapes on the way (250 km, 4 h). Cross Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border. Arrive in Bishkek, check in to the hotel.
In the late afternoon start a sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala Too Square, Statue of Manas, National Museum of Fine Arts, Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4, Th: Bishkek – Burana – Don Aryk – Bishkek – Tashkent (KYR/ UZB)
Breakfast. At 08:00 start the trip from Bishkek. First, stop at Burana Tower (90 km). This is a historical complex, which marks the original site of Balasagun, a 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. Transfer to Don Aryk village, where you will have a chance to watch a demonstration of yurt building (nomadic dwelling) and even take a part if you wish. Local Kyrgyz woman will tell the meaning and use of the each part of the yurt. Lunch at the home of a local Kyrgyz family. Transfer back to Bishkek (110 km).
Transfer to the Airport. Evening flight HY780 to Tashkent at 18:10. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 5, Fr: Tashkent – Samarkand (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 Bazaar. After, continue to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and explore the Applied Arts Museum. Free time. At 18:00 transfer to the railway station. The high-speed Afrosiyob train departs Tashkent at 18:50 and arrives in Samarkand at 20:58 (300 km). Transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6, Sa: Samarkand (UZB)
Breakfast. At 09:00 start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – (the resting place of Amir Timur), remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar and Ulugbek Observatory. Then drive to Konigil to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry trees. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 7, Su: Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand (UZB/ TAJ/ UZB)
At 08:00 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 Seven Lakes (90 km, 3 h). The Seven Lakes are located in the west of Fann Mountains; each of them has its own colour varying from calming turquoise to mesmerizing purple. Lunch on the way at the guesthouse. After visiting Khoazorchashma, the last of the Seven Lakes, drive to Penjikent, a major Sogdian city in the 5th century destroyed by Arab conquerors in the 8th century. Sightseeing in Penjikent: Rudaki Museum, local Bazaar and mosque. Visit ancient Penjikent located a 5-minute drive away from modern Penjikent. Late in the afternoon return to the Jartepa border crossing, customs and passport control. On Uzbekistan side meet your driver and transfer to your hotel in Samarkand.
Day 8, Mo: Samarkand – Bukhara (UZB)
In the morning at 08:45 transfer to the railway station. Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Bukhara at 09:43 (270 km). Arrival at 11:17. Meet your guide and driver and head to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa - the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Head to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi.
Transfer to the hotel in Bukhara. Check in and enjoy free time.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours
Day 9, Tu: Bukhara (UZB)
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. Free time in the afternoon. Visit a national show at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 10, We: Bukhara – Mary – Merv – Ashgabat (UZB/ TUR)
After breakfast at 08:00 drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farap-Alat (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide. Lunch at the local restaurant in Mary. Continue to Merv (300 km, 5 h 30 min). The ancient city was a major center of international trade and crafts on the Silk Road. Discover the historical park: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress and others. Transfer to Mary Airport (40 km, 30 min) to get an evening flight to Ashgabat. Upon arrival in Ashgabat transfer to the hotel.
Day 11, Th: Ashgabat – Darvaza Gaz Crater (TUR)
After breakfast start sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records for having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archaeological 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 Carpet Museum, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazy Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Lunch. In the afternoon drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of the Karakum Desert (270 km, 4 h). Set up the camp (tents and necessary equipment will be provided; camping toilet is available on the site). Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.

Note: the trip to Darvaza Gas Crater and an overnight in tents can be replaced in the itinerary with a flight from Dashoguz to Ashgabat at an additional price.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 12, Fr: Darvaza Gas Crater – Khiva (TUR/ UZB)
After camp style breakfast drive to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Dashoguz-Shavat through the Karakum desert (270 km, 4 h). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross the 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Uzbekistan driver and continue to Khiva (60 km, 1 h). Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13, Sa: Khiva (UZB)
After breakfast start guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 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 14, Su: Khiva – Tashkent (UZB)
In the morning you will be transferred to Urgench airport (30 km, 35 min) for flight to Tashkent (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Free time. Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15, Mo: Tashkent – departure (UZB)
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.
  • 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: Bishkek-Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat, Urgench-Tashkent;
  • Economy class tickets for trains: Tashkent-Samarkand-Bukhara;
  • Visa support for Uzbekistan triple entry visa;
  • Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • Tajikistan e-Visa;
  • National folklore show in Bukhara on Day 9;
  • Meals: welcome lunch in Almaty on Day 2, lunch at home of a local family on Day 4, lunch in Penjikent on Day 7, lunch in Mary on Day 10, lunch in Ashgabat on Day 11, camp style dinner at Darvaza on Day 11, farewell dinner in Tashkent on Day 14;
  • Tour leader to accompany the travelers for the whole period of the tour starting from 6 pax;
  • Tips are included starting from 6 pax and will be distributed by a Tour leader.
  • 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;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.


Almaty - 2 nights
Bishkek - 1 night
Plaza, Park Hotel, Ambassador or similar
Tashkent - 2 nights
Ichan Qala, Sharq, Bek or similar
Samarkand - 3 nights
City, Sultan, Platan or similar
Bukhara - 2 nights
As-Salom, K.Komil, Volida or similar
Ashgabat - 1 night
Ak Altyn, Grand Turkmen
Darvaza - 1 night
Khiva - 2 nights
Malika Kheivak, Orient Star or similar

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