Small Group Uzbekistan Tours 2017/2018

Capitals of Silk Road19 Days | Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia

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Book the Capitals of Silk Road tour and set to the striking journey across the the capitals of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. You will visit 8 countries in 19 days and explore the hundreds of magnificent landscapes and inimitable sights of Caucasus and Central Asia. The tour will reveal the whole fascination and diversity of different cultures and traditions; gift you an unforgettable impressions and valuable memories of the travel full of discoveries.

We recommend arriving in Astana on Saturday to match regional flights in the itinerary.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Astana
 
Arrive in Astana. Transfer to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Astana – Almaty
 
Meet your guide at the hotel lobby to start sightseeing in the capital of Kazakhstan. Visit “Old center”, town of merchants in the past. Visit Millennium Axis line named by Kisho Kurokawa, chief architect and creator of Astana general layout. Visit Astana Opera building, the Round Square with numerous fountains. Continue to Nurzhol and Green Water boulevards with skyscrapers of exceptional architectural forms. You will go up the Bayterek monument* and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view at the top of the monument and observation tower. The city tour will be rounded up with a visit to Khan-Shatyr, shopping and entertainment center. Transfer to the train station, take an evening train to Almaty (965 km). Overnight in the train.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
*Bayterek Tower is closed for reconstruction until June 2017. We gladly replace it with a visit to the Museum of First President (closed on Mondays).
Day 3: Almaty
 
Early morning arrival in Almaty. Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station to start 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. Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 4: Almaty – Dushanbe
 
Transfer to Almaty International Airport for morning flight to Dushanbe. Upon arrival our guide and driver will meet you at Dushanbe airport. Start guided city tour to National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, nature and art; Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum. Continue to Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 5: Dushanbe – Bishkek
 
Transfer to Dushanbe International Airport. Check-in for the flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival in Bishkek you will be met by driver and transferred to the hotel for check-in. Free time in Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Bishkek – Tashkent
 
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel. Drive to 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 a sightseeing tour that includes visits to Fine Arts Museum, Oak Park, Central Square, Philharmonic Hall.
Transfer to Bishkek International Airport. Take an evening flight to Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 7: Tashkent
 
Meet your guide at the hotel to start sightseeing 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. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-KhanTillya Sheykh MosqueMausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Choru Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to city center to explore Amir Timur SquareIndependence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 8: Tashkent – Samarkand – Tashkent
 
At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to the railway station. High-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (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 MosqueSiyob BazaarUlugbek ObservatoryShakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Transfer to the train station at 17:15, take the evening train to Tashkent at 18:00. Arrival in Tashkent at 20:10, transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 9: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
 
Early morning transfer to the local airport for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min). Later proceed to guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day in UNESCO World Heritage site Itchan-Kala Fortress. Visit Mukhammad Aminkhan MadrasahMukhammad Rahimkhan MadrasahKalta-MinorKunya-ArkJuma MosqueTash-Khovli PalacePakhlavan Makhmud MausoleumMinaret of Islam-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 10: Khiva – Dashoguz – Ashgabat
 
In the afternoon check out from the hotel and 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 transfer to Dashoguz airport. Take the late afternoon flight to Ashgabat (580 km, 50 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel in Ashgabat for overnight.
Day 11: Ashgabat
 
Sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the highest density of 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 NeutralityErtugrul 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 12: Ashgabat – Baku
 
Early morning transfer to Ashgabat International Airport for flight to Baku. You will be met by our driver and guide upon arrival in Baku and transferred to the hotel. Check-in at noon. Start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Memory Alley – “Shehidler Khiyabany” that opens up 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, after, to the old part of the city – Icheri Sheher. Visit Maiden TowerShirvan Shahs’ PalaceCaravanserai 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.
Day 13: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Tbilisi
 
Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron peninsula. Start with Gobustan National Park, visit the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan 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.
Day 14: Tbilisi – Mtskheta
 
After breakfast, drive to Mtskheta, one of the oldest towns and the cultural and religious centre of Georgia, UNESCO site. 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. The next sight is Svetitskhoveli, the main cathedral of Mtskheta and a sacred place where the robe of Christ is being kept.
Return to Tbilisi for city 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 CathedralAnchiskhati 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.
Day 15: Tbilisi – Telavi – Tsinandali – Sighnaghi – Bodbe – Tbilisi
 
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. Drive back 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 the decree of Tsar Alexader III of Russia, since 1889 Bodbe complex functions as a nunnery. Return to Tbilisi for overnight.
Day 16: Tbilisi – Armenian border – Hahgpat – 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 UNESCO World Heritage Site Haghpat monastery. Stunning example of Armenian traditional architecture was erected in 10-13th centuries. Standing on a hillside, Haghpat beautifully overlooks Debed River. Location of monastery was chosen to protect peace and seclusion of its monks. Drive through Dilijan and 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 horizon. Continue to Yerevan for overnight.
Day 17: 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 18: Yerevan – Garni – Geghard – Etchmiadzin – Yerevan
 
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 (“spear”). A beautiful landscape of Geghard is framed with towering cliffs. Decorative art cut into rocks reflect and explain Medieval Ages development in this region. The complex was introduced to the history in the 4th century as a sacred spring inside a cave. Continue to the Holy See of Armenia, Etchmiadzin. Visit Etchmiadzin Cathedral which is the residence of the head of Armenian Apostolic Church the Catholicos of All Armenians. Return to Yerevan for overnight.
Day 19: Yerevan – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Yerevan International Airport. End of the tour.
City
Comfort option
Economy option
Nights
Astana
Kazzhol
Ibis
1
Almaty
Iris
1
Dushanbe
Sheraton Dushanbe
Lotus
1
Bishkek
Asia Mountains, Shah Palace, Futuro
1
Tashkent
2
Khiva
1
Ashgabat
Grand Turkmen, Ak-Altyn
2
Baku
Azcot, Amberd, New Baku, Central Park
2
Tbilisi
Tiflis Palace, Rooms, Mercure, Ambasadori
Kopala, Tiflis, Mirabelle
3
Yerevan
Royal Tulip Grand Hotel Yerevan, DoubleTree by Hilton Yerevan, Opera Suite
Cascade, Ibis, Imperial Palace
3

 

  • 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 in each country with local guides (in Uzbekistan, different guides in each city);
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class tickets for flights: Almaty-Dushanbe, Dushanbe-Bishkek, Bishkek-Tashkent, Tashkent-Urgench, Dashoguz-Ashgabat;
  • Ticket for sleeping compartment for two on overnight train Astana-Almaty;
  • Business/Economy class ticket for train Tashkent-Samarkand-Tashkent as per option;
  • Visa support letters for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan tourist visas;
  • Wine tasting in Kakheti region, Georgia;
  • Dinner and folklore show in Tbilisi (day 14), and Yerevan (day 17).
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Full board (lunch and dinner);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for tourist visas and Turkmenistan migration tax ($12);
  • Visa support for Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan tourist visas;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Ashgabat - Baku flight.

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