Two-day tour to Penjikent and the Seven Lakes from Samarkand2 Days | Penjikent, ancient Penjikent, Sarazm settlement, Seven lakes, Fann mountains

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Book this two-day tour from Samarkand to spend a little more time at the natural and cultural sights of this corner of Tajikistan. Spend a day in Penjikent, an ancient city well known for its ruins and for being the birthplace of Rudaki, a famous poet. The ruins are all that remains of the older city, which was abandoned after Arab conquerers moved the population in the 8th century. The modern town is nearby, with its bustling bazaar and mosque, plus a beautiful mausoleum for Rudaki.
Take the second day to explore the Seven Lakes. The short drive takes you through Sarazm, which was the first site in Tajikistan to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sarazm is all that remains of a settlement that is at least 3,500 years old, and shows high levels of development for the time. The Seven Lakes, just a little further out, are nestled among the Fann Mountains. Each lake has its own unique color and picturesque aura. Enjoy a picnic next to one of the lakes before heading back to Samarkand.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Samarkand – Penjikent
Early morning transfer to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border crossing at 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, local Bazaar and mosque. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch drive to the ruins of ancient Penjikent located within 5 minutes drive from modern Penjikent. Panjikent a major Sogdian city is dating back to 5th century and was destroyed with Arab conquerors in 8th century.
Day 2: Penjikent – Seven Lakes – Samarkand
After breakfast drive to Seven Lakes (80 km) through the settlement of Sarazm, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Seven Lakes are located in the west of Fann mountains; each of them has its own colour which varies from calming turquoise to mesmerizing purple. At the last lake of Khoazorchashma you will enjoy a picnic.
Late in the afternoon return to the Jartepa border crossing (130 km), customs and passport control, continue to Uzbekistan. Meet your driver and transfer to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel/private residence.


Number of travellers 1 2 3 4 5
Price per person, USD 620 380 295 280 250


  • All transfers: Uzbekistan part all transfers - 1-3 pax by sedan type car; 4-8 pax by van type car; 9-14 pax by 20 seat bus; Tajikistan part all transfers - 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus;
  • Accommodation;
  • English speaking tour leader;
  • Sightseeing tour with guide;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Full board (2 lunches and 1 dinner).
  • Consular fees for Tajikistan tourist visa;
  • Visa support letter for Tajikistan tourist visa;
  • Travel insurance.


Comfort Option
Economy Option
Penjikent - 1 night
Sugd or Umariyon Sugd or Umariyon

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