Uzbekistan - Tajikistan

 

Day 1

Arrival to Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan. Half day S/S in the capital.

Hotel

Day 2

Today drive from Tashkent to Samarkand

Hotel

Day 3

Full day  in Samarkand and around

Hotel

Day 4

Drive to Bukhara

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Day 5

Full day  in Bukhara and around

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Day 6

Drive to Termez

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Day 7

Today move from Termez to Dushanbe, the capital of the Republic of Tajikistan

Hotel

Day 8

Full day  Dushanbe and Gissar

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Day 9

Drive from Dushanbe to lake Iskanderkul (Fan mountains)

Bungalow

Day 10

Drive from Iskaderkul to Khudjand

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Day 11

Drive from Khudjand to Tashkent

Hotel

Day 12

Departure

 

  

List of highlights

 

Tashkent

 

Square of Independence, the Navoi Theatre, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum, Barak-Khan Madrassah, Chorsu Bazaar

 

Samarkand

 

Crossroads of Culture" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Registan, Shah-i-Zinde, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Uleg Bek Observatory, Gur-Emir Mausoleum

 

Bukhara

 

Historic Centre of Bukhara" (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Lyab-i-Khauz Plaza, Kukeldash Madrassah, Kalon Mosque and Minaret, Ark Citadel, Zindan Prison, Ismael Samani Mausoleum

 

 

Termez

 

 

sightseeing of ancient town.

 

 

Dushanbe

 

Sightseeing, visiting of Hissar Fortress 18 century, State Museum of Tajikistan, visiting of native Tajik Bazar, observing architectural legacy of Tajikistan, Central Square with monuments and main buildings.

 

 Iskandar- Kul

 

lake of Alexander the Great, short hiking to  the waterfall, and to the small lakes which surround village.

 

 

Trip details

Study tour to the cultural highlights in cities such as from "1,001 Nights" and handicraft traditions of the Silk Road: visit of many different crafts. 
Khodjent is an ancient Central Asian city. It is also the second largest city in Tajikistan, situated in the northern part of the country on the Sirdarya River in the Ferganskaya Valley. The city was founded by Alexander the Great about 2500 years ago. According to the Greek sources, in 329 B.C. on the Yaksart (today’s Sirdarya) River he founded a fortress that had to be frontier of his empire. Then thanks to its good geographical location, it was actively populated and turned into big for that time city, which was known as Alexandria Eskhata. Precise location of the ancient city was unknown till the middle of the 20th century, when the scientists acknowledged that Khodjent of the 4th century B.C. and Alexandria Eskhata are identical. The scientists made also an assumption that Alexandria Eskhata was based on the territory of the city center called Archaic Khodjent, which had already existed on the left bank of the Sirdarya when army of Alexander the Great came there.
In the Middle Age a boundary between Bukhara emirate and Kokand khanate passed over Khodjent. Thus for many decades Khodjent was an apple of discord between these states. At that time the Great Silk Road was flourishing and Khodjent, being located on the road from China to Europe, gained strategic significance as an important trade center. In 1866 it was joined to Russia and internal wars have stopped. Later there was formed Khodjent district amounting to the Uzbek SSR, but in 1929 this district and the city were handed over to the Tajik SSR. Since January, 9 1936 Khodjent used to be named Leninabad (in the name of V.I.Lenin). Under this name the city was till 1990, when its historical name Khodjent was restored.

At present the city is a big industrial and culture center of Tajikistan. Modern Khodjent is cozy, green city with numerous parks and public gardens, historical and cultural memorials. Among main sightseeing is the renowned Panchshanbe market (translated from Tajik means "Thursday" – in old days there was brisk trade), one of the largest covered markets in Central Asia. Not far from the market is situated an architecture complex – a mosque and mausoleum of Muslikhiddin Sheikh. Unfortunately, the mausoleum is not intact: there are only several fragments of the building of the 11-12th centuries.

In the middle of the northern part of Khodjent, several decades meters from the Sirdarya River is situated a fortress of about 7-8th cc. B.C. The fortress occupied an area of 300x200m. and was surrounded by a strong wall. There were many armed attacks on the city and as result it was destroyed. In the early 18th century the fortress was partly reconstructed, and at present the Museum of archeology and fortification is situated on its territory.

In the eastward direction of Khodjent is located the Kayrakumskoe storage pool ("The Tajik sea"). Its name comes from the word "kayrakkum" meaning "stone desert". The "sea" is a result of stopping up the Sirdarya River by the130m long concrete dam of the Kayrakarumskaya hydroelectric power station. The storage pool is 65 km long and from 8 to 20 km wide. Mild climate, rarely beautiful nature and mirror-like surface of the storage pool create the necessary prerequisites for development of active tourism: speed-boating, fishing, tours to the places of archeological excavations. Several attractive health centers and vacation resorts with appropriate infrastructure (among them is "The Tajik sea" tourist base) are situated on the storage pool’s coast.

Pendjikent city is situated in the valley of the Zarafshan river, 68 km south-east of Samarkand and 320 km south-west of Khodjikent. In the south-east outskirts of today’s Pendjikent are situated ruins of an ancient Sogd town of the same name, which is a unique monument of Central Asia culture. This town existed in 5-8th cc. B.C. and was called "Central Asian Pompeii". It is one of not many well studied ancient towns of Sogd.
Style and technique of Pendjikent culture is near to art of other ancient Central Asian towns Afrasiab, Varakhsha, Shakhristan as well as towns of Iran, Afghanistan and India. In Pendjikent was found great number of pottery and metal fabrics, several thousands of Arabian and Sogdian bronze and silver coins. Unique monuments of Sogd decorative art –wall drawings, mud and wooden sculptures were found here

Fan Mountains in Tajikistan, as varied as the colors and shapes of the mountains are so colorful are also the costumes of the people who live here experience the gigantic mountains.. crystal clear lakes, mighty glaciers and flowering meadows full openness grant the Tajiks, who regard every stranger as a friend, an insight into their rural life, their customs and habits Chusch. Omaded: Be welcome!In the cities you stay in hotels under its common in middle-class or best private hotels and family pensions with convenient features for us. Please compare the comfort and sanitation districts not with Western European standards. Along the way you will find some places simple conditions.


The trial stages between the visited cities are covered on well-maintained roads in a bus. In the cities you stay in hotels under its common in middle-class or best private hotels and family pensions with convenient features for us. Please compare the comfort and sanitation districts not with our Western European standards. Along the way you will find some places before simple conditions. Therefore, understanding and a willingness to adapt and to sacrifice comfort of all participants / inside-expected. Study tour to the cultural highlights in cities such as from "1,001 Nights" and handicraft traditions of the Silk Road: visit of many different crafts.

Climate

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan has a continental climate with large temperature differences between day and night. In the areas below 1,000 m, it is very hot and dry. In summer the temperature can reach 40 ° C to 45 C. The spring applies to many parts of the country as the best time, the temperature is usually pleasant and the vegetation is much to see, some visitors rave about the fall because of the harvest season. Rainfall can occur at any time.

Equipment

For this trip you need most lightweight, breathable clothing. In the evenings, but it can also be a little cooler.

 

 

Dates and number of participants

Duration 12 days

Number of participants 1-20

Best season: from beginning of April till the end of October

 

Note:

Tour details can be changed according to your wishes. For more information please contact us:

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Number of participants 1-20