Legendary Central Asia Travel

Duration of this Trip 15 Days Priced From $5,699 per person

For over 3,000 years Central Asia has been a cultural and commercial crossroads of the world, luring travelers, traders, scholars and conquerors, and now modern tourists!  Bordered by the vast Russian steppe to the north, the fairy tale beauty of the Caspian Sea to the west, soaring mountains and wilderness to the south, and forbidding deserts and snow-capped peaks to the east, the countries of Central Asia are the ultimate travel destinations for those seeking the trip of a lifetime on a road less traveled. Former Soviet Republics, independent, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are the new frontiers on travel itineraries. Create magical memories in legendary Bukhara, Tashkent, Samarkand, Merv, Ashgabat and Khiva; the fabled cities of Marco Polo, Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. The region is a mix of the ancient world and modern flair with a dash of Soviet era thrown in. The cuisine in Central Asia is local, fresh and flavorful and bread is hot out of the tandur oven at every meal!  This is home to the warmest people in the world, and we can take you there.

The journey begins in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent, rightly called the “Star of the Orient” for its central location along the ancient Silk Road routes. Tashkent wows travelers with its mix of Islamic, Soviet and modern architecture.  Medressahs, the ancient schools of Muslim theology, flourish alongside bustling bazaars, glass fronted business centers, modern monumental parks and the tombs of kings, scholars and mystics.

Our tour then crosses into Tajikistan, offering a peek into one of the less visited parts of the world. Most of the country is mountainous, the Pamirs and Alays home to some of the highest peaks in the world and famous for alpine lakes and enormous glaciers, while the ruins of Panjakent offer testimony to the ancient civilizations  that populated this region. 

Back across the border in Uzbekistan, Samarkand fiercely guards its reputation as “The Rome of the East”. It was a magnificent city so advanced in classical learning and architectural display that it rendered Alexander the Great speechless. From the 15th c. Bibi-Khanym mosque built by Tamerlane for his wife to the glittering blue dome of the Gur-Emir Mausoleum and the singular beauty of Registan Square, the hub of city life, Samarkand continues to impress today's visitors.

Bukhara blends the modern and traditional, with the city growing up around its historic core. Centered on the Lyabi Haus, a complex of buildings and shady mulberry trees surrounding a pond, it delights travelers with hearty plov dishes, folk dance, music and costume performances, and a rich cultural, scientific and commercial Silk Road heritage. Thousands of ancient scholars and theologians once called Bukhara home, The city’s landmark Kaylan Minaret even inspired Genghis Khan and his invading hordes to leave it standing.

Our excursion then proceeds to Turkmenistan, renown for its intricately woven, bold red carpets, where travelers can explore the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar in the ancient province of Mary, and Ashgabat’s own Blue Mosque and stunning white marble monuments. After an exploration of the Achaemenid archaeological treasures of Konya Urgench, we return to Uzbekistan. 

The desert oasis of Khiva is a fairy-tale city of the Silk Road. Claimed to have been founded by Shem, the son of Biblical Noah, Khiva remains one of the best-preserved and restored towns of the Silk Road, enchanting visitors with its warm adobe brick walls and majolica inlaid buildings like the Khan’s Tash-Hauli Palace and Harem, and the distinctive 200 carved wooden pillars in the Juma Mosque, itself an oasis of shady calm.

Smooth border crossings are the hallmark of Silk Road Treasure Tours and we travel on to Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia and home to some of the most spectacular alpine landscapes and vast, windswept steppes. In the capital city of Almaty, travelers will visit the National Museum of Folk Musical Instruments as well as the historic Zenkov Russian Orthodox Cathedral with its cheerful yellow façade, built in 1907 without nails to be earthquake proof.

Our trail will end in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Once a mere caravan stop on the Silk Road, the city is today a blend of Soviet, Asian and European influences. Its enticing mile-long Dordoy Bazaar is one of the greatest marketplaces in Central Asia. The Tien Shan mountains cover 80% of Kyrgyzstan earning it the moniker of "Switzerland of Central Asia" and they tower over Bishkek. Nomadic yurts still dot the rural landscapes and the warm alpine lake of Issyk-Kul is one of the largest and deepest of its kind in the world. Our final destination evokes a lasting impression of our cultural immersion in Central Asia’s rich heritage.

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At a Glance

Duration

15 Days

Priced From

$5,699 per person

Departures

  • October 4-18, 2021  (Includes Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan)

            2022 Tours

  • April 26-May 10, 2022
  • May 14-28, 2022
  • May 20-June 3, 2022
  • September 16- 30, 2022

Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Day 3: Tashkent-Khodjand(Tajikistan)- Tashkent
Day 4: Majestic Samarkand
Days 5-6: Legendary Bukhara
Days 7-8: Mary -Ashgabad(Turkmenistan)
Days 9-10: Konya Urgench(Turkmenistan)- Khiva (Uzbekistan)
Day 11: Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Day 12: Bishkek
Day 13: Crystal Clear Issyk kul lake
Day 14: Spectacular Tiyanshan mountains
Day 15: Departure

Itinerary

Day 01. Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel. You will be met by our representative at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel for accommodation.

Day 02. Tashkent

Explore Tashkent. Sightseeing tour in ancient Tashkent: Kukeldash Medresseh, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Medresseh, Mosque on Khast Imam Street. Visit to Chor-Su Bazaar; watch craftsmen at work, and bargain for souvenirs. Alisher Navoi Opera Theatre. Mustakillik Square (Independence Square) and Bunyodkor Square.Dinner.

Day 03.Tashkent-Khodjent(Tajikistan)-Tashkent

Sightseeing morning drive to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border "Oybek". After border formalities drive to Khodjent,one of the most ancient cities of Tajikistan. Sightseeing tour: Visit Temurmalik fortress, The museum of Archeology and History and ancient Silk Road Bazaar. Return to Tashkent. Dinner

Day 04. Tashkent-Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand (300 km) – the city is more than 2500 years old. Stop near the "gate" of Amur Temur where, two mountain ranges meet. Arrival. Accommodation at Malika Prime or similar 3* hotel. Sightseeing tour: Registan Square, the main attraction of Samarkand and an impressive place holding the world's finest old and modern music festivals and holidays, Ulugbek's Observatory (XVth century), Guri Emir Mausoleum (XIV century). Dinner at the National Uzbek Restaurant.

Day 05 Samarkand-Bukhara

Breakfast. Visit Hebrew Prophet Daniel's Tomb, which is next to a pleasant ancient water stream. It contains a burial chamber around 18 meters long, Jewish Quarter, and synagogue, located in the old section of Samarkand. Samarkand bazaar. Continue sightseeing tour at the Shahi Zinda Ensemble, an ancient necropolis (IX,XIV,XIX c.), and the Bibi Khanum Complex (the complex was build in honor of the wife of Amur Temur in the fourteenth century). Afternoon drive to Bukhara through Malikchul desert and Zerafshan river (300km). Stop in ancient Karavan Serai Gate (XI century). Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation. Walk to the ancient part of Bukhara.

Day 6. Bukhara

Sightseeing tour of the Labi Khaus Complex, heart of the legendary Bukhara city. Explore the serene desert architecture of Bukhara at the Nadir Divan Begi Madreseh, Kukaldash Medreseh, Khanaka Nadir Divan Begi (XVI-XVII c.), Magoki Attari Mosque (XII-XVI c.), the extensive trade domes and markets of the bazaar (XVI c.), the beautiful Poi–Kalon Complex with its legendary minaret (XII c.), Mosque Kalon, Miri Arab Medreseh (XVI c.). Visit the ancient Bukhara Fortress-Ark (I c.), Ismail Samani (IX c.) and Chashma- Ayub (XII-XVI c.) Mausoleums. Enjoy the Bukhara bazaar. Dinner with folk-show in Medreseh Nodir Divan Begi.

Day 07. Bukhara-Mary (Turkmenistan)-Ashgabad

Drive to Farab (Turkmenistan). After customs and border formalities, continue sightseeing day drive to Mary through the Kara Kum desert. Explore Merv, the oldest well-preserved heritage city. Known in the past as Margiana, it belonged to the Achaemenian Empire in the VI th century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. Explore the Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar and Gyz-Gala fortress. Accommodation.

Day 08. Ashgabad

Sightseeing tour of the Blue Mosque and Independence Park. Drive to Nissa and explore the ancient ruins of the Parthian capital. Discover the unique fortresses, citadel, temples, and tombs (III Century BC). Discover the oriental Bazaar of Ashgabad. Dinner.

Day 09. Ashgabad– Kunya Urgench - Khiva

Flight from Ashgabat to Dashoguz. Arrival. Transfer to Kunya-Urgench, one of the most ancient cities of Central Asia. After this city's almost complete annihilation by Genghis Khan more than 800 years ago, the city was rebuilt and grew into an important trading center. Travel to the border crossing point of the city between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Drive to the hotel in Khiva. Dinner with panoramic view of Khiva in moonlight

Day 10: Khiva

Sightseeing tour in Khiva - the fairy-tale city of the Silk Road. Drive to Khiva (35 km.). Uzbekistan's "Living Museum" was the former capital of the Khanate and legend says that it was founded by Shem, the son of Noah. Excursion to Ichan Kala (Old City), surrounded by high walls of air-dried bricks and decorated with delicate majolica tile: delight in the Ata –Darvaza (West Gate, XVII – XVIII c.), Kalta Minar (XIX c.), Tash Hauli Palace and harem (XIX c.), Karavan Saray ( traditional inn for travelling merchants), (XIX c.) and Juma Mosque (XI-XII c.) with its 200 wooden pillars. Flight to Tashkent. Accommodation in Tashkent.

Day 11: Tashkent -Almaty

Morning sightseeing tour in Tashkent. Explore the Alay Bazaar. Afternoon flight to Almaty. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 12. Almaty (Kazakhstan)_ Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Morning sightseeing tour: Central State Museum, Almaty's Green Bazaar, Zenkov Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and Glory Memorial in Park Panfilov, Museum of National Folk Musical Instruments and Independence Monument. Enjoy a spectacular view of the mountainous area. Afternoon drive to Bishkek. Arrival and Accommodation. Dinner

Day 13. Bishkek- Issyk kul

Discover the Kyrgyz Capital. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square. Visit the Central Museum, the Panfilov park and the bazaar. Early afternoon drive to Issyk Kul Lake, stopping at Burana tower (XI c.) in ancient Balasagun City. Visit the Burana tower of the Kharakhanids along with castles and mausoleums. The tower enables visitors to climb to the top. Arrival in Issyk Kul, one of the largest and deepest alpine lakes in the world. Issyk-Kul means "warm lake" and is a popular destination in the Ala-Tau mountains that form the northern arm of the Tien Shan range. Accommodation.

Day 14. Issyk kul-Bishkek

Enjoy the beaches and lake tour in Issyk kul in the morning. Sightseeing drive back to Bishkek. Farewell Dinner.

Day 15. Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Departure.

Land Tour Costs

From $5,699 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$579

Scheduled Departures

  • October 4-18, 2021  (Includes Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan)

            2022 Tours

  • April 26-May 10, 2022
  • May 14-28, 2022
  • May 20-June 3, 2022
  • September 16- 30, 2022

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Uzbekistan's Silk Road Treasures as you adventure through olden alleyways and bustling bazaars! Premium seating for an evening of traditional music and dance. Be delighted by the flash and swirl of regional dancers and the haunting melodies of the flute and two-stringed dotar
  • Visit Kyrgyzstan's Issyk Kul Lake, a natural wonder with centuries of stories to tell!
  • Go on your own archaeological adventure as you hike around an ancient fortress in Ayaz Kala, Uzbekistan!
  • Relish in Turkmen culture as you shop in busy marketplace and drive through ruin-filled deserts!
  • Silk Road Treasure Tours' best adventures; hands-on cultural experiences, local exploration, participation at seasonal and traditional festivals, and travel to some of the world's most beautiful and rarely visited locations with local, experienced Silk Road experts
  • Wine tasting on private estates and dinners at centuries old medresehs, many as they were during the times of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, and Omar Khayam

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Almaty, Tiyanshan Mountains, Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake area, Khodjand, Ashgabat, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extensions

Treasures of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

What's Included

  • Visa support for Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan
  • Domestic Flight : Mary-Ashgabad, Ashgabad-Dashoguz, Urgench-Tashkent, Tashkent-Almaty
  • Ground Transportation (Land and mountain)
  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees for the sights and mountains and parks
  • Folklore Show in Bukhara
  • Pre Departure Silk Road Treasure Tours Packages

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Charges in hotels for additional services
  • Consular fees at the Embassies (All Central Asian countries)

Visited Countries

Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan

Visited Cities & Places

Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Almaty, Tiyanshan Mountains, Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake area, Khodjand, Ashgabat, Mary, Dashoguz, Konya Urgench

Suggested Extentions

Treasures of Caucasus, Wonders of the China Silk Road

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"
Peter Hopkirk "The Great Game"
Colin Thubron "The Lost Heart of Asia"

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Legendary Central Asia Travel Tour

A 15 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

  • October 4-18, 2021  (Includes Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan)

            2022 Tours

  • April 26-May 10, 2022
  • May 14-28, 2022
  • May 20-June 3, 2022
  • September 16- 30, 2022

Land Tour Costs

From $5,699 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$579