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Tajikistan Tours & Holidays

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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 TOUR

Tajikistan: The Pamir Highway

Travel from Dushanbe east close to the Wakhan Corridor, before continuing to Myrgab and Lake Karakul, before travelling back through the Central Pamirs. Enjoy homestays and breathtaking walks on this adventurous trip.
16 days from $5,313
GROUP TOUR

Afghanistan & Tajikistan: Wakhan Pamir Adventure

Travel from Tajikistan through the Pamir Mountains and into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor, visiting remote villages and experiencing traditional Afghan hospitality on this fascinating adventure.
20 days from $7,343
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia

Explore the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, enjoy homestays in the mountains of Tajikistan, the breathtaking scenery of Kyrgyzstan, ancient sites in Turkmenistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
29 days from $8,533
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road Odyssey

An epic Silk Road travel tour through Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains and lively bazaars through Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan
23 days from $5,733
GROUP TOUR

Along the Pamir & Karakoram Highways: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China & Pakistan

Travel along the Pamir and Karakoram Highways - enjoying homestays and hospitality. Highlights include Kashgar Market and the Hunza Valley.
21 days from $7,623

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Tajikistan

Known for its ancient history and exquisite beauty, drive around the country's highlights stopping to explore the rich history of its cities and ruins, and taking time to hike to remote villages, lakes and mountains
9 days from $2,744
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Tajikistan

Take a road trip along the legendary Pamir Highway stopping off to hike amongst the staggeringly beautiful mountain scenery and lakes, and spending time exploring traditional markets and remote villages
14 days from $5,810
TAILOR-MADE

Complete 'Stans of Central Asia

Travel to all five 'Stans' of Central Asia in this epic journey through these neighbouring countries that share so much of their culture and history; and be pleasantly surprised by the different experiences they offer
24 days from $8,232

HIGHLIGHTS OF TAJIKISTAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

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

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…

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…

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

INSPIRATION

THE SILK ROAD IN 60 SECONDS

The Old Silk Road goes through some of Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains, lively bazaars and ancient towns. Following the ancient trade route between Asia and Europe. Traversing parts of Kyrg…

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Central Asia expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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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.

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