13 Days Central Asia 2017 Group Tour

SGD $4200 per person

Accommodation:

City Economy Hotels Number of nights
Bishkek Asia Mountains-2 2
Issyk-Kul Raduga or similar hotel 1
Almaty Kazzhol 1
Tashkent ShodlikLe Grande PlazaUzbekistan 1
Samarkand Malika PrimeMalika ClassicBilluri SitoraIdeal 2
Bukhara KukeldashAmuletMinzifaK.KomilChor MinorSiyavush 2
Mary Mary 1
Ashgabat Ak-AltynGrand Turkmen 2
Price includes, Kyrgyzstan part:
1.   All transfers;
2.   Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
3.   Sightseeing tour program as per itinerary;
4.   Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
5.   English speaking tour leader.Price does not include, Kyrgyzstan part:
1.   Hotel charges for additional services;
2.   Full board (lunches and dinners);
3.   Visa support for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
4.   Consular fee for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
5.   Personal travel insurance.Price includes, Kazakhstan part:
1.   All transfers;
2.   Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
3.   Sightseeing tour in Almaty with local guide;
4.   Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
5.   Economy class ticket for flight Almaty – Tashkent.Price does not include, Kazakhstan part:
1.   Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
2.   Hotel charges for additional services;
3.   Full board (lunches and dinners);
4.   Visa support for Kazakhstan tourist visa;
5.   Consular fees for Kazakhstan tourist visa;
6.   Personal travel insurance.Price includes, Uzbekistan part:
1.   Accommodation throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
2.   Transportation throughout the tour, including airports/train stations pick up and drop offs;
3.   Sightseeing with local English speaking guide in each city;
4.   Economy class ticket for train Tashkent – Samarkand;
5.   Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
6.   Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
7.   Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah in Bukhara;
8.   English speaking tour leader from Advantour to accompany the group of 6 persons and more.

Price does not include, Uzbekistan part:
1.   Charges in hotels for additional services;
2.   Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
3.   Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
4.   Personal insurance;
5.   Full board.

Price includes, Turkmenistan part:
1.   All transfers: 4-8 pax by 14 seat minibus; 9-14 pax by 35 seat bus or two minibuses;
2.   Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
3.   English speaking tour leader;
4.   Sightseeing tour program in each city;
5.   Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
6.   Economy class tickets for flight Mary – Ashgabat;
7.   Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa.

Price does not include, Turkmenistan part:
1.   Hotel charges for additional services;
2.   Full board (lunches and dinners);
3.   Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
4.   Migration card paid upon arrival on the border 12 USD;
5.   Personal travel insurance.

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Day 1 : Bishkek – Arrival

Arrival in Bishkek. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km, 50 min.) which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs through the alpine gorge surrounded by snowy peaks with steep forested slopes. Enjoy free time or a hike in the park. In the afternoon return to Bishkek for city tour. Visit Oak ParkAla-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 2 : Bishkek – Issyk-Kul (260 km, 4 h.)

In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km, 4 h.). Stop on the way to see Burana tower, what has left from the ancient city of Balasagun (11-13th centuries). Continue driving to Issyk-Kul, the second largest mountain lake in the world (1600 m above sea level). Arrival at lake, accommodation in the hotel at the North coast of Issyk-Kul.
Meals: breakfast, dinner

Day 3 : Issyk-Kul – Bishkek (250 km, 5 h.)

After breakfast transfer to Cholpon-Ata (250 km, 5 h.) where you will see petroglyphs – the rock carvings made by prehistoric people lying under the open sky, and visit Ethnographical Museum (250 km, 5 h.). Arrive in Bishkek, free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 : Bishkek – Almaty (250 km, 4 h.)

At 8 a.m. depart Bishkek and drive to Almaty (250 km, 4 h.). Cross Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border. Continue travelling to Almaty via a newly built highway, see natural landscapes on the way. Arrive in Almaty in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty: visit Panfilov ParkZenkov CathedralNational Musical Instruments Museum. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

Day 5 : Almaty – Tashkent

Transfer to Almaty International Airport for flight to Tashkent at 10:05 a.m. (580 km, 1 h. 25 min.). Upon arrival in Tashkent at 10:30 a.m meet your guide with the driver to start sightseeing Tashkent. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex and Chorsu bazar, continue to center of Tashkent with Amir Timur Square,Independence Square and Applied Arts Museum. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 6 : Tashkent – Samarkand

At 07:00 transfer from your hotel to railway station. Fast-speed train “Afrosiyob” departs Tashkent at 08:00 and arrives in Samarkand at 10:10 (300 km). Your guide and driver will meet you at train station to begin the city tour in Samarkand. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khahum mosqueUlugbek observatoryShakhi-Zinda Necropolis, centralSamarkand bazaar and Gur-Emir Mausoleum, authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 7 : Samarkand

Continue sightseeing: visit Afrosiyob Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time after sightseeing tour. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 8 : Samarkand – Bukhara (265 km, 4 hrs)

In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. En-route visit to summer palace of Bukhara Emirs Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Overnight in Bukhara.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Day 9 : Bukhara

In the morning start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit the Mausoleum of Samani DynastyArk FortressChashma-Ayub,Kalyan EnsembleMiri-Arab MadrasahMagoki-Attori MosqueUlugbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrasahtrade domesLyabi-Khauz ComplexChor-Minor Madrasah. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Day 10: Bukhara – Mary (390 km, 7 hrs)

In the morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Alat-Farab (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Mary through Turkmenabat (290 km, 5 h. 30 min.). Arrival in Mary, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 : Mary – Merv – Ashgabat

After breakfast drive to ancient Merv (40 km, 30 min.). Merv was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz GalaErk GalaGyaur Gala, Keshk Fortress and others. Return to Mary and visit History Museum of Merv region. Take an evening flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Day 12 : Ashgabat

Sightseeing tour in Ashgabat – capital of Turkmenistan which has experienced boom of “Marble Architecture” for the past 15 years. Explore archeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Visit the National Museum of History, and continue to Arch of Neutrality. In the afternoon drive to “Bedev” hippodrome stables to see Akhalteke horses – pride of Turkmen nation. Continue the tour with visits to Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazy Mosque, and the newly built Independence Park. Take a picture of the Monument of Lenin. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 13 : Ashgabat – Departure

Check out from the hotel till noon. Free time till transfer to Ashgabat International Airport. End of the tour.

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