Tajikstan small group Central Asian cultural tour
On this Tajikstan small group Central Asian cultural tour, we explore the country's astonishing scenery and monuments. Tajikistan is the smallest of the 5 'Stans and is also the most mountainous. On our tour organised to benefit mature travelers, we encounter many ranges and mountain chains where we reach well over 3,000 metres above sea level while crossing passes. However, we do not venture onto the Pamir Plateau where several peaks exceed 7,000 metres.
The country is set between China, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Tajiks also lay claim to areas of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, which these countries reject.
The country remains economically poor by Western standards. A large percentage of the adult population work overseas, mainly in Russia. One of the countries main resources is water, and although they cannot sell water, they can produce Hydro-electricity for sale in neighbouring countries. This is seen as a future solution to a current lack of supplies of electricity in Tajikistan, particularly in its rural areas during winter. In the future this hydro power will assist the long term economic development of the country.
There is an optional 23 day tour to Central Asia & the Stans prior to this tour. This program Tajikstan small group Central Asian cultural tour for mature travelers provides another fascinating insight to this often misunderstood region. Odyssey's groups continually praise the friendliness of the local communities visited as well as their hospitality as you explore Tajikstan.
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The Tajikstan small group Central Asian cultural tour for mature travelers is one of five tours offered to this region for Odyssey Traveller's Australia to explore.Tour Notes
- This tour can be taken in conjunction with Central Asia & The Stans.
- Group size is limited to a maximum of 15 participants.
Overview: Upon arrival we will come to the hotel individually. Participants joining from the Stans Odyssey tour will fly from Bishkek to Dushanbe at 15:00 pm, arriving at 15:30 pm.
Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Tajikistan Hotel or similar.
Overview: Following breakfast there will be a full day of sightseeing in Dushanbe beginning with the Tajikistan United Museum, which includes exhibits on history, natural history, and art. The statue of Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum. We then visit the Bazaar, an oriental market and the most crowded place in the city.
Accommodation: Tajikistan Hotel or similar.
Overview: After an early breakfast we have a 250 kilometre drive north to Penjikent via the Anzob Pass, 3,373 metres above sea level. After passing over the Zerafshan Mountains we stop at Iskandar Lake in the Fan Mountains. Iskandar Kul, known as the Lake of Alexander the Great, was built as a reservoir in 1969.
Lunch is at a local restaurant, then we continue our drive on to Penjikent.
Dinner will be at our guest house.
Accommodation: 2 nights at Penjikent Hotel or similar.
Overview: Following breakfast we will visit the Museum of Rudaki, an important local site given that Penjikent is the birthplace of Abu Abdullah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian poetry.
We continue our sightseeing at Ancient Penjikent with the ruins of the old Sogdian town founded in 5th C but abandoned in the 8thC after the Arab conquest. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples, and the city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. We then drive to the Seven Lakes area to see 4 of these picturesque water bodies with different colors set in the mountains of Tajikistan, at just over 2,000 metres above sea level.
We have a picnic lunch at one of the lakes then drive back to Penjikent for some free time and dinner.
Accommodation: Penjikent Hotel or similar.
Overview: After breakfast and checkout we drive east to Khodjent via Istaravshan, a journey of about 230 kilometres.
Lunch is at a local house and followed by visits in Istaravshan, a well preserved town located at 3,378 metres in the Turkestan Mountains. Here we see Mug Tepa. Situated in Ura-Tube, it is one of the most ancient settlements in Tajikistan. We will see the Khazrati Shoh architectural complex from the 19th C, which consists of Khazrati Shoh mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami mausoleum, and mosque Namozgoh. The Bazaar completes our day. It is claimed this oriental market is a place where you can find everything.
We drive about 40 kilometres to Khodjent (Khojand) where we have dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: 1 night Sogd hotel or similar.
Overview: After breakfast we have some local visits, then cross the border and complete the day with some sightseeing as we drive to our hotel in Tashkent.
Khodjent is on the Amu Darya river, and very close to its source in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. We will visit the Museum of Archaeology and Fortification, which is in the middle of the northern part of the city set within a 7th C to 8th C enclosed fortress. It was destroyed several times by various conquerors and the last reconstruction was in the 18th C.
The biggest oriental bazaar of Central Asia is Payshanba bazaar, one of the most interesting places in Khodjent, attracting people with various languages and tastes. Lunch is at local restaurant and after lunch we drive to Tajik-Uzbek border at “Shirin.” From here we drive north to Tashkent for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: 1 night at City Palace Hotel or similar.
Overview: The tour ends after breakfast.
What’s included in our Tour
- 6 nights of accommodation including breakfast daily.
- Lunches and dinners as specified.
- Transport, rail travel, lecture, and field trips as indicated.
- Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
- Services of a Tour Leader.
- Detailed tour information booklet.
- Service charges and gratuities.
- Participants with passports other than Australia or New Zealand will need to check with their travel adviser.
What’s not included in our Tour
- Return international airfares and departure taxes.
- Comprehensive travel insurance.
- Local visas