Combined tour to unexplored treasures of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. 14 days/13 nights.
If you wish to explore several countries of Central Asia at the same time and compare, this combined tour is for you. Come to follow the traces of the oldest civilizations and have a pleasure of discovering the incomparable cultures of the two countries: Uzbekistan, located on the crossroads of The Silk Road, retained Islamic architecture developed during millennia, and Tajikistan – a country covered by high mountains with a lot of rural settlements called “kishlaks”, as well as lakes, giving incredible impressions of the wild nature. A beautiful equilibrium between the culture and the nature.
Day 1. Arrival to Samarkand!
Welcome to the Uzbek land! Upon arrival to Samarkand International Airport, you’ll meet our English speaking guide, who will transfer you to your hotel. Free time to have a rest after a long trip. Later, you’ll start exploring Samarkand and its incomparable monuments by visiting The Registan Square enclosed by three huge and high madrasah. Following this, you’ll visit Amir Timur’s mausoleum, where Timur himself and also Timurids were buried. Your first day will be full of discoveries, before you go for dinner to a local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 2. Exploring the Marvels of Samarkand.
You’ll continue exploring Samarkand the Mysterious by visiting the Bibi-Khanum mosque located near the Siab bazaar, both of them are quite interesting to spend time. Next visit will be to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis including more than 20 mausoleums. It is believed that the cousin of prophet Muhammad was buried at this holy place. During the day, you’ll visit some more interesting places before you go to a performance at the theatre “El-Meros”. Dinner and a photo tour ‘’Samarkand by night’’ will be organized to take pictures of illuminated monuments. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 3. From Samarkand to Bukhara by high speed train.
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be transferred to the railway station of Samarkand, from where you’ll take a high speed train for Bukhara (travel time – 2h). Upon arrival, you’ll explore the suburbs of Bukhara and visit the complex of Nakshbandy, which is respected by local believers as a holy place. Then, a visit to the summer residence of Emirs of Bukhara, where you’ll be able to see the architecture of mixed style – Russian and Oriental. Thereafter, you’ll go to the city centre, where you’ll check-in at your hotel. After some free time, you’ll walk around Lyabi-Khauz, a square with a water-pool, favoured by the locals and tourists. In the warm summer evening you’ll meet many locals walking there with their families. Dinner and overnight in Bukhara.
Day 4. Discovery of the wonders of Bukhara the Noble.
You have another day to explore the second famous city of the Silk Road. Bukhara is a home of more than 200 historical buildings, so prepare yourself for a feast of mosques, minarets and madrasah, as well as visiting some old caravanserais of the commercial party of Bukhara. You’ll also get acquainted with the water-supply system of Bukhara with its more than 108 water-pools, nearly all of which were filled with clay in 1930th to exterminate multiple malaria mosquitoes. You’ll finish your city tour by exploring the ancient Jewish quarter of the city, where you’ll visit a functioning synagogue. You may have a fresh drink around the large water-pool of Lyabi-Khauz Square before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5. From Bukhara to the birth-place of Amir Timur (270 km by car).
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll leave Bukhara for Shakhrisabz (the name means “green city”), known as Kesh before the XIV c. En route, you’ll visit the bazaar of Karshi, which is a typical local market. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll visit the historical monuments of Shakhrisabz, a birth-place of Amir Timur (also known as Tamerlane). The ruins of Ak-Saray (White Palace) are so impressive, and if it was preserved till today, the portal of it would reach the height of about 70 meters. After your sightseeing tour, you’ll check-in at your hotel and have free time to walk in the town on your own. You’ll go for dinner to a small restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6. Shakhrisabz – Termez via Boysun (330 km by car).
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll move towards Termez via Boysun. On the way there, you’ll have a short visit to a mountain village of Sayrob, where you’ll see millennium old sycamore trees. Then, you’ll enjoy visiting Boysun region, which is famous for its unusual and beautiful nature. You’ll take some pictures of the Red Canyons and villages. Before arriving to Termez, you’ll visit the complex of Al-Hakim at-Termizi (IXth century), a holy place, highly worshipped by believers. On arrival, check-in and overnight at hotel.
Day 7. Termez – the crossroads of different religions.
The city of Termez is located in the south of Uzbekistan and in the past was the capital of the northern part of the ancient Bactria, nowadays a territory of many archaeological sites, which offer important evidence of spreading Buddhism from India to the far west through the Kingdom of Gandhara to Bactria. Your full day will be devoted to exploration of this ancient city, and you’ll even be able to see the Bridge of Friendship over the Amudarya river, which is the border between Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8. Termez – Dushanbe, towards the mountains country (245 km by car).
This morning you’ll leave Uzbekistan and go to cross the Uzbek – Tajik border, where you’ll meet our Tadjik English-speaking guide. Then, transfer to the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe, located near the mountains. En route, you’ll have a short stop to visit the Hissar fortress, which was built in ancient times. On arrival, you’ll visit the capital and the national Museum of Dushanbe, avenue Rudaky and other places. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 9. Dushanbe – Iskandarkul Lake (130 km by car).
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll leave Dushanbe for the lake Iskandarkul located at the height of 2255m above the sea level. While driving, you’ll enjoy the sights of mountain landscapes and take pictures. The lake is situated in the Fan mountains, which is one of the most beautiful mountain views of Central Asia. On arrival, you’ll walk around the lake and have also a possibility to hike to a picturesque waterfall (around 40minutes). At the end of the day, you’ll check-in at a local cottage to spend the night.
Day 10. Iskandarkul lake – Pendjikent ( 115 km by car).
Early in the morning you’ll drive to the ancient city of Pendjikent, the most important historical site of the ancient Sogdian civilization. Upon arrival, you’ll visit the ruins of an ancient Sogdian fortress, where you’ll see an ancient Zoroastrian temple. Zoroastrism is one the world’s oldest continuously practiced religions, and your guide will give you information on its impressive history. Following this, you’ll visit the archaeological museum of Pendjikent, where an entire hall is dedicated to Rudaky (a famous poet considered to be one of the founders of the Persian literature). At the end of the day you’ll check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Pendjikent.
Day 11. Pendjikent- zone of 7 lakes (Hafkul) – Pendjikent (160 km by car).
After early breakfast you’ll drive through the mountains of Tajikistan. En route, you’ll make a short stop to visit the archaeological site of Sarazm, which is more than 5500 years old and was certified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2001. Thereafter, you’ll drive towards the region of 7 unique lakes – all of them of different colours. It’s possible to reach only the 5th lake by car, and then you’ll have to walk to visit two other lakes. In the late afternoon you’ll return to Pendjikent, where you’ll spend the night.
Day 12. Pendjikent-Istaravshan-Khodjand (220 km by car).
After having spent two amazing days in beautiful nature, you’ll move towards the next stop of your trip in Tajikistan – the city of Khodjand. In order to get access to this town, you’ll drive via a snaking mountain pass and reach by car to the height of 3378m above the sea level. The first visit today will be made to Istravshan (Ura Tube town), which was probably founded in the 6th century BC. You’ll visit the restored citadel of Mug-tepa, a local mosque and a local bazaar. Then, you’ll continue your trip to Khodjand, and upon arrival check-in at your hotel. You’ll walk around the city before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Khodjand.
Day 13. Khodjand-Tashkent (130 km by car).
This morning, you’ll enjoy exploring the big bazaar of Khodjand, where you’ll see the daily life of the locals. Then, you’ll be taken to the border of Uzbekistan and go to Tashkent. After your lunch, served at a local restaurant, we can opt for a sightseeing tour in the modern capital of Uzbekistan, which includes The Independence Square, Amir Timur Square and other places. A delicious national style dinner will be organized before your departure home.
Day 14. Departure from Tashkent to home.
The transfer to the International Airport of Tashkent. We wish you a pleasant flight!.
NB; In the case of any emergency and weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed.