Central Asia Tour of 5 Stans - 19 Days Tour

Regular Price: 
$8,290
Single Supplement Fee: 
$1,125
$1500 OFF REGULAR PRICE
$2000 Off Tour Reservation for 4 or more
50% Off Single Supplement Fee
Special Price: 
$6,700
Special Single Supplement Fee: 
$565
Duration: 
19 days
What is Included: 
Visa Obtaning Support
Hotel Accommodation (double room sharing)
Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)
All Land Transfers with A/C
Internal Flights
Accompany of guide/escort
Guided sightseeing
Entrance Fees
Show programs
Departure Dates: 
March 16, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 27, 2018
May 18, 2018
June 15, 2018
August 3, 2018
August 24, 2018
September 7, 2018
September 21, 2018
October 5, 2018
April 5, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 17, 2019
June 7, 2019
August 9, 2019
August 23, 2019
September 6, 2019
September 27, 2019
October 11, 2019
November 1, 2019
March 27, 2020
April 10, 2020
April 24, 2020
May 15, 2020
June 5, 2020
July 3, 2020
August 21, 2020
September 18, 2020
October 2, 2020
October 30, 2020
Tour Destinations: 
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Hotels: 
Almaty - Kazzhol Hotel
Bishkek - Ambassador Hotel
Issyk Kul - Kapriz
Tashkent - LOTTE City Hotel Tashkent Palace
Samarkand - Konstantin Hotel
Bukhara - Devonbegi Hotel
Mary - Mary Hotel
Ashgabat - Yulduz Hotel
Dashoguz - Dashoguz Hotel
Khiva - Asia Khiva Hotel
Khujent - Khujant Deluxe Hotel
Tour Reviews: 

The tour was Excellent, exactly as advertised, actually better. The guides were magnificent, the hotels were better than great. The sights in this unique part of the world, both modern and ancient were very interesting, some incredible. The extra efforts made by the guides and the company made a difference.
My sincere thanks to you and the four guides who made this tour memorable.

Fred and I are still trying to catch up on our sleep after our exhausting, wonderful trip to the Stans.
We had a very nice time - we saw so many beautiful sites, ate new foods, and learned a lot about a part of the world we knew almost nothing about.

The guides were all very nice, and Bava in Turkmenistan was very well organized and kept things running very smoothly. Some of the hotels were magnificent, and twice we had suites. What a nice surprise.
Thank you for providing us with such an exciting and enjoyable experience,

It it the purpose of this document to share my impressions of this trip - from planning to travel - to on site experiences with guides &drivers, hotels, restaurants and tours. The planning documents were very complete with daily itineraries, hotel contact information, Embassy contacts etc...the guide names / numbers were all changed but it all worked out

(Glitch) After not hearing from me in four days, my wife was worried. She called Julia directly, and Julia called my hotel. Immediately and we were connected. Thank you so much, Julia. While all the hotels where we stayed had Wi-Fi, in several cases they did not have computers for guests to use to get on line. Lesson: Bring your iPhone!
Travel:
Air travel went on time and according to schedule. But, the 5-hour layover in Frankfurt was a bit rough. The plane arrived on time at 2 am in Almaty, KZ with my driver (Maxim) waiting. It was a short drive to the hotel and I slept very well.

My return home was a "marathon" - Leaving Tashkent on time at 6 am... we were in Frankfurt before I knew it!
After a 2 hr layover, we were in Dulles airport by 3pm - 20 hrs and about 6,000 miles behind me.
Hotels:
Kazzhol - Almaty-KZ (3 nights) "The Apple City" was celebrating its 1,000th Anniversary! Excellent hotel. Large sunny, modern rooms. Internet available in lobby. Very good breakfast food in the restaurant.

Ambassador - Bishkek-KG (2 nights) Modern, business class hotel - king bed - very good buffet breakfats - enjoyable stay.

Karven Resort - Lake Issuk Kul, KG (1 night) Upscale resort property (now off-season) Typical rooms, comfortable...nice restaurant.

Konstantin - Samarkand, UZ (2 nights) Comfortable hotel, quiet, ground floor, sunny and a restaurant with full breakfast on lower level. Good management.

Devon Begi - Bukhara (3 nights) Nice hotel, comfortable room on an inner-court, CNN TV, hot, hot water for showers.

Hotel Mary - Mary (1 night) Very good hotel. Large, comfortable bed, all the amenities - a good nights sleep after a long, full day of driving and touring.

Yulduz - Ashgabat, TM (2 nights) Fabulous ultra-modern hotel high on a hill overlooking the city...huge (!) room, all amenities (incl. Business Ctr) bed fits four (alas, I was alone) ! Excellent!

Hotel Asia - Khiva - (1 night) Delightful hotel, nice decor, comfortable room with a view of the fortress, short walk to everything,

Lotte Hotel - Tashkent, UZ (2 nights) highrise with all the usual accomodations. Very helpful concierge staff...used their computer catch up emails. Left luggage while in Tajikstan .

Khujand Deluxe Hotel, Khujand, TJ (1 night) Wonderful! Loved the unique Tajik furnishings, three big rooms, huge, comfy bed, very modern bathroom..HOT water.
Guides:
Kazakh - Kyrgyz - Elmira & Daniel, driver: Sasha, very good. Both have good english. Elmira was very proficient with local history, geography and Kyrgyz culture.

Uzbekistan: Gulya (not Julia). Delightful, professional lady....has guided VIPs (Even Hillary). Superior guide, lots of information about the culture, insights into regional history.

Turkmenistan: Anna. Smart young woman. Did exchange in USA. Very good guide...knows her history, local topics. We toured Old Merv and city of Mary, Silk Road history.

Tajikstan: Farhodbek Fayzullaev- College prof. teaches Tour Guide courses knowledge, skills. Excellent presentations on all aspects of Tajik culture, history, economy, etc. Very personable and attentive to the group.
Summary:
The "Five Stans" Tour (Oct. 6-24, 2016) was a wonderful travel experience. From the arrival to departure, everything was well organized, hotels were top-notch, guides were excellent and met, even exceeded, my expectations.

I was delighted to learn so much about each city and country, the culture, extensive history in our visits to excellent museums, large and small. I was surprised to see how modern, clean and attractive the major cities are. I was delighted to meet smiling and friendly local people and young students.

Our weather was sunny every day. Each day was full of new interesting places, sights, walking tours and pleasant restaurants with good food.

While there were some long drives, early morning flights and long walks at border crossings, each day was an educational adventure.
I have been to all 50 U.S. states, all seven continents and over 70 countries. This tour was the best organized, had the fullest daily agenda of unique sights and places, with professional guides in each country.
Small group tours (in this case, nine people) are the ideal way to see, hear and learn more details and broader information about the unique places in this world.

Yes, I am totally rested and am enjoying looking at all of the pictures I took during the trip. I have to say the 5 Stans and Caucaus tours were 2 of the best tours I have ever taken. Everything went smoothly--the hotels were terrific, all of the guides were knowledegable and very nice. They all took good care of us and made sure we had great experiences! I don't know how we could have seen anything more--terrific to see so much! Good to have all meals included. Loved the train trip-better than driving the distance. Every day was fun as we saw so many different sites. All of the information you gave us before we left was very useful. I would definitely recommend East-Site to anyone who wants to travel to Central Asia. I was tired at the end of the 2nd tour, but am very glad I did both tours back to back. Thanks for everything.
I recently returned from the 5 stans tour with East Site. Julia was wonderful to work with and the tour was fantastic. I have traveled the world and been on every major cruise and done other land tours and East Site by far has been the most comprehensive in its offerings and 6 star service. Just having all the visas done for you is a huge plus from any of the other tour companies. The people are so friendly and the hotels were indeed 4-5 star. The guides where amazing and in Uzbekistan, our guide was also the guide for Madeline Albright, Hillary, Prince Charles etc so this shows you the extent that East Site goes through to please their clients. My tour guide at one point even got a call from Julia to make sure the company was paying for any bathroom breaks that required an entrance fee- that is detailed. My advice is if you are thinking of going to Central Asia and doing the 5 stans tour you absolutely should (and use East Site to plan it) but keep in mind you are not going to Europe so the roads will be bumpy, but the food will be plentiful and good, the culture and history will be amazing and the people will welcome you with open arms and as for safety, I never felt once I was in any danger even walking alone at night.
After spending 24 days in Central Asia (Xinjiang Province, China and the Five Stans) for the first time in our lives, my wife and I can certainly say that the travel and educational experience provided by East Site, Inc was outstanding. No one could have done it better. You provided a magnificent team of knowledgeable and professional guides and drivers in every country who executed the planned program literally to perfection. They took pride in catering to their clients’ individual interests and needs and were always considerate, helpful, flexible and patient as well as taking great pictures and having a sense of humor. While the hotels and restaurants varied in quality somewhat, all were good and most were outstanding – four and five star quality with respect to both facilities and cuisine. The tour that you planned included an impressive number of UNESCO Heritage sites, a rich history that is continually being expanded through archaeological work; we also experienced the rich musical tradition of dancing and singing as well, and a diverse landscape including deserts, mountains and beautiful lakes. We found the people of Central Asia to be generous and friendly. We loved every minute of this trip and much of it was due to the precisely coordinated itinerary that you and your team planned and executed for the group. There were literally no glitches. The guides answered all of our questions, allayed our concerns and actively searched for information on a variety of subjects. We don’t know many companies where you get that level of service on a personal level. We would highly recommend East Site for a Central Asian tour.
The tour was Excellent, exactly as advertised, actually better. The guides were magnificent, the hotels were better than great. The sights in this unique part of the world, both modern and ancient were very interesting, some incredible. The extra efforts made by the guides and the company made a difference. My sincere thanks to you and the four guides who made this tour memorable.
Good to hear from you. I would like to say that the 5-Stans tour was everything it was billed to be. It was an excellent tour and I enjoyed every aspect of it. The sights were incredible (one of the best trips I have ever taken); the guides were knowledgeable and very responsible so that we got everywhere and saw everything. Your East Site Travel agency delivers on your promises. Thanks again for the excellent tour -- it was truly magnificent.

Itinenary: 
Day 1 – Arrive Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Welcome to Kazakhstan! Upon arrival to Almaty airport, we will meet you and transfer to hotel for rest after flight. It takes about 20 min. of driving to the hotel. After we check in to hotel and have a short rest, we will have a Welcome dinner at one of local restaurants where we’ll provide a short introduction about Kazakhstan – the largest country of Central Asia with majestic mountains and plains, glaciers, and deep rivers, lakes and deserts, boundless steppes and the woods adjoin. Such variety of landscapes causes existence of rich natural world. Besides natural sights the country has a lot of rich history which is imprinted in numerous monuments: the remains of ancient settlements, barrows, petroglyphs, mausoleums and mosques being important shrines of Muslim culture. Kazakhstan – is a country of most ancient civilization of Euroasian continent, homeland of nomad tribes, a significant part of Great Silk Road - 1400 km. The republic contains 27 thousand monuments of antiquity. Leading industries of Kazakhstan are: metallurgy, chemical and mechanical engineering. Oil processing and production of building materials are also developed industries of Kazakhstan. After dinner today we’ll overnight at hotel in Almaty.

Day 2 – Almaty (Kazakhstan)

After breakfast at hotel, we have a full day of sightseeing ahead. Today we visit: Panfilov Park, Zenkov Wooden Cathedral, St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar and have a Panoramic view at observatory.
Alma-Ata is a name of "the southern capital" of Kazakhstan. It is the largest city of country which was state capital during period from 1927 to 1997. Alma-Ata is located in southeast part of Kazakhstan near border with Kyrgyzstan at heights from 670 to 1100 m. The main sight of Alma-Ata are Panfilov Park named in honor of 28 heroes of the panfilovets, stretched in northeast part of the city covering near 18 hectares. Located in center of park is majestic Sacred Voznesensky cathedral. Behind Panfilov park, we come visit to one of biggest market places of Almaty – the Green Bazzar. It is a fine example of a true Asian bazzar. Next we will visit the Museum of national musical instruments named after Ykylas, it was opened in 1980’s and contains many types of Kazakh national musical instruments most ancient of which are dated to 17th century. In the southern part of the city we visit Central State Museum – place to see unique archeological finds telling history of Kazakhstan since the most ancient times to present. Museum displays over 120 thousand exhibits. Before dinner excursion to falcon farm with a short show program. After dinner at one of the local restaurants we overnight at hotel in Almaty.
Alma-Ata is a name of "the southern capital" of Kazakhstan. It is the largest city of country which was state capital during period from 1927 to 1997. Alma-Ata is located in southeast part of Kazakhstan near border with Kyrgyzstan at heights from 670 to 1100 m. The main sight of Alma-Ata are Panfilov Park named in honor of 28 heroes of the panfilovets, stretched in northeast part of the city covering near 18 hectares. Located in center of park is majestic Sacred Voznesensky cathedral. Behind Panfilov park, we come visit to one of biggest market places of Almaty – the Green Bazzar. It is a fine example of a true Asian bazzar. Next we will visit the Museum of national musical instruments named after Ykylas, it was opened in 1980’s and contains many types of Kazakh national musical instruments most ancient of which are dated to 17th century. In the southern part of the city we visit Central State Museum – place to see unique archeological finds telling history of Kazakhstan since the most ancient times to present. Museum displays over 120 thousand exhibits. Before dinner excursion to falcon farm with a short show program. After dinner at one of the local restaurants we overnight at hotel in Almaty.

Day 3- Almaty – Bishkek -170 mi (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)

Today after breakfast at the hotel we depart Almaty and drive to Bishkek via newly built highway. En route which will take approximately 3 hours we will enjoy beautiful landscape. Soon we will welcome you to Kyrgyzstan. On the way we will provide short information about Kyrgyzstan. Republic located in northeast of Central Asia, crossed by two world great mountain systems, Tien Shan and Pamir. 93% of Kyrgyzstan is covered by mountains, with strong continental climate the country of located 350 meters above sea level. In the afternoon we will arrive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek. Check in to the hotel for a short rest and have lunch at local restaurant. For the second part of the day we will have a sightseeing of Bishkek visit Central Museum, Panfilov park, the local bazaar. After dinner at one of the local restaurants followed by a folk show program, today we will overnight in Bishkek.

Day 4 – Bishkek – Issyk Kul – 165 mi (Kyrgyzstan)

After breakfast at hotel we’ll transfer to the Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan. In route we’ll visit Burana Tower located in the city of Tokmok in 50 mi from Bishkek. Today we’ll have lunch in Kyrgyz family in Tokmon city. After lunch break continue on driving to Issyk Kul Lake through Boom Canyon. Issyk Kul is one of the largest mountain lakes of the world and most beautiful lake in Kyrgyzstan located in northeast part of the republic between ridges of Northern Tien Shan: Kungey Ala and Terskey Ala at the height of 1609 m above sea level. Excursions will also include visiting petroglyphs of Paleolithic era and local museum in Cholpon Ata. Upon arrival we’ll check into hotel and have dinner at one of the local restaurants. Overnight at hotel in Issyk Kul Lake.

Day 5 – Issyk Kul Chopon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek – 163 mi.- Tashkent (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll transfer to Grigorevka Gorge, Grigorevka Gorge located in 45 mi from the city of Cholpon-Ata. Gentle slopes of a valley are covered with a dense fir forest. Length of a valley is 25 mi. The Grigorevka Gorge, is considered one of the most picturesque in Issyk Kul area. Today we’ll have a relaxing day in the nature. After lunch at local restaurant we’ll return to Bishkek and transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent by QH409 at 19:20. Welcome to Uzbekistan! Upon your arrival to Tashkent airport, you’ll be met and transferred to hotel to check. In route short introduction about Uzbekistan – one of the economically developed states of the Central Asian region, occupying a bit more than 11% of the territory of Central Asia. Main branches of industry of the republic are linked with the cotton growing, silk production, fruit and vegetable production and irrigation construction. While for many travelers full day of sightseeing in Tashkent seem as a necessary stopover en route to the dream destinations, this historical city holds many unexpected surprises. Overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

Day 6 – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast first half of the day we’ll visit old part of the city: Khast Imam Complex which displays unique Osman Koran thought to be the world’s oldest Koran. Chorsu bazaar- is one of the oldest, biggest bazaars of Tashkent. Madrasah Kukeldash – is a significant architectural sightvof the 16 century. After lunch we will continue on to modern part of the city: Independent square called Mustakillik, the main square of Tashkent, flanked by largest public buildings and walls of fountains. A. Navoi theatre square built in 1947 by Japanese prisoners in World War 2. Visits to museum of Amir Temur and museum of Handcraft Art will end our excursion of Tashkent, and we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight at hotel in Tashkent.

Day 7 – Tashkent – Samarkand – 190 mi (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast we will take a train to world famous Samarkand located 190 mi from Tashkent. The road to Samarkand is via Syrdarya and Jizzakh provinces and takes approximately 3 hours. We will arrive to Samarkand in the afternoon, check in to hotel and have lunch. After short rest we’ll start our excursion of Samarkand by visiting Paper Mills Factory where we’ll have a presentation of paper production from mulberry tree, Afrasiyob Museum, Ulugbek’s observatory – dated to 1428 - 1429 – known as biggest observatory of the East with best equipment to the time. After dinner at one of the local restaurants we’ll transfer to hotel for overnight in Samarkand.

Day 8 – Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing of Samarkand. Visit heart of the city – Registan Square which played great role in commercial and scientific life of the time. Gur Emir Mausoleum - mausoleum for the males of Temurid’s dynasty, real masterpiece of Central Asian architecture. Shaki Zinda Necropolis in the northern outskirts of Samarkand. Bibi – Khanum Mosque construction of which started in 1399 after Victorian campaign of Temur to India. Central bazaar of Samarkand- Siyobian where we’ll taste famous round bread (non) made only in Samarkand. After this long day, we’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants and overnight in Samarkand.

Day 9 – Samarkand – Bukhara – 172 mi (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Samarkand for Bukhara. Stop on the way at the ruins of medieval monument Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik. Continue driving to Bukhara via Gijduvan where we’ll visit Abdulla’s pottery house where we’ll be offered short presentation and a cup of tea. Upon arrival to Bukhara, we’ll accommodate at the hotel. Visit Chor Minor memorial. Today we’ll dinner in one of the local restaurants and will overnight in Bukhara.

Day 10 – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast we’ll have a full day of sightseeing of this ancient city. Bukhara is one of most historically rich cities on the Great Silk Road attracting attention of thousands of people with its unique heritage. Today we’ll visit: Samanid’s dynasty mausoleum known to be one of the best architectural samples of the Samanids period (875 - 999). Chashma Ayub Mausoleum – legend say is it of Prophet Jove. Bolo – Khauz Mosque. The Ark Forteress – Citadel is the most ancient memorial of Bukhara, on archeological matter dated to the 3rd century B.C. Kalon Complex – consists of minaret, Mosque and Madrasah both of which are still active. Magoki Attori Mosque. Ulugbek and Abdulazizi Khan madrasahs. Next we’ll visit most popular place of Bukhara – reservoir Lyabi Khauz complex built in 1620 by khans’ dignitary Nodir Devan Begi. We’ll end the day with a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Today we’ll overnight in Bukhara.

Day 11 – Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Mary – 290 mi (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)

After breakfast we’ll continue with half a day of sightseeing in Bukhara, visiting: former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan – last Emir of Bukhara Sitora – iMokhi – Khosa, Museum of Decorative Applied Art. After Lunch we say good bye to Uzbekistan as we make our way to Turkmenistan border which is almost 1.5 hours of driving away. Upon arrival to the border point we’ll go through custom procedures and continue on to drive directly to Mary via Turkmenabat which will take another 4.5 hours. On the way we’ll cross the Floating Bridge (almost .5mi. long). We will proceed our way to Mary crossing one of the biggest deserts in the world known as Kara Kum Desert which means “black sand”. Upon arrival in Mary we will accommodate in hotel and have dinner in one of the local restaurants. Overnight at hotel in Mary.

Day 12 – Mary - Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll make our way through sand dunes and bush forests of the desert, to an important excursion of Old Merv – Merv located at the road crossing of Great Silk Road quickly became one of most important and biggest cities of the ancient World. Sightseeing will include: Gyz Gala and Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. After lunch we’ll take a walking tour within the central part of Mary City. Sightseeing Local United Museum of History, Ethnography, Flora and Fauna of Mary and Orthodox Church built by Russians at the end of XIX century, the Regional Mosque of Mary Province, The Central Theater of Mary, The Convention and Conference Center “Ruhiyet Koshgi”, Central Park and Monument of Mollanepes. Late afternoon transfer to the airport of Mary for flight to Ashgabat by flight T5-132. Upon arrival transfer to have dinner at local restaurant. Accommodate and overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 13 – Ashgabat – Nissa – Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Today after breakfast we’ll proceed with sightseeing one of the most beautiful cities of the world which was recently included into the Book of Guinness as the Most-White Marble City. Today’s sightseeing includes: Complex of Monuments of Oguz Han and Sons surrounded with fountains. Tombs of Turkmenbashy (first President of Turkmenistan S. Nyyazow) and his parents and brothers, Old Nissa - The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings, Nissa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted 600 years and was greatest enemy of Rome Empire. After excursions of Old Nissa we’ll proceed to Monuments of Archabil Shayoly and discover new part of Ashgabat with its’ modern buildings, monuments and parks which includes: Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on mountains which became very popular place among locals, Monument of Constitution and tallest building in Turkmenistan (600 feet), “Alem” Culture and Recreation Center. In the afternoon we’ll transfer to hotel and check in. We’ll have lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch we will continue with sightseeing of Ashgabat, visiting: Museum of Turkmen Carpets, Park dedicated to Turkmen horses-the pride of Turkmen, Gulistan Bazar, Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. We’ll have dinner at one of the local restaurants. After dinner we’ll go for a night tour, driving along the main streets of Ashgabat making stop near Palace of Happiness. Dinner followed by a folk show program. Today we’ll overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.

Day 14 – Ashgabat – Dashoguz (Turkmenistan)

Today after breakfast we’ll have another full day of sightseeing in Ashgabat which will include: Ashgabat’s famous “Altyn Asyr” Oriental Bazar, Jygyldyk bazaar – one of the biggest bazaar in Central Asia. After bazaar we’ll visit Hippodrome of Ashgabat where we’ll see famous horses of Turkmenistan: Turkmen Horses – Akhalteke. We’ll have lunch at one of the local restaurants in Ashgabat. After lunch we’ll continue sightseeing of National Museum of History highly recommendable: one of the biggest museums in Central Asia. After Museum we’ll be visiting Arch of Neutrality – famous rocket and tripod style built building symbolizing neutral status of Turkmenistan. Its’ height is over 300 feet including 40 feet rotating statue of first President of Turkmenistan: Saparmyrat Nyyazow (Turkmenbashy). Enjoy short walking tour within the Park of Independency along the hundreds of fountains and statutes with stops to visit Monuments of Independency and Ruhnama. Late afternoon transfer to the airport of Ashgabat for flight to Dashoguz. Upon arrival transfer to have dinner at local restaurant. After dinner accommodation and rest. Today overnight is at hotel in Dashoguz.

Day 15 – Dashoguz – Kunya – Urgench – Khiva – 184 mi (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel we’ll proceed with drive of 75 mi to Koneurgench – the capital of Khorezmshahs, have sightseeing of Old City which will include: Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, Il Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret – one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia and Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After half day excursion of Koneurgench we’ll drive back to Dashoguz where we’ll stop for a lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch we’ll transfer to the border pass Dashoguz – Shavat which is located 10 mi from Dashoguz. Upon arrival proceed the way through passport control and customs procedures and return to Uzbekistan. After border formalities on both sides we’ll continue our way to Khiva. Upon arrival we’ll accommodate in hotel in Khiva for rest and relaxation. Khiva is a fascinating place, walk through Ichan Kala – old walled city of Khiva, will give you an insight into the life led there from ancient days up to the present time. We’ll have a dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program. Overnight is at the hotel in Khiva.

Day 16 – Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing in Khiva: visit Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, madrasah Muhammad Rakhimkhan. We’ll have lunch at local restaurant and continue sightseeing program: visit Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hovli Palace. After dinner at the local restaurant we’ll proceed to airport for a flight back to Tashkent leaving at 08:40PM and arriving at 10:10PM (subject to change). Upon arrival to Tashkent, we’ll accommodate in hotel for overnight and rest.

Day 17 – Tashkent – Khujand – 104mi (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)

After early breakfast at the hotel in Tashkent today we’ll head on to a 1 day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border check point Oybek and after border crossing formalities we’ll continue on to city Khujand. Upon arrival we’ll accommodate at the hotel after a long drive and start sightseeing. Khujand – the country's second largest city – situated in the north of Tajikistan and is one of its most ancient, founded about 2,300 years ago during the time of Alexander the Great. Standing in a favorable location in the Ferghana valley, Khujand prospered for a long time, becoming rich and building palaces, mosques, and citadels. In the 13th century it was conquered and destroyed by the Genghis Khan's army. We’ll have a close city tour in second part of the day, and end the day with dinner at a local restaurant. We’ll overnight in Khujand.

Day 18 – Khujand – Oybek – Tashkent – 104mi (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)

After breakfast at the hotel we‘ll continue sightseeing of Khujand, visit ancient part of Khujand: Timurmalik fortress, Archeology and History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe – famous Panjshanbe city market is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand. Near the market we’ll stop by Sheikh Muslihiddin Masque and Mausoleum, Museum of Archaeology and Resporation. We’ll have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon transfer back to Tashkent. Once back to Uzbekistan, we’ll have a rest at the hotel before making a long way back home. We’ll have a Farewell dinner followed by a show program and return to hotel for overnight in Tashkent.

Day 19 – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Today is the last day of the tour; we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of tour.