CITY-CULTURAL TOUR IN THE CITIES OF TAJIKISTAN
CITY-CULTURAL TOUR IN THE CITIES OF TAJIKISTAN
Description of itinerary :
Day 2 Dushanbe - Istaravshan - Khujand
Day 3 Khujand - Panjrud - Panjakent
Day 4 Panjakent - Jarteppa border
Day 1: Arrival in Dushanbe
Arrive in Dushanbe in the morning. You will be met by our group and transferred to the hotel. Start city tour in the capital and the biggest city of Tajikistan. You might expected a tired post-Soviet mass of concrete apartments, but instead encountered a manicured city center with lush parks, fountains, and equally vivid flowers and buildings.
Places to visit in Dushanbe:
National Museum: Maybe you are not a museum person, but the National Museum has some interesting collections you will enjoy: some of the frescoes from Old Panjakent, and an entire top floor with unique artworks from Tajik artists.
Rudaki Park: Dushanbe’s prettiest park is next to the National Museum. Its tree-lined ways contain everything from Palace of Nations (where the president works) to eccentricities like the second tallest flagpole in the world. Visit after a trip to the museum, but know the park really comes alive at night.
Rohat Chaikhana: Massive teahouse on Rudaki Avenue. Beautifully decorated and a pleasant place to have an affordable nice lunch outside. You can sit in a columned open hall, or an elaborate wooden interior.
Museum of Antiquities: I know, I know, museums. But wait: it contains the bones of the Princess of Sarazm (creepy, but cool), plus an impressive collection of ancient artifacts.
Mehrgon Bazaar: Grand bazaar in the north of the city where you can buy everything from freshly diced carrots to stuffed dried dates.
Ayni Opera & Ballet Theatre: Here you can see operas or ballets in a grand theater for unbeatable prices: US$2 per ticket. Pop in to see if any shows are on!
Sim Sim brewery: Tajikistan’s favorite beer is brewed here in Dushanbe. You can enjoy two varieties of local brew on its rooftop terrace, or in the restaurant below. Food and regional bar snacks are on offer.
Botanical Garden: A short walk from Chatr Café, stroll in this sprawling garden where couples and families enjoy days out. However, if you’re not already at the cafe I don’t think it’s worth a trip—there are other parks in Dushanbe.
Kurutobhona Olim: Kurutob is one of the few Central Asian dishes that excite me. Strips of bread, yogurt, salad, and herbs make up this curious but delicious dish (one of the few decent vegetarian options in Tajikistan!). Olim restaurant, outside the city center, is a popular local lunch spot.
Navruz Palace: Kokhi Navruz is an attractive palace on the water that’s been converted to a place for events and entertainment. Its grand halls overflow with woodwork, ceiling frescoes, and tiled mosaics. Visit its interior and/or dine at one of the teahouses by its entrance.
Chavonon Gardens: Lining a lake and beachfront behind Navruz Palace, these small gardens are a popular hangout spot in afternoons and evenings. There’s a small cafe on the water where you can sit and people watch. Overnight at the hotel .
Day 2: Dushanbe – Istaravshan – Khujand
In the morning depart Dushanbe and drive to Khujand (300 km, 5-6 h). Drive through Anzob tunnel. Lunch at local Chaikhana. In the afternoon drive through Shakhristan tunnel with stop in Istaravshan. Visit a local bazaar, Hazrat Shah architectural complex, which consists of Hazrat Shah Mausoleum, the grave of brother of Kusam ibn Abbas, Khudayar Valami Mausoleum, and Namazgah Mosque dating back to 19 C. Continue to Mug Teppe, one of the ancient settlements located in Istaravshan. The city is believed to be founded by King Cyrus in the North-East boundary of his empire. Arrival in Khujand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Khujand – Penjikent
Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 h). Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Meet you guide for sightseeing program.
Panjakent: an ancient welcome to Tajikistan
Panjakent was once the capital of the Sogdian Empire, a Zoroastrian civilization well predating Islam in the region. Though most people travel to Tajikistan for trekking, there are several ancient sites in the area worth visiting on your way to the mountains.
Places to visit around Panjakent:
Museum of Rudaki : As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.
Sarazm: A stone’s throw away from the border crossing are the UNESCO-listed ruins of Sarazm. More than 5,000 years old, they’re remains of the first agricultural society in Central Asia. A remarkably tall human skeleton, dubbed the “Princess of Sarazm”, was found here with some of her ornaments. Archaeologists also found artifacts indicating ancient trading routes stretching as far as modern day Iran and Pakistan.
Panjakent Bazaar: This bazaar has a beautiful central building ringed by brick archways. It’s a good place to stock up on trekking snacks like nuts and dried fruits, or get your first taste of Tajik hospitality.
Old Panjakent: The 1,500+ year old ruins of ancient Panjakent are outside the city, accessible by taxi or hitchhiking. The hilltop site spans several kilometers; roam through it at your leisure. Here archaeologists found remarkably well-preserved frescoes. They’ve since been relocated to the Rudaki Museum in Panjakent, the National Museum in Dushanbe, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. You can see copies in the small museum at the Old Panjakent entrance. Overnight at the hotel
Day 4:Panjakent - Jarteppa border
After breakfast driving to Jarteppa boder for departure . The end of the tour.
Price for 1 person:398$
Price for 2 person :796$
Price for 4 person :1592$
Price for 6 person :2352$
Price for 8 person :3120$
PRICE FOR LARGE GROUPS:
10+1 person :4268$
12+1 person :5018$
15+1 person: 6144$
20+1 person :8022$
25+1 person : 9880$
30+1 person :11718$
PRICE FOR LUXURY TOUR WITH 5-STARS HOTELS :
Price for 2 person :888$
Price for 4 person :1776$
Price for 6 person :3664$
Price for 8 person :3552$
PRICE FOR LUXURY LARGE GROUPS :
10+1 person :4840$
12+1 person :5694$
15+1 person :6944$
20+1 person :9030$
25+1 person :11128$
30+1 person :13144$
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
-All transfers and transport;
-All meals (B.L.D.)
-1L bottled water per day for each
-VAT Tax and Profit of organization;
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-Visa, international flight;
-Photo and video charges;
-All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.);
-Fees for extra service (folklore performance, meetings);
-Tips to the guides, drivers and others;
-Single accommodation( which you need to pay additional money equally to 54$ per person);
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For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.