Tour 4: Serene Tour
Duration: 20 days
In short: Almaty – Charyn – Karakol – Kochkor– Son Kul Lake– Chon Kemin – Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek – Osh – Khudjand – Penjakent – Samarkand – Tashkent – Khiva – Bukhara – Mary/Merv – Ashgabat – Darwaza – Ashgabat
Day 1: Almaty
Driver you will escort you to Almaty. The road will take 5- 6 hours. At firsts you will visit Green Bazaar, famous among locals. You will not refrain yourself from buying goods. Then you will visit Panfilov Park, one of the oldest in Almaty. Here you will be able to see Zenkov Cathedral that is considered to be one of the most wonderful wooden buildings in the world. Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated for those who died for the freedom and independence of the country. After exploring the most prominent parts of the city you will drive to the Medeo gorge. This area is famous for the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflows. To the next site you will drive through scenery winding mountain road where the tallest TV tower in the world is situated. In the park you will be able to stroll in the winding paths of the park and marvel gorgeous panoramic view using observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour will end with your ride by the famous Almaty cableway to the city. Nigh is in a hotel.
Day 2: Almaty – Charyn – Kegen border – Karakol
You will have morning drive to Charyn Canyon. This place is exceptional even for Kazakhstan. It was formed about 12 million years ago and can astonish you with its vertical cliffs, reminding the ancient castles, due to wind, sun and rain. The road to canyon will take 3 hours. On the way you will listen to interesting information about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions as well as have a lunch in a local cafe. After your arrival you will fall in love to this place even long way. You will admire its grandeur and prominent panorama view of the canyon. Then you will have a walk through the labyrinth of the Valley of Castles with its inaccessible walls hanging over you. Anyone who has ever been to the Charyn Canyon will love it! Transfer to the Kegen border. Night is in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Karakol – Kochkor
Today you will be transferred to Kochkor village. You will have a stop to visit Jeti Oguz or Seven Bulls gorge. This place is renowned due to its red rocks formations. In addition you will be able to see the Broken Heart Mountain. You can also climb 20 minutes to the top of mountain where you will see the panorama view of it. Your next stop will be at the Bokonbaeva village, popular place due to the local eagle hunter. Eagle hunting is the traditional way of hunting with the help of the eagle and its preys are hares and foxes. After arrival to Kochkor village you will have rest. Night is in a home stay.
Day 4: Kochkor – Son Kul Lake
Your destination for today is the second largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul Lake. This lake is situated in the midst of mountains with the altitude of 3 013 meters above sea level, and this altitude makes it the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz people with their families began to come here in search of calm and rest. But the herders of this region made this place a pastureland. You will be able to explore this pristine nature and enjoy breathtaking view of the lake and its surroundings. Night is in yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.
Day 5: Son Kul Lake – Chon Kemin
Morning transfer to Chon Kemin village. On the way you will see the scenery gorge and have a drive through Kalmak Ashu pass that is 3 225 meters high. Also you will have a stop at the Kochkor village, where you will spend time with a family that will show you the way to make our national felt carpets. In addition you will be able to make it with them. Next site is the small handicraft museum with a lot of samples of silver decorations, coats made of wolfs, horse saddle decorations, carpets and many other things. After it we continue our drive to Chon Kemin village. Night is in a homestay.
Day 6: Chon Kemin – Bishkek
You will have a horse riding here that will take 3 hours. The road will go high in the mountains through a mountain forest. On the top of it you will see panorama view of the gorge. After it you will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek city. But on the way you will have a stop for visiting minaret of 11th century- Burana Tower that was a sigh at the Great Silk Road for travelers that there was a city. Also there is an open air museum of Balbals, stone warriors. These balbals were made for those who died with honor while protecting their Motherland. You will continue your drive after going up to the top of the tower. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
You will have city tour to see the main attraction of the city such as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many other places. On the second part of the day you will drive 45 km to the Ala Archa gorge. It is a National Park that at the USSR time only V.I.P. people had permission to walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. You will hike to see the panoramic view of the gorge. Return back to the city. Overnight is in the hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek – Osh
You will have morning flight to the Osh city. In the Osh you will visit the site that situated in the center - Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too or Solomon’s Mountain is renowned and considered to be the sacred place of pilgrimage for local Muslims. Due to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. In addition you will visit our Asian Bazaar where you will be able to take a lot of photos. Night is in a hotel.
Day 9: Osh – Kyrgyz-Tajik border Guliston – Khudjand
Today your destination is the Tajik border. You will drive through mountains and high passes. Also you will drive via Batken region where the famous apricot trees and unique flower - Aigul grow. You will be met at the Tajik side and transferred to Khujand city. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley and is the second largest city of Tajikistan, with the population 149,000 people. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. Here you will have a great opportunity to visit place where the first president of Tajikistan was chosen - Cultural Palace of Khujant. In addition you will visit sight that is located in the middle of the city- Central Mosque. Night is in a hotel.
Day 10: Khudjand – Penjakent
Today you will drive to Penjakent or "five villages" that is situated in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. The road to the Penjakent will go through Shahriston pass of 3 378 m high. This prominent city that is starts its history dating to 5th-8th centuries AD. Also this city had another name- "Central Asian Pompeii" and was one of the most significant centers of Sogd, with a superbly fortified well-organized city with a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. The remains of the city were found in the last century. Nowadays you can see the ruins of houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshipers church. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 11: Penjakent – Jartepo border – Samarkand
Morning drive to Uzbek border, where you will be met and accompany to Samarkand. It is the second largest city of Uzbekistan and situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan. Also it is considered to be as old as the city of Babylon or Rome. You will have a city tour hare to visit the most important sights like: Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. At first it will be complex of three fascinating Madrasahs of 15-17th centuries- Registan square. It is the main and most popular attraction of the city. Shakhi-Zindeh- a huge collection of mausoleums of 11th-15th centuries, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the last one is the mosque that was built to favorite Tamerlane’s wife, after his victorious campaign in India. Overnight is at the hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand – Tashkent (train)
You have to go by train to Tashkent. Here you will visit main square of the country - Independence square, symbol of the victory over fascism in World War II. After it you will have a stroll at the local Broadway that separates the Independence square and Amir Timur square. After it you will have a ride on the one of the most beautiful subways in the world. First line was opened in 1977. After it you will explore the old part of the city like: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The most prominent part od the city tour is the world’s oldest Quran copy of 8th c. The owner of Quran was Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph (of the four righteous Caliphs who succeeded the prophet Muhammad), was killed by non-muslims in 8th century. Even now you can find hid blood spred over the Quran that you still can see on its pages. Night is in a hotel.
Day 13: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (morning flight)
Morning flight to Urgench, then transfer to Khiva. You will have a city tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan- inside of Ichan-Qala, the inner city in Khiva surrounded by strong walls. Ichan-Qala is exceptional city-monument that consists of over 400 traditional dwelling houses and about 60 architectural monuments such as old buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravan-Sarais and Bathhouses. In 1969 Ichan-Qala became a historical and architectural conservation area. The most outstanding sight here is the Kunya-Ark fortress dating to 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan, Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace, an incredible sample of Khorezm architectural masterwork of 1830s. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 14: Khiva – Bukhara
Today you will drive to Bukhara city that is also well known as a "town museum". Here you can find more than 140 architectural monuments dating to the Middle Ages. This city consisted of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments belong to different eras, but are located very close to each other. Road that link Khiva and Bukhara goes through famous Kizilkum desert. During the way you will be amazed by view of the deepest river in Central Asia - Amu Darya River. It was formed by the merge of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. In Bukhara you will have some time to rest. Night is in a hotel.
Day 15: Bukhara
The whole day is dedicated for city tour of the Bukhara city. You will visit Citadel Ark that is the oldest citadel in Bukhara dating to the 4th century. It was used as a palace for several dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see the masterwork of 9th -10th century- Samanids mausoleum. After it will be Chashma Ayub with the meaning job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque that was built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. It also famed as the mosque of forty columns. After it you can have a walk at the shopping domes. In addition you will be able to see Nodir Divan Begi, one of the most popular madrasahs of Bukhara. It is part of famous central sightseeing of Bukhara- Lyabi House Ensemble. At the end of the tour you will enjoy the exceptional example of architectural art of Bukhara - Poi Kalon complex. It is three structural building of the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 16: Bukhara – Farab border – Mary/Merv
Morning transfer to the border of Turkmenistan near Turkmenabad. Your guide will meet you at the border and accompany to Turkmenabat City. After having lunch there you drive to Mary City. Having dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 17: Mary – Ashgabat
In the morning you will visit an Ancient Merv that is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the one of the main archaeological attraction of Central Asia. This city had significant role in the development of the Silk Road for more than 2 000 years. Here you will enjoy the outstanding XII c. mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd that demonstrate distinguished Seljuk period brickwork and architectural décor. After lunch you will drive to Ashgabat City. Upon arrival having rest and dinner. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 18: Ashgabat – Darwaza
After having breakfast you will visit the main highlight of this tour –Darwaza, Gas Crater. It is situated to the North of Ashgabat. In the evening you will be amazed by its mysterious beauty of the gas crater. You will stay in the camp with delicious food, the perfect way to enjoy this moment. Also you can see the difference between its looks at daytime and nighttime. You will be bewitched by the view and feel of the heat and listen to the wind and the sound that this huge oven creates. Dinner is in picnic style. Night is in a tent.
Day 19: Darwaza – Ashgabat
You will return to Ashgabat city. After lunch visiting “Old Nisa”-The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings that is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, continue with the fascinating “Gypjak” Mosque and prominent Mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan. Night is in the hotel.
Day 20: Flight
In the morning is transfer to airport.
Transport in KZ and KG:
02 pax – Sedan (KZ) or Mitsubishi Delica (KG)
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Transport in TJ:
02-02 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Transport in UZ:
02 pax – Sedan
04-06 pax – Minivan
08-10 pax – Minibus
Transport in TM:
02 pax – Sedan
04-10 pax – Minibus 14 seats
Price per person:
02 pax – 3 085 $
04 pax – 2 215 $
06 pax – 1 890 $
08 pax – 1 660 $
10 pax – 1 670 $
Single – 355 $
Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Price per person:
02 pax – 3 320 $
04 pax – 2 470 $
06 pax – 2 140 $
08 pax – 1 910 $
10 pax – 1 870 $
Single – 540 $
Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 70 $
Half board – 240 $*
Full board – 490 $*
Entrance fees – 55 $*
Meals and entrance fees are available with escort guide only.*
Supplement for escort guide in Uzbekistan – 350 $ per group
Tashkent – Urgench flight – from 80 $
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3* / “KazZhol” Hotel 4*
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
Kochkor – Homestay
Son Kul – Yurts, “Nomad’s Dream” camp (4 pax in 1)
Chon Kemin – Homestay
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4* /“Plaza” Hotel 4*
Osh – “Sun Rise” Hotel 3*/ “Classic” Hotel 4*
Khujand – “Firuz” Hotel 4*
Penjikent – “Sugd” Hotel 3
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*/ “Diyora” Hotel 4*
Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*/ “Ramada” Hotel 4*
Khiva – “Old Khiva” Hotel 3*/ “Lokomotiv” Hotel 4*
Bukhara – “Porso” Hotel 3*/ “Omar Khayam” Hotel 4*
Mary – “Mary” Hotel 3*/ “Merv” Hotel 4*
Ashgabat – “Menzil” Hotel 3*/ “Ak Altyn” Hotel 4*
Darwaza – Tents
- Visa support to TM
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Train tickets Samarkand – Tashkent
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- English speaking escort guides in KZ, KG, TJ, TM
- Flight tickets Bishkek – Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Tashkent – Urgench flight
- Migration tax (12 $ + 4 $bank fee)
- Fees for using cameras on monuments
If you want to find out more about places included in this tour – please read below.
For more details – click on the NAME of the place.
Almaty is a city located at the foothill of Zailiy Ala Tau that gives a splendid view to it.
Green Bazaar has abundance and variety of goods starting from fruits and ending with meat.
Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen is one of the popular places in a city that has a few sites inside.
Zenkov Cathedral is one of the world’s top highest buildings made of wood.
Medeo Gorge has one the largest alpine ice skating rinks in the world.
Kok Tobe hill allows observing a great city panorama and offers lots of entertainments.
Charyn canyons are unique geological rock formations resembling the Grand canyons.
Karakol is a touristic town in south-eastern part of Issyk Kul, starting point of most treks.
Museum of Przhewalsky is a big source of information about the life of great explorer.
Dungan mosque is the only mosque in Kyrgyzstan built like a Chinese pagoda.
Orthodox Church is the first church built in the area during the Russian Empire.
Jeti Oguz gorge is famous for sand formations of striking red color and unusual shapes.
Broken Heart is a rock with a shape of broken heart right at the entrance to the Jeti Oguz gorge.
Eagle hunter in Bokonbaevo – you will meet a real eagle hunter and learn about his birds.
Son Kul is a high mountainous lake where you can encounter nomads and live in yurts.
Felt show in Kochkor is accompanied with the visit of museum of ancient handicrafts.
Chon Kemin gorge is part of national park with pristine nature and cozy small villages.
Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge is a peaceful ride on a horse to hill with a panoramic view.
Burana is a tower from the 11th century in ancient town of Balasagyn on the Great Silk Road.
Balbals are stone statues in honor of distinguished warriors in Turk culture in the 6-7th centuries.
Bishkek is the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, located at the foothill of Kyrgyz Ala Too range.
Ala Archa gorge is a famous National park with picturesque scenery in 40 km from Bishkek.
Osh is the oldest city in the country dating back to the first millennium BC.
Sulaiman Mountain is famous UNESCO heritage located in ancient Osh city.
Asian bazaar is a contrast of colors of chaotic stalls selling everything from fruits to clothes.
Khudjand is one of the largest trade and cultural centers of the Central Asian region.
Cultural Palace of Khujant or Arbob palace is an ornate administration building, blending the history of traditional Tajikistan.
Central Mosque is the largest religious building built in Tajikistan in the years of independence.
Old Panjakent is one of the easternmost settlements of the Sogdiana Empire.
Samarkand has experienced many declines throughout the history of the Great Silk Road.
Registan square was created by the grandson of Amir Timur and situated in Samarkand.
Shakhi-Zindeh has more than 11 mausoleums based here in 14-15th centuries.
Mausoleum Guri Emir is the place where Amir Timur, his sons and grandchildren were buried.
Bibi Khanum Mosque is said to be created in 1399, on the order of Amir Timur for his wife.
Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan located in the north-east of the country.
Independence Square is one of the key sightseeing during your tour to Tashkent.
Broadway is one of the best places to have a walk located in the center of Tashkent.
Amir Timur square was first created in 1870, by the architects from the Russian Empire.
Chorsu Bazaar is the center of Uzbek atmosphere where you can try various traditional food.
Kukaldash Madrasah is the educational center created for boys and girls to study religion.
Hast Imam complex is the spiritual place for the people to come and pray.
Khiva is a city of legends and mythical characters of ancient times.
Ichan-Qala is an ancient and stunning fortress with a rich Uzbek inheritance.
Kunya-Ark fortress is the wonderful stronghold of the eastern world and high culture.
Kalta Minor minaret is a golden symbol of turquoise color, found by Mohammed Amin Khan.
Bukhara is the city with the largest number of mosques and sacred places.
Citadel Ark is an ancient monument of Bukhara which was actually created in 4-3 centuries.
Samanids mausoleum is considered to be the site of greatest ancient history of Samanids dynasty.
Chashma Ayub is located near the ruins previously being at the territory of the Samanids.
Bolo-Hauz mosque of 18th c. has an interesting design with about 20 columns surrounding it.
Nodir Divan Begi madrasah used to be caravanserai previously, but then became madrasah.
Lyabi House Ensemble was created in the times of Sheybanids and has several madrasahs around.
Poi Kalon complex is the greatest building of Bukhara and means “the foot of the minaret”.
Turkmenabat became a developed industrial and cultural center of Turkmenistan.
Mary is the zone consisting of ancient cultural monuments that is located in the Karakum desert.
Ancient Merv has more than 4,000-year-long history and included in the UNESCO list.
Gyz Gala is a fortress that was one of the significant interchange parts on the Great Silk Road.
Erk Gala was the center of Merv in ancient times with total area of 20 hectares.
Gyaur Gala is the valuable building in Turkmenistan with the total area over 300 hectares.
Soltan Gala was founded in the XI-XII centuries by Seljukid Sultan Melik Shah.
Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum with the height of 38 m is located in the center of Sultan Kala.
Ibn Zeid Mausoleum is one of the best examples of Islamic architecture.
Ashgabat is the capital of Turkmenistan encircled by Kopetdag mountains and Karakum desert.
Darwaza is the famous “Doors to Hell” where that is very captivating to see.
“Old Nisa” is the first capital of the Parthian kingdom, which arose in the III century BC.
Mausoleum of the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov.