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Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan Explorer

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 4,851

Discover the wonders of Central Asia on this 9-day tour through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Starting in Almaty and ending in Samarkand, you’ll travel by road and train to explore ancient sites and modern wonders, including the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia, the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, and the ghost town of Otrar.


This 9-day Central Asian vacation takes you across Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to explore many of the great cities along the Silk Road. It features moderate or first-class accommodations, private guided tours, and is great for travellers wanting to explore new regions just opening up to the world of travel.

Your journey begins in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan and the former capital. Take the day to head on a city tour to see some of the many landmarks of this city surrounded by the Tian Shan Mountains, including the Ascension Cathedral, the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments, and the Almaty Central Mosque. Connect to Tamgaly to gaze upon Bronze and Iron Age petroglyphs carved into the rocks. Return to Almaty and board the overnight train to Taraz, one of the country’s oldest cities. A short city tour will showcase a few city highlights, from the Taraz Regional Museum to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum, before you connect to Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia. Explore this gorgeous reserve that’s home to 50 species of mammals, including the rare snow leopard and Tian Shan bear, before you continue onward to the former Soviet industrial town of Shymkent.

Based in Shymkent, you’ll head on a full-day excursion to the ancient settlement of Otrar, a ghost town that was once homes to palaces, mosques, and bathhouses prior to the invasion of the Mongols. Connect onward to Turkistan, where you’ll see the breathtaking Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, the most iconic building in the country.

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and reach the capital Tashkent, where you’ll head on a sightseeing tour to discover the wonders of this old trading post along the Silk Road. You’ll see the Khast Imam Complex, Kukeldash Madrasah, and Independent Square. Continue to Samarkand, the jewel of the Silk Road, where you’ll discover the history of this garden spot. Visit some of the many wonders of Samarkand, including Shakh-i-Zinda Mausoleum, Registan Square, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, and the Silk Road Bazaar. You’ll also take an excursion to Gur Emir to watch sunset from the Mausoleum of Tamerlane. 

You’ll have the next morning to yourself before heading to the airport to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 4,851

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Day 1

Arrive Almaty

Welcome to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kazzhol Hotel

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    Kazzhol Hotel



    KazZhol Hotels are modern hotels with a convenient location, a large number of rooms and a wide range of services. With rooms of various categories, we create excellent conditions for both short-term and long-term accommodation with children.

    KazZhol Hotels are modern hotels with a convenient location, a large number of rooms and a wide range of services. With rooms of various categories, we create excellent conditions for both short-term and long-term accommodation with children.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Service
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Centre
    • Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Almaty

Enjoy a full day tour of Almaty, a city with some interesting Russian architectural buildings surrounded by the Tienshan Mountains. Visit Panfilov Park, Zhenkov's Holy Ascension Cathedral, the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments, the State Museum of Kazakhstan, the Central Mosque of Almaty and either Zeelyoni Bazaar or the Green Bazaar. In the evening drive to Kok Tyube to take a gondola ride to a panoramic view point of the city.

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Day 3

Almaty to Tamgaly to Taraz(overnight train)

Transfer to Tamgaly, an impressive petroglyph UNESCO World Heritage site. The most interesting are the Bronze and Iron age petroglyphs depicting solar symbols, animals and human figures performing rituals. Later in the day return to Almaty to board your overnight train to travel southwest to Taraz (approx. 9 hour train journey). Approx. driving time between Almaty and Tamgaly is 2.5 hours (one-way).

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Barhat Hotel and Spa

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    Barhat Hotel and Spa



    Spend your holidays in this hotel that offers luxurious mattresses, but you can also go free to bask in the sauna and hammam. It features an outdoor pool. Hearty breakfasts in a stylish lobby bar. Conference room for 30 people, from 30 to 70 people ...

    Spend your holidays in this hotel that offers luxurious mattresses, but you can also go free to bask in the sauna and hammam. It features an outdoor pool. Hearty breakfasts in a stylish lobby bar. Conference room for 30 people, from 30 to 70 people can hold events in the lobby bar. For group guests we organize a transfer. And also we offer a massage in our SPA salon.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daily Housekeeping
    • Internet
    • Laundry Facilities (Surcharge)
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Room Service
    • Swimming Pool
    • Terrace

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Day 4

Taraz to Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve

Arrive in Taraz in the morning and transfer to a hotel restaurant for breakfast and to refresh. Taraz is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan and it was a major trade centre along the Silk Road. Take a short city tour of Taraz visiting the Museum of Taraz and Aisha Bibi mausoleum. Then travel to Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve, where you will overnight (approx. 2 hour drive).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Aksu Zhabagly to Shymkent

Morning walking tour of Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia. The reserve is home to over a 1000 species of plants and over 50 species of mammals, including the rare snow leopard, and the Tien-Shan bear. Afterwards, travel to Shymkent city, once a soviet industrial town (approx. 2 hour drive).

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Duration2 Nights
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Orbita Boutique Hotel

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    Orbita Boutique Hotel



    Mini-hotel "Orbita" is the first hotel of "boutique" style in Shymkent. This format implies the special designer style, the high taste, exclusive service. The overall design of the boutique hotel is in the medieval fachwerk technique, with layout and design of each room purely individual, ...

    Mini-hotel "Orbita" is the first hotel of "boutique" style in Shymkent. This format implies the special designer style, the high taste, exclusive service.

    The overall design of the boutique hotel is in the medieval fachwerk technique, with layout and design of each room purely individual, and design solutions can surprise by its originality. Natural straw and aged plank walls perfectly complement the high-tech "stuffing" of the rooms which is corresponding to the latest requirements of comfort and safety.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Room Service
    • Transfer Service
    • Travel Desk
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Shymkent (Otrar and Turkestan)

Take a full day excursion. Visit the ancient settlement of Otrar where you can see remnants of palaces, mosques and bathhouses. The site was first excavated in 1969 with a history dating back to the first century AD. It is also where Genghis Khan's army is said to have fought heroically (though unsuccessfully) when the Mongols first invaded Central Asia. Then proceed to Turkestan to visit the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, Kazakhstan's most iconic building. Built by Tamerlane, it is said that three visits here are equal to one visit to Mecca. Return to your hotel in Shymkent. Approx. driving time Shymkent to Otrar (2 hrs), Otrar to Turkestan (1.5 hrs), and Turkestan to Shymkent (2.5 hrs).

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Day 7

Shymkent to Tashkent to Samarkand

Cross the border into Uzbekistan and then transfer to the capital city of Tashkent (approx. 2 hr drive). Tashkent is one of the largest cities in Central Asia. Take a sightseeing tour around the city to visit the old town, Khast Imom Complex, Kukeldash Madrassah, Friendship Square, Independent Square and Museum of Applied Arts. After the tour take the train to Samarkand together with your guide (train time is approx. 3 hrs). Arrive at in Samarkand in the late evening and transfer to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Malika Classic

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    Hotel Malika Classic



    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Hall
    • Internet
    • Laundry and Ironing
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Souvenir Shop

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Day 8

Samarkand

Take a full day city tour of Samarkand, the jewel of the Silk Road cities. Samarkand was greatly admired for its gardens and vegetation and was a flourishing city during the Silk Road period. The city has a very interesting history having been invaded by Macedonians under Alexander the Great, and by the Mongols and was also visited by Marco Polo. Visit the Shakh-i-Zinda mausoleum including monuments from the 14th and 15th centuries and architecture from the Timurid dynasty. Also visit Registan Square, the great central square of Samarkand, the enormous Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Afrosiab Museum, Ulugbek's Observatory and the Silk Road bazaar. Drive to Gur Emir, the mausoleum of Tamerlane to watch the sunset over the blue dome (weather permitting). In the evening return to Registan Square to see the illuminated madrassahs.

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Day 9

Samarkand Departure

Day at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Tuesdays and Fridays from April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 8 nights' accommodation consisting of;
    • 6 night hotel
    • 1 night train
    • 1 night guest house
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transportation by private vehicle for land transfers and sightseeing
  • English speaking local guides for sightseeing mentioned on the itinerary
  • Train tickets from Almaty - Taraz (berth compartment) and from Shymkent - Samarkand (chair seat)
  • Bottled water provided daily

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Photo fee at museums and sites
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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20 Oct 2020
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