3 Stans of Central Asia Tour

Itinerary

Explore The 3 Stans of Central Asia: Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan.

Itinerary:

Day 1  &  2:  Departure from USA

Overnight flight to Tashkent via Istanbul on from JFK on Turkish Airlines.

Day 3:  Arrive in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)   [D]

Welcome to Central Asia! Upon arrival to Tashkent Airport, we will meet you and transfer to hotel for rest after flight. Rest of the day is at your leisure!! Overnight  in Tashkent.

Day 4:  Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. A full day sightseeing in Tashkent, visit the old part of the city – Khast Imam Complex as well as possessing a rich Islamic Library with immense Osman Koran VII Century, Chorsu Bazaar, Kukeldash Madrasah. Afternoon visit Independence (Mustakillik) Square with Governmental Buildings, A. Navoi Theater Square, A. Temur Museum and Square. Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 5:  Tashkent – Samarkand (Uzbekistan) [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the railway station for the bullet train AFROSIAB to Samarkand. Upon arrival to Samarkand Start tour of “Rome of the East”visiting: Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum, Bibi – Khanum Mosque and Central Bazaar in Samarkand, Afrosiyob Museum, and Museum of Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 6:  Samarkand – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Shakhrisabz, hometown of Great Tamerlane, arrival to Shakhrisabz: visit remains of Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, Khazrati Imom Ensemble. After sightseeing Shakhrisabz, depart to Samarkand and visit the Paper Mills. Overnight in Samarkand.

Day 7:  Samarkand – Bukhara (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. We drive to Bukhara via Gijduvan. In route visit remains of Caravanserai and Sardoba, a water reservoir. Excursion to Gijduvan – famous pottery house. Arrival in Bukhara and check in to the hotel. We then continue sightseeing in Bukhara: Kalon Ensemble, Madrasah Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chashma-Ayub, Madrasah Ulugbek and Abdulaziz Khan, Kosh Madrasah, Trade Domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Madrasah Chor – Minor. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 8:  Bukhara (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. We continue our sightseeing of Bukhara: summer palace of Bukhara emirs Sitora-i-Mokhi khosa, Necropolis Chor Bark, burial of Sheikhs and Royal Family members, Complex of Bahauddin Naqshband, place of locals to worship, visit Samanid Dynasty Mausoleum, Ark Fortress. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 9:  Bukhara – Farab – Turkmenabat – Mary (Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan)   [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we depart Bukhara and drive to Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan border point Farab. Border formalities on both sides, crossing the border. Transfer to Mary via Turkmenabat & Merv (350 km/4.5 hrs.). Upon arrival tour of Merv which was located at the crossroads of Great Silk Road and quickly became one of most important and biggest cities of the ancient World. Sightseeing will include: Gyz Gala and Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Overnight in Mary.

Day 10:  Mary – Ashgabat  (Turkmenistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel.  We then transfer to the airport for your flight to Ashgabat. Visit Ashgabat famous Oriental Bazaar, Hippodrome of Ashgabat, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazaar, Monument of Lenin, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, National Museum of History & Ethnography Excursion to Nisa (Visit Old Nisa Ruins), discover Kopet Dag Mountains, Turkmenbashi Spiritual Mosque. Afternoon sightseeing of Monument of Independence and Ruhnama. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 11:  Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Kunya – Urgench – Nukus (Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, we transfer to the airport for your flight to Dashoguz. Arrival to Dashoguz, transfer to Kunya-Urgench (120 km/1.5 hr.). Sightseeing Tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravanserai, Mamur Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Khorezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, return to Dashoguz and transfer to border checkpoint. Border formalities on both sides. Enter Uzbekistan and transfer to Nukus, in route visit oldest Necropolis Mazda Khan and remains of Gaur Kala Fort.  Overnight in Nukus.

Day 12:  Nukus – Kala – Khiva  (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast, a morning tour in Nukus, capital of Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan, visit the Savitskiy State Museum, a collection of over 95,000 pieces including fine arts, applied Karakalpak Folk Art, and ancient art from the region of Khorezm. After lunch drive to the ruins of Toprak Kala from the Kushan period, built in the II and III Centuries. Next stop is Kizil Kala, a frontier fortress from the Kang Kuyi period. Last will be Ayaz Kala, the fort of Wind, built in early A.D. Overnight in Khiva.

Day 13:  Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

Breakfast at hotel. A full day of sightseeing in Khiva: visit Ichan Qala Fortress – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where monuments Alla Kuli Khan Madrassah, Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khoja Minaret, Juma Mosque, Tosh Hovli and other monuments are located. Evening transfer to the airport in Urgench for the flight to Tashkent as per timetable.  Overnight in Tashkent.

Day 14:  Tashkent – Khujand (Uzbekistan/Tajikistan)  [B,L,D]

After early breakfast at the hotel in Tashkent, today we’ll head on to a 2 day excursion of Tajikistan. We’ll drive to the border check point Oybek and after border crossing formalities we’ll continue on to city Khujand. Khujand – the country’s second largest city – situated in the north of Tajikistan and is one of its most ancient, founded about 2,300 years ago during the time of Alexander The Great. Standing in a favorable location in the Ferghana Valley, Khujand prospered for a long time, becoming rich by building palaces, mosques, and citadels. In the XIII Century it was conquered and destroyed by the Genghis Khan’s Army. We’ll have a close city tour in second part of the day, and end the day with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a show. Overnight in Khujand.

Day 15:  Khujand – Oybek – Tashkent (Tajikistan/Uzbekistan)  [B,L,D]

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll continue sightseeing in Khujand: visit ancient part of Khujand: Timurmalik Fortress, Archeology and History Museums, Orient Bazaar Panjshanbe – famous Panjshanbe City Market is one of the most interesting sights of Khujand. Near the market, we’ll stop by Sheikh Muslihiddin Mosque and Mausoleum, Museum of Archaeology and Respiration. We’ll have lunch at the local restaurant and in the afternoon we transfer back to Tashkent. Once back in Uzbekistan, we’ll have a rest at the hotel. We’ll have a farewell dinner followed by a show and return for overnight to Tashkent.

Day 16:  Tashkent (Uzbekistan)  [B]

We’ll have breakfast at the hotel and arrange your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Tour review scores and score breakdown

10 / 10

Based on 3 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of 3 Stans of Central Asia Tour.

Overall
9   
Accommodation
9   
Transportation
9   
Meals
9   
Tour Guide
10   
Value for money
10   
Program accuracy
10   

Guest reviews

  • Kim Waldorf
    2017-01-19

    Uzbekistan was one of the prettiest and historical country’s we toured through on our 21 days 3 stans tour for our 35th anniversary. Everything went as explained in our well organized itinerary. The tour guides spoke English very well which was comforting due to the shock of new surroundings. While dinner at local restaurants was a great experience and perfect touch, the hotels where picked out perfectly very clean great food and the customer support was great, being that my wife and I are in our golden age we cant move around as well as we used to from the moment we left the airport we had everything well organized and taken care of drivers that where humorous and attentive, and hotel management that made sure we had breakfast and luggage brought to and from the vehicle. My wife had knee surgery a few years ago and cant walk for long periods of time so our tour guide was so nice to drive us everywhere and even took us back to the hotel so she could put her feet up and rest! Couldn’t image a better trip for our anniversary. Our tour was organized by Flo Tours.

  • Sebastian Borse
    2016-12-08

    Honestly, the whole Central Asia package was just terrific. The entire staff of Flo Tours was incredibly welcoming, gracious and professional. Our hotel rooms were spotless (and believe me I look closely), The food was fabulous, fresh and plentiful. We especially enjoyed the fact that this agency does not use the snobby " package level " discrimination tactics that some agencies. Less than 20 people in the group and we felt like we were part of an extended family by the end of the trip. Central Asia was definitely something I had to see since my mom is from Uzbekistan. I was already familiar with the food but I have to say what I knew was nothing compared to what they had to offer. Next stop IRAN!

  • Jakie Scotch
    2015-09-23

    My husband and I returned from a 3 Stan tour in March and we highly recommend using Flo Tours all the various tour guides hotels and attractions were handled accordingly spoke very well English and and flights and drivers where never tardy. Our favorite time on our trip was sightseeing through Bukhara what a beautiful city between the mausoleums and pottery houses the trip was phenomenal and cant stress how wonderful this new experience was for us! We were able to actually enjoy a trip worry free, Flo Tours controlled all of that. Only out of pocket expense we ever paid for was gifts we purchased from all the local shops which brings another point to mind our trip adviser Julia called to check in on how things where progressing and I let her know I couldn't help myself from purchasing so many gifts for my daughters back home that I wasn’t sure how id bring them back home with us. She arranged for a driver to pick them up bring them to the hotel and have them shipped to our home back in Australia! Now that's hospitality and professionalism. Thanks again Flo Tour I enjoyed our trip.

Tour type: Small Group Tour

Group size: 6-14 passengers

2018 Departure Dates  
Departure-Return DatePrice
(Per person in Double room)
Single
Supplement
Availability
Apr 10 - Apr 25$4,495$695BOOK NOW
May 8 - May 23$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Jun 5 - Jun 20$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Sep 11 - Sep 26$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Oct 9 - Oct 24$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Nov 6 - Nov 21$4,495$695BOOK NOW

2019 Departure Dates  
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Single
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Apr 9 - Apr 24$4,995$695BOOK NOW
May 7 - May 22$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Jun 4 - Jun 19$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Sep 10 - Sep 25$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Oct 8 - Oct 23$5,495$795BOOK NOW
Nov 5 - Nov 20$4,995$695BOOK NOW

Inclusions

  • International flights from JFK
  • All airport taxes
  • All internal flights through the trip
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • Intra-country and domestic flights:
    • Mary - Ashgabat
    • Ashgabat - Dashoguz
    • Urgench-Tashkent
  • All hotel accommodations at 5 star or best available hotels
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Deluxe comfortable tour bus throughout the itinerary
  • All sightseeing tours as specified at the day-by-day itinerary
  • English speaking professional local tour guides thought itinerary
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • All local services taxes and fees
  • All baggage handling
  • Letter of Invitations for Turkmenistan visa
  • Tajikistan and Uzbekistan Visa assistance

Exclusions

 

  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Extra drinks with meals
  • Tips for your tour guides and drivers

Hotels

Uzbekistan:

  • Tashkent - Hyatt Regency Hotel or similar
  • Samarkand - Registan Plaza or similar
  • Bukhara - Asia Bukhara or similar
  • Khiva - Asia Khiva Hotel or similar
  • Nukus - Jipek Joli Hotel or similar

Turkmenistan:

  • Mary - Mary Hotel or similar
  • Ashgabat - Oguzkent Hotel or similar

Tajikistan:

  • Khujand - Grand Khujand Hotel or similar

 

Visa Info

US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the period of intended travel dates. Below visa requirements are for US Citizens only.

  • Uzbekistan: Visa required. Obtained from the Uzbekistan Embassy in Washington, DC. Cost is $160. Please find details about application here
  • Turkmenistan: Visa is required. E-Visa is pre-approved by our Tashkent office. Cost is $100 payable at the Turkmenistan border to the immigration officer.
  • Tajikistan: Visa is required. Cost of e-visa is $50 online.