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Day 1

 Q Dushanbe via Istanbul or other international flight     

Meet in the airport and transfer to hotel.

 Day 2

 Dushanbe – Gizar – Dushanbe 30+30km

Breakfast.

Sightseeing the Dushanbe city: Dushanbe is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means "Monday" in Tajik (Persian language), and the name reflects the fact that the city grew on the site of a village that originally was a popular Monday marketplace. Situated at the confluence of two rivers, Varzob and Kofarnihon.

Ø  Tajikistan United Museumincludes the exhibits on history, natural history and art.

Ø  Museum of ethnography – professional showcase of 20th centure Tajik art. The collection includes pottery, carpets, cloaks, embroidery, jeweler, musical instruments, woodwork and more.  Sleeping Budda.

Ø  Monument Somoni and park Rudaki

Lunch in local restoran.  

Ø  Hissar fortress 30km outside of city – the remains of an 18th century fortress, occupied until 1924 is located in 30 km west of Dushanbe. Beside the fortress are two plain madrassahs, one dating from the 18th century and the other 19th, and beyond them is the mausoleum of 16th century (25km). Drive to Dushanbe.

Dinner at national chayhana Rohat. Overnight in hotel

 Day 3

Dushanbe – Iskandarkul lake  (160km)

Breakfast. Drive to Iskandarkul lake via Varzob gorge and tunnel Isticlol (5km)

You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in height from 3200 to 5060 m (Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colors - Kulikalon.

Iskandarkul lake:  length - 5км, width - 3,5км and depth to - 80м, located at height 2250м. The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height 38 meters.

Walking near the lake. See waterfall

Lunch. Walking near the lake.

Dinner and overnight in the guest house.

Day 4

Iskandarkul  lake –  Penjekent city 180km

Breakfast.  Drive to Penjikent.

The city of Penjikent ("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".

           Sightseeing the city.

v  Museum of RudakiAs Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.

v  Ancient Penjikent - ruines of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in th 8th century by arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.

v  Sarazm settlement – 5500 years

Dinner in the national chayhana Sayohat.

Overnight in the hotel.  

Day 5

Penjekent – Marguzor lake – Penjekent 70+70km

Breakfast. Drive to Marguzor lake 70km.

Marguzol lakes:  Seven beautiful lake. The first lakes name’s Mizhgon (eyelash) - Multi-coloured, one of the most beautiful Marguzor lakes. The Soya (shade) second lake and third lakes Husher (vigilance) at height 1700м. The fourth lakes  name’s Nofin  length 3,5км, depth 70m. The fifth lakes Hurdak. The sixth lakes Marguzor - length of lake 5км, depth of 80 metres, height on a sea level 2139м. Seventh Lake-Hazorchashma (one thousand sources) at height 2400м, length 4,5км and depth 85м

Picnic near the lake

Drive back to Penjekent city.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 6

Penjekent – Istarafshan – Khujand  320km 

Breakfast.

Drive to Istarafshan city: Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. In 2002 Istaravshan turned 2,500 years old.  The city was founded in the sixth century B.C. by a Akhemenid king Cyrus who fortified the settlement by means of three wall lines and a citadel. In the second -seventh centuries B.C. the ancient sentiment Mugteppa was located on the territory of Istaravshan. Mugteppa was the residence of the local aristocracy who erected there numerous palaces distinguished by original expressive architecture. The evidence of that was found in Bundzhikat (Kala and Kakh-Kakh) and Chil'khudzhra settlements which had fortified structures with palaces and cult buildings decorated with paintings and carved panels. For example in Bundzhikat the archaeologists found the painting with the image of a she-wolf feeding two babies - the symbol of contacts between the West and the Orient. During the years of Arabian sovereignty Istaravshan became a province Arabian Caliphate. It was at this time when Islamic architectural structures of portal-dome design such as mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, minarets, etc. started to appear.

Sightseeing the city: Madrasa Kuk-Gumbaz, Old  city, mosque Shohi Zinda 

Lunch. Drive to Khujand city.

Evening walking in the central park.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel. 

Day 7

Khujand – Dushanbe 320km  

Breakfast.

Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. The city's history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts center. It in many respects speaks it can be explained by its favorable position. Khujand stands at the entrance to the fertile Fergana Valley. Owing to this it was one of the main centers of the Great Silk way and enjoyed prosperity and richness. One of the ancient cities of the Central Asia Khujandhas been known since the 7th century. In the 19thcentury after the Russian intrusionKhujand became the center of district of rapid industrial development.

Sighseeing the city: museum,  western market Panjshanbe and mavzoleumShayhMuslihiddin

Lunch.

Drive back to Dushanbe.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 8

Dushanbe Q  via Istanbul or other international flight

 Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.

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Breakfast
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Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Entrance fees (i.e. parks, events)
Accommodation (homestay)
Accommodation (Hotel)
Transport: Minivan
Maximum number of guests: 15
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