Journey through Central Asia: Four Stans

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Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
20 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Islamic architecture and  ruins along the great Silk Road
  • Villages and lakes of the Fann and Tien Shan Mountains
  • Post Soviet grand monuments
  • History of traders, preachers and invaders

Short Description

Vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile valleys and majestic mountains form the backdrop to these four former Soviet republics of Central Asia . Amongst this changing and varied landscape are traditional villages, ancient towns and modern cities which tell a tale of advancing Greek and Persian armies, marauding Mongolian hordes, traders selling their wares along the Silk Road, philosophers, astronomers, Communist experiments and post-Soviet eccentrics. Journey past intricately tiled mosques, alpine lakes bordered by yurt camps, grand monuments, rural villages and colourful markets on this epic trip through the heart of Central Asia.This is a special trip for 2022 only. For 2023, please see our Five Stans of the Silk Road trip.4 countries, 1 epic trip along Central Asia's Silk Road

Style Small group tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Tashkent
End City Almaty

Attractions & Cities Visited

Bukhara Samarkand Silk Road

Activities & Interests

Culture Nature

Age Requirement

16

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Tashkent

Fly to Tashkent

Day 2 Sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital.

Arrive into Tashkent this morning. Your hotel room is available on arrival for a short rest before this afternoon’s tour.In the afternoon we will start our sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital. This will include visiting Independence Square flanked by public buildings and water fountains and also the Old City with its mausoleums and bazaar. Tashkent was largely destroyed by earthquakes in the 1960's and was rebuilt in true Soviet style with pleasant leafy boulevards and lots of fountains to keep the heat down in summer. There are some very interesting museums as well as mosques.Gabrielle Hotel or similar

Day 3-4 Spend two full days exploring Bukhara.

We take a morning train (either 7.30 am or 8.30 am) from Tashkent to Bukhara. The journey takes just under four hours in a modern train.We spend two full days exploring Bukhara. The best preserved medieval city in Central Asia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back over 2,000 years. Our city tour takes us to the Lyabi Khauz complex, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, this is the site of the oldest pool of its kind in Central Asia. The pool is surrounded by madrasahs and a khanaka (lodging house for travelling Sufis) including the largest madrasah in Bukhara, the 15th century Kukeldash Madrasah.We continue on to the Poi-Kalyan religious complex with its 48m Kalyan minaret dating back to the 12th century and the symbol of Bukhara; the large Kalyan Mosque (15th century) with its galleries topped by 288 domes; and the only active madrasah in the city, Bukhara Miri-Arab (16th century). Next is the Samanid Mausoleum, the oldest piece of Islamic architecture in Central Asia and burial site of the 10th Century Emir, Ismail Samani. Finally we visit the Ark, a 5th century citadel and the oldest building in Bukhara.Kavsar Hotel or similar 

Day 5-6 Spend two days exploring Samarkand.

Following the morning in Bukhara, we catch the afternoon fast train to Samarkand arriving in the evening. We spend the rest of today and all of tomorrow exploring Samarkand.Samarkand is steeped in history, dating back 2,500 years and impacted by such figures as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, who made it the capital of his empire in the 14th century. Its central position on the Silk Road meant that it was an important stop on the route from Istanbul to Peking (now Beijing). At its heart is the grand Registan Square flanked by the three grand madrasahs of Ulughbeg (15th century), Sherdor (17th century) and Tilya Qori (17th century).We visit the grand square as well as the Gur Emir Mausoleum, burial place of Tamerlane, his sons and his grandson, Ulughbek. The Ulugbek Observatory built in 1420 by Tamerlane’s grandson who was not just a ruler but also a well-known astronomer. We move on to the oversized Bibi Khanum Mosque and Shakhi Zinda – the ‘Living King’ necropolis – with its series of mausoleums dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Our final visit is to the exotic Siab Bazaar with its fresh and dried fruit and nuts and other local food produce. The exact order of visits may vary.Dilshoda Hotel or similar

Day 7 Visit Sarazm followed by sightseeing in Penjikent.

Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Jartepa (50 km, 1 hour). Visit customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Sarazm.Sarazm is an ancient settlement with 5500 years of history. In 2010 the Sarazm became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a visit, we continue by road to Penjikent.Sightseeing in Penjikent: Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry. Ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Overnight at the hotel.Panjakent Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 8 Explore Fann Mountains at Seven Lakes

Today we make a trip into the heart of the Fann Mountains. We drive to Seven Lakes or Haf Kul in Tajik, a sometimes bumpy and narrow 80 kms away in the Shing Valley. The lakes vary in altitude from 1,600 to 2,400 metres and most were formed by landslides. The high mineral content in the water gives the lakes an unusual colour. We’ll have time to enjoy the mountains and a picnic lunch at a lake before returning to Penjikent for the night.Panjakent Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 9 Full day sightseeing in Penjikent, Istaravshan and Khujand

In the morning, we depart Penjikent and drive to Khujand (300 km, 4-5 hours). En route we pass the town of Istaravshan founded by the Persian king Kier in the 6th century.Whilst Khujand, today, is not the most attractive of cities it has a complex history. Believed to be one of the oldest in Central Asia it was, over the centuries, attacked by successive armies of Alexander the Great, Arab invaders and the marauding hordes of Genghis Khan as well as being an important stop along the Silk Road. There are still traces of the city’s glory days and we take in a tour of the sites. We visit the Historical Museum of Sughd (Museum of Archaeology and Fortification), Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Payshanba Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan. Time permitting, we’ll also visit Arbob Palace, the former headquarters of a Soviet collective farm, modelled on the winter gardens of Peterhof, St Petersburg.Hotel Parliament or similar

Day 10 Visit Kokand, Rishtan, Marghilan and Ferghana.

We return to Uzbekistan via the border crossing at Andurkhan where we say goodbye to our Tajik crew and re-join the Uzbeks.The total driving time to Ferghana town is about 5hrs from Khujand but we make a number of stops along the way. The first of these is at Kokand which was the capital of the 19th century Kokand Khanate. We visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace (1871) home to a museum, the Norbuta-Biy Madrassah and the Modarikhon Mausoleum.From here we continue on to the small village of Rishtan which is famous for potter dynasties and ceramics masters. We visit a local ceramics studio and witness a demonstration of the craft before having the opportunity to buy some of the iconic earthenware.Our final stop is at Marghilan where we visit a local silk factory and learn about the material which has given its name to the greatest trade route in history.Eventually we arrive in Ferghana town where we spend the night.Hotel Golden Uzbegim or similar

Day 11 To Osh and Arslan Bob in Kyrgyzstan.

A short drive gets us to our next border crossing and country number 4. After meeting our Kyrgyz leader we head into nearby Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second city and begin our exploration. The order in which we visit places is flexible but we'll visit Osh Bazaar (Central Asia’s largest market), as well as the sacred Sulayman Mountain, a holy Muslim site (and burial place of the prophet Sulayman (Solomon)) and the central point on the Silk Road. The walk to the top of Sulayman Mountain is paved with some steps and can be tiring in the heat but the views over the city and valley below, small museum and 15th century church are worth the effort.Later, this afternoon, we leave the city behind and head for Arslanbob Nature Reserve (about 3.5-4hrs away including stops), arriving in the evening. The village of Arslanbob is located in the mountains at around 1,600m (though the top and bottom of the village vary considerably in altitude) and is surrounded by an ancient walnut forest believed to be the largest in the world.We spend the next two nights in a basic homestay with outside drop-toilets and outside showers (normally with hot water).Homestay

Day 12 Full day in Arslan Bob.

After quite a few days of moving on every day and covering a lot of ground, today is for relaxing in the picturesque village of Arslan Bob surorunded by walnut forests. We take it easy and at around mid-morning we will go for a walk and picnic lunch in the surrounding countryside. The walk takes around 4 hours (including lunch and stops) and requires walking shoes/boots. The pace is leisurely but if anyone prefers not to walk, you are free to opt out.Homestay

Day 13 Chychkn Gorge

Our journey today takes us through the central Tien Shan Mountains as we drive through picturesque canyons and gorges and around Toktogul Reservoir. The drive takes approximately 8-9 hours to cover the 350km (including lunch and rest/photo stops). Eventually we reach Chychkan Gorge with its fir and juniper trees. Here we spend the night in a simple guest house with en suite rooms on the banks of a rushing river.Oson Guest House

Day 14 Kyzyl Oi Village

This morning there's a chance to go for another short walk to a nearby gorge before continuing our crossing of Central Kyrgyzstan. In the late morning, we set off on the drive to the village of Kyzyl Oi (4.5/5 hours including lunch and rest/photo stops), which translates as ‘Red Bowl’ and is so named because of the red cliffs surrounding the village like a bowl and who’s clay is used to construct its buildings. The mountains here are hues of red and brown and particularly attractive in the late afternoon and early morning sun. The village itself dates from before the Great October Soviet Socialist Revolution and has kept its distinctive Central Asia character. Whilst the valley opens out, the village itself is located in a narrow gorge on the banks of the powerful Kekermeren River.Upon arrival there is some free time to explore the village and surrounding area or interact with the families in whose homestays we will spend the night. We will usually be spread across a few houses but we will all have dinner together in one of the houses.Homestay

Day 15-16 Son Kul Lake

Leaving the gorges behind we head towards the high pastures surrounding Son Kul Lake (approx. 4 hours drive, including some rough roads), arriving in time for lunch. Considered by many to be the Jewel in the Kyrygz crown for natural beauty, this is a land of nomadic shepherds tending their flocks. Whilst today yurt camps have multiplied around the lake, the people who look after these camps still often tend their flocks and cattle dot the jailoo (high mountain pastures) cared for by men on horseback. The lake’s name means ‘the last lake’ and sat at 3,016m it’s easy to see how it got its name.We have the whole of the next day to take in the beauty of the landscape. There is the option to go on a 2-2.5 hour walk to the nearby hills - the hills are quite steep and this may not be for everyone but those who make it to the top will find a few petroglyphs. After lunch, we visit one of the Kyrgyz shepherd families close to camp to learn about their lifestyle and perhaps taste some kumis (a natural drink made from fermented mare’s milk) or similar. There is also the option to go horseriding (optional extra)We experience a bit of the nomad life as we stay in a yurt camp. There are now western style toilets and a 'shower yurt' with proper showers and wash basins. There is hot water when the generator is runing (usually morning and evening) but it is not wholly reliable.Yurt Camp

Day 17 Bishkek.

Leaving the high mountains which characterise Kyrgyzstan behind we make our way to the Republic’s capital city, Bishkek (about 7hrs drive), stopping for lunch en route. The former Soviet city is undergoing a transformation with cafes and trendy bars opening. Upon arrival, we have a short tour for a couple of hours of some of the city’s main sites around the main square, Alatoo Square. We visit the Museum of History and have some time for souvenir shopping or relaxing. (please note that if the Museum of History is closed for renovation or any other reason, we may substitute it for the Fine Arts Museum).B Hotel or similar

Day 18 Bishkek and Almaty1

A mere 4-5 hours from the Kyrgyz capital city (depending on border crossing times) is Almaty, the former Kazakh capital city and the biggest city in the final country on our trip. Along the way, we’ll visit the Tamgaly Petroglyphs. Almaty is considered Central Asia’s most European city.In the late afternoon, we’ll visit Kok Tube hill and take a cable car ride for some panoramic views of the city.Hotel Kazzhol Almaty or similar

Day 19 Visit Almaty.

Almaty may have lost its status as capital of Kazakhstan, but it remains the country’s educational, tourist and business capital and the main transport hub. It sits at the foot of the emerald Tien Shan Mountains.After breakfast we begin our sightseeing in Almaty. We’ll visit Panfilov’s Park and the Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical Instruments and the Central State Museum.We continue our tour at Zelonniy Bazar (Green Bazaar), passing by the Independence Monument in Republic Square.Hotel Kazzhol Almaty or similar

Day 20 Depart Almaty.

Transfer to airport, for your flight back to London.



Land Only

Day 1 Sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital.

In the afternoon we will start our sightseeing of Uzbekistan’s capital. This will include visiting Independence Square flanked by public buildings and water fountains and also the Old City with its mausoleums and bazaar. Tashkent was largely destroyed by earthquakes in the 1960's and was rebuilt in true Soviet style with pleasant leafy boulevards and lots of fountains to keep the heat down in summer. There are some very interesting museums as well as mosques.Gabrielle Hotel or similar

Day 2-3 Spend two full days exploring Bukhara.

We take a morning train (either 7.30 am or 8.30 am) from Tashkent to Bukhara. The journey takes just under four hours in a modern train.We spend two full days exploring Bukhara. The best preserved medieval city in Central Asia, this UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back over 2,000 years. Our city tour takes us to the Lyabi Khauz complex, built in the 16th and 17th centuries, this is the site of the oldest pool of its kind in Central Asia. The pool is surrounded by madrasahs and a khanaka (lodging house for travelling Sufis) including the largest madrasah in Bukhara, the 15th century Kukeldash Madrasah.We continue on to the Poi-Kalyan religious complex with its 48m Kalyan minaret dating back to the 12th century and the symbol of Bukhara; the large Kalyan Mosque (15th century) with its galleries topped by 288 domes; and the only active madrasah in the city, Bukhara Miri-Arab (16th century). Next is the Samanid Mausoleum, the oldest piece of Islamic architecture in Central Asia and burial site of the 10th Century Emir, Ismail Samani. Finally we visit the Ark, a 5th century citadel and the oldest building in Bukhara.Kavsar Hotel or similar 

Day 4-5 Spend two days exploring Samarkand.

Following the morning in Bukhara, we catch the afternoon fast train to Samarkand arriving in the evening. We spend the rest of today and all of tomorrow exploring Samarkand.Samarkand is steeped in history, dating back 2,500 years and impacted by such figures as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, who made it the capital of his empire in the 14th century. Its central position on the Silk Road meant that it was an important stop on the route from Istanbul to Peking (now Beijing). At its heart is the grand Registan Square flanked by the three grand madrasahs of Ulughbeg (15th century), Sherdor (17th century) and Tilya Qori (17th century).We visit the grand square as well as the Gur Emir Mausoleum, burial place of Tamerlane, his sons and his grandson, Ulughbek. The Ulugbek Observatory built in 1420 by Tamerlane’s grandson who was not just a ruler but also a well-known astronomer. We move on to the oversized Bibi Khanum Mosque and Shakhi Zinda – the ‘Living King’ necropolis – with its series of mausoleums dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Our final visit is to the exotic Siab Bazaar with its fresh and dried fruit and nuts and other local food produce. The exact order of visits may vary.Dilshoda Hotel or similar

Day 6 Visit Sarazm followed by sightseeing in Penjikent.

Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Jartepa (50 km, 1 hour). Visit customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Sarazm.Sarazm is an ancient settlement with 5500 years of history. In 2010 the Sarazm became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a visit, we continue by road to Penjikent.Sightseeing in Penjikent: Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry. Ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Overnight at the hotel.Panjakent Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 7 Explore Fann Mountains at Seven Lakes

Today we make a trip into the heart of the Fann Mountains. We drive to Seven Lakes or Haf Kul in Tajik, a sometimes bumpy and narrow 80 kms away in the Shing Valley. The lakes vary in altitude from 1,600 to 2,400 metres and most were formed by landslides. The high mineral content in the water gives the lakes an unusual colour. We’ll have time to enjoy the mountains and a picnic lunch at a lake before returning to Penjikent for the night.Panjakent Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 8 Full day sightseeing in Penjikent, Istaravshan and Khujand

In the morning, we depart Penjikent and drive to Khujand (300 km, 4-5 hours). En route we pass the town of Istaravshan founded by the Persian king Kier in the 6th century.Whilst Khujand, today, is not the most attractive of cities it has a complex history. Believed to be one of the oldest in Central Asia it was, over the centuries, attacked by successive armies of Alexander the Great, Arab invaders and the marauding hordes of Genghis Khan as well as being an important stop along the Silk Road. There are still traces of the city’s glory days and we take in a tour of the sites. We visit the Historical Museum of Sughd (Museum of Archaeology and Fortification), Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Payshanba Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan. Time permitting, we’ll also visit Arbob Palace, the former headquarters of a Soviet collective farm, modelled on the winter gardens of Peterhof, St Petersburg.Hotel Parliament or similar

Day 9 Visit Kokand, Rishtan, Marghilan and Ferghana.

We return to Uzbekistan via the border crossing at Andurkhan where we say goodbye to our Tajik crew and re-join the Uzbeks.The total driving time to Ferghana town is about 5hrs from Khujand but we make a number of stops along the way. The first of these is at Kokand which was the capital of the 19th century Kokand Khanate. We visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace (1871) home to a museum, the Norbuta-Biy Madrassah and the Modarikhon Mausoleum.From here we continue on to the small village of Rishtan which is famous for potter dynasties and ceramics masters. We visit a local ceramics studio and witness a demonstration of the craft before having the opportunity to buy some of the iconic earthenware.Our final stop is at Marghilan where we visit a local silk factory and learn about the material which has given its name to the greatest trade route in history.Eventually we arrive in Ferghana town where we spend the night.Hotel Golden Uzbegim or similar

Day 10 To Osh and Arslan Bob in Kyrgyzstan.

A short drive gets us to our next border crossing and country number 4. After meeting our Kyrgyz leader we head into nearby Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second city and begin our exploration. The order in which we visit places is flexible but we'll visit Osh Bazaar (Central Asia’s largest market), as well as the sacred Sulayman Mountain, a holy Muslim site (and burial place of the prophet Sulayman (Solomon)) and the central point on the Silk Road. The walk to the top of Sulayman Mountain is paved with some steps and can be tiring in the heat but the views over the city and valley below, small museum and 15th century church are worth the effort.Later, this afternoon, we leave the city behind and head for Arslanbob Nature Reserve (about 3.5-4hrs away including stops), arriving in the evening. The village of Arslanbob is located in the mountains at around 1,600m (though the top and bottom of the village vary considerably in altitude) and is surrounded by an ancient walnut forest believed to be the largest in the world.We spend the next two nights in a basic homestay with outside drop-toilets and outside showers (normally with hot water).Homestay

Day 11 Full day in Arslan Bob.

After quite a few days of moving on every day and covering a lot of ground, today is for relaxing in the picturesque village of Arslan Bob surorunded by walnut forests. We take it easy and at around mid-morning we will go for a walk and picnic lunch in the surrounding countryside. The walk takes around 4 hours (including lunch and stops) and requires walking shoes/boots. The pace is leisurely but if anyone prefers not to walk, you are free to opt out.Homestay

Day 12 Chychkn Gorge

Our journey today takes us through the central Tien Shan Mountains as we drive through picturesque canyons and gorges and around Toktogul Reservoir. The drive takes approximately 8-9 hours to cover the 350km (including lunch and rest/photo stops). Eventually we reach Chychkan Gorge with its fir and juniper trees. Here we spend the night in a simple guest house with en suite rooms on the banks of a rushing river.Oson Guest House

Day 13 Kyzyl Oi Village

This morning there's a chance to go for another short walk to a nearby gorge before continuing our crossing of Central Kyrgyzstan. In the late morning, we set off on the drive to the village of Kyzyl Oi (4.5/5 hours including lunch and rest/photo stops), which translates as ‘Red Bowl’ and is so named because of the red cliffs surrounding the village like a bowl and who’s clay is used to construct its buildings. The mountains here are hues of red and brown and particularly attractive in the late afternoon and early morning sun. The village itself dates from before the Great October Soviet Socialist Revolution and has kept its distinctive Central Asia character. Whilst the valley opens out, the village itself is located in a narrow gorge on the banks of the powerful Kekermeren River.Upon arrival there is some free time to explore the village and surrounding area or interact with the families in whose homestays we will spend the night. We will usually be spread across a few houses but we will all have dinner together in one of the houses.Homestay

Day 14-15 Son Kul Lake

Leaving the gorges behind we head towards the high pastures surrounding Son Kul Lake (approx. 4 hours drive, including some rough roads), arriving in time for lunch. Considered by many to be the Jewel in the Kyrygz crown for natural beauty, this is a land of nomadic shepherds tending their flocks. Whilst today yurt camps have multiplied around the lake, the people who look after these camps still often tend their flocks and cattle dot the jailoo (high mountain pastures) cared for by men on horseback. The lake’s name means ‘the last lake’ and sat at 3,016m it’s easy to see how it got its name.We have the whole of the next day to take in the beauty of the landscape. There is the option to go on a 2-2.5 hour walk to the nearby hills - the hills are quite steep and this may not be for everyone but those who make it to the top will find a few petroglyphs. After lunch, we visit one of the Kyrgyz shepherd families close to camp to learn about their lifestyle and perhaps taste some kumis (a natural drink made from fermented mare’s milk) or similar. There is also the option to go horseriding (optional extra)We experience a bit of the nomad life as we stay in a yurt camp. There are now western style toilets and a 'shower yurt' with proper showers and wash basins. There is hot water when the generator is runing (usually morning and evening) but it is not wholly reliable.Yurt Camp

Day 16 Bishkek.

Leaving the high mountains which characterise Kyrgyzstan behind we make our way to the Republic’s capital city, Bishkek (about 7hrs drive), stopping for lunch en route. The former Soviet city is undergoing a transformation with cafes and trendy bars opening. Upon arrival, we have a short tour for a couple of hours of some of the city’s main sites around the main square, Alatoo Square. We visit the Museum of History and have some time for souvenir shopping or relaxing. (please note that if the Museum of History is closed for renovation or any other reason, we may substitute it for the Fine Arts Museum).B Hotel or similar

Day 17 Bishkek and Almaty1

A mere 4-5 hours from the Kyrgyz capital city (depending on border crossing times) is Almaty, the former Kazakh capital city and the biggest city in the final country on our trip. Along the way, we’ll visit the Tamgaly Petroglyphs. Almaty is considered Central Asia’s most European city.In the late afternoon, we’ll visit Kok Tube hill and take a cable car ride for some panoramic views of the city.Hotel Kazzhol Almaty or similar

Day 18 Visit Almaty.

Almaty may have lost its status as capital of Kazakhstan, but it remains the country’s educational, tourist and business capital and the main transport hub. It sits at the foot of the emerald Tien Shan Mountains.After breakfast we begin our sightseeing in Almaty. We’ll visit Panfilov’s Park and the Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical Instruments and the Central State Museum.We continue our tour at Zelonniy Bazar (Green Bazaar), passing by the Independence Monument in Republic Square.Hotel Kazzhol Almaty or similar

Day 19 End Almaty.

The trip ends this morning at the hotel in Almaty.

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Dinner: All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners includedCommon dishes in the region include shish-kebabs and plov (rice usually with mutton, onions, carrots, spices, raisins, peas) which you’ll probably see plenty of. The kebabs can be from different meats including lamb and beef whilst plov is a rice-based dish (variants elsewhere are known as pilaf or pilau rice). Another main staple is bread, especially in Uzbekistan where it is freshly baked and sold everywhere. Other traditional dishes include chorba, a meat and vegetable soup; manty, steamed dumplings filled with lamb; qu'urma, a lamb dish; ichlekli, a meat and onion pie, and gutap, a pie filled with meat, potatoes, spinach and pumpkin. There are normally a couple of opportunities to try home-cooked meals. Tea is also plentiful, both black and green and is drunk with most meals as well as throughout the day. Please note that vegetarian food choices may be rather limited. If you are strictly vegetarian or have any special dietary requirements please notify us well in advance. In this region, the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring such specialised dietary items from home.Drinking water is included and will be provided in large containers for you to refill your bottle from - please bring a reusable bottle with you.

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