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Along the Great Silk Road

Price 2590 $
12 Nights
13 Days

Along the Great Silk Road 
Duration: 13 days/ 12 nights
Group size: Max – 14 persons. Min – 3 persons
Countries: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Language: English
Tour Price: 2590$ per person. Single supplement 530$
Visit four countries of the Central Asian region for 13 days as part of the Central Asia Tour, 2015 with fixed dates. Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are in one big tour by the legendary Great Silk Road.

Day 1: Bishkek – arrival 

Arrival in Bishkek. You will be met by Asiatour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Transfer to the 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 city tour. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 2: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way to see Burana tower, what has left from the ancient city of Balasagun (11-13 cent). Continue driving to Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world (1600 m above sea level). Arrival at lake, accommodation in a hotel at the North coast of Issyk-Kul.
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 3: Issyk-Kul – Bishkek
After breakfast transfer to Cholpon-Ata where you will see petroglyphs – the rock carvings made by prehistoric people lying under the open sky, and visit Ethnographical Museum (250 km, 5 h.). Arrive in Bishkek, free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Bishkek – Almaty
At 8 a.m. depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (250 km, 4 h.). Cross Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. Continue travelling to Almaty via a newly built highway, see natural landscapes on the way. Arrive in Almaty in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral,National Musical Instruments Museum. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 5: Almaty – Tashkent
Transfer to Almaty International Airport for flight to Tashkent at 10:05 a.m. (580 km, 1 h. 25 min.). Upon arrival in Tashkent at 10:30 a.m. transfer to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Tashkent – Samarkand (265 km, 4 hours)
At 9:00 in the morning meet with your group and guide at the lobby of the hotel. Start sightseeing Tashkent. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu bazar, continue to center of Tashkent with Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. In the afternoon drive to Samarkand. Arrive in Samarkand, transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 7: Tuesday, Samarkand
In the morning meet with your guide and driver at the lobby of the hotel. Start sightseeing program in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khahum mosque,Ulugbek observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, central Samarkand bazaar and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 8: Samarkand – Bukhara (280 km, 4 hrs)
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. En-route visit to summer palace of Bukhara Emirs Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight in Bukhara.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 9: Bukhara
In the morning start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit the Mausoleum of Samani Dynasty, Ark Fortress, Chashma-Ayub, Kalyan Ensemble, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Magoki-Attori Mosque,Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasah, trade domes, Lyabi-Khauz Complex, Chor-Minor Madrasah. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 10: Bukhara – Mary 
In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Alat-Farab (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Mary throughTurkmenabat (290 km, 5 h. 30 min.). Arrival in Mary, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Mary – Merv – Ashgabat
After breakfast drive to ancient Merv (40 km, 30 min.). Merv was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress and others. Return to Mary and visit History Museum of Merv region. Take an evening flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 12: Ashgabat
Sightseeing tour in Ashgabat – capital of Turkmenistan which has experienced boom of “Marble Architecture” for the past 15 years. Explore archeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, and continue to Monument of Neutrality. In the afternoon drive to “Bedev” hippodrome stables to see Akhalteke horses – pride of Turkmen nation. Continue the tour with visits to Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazy Mosque, and the newly built Independence Park. Take a picture of the Monument of Lenin. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 13: Ashgabat – departure
Check out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Ashgabat International Airport. Departure.

Accommodation:
Bishkek - Plaza/Ambassador 4* or similar
Issyk Kul - KarvenIssykKul or similar
Almaty - Grand Voyage or similar
Tashkent - Shodlik Palace, Uzbekistan
Samarkand - Malika Prime, Malika Classic
Bukhara - Amelia, Minzifa
Mary - Margush Zrsgal, Dayanch
Ashgabat - Ak-Altyn, Grand Turkmen

Price includes, Kyrgyzstan part:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program as per itinerary;
  4. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  5. English speaking tour leader.

Price does not include, Kyrgyzstan part:

  1. Hotel charges for additional services;
  2. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  3. Visa support for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
  4. Consular fee for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;

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