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Central Asia Adventure – Almaty to Tashkent

Spend two weeks discovering a part of the world well off the typical tourist track. Few Central Asia tours offer the cultural flavour this journey through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan does. Trek through the gorgeous landscapes of Jeti-Oguz, go horseback riding through the breathtaking valley at Chong-Kemin, stay a night in a traditional yurt and discover the unforgettable warmth of the people in these regions. Visit Central Asia and you'll wonder why you didn't get here sooner.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AZAT/153330
  • Starts: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Finishes: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
You will Visit
  • Almaty
  • Tashkent

Itinerary

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Day 1: Almaty

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Almaty

Take a city tour of Almaty including the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market.


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Day 3: Almaty/Karakol

Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol.

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Day 4: Karakol/Kochkor

Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor.

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Day 5: Kochkor/Song Kul

Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.

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Day 6: Song Kul

Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt.

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Day 7: Song Kul/Chong-Kemin

Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery.

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Day 8: Chong-Kemin/Almaty

Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour. Board an evening flight to Almaty.

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Day 9: Almaty/Dushanbe

In the morning, transfer to Almaty airport and board a flight to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Enjoy an evening in the city.
There may be more travellers joining the group here. Opt to attend an evening welcome meeting to get to know them.

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Day 10: Dushanbe/Kŭli Iskandarkŭl

Enjoy a free morning visiting some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe like monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains for an overnight at a local home in the stunning Iskandarkul area. Meet the locals and explore the gorgeous landscape of the Fann Mountains.

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Day 11: Kŭli Iskandarkŭl

Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.

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Day 12: Kŭli Iskandarkŭl/Khujand

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.

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Day 13: Khujand/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.
Some travellers will be joining the group here as they start their journey into Uzbekistan.

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Day 14: Tashkent

Depart at any time.


Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Overnight in a Yurt, Song Köl Local Living: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin Local Living: Community Homestay, Kŭli Iskandarkŭl
    • City tour (Almaty)
    • Charyn Canyon stop
    • Karakol city tour (half-day)
    • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
    • Felt-making workshop visit
    • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
    • Burana Tower visit
    • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
    • Dushanbe city tour
    • Hikes and picnic lunch
    • Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube)
    • City tour (Khujand)
    • Khujand market visit
    • City tour (Tashkent)
    • Internal flight
    • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts), community houses (3 nts), yurt (2 nts)
    • 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stop and marvel at Charyn Canyon
  • Explore Karakol with guided city tour
  • Settle into a Chong-Kemin homestay
  • Visit the Mug Teppe settlement