Travel to Tajikistan: Tour 5
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Oibek - Khujand - Istravshan - Seven Lakes - Penjakent - Dushanbe
Day 1: Oibek - Khujand
Arriving in Tajikistan, the driver will meet you on the border and transfer to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan and found on the Syr Darya River at the Fergana Valley. The city has population of 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan. Today it is Sughd. The second part of day will start by visiting Cultural Palace of Khujand. In general, the first president of Tajikistan was chosen over there. Visit Central Mosque in the center of the city. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Khujand - Istravshan - Khujand
The morning will start by visiting Istravshan. In past times it was of trade and craft as well as one of the ancient cities in Central Asia. This is a museum city with its rich history of the II-VI centuries BC. In Persian literature the city was identified as Kurukuda, In Sogdian ancient notes as Kurushkuda while modern scholars classify it with Cyruspol or Cyrus Eskhata originated in VI century BC by Cyrus the Great. We will visit Mugtepa, the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and local bazaar. Travelers will get acquainted with locals selling and buying fresh goods. In the end of day, we will back to Khujand. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 3: Khujand - Seven Lakes
Today we will drive to the Fannsky Gory (Fann Mountains) over pass Shahriston (3 378 m). They are one of Central Asia's most widespread hiking areas. We will have a tour to the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes) of about 60 km south of Panjakent. It is best for short hiking. There road goes along a gorge where 7 lakes are situated on various altitudes and shapes. On the way you may visit locals and learn more about oriental lifestyle. Night is in a homestay.
Day 4: Seven Lakes - Penjakent
In the morning we will drive to Penjakent or "five villages". It is located in Khujand in a Zeravshan river valley. It is worth noting that the five villages began the history of this outstanding city which invented in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most significant cultural and crafts centers of Sogd and named "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a great city with a ruler's palace, two shrines, markets, rich dwelling houses ornamented with frequent paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods where ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. It is also possible to see remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshipers church. Night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Penjakent - Dushanbe
The morning will start by travelling to Dushanbe. The road goes over Anzob pass (3 372 m) and tunnel of Isticlol. We will pass over mountain passes and enjoy scenery. The second half of the day is dedicated to a city tour. We will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament and Jomi theatre then walk to the National park to see Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world - 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. The next destination is visiting archeological museum and Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 6: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10- pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax - 825 $
04 pax - 515 $
06 pax - 545 $
08 pax - 455 $
10 pax - 485 $
Single - 100 $
Half board - 75 $
Full board - 150 $
English speaking guide - 590 $ per group
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Marquzor - Homestay
Penjakent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide