Best of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan

Classic, Dushanbe to Tashkent

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Get yourself to two incredible (and often overlooked) destinations: Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. This 15-day combo trip brings together the best highlights of these two cultures for first-time visitors. Stay at unique Tajik homestays and roam the stunning countryside before heading to the cultural centre of Samarkand. Spend a night in a traditional desert yurt and discover a part of the world few others get to see. This is a tour for all kinds of adventurers.

What’s included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Community Homestay, Kŭli Iskandarkŭl Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Aydar Kŭl Camp
  • Dushanbe city tour
  • Hikes and picnic lunch
  • Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube)
  • City tour (Khujand)
  • Khujand market visit
  • City tour (Tashkent)
  • Orientation walk (Samarkand)
  • City tour including a Registan visit
  • Nurata Shrine visit
  • Alexander the Great fortress visit
  • Guided walking tour (half-day, Bukhara)
  • Walking tours (Khiva)
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • See the sites of dushanbe on a city tour
  • Explore the landscapes and communities in the fann mountains
  • Shop at the largest market in tajikistan
  • Sleep in a yurt and learn about local life
  • Visit historic mosques and markets in bukhara
  • Gain understanding of central asia's cultures

Itinerary

Dushanbe Arrive at any time.
Dushanbe/Kŭli Iskandarkŭl Visit some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe, including museums, monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains of the area for an overnight in local homes in the stunningly beautiful Iskanderkul area. Meet the locals and explore this gorgeous landscape in the Fann Mountains.
Kŭli Iskandarkŭl Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.
Kŭli Iskandarkŭl/Khŭjand Continue on to Istaravshan and visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before driving to Khujand. Explore the city in the afternoon, visiting the museum and a mausoleum.
Khŭjand/Tashkent Visit the Khujand market (largest in Tajikistan) before continuing on to the border. Cross into Uzbekistan and drive to the capital city of Tashkent. Enjoy a short orientation walk in the evening before an optional dinner.
Tashkent Enjoy a free day to explore.
Tashkent/Samarkand Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Samarkand Enjoy a city tour and visit to the Registan. Opt to check out the Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, and the Registan minarets. Use some free time to wander the bazaar or visit more sights.
Samarkand/Aydar Kŭl Camp Travel out into the desert to visit the Nurata Shrine and remains of the Alexander the Great fortress. Continue on for an evening in a local yurt camp. Opt to ride a camel or enjoy an evening Kazakh singing show.
Aydar Kŭl Camp/Bukhara Travel to Bukhara, one of the most charming cities in the country. Opt to visit the old city bazaars, have dinner with a local family, or visit a traditional hammam (bathhouse).
Bukhara Take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.
Bukhara/Khiva Enjoy a full day's travel through the desert to reach UNESCO-listed Khiva. Get to know the place on a late afternoon walking tour.
Khiva Enjoy a guided tour of the city with free time to experience the local life. Opt to browse the shops, wander the lanes, examine handmade silk rugs, or sit in a café in this ancient historical town.
Khiva/Tashkent Take a short flight back to Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.
Tashkent Depart at any time.
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