Big Central Asian Adventure
Big Central Asian Adventure
Ashgabat – Kov-Ata – Nohur – Darwaza – Dashoguz – Khiva – Bukhara – Samarkand – Tashkent – Kokand – Rishtan – Fergana – Margilan – Osh – Bishkek – Almaty – Astana.
The fascinating trip along four Central Asian Republics – Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is waiting for you. Here ancient cities Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Osh are mixed with modern local capitals: Ashgabat, Tashkent, Bishkek and Astana.On the way you will meet several object of UNESCO World Heritage List, compare lifestyle of different nationalities, who dwell here, and undoubtedly take a lot of unforgettable impressions.
PROGRAM OF THE TOUR
|Day 1||Arrival to Ashgabat, sightseeing.|
|Day 2||One-day visit of Nohur and Kov-Ata.|
|Day 3||Continue of city tour in Ashgabat, transfer to Darwaza.|
|Day 4||Transfer via Kunya-Urgench to Khiva.|
|Day 5||Sightseeing in Khiva.|
|Day 6||Drive through Kyzyl-Kum desert to Bukhara.|
|Day 7||Sightseeingin Bukhara.|
|Day 8||Continue of city tour in Bukhara, transfer to Samarkand.|
|Day 9||Sightseeing in Samarkand, transfer to Tashkent.|
|Day 10||Transfer to Fergana viaKokand and Rishtan.|
|Day 11||Transfer toOsh via Margilan.|
|Day 12||Flight to Bishkek.|
|Day 13||Transfer Bishkek – Almaty.|
|Day 14||Flight Almaty – Astana.|
|Day 15||Transfer to the airport, flight home.|
Day 2. One-day visit of Nohur and Kov-Ata.One-day trip to exotic mountain village Nohur in Kopetdag mountains. Here you can see the traditions and lifestyle of the locals, who combine Islam religion with ancient pagan rites. On the way we visit a unique warm underground lake Kov-Ata in Bekharden cave. Everyone can swim here in the curing water of the lake.
Day 3. Continue of city tour in Ashgabat, transfer to Darwaza.Visit the Museum of Turkmen Carpets Turkmenistan, transfer to Karakum desert to eternally burning gas crater Darwaza. On the way visit Erbent desert community. Set up camp. Camp dinner and overnight in tent / yurt.
Day 4. Transfer via Kunya-Urgench to Khiva(UNESCO object). Sightseeing: Mausoleum of Fakhr At-Din, Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, Mausoleum of Najmitdin Kubra and Sultan Ali. Kutlug Timur Minaret. Transfer to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point. Border formalities on both sides (1.5 hours to 3 hours procedure). Drive to Khiva. On arrival check –in hotel & rest. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 5. Sightseeing in Khiva.After breakfast start sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan Kala – the museum under one sky, protected by the UNESKO as one of the world heritage masterpiece. Kalta-Minor Minaret (1855) – incomplete minaret of 26m height and base diameter of 16m height. It was planned as a highest minaret in Central Asia. Kunya-Ark (XVII-XIX cc) – the first palace of Khiva’s khans, Pahlovan Mahmud mausoleum (XIV-XIX c), Islam Khodja madrassah and minaret (1908 y.). Juma-mosque (1789) - the original Friday mosque with flat roof, propped up by 218 wooden carved columns (X-XIX c) with magnificent acoustics.
Day 6. Drive through Kyzyl-Kum desert to Bukhara. En route a short stop for walking along Kyzyl-Kum desert and on a picturesque bank of Amudarya river.
Day 7. Sightseeingin Bukhara:“The heart of Bukhara – historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and khanaka of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) - the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi–Kalyan Complex includes: 48 m minaret Kalyan (XII c) – the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1 hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c).
Day 8. Continue of city tour in Bukhara, transfer to Samarkand:Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV-XX cc) - the oldest residence of the Emirs, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). Transfer to Samarkand. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9. Sightseeing in Samarkand, transfer to Tashkent:Registan square – the "heart" of Samarkand - ensemble of 3 majestic madrassahs (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, Bibi-Khanum the gigantic cathedral Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Timur (Tamerlan), his sons and grandson Ulugbek (XV c.). Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420 y.) - the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda – “The Living King” (XI-XVIII c.c.) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar.
Transfer to Tashkent. Overnight in hotel.
Day 10. Transfer to Fergana viaKokand and Rishtan. Sightseeing inKokand: Khudoyar-khanPalace (1871) where local historical museum is situated, Norbuta-Biy Medrese (XVIII c), Modarikhon Mausoleum (XIX c). Further transfer to Fergana, on the way sightseeing in Rishtan – famous by potters’ dynasties, ceramics masters. Here you can watch their work and buy original earthenware for memory. Transfer to Fergana for overnight.
Day 11. Transfer toOsh via Margilan.Moving to in Margilan to “Yodgorlik” silk factory. Here you can acquaint with a process of hand-made production of silk fabrics, from unwinding silk cocoons till their coloring, and also to buy not expensive souvenirs made of silk. Transfer to Kyrgyz border and crossing. Transfer to Osh, sightseeing: famous Osh bazaar, Suleiman Mountain, local ethnographical museum and Asaf ibn Burkhiya (XI-XVII c.c.), Museum of History.
Day 12. Flight to Bishkek.Flight Osh – Bishkek, sightseeing in Bishkek: Alatoo Square, Museum of History, Manas Ethnographical Complex, walk along local boulevard, shopping.
Day 13. Transfer Bishkek – Almaty.Transfer from Bishkek to Almaty through Kyrgyz-Kazakh border. Excursion in Almaty, the former capital and the largest city of Kazakhstan. Youwill visit the Central city park of the Panfilovs, with the Svyato-Voznesenskiy orthodox cathedral of 1907 (Architected by A.Zenkov), which is constructed of Tien-Shan fur-trees without any nails; a memorial for victims of the World War II; the Republic Square; the high-mountainous dam protecting from the torrents; an ice skating rink “Medeo”; a mounting skiing resort “Chimbulak”.
Day 14. Flight Almaty – Astana.Flight to the modern capital of Kazakhstan – Astana city. Arrival to Astana – city that was built by many famous architects of the world.
Sightseeing tour:Main square «AkOrdo»;Cultural-entertainment complex "Khan-Shatyr", unique creation of ingenious architect N.Foster;the Central mosque «Nur Astana»;Ethno-memorial complex «Atameken– Map of Kazakhstan»; tower «Boyterek» - an architectural symbol of Astana; palace «the World and the Consent»;Independence Palace.
Day 15. Transfer to the airport, flight home.Morning transfer to the international airport of Astana for taking your flight.