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Central Asia 5 Stans in 19 days

19 days
18 nights






$ 6,700.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 6,700.00 (single occupancy)
$ 7,400.00 (private tour / double)


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Almaty (2 nights): Kazzhol or similar
Bishkek (1 night): Ambassador or similar
Issyk Kul (1 night): Karven Four Seasons or similar
Tashkent (4 nights): Tashkent Palace or similar
Samarkand (2 nights): Konstantin or similar
Bukhara (2 nights): Sasha and Son or similar
Mary (1 night): Mary or similar
Ashgabat (2 nights): Yulduz or similar
Dashoguz (1 night): Dashoguz or similar
Khiva (1 night): Asia Khiva or similar
Khujand (1 night): Parlament or similar


  • Luxury hotels
  • Visa processing and consular fees
  • Daily breakfasts, 17 lunches and dinners
  • Internal Flights and Business class train tickets
  • All Land Transfers with A/C transport
  • Tour guide escort 24/7
  • Guided sightseeing per itinerary
  • 4 Show Programs
  • Entrance Fees
  • Bottled water (1 lt per person per day)


Highlights & Experience:

The tour was Excellent, exactly as advertised, actually better. The guides were magnificent, the hotels were better than great. The sights in this unique part of the world, both modern and ancient were very interesting, some incredible. The extra efforts made by the guides and the company made a difference.
My sincere thanks to you and the four guides who made this tour memorable.

Fred and I are still trying to catch up on our sleep after our exhausting, wonderful trip to the Stans.
We had a very nice time - we saw so many beautiful sites, ate new foods, and learned a lot about a part of the world we knew almost nothing about.

The guides were all very nice, and Bava in Turkmenistan was very well organized and kept things running very smoothly. Some of the hotels were magnificent, and twice we had suites. What a nice surprise.
Thank you for providing us with such an exciting and enjoyable experience,

It it the purpose of this document to share my impressions of this trip - from planning to travel - to on site experiences with guides &drivers, hotels, restaurants and tours. The planning documents were very complete with daily itineraries, hotel contact information, Embassy contacts etc.

After not hearing from me in four days, my wife was worried. She called Julia directly, and Julia called my hotel. Immediately and we were connected. Thank you so much, Julia.
Hotels: Kazzhol - Almaty-KZ (3 nights) "The Apple City" was celebrating its 1,000th Anniversary! Excellent hotel. Large sunny, modern rooms. Very good breakfast food in the restaurant.
Ambassador - Bishkek-KG (2 nights) Modern, business class hotel - king bed - very good buffet breakfats - enjoyable stay.
Karven Resort - Lake Issuk Kul, KG (1 night) Typical rooms, comfortable, nice restaurant.
Konstantin - Samarkand, UZ (2 nights) Comfortable hotel, quiet, ground floor, sunny and a restaurant with full breakfast on lower level. Good management.
Devon Begi - Bukhara (3 nights) Nice hotel, comfortable room on an inner-court, CNN TV, hot, hot water for showers.
Hotel Mary - Mary (1 night) Very good hotel. Large, comfortable bed, all the amenities - a good nights sleep after a long, full day of driving and touring.
Yulduz - Ashgabat, TM (2 nights) Fabulous ultra-modern hotel high on a hill overlooking the city...huge (!) room, all amenities (incl. Business Ctr) bed fits four (alas, I was alone) ! Excellent!
Hotel Asia - Khiva - (1 night) Delightful hotel, nice decor, comfortable room with a view of the fortress, short walk to everything,
Lotte Hotel - Tashkent, UZ (2 nights) highrise with all the usual accomodations. Very helpful concierge staff used their computer catch up emails. Left luggage while in Tajikstan .
Khujand Deluxe Hotel, Khujand, TJ (1 night) Wonderful! Loved the unique Tajik furnishings, three big rooms, huge, comfy bed, very modern bathroom..HOT water.

Guides: Kazakh - Kyrgyz - Elmira & Daniel, driver: Sasha, very good. Both have good english. Elmira was very proficient with local history, geography and Kyrgyz culture.
Uzbekistan: Gulya. Delightful, professional lady....has guided VIPs (Even Hillary). Superior guide, lots of information about the culture, insights into regional history.
Turkmenistan: Anna. Smart young woman. Did exchange in USA. Very good guide knows her history, local topics. We toured Old Merv and city of Mary, Silk Road history.
Tajikstan: Farhodbek Fayzullaev - College prof. teaches Tour Guide courses knowledge, skills. Excellent presentations on all aspects of Tajik culture, history, economy, etc. Very personable and attentive to the group.
The "Five Stans" Tour was a wonderful travel experience. From the arrival to departure, everything was well organized, hotels were top-notch, guides were excellent and met, even exceeded, my expectations.
I was delighted to learn so much about each city and country, the culture, extensive history in our visits to excellent museums, large and small. I was surprised to see how modern, clean and attractive the major cities are. I was delighted to meet smiling and friendly local people and young students.
Our weather was sunny every day. Each day was full of new interesting places, sights, walking tours and pleasant restaurants with good food.
While there were some long drives, early morning flights and long walks at border crossings, each day was an educational adventure.
I have been to all 50 U.S. states, all seven continents and over 70 countries. This tour was the best organized, had the fullest daily agenda of unique sights and places, with professional guides in each country.
Small group tours (in this case, nine people) are the ideal way to see, hear and learn more details and broader information about the unique places in this world.

Yes, I am totally rested and am enjoying looking at all of the pictures I took during the trip. I have to say the 5 Stans and Caucaus tours were 2 of the best tours I have ever taken. Everything went smoothly--the hotels were terrific, all of the guides were knowledegable and very nice. They all took good care of us and made sure we had great experiences! I don't know how we could have seen anything more--terrific to see so much! Good to have all meals included. Loved the train trip-better than driving the distance. Every day was fun as we saw so many different sites.

All of the information you gave us before we left was very useful. I would definitely recommend East-Site to anyone who wants to travel to Central Asia. I was tired at the end of the 2nd tour, but am very glad I did both tours back to back.
Thanks for everything.

I recently returned from the 5 stans tour with East Site. Julia was wonderful to work with and the tour was fantastic. I have traveled the world and been on every major cruise and done other land tours and East Site by far has been the most comprehensive in its offerings and 6 star service. Just having all the visas done for you is a huge plus from any of the other tour companies. The people are so friendly and the hotels were indeed 4-5 star. The guides where amazing and in Uzbekistan, our guide was also the guide for Madeline Albright, Hillary, Prince Charles etc so this shows you the extent that East Site goes through to please their clients. My tour guide at one point even got a call from Julia to make sure the company was paying for any bathroom breaks that required an entrance fee- that is detailed. My advice is if you are thinking of going to Central Asia and doing the 5 stans tour you absolutely should (and use East Site to plan it) but keep in mind you are not going to Europe so the roads will be bumpy, but the food will be plentiful and good, the culture and history will be amazing and the people will welcome you with open arms and as for safety, I never felt once I was in any danger even walking alone at night.

After spending 24 days in Central Asia (Xinjiang Province, China and the Five Stans) for the first time in our lives, my wife and I can certainly say that the travel and educational experience provided by East Site, Inc was outstanding. No one could have done it better. You provided a magnificent team of knowledgeable and professional guides and drivers in every country who executed the planned program literally to perfection. They took pride in catering to their clients’ individual interests and needs and were always considerate, helpful, flexible and patient as well as taking great pictures and having a sense of humor. The tour that you planned included an impressive number of UNESCO Heritage sites, a rich history that is continually being expanded through archaeological work; we also experienced the rich musical tradition of dancing and singing as well, and a diverse landscape including deserts, mountains and beautiful lakes. We found the people of Central Asia to be generous and friendly.
We loved every minute of this trip and much of it was due to the precisely coordinated itinerary that you and your team planned and executed for the group. There were literally no glitches. The guides answered all of our questions, allayed our concerns and actively searched for information on a variety of subjects. We don’t know many companies where you get that level of service on a personal level. We would highly recommend East Site for a Central Asian tour.

The tour was Excellent, exactly as advertised, actually better. The guides were magnificent, the hotels were better than great. The sights in this unique part of the world, both modern and ancient were very interesting, some incredible. The extra efforts made by the guides and the company made a difference.

My sincere thanks to you and the four guides who made this tour memorable.

Good to hear from you. I would like to say that the 5-Stans tour was everything it was billed to be. It was an excellent tour and I enjoyed every aspect of it. The sights were incredible (one of the best trips I have ever taken); the guides were knowledgeable and very responsible so that we got everywhere and saw everything. Your East Site Travel agency delivers on your promises.
Thanks again for the excellent tour -- it was truly magnificent.


Day 1  : Arrival in Almaty (Kazakhstan)

We are excited to welcome you Kazakhstan! We will meet you and transfer you to the hotel upon arrival at Almaty airport.

A welcome dinner will be served at a local restaurant in the evening, during which we will give a quick overview of Kazakhstan, the largest country in Central Asia, known for its majestic mountains and plains, glaciers, deep rivers, lakes, deserts, boundless steppes, and forests.

In addition to its beautiful landscapes, the country also has a wealth of historical monuments, such as the sites of ancient settlements, barrows, petroglyphs, mausoleums, and mosques, which serve as significant places of worship for Muslims.

Kazakhstan - is the land of the oldest culture in all of Eurasia, the traditional home of numerous nomadic peoples, and a major link in the 1400 km long Great Silk Road.
There are 27,000 historical landmarks in the republic. It is Kazakhstan is a highly developed industrial nation, particularly strong in the fields of metallurgy, chemistry, and mechanical engineering. Kazakhstan also has a well-developed oil processing and construction industries. 

Overnight in Almaty (B)

Day 2  : Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Full Day Sightseeing in Almaty - Ykylas National Museum of Kazakh Musical Instrument - Central State Museum

After breakfast at the hotel, we will go on a full day sightseeing tour of Almaty. We'll be touring Panfilov Park, the Zenkov Wooden Cathedral, and St. Nicholas Cathedral today, as well as taking in a panoramic view from the observatory. Often referred to as "the southern capital of Kazakhstan," Almaty is a major city in the country. During the years 1927–1997, it served as the capital of the state. It sits between 670 and 1100 m above sea level in southeastern Kazakhstan, close to the country's border with Kyrgyzstan. The city's most popular attraction is Panfilov Park, an expansive green space that spans close to 18 hectare, dominated by the magnificent Sacred Voznesenski Cathedral. Behind the park is the Green Bazaar, one of Almaty's largest marketplaces, a wonderful example of an authentic Asian market.

Our next stop is at the Ykylas National Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments, which opened in the 1980s and houses a wide variety of instruments dating back to the 17th century.

We continue to the Central State Museum, with unique artifacts that span the history of Kazakhstan from its earliest settlers to the present day. More than 120,000 artifacts are on display at the museum.

A visit to a falcon farm and a quick show are on the agenda before we settle in for dinner at the local restaurant

Overnight in Almaty (B, L, D)

Day 3  : Almaty - Bishkek (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)

Drive to Bishkek, sightseeing in Bishkek, Dinner with folk program

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Green Bazaar, one of the largest markets in all of Almaty. After that, we take the brand new highway from Almaty to Bishkek.

During the drive, we will give you a quick overview of Kyrgyzstan Republic located in the northeastern Central Asia, and straddling the world's two largest mountain ranges (the Tien Shan and the Pamir). The mountains of Kyrgyzstan cover 93% of the country, and the country's elevation of 3,500 meters above sea level gives it a harsh continental climate.

We are expected to arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital, in the afternoon. After some rest at the hotel and lunch at a local café, we will we have some sightseeing in Bishkek.

In the evening, dinner and a folks how program at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Bishkek (B, L, D)

Day 4  : Bishkek – Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan)

Tour of Issyk Kul, lunch in a local family

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive to the beautiful Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan. We'll stop by Burana Tower in Tokmok, about 62 kilometers (39 miles) from Bishkek, where we will enjoy lunch in a Kyrgyz family. We continue our trip through Boom Canyon until we reach Issyk Kul.

Located in the northeastern part of the Kyrgyz Republic between the ridges of the Northern Tien Shan—the Kungey Ala and the Terskey Ala—at an altitude of 1609 m above sea level, Issyk Kul is one of the largest mountain lakes in the world and the most beautiful lake in Kyrgyzstan. We will see the petroglyphs of the Paleolithic era and visit the local museum in Cholpon Ata. After check-in, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight on the shores of Issyk Kul (B, L, D)

Day 5  : Issyk Kul – Chopon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge - Bishkek - Tashkent (Kyrgyzstan/Uzbekistan)

Enjoying outdoors by Issyk Kul, flight to Tashkent

AFter breakfast at the hotel, we will take a short drive (about 45 miles) to the beautiful Grigorevka Gorge. The valley's gentle slopes are forested with fir trees, stretching for about 25 miles.The Grigorevka Gorge is a popular tourist destination in the Issyk Kul region. We're going to spend the day hiking and enjoying the outdoors. We will return to Bishkek after lunch at a local restaurant and take the 18:40 flight to Tashkent.

Welcome to Uzbekistan! You will be met at the Tashkent airport and taken directly to your hotel. En route we will give you a short introduction to Uzbekistan, one of the most prosperous countries in Central Asia. It occupies just over 11% of the Central Asia. The cultivation of cotton, the manufacture of silk, growing fruit and vegetables, and the construction of irrigation systems are the mainstays of the republic's economic structure. Tashkent may seem like just a pit stop on the way to more exciting destinations, but a full day spent exploring this ancient city will reward visitors with many pleasant surprises. 

Overnight in Tashkent (B, L, D)

Day 6  : Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Full-day sightseeing in Tashkent

Following breakfast, we'll spend the first part of the day exploring the city's historic district, the Khast Imam Complex, home to the rare Osman Koran, widely believed to be the oldest Koran in existence. Chorsu Bazaar is among Tashkent's oldest and largest markets. A notable architectural landmark from the 16th century, Madrasah Kukeldash stands out.

We'll eat lunch and then head to Tashkent's main square, Mustakillik (Independent Square), surrounded by some of the city's largest public buildings and walls of fountains. You will see Navoi Theatre Square, completed in 1947 by World War II Japanese POWs. Our Tashkent tour will conclude with stops at the Amir Temur Museum and the Museum of Handcraft Art, followed by dinner at a local restaurant and an overnight stay at a hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent (B, L, D)

Day 7  : Tashkent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Train to Samarkand, tour museums in Samarkand

After breakfast, we will travel by train to the world-famous city of Samarkand. The trip takes approximately 3-hours and goes through the provinces of Syrdarya and Jizzakh. We will arrive in Samarkand in the afternoon, and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

After a short rest, we'll begin our Samarkand tour at the Paper Mills Factory, where we'll see a presentation on papermaking using mulberry trees. Other visits include the Afrasiyob Museum and Ulugbek's observatory, built between 1428 and 1429 and hailed as the largest observatory in the East and boasting a cutting-edge technology. We will have dinner at a local restaurant before heading to our hotel for the night.

Overnight in Samarkand (B, L, D)

Day 8  : Samarkand (Uzbekistan)

Full-day sightseeing in Samarkand

We will spend the day exploring Samarkand, starting with the Registan Square, the city's heart, which historically played a pivotal role in the economic and intellectual development of the region. The Gur Emir Mausoleum is an absolute masterpiece of Central Asian architecture, and it serves as a mausoleum for the male members of the Temurid dynasty. The Shaki Zinda Necropolis is located on the northern outskirts of Samarkand. The construction of the Bibi - Khanum Mosque began in 1399, following Temur's successful Victorian campaign in India. In the Siyobian Central Bazaar, we will sample the city's signature bread made only in Samarkand. The day ends with dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Samarkand (B, L, D)

Day 9  : Samarkand - Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Tour between Samarkand and Bukhara, Emir's summer residence, lunch at Abdulla's pottery house

We leave Samarkand in the morning and drive to an enchanting Bukhara. We will make a stop en route at the ruins of the medieval Caravanserai Rabat-i-Malik. We keep on driving to Bukhara via Gijduvan, where we'll stop at Abdulla's pottery house for a brief demonstration of the craft, some tea, and lunch.

After lunch, we will visit the summer palace of the emir of Mohi Hosa. Upon arrival in Bukhara, we'll check into a hotel, and after some rest, go to dinner at one of Bukhara's restaurants.

Overnight in Bukhara (B, L, D)

Day 10  : Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

Full-day sightseeing of Bukhara

After breakfast at the hotel, we are ready for a full-day exploration of Bukhara, one of the most historically significant cities on the Great Silk Road, attracting tens of thousands of tourists every year.

Today's visits will include: the Mausoleum of the Samanid dynasty (875 - 999), widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Samanid-era architecture, the Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, supposedly the final resting place of Prophet Jove, Mosque of Bolo-Khauz, the minaret, mosque, and madrasah that make up the Kalon Complex and are still in use today, the Mosque of Magoki Attori, Mosques of Ulugbek and Abdulazizi Khan, the Lyabi Khauz complex, Bukhara's most popular attraction, which was constructed in 1620 by khans' dignitary Nodir Devan Begi to house a reservoir.

We'll wrap up the day with dinner at a neighborhood restaurant and a show program.

Overnight in Bukhara (B, L, D)

Day 11  : Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Mary (Uzbekistan/ Turkmenistan)

Full-day sightseeing of Bukhara

After breakfast we’ll continue with half a day of sightseeing in Bukhara, visiting: the former summer palace of Bukhara Emir Said Olimkhan – the last Emir of Bukhara Sitora – iMokhi – Khosa, Museum of Decorative- Applied Art. After lunch, we say goodbye to Uzbekistan as we make our way to the Turkmenistan border which is almost 1.5 hours of driving. Upon arrival at the border at ~13.00-13.30 point we’ll go through customs. After you cross the wire border & passport check you will find a minibus that will take you ~800 meters distance to Turkmenistan Customs. Upon arrival proceed with border passing, visa obtaining (if required) & customs procedures. After the border crossing, you need to walk around ~150 meters to the next checkpoint where you will find a minibus that will take you ~600 meters to the last checkpoint where you will find your Turkmenistan guide & transport waiting for you. After the last checkpoint at the border zone, you will drive ~280km (4 hours) to Mary via Turkmenabat crossing one of the biggest deserts in the world known as the Garagum Desert which means “black sand”. En route, we will stop to visit some amazing sand dunes of the Garagum Desert. Upon arrival in Mary accommodation & rest. Dinner at one of the local restaurants. 

Overnight in Mary (B, L, D)

Day 12  : Mary – Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Merv-Mary Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will have a short drive of ~35 km & 35min to Bayramaly to have a Sightseeing tour of Old Merv which was also known in the past by its title name: Mary Shahu Jahan-King of the World which for about 300 years became one of the biggest city in the World & 8 years Capital of World Islamic Khalifat. Today’s excursion at Old Merv will include Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Erk Gala (VI BC), Soltan Gala (XI), Shrine & Pilgrimage Complex of Yusup Hemadani: a famous scholar who was the founder of one of the ways in Sufism whose tomb became a popular pilgrimage site in Turkmenistan & even among surrounding countries like Iran &, etc, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (XII), Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (XII). After Old Merv drive back to Mary. Lunch at a local restaurant. After a lunch break, proceed with Sightseeing in Mary visiting: Local United Museum of History, Ethnography, Flora & Fauna of Mary, the Orthodox Church built by Russians at the end of the XIX century, Regional Mosque of Mary Province, Central Theater of Mary, Convention & Conference Center “Ruhiyet Koshgi”, Central Park & Monument of Mollanepes-the National Classic Poet who lived in Mary in XVIII-XIXcc. Late afternoon transfer to the airport of Mary for flight to Ashgabat by flight T5-134. Dep: 18.55 & Arr: at 19.35. (subject to change). Upon arrival transfer to hotel with en route stopping have dinner at a local restaurant.
Note: Passports & 2 colored photos are required to be left at the hotel reception for registration at the City Tourist Board (CTB) in Ashgabat. Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to have dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Ashgabat (B, L, D)

Day 13  : Ashgabat – Nissa – Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

Full day Ashgabat sightseeing

Today after breakfast we’ll have a full day Sightseeing in/around Ashgabat. Today’s sightseeing includes the Memorial Complex with Monuments for Victims of World War II, Patriotic Wars of XIXcc & Monument for the Victims of the Earthquake of 1948, “Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi”: the largest mosque in Central Asia & Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy (first President of Turkmenistan S. Nyyazow) and his parents with his brothers, Old Nissa-The Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. Lunch at one of the local restaurants. After lunch break you will continue with a half day sightseeing in Ashgabat including the Museum of Turkmen Carpets, a Park dedicated to Turkmen horses-the pride of Turkmen, Gulistan Bazar which is known as “Russian Bazaar” in public, the Monument of Lenin which was erected in 1927 and was one those few monuments which survived the earthquake of 1948, making it the oldest standing monuments in Ashgabat, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Dinner you will have at one of the local restaurants. After dinner, drive a city tour along the main avenues/streets of Ashgabat including one stop near the Palace of Happiness to have colorful views of the night lights of Ashgabat which makes it one of the most spectacular cities in Central Asia.

Overnight in Ashgabat (B, L, D)

Day 14  : Ashgabat – Dashoguz (Turkmenistan)

Full-day Ashgabat sightseeing

Today after breakfast you will have another full day of sightseeing in Ashgabat which will include: Complex of Monuments of Oguz Han & Sons surrounded by the largest in the world fountain complex. The complex includes 27 computerized fountains, with the statue of the founder of the Turkmen nation, Oguz Khan, installed on a central podium, Ashgabat’s famous “Altyn Asyr” Oriental Bazaar- Jygyldyk which is located in ~16km to the north of Ashgabat in its new location/complex built in 2011. After Bazaar, we drive to the Hippodrome of Ashgabat to watch the Horse Race, a great chance to see & familiarize ourselves with the best horses of Turkmenistan: Turkmen Horses-Akhalteke which is thought to be the rootstock of Arab, Thoroughbred, and “horse crazy” people rooting for their favorite horses without any betting. Lunch at one of the local restaurants in Ashgabat. After a lunch break, proceed with sightseeing including the National Museum of History. After Museum, proceed with sightseeing of the Monuments of Archabil Shayoly (Berzengi) to have a close impression of the new part of Ashgabat with its modern buildings, monuments & parks which include: the Monument of Constitution, “Alem” Culture & Recreation Center, Arch of Neutrality: famous rocket & tripod style built monument symbolizing neutral status of Turkmenistan.

Late afternoon transfer to the airport of Ashgabat for flight to Dashoguz by flight T5-113. Dep: 18.55 & Arr: at 19.45. (subject to change). Upon arrival transfer to have dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner accommodation & rest.

Overnight in Dashoguz (B, L, D)

Day 15  : Dashoguz – Kunya – Urgench – Khiva (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)

Koneurgench sightseeing

After breakfast, we will drive ~110 km which will take 1,5 hours to Koneurgench-the capital of Khorezmshahs (III-XVI cc). The sightseeing of the Old City will include Turabek Hanum Mausoleum (XIV), Kutlug Timur Minaret (XIV)-one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum (XIII), Academy of Horezm (III-XIII), Il Arslan Mausoleum (XII), Mausoleums of Najm Ed Din (XIII) & Soltan Ali (XVI) located near Dash Metjit/Medrese (XIX). After sightseeing in Koneurgench drive back to Dashoguz where you will stop for a lunch at one of the local restaurants. After a lunch break, transfer to the border pass “Dashoguz-Shavat” located within ~15km from Dashoguz. Upon arrival proceed through passport control & customs procedures. After you come out from the Turkmenistan Customs building you will walk ~100 meters to the next checkpoint there will be a minibus shuttling for ~1000 meters from Turkmenistan Customs to Real Wire Border located between Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. After you cross the wire border & last passport check on the Turkmenistan side of the border at ~15.00 you will cross into Uzbekistan & walk for around 200 meters to Uzbekistan Customs where you start again passport control & customs procedures. After you come out of the Uzbekistan customs building you need to walk around 100 meters to get through the last checkpoint where you will find your guide welcoming you back to Uzbekistan.

After border formalities on both sides, we’ll continue our way to Khiva. Upon arrival, we’ll accommodate in a hotel in Khiva for rest and relaxation. Khiva is a fascinating place, walk through Ichan Kala – the old walled city of Khiva, which will give you an insight into the life led there from ancient days up to the present time. We’ll have dinner at the local restaurant followed by a show program.

Overnight in Khiva (B, L, D)

Day 16  : Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Full-day Khiva sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel today we’ll have a full day sightseeing in Khiva: visit Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including madrasah Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, madrasah Muhammad Rakhimkhan. We’ll have lunch at a local restaurant and continue the sightseeing program: visit Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret and Madrasah, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, and Tash Hovli Palace. After dinner at the local restaurant, we’ll proceed to the airport for a flight back to Tashkent leaving at 08:40 PM and arriving at 10:10 PM (subject to change). Upon arrival to Tashkent, we’ll accommodate in a hotel for overnight and rest.

Overnight in Tashkent (B, L, D)

Day 17  : Tashkent – Khujand (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)

Khujand sightseeing

After early breakfast at the hotel in Tashkent today we’ll head on to a one-day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border check point Oybek and after border crossing formalities we’ll continue on to city Khujand. Upon arrival we’ll accommodate at the hotel after a long drive and start sightseeing. Khujand – the country's second largest city – situated in the north of Tajikistan and is one of its most ancient, founded about 2300 years ago during the time of Alexander the Great. Standing in a favorable location in the Ferghana valley, Khujand prospered for a long time, becoming rich and building palaces, mosques, and citadels. In the 13th century it was conquered and destroyed by the Genghis Khan's army. We’ll have a close city tour in second part of the day, and end the day with a dinner followed by a folk show program.

Overnight in Khujand (B, L, D)

Day 18  : Khujand – Oybek – Tashkent (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)

Khujand sightseeing

After breakfast at the hotel, we‘ll continue sightseeing in Khujand, visit the ancient part of Khujand: Timurmalik fortress, Archeology and History museums, Orient bazaar Panjshanbe – famous Panjshanbe city market is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand. Near the market, we’ll stop by Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque and Mausoleum, Museum of Archaeology and Fortification. We’ll have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon transfer back to Tashkent. Once back in Uzbekistan, we’ll have a rest at the hotel before making a long way back home. We’ll have a Farewell dinner followed by a show program and return to the hotel.

Overnight in Tashkent (B, L, D)

Day 19  : Departure from Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Today is the last day of the tour. We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of tour. Thank you! (B)