Prepare to be captivated as you step into Almaty, a city pulsating with life and history, nestled at the foot of the awe-inspiring Zailiysky Alatau mountains. Your adventure begins right from the Almaty airport, where you'll be whisked away to your hotel. Settle into your cosy room, rejuvenate, and get ready to plunge into the wonders of Almaty. Feel the city's energy as you prepare for an unforgettable journey in this once capital of Kazakhstan.
Central Asia Tour: 14-Day Epic Journey Across Five Nations
Join us on an exciting 14-day trip across Central Asia, visiting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. We offer two options for tour packages, with stays in either three-star or four-star hotels. For a four-star experience, you can choose a double room for $2641 or a single room for $2966. If you prefer three-star accommodations, double rooms are available for $2409, and single rooms are available for $2669.
We'll see old cities and beautiful places and learn about different ways of life. We'll walk in the mountains, see important old places, and check out busy markets. Some cool spots we'll visit include Almaty's mountains, Bishkek's streets, Samarkand's ancient wonders, and Tashkent's new sights.
This trip is great for everyone and easy to sign up for. Get ready for lots of fun and memories. Let's see Central Asia together. Book now and get excited for a fantastic trip!
Tour to Central Asia.
Day-by-day tour program
Day 1: Arrive in Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Day 2: Excursion Almaty, breakfast
Awaken to a sumptuous breakfast and gear up for an electrifying day. You'll embark on an exhilarating exploration of Almaty with your guide. Marvel at the tales of courage at the iconic park named after 28 Panfilov guardsmen and be enchanted by the stunning Ascension Cathedral. Soak in the bustling vibes of the Green Bazaar and delve into Kazakhstan's rich history at Republic Square, standing in awe before the majestic Independence Monument.
But the adventure doesn't stop there! In the afternoon, you'll venture into the heart of nature at the stunning Ile-Alatau National Park. Here, the majestic Medeu mountain complex and the exhilarating Shymbulak ski resort await to offer you an unforgettable experience amidst breathtaking landscapes. As the day winds down, you'll return to Almaty carrying a heart full of memories, ready to relax and dream of the next day's adventures in your comfortable hotel retreat.
Day 3: Fly to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Excursion Bishkek, breakfast
You will rise and shine for an early breakfast, then set off to the airport for a flight to Bishkek, the heart of Kyrgyzstan. Upon landing, you'll dive into an enchanting city tour of Bishkek. Witness the grandeur of Ala-Too Square, the historic Lenin Monument, and the imposing White House. Unravel the rich tapestry of Kyrgyz history at the Manas Monument and the Mikhail Frunze Museum. Wander through the serene Oak Park and be captivated by the elegance of the Opera and Ballet Theater. Your day will be crowned with a visit to the square with the eternal flame, where you can stroll along Manas Avenue, soaking in the city's vibrant culture. After a day of awe and wonder, you'll retreat to your hotel to rest and reminisce.
Day 4: Ulak-Tartysh horse game, fly to Tashkent (Uzbekistan), breakfast, lunch
Your day begins with a sumptuous breakfast, setting the tone for a day filled with discovery and enchantment in the heart of Kyrgyzstan.
Embrace a sense of adventure as you venture towards the enigmatic village of Don-Aryk. En route, a visit to the historic Burana Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, awaits you. This place, rich in history, transports you through time as you marvel at ancient architectural wonders and soak in the cultural heritage.
The highlight of your trip will be participating as a spectator in the exciting game of Ulak-Tartysh, a traditional Kyrgyz horse game. Be captivated by the extraordinary skill and enthusiasm of the local riders in this thrilling display, a testament to the enduring spirit of Kyrgyz culture. Feel the ancient traditions pulsate with life, infusing the air with excitement and energy. Post-adventure, relish a hearty lunch in the welcoming abode of a Kyrgyz family. This meal is more than sustenance; it's a deep dive into authentic flavours and cultural rituals. Each dish, lovingly prepared, is a narrative of local culinary wisdom.
The day will continue with an in-depth study of the art of making yurts. Witness skilled artisans deftly weave together elements of this iconic symbol of nomadic life, each movement a stroke of tradition and craftsmanship.
Your unforgettable day culminates with a scenic drive to the Bishkek airport, where your journey takes you to Tashkent. Upon arrival, a warm welcome and a comfortable stay at a centrally located hotel await you, offering a serene retreat to reflect on a day brimming with remarkable experiences and newfound.
Day 5: Excursion Tashkent by train to Samarkand, breakfast
After a delightful breakfast, you will embark on a mesmerizing sightseeing tour of Tashkent. Your first stop is the Khast-Imam ensemble, a historical treasure trove where you can see the revered hairs of the Prophet Muhammad and the ancient Quran of Caliph Uthman. Then, dive into the bustling Chorsu Bazaar. Here, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant market, perfect for purchasing spices, dried fruits, and unique souvenirs. Admire the magnificence of Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, and pay your respects at the Monument of Courage. Later, enjoy the artistic wonders of the Museum of Applied Arts. As evening approaches, you will head to the train station and board the "Afrosiyob" train, a modern marvel that will take you to the historic city of Samarkand. Arriving in this ancient city, a crossroads of cultures, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to the hotel, where you will check into your room to rest and dream of bygone eras and tomorrow's adventures.
Day 6: Depart to Seven Lakes in Fann Mountains (Tajikistan), breakfast, dinner
You'll embark on an extraordinary day of discovery, starting with a delicious breakfast that sets the stage for an adventure into the mystical heart of Tajikistan. Effortlessly whisked away to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border, you'll find yourself at the gateway to an enchanting journey. Once you cross this threshold, a world of wonders opens up before you, where your guide and driver will take you to the mesmerising Seven Lakes of the Fan Mountains. Each lake, from the serene Nezhigon to the radiant Hazarchashma, reveals a kaleidoscope of colours - from the deepest of blues to the most vibrant emerald and luminous turquoise, painting a breathtaking landscape.
As twilight descends, your day's adventure will find solace in the charming guest house nestled in the quaint village of Padroud, a gem hidden in the embrace of these natural marvels. Here, under the starlit sky, you'll indulge in a feast of flavours with the famous Tajik dish Kurtob. This culinary masterpiece transports you to the heart of Tajikistan's rich culinary traditions.
Day 7: Excursion Pendjikent, depart to Samarkand (Uzbekistan), breakfast
After a fulfilling breakfast that energizes you with anticipation, you will embark on an exploration of the rich history of Penjikent. This ancient city, once a pivotal stop on the Great Silk Road, is a treasure trove of historical marvels. Your journey into the past begins at the Museum of Ancient Penjikent, where you will encounter unique 5th- 6th-century frescoes shrouded in an aura of mysteries and legends, seemingly opening the gates to an enigmatic ancient world. Next, you will stroll through the picturesque Penjikent Bazaar, where every step will immerse you in a vibrant mosaic of local traditions and culture.
Concluding this captivating cultural tour, you will head towards the Tajik-Uzbek border to re-enter the magnificent Uzbekistan. Your day will climax upon arrival in the magical city of Samarkand, a place wrapped in myths and legends. In a hotel in the heart of this ancient city, you will experience a unique blend of comfort and history, eagerly anticipating new adventures in your Central Asian journey, each moment filled with discoveries and inspiration.
Day 8: Excursion Samarkand by train to Bukhara, breakfast
After a delicious breakfast, you will journey through the majestic Samarkand, a jewel in the crown of UNESCO's world heritage. Your adventure begins at Registan, the soul of Samarkand, where three monumental madrasahs rise as embodiments of the grandeur and sophistication of Eastern architecture. Then, your path leads to the magnificent mausoleum of Gur-e-Amir, surrounded by legends and history. You will also visit the mausoleums of Rukhabad and Ak-Saray, each holding its secrets of the past.
Next awaits the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, a splendid example of medieval Muslim art, and the picturesque Siab Bazaar, where life buzzes in bright colours and the air is filled with the aromas of spices and fresh pastries. You will also encounter the Hazrat-Hyzr Mosque and the architectural ensemble of Shah-i-Zinda, where every stone tells tales of centuries past.
Conclude your day at the Ulugh Beg Observatory, where medieval astronomy comes to life, revealing ancient scholars' wisdom and greatness.
As evening approaches, you will head to the train station, where the "Afrosiyab" train will transport you to the magical world of Bukhara. Upon arrival in this unique city, you will find yourself in its historic heart, where, in a cosy hotel surrounded by the atmosphere of antiquity, you can relax and dream about upcoming adventures.
Day 9: Excursion Bukhara, breakfast
After a delightful breakfast, you will start your fascinating walking tour with a local guide through the picturesque streets of Bukhara, a city rich in historical heritage. Your journey back in time begins with a visit to the Samanid Mausoleum, an architectural marvel made of brick, which stands as a gem of ancient craftsmanship. Then, you will continue to the mystical Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, where the spirit of the past is palpable.
From there, your path leads to the majestic Bolo-Hauz Mosque with its impressive minaret and ancient water reservoir, each stone of which transports you to an era of outstanding achievements. Next, you will explore the Ark, a mighty fortress holding the secrets of bygone centuries, including Zindan, the old prison, where stories of long-past days are hidden.
Visit the architectural ensemble of Poi-Kalyan, which proudly features the Kalyan Minaret. Visiting this site will immerse you in the medieval atmosphere, where time seems to stand still. You will see the nearby Kalyan Mosque and the Miri Arab Madrasah, each embodying Bukhara's unique story and cultural heritage.
Your journey will then take you to Lyabi-Hauz, one of the central and most picturesque squares of Bukhara, surrounded by historical buildings like the Kukeldash Madrasah, Divan-Begi Madrasah, and Divan-Begi Khanaka, grouped around the Nadir Divan-Begi pond. This architectural ensemble, created in the 16th-17th centuries, is a bright example of the region's historical art and architecture.
Concluding your day, you will head to Chor-Minor, a unique architectural ensemble that impresses with its appearance and historical significance. Located in another part of the city, Chor-Minor is a testament to the diversity of Bukhara's cultural heritage.
This day in Bukhara will leave you with unforgettable impressions and a deeper understanding of the rich historical legacy of this majestic city.
Day 10: Excursion Old Merv (Turkmenistan), fly to Ashgabad, breakfast
After a hearty and delicious breakfast, you will embark on a new chapter of your adventure, heading towards the Farab border, which opens the way from Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan, a land rich in historical heritage. Your anticipation will grow as you cross the border, where you will be warmly greeted by your guide and driver, ready to show you the depths of Turkmen history.
Your first destination is the majestic Old Merv, a city steeped in history and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This former capital of the Seljuk Sultan Sanjar is like a key to the past, unveiling the secrets of ancient times. During your tour of this historic site, you will visit the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, where every stone whispers tales of former glory. Your journey will take you to the ruins of the Sultan Kala and Muhammad ibn Zayd's mausoleums, each leaving its unique mark in history.
Your path will then lead through the imposing fortresses of Erk-Kala and Gaur-Kala, standing like guardians of time, narrating tales of past battles and triumphs. A discovery for you will be the remains of a Buddhist temple, a rare testament to the region's religious diversity. As you wander through the impressive ruins of Kyz-Kala, you will feel history come alive in your imagination, reviving ancient epochs.
Concluding your journey in Merv, you will head to the Mary Airport to continue your trip to the capital of Turkmenistan - Ashgabat. Upon arrival, you will be taken to a comfortable hotel, where you can relax and digest all the amazing discoveries of the day. Your dreams will be filled with memories of the enigmatic Old Merv, reminding you of Turkmenistan's inexhaustible grandeur and historical treasures.
Day 11: Excursion Ashgabat, depart to Gaz crater, breakfast, dinner
After a delightful breakfast, you will set off on a captivating excursion through Ashgabat with a knowledgeable local guide. The journey begins at the majestic Nisa Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in ancient history. Then, you will be treated to the splendour of the Turkmenbashi Ruhi Mosque, a symbol of Turkmenistan's rich cultural heritage.
Your panoramic tour of Ashgabat introduces you to the city's remarkable landmarks. Prepare to be awed by the grand Independence Monument and explore the treasures within the Main Museum of Turkmenistan. The unique architecture of the Arch of Neutrality will leave a lasting impression, and a stroll around Presidential Palace Square allows you to appreciate the city's modern architectural marvels. The serene beauty of the Ertogrul Gazi Mosque and the grandeur of the Wedding Palace Bagt Koshgi will evoke a sense of reverent wonder.
The day's ultimate highlight is an exhilarating off-road adventure through the Karakum Desert to the Darvaza gas crater, the "Door to Hell." With its continuously dancing flames, this remarkable natural phenomenon promises surreal and unforgettable experiences.
As dusk falls, you will arrive at a traditional yurt camp, perfectly positioned for an extraordinary nighttime photo session of the fiery crater. The day concludes with a dinner under the starlit sky, surrounded by the enchanting atmosphere of this unique natural wonder, allowing you to witness nature's raw power and beauty.
Day 12: Excursion Kunya-Urgench, leave for Khiva (Uzbekistan), breakfast
Your day begins with a fulfilling breakfast, energizing you for an upcoming journey with historical discoveries and vibrant impressions. Post breakfast, you will proceed to the Shavat border, marking your passage from Turkmenistan into Uzbekistan. En route, you'll be treated to a tour of Kunya-Urgench, an ancient Silk Road trading hub and the erstwhile capital of Khorezm. This site, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has architectural marvels and historical monuments.
Delving into the past, you'll explore the formidable Ak-Kala fortress and the towering Mamun Minaret. The itinerary includes visits to the mausoleums of Il-Arslan and Sultan Tekesh, each narrating the rich history of the land. The journey unfolds further as you encounter the Kutlug-Timur Minaret, one of Central Asia's tallest, along with the mausoleums of Seyit Ahmet and the magnificent Turabek-Khanum, all epitomizing unique design and historical significance.
Concluding your temporal journey in Kunya-Urgench, you'll head to the Turkmen-Uzbek Shavat border. Upon crossing, a welcoming Uzbek driver will escort you to Khiva. This leg of your journey symbolizes a transition from antiquity to the medieval era, ushering you into the enchanting city of Khiva, renowned for its remarkably preserved architecture and enigmatic aura. Upon arrival, you'll check into a hotel nestled within the Ichan-Kala fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can unwind and savour unique charm and historical depth..
Day 13: Excursion Khiva, fly to Tashkent, breakfast, dinner with a master class
After breakfast, you will embark on a fascinating walking tour of the ancient fortress of Ichan-Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This living museum boasts an impressive collection of 51 monuments and over 250 historic buildings, each reflecting the splendour of ancient architecture and rich history.
You will immerse yourself in the labyrinth of the narrow streets of Khiva, accompanied by an experienced local guide, who will unveil the rich history, culture, and art of this unique place, transporting you to the atmosphere of past centuries.
The final chord of your acquaintance with Khiva will be a unique cultural evening. At the farewell dinner, you will enjoy the exquisite tastes of local cuisine and participate in a cooking masterclass for preparing Tukhumbarak, a traditional delicacy of Khiva. This interactive culinary experience will allow you to delve deeper into the region's rich gastronomic heritage and will be an unforgettable conclusion to your stay in Khiva.
Later that day, you will be transferred to Urgench Airport, where you will depart for Tashkent. Upon landing, you will be warmly greeted and escorted to your hotel. In the evening, enjoying the tranquillity and comfort of your room, you will have the opportunity to reflect thoughtfully on the incredible journey you have just experienced, rest and rejuvenate before continuing your journey home. A quiet night in Tashkent will be the perfect culmination of your unforgettable adventure in the heart of Central Asia, leaving you with a treasure trove of memories.
Day 14: Departure Tashkent, breakfast
As the sun rises on your last day in Central Asia, enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Tashkent, reflecting on the myriad of impressions and memories you have gathered during your incredible journey. After checking out of the hotel, you will be smoothly transported to the Islam Karimov International Airport. As you ascend into the sky, leaving behind the mesmerising landscapes of Central Asia, you will undoubtedly be planning your next journey to this enchanting part of the world, where history and modernity blend harmoniously, and every corner holds discoveries. Farewell, Tashkent, until we meet again!
- accommodation in a standard double/twin room;
- air ticket from Almaty to Bishkek, economy class;
- air ticket from Bishkek to Tashkent, economy class;
- air ticket from Mary to Ashgabat, economy class;
- air ticket from Urgench to Tashkent, economy class;
- train ticket Tashkent - Samarkand, economy class;
- train ticket Samarkand - Bukhara, economy class;
- meals according to the program (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
- all excursions according to the program with an English-speaking accompanying guide (if necessary, you can order an accompanying or local guide in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Turkish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Russian);
- cost of entrance tickets, according to the program;
- transport for the whole tour with a/c;
- one bottle of mineral water (1.5 litres) for each day of the journey per person;
- photo & video costs during the city tour program;
- visa support to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan (if necessary).
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