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 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 dushabe 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

Day 1 Dushanbe Enjoy an evening welcome meeting. Some travellers may have started their travels in Tajikistan. Get to know them with an optional welcome dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Dushanbe/Kŭli Iskandarkŭl (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: City Tour Community Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Kŭli Iskandarkŭl (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village. Included Activities: Waterfall Hike Community Homestay
Day 4 Kŭli Iskandarkŭl/Khŭjand (1B) 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. Included Activities: Mug Tepe Visit City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.25 hour(s), 145km) Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 80km)
Day 5 Khŭjand/Tashkent (1B) Some travellers will be joining the group here as they start their journey into Uzbekistan. Included Activities: Market Visit Border Crossing (Tajikistan - Uzbekistan) Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 178km)
Day 6 Tashkent (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore.
Day 7 Tashkent/Samarkand (1B) Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 310km)
Day 8 Samarkand (1B) With free time, enjoy the Samarkand sights, have a cup of tea in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar. Included Activities: Samarkand City Tour
Day 9 Samarkand/Aydar Kŭl Camp (1B, 1D) 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. Included Activities: Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit Fortress of Alexander the Great Visit Overnight in a Yurt Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 280km)
Day 10 Aydar Kŭl Camp/Bukhara (1B) 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). Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Bukhara (1B) There is plenty of time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. A centre for pottery, cloth, and Turkmen carpets, the Old City is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, where you can sit at café tables and let the evening drift by. There is also the option to take in a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai or indulge in a Turkish bath. Included Activities: Bukhara City Tour
Day 12 Bukhara/Khiva (1B) 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Day 13 Khiva/Tashkent (1B) Explore the old town surrounded by city walls, bargain with locals on the market, and wander through the madrassas, climb up minarets, and explore the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Wander through the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala and enjoy spectacular sunset views of the sand-coloured mosques and madrassas. Included Activities: Khiva Ancient City Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))
Day 14 Tashkent Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time. Included Activities: Tashkent Guided City Tour
Day 15 Tashkent (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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