Tajikistan Tours & Vacations

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Vacations

Overview

Rugged, mountainous and landlocked, Tajikistan is the smallest of the Central Asian countries. The lush valleys that make up its northern and southern fringes saw few visitors during the last century, when the country was part of the old Soviet Republic. Independence in 1991 then led to a brutal civil war that lasted for six years. Since then though visitors have begun to return, retracing the footsteps of Marco Polo across the Pamir Plateau ...

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Group tours

Travel to Georgia with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

HIGHLIGHTS OF TAJIKISTAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

Wander the ruins of Penjikent

Wander the ruins of Penjikent

Once home to 20,000 people during the early days of the Silk Road, the 2,000-year-old ruins of Penjikent in the Zerafshan Valley is a local favourite. Wander the ruined streets and easily imagine the well-laden caravans that would have passed this way.

Experience rural Tajik life

Experience rural Tajik life

Always inviting and comfortable, local families have opened their homes for the occasional foreign visitor. Try some delicious local dishes, washed down with milky tea, a shot or two of vodka all the while embracing the warmth of Tajik hospitality.

Explore the Kayrakkum Reservoir

Explore the Kayrakkum Reservoir

Known as the Tajik Sea, on the Syr Darya River, to walk along the coast and swim. Enjoy a dip in the cool waters surrounded by mountainous vistas, and take in lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Admire the Sangin-i-Babur

Admire the Sangin-i-Babur

Visit Istarafshan and its museum containing the Sangin-i-Babur, a rock where Babur, the founder of India's Moghul dynasty, reportedly carved four lines of a poem of Sa'adi when he was on his way to India in 1511.

Hike the Seven Margazor Lakes

Hike the Seven Margazor Lakes

Just south of the beautiful Margazor lakes, there are seven lakes, all a different hue of blue and green. Enjoy a hike that takes you to all seven lakes, complete with many stunning landscapes, finishing with lake Hazorchashma (2400m).

Explore the Shirkent Valley

Explore the Shirkent Valley

Step back in time at Shirkent Gorge, a nature reserve since the early 1990's to see a rare discovery of dinosaur footprints. There a numerous trails to choose from, along the way you will enjoy beautiful views of the streams that line the valley.

Cook with the Locals

Cook with the Locals

Embrace the Tajik life by learning the cooking techniques of local Tajik culture. Plov, Goat, and egg dishes are staples in this region and will give you a new recipe for your next dinner party.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Dushanbe

The Tajik capital lies at the confluence of two rivers beneath the snow-capped Hissar Mountain Range. The word Dushanbe is derived from the Persian for 'day 2', which referred to Monday, the day the ...

Iskandar Kol

This beautiful alpine lake in western Tajikistan lies at 2,195 metres above sea level so that it is much lower than many of northern Tajikistan's mountainous landscapes, and more accessible. The lake ...

Penjikent

Ancient Penjikent was a small but rich town of the Soghdians, an Iranian people who were among the most important peoples of pre-Islamic Central Asia. In their heartland, the Zarafshan Valley, they ...

Karakol & The Pamirs

The Pamirs encompass the mountains of the 'Pamir Knot' and its surrounding areas, the core and majority of which lies in Tajikistan. A trip down the legendary Pamir Highway (the section of the M41 ...

Khojand

Khojand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. Its history dates back to ancient times where it is thought to have been founded by Alexander the Great as ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

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Firuz Hotel, Khojand

The three-star Firuz Hotel in Khujand is a great option for your stay in the city. The four-storey building encompasses twenty rooms and two apartments. As you enter the hotel you will see an…
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Serena Hotel, Dushanbe

Located on Rudaki Avenue in the centre of Dushanbe, the five-star Serena Hotel is one of the best hotels in Dushanbe, combining traditionally Tajik decor with modern comfort. It lies within walking…
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Umariyon Hotel, Penjikent

Nestled in the centre of Penjikent, the Umariyon Hotel is a simple yet charming hotel with elements of traditional Tajikistan way of living thrown in. Set within a three-floor building, there is a…

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WHEN TO GO

The weather conditions can be extremely varied. In the Pamir Mountains you will often be travelling at heights in excess of 4000 metres, and even in the middle of summer it can turn bitter with snow falling; at the same time mercury in the thermometers of Dushanbe can be nudging 40 degrees. All in all, British summertime is considered the best time to visit in terms of favourable conditions.

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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.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Tajikistan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Tajikistan so we recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

The official unit of currency in Tajikistan is the Somani.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.

The first thing to say about travelling in Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, have a much more laid-back approach to Islam than their neighbours to the south in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, it should also be remembered that it is technically a Muslim region and therefore a little bit of caution should be applied in certain places. Long shorts and T-shirts are fine for both sexes in the cities, but if visiting any active mosques everyone should wear trousers that fall below the knee and tops that cover their shoulders. Women should also wear a headscarf. Throughout this tour we are travelling in quite remote areas not often visited by tourists. The local people are very modest in their dress and so you are likely to feel more comfortable wearing quite conservative clothing too.

Language & Religion

Tajikistan’s official language is Tajik. Russian is still routinely used for business and communication.

The majority of the population follow Sunni Islam, with the small minority being followers of Russian Orthodox, Catholicism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Time

Tajikistan is 5 hours ahead of GMT. A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

The food on this tour tends to focus mainly on soups, meat and potatoes. In the more remote and higher altitude places vegetables can be hard to come by. There is an abundance of dried fruits and nuts available to try though.

With regard to alcohol, the choice is mainly limited to vodka or beer so anyone wanting something different - Scotch or Gin for example - should buy it duty free and bring it out. Mixer drinks like tonic water can be extremely difficult to find, though.

Travelling Solo In Tajikistan

All of our small group tours are designed to cater for solo travellers: the number of solo travellers will vary from tour to tour, but usually over half will be travelling alone. Get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.