Nur-Sultan (Astana) to Tashkent

08/19/2020 through 09/18/2022
08/19/2020 through 09/21/2022
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Nur-Sultan (Astana) to Tashkent

Beginning in the futuristic cityscapes of Nur-Sultan (until recently, Astana), join us on this exploration from mighty Kazakhstan to mountainous Kyrgyzstan and history packed Uzbekistan. From the space port of Baikonur to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road ruins of Sayram and Otrar, and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park and Charyon Canyon, the sights along the way are unlike anywhere else on earth. Take in the tranquil landscape of Son-Kol Lake, see Solomon’s Throne in historic Osh, and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand and Bukhara. Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty and intriguing relics this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia.

Activities

  • Nur-Sultan – City tour
  • Baikonur – Yuri Gagarin Museum & House
  • Baikonur – Cosmodrome
  • Baikonur – Space Museum
  • Otrar – Ancient settlement
  • Turkistan – Yasui Mausoleum
  • Almaty – Central State Museum
  • Almaty – Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments
  • Almaty – Kok Tobe Hill
  • Almaty – Panfilov Park
  • Almaty – Medeu
  • Almaty – Zenkov Cathedral
  • Charyn Canyon – National Park
  • Karakol – Dungan Mosque
  • Karakol – Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
  • Karakol – Przhevalskiy Museum
  • Karakol – Jeti Orghuz Canyon Hike
  • Cholpan Ata – Petroglyphs
  • Bishkek – City Tour
  • Bishkek – City Tour
  • Shamsy Valley – Burana tower
  • Don Aryk – Local home visit & horsemanship demonstration
  • Kochkor – Market
  • Kochkor – Women’s Felt Co-op
  • Uzgen – Uzgen Minaret & Complex
  • Osh – Sulaiman-Too Mountain
  • Osh – National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex
  • Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent – Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
  • Tashkent – History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan
  • Samarkand – Bibi-Khanym Mosque
  • Samarkand – Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand – Shakh-I-Zinda
  • Samarkand – Registan
  • Samarkand – Paper making workshop & home cooked lunch
  • Shakhrisabz – Ak Saray Palace
  • Shakhrisabz – Kok-Gumbaz Mosque
  • Shakhrisabz – Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex
  • Shakhrisabz – Dorus Saodat Complex
  • Bukhara – Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara – Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace
  • Bukhara – Chor-Bakr Necropolis
  • Bukhara – Ark Fortress
  • Bukhara – Kalon Mosque
  • Vobkent – Minaret
  • Gijduvan – Ceramics workshop

Highlights

  • Central Asia is a fascinating and unique mix of ancient Silk Road culture, Soviet influence and striving to redefine nations post independence. Geographically and for a time historically, it is the real centre of Asia
  • The much-photographed Registan in Samarkand is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture. You’ll be wowed by the scale, grandeur and beauty of the monuments to iconic figures such as Tamerlane and the Persian influenced madressas, mosques and mausoleums.
  • Kyrgyzstan’s mountains are its monuments and its majesty. The landscapes here will stay with you long after the journey is over.
  • Unveil the mysteries of space explorations in Baikonur, where the Russian Cosmodrome is located and launches to the International Space Station take off.
  • Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, including the mysterious singing sand dunes, then visit Grand Canyon’s “little brother”, Charyn Canyon.
  • Marvel at the beautiful Song Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families. Stay overnight in a yurt lakeside and live like the locals have for centuries in these portable, felt lined traditional tents.
  • Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality – there’s really nothing like being welcomed into a local home or yurt for a meal, chatting with stall holders at bazaars or simply marvelling at the sights alongside locals

Itinerary

Day 1 Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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Day 2 Nur-Sultan (Astana)
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Day 3 Baikonur
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Day 4 Baikonur
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Day 5 Turkistan
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Day 6 Turkistan - Shymkent/Overnight train
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Day 7 Altyn-Emel National Park
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Day 8 Altyn-Emel National Park - Almaty
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Day 9 Almaty
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Day 10 Almaty - KAZ/KGZ Border Crossing - Karakol
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Day 11 Karakol
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Day 12 Bishkek
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Day 13 Bishkek
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Day 14 Bishkek
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Day 15 Bishkek
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Day 16 Don Aryk - Issyk Kul - Kochkor
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Day 17 Son-Kol
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Day 18 Kyzyl-Oi
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Day 19 Suusamyr Valley - Chychkan - Kok-Bel
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Day 20 Osh
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Day 21 Osh
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Day 22 KGZ/UZB border crossing - Andijan - Tashkent
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Day 23 Tashkent
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Day 24 Samarkand
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Day 25 Samarkand
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Day 26 Samarkand - Shahrisabz - Bukhara
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Day 27 Bukhara
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Day 28 Gijduvan - Bukhara
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Day 29 Tashkent
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Day 30 Tashkent
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