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Our representative will pick up at the airport, based on the time anf light you provided. Then Transfer to you Hotel and overnight.
After brekfast, start the sightseeing of Almaty city,visiting sites including the Zenkov Cathedral, one of the world’s tallest wood buildings and the Central State Museum. Later drive to Medeo; a picturesque valley located 15 km above Almaty. Besides the beautiful natural setting, Medeo has the world’s largest speed skating rink and dyke. The dyke is a fine piece of engineering created to protect the city from mud floods and its reservoir has an impressive capacity of 6,000,000 m of water. Our last stop is at the end of the gorge where there is a ski resort Chimbulak, situated at an altitude of 2.200 m above sea level. It is one of Central Asia’s top skiing spots. Overnight in Otrar hotel or similar.
After breakfast, start the tour with a drive to the Big Almaty Gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 meters above sea level we find the Big Almaty lake. The lake is very beautiful, especially when its blue surface is absolutely calm, and it reflects the sky and surrounding mountains.The Big Almaty lake was formed as a result of movement by an ancient glacier. Thanks to its location in the mountains, the water in the lake is always cool – even in July, the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees. By afternoon drive to Bishkek. Upon arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to hotel. Overnight.
In the morning depart Bishkek and drive to Issyk Kul lake (250 km, 3,5 – 4 hours). Issyk Kul is Kyrgyzstan’s largest lake and at about 180 km long by 70 km wide and 668 meters deep at the deepest point, (the average depth is about 300 meters), it is the world's second largest mountain lake – and the fifth deepest lake in the world. The lake has been held in high regard by the Kyrgyz – it is known as the “pearl of the Tien Shan ”. Arrival to the lake, drive to Grigorevka gorge(60 km, 1,5-2 hours) full of lush green Alpine meadows and fir trees, easy hike in the gorge. Here, from the end of June until the end of September there is a collection of yurts, which offer a wide range of services. Transfer back to Cholpon Ata where you will be able to visit Petroglyphs or Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, which covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and stone inscriptions (dating from the II millennium BC up to the Middle Ages). Transfer to a hotel or guest house on the Northern shore of the lake. Overnight in Karven Issykul hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower. It is an 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. Burana tower was one of the capitals of Karakhanid khanate. In Karakhanids' time new towns and settlements were developing and Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archaeological excavations are the witnesses of that build up. Return to Bishkek. Afternoon sightseeing of Bishkek. Today you can enjoy quite a number of typical soviet-style architecture (Philharmonic – concert hall, government building, Monument of the Great War heroes) and also modern monuments pointing out the traditional Kyrgyz culture (Monument of Manas, Monument of Independence). Flight to Tashkent at 1840. Arrival in Tashkent.
Tashkent was the capital of all Central Asian countries in early soviet perod and later after 1924, each republic has got their own capitals and Tashkent became the capital of Soviet Uzbekistan only. After independence it became the capital of Uzbekistan and now is the largest city in the region with a population of 3 mln population. Full day tour in Tashkent, visit Applied Arts museum, Chorsu bazar, Hasti Imam complex with Osman Koran of 8 c, Independence square, Metro of Tashkent, Fine arts museum. Overnight.
Transfer to Tajikistan border 90 km . Meet your Tajik guide and driver and city tour in old Khojand city. The drive from Tashkent to the Uzbek-Tajik border is 98 km, which should take you approximately 1.5 hours. You will be assisted and taken by your Tour guide through the customs formalities, although be prepared for a slow pedestrian crossing of the border, which includes 1.5 km walk across No Man’s Land of the two border controls. In all likelihood you will have to convey your own luggage so remember to keep it light. Think of these border crossings as a cultural experience, one that hopefully in a few years will disappear, but you will have undertaken. Once you cross both of the border controls you will be met on the Tajik side and your sightseeing tour of Khujand will commence. From the border to Khujand is 66 km, which is approximately an hour drive. Your sightseeing today will commence with the Payshanba bazaar - one of the most crowded bazaars of Tajikistan, Sheikh Muslihiddin mosque and mausoleum and Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, and you will then finalise your day's sightseeing with the Fortress of Temur Malik, Museum of History and Archaeology. Overnight.
Enjoy breakfast within your hotel, then visit the Monument to Lenin and to Khujandi poet, the Orthodox church of Maria Magdalena and Kayrakkum Hydro Power Station built in 1968. After lunch in Khujand you will commence your 80 km drive (approx. 1.5 hrs) to Istaravshan. Upon arrival in Istaravshan visit the Khazrati Shah architectural complex which consists of Khazrati Shah mausoleum - the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami mausoleum and the mosque Namazgah. Mug Tepa - situated in Ura-Tuba is one of the ancient settlements in Tajikistan. It is said the city was founded by Cyrius the Great in the north-east boundary of the Persian Empire. Drive back to Uzbek border near Samarkand and be transferred to hotel in Samarkand.
Legendary city Samarkand can offer you visit to famous Registan sqauer with its magnificent madrasa and mosques. After breakfast in the hotel proceed to sightseeing in Samarkand. Visit Gur Emir mausoleum, the tomb of Temur and his grandchildren and his teacher. Bibi Hanum mosque, Shahi Zinda complex, the holy place of central asia where you can visit mausoleum of Kusam Ibn Abbas, Temur’s generals and women relatives. Afrosiab museum and the observatory of Ulughbek.
Transfer to Bukhara. You may want to make a short stop at mausoleum of Imam al Bukhariy. And upon arrival in Bukhara another stop can be made at Bahauddin Naqshbandiy, sufist leader. Bukhara. Overnight.
Bukhara was the religious center of Central Asia as well as education center in islamic world. It is the birthplace of Avicena, Imam Al Bukhariy and other famouse islamic workd leaders. Enjoy full day walking tour in Bukhara with Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz mosque, Ark fortress, Kalyan Minaret and mosque, Mir Arab madrasah which has been functioning since 17th century as a Madrasah and even in Soviet times. Laby Hauz complex, Chor Minor madrasah.
Transfer to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert and upon arrival free time in Ichan Kala. Free at leisure. Overnight
Full day visit of Khiva: Ark Fortress, Ichan kala, Madrasah Muhammad Aminkhan, Madrasa Muhammad Rahimkhan, Kalta Minor, wood workshop, carpet workshop, Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum, Shergazikhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli palace, caravanserai and bazaar. Overnight.
Transfer to Urgench for a Tashkent flight at 0935-1050. Free time in Tashkent, overnight
Transfer to airport in Tashkent, pick up in Astana and transfer to hotel. Overnight,
Single Room Supplement : 385 USD per person
Flight BIS -TAS 179 USD per person (subject to change)
Full Board Meals Supplement : 275 USD per person
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Days : 15 | Nights : 14
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