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Classic Tajikistan

Tailor Made Itinerary

9 Days From £1,960

Overview

Mountainous, landlocked and continuously inhabited for over 6,000 years, Tajikistan is Central Asia’s least visited destination. Home to the Persian-speaking Tajik people and once part of the Samanid Empire, today it provides visitors with a captivating mix of unspoiled landscapes and a rich history that has seen it endure Soviet invasion and a devastating civil war.

This memorable journey begins and ends in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, home to the largest surviving Buddha in Central ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the largest Buddha in Central Asia found in Dushanbe
  • Explore the ancient ruins of historic Penjikent
  • Discover the different turquoise tones of the Margazor Lakes
  • Stay in local guesthouses in the remote mountains
  • Swim in the ‘Tajik Sea’ just outside of Khojand
  • Hike around Iskandar Kol and the stunning Fan Mountains

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE DUSHANBE

DAY 1: ARRIVE DUSHANBE

After an early arrival to the Tajik capital, you will be met and taken to your hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the modern city visiting Dushanbe's Museum of Archaeology which now holds the largest surviving Buddha in Central Asia; the world's tallest flagpole at 165 metres, erected in time for the country's 20th anniversary of independence in 2011; and the main square and the Monument of Ismoili Somoni, the forefather of the Tajik Nation. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Atlas Hotel
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 2: DUSHANBE - ANZOB PASS - ISKANDAR KOL

DAY 2: DUSHANBE - ANZOB PASS - ISKANDAR KOL

Leaving Dushanbe head north and cross the Anzob Pass (3,372m) before arriving at the striking Fan Mountains and Iskandar Kol Lake, the "lake of Alexander the Great" (2,200m). Some of the world's highest peaks, and some of Central Asia’s most beautiful countryside, can be found in Tajikistan, whose surface is 93% covered with mountains. The scenery is totally unspoilt and you may like to enjoy a walk to a spectacular waterfall before arriving at your guesthouse, located in the quaint village of Saratog (2,400m).

Shahboz Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: ISKANDER KOL: FAN MOUNTAINS HIKE

DAY 3: ISKANDER KOL: FAN MOUNTAINS HIKE

Spend the day exploring the Fan Mountains by foot. Today you will tackle the legendary peak known as “Alexander's Hat”, named after Alexander the Great. The hike takes between four to six hours to reach the top (3,340m) where you will be treated to breathtaking views of Iskandar Kol Lake. Later, there will be time to walk to Saratog village for a well-deserved “Banya”, a Russian-style sauna.

Shahboz Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: ISKANDAR KOL - PENJIKENT

DAY 4: ISKANDAR KOL - PENJIKENT

Drive to Penjikent, one of Tajikistan's historical highlights. Check into your hotel before enjoying lunch at a chaikhana, or tea house, to try the traditional dish, Penjikent Plov. This afternoon can be spent visiting the Ethnographic museum for an introduction to the culture and history of this ancient city before exploring it with your guide. Notable sites include the ruler's fortified citadel; the Shakhristan (inner walled city), that contained two Zoroastrian temples; and the necropolis. Then, head to the city bazaar to meet some of the locals and soak up the atmosphere. Today’s finale is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sarazm, one of the oldest settlements in Central Asia.

Umariyon Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: PENJIKENT - MARGAZOR LAKES

DAY 5: PENJIKENT - MARGAZOR LAKES

Today, head south to the scenic Margazor lakes; there are seven lakes in total, each a different tone of turquoise. The morning will be spent hiking paths around the lakes of Mijgon, Soya, Hushyer and Nofin, taking in the stunning surrounding landscapes. Arrive at your traditional homestay in Nofin village for some lunch and a rest. The afternoon then provides more time to continue the exploration of the lakes, returning to the village later for a relaxing evening.

Najmiddin Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: MARGAZOR LAKES - ISTARAFSHAN - KHOJAND

DAY 6: MARGAZOR LAKES - ISTARAFSHAN - KHOJAND

The journey continues through stunning mountain scenery to the town of Istarafshan; its fascinating and well-preserved old town, or shaar-i-khuna, is a maze of small alleys winding through neighbourhoods of mud-walled houses of a distinct Central Asian design. You will explore the town before moving on to Khojand to overnight.

Grand Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7: KHOJAND: CITY TOUR AND KAYRAKKUM RESERVOIR 

DAY 7: KHOJAND: CITY TOUR AND KAYRAKKUM RESERVOIR 

Today you will have a guided tour of Tajikistan’s second city, Khojand, with its madrassahs, bazaars and palaces. On the agenda is a visit to Khojand's citadel, built in the early Middle Ages and used up until the early 20th century; the local historical museum of Soghd; the Orient Bazaar Panjshanbe; the Sheihk Muslihiddin memorial complex; and the largest statue of Lenin in Central Asia. In the afternoon your guide will take you out to Kayrakkum Reservoir, known as the Tajik Sea, on the Syr Darya River for a walk along the coast and a swim.

Grand Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 8: KHOJAND - ANZOB PASS - DUSHANBE

DAY 8: KHOJAND - ANZOB PASS - DUSHANBE

Depart Khojand and cross the Anzob Pass (3,372 m) on your way back to the capital of Dushanbe. There is also the option to visit the 18th and 19th century Gissar Fortress, the remains of the Bukhara Emirate Beck's palace, on the way. The rest of the day will then be free to stroll along Rudaki, the main street; wander through the Bogi Iram botanical gardens; or simply relax back at the hotel.

Atlas Hotel
Breakfast

DAY 9: DEPART DUSHANBE

DAY 9: DEPART DUSHANBE

You will be transferred to the international airport today in time for your flight back home, where your tour in Tajikistan ends.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Superior

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC TAJIKISTAN (9 DAYS) £1,960

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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Tajikistan is the ideal country for those wanting to combine historical Silk Road sites with the chance to explore rural life amongst the stunning Fan Mountains and Margazor Lakes.

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