Dear tourists, Tour Asia Travel Agency is happy to offer our Central Asia tour packages that include tours not just around Kazakhstan but also throughout Central Asia. This is an excellent opportunity to visit countries such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan by all means. All these countries have rich ancient history. It used to the very area that caravans of the Great Silk Road passed through carrying a great number of goods, spices and fabrics from the East to the West.
The Tour program:
Our trip begins with an early arrival in the city of Bishkek, the capital of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. We check in the hotel and have some rest after the flight.
Today, according to the plan, we leave for Lake Issyk-Kul, which is the second highest-mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.
In the morning, after breakfast, we set off for a tour. We are going to visit the local History and Ethnography museum in Cholpon Ata, as well as the petroglyphic inscriptions, which is an open-air museum. And then we take a boat ride along the beautiful lake. In the evening we come back to Bishkek and spend the night in a hotel.
This day is devoted to a tour around Bishkek and an afternoon drive to the city of Almaty, located in Kazakhstan. In Bishkek, we visit the Ala-Too Square, the Victory Square, various monuments to eminent people, as well as the Alley of International Friendship with flags of various states set along it.
On arrival in Almaty, according to our Central Asia tour package plan there is some rest at the hotel.
This day we have a tour around Almaty. The Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen — the park got its name in honor of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War;
The Ascension Cathedral is a church built entirely of wood without a single nail.
The Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments represents a collection of various types of musical instruments of the Kazakh people.
The National Museum of Kazakhstan contains exhibits illustrating the development of Kazakhstan.
The Republic Square is an outstanding area of Almaty. In the square there is a monument of independence surrounded by fountains.
We continue our Almaty tour with visiting Kok-Tobe Hill. There is a view point on the top where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the whole city, as well as the endless steppe that spreads beyond the horizon. There are a few good restaurants and cafes located at Kok-Tobe;
Medeu is a valley where the world’s highest outdoor speed skating and bandy rink is located.
After hearty breakfast, we go on a trip to Lake Issyk and the Turgen Gorge. The journey 90 km away from Almaty takes approximately 1h 20 minutes on a paved road. It was here that ancient burial mounds were discovered as well as the Golden Man, which now is the symbol of Kazakhstan. These are very beautiful outskirts, where you can enjoy crystal air and the power of nature. The lake is surrounded by mountains and a birch grove, and the road along the Turgen Gorge lies between a swift river and rocky shelves.
On returning to Almaty, there is a transfer to the railway station and a night train trip to Shymkent.
On arrival, we meet our guide and the driver. Now we begin our journey around the ancient cities of Kazakhstan included in the Central Asia tour package. In Shymkent we explore the central park, bosomed in trees and luring tourists into the summer heat. And then we head to the ancient civilizations — the city of Turkestan, through the settlement of Otrar.
It was Turkestan that used to be the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. And here tourists can see the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, ancient baths and graves of Kazakh khans. This area takes us over the ages back and our imagination depicts life, which went by here a long time ago.
The day of transfer from Shymkent to Tashkent, which is usually carried out by car over the land border through the village of Chernyaevka. It is 100 km from the city and the journey takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.
After breakfast, we go to the railway station and take the train to Samarkand. On this day we visit Gur-e-Amir, a mausoleum of the conqueror Tamerlane and the Timurids. The Registan Square (the sandy place) is an ensemble of majestic madrasah (XV -XVII centuries), ranked top in Central Asia and of the greatest and magnificent works of the Islamic world.
After breakfast at the hotel, we go on a tour around the city. Here we are going to explore the Bibi Khanym Mosque (XV century) — a giant congregational mosque, once one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world, the Siab Bazaar — a colorful farmer’s market following by the visit of Shah-i-Zinda («The Living King») — the necropolis for Samarkand rulers and nobles.
The name refers to its original and most sacred shrine — the tomb of Kusam-ibn-Abbas, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin, who is said to have brought Islam to the area. Don’t miss visiting the Ulugh Beg Observatory (1420) — the remains of a huge (30 m.) Astrolabe for watching stars are the part of a three-storey observatory and the ruins of Afrasiab and a museum with fragments of frescoes from the VII century. Visiting the Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor. Returning to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the railway station and take a train to Tashkent. Our Central Asia tour package involves visiting a lot of historical objects. Our tour around Tashkent starts from visiting the Old town and Kukeldash Madrasah. The construction was completed in the middle of the XVI century by the vizier of the Kukaladash ruler. After the secular use as a warehouse and museum during the Soviet times, today the original religious role of the madrasah has been restored.
Also visit the Hast-Imam Square — the sacred heart of Tashkent and the least Russified part of the city — consisting of madrasahs of Barak Khan, Tillya-Sheikh Mosque and the Mausoleum of the Kafala Shashi. Barak Khan was founded in the XVI century by one of Tamerlane’s descendants who ruled Tashkent for the Shaibanid dynasty. Today it is the administrative center of the mufti of Uzbekistan, the head of official Islam in the Republic. The Tillya-Sheikh Mosque, built at the same time as the Barak Khan madrasah, is currently the main mosque of the city on Fridays.
The highlight is the huge Ottoman Quran, which is considered the oldest in the world; In 655 it was stained with the blood of the murdered Osman Caliph. Mausoleum of Kafala Shashi is the grave of the great doctor, philosopher and poet of Islam, who lived from 904 to 979. The portal, the inner dome and the arcade date back to the XVI century. We also visit the Chorsu Bazaar — the largest, spice-rich farmer’s market in Tashkent. After visiting the Old Town, we reach the modern part of Tashkent.
Visiting the Amir Temur Square — the oldest public park in Tashkent; the Independence Square, the largest city square in the former Soviet Union, surrounded by public buildings and fountain walls; the Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi built in yellow brick by Japanese prisoners of war in 1947 is a fusion of classical and Central Asian styles. We also visit Tashkent underground train stations and souvenir shops where you can buy kitchenware, bags and other souvenirs.
Early breakfast, transfer to the airport and flight home.