Iskanderkul travel guide

Starting from Tajikistan’s Sughd Province, Iskanderkul is a mountain lake.

The lake’s name has been derived from Alexander the Great: Alexander is pronounced as Iskander in Persian, and Kul is a lake in Turkic.

It lies at an elevation of 2,195 meters (7,201 ft) on the northern slants of the Gissar Range in the Fann Mountains. It was formed by the clog of the river Saratogh. It is 134 km from Dushanbe and 23 km from the Dushanbe-Khujand road. Triangular shaped, it has a surface region of 3.4 square kilometres (1.3 sq mi) and is up to 72 meters (236 ft) profound.

Birds

A 120 square miles tract of land including the lake and encompassing mountains has been assigned as a natural reserve.

These comprise of Hume’s songbirds, Himalayan snowcocks, Cinereous vultures, yellow-charged choughs, Sulfur-bellied warblers, wallcreepers, Himalayan rubythroats, white-winged Snow-Finches, elevated accentors, rufous-streaked accentors, white-winged redstarts, dark-coloured accentors, water pipits, white-winged grosbeaks, plain Mountain-finches, blood red-winged finches, red-mantled rosefinches and Fire-fronted Serins.

Hiking In Iskanderkul

There’s a waterfall around 30 minutes climb far from the chalets, local people can point it out for you. Be that as it may, essentially, wherever you look is a climb. To give some more pointers: the President’s Dacha on the opposite side of the lake, the town of Sarytag and the Kaznok valley are justified regardless of your opportunity. There are springs, and nearby natural life incorporates marmots and camelback creepy spiders. The population of fishes in the lake is very low, however, so you should arrange at the lakeside eatery or carry your own food.

The Village Of Sarytag

There is no open transport, and autos going to the lake are rare aside from on ends of the week. On the off chance that you don’t have your own particular vehicle, you should hire a taxi somewhere close to Dushanbe and Penjikent or Khojand to drive you there. You can likewise climb there from different spots in the Fann mountains.

Guaranteed to be the most extravagant amongst the most delightful mountain lakes in the previous Soviet Union, it is a must-visit destination for tourists. Call us or visit our website to book your tour Iskanderkul now.

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                    [13] => Dushanbe – Norak – Kalai Khum (370 km, 7-8 hours)
                    [14] => Kalai Khum – Khorog (240 km, 6-7 hours)
                    [15] => Khorog – Ishkashim – Yamg - Langar (250 km, 5-6 hours)
                    [16] => Langar – Yashil Kul Lake – Bulunkul Lake – Murgab (270 km, 7 hours)
                    [17] => Murgab – Karakul Lake – Kyrgyz Border “Kyzyl Art” - Tulparkol ( Sary Tash) depends on the season (160 km, 5-6 h)
                    [18] => Tulpar Kol(Sary Tash) – Osh 
                    [19] => Osh   Dostuk BP  (15 km, 20 min)
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…...AM Arrival time at Tashkent
Flight ….
Our driver will meet you at the exit of the airport with sign Minzifa Travel
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Night in Tashkent hotel
                    [2] => Breakfast at hotel
10:00 Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent.

 	Hasti Imam complex - historical sight where we will see the oldest Othman Koran in the world.
 	Chor-Su market (the one of the biggest bazaars in Tashkent).
 	Independence Square, 
 	Amir Timur Square, 

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Old city
the Museum of Applied Arts
 Opera and Ballet Theatre naFamous metro stops

Night in Tashkent hotel
                    [3] => Early breakfast at hotel
Transfer; Tashkent - Urgench -Khiva (by plane) ✈
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07:25 Departure from Tashkent
08:55 Arrival in Urgench
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10:30-11:00 Trip  (by car/2 hours) to Qyzyl- Kala, Topraq -Qala, Ayaz- Qala Fortress.
Lunch time in Ayaz Kala
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                    [4] => Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Khiva city tour.

Khiva’s old city, known as Ichan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit carpet workshop. Guided sightseeing program in Khiva:
You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrassas and mosques such as: 
Kunya-Ark Fortress, 
Pahlavan Mahmud complex ,
Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), 
Kalta-Minor Minaret,
Islam Khoja Complex.

Lunch in chaikhana.
Visit woodcarving and carpet workshop.
Continuation of sightseeing program:

Juma Mosque and Minaret,
Karavan-Saray, 
Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam,
Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, 
Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan, 
Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum,
Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan ,
Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, 
Walls and gates.

Time for lunch
Overnight in Khiva
                    [5] => Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Trip to Bukhara by car
16:00 Arrival time in Bukhara
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

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 Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men's bath.
 Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability)
Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls.
Workshop for the production of scrawl
Bukhara carpet shop
Workshop on embroidery Suzane

Overnight in Bukhara
                    [6] => Bukhara city tour
10:00 Transfer to the starting point of the excursion
Sightseeing program in Bukhara;

 Visit the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani - the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures,
Chashma Ayub (Job’s well).
Arc Fortress - the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside.

Break for lunch  
Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, 
Bazar and trading domes, 
Lyabi Hauz Complex. 

Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request)

Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men's bath.
Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability)
Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls.
Workshop for the production of scrawl
Bukhara carpet shop
Workshop on embroidery Suzane

Overnight in Bukhara
                    [7] => After breakfast guided sightseeing program in suburb of Bukhara city.

 	Pilgrimage sight - Bahovadin Nakshbandi theologist of sufizm 14 century.
 	Sitorai Mohi Khosa - Summer palace of Emir of Bukhara.
 	Madrassa Chor-Minor.

Lunch in local teahouse
14:50 Transfer to Bukhara train station
15:50 Departure from Bukhara to Samarkand by train 
17:20 Arrival time in  Samarkand
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest

Additionally in Samarkand: evening leisure (upon request m- not included in price):

Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and their products such as cognac and famous Samarkand youth elixir and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
Theater of of historical national clothes (performance)
Night Samarkand (by car Registan Square, Gur Emir with the terrific lightnings)

Overnight in Samarkand hotel
                    [8] => Departure from Samarkand  to Shahrisabz , the transfer will be arranged by land. 85 km. 1,5 hours of driving 
Breakfast in the hotel
09:00  Departure from Samarkand. Drive to Shakhrisabz

In Shakhrisabz, an excursion around the city:
Ak Saroy - ruins of the palace of Amir Timur of the 14th century. A colossal building, imposing dimensions and amazing beauty are the architecture of the portal entrance to the palace

Dorut Saodat - the family necropolis of Timurids, burial of two sons of Timur and the sarcophagus of Timur (14th century). KhojaImam Mosque and the tree of the plane trees (750 years old to this tree)

Dorut Tilyavar - the complex consists of two mausoleums, the Mausoleum of Emir Taragay (Timur's father) and his spiritual mentor Mir Kulol. Also in the complex there is a 15th-century Kuk Gumbaz mosque and a madrasah with a small minoret.

Drive back to Samarkand
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest
Night in Samarkand hotel
                    [9] => After breakfast:
10:00 A full day guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand.

 	We shall start our tour from visiting the most famous site of Uzbekistan - Registan square, which was the center of Samarkand during centuries.
There is another symbol of Samarkand- Gur-Emir Mausoleum 
Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the biggest mosque in CA
Syob bazaar
Additionally in Samarkand: evening leisure (upon request - not included in price):

Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and their products such as cognac and famous Samarkand youth elixir and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
El Merosi Theater of historical national traditions (performance)  
Night Samarkand (by car Registan Square, Gur Emir with the terrific lightnings)

Overnight in Samarkand
                    [10] => Breakfast at hotel
10:00 Suburb city tour in Samarkand:
Shahi Zinda necropolis
Visit Ulugbek Observatory - incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy and Afrosiab Museum.The museum is located on the site of ancient settlement called Afrosiab. In 1220 the city was almost completely destroyed by the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan.
Tomb of  St. Daniel

Break for lunch

The revelations of Afrosiab narrate about the history and culture of Sogdiana, an ancient Persian province, 6-8 centuries. The wall-paintings from the palace of local governors come first among those revelations.
Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs). A good chance to watch the old technology of silk paper production.

Night in Samarkand hotel 
                    [11] => Transfer from Samarkand - BP Jartepa border
Early breakfast at hotel
08:00 Transfer to uzbek-tajik border. Border formalities

Your Tajik guide and driver will meet you at Tajik-Uzbek border Jartepa and move to Penjakent.

The city of Penjakent ("five villages") is located in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii". The ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. Today the tourists can see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. We will drive today to the Fannsky Gory (Fan Mountains). They are one of Central Asia's most popular hiking areas. You will do a day trip from Panjakent to the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes), about 60 km south of Panjakent. At this place you will have time to go for short hiking. There road goes along a gorge where 7 lakes are located. They are situated on different altitudes and have different colors. Also you will meet local people that live at that area. It will be very interesting to see their way of life. Then you will drive back to Panjakent. 
Overnight in Panjakent
                    [12] => Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. Also we will a hike to see a waterfall. 

You will drive to Dushanbe via Anzob pass. The road will go over a mountain passes and you will have many photo stops. Upon arrival to Dushanbe you will drive 35 km to visit Hisor fortress (VII- XVII centuries). This historical site has fortified areas and citadel. The fortress used to be the residence of the delegate of the Emir of Bukhara; it was located on a high hill and was well defended with 1 m thick walls and loopholes for guns and cannons. In the evening you will have night walk in the city center. We will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament and etc. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the second biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people.
Overnight in Dushanbe
                    [13] => Today we will drive to Kalai Khum village. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. The highest point of the day is Shuraba pass (2 267 m) and after drive along Afghanistan border starts. This part will amaze you by its unique mountains – it is already Territory of Pamir Mountains. Over the centuries, the Pamirs have inspired the world’s greatest explorers – Marco Polo, Hsuan Tsang, Mirza Muhammad Haidar. And now you also have a chance to travel here. You will drive along natural border – Pyanj River. Having visited the Pamirs, many travellers called this giant mountain system the ocean of white and blue mountains. This night you will spend in a home stay to see the way of local people’s life.
Night in guest house
                    [14] => In the morning we will drive to Khrorog. It is perhaps one of the tiniest cities on the map of the world. It is surrounded by rocky mountains from all four sides. The town was built on the confluence of the 3 rivers where Shokhdara river and Ghund river flow into Pyanj river. On the way to Khorog you will meet Pamir people. A number of anthropological features set the Pamir people apart from the Tajik people. Among the Pamiris, there is a high percentage of people with blonde hair, fair skin and blue eyes. Pamirs Mountains are the highest mountains in the world with human population after the Himalayas in Tibet. Life in the mountains made traditions of local people different from Tajik people. Dinner is in a restaurant. 
Night is in a guesthouse.
                    [15] => Today we will drive along Tajik-Afgan border to Ishkashim. Drive towards the Wakhan corridor. On the road we will visit Kah-Kaa and Yamchun fortresses, further up the hillside are the hot spring at Bibi Fatima: dense and very salty minerals, the water at Bibi Fatima is crystal clear.  There are several places of interest to stop.  Above the village of Vrang , on a cliff-side pitted with caves, stands a Buddhist complex dating from 4th- 7th centuries. At Yamg , we visit the reconstructed home of Sufi mystic Muabara Kadam , who died in 1910. Near this house there is stone pillar with a hole in it which he used to calculate a solar calendar. 
Overnight in homestay.
                    [16] => The most beautiful lakes of the Pamirs are Yashil Kul and Bulunkul (Blue lakes), stretched on the altitude of 3 700 meters above sea level, are situated in the Murghab district. Today we will spend a night near them. The color of water in Bulunkul is a subtle inter-play of violet and dark-blue in the sunlight. Species of fish like are found in abundance in the lake. There is the opportunity to see yaks, a unique species of domestic animals, sharing features of cow and sheep, traditionally used as a beast of burden apart from giving milk and meat products. On the way to the lake you will drive over Khargush pass (4 344 m). Dinner and night is in a home stay.
                    [17] => Right on the highway of the Pamir Tract is situated the light-blue lake of Karakul (3, 815 m), the name of which can be translated as “The Black Lake”. On the way to the lake you will drive over the highest Ak Baital pass (4 655 m). Karakul is the highest large mountain lake of the world, excluding those in Tibet and Titicaca. The lake is situated in a meteorite crater and surrounded by swampy and wet meadows and bogs with a rich flora and fauna and several endemic species. The largest of a string of 42 small lakes, Tulpar Kol stretches for nearly a kilometre in between the final small foothills and the first major ridge of the Trans-Alay range. Strolling the quiet lake shore or searching out the other 41 lakes nearby offers ever-changing angles on the peaks and glaciers leading towards Lenin far above. At 3 500 m, though, you may well run out of breath before you run out of lakes.
Night in Yurt camp

Option:
After it you will cross the border and drive towards the view of Peak Lenin (7 134 m) which is the third highest peak in the former Soviet Union and is considered to be one of the easiest mountains over 7 000 m. Because of this fact it has become one of the most popular peaks in the world and annually receives hundreds of climbers from all over the world. Famous for its Soviet era summit artifacts and infamous for its bad and unpredictable weather. Then transfer to Sary Tash village. Night is in a homestay.
Night in Yurt camp
                    [18] => Today we will drive from Tulpar Lake to Osh city. The road will go along amazing mountains and high passes. On the way you will drive over a high mountain pass – Taldik. It is 3 615 meters high! You will never forget the amazing views of the road and mountains around it. With 93% of mountains in Kyrgyzstan, nomadic life in remote places – our country is a real paradise for people that are in love with mountains and unusual cultures. The route takes you along roads that wind along incredible gorges. During the day be prepared for amazing views of the impressive mountains and gorges.

In Osh city you will have a walk and will get to visit a famous and special place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Overnight in Osh
Overnight in Osh
                    [19] => Breakfast in the hotel
08:00 Transfer Osh Fergana Valley (118 km)
Osh   Dostuk BP  (15 km, 20 min)
The crossing of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border and the road to Fergana

12:00 Approximate time of arrival in Fergana

Arrival in the city of Ferghana and a walk in the central park named after. Ahmad Al-Ferghani

Afternoon drive to the city of Margilan
The city of Margilan is located 20 km from Fergana and is one of the oldest cities in the Fergana Valley. Since ancient times, Margilan was famous for its fine and fine silk and ikat patterns. The most famous landmark of the city of Margilan is "Yodgorlik" silk weaving factory. Visit Fazlidinna master for the production of hand-woven fabric.

Also in Margilan you will visit the Madrassah of Said Ahmad Khuzha where the center of crafts of the people of the Fergana Valley is located, and if the excursion falls on Thursday or Sunday - a trip to the Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market of the Fergana Valley, stroll through the Central Bazaar - The Famous Bazaar "Kumtepa", with its abundance of satin and adrase fabric, where you can buy at a very low price.

Next stop is village Rishtan, which since ancient times was famous for its ceramics. Rishtan pottery is distinguished by its richness of decor, in which the blue color dominates. This unique blue glaze "ishkor" is made by hand from natural mineral pigments and mountain plants. Today every third family in Rishtan produces ceramics. After visiting several masters we are going to Fergana.
Return to Fergana. Overnight in Fergana
                    [20] => Breakfast in the hotel
09:00 Moving of Fergana Kokand Tashkent

In the morning we go to Kokand, which is the main transport hub in the Ferghana Valley, leading to the northwest through the mountains to Tashkent, and to the west to Khujand. In Kokand we will visit the palace of the 19th century Khudayar Khan. After losing his power over his possessions, Khudayar Khan spent all his money and energy on decorating his city with a host of elegant mosques, madrassas and his huge palace with its 113 ornate rooms - 19 of which are currently open as a museum. Another beautiful monument to the mausoleum of Modari Khan is a burial vault for all women, khan's relatives.

15:30 Transfer to train Station
16:29 Departure time to Tashkent
21:07 Arrival time in Tashkent
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Overnight in Tashkent
                    [21] => Breakfast in the hotel
Trip to Chimgan Mountains and Charvak Lake 
Overnight in Tashkent
                    [22] => Breakfast in hotel 

……..Transfer to airport

…….Departure time from tashkent

Tashkent-Frankfurt ✈ Your city

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                    [8] => Bukhara
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                    [12] => Tashkent - Fergana valley
                    [13] => Fergana - Margilan - Osh
                    [14] => Osh – Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin
                    [15] => Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul Lake northern shore – Karakol
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                    [11] => Day 11
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                    [1] => Our driver will meet you in the airport and accompany to Dushanbe. The entire day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. Then you will visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. To feel real life you should visit Asian bazar. It has colorful goods, fruits and vegetables. We will see today the main highlights of Dushanbe and you will find out many interesting facts about Tajik people. Night is in a hotel.
                    [2] => Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake 
Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places in Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes over Anzob pass (3 372 m) with amazing panorama views. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along its beaches. This is an amazing place to have a rest. Also we will hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall. Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. Night is in a homestay.
                    [3] => In the morning we will drive to Penjakent. The city of Penjakent ("five villages") is located in the Sughd area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii". Overnight is in a hotel.
                    [4] => Today we will visit the archaeological site of the ruins of Old Panjakent and the Old City of Sarazm which was a popular stop on the the Silk road many centuries ago. The ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. Today the tourists can see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. You will visit the Rudaki museum. Transfer to the border by 13:00. 
Our driver will meet you at the border/ Transfer to Samarkand to your hotel/
Check in at the hotel, Free time for rest.
Overnight in Samarkand
                    [5] => After breakfast:
10:00 A full day guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand.
Gur-Emir Mausoleum (“the grave of Emir”).  
Registan square, which was the center of Samarkand during centuries. Registan Square is a complex of three monuments: Ulugbek Madrassah (15 th century), Sher-Dor Madrassah (17 century) and Tilla-Kari 
Break for lunch
Madrassah (17 century).
Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) it was the biggest mosque in CA
Syob bazaar
Additional Activities in Samarkand (not included in price - on request):
Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan.
Theater of of historical national clothes (performance)   
Evening Samarkand
Night in Samarkand hotel
                    [6] => Breakfast at hotel
11:00 Check out from hotel.
 The day starts from visiting the one of the most mysterious Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, where you will find a complex consisting of more than twenty buildings, unique in Central Asia.
Visit Ulugbek Observatory - incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy and Afrosiab Museum.The museum is located on the site of ancient settlement called Afrosiab. In 1220 the city was almost completely destroyed by the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan.
Break for lunch
Saint Daniel Mausoleum
Visit Koni Gil paper mill (10 kms from Samarkand, 2 hrs). A good chance to watch the old technology of silk paper production.
Evening at leisure.
20:00 Transfer to Samarkand train station
21:03 Departure from Samarkand to Bukhara by train
22:34 Arrival to Bukhara
Transfer to hotel
Overnight in Bukhara
                    [7] => Breakfast in hotel
Transfer to the starting point of the excursion
10:00 Sightseeing program; 
Visit the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani - the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures, 
Chashma Ayub (Job’s well).
Arc Fortress - the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside.
Break for lunch  
Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, 
Bazar and trading domes, 
Lyabi Hauz Complex.

Additionally in Bukhara: evening leisure (upon request)
Bozori Kord Telpak furushon-Eastern men's bath.
Hamam Kunzhak - Eastern women's bath near the Kalyan Minaret.
Folklore show in Madrasah Nodir Divan Begi (by availability)
Puppet theater and a workshop for making dolls.
Workshop for the production of scrawl
Bukhara carpet shop
Workshop on embroidery Suzane
Overnight in Bukhara
                    [8] => Breakfast at hotel
10:00 Guided sightseeing program in suburb of Bukhara city.
Pilgrimage sight - Bahovadin Nakshbandi theologist of sufizm 14 century.
Sitorai Mohi Khosa - Summer palace of Emir of Bukhara. 
Madrassa Chor-Minor.
Lunch in local teahouse,
Free time for leisure
Overnight in Bukhara hotel
                    [9] => The second option: Transfer by Train Bukhara - Khiva 
(please, discuss with your trip manager before booking)
Breakfast at hotel
14:00 Departure from Bukhara to Khiva,  on the way stop near Amudarya River to take pictures.
17:00 Arrival to Khiva
Transfer to hotel, accommodation, rest
Overnight in Khiva hotel
                    [10] => Khiva   Urgench ✈  Tashkent 
Breakfast at hotel
11:00 Khiva city tour. 
Kunya-Ark Fortress, 
Pahlavan Mahmud complex ,
Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), 
Kalta-Minor Minaret, 
Islam Khoja Complex.
Lunch in chaikhana.
Visit woodcarving and carpet workshop.
Continuation of sightseeing program:
Juma Mosque and Minaret, 
Karavan-Saray, 
Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, 
Tim of Ala-Kulikhan, 
Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan, 
Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum, 
Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan , 
Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan, 
Walls and gates.
Duration of tour: 4 hours
Free time after excursion!
18:00 Meet your driver at hotel and Transfer to Urgench airport
20:05 Departure from Urgench to Tashkent by plane
21:25 Arrival in Tashkent
Transfer to hotel
Overnight in TAshkent hotel
                    [11] => Breakfast at hotel
10:00 Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent. 
Hasti Imam complex – historical sight where we will see the oldest Othman Koran in the world.
Chor-Su market (the one of the biggest bazaars in Tashkent).
Independence Square, 
Amir Timur Square, 
After lunch in Choy-khona (local teahouse) we will visit: 
Old city
the Museum of Applied Arts 
Opera and Ballet Theatre naFamous metro stops
Night in Tashkent hotel
                    [12] => Tashkent - Fergana valley (Rishtan - Kokand - Fergana) (335 km, 6 - 7 h)
08:00 Breakfast. Check out of the hotel
09:00 Transfer to Fergana , through the Kamchik mountain. 
On our way we visit Kokand city, excursion in palaces of Kokand Khan, further Rishtan city which is famous for its ceramic , we go to the one workshop to see the whole process of producing ceramics. 
18:00 Arriving in Fergana , accommodation and leisure at hotel.
Overnight at Fergana hotel
                    [13] => Fergana - Margilan - Osh (250 km, 8- 9 h)
09:00 In morning drive to Margilan to see the famous workshops of adras fabric (Ikat) 
And hand made carpets. Visit the “Yodgorlik” factory of silk hand made fabric.
Dostuk B P   Osh
Transfer Ferghana   Osh (118 km)
Passing from Uzbek Border to Kyrgyz border
Your driver will pick you up at Uzbek-Kyrgyz border and accompany you to Osh city. In Osh city you will go for a walk there and visit the most famous place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the center of the city and it is considered to be a pilgrimage place for local Muslims. According to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. After it we will visit an Asian bazar. Night you will spend in hotel.
                    [14] => Osh – Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin 
In the morning you will have a flight to Bishkek. Then you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. On route to the gorge you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the tower is transfer to Chon Kemin gorge. Here you will meet a nice family that will prepare a traditional lunch for you. In the afternoon we will have 3 hours of horse riding. Your route will go high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. On the top you will see the panorama view of the gorge. The night and dinner will be in a guesthouse.
                    [15] => Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul Lake northern shore – Karakol
Today you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one. 
You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. Today you will drive along the whole northern shore and arrive to Karakol town. Also we will visit today a place with ancient stone patterns – petroglyphs. In Karakol we will visit the Dungan mosque. It was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church.
Your dinner will be in a local restaurant. 
Night  in a hotel.
                    [16] => Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Bishkek 
Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. It is an ancient kind of hunting animals preserved from generation to generation. You will find out a lot of interesting facts about it. After this visit we will continue our way to Bishkek. Night in a hotel.
                    [17] => Airport 
In the morning transfer to the airport.  

End of Tour!
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Accommodation in shared double or twin bed room at boutique hotels and hotels 3* (according itinerary).
Breakfast at hotels
Accompanied by Local English speaking tour guide. 
Entrance fees to sightseeings and museums
Train tickets Samarkand - Bukhara (Economy class), 
Visa support for Uzbekistan, Tourist Visa (free from Minzifa Travel)
Air Planе ticket Tashkent - Urgench (economy class) 
Tourist fee
All Taxes and VAT

Tajikistan
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Entrance fees to sightseeings and museums
Accompanied by a Local English speaking tour guide. 
Entrance fees
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Kyrgyzstan
Road transport as per program 
Accommodation based on  standard single hotel room,
Breakfast at hotel
Entrance fees to sightseeings and museums
Accommodation in shared double or twin bed room
Entrance fees
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Horse riding in Chon Kemin
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International air tickets to Uzbekistan and back
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Charges for additional service in hotels
Consular fee for Uzbek visa
Personal insurance
Personal beverage ( alcohol, beer and so on)
TIPS to guides and drivers 
Camera/video fees during sightseeing
Half board – 155 $
Full board – 405 $

Tajikistan
Visa and Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
Meals: Lunches and Dinners (at local cafes and restaurants)
Photo/video fees at historical parks and in museums
Tips for driver
Souvenirs and other personal items
All other charges and services not mentioned under “This includes”
Travel Insurance

Kyrgyzstan
Visa and Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
Meals: Lunches and Dinners (at local cafes and restaurants)
Photo/video fees at historical parks and in museums
Tips for driver
Souvenirs and other personal items
All other charges and services not mentioned under “This includes”
Travel Insurance
Half board – 105 $
Full board – 440 $
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