Cross-boarder tours

Tour to the cities of Ancient Traditions

During the five-day tour to the Tajik ancient and modern attractions, you will find yourselves in the atmosphere of colorful oriental bazaars, visit majestic fortresses, and enjoy special architecture of mosques and mausoleums.

Places to visit: Dushanbe, Istaravshan and Khujand
Best time: Spring, summer and autumn
Duration: 5 Days

Brief tour description

During the five-day tour to the Tajik ancient and modern attractions, you will find yourselves in the atmosphere of colorful and bustling oriental bazaars (including Payshanba bazaar- the largest market in the whole Tajikistan), visit the ancient palaces and majestic fortresses, and enjoy special architecture of mosques and mausoleums - skillful creation of architects of the past centuries. The tour will be also best remembered for the visit Istaravshan (past Ura tube)- one of the Central Asian oldest cities, sprang up more than 2,500 years ago.

Tour Program:

Day 1: Termez Sariosiyo (Uzbek-Tajik boarder) Dushanbe
Meeting at Uzbek-Tajik border Sariosiyo. Transfer to Dushanbe (80 km, 2h.*). En route visit the capital of independent Tajikistan via Hissar Fortress. Hissar Fortress (18th c) is located 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress there are two Madrasahs (18th and 19th cc) and one mausoleum of 16th century. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1-1.5 hours

Day 2: Dushanbe
Start sightseeing in the capital of Tajikistan. Visit Botanical garden- very beautiful garden with many old trees is the favorite place of Tajik people, Tajikistan United Museum (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum), Samani Monument, the Building of a national spirit, Stroll Rudaki Prospect and the Main Mosque of Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours

Day 3: Dushanbe Istaravshan - Khujand
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (250 km, 5-6 h.). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaihana. In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar; Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Ura-Tube. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 1.5-2 hours

Day 4: Khujand
In the morning sightseeing Khujand. Visit the Museum of Archeology and Fortification, Shaikh Muslihiddin Mosque, and the Payshanba Bazaar, the biggest bazaar in Tajikistan, Arbob Palace named after S. Urunhodlaev (20th c), Tajik Sea Kayaraccum HPC (Hydro Power Station) - the symbol of Peoples Friendship, built in 1968. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours

Day 5: Khujand Oybek () Tashkent
After the breakfast transfer to Tashkent (80 km, 1 h 30 min), through Oybek cross border point. End of the tour.

Tour from East to West of Tajikistan (can be done vice versa)
Places to visit: Murgab, Wakhan valley, Khorog and Dushanbe
Best time: Spring, summer and autumn
Duration: 7 Days

Tour description
The word Pamir means Roof of the world and rightly so. The Pamir Mountains are goliaths that touch the sky, and because of this, the Pamir Highway that crosses them is the 2nd highest international highway in the world. During this tour you will visit corners of untouched nature and meet hospitable people. This trip follows the Pamir Highway along the border with Afghanistan and over the Pyanj River.  Beautiful and fascinating destinations await you along this route including natural hot springs, ancient fortresses, and temples. Worth to mention the opportunity to stay in local guest houses and experience the hospitality and culture of the Tajik people; its the trip of a lifetime!

Tour Program
Day 1: Kyzyl Art (Tajik-Kirgiz boarder) - Murgab
Itinerary
Early in the morning, transfer to border crossing. The view is spectacularly amazing here, with the Pamir Mountain Range showcasing snow and glaciers on the right-hand side and rolling summer pastures on the left. Arrive at the border. Kyrgyz vehicles will bring the group across the neutral zone to the Tajik checkpoint (Kyzyl Art Pass). Once you arrive at the Tajik checkpoint, meet up with your Tajik guide and new transportation. Go through immigration, customs, registration, and other border formalities. Continue along the Pamir Highway to Murgab via Lake Kara-Kul and Ak-Baital Pass. It is about 210 km from Kyzyl-Art Pass to Murgab; the drive will take about 5-6 hours. Overnight stay at a guest house.
Meals - B L D, Accomodation - Pamir Hotel / Guest House
  
Day 2: Murgab - Langar
Visit Yak's House Tourist Center where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs, etc. Go for a walk to the market. Continue along the Pamir Highway, stopping along the way to visit summer pastures, shepherds' yurts, and local families. Stop for lunch. Drive to Langar via Khargush Pass along the Pamir River where you will get your first view of Afghan mountains. It takes 250 km of driving to get rom Murgab to Langar; the drive will take 8-9 hours.
Meals - B L D, Accomodation - Home Stay / Guest House

Day 3: Langar - Yamg
Go for a tour around Langar including a visit to a petroglyph site. Drive towards Yamg. View an ancient Buddhist complex along the way. Arrive in Yamg where you will visit the History Museum of Wakhan, the Solar Calendar, and stop for lunch at a local residence. After lunch, drive to the Yamchun Fortress (3-2nd centuries BC) and the Bibi Fatima Hot Springs. You w ll travel a total of 90 km.
Meals - B L D,  Accomodation - Guest House

Day 4: Yamg - Khorog
Head to Khorog, stopping to visit some castle ruins near Ishkashim on the way as well as Kaakha Fortress. Continue on to Khorog with a stop at the Garm-Chashma Hot Springs. The distance from Yamg to Khorog is roughly 220 km and takes 7-8 hours.
Meals - B L D, Accomodation Hotel/Guesthouse

Day 5: Khorog - Kalaikhumb
Leave Khorog and head to Kalaikhumb (250 km, 6-7 hours of driving). During the drive you will be able to catch glimpses of Afghanistan from across the river. Eat lunch en route at a local cafe in the village of Kalod.
Meals - B L D, Accomodation - Guest House

Day 6: Kalaikhumb - Dushanbe
Drive to Dushanbe via Shurabad Pass and Kulyab (360 km, 8 hours of driving).
Meals - B L D, Accomodation - Hotel

Day 7: Sightseeing in Dushanbe
After breakfast, visit Hissar then return to Dushanbe. After lunch, visit the main square, Somony Monument, the Museum of History, and a baazar. Do some souvenir shopping. Afterwards, come back to the hotel and rest.
Meals - B L D, Accomodation - Hotel
  
Day 8: Dushanbe Airport
Transfer to the airport. Meals - B _ _