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To Central Asian Pompeii

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Tour itinerary: Dushanbe – Iskanderkul Lake - Penjikent - Istaravshan - Khudjand - Dushanbe
Days: 8Nights: 7
Price: 1130
Tour description:

This land knows many great rulers: Alexander the Great, Chingizhan, Tamerlane and others. Let’s take special tour around Tadjikistan, visit ancient cities and settlements. You’ll also have opportunity to visit  picturesque Iskanderkul Lake, live in bungalows and make good photos. Here we go!

Day 1

Arrival in Dushanbe. Transfer to hotel, check-in. After short rest lunch in “Rohat Teahouse” decorated in national Tajik style.

The city tour includes visiting monument of Ismoili Somoni and Rudaki park and Highest Flagpole in the world (certificated by Guinness comity). We also visit Gurminj Museum situated in the private  Museum of Tajik National Instruments. It’s possible to organize Tajik Folk concert at this area (by request).

During the tour program we also visit Shohmansur Bazaar and Victory Park, where you can enjoy panoramic view of Dushanbe from East hills.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2


Sightseeing tour in the country side of Dushanbe. We’ll visit Hissar Fortress (27 km west of the city), the palace of Ibragimbek Khan. Many centuries ago there were a noisy market and caravanserai. Nowadays we can only visit ruins of ex-palace complex (gate towers and one part of the wall).


Then we’ll drive back to Dushanbe and have lunch in restaurant “Moscow”. Our city tour continues by visiting Tajikistan State Museum of Antiques and Ethnographic. The Museum includes natural history exhibits, Tajik costumes and a mock-up of Tajik house.


Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake

After breakfast drive through picturesque scenery of Varzob valley and Anzob pass (3200 m) to Lake Iskanderkul (Alexander The Great Lake) – a heart of the Fan Mountains.

Upon arrival lunch in local cafe.  After lunch walk around the lake, visiting 50m high waterfall (2 km north of the lake) and Snake Lake.

Dinner in local cafe. Overnight at tourist bungalow.

Day 4
Iskanderkul Lake - Penjikent

Breakfast. Drive to Penjikent along Fon-Dario valley and Aini city. It’s ancient Sogdian and Zoroastrian town and often is called as “Central Asian Pompeii”. We’ll visit Sarazm settlement dated the 4th -2nd millennia BC, mausoleum of the world-renowned poet Abu-Abdullo Rudaki.  Dinner in local restaurant.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5
Penjikent - Istaravshan

Breakfast. Drive over Shahristan pass (3240 m) to Istravshan (Kiropolis) city. Sightseeing tour around the city includes visiting local bazaar, Mugh fortress, Kok Gumbaz medrassah and Chor Gumbaz architecture complex.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Istaravshan - Khudjand

After breakfast transfer to Khudjand. After arrival check-in the hotel. After short rest sightseeing tour around the city with visiting Shaikh-Maslihaddin Mausoleum, minaret and mosque (13th century), Panjshanbe bazaar (remains on the old citadel rebuilt in 13 century and now restored), Pushkin square, Museum of Sughd History and Kamoli Khudjandi Theater.

Late afternoon excursion around Khudjand, Chekalovsk, Gafurov and KaiyroKum. Then we’ll visit Tajik sea (KaiyroKum water reservoir). Farewell Dinner.

Free-time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Khudjand- Dushanbe

After breakfast transfer to Khudjand airport for the flight to Dushanbe. Upon arrival transfer to the  hotel. Free time. Farewell dinner in Restaurant.  

Free-time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8

Breakfast. Early morning transfer to Dushanbe airport, departure flight.

Free-time. Overnight at the hotel.





Lotus 4*


Guest House




Grand Hotel

Tour price:


Price per 1 person

5 pax


8 pax


10 pax


Single supplement

Tour Price includes:

- All land transportation in Tajikistan (depends of group size, AC)    

- Accommodation   according Itinerary 

- Airtix Khujant-Dushanbe  

- Meal according Itinerary 

- English, German or French Guide (German or French should be booked three month before)

- Entrance and Nature fees

- Drinking water (1,5 L per day)

Tour Price does not include:

- Alcohol beverages

- Additional services in hotel (bar, E-net, Sauna)

- Photo and video fees in museums  

- Single Supplement  $210 (Only in the Hotels guaranteed ) 

- Entrance and Nature fees

- Drinking water (1,5 L per day)


- JEEP - Toyota Land Cruser, Prado; Mitsubishi Pajero;  A/C,  (2-3 pax in each car)

- Minibus - Mitsubishi Delica or Hyundai Starex :  A/C,  (3-4  pax in each car)

- Minibus – Hyundai Starex II :  A/C,  (5-6  pax in each car)

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