Along the way of Alexander the Great
€2,300 (incl. VAT) / per person
- Tour duration 15 days
- Combined countries
- Min number of people 7
- Max number of people 14
Tour availability during the season
An excursion-historical tour passes along the territory of two modern countries: Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. It repeats the part of the way of Alexander’s Asian campaign. Using bulls’ skins, Alexander’s army had crossed Amudarya river and invaded the territory of Sogdiana (an interfluve of Amudarya and Sirdarya). It took three years for the forces of Alexander to conquest this region and suppress the often aroused rebellions. Here he had married a beautiful woman Roxana (the daughter of a local lord). Here, in mountain regions, for the siege of the fortresses, Alexander (first time in the world) had successfully practised mountainous special troops. During his campaign, he founded many settlements, including big towns. One of them is Alexandria Eshata (Distant) – a modern Khodjent. The tour is assigned for those who love history, ethnography and oriental exotic.
Locations you will visit
- TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3* hotels
- Full board
- Tourist-class transportation for entire itinerary
- Sightseeing according to program
- Entrance fees to main tourist sites
- Escort guide
- International flights
- Photo- & video shooting fee in museums
- Medical insurance
- All non-mentioned services
Your Itinerary – in Brief:
Day 1: Arrival to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Day 2: Tashkent – Samarkand
Day 3: Samarkand, transfer to Bukhara
Day 4: Bukhara
Day 5: Bukhara
Day 6: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz
Day 7: Shakhrisabz – Termez
Day 8: Termez
Day 9: Termez – Dushanbe
Day 10: Dushanbe.
Day 11: Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake
Day 12: Iskanderkul – Istravshan – Khujand
Day 13: Khujand – Tashkent
Day 14: Tashkent
Day 15: Departure from Tashkent
Day 1Arrival to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Arrival to Tashkent. Transfer to hotel. Rest
Day 2Tashkent – Samarkand
After breakfast drive to Samarkand (300 km, 5 hrs). On arrival check in hotel & short rest.
Afternoon sightseeing: Registan Square – the “heart” of Samarkand – ensemble of 3 majestic medreses (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, the grandiose cathedral Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum (XV c.). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3Samarkand, transfer to Bukhara
After breakfast continue of sightseeing in Samarkand: Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420) – the ruins of an immense (30 m) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis (XI-XVIII cc), exotic Siab bazaar.
After lunch transfer to Bukhara (300 km, 5 hrs). Overnight in the hotel.
Sightseeing in Bukhara: the heart of Bukhara – architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz (XIV-XVII cc), Kukeldash madrasah (XV c), Poi-Kalyan complex: minaret Kalyan (XII c), large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c), stand madrasah Miri-Arab (XVI c), Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV–XX cc) surrounded with large fortress wall, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). Overnight in the hotel.
Continue sightseeing in Bukhara: Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara. The Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex – one of the founders of Sufism, which was created for five centuries. Necropolis of Sheikh Bahaaddin (Baha-ad-Din) Naqshbandi a patron of Bukhara, is located near Bukhara.
Day 6Bukhara – Shakhrisabz
Transfer to Shakhrisabz (290 km, 5 hrs). Sightseeing in Shakhrisabz: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404), Doruttilyavat Ensemble (ХIV-XV cc), Kok Gumbaz Mosque (1435), Jami Mosque (1915), Jakhongir Mausoleum (XIV c), Dorussiadat (XIVc), Amir Temur’s monument, trade dome “Chorsu”. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7Shakhrisabz – Termez
Drive to Termez (340 km, 6 hrs). On the way excursion in ancient mountain settlement Katta Lyangar. Overnight in the hotel.
Sightseeing in Termez: Fayaz-tepe Buddhism Complex (I c.), ensemble of Sultan-Saodat Mausoleums with graves of aristocracy of Samanid period (IX – X cc.), Mausoleum of Khakim al Termezi (748 – 869), Kampyr-Tepe ancient settlement (40 km from Termez), local historical museum in Termez. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 9Termez – Dushanbe
Transfer to Dushanbe (250 km, 6 hrs.). By the way excursion in Jarkurgan village famous for its medieval minaret. Crossing Uzbek-Tajik border “Saryosiyo”.
Excursion in Dushanbe: Independence square, Samany monument – the founder of Tajik government, Rudaki avenue, an historical museum with interesting collection of ancient artifact which includes the ceramic figure (13 m) of Buddha in nirvana (VII c.). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 11Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake
Transfer to Iskanderkul lake, the biggest and the most beautiful lake of Fann mountains ( 150 km, 4 hrs). Hiking around the lake and to the “Fann Niagara” – 40 meters high waterfall, flowing out from the lake. Picnic at the lake. Overnight in guest house jn the bank of lake.
Day 12Iskanderkul – Istravshan – Khujand
Transfer to Khujand (Alexandria Eshata) (230 km. 6 hrs). On the way excursion in Istravshan (Kiropol, Ura-Tyube) founded by Persian King Kier in VIth c. B.C., old city, bazaar, Kok – Gumbaz mosque-medrese (XVI c.) Mug mountain. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 13Khujand – Tashkent
Excursion in Khujand: Sheikh Maslikhiddin Mausoleum and Mosque (XIV-XIX c.c.), Payshhambe exotic bazaar, country estate of collective farm named after Urumkhodjaev (Tajik copy of the palace of Russian tsars in Petergof). Transfer to Tashkent (180 km, 4 hrs). Crossing the Tajik-Uzbek border “Oybek”. Overnight in the hotel.
Excursion in Tashkent. Old town, cult-architectural complex Khast – Imam (Khazret – Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh – khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph’s (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, аnd the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument – the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, аnd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame, the fountains. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 15Departure from Tashkent
Transfer to airport, departure from Tashkent.