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.
Day 1 Dushanbe
Arrive at any time.
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.
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.
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.
Day 5 Khŭjand/Tashkent (1B)
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.
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.
Day 8 Samarkand (1B)
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.
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.
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).
Day 11 Bukhara (1B)
Take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, madrassas, and covered markets that make up the Old City.
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.
Day 13 Khiva/Tashkent (1B)
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. Later, take an overnight train to Tashkent, travelling alongside the locals.
Day 14 Tashkent
Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.
Day 15 Tashkent (1B)
Depart at any time.
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