Central Asia "Stan tours" Central Asia & Chinese Turkestan (22 days) - 6 "stans" - Silk Road Tour


Central Asia & Chinese Turkestan (22 days) - 6 "stans" - Silk Road Tour

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Tour: “Central Asia & Chinese Turkestan “6 stans” (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan)

Itinerary: AshgabatMaryAshgabatDashoguz – Kunya Urgench – KhivaBukharaShakhrisabz - SamarkandTashkent – Khujand – Istaravshan – Dushanbe – Bishkek - Cholpon Ata – Naryn – Tash Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar – Urumqi - Almaty

Duration: 23 days/22 nights

Brief description: Tour “Central Asia & Chinese Turkestan ‘6 stans” covers 6 countries which are Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and Kazakhstan with over 19 cities. This is a fascinating tour along the old Sogdian Silk Road. Adventure across amazing landscapes over high passes and isolated for long time, this regions has attracted many travellers and explorers until present times. Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, China and Turkmenistan are the jewels of Central Asia. Our company will guide you through the wonders of Central Asia and you will be witness of unforgettable adventure. You will feel the pulse of ancient civilizations and explore the treasures of the Silk Road.

Detailed program:

Day 1: Ashgabat, Tuesday (Turkmenistan)
Arrival to Ashgabat. Upon arrival to Ashgabat, meeting with our representative and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat, Wednesday (Turkmenistan)
Full day sightseeing in Ashgabat: visit the Independence Park. Discover the remains of Parthian Royal Residence “Old Nisa” III cent B.C- III cent A.D. Religion- Zoroastrism. Visit the National Museum of History &Ethnography of Turkmenistan. After excursion, transfer to hotel.

Day 3: Ashgabat - Mary-Merv – Ashgabat – 700 km by air, Thursday (Turkmenistan)
Morning flight to Mary. Upon arrival visit the historical reserve “Ancient Merv”includes Erk Kala VI cent B.C, Gyaur Kala III cent B.C – IX cent A.D, Sultan Kala till the Mongol invasion XIII cent, Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar XII cent, Mausoleum of Ibn Zaid XII cent, the remains of Castle –fortresses “Keshk” VI-VII cent, tombs of Guifari and Bureida XV cent. Return in Mary. Excursion in the Museum of History (representing the Khorasan region). After excursion transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 4: Ashgabat- Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - DashoguzKhiva – 310 km, Friday (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)
Morning flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, drive to Kunya Urgench. Excursion in Kunya Urgench: visit Mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali, the Kutlug Timur minaret & Kyrk Molla. After excursion drive back to Dashoguz. Transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point. After border formalities, transfer to Khiva.

Day 5: Khiva , Saturday (Uzbekistan)
Khiva is a beautiful and ancient town and perfect for exploring by walk, with impressive four walls at the centre of each side of the old city. Upon entering through its gates we are welcome by high minarets and many medressas. We visit many of these monuments including the Kalta Minor Minaret and Mohammed Rakhim Khan Medressa, Juma Mosque (XVII c.), the Islom-Khodja complex includes mosque and minaret, the Kuhna Ark, which was the main fortress, the Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum complex and Toza Bog Palace, which was the summer palace of Mohammed Rakhim Khan II.

Day 6: KhivaBukhara – 450 km, Sunday (Uzbekistan)
Today we will drive to Bukhara. The road will be via Kyzylkum desert and Amu Darya River, the largest in Central Asia. Kyzylkum desert, an oasis of ancient Khorezm, located among the dunes, keeping the ruins of ancient cities. "Kyzyl Kum" means "red sands". Indeed, the local sands are reddish, oddly mirrored in the waters of the great Amu Darya river. Later in the afternoon we arrive to Bukhara.

Day 7: Bukhara, Monday (Uzbekistan)
Today we explore the mausoleum of the Samanids (IX-X cc.) - the pearl of Central Asia . Next we visit the tomb of Chashma Ayub (XII century.), which means "source of Job." Bolo House complex including a reservoir, a Friday mosque and minaret. Friday Mosque Bolo House is located at the entrance to the Arc citadel. Inside the citadel was situated a town, which includes residential and office buildings: the mosque, a prison, a harem, the treasury, the residence of the Emir, etc. Then we see Poi Kalyan complex (XII-XVI cc.) includes the Kalyan Mosque , Mir-Arab and the famous Kalyan Minaret. After lunch, we explore one of the biggest architectural ensembles of Bukhara "Lyabi House." The oldest part of the complex - Medressa Kulbaba-Kukeldash, which has 160 cells and it pretend the biggest in Bukhara. Medressa "Nadir Devanbegi" was built by order of vizier Nadir-devanbegi shortly after the device pool and logically completed the ensemble “Lyabi- House”. The oldest mosque Magoki Attori located next to the ensemble “Lyabi House”, built in the tradition of figurative brick masonry and carved ornaments of archaic majolica. And finally, you see interesting monument - Chor Minor Medressa, built in 1807 on money Turkmen traveler. Until present time have survived four minarets, which gave the name of this complex.

Day 8: Bukhara, Tuesday (Uzbekistan)
In the morning we drive to summer palace of Bukhara emirs "Sitora-I-Mohihosa.", built in fusion of European & Bukhara’s traditions, more than hundred years ago. Next we visit the complex of Bakhauddin Naqshbandi shaykh, as well as a necropolis Chor Bakr - city of shadows, dated to the 16th century. After excursion drive back to Bukhara. Free time at leisure upon arrival.

Day 9: BukharaShakhrisabz- Samarkand - 380km, Wednesday (Uzbekistan)
In the morning we will be transferred to Shakhrisabz – the pearl of Orient, dated back to the XV c. All monuments in Shakhrisabz related to Tamerlane and his family. We explore the summer Palace Ak-Saray, Dorut Siodat complex and Dorut Tillavat Medressa. After excursion, proceed to Samarkand - one of the ancient oasis of Silk Road.

Day 10: Samarkand, Thursday (Uzbekistan)
Our exploring of Samarkand will start from the Central Registan square with the majestic Medressas dated back to different centuries: Ulugbek Medressa (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Medressa (1619-1636) and the Tilya Kori Medressa (1647-1660),Gur-Emir Mausoleum – the famous necropolis of Tamerlane. Continuation of exploring Samarkand: visit the Shahi Zinda complex and the famous oriental Bazaar Siyob., Bibi-Khanum Mosque dedicated to one of Tamerlane’s wife. And finally we will observe Ulugbek Observatory – one of the greatest in the middle ages. After excursion drive to Tashkent.

Day 11: Tashkent, Friday (Uzbekistan)
You will start from the exploring of Old city: visit Khast Imam Complex with Barak Khan Medressa, Mausoleum of Yunus Khan & Kafal-Al-Shashi. Next to the Old city under the green dome lies Chorsu bazaar - one of the largest and oldest in Central Asia. Behind the bazaar is Kukeldash Medressa – an Islamic school that located beside the Juma Mosque dated back to 15th century. Also, we visit Abdul Kasim Medressa where we can see a lot of souvenirs workshops. After lunch we will continue to explore New city and visit Applied Arts Museum where kept the best Uzbek handicrafts. Next to see Independence Square – the main square in Uzbekistan. Then we can walk to the Alisher’s Navoi Uzbek state Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally we see the Monument of Courage dedicated to earthquake in 1966 year.

Day 12: Tashkent – Khujand - 220 km, Saturday (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)
Early in the morning drive to Uzbekistan/Tajikistan border “Oybek” (100 km) . After border formalities drive to Khujand (65 km). On arrival check in to the hotel. Excursion in Khujand: visit the local museum, oriental bazaar and Khujand fortress - according to Greek historians, in 329 B.C. Alexander the Great founded a fortress on the River Tanais or Yaksart (present-day Syr Darya River), which formed a natural border for his empire.


Day 13: Khujand – Istarafshan – Dushanbe – 200 km, Sunday (Tajikistan)
In the morning drive to Istarafshan. Sightseeing of Istarafshan: visit Mugtepa, Kuk-Gumbaz. Drive back to Khujand airport for flight to Dushanbe – the capital of Tajikistan, is situated 'in the centre of the Hissar valley more than 800m above sea level. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Day 14: Dushanbe, Monday (Tajikistan)
In the morning drive to visit of Hissor historical reserve, includes Hissor fortress - which was constructed in the 13th Century, old madrassah (XVI c), New madrassah Caravanserai (XVI c), Mosque Sangin, Mausoleum of Mahdumi A’zam (XVI c). Return to Dushanbe. Upon arrival excursion in Dushanbe: visit Victory Park and Museum of Antiquities.

Day 15: Dushanbe – Bishkek – 660 km by air, Tuesday (Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan)
Arrival to Bishkek from Dushanbe. Meeting on arrival and start excursion in Bishkek: visit the Central Museum, the Panfilov park and the bazaar.

Day 16: Bishkek - Issyk Kul - 260 km, Wednesday (Kyrgyzstan)
Morning transfer to Issyk Kul Lake – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. En route visit Burana Tower. Keep on driving to Issyk Kul valley through Boom Canyon. Visit Petroglyphs of Paleolithic era (riverhead of the Sary-Djaz river and nearby Cholpon-ata city), local museum in Cholpon Ata. Arrival to hotel and check in.

Day 17: Issyk-Kul – Tash Rabat- 460 km, Thursday (Kyrgyzstan)
In the morning transfer to Tash-Rabat. Upon arrival to Tash-Rabat accommodation in the yurt camp. In the evening excursion to Tash-Rabat caravanserai, fortress (15cc.)

Day 18: Tash-Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar – 450 km, Friday (Kyrgyzstan/China)
In the morning drive to Kyrgyz-Chinese border Torugart. After border formalities, proceed to Kashgar. Upon arrival to Kasgar, chek-in to the hotel

Day 19: Kashgar, Saturday (China)
Full day sightseeing of Kashgar: Id Kah Mosque fronted by the busy square., the largest in China that built in 1442, the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640. Finally visit Kashgar ancient town, which contains a large group of Uygur residential houses . The Old Town city is now home to 630 homes with more than 2450 people, all of whom are Muslims.

Day 20: Kashgar – Urumqi – 1080 km by air, Sunday (China)
In the morning we visit the famous Sunday Market. Also, we will visit the exciting animal market, where they barter and bargain for goats, cows and donkeys. After excursion, transfer to the airport for flight to Urumqi. Upon arrival visit the lively market at Erdaoqiao, where anything from Uygur handicrafts, silk carpets to fruits and kebabs are sold. We will also visit the Old Town area, where we will see how Uygurs live in today's modern capital.

Day 21: Urumqi – Almaty – 875 km by air, Monday (China/Kazakhstan).
In the morning we visit the Xinjiang Minority Peoples' Museum. After excursion, transfer to the airport for flight to Almaty. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 22: Almaty, Tuesday (Kazakhstan)
Full day sightseeing of Almaty: visit the Central museum of history, Panfilov memorial park, Zenkov cathedral , memorial complex, Central square, monument of Independence etc. Excursion to the mountain area, visit of Medeo ice-skating rink,1691m, ski-resort “Chymbulak” 2200-2800m. After excursion, drive back to Almaty.

Day 23: Almaty, Wednesday (Kazakhstan)
Transfer to airport for flight to your destination. End of tour.

Number of pax: Price per person in USD$ (B&B accommodation) Price per person in USD $ (3-4* hotel accommodation)
2 4430 4865
3-4 4255 4695
5-8 3825 4265
More than 8 As per request As per request
*Additional payment for single supplement: 525 810
*Full board (includes 1 folk show in Bukhara) 500 500

Offered hotels:

Cities: Budget option (2* hotels) 3-4* option
Almaty “Jetisu” or similar “Otrar” or similar
Bishkek “Asia Mountains” or similar “Ak-Keme” or similar
Issyk Kul “Raduga” or similar “Raduga” or similar
Tashkent “Raddus JSS” or similar “Asia Tashkent” or similar
Samarkand “Dilshoda” or similar “Asia Samarkand” or similar
Bukhara “Fatima&Ibragim” or similar “Asia Bukhara” or similar
Mary “Margush “or similar (best available) “Margush” or similar (best available)
Ashgabat “Ak Altyn” or similar “Grand Turkmen” or similar
Khiva “Arkanchi” or similar “Asia Khiva” or similar
Khujand “Sogd “or similar (best available) “Sogd” or similar (best available)
Dushanbe Guest house Tajikistan” or similar
Tash Rabat Yurts Yurts
Kashgar “Yambu” or similar “Yambu” or similar
Urumgi “Wahaha” or similar “Wahaha” or similar

Price includes: Price excludes:
Letter of Invitation for 6 countries (not visa fees) International air fare
All transfers by comfortable vehicle Additional service at the hotels
Accommodation in twin room sharing with breakfasts Full board (lunches/dinners)
Excursions with Professional English Speaking guides with escort Photo and camera fees on sights
Entry tickets Early check - in , late check - out
Air fare (Ashgabat/Mary, Mary/Ashgabat, Ashgabat/Dashogus, Khujand/Dushanbe, Dushanbe/Bishkek, Kashgar/Urumqi, Urumqi/Almaty) Insurance
1 Folklore show
Mineral water 1 lt per day on transfers between cities