CENTRAL ASIA 2017

May 15, 2017



schedule of activities

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Day: 1 Date: Aug 28 - Mon Departure: MANILA Arrival: BANGKOK Activity: Our journey begins as we leave Ninoy Aquino lnternational Airport in the afternoon for Tashkent flight overnight stopover in Bangkok, Thailand. In-flight meals, movies and a night of rest above the clouds as our jet whisk us to the sky…
Day: 2 Date: Aug 29 - Tue Departure: BANGKOK Arrival: TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN Activity: Arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. You will be met by our arrival assistance at the airport and will be transferred to the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.
Day: 3 Date: Aug 30 - Wed Departure: TASHKENT Arrival: SAMARKAND Activity: Transfer to Samarkand by new fast train “Afrosiab”. On arrival, transfer to hotel. In afternoon, visit Afrosiab museum and site, Ulugbek’s observatory and Gur Emir, the Mausoleum of Tamerlane. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 4 Date: Aug 31 - Thu Departure: SAMARKAND Arrival: -- Activity: After breakfast, proceed to full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand. Visit Registan (Sandy place or Dessert in Persian) Square to see the three beautiful Madrassahs (An institution for the study of Islamic theology and religious law): Ulughbek Madrassah, Sher-Dor Madrassah and Tilla-Kori Madrassah. Later proceed to Bibi Khanum Mosque, Silk Road Bazar and Shahi Zinda Necropolis. In afternoon, watch a colorful Folk Show of historical costumes in El-Merosi("The People's Heritage") Theatre. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 5 Date: Sep 01 - Fri Departure: SAMARKAND Arrival: BUKHARA Activity: After breakfast, we depart for Bukhara enroute visit UNESCO World Heritage Site - Shakre Sabz, home of Tamerlane . We visit Ak Saroy Palace ruins, Dorus Tilavat seminary, Kok Gumbaz mosque, Dorus Saidat and the Friday mosque. Later proceed to Bukhara and on arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 6 Date: Sep 02 - Sat Departure: BUKHARA Arrival: -- Activity: After breakfast, we start our full day sightseeing tour. Visit Lyabikhauz, Madrassah Nadirkhon Devanbegi, Khanaga Mogaki Attari mosque, Poi Kalon minaret and Museum. Later visit madrassah Ulugbek and Aziz Khan. In afternoon, we visit – Ark Fortress and Balakhauz mosque. Then, visiting the "Silk Road Spices" tea house and testing teas prepared from herbs and spices. Overnight at hotel
Day: 7 Date: Sep 03 - Sun Departure: BUKHARA Arrival: KHIVA Activity: In Morning, we depart for Khiva enroute stop at the sight of Amudarya (Oxus River), one of the longest rivers of Central Asia which flows for a length of 2400 km across modern Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan into Lake Aral. Picnic lunch enroute. On arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 8 Date: Sep 04 - Mon Departure: KHIVA Arrival: TASHKENT Activity: After Breakfast visit the Friday Mosque with its numerous pillars, Tashauli harem and the Caravan Bazaar and then, Half-day sightseeing tour around the historical part of Khiva. Inchan Kala (UNESCO World Heritage) is the largest museum in the open air in Central Asia. Ichan Kala consist of Kunya Ark, Madrassah Rakhimkhon,Kalta Minor, the Palace of the Allakulihan Khan of Khiva - Tashauli, where the harem of 40 concubines was, mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhumud, and Islam-Khoja Madrassah , Mosque and Jami Minaret. After sightseeing tour, transfer to Urgench International Airport for Tashkent flight. On arrival to Tashkent, proceed to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we have a sightseeing tour of Tashkent. Visit Old City With Hast Imam Complex where the world famous holy book Quran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. In Hast Imam, visit Barak Khana, Tilla Shaikh mosque & archives, later proceed Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldesh madrassah, Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theatre (outside) Amir Temur Square, Palace of Grand Duke Nikolay Romanov (outside) and The Roman Catholic Church.
Day: 9 Date: Sep 05 - Tue Departure: TASHKENT Arrival: BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN Activity: After breakfast at hotel, we transfer to airport for flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival lunch at local café. We proceed to Manas Square and visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. Visit to the Victory Square to continue the city tour by short excursion there. After excursion tourists may go shopping in the department store in the city - ZUM. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 10 Date: Sep 06 - Wed Departure: BISHKEK Arrival: ALA ARCHA NATURAL NATIONAL PARK Activity: After the breakfast, excursion to National Natural Park Ala Archa. It located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 40 km off from Bishkek. At the territory of the park tourists can trek up the Ak Sai gorge. It is a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering including trips to more than 20 glaciers. It covers an area of 200 km2 mostly forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers rich in trout. The altitude of ranges varies from 1500m to the highest point 4895m. At the territory of the park tourists can trek up the Ak Sai gorge (side gorge of the main Ala Archa gorge) to enjoy views of magnificent peaks of Kyrgyz Alatau Ridge (Tien Shan Mountains). If you are not in a great desire for long trekking you may easily hike along the fast mountain river in the main gorge of Ala Archa. Lunch picnic in the gorge. In the afternoon we drive back to Bishkek and the rest of the time is Free at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 11 Date: Sep 07 - Thu Departure: BISHKEK Arrival: ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN Activity: After breakfast, we transfer to airport for flight to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Upon arrival in Almaty, lunch at Local Restaurant. Then, we have city tour in Almaty including Panfilov Park that is noteworthy for its beautiful and bright cathedral, Zenkov Cathedral. In the park we’ll also see the War Memorial, visit Musical Instrument museum (closed on Monday). Overnight at hotel.
Day: 12 Date: Sep 08 - Fri Departure: ALMATY Arrival: -- Activity: In morning, we drive to Medeo – world famous skating rink and high mountain dam to protect the valley from mud slide situated in a mountain gorge near the city. Enroute information about flora and fauna of the park, Tien Shan (Alatau) mountains. We may go on a hiking tour upstairs to the top of the dam to enjoy the view of northern Tien Shan Mountains and Medeo valley. Then travel to Chymbulak Ski Resort 2230 m above sea level to have a ride on cable car up to 3160 m. You may go skiing here (optionally).After excursion drive back to Almaty. Visit of the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan where you will get acquainted with history of Kazakhstan, Kok Tobe (up to the hill by the cable car), you have a chance to see the panoramic view of Almaty from the top of the hill. Overnight at hotel.
Day: 13 Date: Sep 09 - Sat Departure: ALMATY Arrival: MANILA Activity: Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning transfer to international airport of Bishkek to catch your flight back home.
Day: 14 Date: Sep 10 - Sun Departure: MANILA Arrival: -- Activity: Arrive in manila with the amusing and beautiful memories of Central Asia.