Uncover Wonders of Central Asia in 19 days

19 days/18 nights
Small Group (2-13)
Any Date
Breakfast
Age: 0+
Price:
5,525USD

The Highlights of the Tour

Reveal the secrets of Kazakhstan - the ninth largest country in the world Travel to beautiful Issyk Kul Lake one of the world’s few remaining ancient lakes and the second-largest alpine lake on the planet Try exotic national dishes like Kazakh beshparmak, Asian pilaf, kumis and many others. Admire the hypnotic sulfur flames of Darvaza burning gas crater Plunge into historical atmosphere of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva - the important sites of the Great Silk Road
Beshparmak - Darwaza - Uzbek bread - Bukhara - Samarkand

ITINERARY

Introduction

Central Asia offers some of the most exotic and unique wonders one can ever see on the planet. Our Uncover Wonders of Central Asia Tour is a great chance to explore all that mind-blowing natural and cultural gems of 5 Stans, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan in just 19 days. The exploration will include beautiful Big Almaty Gorge, legendary Issyk Kul Lake, stunning Seven Lakes and mysterious Darvaza gas crater and much more. Just contact our tour managers and we will start working on your life-enriching Asian adventures!

Day 1 - Arrival - Almaty City Tour

Day 2 - Almaty - Medeo - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty

Big Almaty Lake - Medeo - manti masterclass
This day you will visit the picturesque area near Almaty known for its natural gems. The first stop will be in Medeo (25 km) and Shymbulak Mountain resorts where you will have a chance to take a ski lift and reach a height of 3200 meters to enjoy the fresh mountain air and nice views. The tour will proceed to the Big Almaty Lake reservoir (45 km), which is providing the whole city with fresh water. It is not just a useful reservoir but also a very picturesque area of mountain ranges covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper, and the milky blue lake. On your way back to Almaty (30 km) there will be a stop at the Falcon Farm where people in traditional hunter costumes conduct shows with trained birds - falcons, eagles, owls, vultures, and others.
Overnight: Hotel in Almaty
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Almaty - Bishkek

Day 4 - Bishkek - Issyk Kul

Day 5 - Issyk Kul - Cholpon Ata - Grigorevka Gorge - Bishkek

Day 6 - Bishkek - Tashkent

Day 7 - Tashkent City Tour

Day 8 - Tashkent - Samarkand

Day 9 - Samarkand - Panjakent

Day 10 - Panjakent - Seven Lakes - Samarkand

Day 11 - Samarkand - Bukhara

Day 12 - Bukhara City Tour

Day 13 - Bukhara - Farab - Turkmenabat - Mary

Day 14 - Mary - Ashgabat

Day 15 - Ashgabat City Tour

Day 16 - Ashgabat - Darvaza Crater

Day 17 - Darvaza - Koneurgench - Khiva

Day 18 - Khiva - Tashkent

Day 19 - Departure

INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS

The tour price includes

  • All airport and land border transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels (twin/dbl shared)
  • Meals: breakfast at the hotels, lunches and dinners as per program
  • Services for private A/C car with driver as per program (vaccinated drivers)
  • Escort English – speaking guide for all days (vaccinated guides)
  • Train tickets: Tashkent-Samarkand
  • Domestic air tickets: Khiva-Tashkent, Mary-Ashgabat
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Show program in Bukhara and show with hawks in Kazakhstan
  • Mineral water 0.5 L per day/per person
  • Visa support LOI (only to Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan)

The tour price doesn't include

  • International flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Visa consular fees
  • Video and photo charges
  • Porterage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Services not included in the itinerary
  • Single supplement576 USD

GUARANTEED TOUR DATES

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Private tour

Any date

from Almaty/Tashkent
19
days
Individual

May 6, 2020

to Tashkent/Almaty

5,525 USD

2+

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Sunday

Sep 12, 2021

from Almaty
19
days
Thursday

Sep 30, 2021

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Sunday

Oct 3, 2021

from Almaty
19
days
Thursday

Oct 21, 2021

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

Mar 2, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Mar 20, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

Mar 9, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Mar 27, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

Apr 6, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Apr 24, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

Apr 13, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 1, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

May 4, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 22, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

May 11, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 29, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

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Wednesday

Jun 1, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Jun 19, 2022

to Tashkent

4,772 USD

13

Spaces left
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Private tour

Any date

from Almaty/Tashkent
19
days
Individual

May 6, 2020

to Tashkent/Almaty
Space left

2+

5,525 USD

Sunday

Sep 12, 2021

from Almaty
19
days
Thursday

Sep 30, 2021

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Sunday

Oct 3, 2021

from Almaty
19
days
Thursday

Oct 21, 2021

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

Mar 2, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Mar 20, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

Mar 9, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Mar 27, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

Apr 6, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Apr 24, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

Apr 13, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 1, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

May 4, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 22, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

May 11, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

May 29, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

Wednesday

Jun 1, 2022

from Almaty
19
days
Sunday

Jun 19, 2022

to Tashkent
Space left

13

4,772 USD

TRIP REVIEWS (4)

Oskar Owen

We went on a 5 stan tour and Satine from Araratour was patiently helpful in answering all our questions. The Araratour tour package was magnificently organized that we had no issues with country/border crossing, hotel or trip arrangements. Everyone from the tour guides, to the drivers and the accommodation staff were very friendly. The choice of hotels were so rightly chosen that they were all right smack in the middle of everything. Everyone took good care of us. Always.

I highly recommend Araratour to anyone wanting to visit Central Asia.

As to the places, i cant believe that people do not go more to these countries. I was surprised by how nice people were in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They would approach us for pictures and were always all smiles. Your hands will hurt waiving on the bus because everyone who sees the bus literally would wave at us. The place itself is so full of history and old buildings that you will always be at awe.

Darvaza Gas Crater was mind blowing. Where else can you see a crater burning since 1971 and be able to take selfies so close to it.

10.09.2021
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Robert Hooley

I traveled to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with Araratour in May 2019. Since visiting these countries had been a very long time dream, I decided to do it in a private tour. Lucky me that had Tatev from Araratour to book everything the way I wanted! I really enjoyed the trip! The guides were excelent, the program was very interesting, the transportation (cars and drivers) was nice and the hotels were also good. Dushanbe: the guide (I forgot his name ...) was very good, helpful and knowledgeable. Hotel was very nice and central. Almaty: the guide was also very good, helpful, knowledgeable and a sweetheart! Hotel Kazzhol was nice and central. Bishkek: the guide Kanat was also very good, helpful and knowledgeable. Hotel  was very nice. Ashgabat: the guide was also very good, super nice, helpful and knowledgeable! Hotel was very nice as well and very central. Tashkent: the guide (I forgot her name) was good and knowledgeable, but seemed to be tired (or hungry - because of Ramadan, I don't know). Well, in her favor I can say that at a certain point she bought us water, because we did not have Uzbek currency yet. And also in her favor I should say that she took us to a hotel to exchange money, so, yes, it was a good tour. All drivers were very nice. Thank you once again, Tatev! I really enjoyed the trip!

03.09.2021
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Alex Manning

I confess I've never heard of the company and was a little careful with booking with them. However, the fact that they offered a 19-day tour in all 5 countries and cheaper than many others made me go for it. Their itinerary offered everything I was looking for and I was not disappointed. It ended up being a great tour. Satine was very helpful from the beginning, responding patiently and quickly to all my emails. Shukhrat was a fantastic guide, very well organized, with good command of English, very informative and helpful. We traveled in great buses with good drivers, local planes and trains. Everything was very high quality for us. All we had to do was just follow our guide's instructions. There were 15 of us in our fun group of seasoned travelers from all 6 inhabited continents of the world. The locals were welcoming and friendly. The hotels were great. Five countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - were very interesting. Beautiful cities and structures, stunning landscapes and an abundance of adventure. I would definitely recommend Araratour to anyone traveling to Central Asia. The beginning of September was indeed a good time to travel as the weather was still good and comfortable. July is apparently the hottest month and it gets colder from October.

01.09.2021
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TRIP MAP

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map-Uncover Wonders of Central Asia in 19 days

WHY BOOK WITH ARARA

OWN AGENCY IN ARMENIA AND GEORGIA

With agencies operating in Georgia, we are able to provide clients with the best price and quality services.

CENTRAL LOCATED HOTELS

We choose only the best hotels located in the city center close to the main sights.

GUIDES WITH 5+ YEAR EXPERIENCE

We work only with professional guides and guides who have experience in tourism for more than 5 years. All our guides are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

THE BEST PRICE IN THE MARKET FOR HIGH-QUALITY SERVICE

With Arara you book at first hand from a qualified local Armenian agency. Avoid surcharges applied by intermediaries and save money!

LICENSED AIR CONDITIONED TRANSPORT

We provide our tourists with comfortable air-conditioned transport. All our drivers are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

3000+ SATISFIED CLIENTS PER YEAR

Every year we get a great number of positive feedback from our clients.

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

Qibla Tozabog (Khiva)

Umariyon (Panjakent)

Grand Art (Tashkent)

Arba (Samarkand)

Rangrez (Bukhara)

Kazakhstan (Almaty)

Discovery (Bishkek)

Karven (Issyk Kul)

Fatima Boutique (Bukhara)

PACKING CHECKLIST

Documents:

Passport, flight ticket (printed or electronic), insurance, visa (if required)

Essential:

Credit/debit cards, cash (cards can be used in the city, cash in regions), moneybelt, laptop/tablet/phone, chargers, a camera with extra memory cards and batteries, outlet adapter

Other:

First-aid kit (plaster, antibacterial gel, cold medicine), umbrella

Clothing for spring/autumn:

Light clothing and clothing with long sleeves for a cool evening, rainproof shoes and raincoat in case of rain

Clothing for summer:

Light clothing preferably made of natural fabric, a hat for sun protection, sunglasses

Clothing for winter:

Warm clothing, coats, waterproof warmed shoes, scarf, gloves

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