Journey through Central Asia

Journey through Central Asia

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Journey through Central Asia

27 Days Starting and ending in UK

Visiting: Bishkek, ሀመር።, Ala Archa National Park, Chon-Kemin, Kochkor, Bokonbayevo, Karakol, Jety - Oguz, Almaty, Үлкен Алматы көлі, Dushanbe, Iskanderkul, Khujand, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Ashgabat, Merv, Mary

Tour operator:

Wendy Wu

Tour code:

1738

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

8 - 18

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

16-70

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

From: $10137 $9080 including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$761 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$295

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Travel from Bishkek to Ashgabat on this 27 day 'Five Stan' cultural experience. This in depth tour will see you visiting the Silk Road gems of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, the quirky Turkmenistan, colourful markets, fascinating villages and Swiss Alps type scenery. Retrace the footsteps of Marco Polo and Alexander the Great on this unforgettable Central Asian journey.

Highlights

  • Get to grips with petroglyphs found in Lake Issyk-Kul.

  • Wander the beautiful 17th century Kuhna Ark Fortress.

  • Discover the ancient and pre-Soviet styles of Bukhara.

  • Be mesmerised by the UNESCO city of Samarkand.

Itinerary

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Day 1 - 2 : Fly To Bishkek

Location: Bishkek

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Fly overnight to the city of Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the morning is yours to relax. Later enjoy a welcome lunch before embarking on a city tour.

Day 3 : Ala Archa National Park

Location: Ala Archa National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive south to Ala Archa National Park where you will embark on a leisurely hike, enjoying the picturesque scenery of snow-capped mountains and freshwater rivers. Return to Bishkek for an afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 : Bishkek - Chon Kemin National Park

Location: Chon-Kemin

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, depart for the peaceful village of Chon-Kemin, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. Upon arrival, you can take in the daily life in Ashu Village, take a leisurely walk in the foothills of the surrounding by magnificent mountains and fir tree forests, interact with some locals or take a participate in an optional horse-riding experience (paid locally).



Day 5 : Chon-Kemin - Bokonbayevo

Location: Kochkor, Bokonbayevo

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we drive to Kochkor village , the centre of Kyrgyz national felt handicrafts. Here you will be able to see how the traditional Kygyz wool carpets, called ‘shyrdak’, are made. Continue driving to Bokonbayevo village and watch a demonstration of Eagle Hunting.

Day 6 : Bokonbayevo - Karakol

Location: Bokonbayevo, Karakol

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit Skazka Canyon followed by and Barskoon Gorge to take a light hike to a waterfall named ‘Tears of Leopard’. Arrive in Karakol late this afternoon.

Day 7 : Jety-Orguz Gorge

Location: Jety - Oguz

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the striking Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, which was completed in 1895 and tour a Chinese mosque. In the afternoon, travel to the Valley of the Flowers and Jety-Orguz where you can enjoy a light hike through the magnificent canyon of red sandstone.

Day 8 : Karakol - Almaty

Location: Karakol, Almaty

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early and travel to the outskirts of town for the unforgettable Karakol Sunday Animal Market. Drive through breath-taking scenery to, visit magnificent Charyn Canyon and its Valley of the Castles, named due to the pillars and rock formations forming imposing structures. Travel on to Almaty where you will overnight.

Day 9 : Almaty Lake

Location: Үлкен Алматы көлі, Almaty

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will visit Republic Square, Abai Opera Theatre and Green Market, before spending the afternoon at the turquoise Big Almaty Lake nestled in the Tian Shan mountains. Return to Almaty in the late afternoon.

Day 10 : Almaty - Dushanbe

Location: Almaty, Dushanbe

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning in Almaty is yours to enjoy at your leisure. This afternoon we will transfer to the airport for an evening flight to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan arriving in the early afternoon

Day 11 : Dushanbe

Location: Dushanbe

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a tour of Dushanbe followed by a visit to the Fortress of Hissor, the Medrassah Kuhna and the Museum of Tajik Way of life.

Day 12 : Lake Iskander Kul

Location: Iskanderkul, Khujand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the breathtaking Lake Iskander Kul on the way to Khujand.

Day 13 : Khujand - Tashkent

Location: Khujand, Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a tour of Khujand, visiting Pushkin Square, Timur Malik's Fortress and the atmospheric Panjshanbe Bazaar. Travel to Tashkent this afternoon.



Day 14 : Tashkent

Location: Tashkent

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See the highlights of Tashkent today, including Barak Khan and Kukeidash Madrassahs, Chorsu Bazaar and the opulently-decorated stations of Tashkent's metro system.

Day 15 : Tashkent - Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive to Samarkand, where after checking into your hotel you will visit the iconic Registan Square, the heartbeat of Samarkand Admire the three beautiful madrassahs on the square's perimeter.



Day 16 : Samarkand

Location: Samarkand

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a full day's tour of Samarkand, starting with Gur Emir, the mausoleum to Tamerlane. Next, continue to Bibi Khanum Mosque before visiting Ulugbek's observatory and the ancient settlement of Afrosiab.



Day 17 : Samarkand - Bukhara

Location: Samarkand, Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out of Samarkand to the town of Shakhrisabz where you will explore the remains of Ak-Sarai Palace, Dorus Tilavat Cemetery and KokGumbas Mosque. Continue your journey this afternoon as you make your way to Bukhara.

Day 18 : Bukhara Sightseeing

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You have a city tour of one of the most famous spots on the Silk Road. Visit sites including Madrassah Nadirkhon Devanbegi, Poi Kalon Minaret and Mosque and the Ark of Bukhara.



Day 19 : Bukhara Sightseeing

Location: Bukhara

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head out of Bukhara to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of the former Emir of Bukhara. Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum, a famous Sufi spiritual leader of this region in the 14th century. Enjoy some downtime this afternoon.

Day 20 : Bukhara - Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel across the famous Kyzyl Kum Desert today. Watch in awe as the scenery changes from saksaul trees to the Amudarya riverbank.

Day 21 : Khiva

Location: Khiva

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Khiva's most famous sights, finishing at the Friday Mosque and the 19th century Tash Hauli Palace.



Day 22 : Khiva - Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer overland to Kunya-Urgench, the once-glorious capital of the Khorezmshah Empire and a now KUNESCO World Heritage Site. After, transfer to Dashoguz for your evening flight to Tashkent, Turkmenistan.



Day 23 : Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Ashgabat in your own time. Afterwards, head to Arkadash stud farm and learn about the “winged” Akhal Tekkes horses. En route back to Ashgabat stop at the Kipchak Complex where the largest mosque in Turkmenistan and the family mausoleum of the country’s first president is located.

Day 24 : The Ancient City Of Merv

Location: Merv, Mary

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise early for your flight to Mary. From the airport you will transfer overland to the ancient city of Merv; a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous archaeological sites in Central Asia. Return to Mary affter to visit the local History Museum.

Day 25 : Darvaza Flaming Crater

Location: Ashgabat

Fly back to Ashgabat and enjoy a morning tour of the city. In the afternoon you will head to Darvaza to witness its famous Flaming Crater. Enjoy a walk around the perimeter and tuck into a delicious nomadic-style camp-side dinner under the starts. Following dinner, you will return to Ashgabat.

Day 26 : Ashgabat

Location: Ashgabat

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Old Nisa Fortress; the former residence of the Parthian Empire. After lunch, you will continue the fun at the colourful Russian Bazaar. Later, continue to the National Carpet Museum that exhibits an interesting collection of hand-made Turkmen carpets and various carpet objects.

Day 27 : Fly Ashgabat To Uk

Location: Ashgabat

Meals Included: Breakfast

Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same day.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    25 nights in 3/4 star

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Entrance Fees

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfasts: 25, Lunches: 24, Dinners: 25

  • Hassle Free Visa

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the level of development like?

    Journey Through Central Asia is one of our unique and adventurous group tours, tracing the ancient Silk Road, including the fabled city of Samarkand. We wish for you to embark on your journey through Central Asia with a level of tolerance and understanding. This region is remote and conditions are not as developed as they are at home. It is essential that all customers recognise the demands o

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will endeavour to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. Any changes to confirmed bookings need to be sent to us in writing via your travel agent. Please refer to our booking conditions for further information and fees.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your Final Travel Documents are usually sent to you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Your travel pack will include your tour itinerary, hotel details, flight e-tickets and a travel guide. If you have booked with a travel agent, your tickets will be dispatched to your travel agent unless we have been otherwise informed.

  • Will I be travelling with passengers from other countries?

    Our passengers generally enjoy the mixture of British, Australian and American clients on tour. Occasionally we are joined by English-speaking passengers from other countries.

  • What is 'Happy to Share'?

    Customers booking to travel solo can choose our ‘Happy to Share’ option, which may enable them to share a twin room with other solo customers of the same gender who also request Happy to Share, thus avoiding the need to pay single room supplements. Note that ‘Happy to Share’ requests can be received when you make your booking with us but will not be confirmed until your final payment due date. If a share partner is found, the Single Supplement will be removed from your booking. If a share partner is not found, the Single Supplement will remain and is payable with your final balance in line with our normal booking conditions. Either way, our Operations Team will contact you around 75 days before departure to let you know whether a share partner has been found or not. We regret that Happy to Share requests cannot be accepted within 75 days of departure. Wendy Wu Tours reserves the right to change or withdraw this arrangement at any time.

  • Do you allow children on your tours?

    We allow children 12 years and over on our group tours. We recommend that families with children of any age take advantage of our private or tailormade tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour.

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    Wendy Wu requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of wendy wu charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

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  • How we Keep you safe on our Tours

    Your safety and well-being will always be our Number 1 priority which is why we’ve instituted the most stringent COVID health and safety protocols on all of our tours. Here is a brief summary of the steps we are taking to ensure you will be safe, secure and satisfied when you travel with us.


    Guides and National Escorts
    Our National Escorts and guides will conduct a Health and Safety briefing with you before the tour begins and will help everyone ensure they adhere to social distancing, hygiene practises and local regulations. They will carry a supply of face masks and hand sanitiser for you to use free of charge and will, of course, observe the highest level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Should anyone on the group fall ill your National Escort will ensure the individual receives swift medical attention and can only return to the group once cleared to do so.


    Transport & Sightseeing
    Vehicles will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant after each excursion service, overnight and between different groups.

    You will always have at least one seat between you and your fellow tourers, hand sanitiser will be given to the group on each embarkation and vehicles will be thoroughly ventilated prior to passengers boarding.

    Drivers will always embark vehicles after clients, disembark the group vehicle prior to clients disembarking, and maintain social distancing and a high level of personal hygiene at all times.

    Your guides will assess the situation on the ground avoiding large crowds – where possible, alter timings and splitting the group into smaller sizes.


    Accommodation
    Wendy Wu Tours will only offer hotels that have undergone a detailed hygiene assessment, have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with government standards.

    We will ensure these protocols include staff practising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPI, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in all areas and food safety.


    Dining
    All the restaurants we visit will be researched and inspected regularly to ensure that they follow the strictest health, cleanliness and safety guidelines.

    All waiting staff will wear face masks and gloves and we will arrange à la carte dining, waiter-served meals or waiter-assisted buffets throughout the tour. We will not share open-buffet meals with other hotel or restaurant guests.

    Hand sanitiser will be provided to the group before and after every food and beverage service.

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