Central Asian Express Tour

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

Looking to explore Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan in a single, exciting journey? The Central Asian Express Tour offers a captivating adventure through four countries, each brimming with its own unique sights.

This tour takes you to stunning locations like the Charyn Canyon, which rivals the grandeur of America's Grand Canyon, and introduces you to the iconic landmarks of Almaty. You'll marvel at the historic Burana Tower, take in the architectural wonders of Bishkek, and wander through the serene beauty of the Ala Archa National Nature Park. Your journey will also encompass the essential sites of Tashkent, the historical treasures of Samarkand, the breathtaking Fann Mountains of Tajikistan, and the ancient city of Penjikent, among other highlights.

Additionally, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of oriental bazaars, perfect for picking up unique souvenirs. And, of course, the Central Asian Express Tour wouldn't be complete without indulging in the authentic flavors of regional cuisines. This is more than just a trip; it's an expedition into the heart of Central Asia's rich heritage and culture.

Upon your arrival in Almaty, you will check in at the hotel around noon. Following your flight, make sure to allocate some time for relaxation before commencing your ten-day Central Asian Express Tour. Your evening will be spent at the hotel.

Optional Activity: Explore the Abay Opera and Ballet Theater. You can acquire tickets either directly from the theater or through their website at gatob.kz
Meals: none.

Begin your second day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel. Your tour guide and driver will be ready to meet you at your Almaty hotel. Depart from Almaty and head towards Charyn Canyon, where you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of the Altai Mountains and charming villages along the way (covering 220 km, 3 hours). Upon reaching Charyn Canyon, enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch. Charyn Canyon, often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of Kazakhstan," is a natural wonder that captivates visitors with its stunning beauty and unique geological features. Embark on a hike through this magnificent canyon, characterized by towering mountains soaring up to 300 meters and the picturesque "Valley of Castles" extending over 2 kilometers. Later in the afternoon, return to Almaty. Your overnight stay will be at the hotel.

Tour duration: 9-10 hours.
Meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch.

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, and shortly after, your guide will be waiting for you in the lobby to kick off an exciting sightseeing tour in Almaty. Your first stop is the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, a place where you'll delve into the city's rich history and behold the magnificent Zenkov Cathedral, recognized as one of the world's largest wooden structures. Pay your respects at the Memorial of Glory and the Eternal Flame, a solemn tribute to the brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the nation's independence. Next on your itinerary is a visit to Republic Square and the Almaty City Museum, offering insights into the city's cultural and historical heritage. Make sure to explore the renowned Green Bazaar, where you can shop for delectable sweets and unique souvenirs to remember your journey by.

As the day progresses, bid farewell to Almaty and embark on a scenic drive to Bishkek, following a highway that grants you picturesque views of the natural landscapes along the way (250 km, 4 hours). After completing the necessary border procedures, you'll reach Bishkek and transfer to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay in the city.

Tour duration: approximately 5 hours.
Meals: breakfast.

Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at your hotel on the fourth day of your Central Asian Express Tour. Embark on a journey to the Burana Tower, a significant historical site that's part of the ancient city of Balasagun, dating back to the 11th-13th centuries and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Bishkek, start your city tour of Bishkek, where you'll encounter remarkable examples of Soviet urban planning and architecture. Your itinerary includes Oak Park, Ala Too Square, the Manas Statue, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the Philharmonic Hall, and the Victory Monument. Overnight in Bishkek.

Tour duration: approximately 8 hours.
Meals: breakfast.

Following a delightful breakfast, your tour resumes with a picturesque journey to the enchanting Ala-Archa National Park. Your guide will meet you after breakfast, and together, you'll embark on an unforgettable adventure in this stunning alpine gorge. As you explore the park, marvel at the snow-capped peaks that grace the landscape on your way to the waterfall and the serene banks of the Ala-Archa River. After an invigorating picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty, you'll return to Bishkek in time for your late afternoon flight to Tashkent. Upon your arrival in Tashkent, a transfer will be arranged to take you to your hotel, where you'll spend a restful night in the city.

Tour duration: approximately 6 hours.
Meals: breakfast, picnic-lunch.

To commence your Tashkent city exploration, your guide and driver will pick you up directly from your hotel. Your exclusive tour of the city will encompass the following highlights: Hast-Imam complex (dating back to the 15th century), Chorsu Bazaar - one of Central Asia's most ancient markets, where you can savor and purchase delectable sweets, fresh fruits, and memorable souvenirs. Experience the unique Tashkent Metro by taking a ride through its stations, each adorned with distinctive ceramic tiles and murals that depict captivating themes. Stroll through Amir Timur Square and Independence Square, Visit to the Museum of Applied Arts, housed in a beautifully decorated villa. Here, you'll find an enlightening collection showcasing Uzbekistan's finest handicrafts. Overnight in Tashkent.

Tour duration: approximately 5 hours.
Meals: breakfast.

In the morning, your driver will transfer you to the railway station for an enchanting train journey to the beautiful city of Samarkand (330km, 3h).

Pick-up from train station and start your Samarkand city tour with local guide, iconic landmarks, including: Gur Emir, a historic mausoleum, Registan Square with three Madrasahs that date back to the 15th to 17th centuries, The majestic Bibi Khanum Mosque, multi-level Siab Bazaar, where you can browse for souvenirs and savor local treats such as sweets, fruits, and the renowned Samarkand bread. The breathtaking Shakhi-Zinda, a visit to the Ulugbek Observatory (14th-15th-century) and explore the Ulugbek Museum. Return to your hotel to unwind and recharge. This is just one of the many remarkable experiences that await you on your Central Asian Express Tour.

Tour duration: approximately 6 hours.
Meals: breakfast.

Commence your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the stage for an exciting adventure that will take you to the Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border crossing at Jartepa (50km). Once you've completed the customs and passport control procedures, your local Tajik guide and driver will be eagerly awaiting your arrival on the Tajikistan side.

From there, you'll be transported to the awe-inspiring Seven Lakes, nestled 90 kilometers away in the picturesque Fann Mountains. Each of these Seven Lakes boasts a unique and mesmerizing color palette, ranging from turquoise to enchanting purple. Immerse yourself in the natural splendor of this exceptional destination, and savor a delightful lunch at a guest house conveniently located near the fourth lake. Following your exploration of the lakes, continue your journey to the enchanting city of Penjikent, where you'll spend a comfortable night at a hotel.

Tour duration: approximately 8 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast, and start a tour to the ancient city of Penjikent, which dates back to the 5th century when it was founded by the Sogdians. After your exploration of Old Penjikent, transition to the newer part of the city, where you'll visit a local bazaar, a mosque, and the Rudaki Museum, offering valuable insights into the region's culture and heritage. Drive to the Jartepa border crossing, covering a distance of 30 kilometers in approximately 40 minutes. Along the way, you'll pass through Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in the 4th century BC, adding another layer of historical significance to your journey. Upon crossing the border, you will reunite with your driver and be transferred to your hotel in Samarkand, where you will spend the night.

Tour duration: approximately 4 hours.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a free morning. Check out from the hotel by noon. Your journey culminates with a transfer to the airport, marking the conclusion of your memorable Central Asian Express Tour.

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  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, with breakfast, 9 nights;
  • All road transfers including airport and train station;
  • Local English-speaking escort guide on days 2-5 and 8 and 9;
  • Local English-speaking guide for city tours in Tashkent and Samarkand;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy-class tickets for Tashkent-Samarkand train;
  • Meals as designated in the program.
  • Tour leader to accompany the group for the whole duration of the tour;
  • Meals not indicated in the program;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Flight ticket from Bishkek to Tashkent;
  • All visas, e-visas and visa support letters to Central Asia countries;
  • Tips are not included (driver, guide, porter);
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Inclusions”.

We hope the memories of this remarkable journey linger in your heart. From the breathtaking landscapes to the rich cultural experiences, it has been our pleasure to guide you through this diverse and captivating region. We sincerely thank you for choosing to explore Central Asia with OREXCA.

Central Asian Express Tour FAQs:

The most efficient and convenient method to organize your Central Asian Express Tour is by reserving a tour package through orexca.com We are a local company in Uzbekistan and specializes in Central Asian tours. Embarking on a vacation to the countries of Central Asia, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, presents a unique chance to explore captivating UNESCO World Heritage sites and delve into the rich history of the Silk Road. When you book your Private Central Asian Express Tour with us, you eliminate the need for extensive research, meticulous organization, and intricate planning. Our comprehensive tour encompasses visits to premier travel destinations, granting you access to some of the finest attractions in the region.
Your tour package to Central Asia includes everything you need for a fun and hassle-free time. Tour packages normally include reservations at recommended hotels in a central location, a travel plan including visits to top attractions with local guides, and the opportunity to add short tours, domestic flights, entrance tickets, and activities to your daily itinerary.
Russian is commonly spoken as a second language throughout Central Asia. People in the travel service and tourism industries often speak English and other languages. The official languages in the region are Uzbek in Uzbekistan, Kazakh in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz in Kyrgyzstan, and Tajik in Tajikistan. All of these languages belong to the Turkish language group except Tajik that belongs to Farsi.
The voltage standard used for charging electronic devices in Central Asia is typically 220-240 volts at a frequency of 50 Hz. Most hotels have European-style sockets with two round pins. It may be useful to bring an adapter if your devices have a different plug type.
As a general rule, you can dress as you would in your home country. However, when visiting open mosques during sightseeing, it is advisable for women to cover their heads with a light scarf and to wear shorts that extend below the knee.
Yes, Wi-Fi and mobile internet are generally readily accessible for travelers in Central Asia. In urban areas and major tourist destinations, you can expect to find good connectivity. However, in more remote or rural areas, the availability of Wi-Fi and mobile internet may be limited or slower. Ask your local guide to get a SIM card and use mobile internet anywhere.

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