A tour to Iran and Central Asia ( urkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan)

A Journey from Iran to Central Asia A cultural tour of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan. 
A journey to the Middle East is nothing short of going back into the history of civilization – and yet it is here that history is still in the making. For many people this land is where it all began. The small group concept we have adopted for tours will give you an opportunity to move more freely and thus be able to see more. It is also an ideal opportunity to get an insight into the various historical and cultural places you will visit and experience the life from the angle of the local peoples you visit. In this tour we will follow up the silk road from Iran to central Asia.

Both the Persian and the Moghul Empires crossed beyond the political borders as we know them today and the result is the varied historical, cultural and ethnic variety of this fascinating region. Our program covers the historical and cultural centers in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in addition to the other “stans” and highlights some of the many wonders of Iran. This is novel program and one that will be remembered for a long time to come.
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Details: A 25 day tour of Iran and central asian countries covering many places such as Tehran, Isfahan, Mashhad, Eshghabad, Merv, Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Bishkek, Almaty and finally return to Tehran. You can decide to end your trip by adding or substituting a number of alternative detours. Please look below for further information.
::    TOUR INCLUDES

Land-only package includes:

  • Meet and assist/ All Airport transfers
  • Accommodations.
  • Based on request we can change your accommodations  to 1 through 5 star hotels.
  • Breakfast & dinners including Welcome dinner and Farewell dinner
  • Guided Tours in each city.
  • Free at leisure and independent detours as case may arise
  • Shopping excursion in local bazaars.
  • Private Walking Tours in cities under our way.
  • Entrance fees to all Museums and sites in the itinerary
  • Transportation as per itinerary in private luxury mini-bus/private Car.
  • Guides in  English/ French/ Spanish /German/ Iranian/ Japanese/ Chinese and Arabic based on the request
  • Domestic flights based on the itinerary.
  • Visa
  • Insurance
::    PARTICIPANT INFORMATION
::  Tour Duration: 25 day

::  Scheduled Dates: At the start , middle and end of each month

* If your group is more than 8 people or you want to travel independently you can select a Start Date that is more convenient for you.

::  Minimum Number of Participant:1
::  Maximum Number of Participant: 10

::    CONDITION

 

What is not included: Price doesn’t include International air tickets. Ask for flight arrangements and air rates.

Reservations: Res will be granted in the order in which they are received. We recommend and can provide trip insurance.

Who is this tour for: This Tour is prefect for those who want to be in a group tour package to reduce costs and have more fun traveling with like minded people.

Group size: Each small group contains no more than 16 and no less than 2  participants, except those who rather to travel in a solo private guided tour.

Group Confirmation: Your chosen date will be confirmed only if there will be at least 2 or more people interested in the same date. You will be notified about the status of your tour at least 30 day in advance.

Private travel arrangement : Min 1 person, date of travel flexible, cost per service needed, private car with driver, visa, booking can be included, should you ask for.

Refund: All  charges will be refundable to you this tour if you let us know by at least 3 weeks before your trip date.

Payment: 50% in advance and 50% after arrival to Iran.

WHAT PLACES WE WILL COVER IN THIS TRIP

AM
Lunch
PM On arrival, we are welcomed to Tehran, the pearl of Persia. After checking into our hotel, we enjoy a leisurely evening and rest up, before our formal itinerary of exploring this country rich in history and culture begins.
Dinner

Day 1 - Tehran

AM

 Full Day tour starts off with a visit to the Carpet Museum, housing an excellent collection of Iranian hand woven carpets, followed by the Museum of Reza Abbasi. This museum, named after the most famous miniaturist in the Safavid era, was opened in 1977. It exhibits artifacts dating back to prehistoric, ancient and Islamic periods and is particularly rich in Islamic calligraphy.

Lunch
PM  Next is a visit to the Crown Jewels Museum after which we visit the Archaeological Museum with its fine collection including a stone capital of a winged lion from Susa and a 6th century BC audience hall relief of Darius the Great from the Treasury at Persepolis. The museum has items dating back from the Sumerian Period (4500 BC) to contemporary times.
Dinner

Day 2 - Tehran

AM  Morning visit the Glass and Ceramic Museum, Golestan Palace, the Ethonological Museum and Sa’dabad Palace.
Lunch
PM  Late afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight to Shiraz, traditionally known as the city of Roses and Nightingales.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 3 - Tehran

AM  Shiraz is the beautiful capital of the Province of Fars. Our visit today will include the Eram Garden, the tombs of Saadi and Hafiz – two of the most well known Persian poets.
Lunch
PM  Nasirol-Molk Mosque, Afif-Abad Garden, Narenjistan Museum and the traditional Vakil bazaar.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 4 - Shiraz

AM  Morning excursion to Persepolis, literally meaning the capital of Persia, which lies 60 kms / 37 miles north of Shiraz. Persepolis is the last and ultimate expression of the ancient Middle East. Construction began by Darius the Great (521 – 468 B.C.) as the focus of the mighty Achemenian Empire nearly 2500 years ago. Our next stop is Naqsh-e-Rustam – tomb of the famous Rustam.
Lunch
PM  Late evening transfer to the airport for our flight to Esfahan, another highlight city. Legend has it that Esfahan was founded in the time of Tahmourass or Keykavous. During the Safavid Era (16th and 17th Century A.D.), Esfahan was an extraordinary city of Gardens and Palaces.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 5 - Persepolis

AM  Full Day tour of this magnificent city includes Hasht Behesht Palace (built in 1680 AD during the rule of Suleiman II).
Lunch
PM  The Armenian Vank Church, FriDay Mosque and the famous bridges of Esfahan.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 6 - Isfahan

AM  Today visit includes Imam Square (Naqsh-e- Jahan) with its Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon Palace (40 pillars) which was built by Shah Abbas as a hall of audience.
Lunch
PM  Later we visit the most famous hustling and bustling bazaar in Iran.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 7 - Isfahan

AM  This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to the holy city of Mashhad via Tehran.
Lunch
PM  All roads in Mashhad lead to the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza and this evening our tour starts with a visit to the courtyard of the shrine (open only to Muslims), followed by the pilgrim’s bazaar.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 8 - Mashhad

AM   Our fascinating tour of Iran comes to an end today as we cross another frontier, this time to Turkmenistan
Lunch
PM Ashghabad
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 9 - Turkmenistan/ Ashghabad

AM  Today we enjoy a complete sightseeing tour of the capital city of Turkmenistan. We visit the Talkuchka SunDay Bazaar, also known as the Turkmen’s Carpet Bazaar; the famous archaeological site of Nisa, which served as the winter capital of the Parthian rulers and the National Museum of History and Ethnography.
Lunch
PM  Our last stop is the Carpet Museum, one of the best in Central Asia. The carpets and designs come from the Tekke, Yamud, Sarik and Chodor famous tribes.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 10 - Ashghabad

AM Today we explore Merv, the oldest and most completely preserved of the oasis cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains of this wide oasis span four thousand years of human history and a number of monuments are visible, particularly from the last two millennia.
Lunch
PM  Merv is often mentioned as Margiana by classical writers and was part of the Achaemenian Empire in 6th Century BC, until the invasion by Alexander the Great. In the Islamic era it was known as the ‘Mother of the cities’, when it flourished as an important town on the Great Silk Road until its destruction by the Mongols.
Dinner

Day 11 - Merv

AM  Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Tashauz. Meet & drive to Urgench via Kunya-Urgench, the former capital of Khorezmia, that flourished under the Achaemenid rule in 6th century BC and was subsequently wrested away from the last of the Persian rulers, the Sasanids, by the invading armies of the Arabs.
Lunch
PM  Later powerful Turkic tribes who were converted to Islam took reins of the Kingdom and under whose rule the city flourished when great scholars of the Muslim attended the court of Khorezmshahs. A powerful and merciless invasion of the Mongolid hordes put an end to the ruling dynasty.
Dinner

  Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 12 - Tashauz

AM Today we explore the World Heritage Site at Khiva, a city where time has stood still in the age of the Arabian Nights. Our visit starts with the main site of Itchan Kala followed by Kalta Minor, the Kunya Ark, the Rakhimkhon Madrassah, the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, the FriDay Mosque and the Tashauli Palace and Harem.
Lunch
PM  To  complete this extraordinary Day, we climb the Khodja Minaret to take in the amazing fairy tale panorama.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 13 - Khiva

AM  Our drive to Bukhara is through the arid setting of the Kyzyl Kum Desert. Along the way we stop for some refreshments and observe how humans have survived over the centuries in this unforgiving landscape.
Lunch
PM
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 14 - Kyzyl Kum Desert

AM  One of the grandest of Uzbek centers, Bukhara is an open museum with many mosques,madrassahs and a grand minaret. We spend the Day visiting some of the finest examples of Islamic Architecture in the world, where exquisite tile and mosaic work complements the beautiful brickwork; it is no wonder this city is a World Heritage Site. Our visit includes the Lab-e-Khauz Complex with the Nadirkhon Devanbegi Madrassah, the Mogak Attari Mosque and the Poi Kalon Minaret. We also visit the Madrassahs of Aziz Khan and the Ulugbek Ark Fortress, the residence cum army headquarters of the Bukharan Emirs that houses an interesting collection of objects from those day and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, which features some of the best 10th century brickwork, with a marked Persian influence.
 Lunch  We conclude the Day with a visit to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the Summer Residence of the former Emirs of Bukhara.
PM Our Afternoon tour of Kerman will include the old part of the city houses the famous FriDay Mosque from the 14th Century, Ganj-Ali-Khan Bath Museum and the old bazaar.
Dinner

Day 15 - Bukhara

AM  This morning we start off with a visit to a local family run ceramic factory in Gijduvan then continue onto Samarkand.
Lunch
PM
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 16 - Samarkand

AM  Today we enjoy a Day excursion to visit the World Heritage Site of Shakhrisabz, hometown of Tamerlane. This historic center contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to centuries of vibrant history, particularly to the period of its climax in the 15th century under the empire of Tamerlane.
Lunch
PM  we try to visit the famous Urgut Market.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 17 - Shakhrisabz

AM  The historic town of Samarkand, recently declared a World Heritage Site, was and is a crossroads and melting pot of the world’s cultures. Founded in the 7th century BC as ancient Afrosiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. Our tour takes us to the major monuments and includes the Registan Mosque and the adjoining madrassas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir Ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg’s Observatory.
Lunch
PM   Our afternoon tour also includes the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient Afrosiab, and the Historical Museum of Uzbek Culture and Art, which houses the wooden coffin of Tamerlane and a large copy of the Koran.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 18 - Samarkand

AM  Today we attempt to cross into TAJIKISTAN. This may prove to be difficult as the border crossing is subject to rules that keep on changing, one of the notorious features of daily life in Central Asia. Our objective is to the see the site of the ancient city of Sogdiana at Penjikent.
Lunch
PM  Should the border crossing not be possible then we will continue on to Tashkent.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 19 - Tashkent

AM  Our visit of Tashkent entails the old part of the city, the Kafelsashi Mausoleum, the Barak Khana, the Tila Shaikh Mosque and Archives, followed by the Chorsu Bazar, Kukeldesh Madrassah, the Friendship Square and the Navoi Theatre.
lunch
PM  In the afternoon we will have time to visit the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts. The evening is free, with an opportunity to see a local opera or ballet.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 20 - : Kafelsashi Mausoleum

AM  We arrive at Bishkek after a short flight from Tashkent. Our tour of the Krgyz capital starts with the History Museum famous for its collection of Bolshevik Revolution artifacts. This is followed by a visit to Frunze’s House, named after the Soviet General Michael Frunze who won Central Asia for the Blosheviks in the Civil War.
Lunch
PM  Next stop is the Burana Tower Archaeological Museum, which is situated on the site of a caravan town dating to the 10th Century AD. We arrive Issyk-Kul in the evening.
Dinner   Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 21 - : Bishkek

AM  The scene surrounding Issyk-Kul Lake is enchanting in its surreal beauty. It is surrounded by high mountains, with 134 rivers flowing into the lake and traditional yurts dotting the landscape, this truly is a picturesque landscape. Our tour includes a visit to the Preshevalsky Museum, dedicated to the memory of Nikolai Michailovich Preshevalsky, an enthusiastic explorer accredited for his excellent works on flora and fauna of the Issyk-Kul region. He was also known for breeding a tiny horse in the steppes of Tibet, which later came to be known as the Preshevalsky Horse.
 lunch
PM  This afternoon we have time for leisure to enjoy the beautiful scenery around Issikul Lake. There are lots of water sports as well as spa activities one can take advantage of.
Dinner  Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 22 - Issyk-Kul Lake

AM Driving through the heart of the Zailiysky Steppes, with their wide greens filled with beautiful poppy fields we head off to another stan. This time it is Kazakhstan, one of the largest countries in the world.
Lunch
PM
Dinner

Day 23 - : Zailiysky Steppes

AM Today we enjoy a full Day tour of Almaty, including a visit to the Zhenkov’s Cathedral, an extraordinary Russian Orthodox Church built of wood after which we take a walk through beautiful Panfilov Park. Later we visit the Central State Museum, which exhibits more than 40 different musical instruments. Even today in remote villages, music is part of a Kazakh’s way of life.
 lunch
PM  The evening is free for us to enjoy and shop for Central Asian souvenirs.
Dinner  Our daily visits would be included special Iranian dinner at a local traditional restaurant or outdoor area.

Day 24 - Almaty

AM Our tour comes to an end today and we bid farewell to this fascinating region.
Lunch
PM
Dinner

Day 25 - : Almaty

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