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Highlights

  • Almaty
  • Charyn Canyon
  • Karakol
  • Issyk Kul Lake
  • Burana Tower
  • Bishkek
  • Tashkent
  • Khujand
  • Dushanbe
  • Iskanderkul Lake
  • Penjikent
  • Samarkand
  • Bukhara
  • Merv
  • Mary
  • Nisa
  • Ashgabat
  • EXTRA TOUR INCLUDED : DARVAZA GAS CRATER – “DOOR TO HELL”

Itinerary

Welcome to the world of avianaholidays – the leisure unit of IATA accredited Aviana Travels Pvt Ltd, having goodwill of 26 years in the space of Tourism arena. Our experienced and pleasant Tour-Director, who will be with you throughout, will meet & greet you at Kolkata International Airport 3 hours prior to departure. She / He will assist you with immigration & custom formalities before boarding flight scheduled to leave Kolkata at ETD 09.45 am in the morning for Almaty via Dubai. Your luggage will need to be tagged directly to Almaty from Kolkata itself.

[MEALS ON BOARD]

HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Almaty – iLi Alatau Mountain

Emirates will touch soil of Almaty ETA 03:30 am in the morning. Welcome to Kazakhstan. Arrive in Almaty International Airport andcomplete all immigration & customs formalities. You will transferred to hotel and take rest. At around 11am we will start the sightseeing tour of Almaty. Visit the following sites: Park of 28 Panfilov soldiers, the Ascension Cathedral and Museum of musical instruments.

Next, we are going to visit the city’s main attraction – the ILiAlatau Mountains. Medeo is an essential part of the ILiAlatau park and it is a historical object of Almaty’s development as a city. However, our main purpose of visit of this area is Shymbulak – a mountain resort located at the elevation of 2,260 meters above sea level. Today’s a last stop is Kok Tobe park – located at an altitude of 1100 meters on the green hill, this place is very popular among locals and tourists. Return back to hotel & stay overnight in Almaty.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Kegen / Karkyra’ land border – Charyn Canyon – Karakol (road transfer, 380 km)

After breakfast & check out from the hotel, andwill depart for Kyrgyzstan border (“Karkyra”). On the way visit the spectacular Charyn Canyon. The Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park,which is about 215km east of Almaty and approximately a 3 hour drive via the A 351 and A 352. The Canyon has been described as the Grand Canyon’s little brother. The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long, and, in places up to 300 meters deep. One area of particular interest is an area of 2km called the Valley of Castles, due to the pillars and rock formations forming imposing, manmade structures.

After walking around the canyon continue driving to the border. Upon arrival to the border do all the border formalities and continue driving to Karakol. Upon arrival to Karakol we will have dinner followed by check in the hotel and rest.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Karakol – Issyk kul Lake (road transfer, 170 km)

After breakfast & check out from the hotel, we will start the sightseeing tour. Visit a Dungan mosque(19century), a unique construction built in Chinese style with no nails used. Also, see the wooden Russian Orthodox Cathedral of The Holy Trinity built at the end of the 19th century. Drive to Cholpon-Ata. on the route visit museum of the famous Russian explorer of Central Asia N.M. Prjevalsky. Upon arrival visit the museum of petroglyphs dated to 7-5 century B.C.

After excursion check in the hotel followed by dinner and overnight stay.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Issyk-Kul Lake – Burana Tower – Bishkek (road transfer 280 km)

Have breakfast at the hotel. Check out which will be followed by drive to Bishkek. The road goes along the North shore of the lake and via Boom canyon. Lake Issyk Kul is not only the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, but the second largest alpine lake in the world. It has a length of 182 kilometers, a maximum depth of 668 meters, and a surface area of 6,236 km².On the way visit the Burana complex. The complex consists of Burana Tower, Museum and Cemetery of Balbals.

After excursion continue driving to Bishkek. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, borders Central Asia’s Tian Shan range. It’s a gateway to the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains and Ala Archa National Park, with glaciers and wildlife
trails. The city’s arts scene encompasses the monumental State Museum of Fine Arts and the colonnaded Opera and Ballet Theater. The vast, central Ala-Too Square features the Manas monument, honoring the hero of the Kyrgyz Epic of Manas.

Upon arrival start the sightseeing tour of Bishkek: the central Ala-Too Square, National hero Manas Monument, statue of Lenin, Old Square with Parliament House, Victory Square, Oak Park, Opera House, Philharmonic Society. If time permits, we will take you to visit the Art gallery and the Art Museum. Have dinner followed by check in to the hotel. Stay overnight in Bishkek.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Khast-Imam Square – Barak-Khan Madrasah – The New City

We need to arrange an early breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Tashkent.

Upon arrival at the Tashkent airport, you will be transferred to the centre of Tashkent for a guided tour of this historic capital. Start the guided sightseeing tour in Tashkent. Visit the sights of the Old town: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah.

A Special Lunch has been arranged at local restaurant (National, European or Chinese cuisine). After lunch visit/see the sights of the new city: Independence Square, Amir Timur Square, Minor White mosque. Have dinner after check in to the hotel. Stay overnight in Tashkent…surrounded by historic arenas of the world.

[BREAKFAST, SPECIAL LUNCH, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Tashkent – “Oybek” Land border – Khujand – Istaravshan – Dushanbe (Road: 425 km)

After having breakfast, transfer you to the land border of Tajikistan (2 hours drive). Complete the Border formalities on your own. Meet Tajik guide and driver and further transfer to Dushanbe via Khujand and Istaravshan. In Istaravshan visit the following sites: Mug Tepa – one of the ancient settlements in the territory of Tadjikistan, KhazratiShokh ensemble. After that we will headed towards Khujand. Your accommodation will be at the hotel upon arrival. We will have dinner at a local restaurant with local cuisine. Stay overnight at the hotel in Dushanbe.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ – Somoni Monument – Hissor

After finishing your in-house breakfast and check out, we will take you to explore the capital city of Tajikistan, Dushanbe. We will see the famous Museum of National Antiquities boasting the richest collection of artifacts and the colossal statue ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ 12.85 m long and 5.5 tonnes in weight; Botanical garden, Somoni monument, Building of a National Spirit, stroll Rudaki Avenue. By the evening, we will drive for an excursion to Hissor town (23 km from Dushanbe) to see an ancient fortress of Hissor.

Return to Dushanbe. Have dinner followed by overnight stay at the hotel.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Iskanderkul Mountain Lake famed after the name of The Great Alexander

Have breakfast followed by the sightseeing tour in Dushanbe for the first half of the day. Visit of the following
monuments: United Museum of Tadjikistan, oriental market, Ismail Samani square. After lunch we start a trip to
high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 meter). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is
one of the best places of Central Asia. The road to the lakes goes through Istiklol tunnel (2630m) with amazing

panorama views. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. This is an amazing place to
have a rest. In addition, we will hike 40 minutes to see a waterfall. Tajikistan takes the second place among the
CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with
more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers.

Staying overnight at a guest house.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Museum of Rudaki and Ruins of the Ancient City of Penjikent (Road transfer 230 Km)

Enjoy local breakfast at the guest house. You will be driven to Penjikent. Enjoy & experience the sightseeing tour of Penjikent, sooner you arrive at Penjikent. Visit the following sites: Museum of Rudaki and ruins of ancient city of Penjikent.

This will be followed by drive towards Samarkand. Cross the border en route with all formalities on your own along with the Tour Leader of Aviana. We need to change the vehicle and guide too. Check in to the hotel upon arrival in Samarkand. Have dinner later in the hotel or in a restaurant with local cuisine. Stay overnight in Samarkand.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Silk Route–Gur-e Amir Mausoleum–Registan –Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

Have breakfast in the hotel. Start of the guided sightseeing tour of Samarkand on Silk Route. Samarkand is a city in Uzbekistan known for its mosques and mausoleums. It’s on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean. Prominent landmarks include the Registan, a plaza bordered by 3 ornate, majolica-covered madrassas dating to the 15th and 17th centuries, and Gur-e-Amir, the towering tomb of Timur (Tamerlane), founder of the Timurid Empire.Visit the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, and Tilla-Qori Madrasah).After havingyour own lunch, continuation of the city tour to Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda.

You will be served dinner with a combo of local & European cuisine. Stay overnight at the same hotel in Samarkand.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Samarkand – Bukhara by Super-Fast Train Dep 09.43 am / Arv. 11.14 am

After having early packed/sitting breakfast n the hotel, transfer you to the railway station to board high speed train for Bukhara. Upon arrival in Bukhara – the Historical place of thousand years, start of the guided sightseeing tour around Bukharal: visit the Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah.

Dinner in a local restaurant (National and European cuisine) and transfer you back to hotel for check in. The dinner will be served within a traditional ambience. Within the dinner space, the group will be visited the national house, which is also a show-room of the works of local embroidery. Dinner can be done with embroidery master class from the host of the house (upon wish).

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Historic Bukhara

After finishing your breakfast in the hotel, we will go for the city tour of Bukhara. Visit Lyab-iHauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.

After lunch transfer to 4 km from Bukhara and visit out-of-town sites: SitoraiMokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. Will come back to Bukhara and take rest in the hotel for sometimes. Will have dinner on time with delicious local cuisine

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Bukhara – “Farap” land border – Merv Ancient City – (Total road transfer app 385km) – Ashgabat (evening flight) from Mary: Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan

After breakfast we will transfer you to the land border with Turkmen. We will have to cover a long distant through the spectacular desert. You need to clear the Border Formalities on your own. Meet Turkmen guide and driver on Turkmen side of the border, who will transfer to Mary. En route visit the ancient city of Merv (UNESCO heritage site). Upon arrival at the airport of Mary in the evening, we’ll board the flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel on arrival or will have Dinner beforehand. Stay overnight in Ashgabat.

[BREAKFAST, DINNER]

HIGHLIGHTS: Nisa, Darwaza Crater in Karakum Desert, BBQ Dinner near Burning Crater, Ashgabat (road transfer, 300 km in each direction)

After breakfast we will go for a city tour with see of Neutrality Arch, Independence Park etc. We will then drive to Nisa. Nisa (also Parthaunisa) was an ancient settlement of the Iranic peoples, located near (modern-day) Bagir village, 18 km southwest of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Nisa is described by some as the first seat of central government of the Parthians. It is traditionally assumed to be founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC–211 BC) and was reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian kings, although it has not been established that the fortress at Nisa was either a royal residence or a mausoleum. The fortress at Nisa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.

In the afternoon, drive to Darvaza Gas Crater – one of its kinds in the World…

Deep within the expansive plains of Turkmenistan’s Karakum dessert is a jaw-dropping phenomenon that keeps defying expectations. Locals call it the “door to hell” and it’s not hard to see why. The giant sinkhole, known more formally as the Darvaza gas crater, is an incredible 69 metres wide, 30 metres deep, and is constantly in flames.

Records of how it came to be are imprecise, but it is understood that Soviet geologists initially came across the site in 1971 and believed it was rich in oil. But shortly after they began drilling, the crater collapsed and began emitting noxious gases.In an attempt to minimise the dangers of the gas, they set it alight with the expectation it would burn itself out in a matter of days. But the calculations appear to be way off, and the crater has been burning continuously for 45 years.

Arrival in Darwaza before sun set. Take dinner near the burning gas crater (BBQ dinner); discover the crater by day and evening time. Return to Ashgabat airport (slow driving after dark).

[BREAKFAST, BBQ DINNER NEAR THE BURNING CRATER]

Since the Emirates Flight is scheduled to leave at early in the morning, you need to be checked in and completed other formalities before boarding. The flight is scheduled to leave Ashgabadetd 04.20 am to Kolkata en route Dubai.

Arrive in Dubai at around 06:00 in the morning and your next flight for Kolkata at 13.15pm. You don’t need to check in with luggage…as you are carrying only cabin luggage. You will have enough time to shop around in the fabulous Dubai airport before boarding the final leg. Board the flight. Arrive in Kolkata at 19.15 in the evening. After immigration, take your luggage. Bid good bye to all your friends, met during the tour and also the Tour Coordinator of Aviana Holidays. Tour Ends here.

[MEAL ON BOARD]

Inclusion/Exclusion

Your trip includes

  • Economy Class Air Fare From Kolkata To Almaty & Back From Ashgabad By Emirates
  • Economy Class Non-Refundable Air Fare From Bishkek To Tashkent
  • Economy Class Air Fare With Non-Refundable Status Between Mary & Ashgabad
  • All Taxes, Mentioned On The Tickets, Calculated As On 15Th January’ 2020
  • Economy Class High-Speed Premium Train “Afrosiab” Journey From Samarkand To Bukhara
  • Tourist Visa Charges (If Required You May Need To Appear At Delhi With The Embassy)
  • Policy Of Overseas Medical Insurance For Up To 69 Years Aged Travelers. Only Difference Amount To Be Paid By Those Above 69 Years Old
  • Comfortable With Modern Amenities Hotel Accommodations As Per Itinerary Or Similar Standard On Twin/Double Sharing Basis
  • Guest House/Home Stay Accommodation Near Iskanderkul As There Is No Hotel Service There
  • Breakfast & Dinner As Mentioned In The Itinerary With Choice Of Veg / Non Veg Options (Local/European)…Depending On Situation
  • All Transfers By Comfortable Air Conditioned Vehicles (Coach / Car) With Pleasant & Experienced Drivers
  • Services Of English-Speaking Local Specialist In Each Country (Separate Person For Each Country) Except The Border Crossings
  • Cable Car At Medeo – Shymbulak – Talgar Pass And Kok Tobe Hill
  • All Entry Fees For All Visits To Important Places As Per Itinerary
  • Experienced & Pleasant Tour Leader Of Aviana Holidays, Throughout With You, From Kolkata Itself
  • Tips To Guides & Drivers

Your trip excludes

  • B.T.Q. Granted By The Reserve Bank Of India
  • Expenses And Services Of Personal Nature – Telephone Calls, Drinking And/Or Mineral Water, Any Meals Not Forming A Part Of The Group Itinerary Menu, Room Services Orders, Mini Bar & Beverages (Alcoholic Or Non Alcoholic), Snacks Or Refreshments Or Any Other Usage, Laundry, Personal Entertainment Expenses Except For Mentioned Itinerary Items, Tips And Porter Charges, Conveyance Expenses, Entrance Charges Except For Mentioned Itinerary Items, Any Other Incidental Or Medical Expenses Etc.
  • Optional Excursions Expenses As Well As Expenses For Any Service Apart From Those Mentioned In The Itinerary, Porterage Charges At Airports & Ports, Hotels, Trains, Stations Etc.
  • Any Services Not Mentioned In The ‘Tour Cost Includes’.
  • Gst Of 5% On The Total Tour Cost (As Of 15Th January’ 2020) Including Optional Tours, If Any.

Note

DEPARTURE: 25th September 2020 from Kolkata

1) Package Price is applicable if the group consists of min 20 Adults at the time of final boarding.

2) Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Central Asia, no EURO and no credit cards are accepted in these countries (only in Almaty and Bishkek it is possible to get money in local currency via cash machine).

NB: Tour Itinerary as well as the Package Price is subject to change if there is any increase or decrease of cost per Airline, IATA rule, Visa & Rate of Exchange (ROE) at the time of final payment & departure of the tour. The package cost which includes all the services (as mentioned in the itinerary etc.) has been framed on 15TH January 2020.

The Tour Itinerary is subject to change if any unforeseen and/or unavoidable circumstances occur before and/or during the tour period. Any refund / charges of such event will be the sole discretion of the Operator – Aviana Travels Pvt Ltd.

Any flight / Cruise / Train tickets are Non-Refundable by whatsoever situation arises before or during the tour.

Payment equivalent to Foreign Currency Component (mentioned) has to be paid in Indian Currency with local cheque/at par cheque only, favoring Aviana Travels Pvt. Ltd, as per Forex (foreign exchange) Card Board Rate based on the rate of the day of Final Payment as schedule by Aviana Holidays. Indian Currency part can be paid in A/C Payee (for local), A/C Payee At Par (for outstation), Demand Draft or by Cash per RBI / IT guideline (with a photocopy of PAN Card).

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