Overnight in Margosh Hotel (BD) Day 04: Bukhara (Uzbekistan) In the morning, drive to the Turkmen Uzbek border, after border formalities you will be met by our Uzbek guide, later drive to Bukhara.Afternoon city tour of Bukhara Overnight in Devon Begi Hotel (BD) Day 05: Bukhara Today we explore the old quarter on foot.Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest.We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea.Overnight in Divon Begi Hotel (BD) Day 06: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand We depart early for Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, where we tour Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, House of Meditation and the Crypt of Timur, a man who changed the course of history and made a signfigant difference to Central Asia.There’s little left of Timur’s Ak-Saray Palace except bits of the gigantic, 40 m (98 foot) high entrance covered with gorgeous filigree like blue, white and gold mosaics, but it’s staggering to try and imagine what the rest of this glorious summer palace must have looked like. For most people, Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Tombouctou.We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market.
Transport: Private air conditioned transport in towns, 4×4 Jeeps for Pamir Highway, economy class domestic flights Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities in cities, Guest houses, Home stays and Yurt in the remote areas with basic sharing facilities Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country Tour starting point: Ashgabad Tour Ending Point: Almaty ** Or this tour can be done in reverse as well.
Overnight in Malika Prime Hotel (BD) Day 07: Samarkand City Tour Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded.
During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane, Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century.
Overnight in Guliston Tours Hotel (BD) Day 11: Kalaikum Today we start our journey toward the Pamir over the mountain pass to Kalaikum which is half to Khorog.
Overnight at Guesthouse (BD) Day 12: Khorog Drive to Khorog which is the capital of (GBAO) Gorno- Badakhshan along the Panj River which form the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.