Name of the tour: Sky Tour
Length of itinerary: 6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Oibek – Khujand
Upon arrival your Tajik driver will meet you on the border and you will drive Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. At the second part of the day you will visit a Cultural Palace of Khujant. At this place the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. The tour includes the visit of Central Mosque that is situated in the middle of the city. At the end of the day you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 2: Khujand – Istravshan – Khujand
On the second day of your Sky Tour you will visit Istravshan, an ancient center of trade and craft as well as one of the ancient cities in Central Asia. It is really a museum city with its history dating back to II-VI cc BC. In Persian literature the city was known as Kurukuda, In Sogdian ancient notes as Kurushkuda while modern scholars identify it with Cyruspol or Cyrus Eskhata founded in VI century BC by Cyrus the Great. We will visit Mugtepa, the fifteenth century Kuk Gumbaz Mosque and local bazaar. You will find yourselves in the atmosphere of colorful oriental bazaars, visit majestic fortresses, and enjoy special architecture of mosques and mausoleums. After we will drive back to Khujand.
Day 3: Khujand – Seven Lakes
In the morning we will drive to the Fannsky Gory or Fann Mountains. The road goes over pass Shahriston which is 3 378 meters high. They are one of Central Asia's most popular hiking areas. You will do a day trip to the Seven Lakes or Marquzor Lakes, about 60 km south of Panjakent. At this place you will have time to go for short hiking. There road goes along a gorge where 7 lakes are located. They are situated on different altitudes and have different colors. Moreover, you will meet local people that live at that area. It will be very interesting to see their way of life. You will have some hiking today. Today you will stay in a homestay.
Day 4: Seven Lakes – Penjakent
After having breakfast we will drive to Penjakent. The city of Penjakent which means "five villages" is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a superbly fortified well-organized city with a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. The ruins of this ancient city were found only in the last century. Today you can see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day 5: Penjakent – Dushanbe
Today the tour will start with the driving to Dushanbe. The road goes over Anzob pass which is 3 372 m high above the sea level and tunnel of Isticlol. The road will go over a mountain passes and you will have many photo stops where you will shoot beautiful pictures. The second half of the tour is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, House of parliament and Jomi theatre. Then we will walk in National park to see Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will visit Archeological museum and Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Dinner will be in a traditional restaurant where you try delicious Tajik food. For the night you will stay in a hotel.
Day 6: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
02-04 pax – Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax – 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10- pax – 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Price per person:
02 pax – 825 $
04 pax – 515 $
06 pax – 545 $
08 pax – 455 $
10 pax – 485 $
Single – 100 $
Half board – 75 $
Full board – 150 $
English speaking guide – 590 $ per group
Khujand – “Firuz” Hotel 4*
Marquzor – Homestay
Penjakent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide