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.
Enjoy an evening welcome meeting. Some travellers may have started their travels in Tajikistan. Get to know them with an optional welcome dinner.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s), 135km)
Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.
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.
Mug Tepe Visit
Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 80km)
Private Vehicle (2.25 hour(s), 145km)
Some travellers will be joining the group here as they start their journey into Uzbekistan.
Border Crossing (Tajikistan - Uzbekistan)
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 178km)
Enjoy a free day to explore.
Travel on to Samarkand. Take an orientation walk and opt to visit the Amir Timur Mausoleum.
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 310km)
With free time, enjoy the Samarkand sights, have a cup of tea in a local tea house, or wander around the bazaar.
Samarkand City Tour
Plov Cooking Demonstration and Dinner
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.
Chashma Complex and Holy Spring Visit
Fortress of Alexander the Great Visit
Overnight in a Yurt
Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 280km)
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).
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
There is plenty of time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. A centre for pottery, cloth, and Turkmen carpets, the Old City is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, where you can sit at café tables and let the evening drift by. There is also the option to take in a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai or indulge in a Turkish bath.
Bukhara City Tour
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.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 450km)
Explore the old town surrounded by city walls, bargain with locals on the market, and wander through the madrassas, climb up minarets, and explore the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century. Wander through the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala and enjoy spectacular sunset views of the sand-coloured mosques and madrassas.
Khiva Ancient City Tour
Basic overnight train (beds) (19.00 hour(s))
Arrive back in Tashkent and enjoy a city tour or explore on your own with some free time.
Tashkent Guided City Tour
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Trip Name: Best of Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
Duration: 15 Days
From Price: 2399
Trip Code: 153329
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