Tours along the Silk Road
With our long term experience we will be happy to organize you and your friends exclusive tours of different taste and budget in countries of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. We promise that your tours along the Silk Road will be full of excitement and energy during your sightseeing, outdoor activities, hospitality of local people with their unique culture and cuisine will be a pleasant supplement. You will be surprised to see that the five countries share similar mentality and culture, but still differ from each other in many aspects. Let's learn more about them. Along these countries we have excellent services of car rent with and without driver.
Car rent in Kyrgyzstan
We are one of the leading companies who organize car rent services for the most reliable prices. We have a fleet full of new models of 4wd jeeps. It will be the best choice for driving in a mountainous country like Kyrgyzstan. Driving our cars for rent you can extend your travelling to Tajikistan and see the famous Pamir Highway and Wakhan corridor. We can also deliver cars for rent to a fascinating Kazakhstan. It is widely known that renting a car is one of the most effective ways discovering places independently and fully plunge into a local life. This way you communicate with people and learning about new attractions and places. It is possible to make up your own speed and be spur-of-the-moment, stopping where you like and enjoy it as much as you want. If you don't know where to go or what to see and do, then our specialists can help you to build a wonderful itinerary and suggest the places for staying overnight. Our booking department will give you the best choices of accommodation at the cheapest possible prices. Moreover, our company will provide you with all the necessary stuff which will be helpful when camping in the mountains, with all the tableware and tents and mats. Our car rent managers will be on the telephone 24/7 and provide technical help any time if you have some issues with the car. We insure you that our cars for rent have insurance and the quality is the highest. If you decided to rent a car from us, then you should send your travel dates to prepare the necessary organizational process. As soon as you get the car for rent upon arrival you can begin your adventures immediately across the most beautiful mountainous country.
Kyrgyzstan is a great travel destination for those who seek off beaten tracks for summer or winter holidays. Fans of wilderness and mountains can find exactly what they want. Tien Shan Mountains that go across the whole country are performed by numerous gorges, valleys and mountain lakes. The visitors find the nature surprisingly pristine with crystal clear waters in the rivers and lakes all over the n. There are more than 80 big and small rivers, and around 2, 000 lakes where you can drive on a car for rent. You will experience a real freedom in the nature from city life of big cities. While travelling in Kyrgyzstan, you can feel the part of nomadic culture meeting nomads and experiencing their lifestyle, spend overnight in yurts and riding horses. You will enjoy lots of outdoor activities such as trekking, horse riding, hiking, rafting or skiing when travelling in Kyrgyzstan with us.
Uzbekistan can boat with a varied culture of the East with a big number of historical monuments which date back from ancient times to the flourish of Islamic era on the territory of Uzbekistan. During your tours you will see so many beautiful cities such as Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. These cities were the most flourishing ones on the territory of Silk Road, full of glorious madrasahs, mausoleums, and other architectural complexes. Here in Uzbekistan you can travel with a rented car. Among the off-beaten tracks, the Aral See with abandoned ships and the city of Nukus with Savitskiy museum of forbidden art will be a great solution. You will have a chance to enjoy the views of Chimgan Mountains and picturesque lake of Charvak. Also you can try the most delicious Uzbek pilaf cooked of meat and rice, and reveal the secrets of ancient methods of making Samarkand paper and silk visiting old factories.
If Tajikistan is your next travel destinations in nearest future, you are can expected to have amazing time in Pamir Mountains. Driving a car for rent you have options to stop by the charming villages which are located on the border with Afghanistan. You will enjoy the moments spent along the legendary Wakhan corridor that separates Tajikistan from Pakistan, and enjoy the views of remarkable mountain passes of 4, 000 meters. During your tours we recommend you tovisit turquoise lakes of amazing beauty such as Bulunkul, Yashil Kul, Iskanderkul, and Hafkul. If course, there are no tours without exploring the history of ancient cities and in Tajikistan they are Dushanbe, Khujand, Istaravshan and Penjakent.
Turkmenistan is a country of mysteries, ancient sites of antiquity and beautiful nature. We recommend you to start your tour in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan. It attracts people with the largest quantity of marble buildings, beautiful squares, museums and monuments. During your tour you will be told interesting facts of history of ancient times visiting the ruins of Nisa, Mary, Merv and Kunya Urgench which once were important cities. The Darwaza gas crater, made mistakenly by human is the main tourist attraction while amazing Yangikala canyons, Kow Ata underground lake, enchanting Nokhur village, Awaza resort Caspian Sea and others will make an additional charm to your tour in Turkmenistan. If you are travelling from Uzbekistan, it is convenient to enter from one of the checkpoints between the two countries. It is possible to use car rent services with driver to travel in Turkmenistan.
Kazakhstan is a country where one can encounter elements of both ancient and modern lives. From the economic point of view, it is one of the most prosperous republics in Central Asia with big cities and modern constructions. History of the people of Kazakhstan is long, and they were known as steppe nomads in former days. Their traditions and lifestyle were transformed into present days and can be seen in everyday life. During your tour to Hunn village, for example, or national museums you can learn a lot about their customs and nomadic culture in general. If you enjoy going out and doing active leisure, then Kazakhstan has many options to offer such as the national parks of Altyn Emel with famous singing dunes, Kolsai and Kaindy lakes, picturesque Borovoye national park and many others. For those who are love history, there is a chance to visit ancient cities of Turkestan and Shymkent and learn about Sufism and Islam relgions. In Kazakhstan there is an option of using car rent services without drivers aprt from regular guided tours.
Winter tours in Kyrgyzstan
It is not widely known that Kyrgyzstan in winter is as beautiful as in summer. However, there can be some limits towards the highest passes and challenging roads. But this is what exactly gives some charm to the nature of Kyrgyzstan. In Kyrgyzstan you can drive along the white slopes to Naryn via picturesque gorge of Kichi Naryn and visit historical complex of Tash Rabat which can be found in the heart of mountains along the Silk Road. Besides this, you can travel in Kyrgyzstan in winter around the famous Issyk Kul lake, mvisiting along the way its gorges like Barskaun, Jeti Oguz, Grigorievskoye and many others. On your winter itinerary there will be such historical sites as Rukh Ordo cultural complex, local ethnography museum and ancient petroglyphs dating back to the second millennium BC located in a resort town of Cholpon Ata. If you like outdoor winter activities, then you should visit Chon Kemin national park where you can ride the horses or sleighs during your winter tours in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan is also famous for winter sports as there are many ski resorts including Karakol ski resort, which is the largest in the country. It was popular among the whole Soviet Union for providing necessary conditions to train republican teams for world championships. Fascinating valleys, frozen waterfalls, gorges with pine trees all covered with dazzling snow is what expecting you during your winter tour in Kyrgyzstan.
Summer tours in Kyrgyzstan
The most pleasant time to visit Kyrgyzstan is summer and beginning of autumn. At this time of the year, all the roads to mountain lakes and some interesting points are open. If you plan to visit the most remote and beautiful places, then this is the time. There are some places which are exceptional and must be visited in summer, such as the panoramic views on the way to Son Kul Lake that is located at the altitude of more than 3, 000 meters. At this unique place it is possible to meet nomads and sleep in their yurts made of wood and felt. There is another extreme and beautiful road in wonderful Kichi Naryn gorge, it is also possible to overcome passes almost 4,000 meters such as Ara Bel pass or Tosor. They will amaze you with unforgettable and breathtaking scenery. At the shore of the popular and largest lake of Central Asia, known as Issyk Kul you will enjoy the sandy beach and can swim. It is surrounded by high mountains. The southern part of Kyrgyzstan is also very picturesque and rich in natural attractions. In summer you can drive by an amazing road that connects northern and southern parts through Kazarman village. Travelling in Kyrgyzstan in summer is the best choice and you will have tons of positive impressions and spirit of adventure.
Crafts of Central Asia
Silk Road was like a melting pot of cultures and people in Central Asia and its role in the development of mutual cooperation and relations undeniable. No doubts, that it was the very reason of appearing of new civilizations and dynasties of the time. Nowadays you can greatly enjoy the historical heritage of Silk Road with the help of tours that our company will be happy to organize for you. When travelling in Central Asia you will be able to learn about different kinds of crafts which are kept from generation to generation. For instance, in Uzbekistan you can visit many pottery workshops across the country. Uzbek pottery is unique and has an exceptional style and coloration. You will see and participate in many master-classes of ceramics in cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Gijduvan and Fergana valley when travelling with our tours in Uzbekistan. If you are interested in paper, then you must not miss the Konigil village near Samarkand where one can find a unique place with the local family performing the ancient method of producing parchment paper. This production is still in need for using when writing manuscripts and restoration of ancient books and materials. These tours are very informative and you can learn lots of interesting facts about this famous kind of craft in Uzbekistan. If you are fan of silk products, then we offer you to visit a silk factory in Samarkand. This place has a great number of colorful carpets with different patterns and beautiful colors. In nomadic Kyrgyzstan, felt handicraft is very popular even nowadays. It was the main element of the material world of nomads; yurts, clothes and all the household items were made of felt. In Kochkor village a local family runs the Women Cooperation in order to support local craftswomen and here you can get acquainted with this craft. During our Silk Road tours you will have a chance to participate in different master classes and learn a lot about local authentic crafts.
Guide courses in Kyrgyzstan
Our agency is popular for providing guide courses in Kyrgyzstan. Young students and any other people, who would like to work in tourism sector of Kyrgyzstan, can join these courses. Our work is executed through professors from Universities with interesting and approachable lectures and entertaining practical tasks. It goes without saying that, the best graduates are employed by our company and other leading travel agencies in Kyrgyzstan. Our company picks up the guides for our tours with the best knowledge about the country and all that is connected to it. We also work with the experienced guides and take care of their qualification organizing different seminars on history, archeology, geography, and other interesting subjects. If you need enthusiastic guides with knowledge and experience, then you can contact us and we will provide the list of best of them in Kyrgyzstan.
There is a chance to see folklore shows almost everywhere in Central Asia, as the people adore music and value the art of singing and performances. Your mini concerts will be organized by local folklore bands during the dinners. Participating in folklore shows will allow you to learn local music and national instruments of the people. It will be a wonderful addition to your tour during the farewell dinners. If you like some exotics and adrenaline, then we offer to meet hunters in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. It is one of the most ancient traditions of nomadic people who fed themselves in cold winters with the helping with birds of prey. They are able to chase after the hares, mountain goats, foxes and many others. In Sunkar hawk nursery in Almaty, you can see imitation of hunting with a hawk on a fur of the animal at the picturesque Big Almaty gorge, while in Kyrgyzstan, in a famous village of Bokonbaevo, you can see the real hunting of a golden eagle over the hare. On top of that Kyrgyzstan is a country of colorful festivals with horse games. Horses played important roles in the life of nomads for centuries. You can watch the demonstration of horse games of them in Kyrgyzstan. In Tajikistan it is also possible to see the horse games, especially during the horse games festival in Murgab. In Uzbekistan there is a big event that gathers many visitors and the locals which is called Silk and Spice Festival. It is one of the most colorful festivals of the country that will help you to explore unique Uzbek culture that influenced other nations on the Silk Road. This event is organized in May or June in Bukhara town during of which you will enjoy amazing folk concerts, fashion shows, amazing master classes, national sport events and handicraft exhibits. If you are inspired to learn the culture, then you must visit different cultural events, festivals and exhibitions during your tours of Central Asia.
There are many activities that our company offers if you like outdoor activities. These are hiking, trekking, horse riding, rafting, and camel riding. In the countries like Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan the landscapes and climatic zones are very diverse which allows organizing them. Due to the fact that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have lots of mountains our company can arrange different kinds of tours with trekking and hiking depending on the interest and budget of tourists. You will greatly enjoy exploring the nature and amazing Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains. We can add some horse riding in Chon Kemin national park and picturesque lake of Son Kul which has indescribable beauty at the altitude of 3,000 meters. If you want to try something exciting, then you should go rafting tours on the fast flowing rivers of Chui and Chon Kemin. You will have a real adrenaline and enjoy the fresh water during your these thrilling whitewater rafting tours in Kyrgyzstan. Camel riding tours can also be organized by our company, mainly in Uzbekistan, especially by the lake of Aidarkul Lake along the semi desert area. At this place you will enjoy peaceful evening by the fire listening to the music of folklore show performed by local artists. After this you are going to sleep in yurts and enjoy the atmosphere of nature. Our professional team is ready to organize a great tour with different types of activities to make your tours enjoyable and adventure.
The best time to travel in Central Asia
Comfortable travelling in Central Asia is very important and it mostly depends on the season first of all. Before going there it better to check out the climatic conditions of each country. It will help you to enjoy your trip the best in any country you choose to visit. It goes without saying that each country has specific climatic conditions, which can influence your overall impression of your visit. Such countries as Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have similar climate with hot summers and mild winters. The most recommended time to travel in these countries is spring and autumn, winters can also be fine. Combined tours of these countries are quite popular which are full on interesting history and architecture. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have the sharp continental climate and have the most mountainous countries among the rest. In these regions winters last longer while tops of mountains are always covered with snow. Most tours in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan take place at the level no lower than 2, 000 meters at the least. That means that in such regions you will have a weather cooler for 10 degrees by Celsius than in cities or towns. Above all, some mountain roads and passes can be blocked with snow. That's the reason why it is better to travel in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in summer and the first half of the autumn. Kazakhstan being the largest country above, has many opportunities to arrange different kinds of tours. Its territory consists of steppes and semi-deserts, except the southern part which is stretched by the chain of Tien Shan Mountains. So before planning the trip to Kazakhstan, take into account which region you want to visit. Kazakhstan has different climatic conditions in its different areas. Generally speaking, summer and autumn months are the best to travel in Kazakhstan.
Highlights of Central Asia
Check out our tours in Central Asia including the countries like Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan visiting its best highlights. Each of them is specific and unique, but there are some things in common that unite them as one region. We can count them by fingers, and the similar signs will be the hospitality, respect forelders, and adherence to ancient traditions. If we talk about the highlights of each country, there will be the following. Kyrgyzstan's main highlight is the mountains which will surely win your heart from the first days of your tours. It is a place where you can indulge into the atmosphere of relaxation and gaining new energy. The most popular place to visit both in summer and winter is the Issyk Kul lake with amazing beauty and nature, Son Kul lake, Tash Rabat complex, Arslanbob walnut forest are the top visiting places in summer. Kazakhstan being the largest country of Central Asia, offers a lot of places to visit: both for city tours and drive to rural areas. In one and the same tour you can visit the fast developing cities as the capital city of Nur- Sultan or historical town of Almaty and visit villages and wild national parks during during your cultural tours in Kazakhstan. Our company is happy to make a tour to the southern part of Kazakhstan in order to see picturesque sites and nature attractions. The most famous of them are Kolsai and Kaindy lakes, miniature of Grand Canyons - Charyn canyons, Tamgaly Tas ancient inscriptions and many other highlights. It goes without saying that Tajikistan is popular for astonishing Pamir Mountains and great Wakhan corridor with rich historical background. When travelling in this isolated but beautiful country, you can meet with Wakhi people and learn about their lifestyle and customs. On top of all, you can get a chance to learn more about the history of ancient civilizations that lived in former days. There are many artifacts found on the territory of cities of Penjakent, Istaravshan and Khujand which you can visit during your cultural tours. There are a lot of marketing about Uzbekistan on the Internet, but it is all fair as it is the number one country to visit in Central Asia. Enjoy the small streets, authentic rows of local markets, glorious cities one by one, try Uzbek pilaf and samsa, the most famous national foods, and learn the great art work of the countless constructions. Finally, if we talk about Turkmenistan as a travel destination, is quite reserved enough but yet open and tourist-friendly country of Central Asia. We can assure you it will be a totally new world. There will be the visit to the ancient cities and remains of elder dynasties, modern cities and resorts, amazing natural attractions during your tours that will make your trip not alike to any of yours that you had before. Our friendly team will make sure that your tour along Central Asia will be full of sites, places, events and cuisine that will fascinate you.
Kyrgyzstan occupies an area of 198, 500 square kilometers and is located in the middle of Central Asia. Its most part is made of Tien Shan mountains which from Chinese is translated as "Sky Mountains". The total length of it in Kyrgyzstan is makes more than 1, 500 km out of 2, 500 km located in China. Kyrgyzstan can be proud of the highest peaks such as Pobeda Peak (7439 m), Lenin Peak (7 134 m) and Khan Tenri Peak (7, 010 m). Besides 23 peaks which are over 6, 000 meters and 80 peaks raise over 5, 000 meters in the country. It is needless to say that Kyrgyzstan is an great destination for travelers who like alpinism and mountaineering. Our company can arrange tours of different kind and combined with trekking, hiking and horse riding activities. The landscapes of the country and authenticity of nomadic culture are worth admiring. The most part of the population makes Kyrgyz people, making more than 80 percent. Further go the ethnicities of Uzbek and Russian people. We cannot also miss the rest of minorities such as Dungan, Uigur, Korean, German, Ukrainian and lots of others others. The population is mostly bilingual and Kyrgyz and Russian is spoken almost. The national currency is called som (KGS). Travelers can easily change them at the banks or exchange offices in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, from which most tours start.
Uzbekistan is a neutral independent state. It shares borders with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. It also has an access to the Aral Sea. The name Uzbekistan means the "land of liberty loving people". Tashkent is the capital city and is one of the most popular destinations to start tours in Uzbekistan with. Other important and touristic cities are Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Uzbekistan's population is more than 34 million people which makes it the most dense among its neigbours. The national language is Uzbek belonging to Turkic families. Uzbekistan currency is sum. The country has a long and rich history filled with different historical events. There were lots of early civilizations located here such as Transoxiana, Turan, Bactria, Sogdia, Fergana, Margiana and lots of others. The popularity of Uzbekistan a top travel destination for travellers is growing every year. While traelling along Uzbekistan you will visit its best architectural masterpieces, as well as enjoy culture by visiting shows, master classes and colorful festivals. It will be a great combination with Kyrgyzstan if you combine with Kyrgyzstan to make a great Silk Road tour.
The Republic of Tajikistan takes place in Central Asia and its territory of 143, 100 square kilometers. The population counts more 9 million people of different nationalities with Tajik people making the majority. Tajikistan borders on Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and China. It is a landlocked country. The history of Tajikistan goes back to civilizations such as Achaemenid, Sasanian, Hephthalite, Samanid and Mongol Empires. During medieval ages Tajikistan was part of Timurid Dynasty, Russian Empire and subsequently Soviet Russia. As an independent country Tajikistan became after the collapse of USSR. Today Tajikistan is a modern unitary state developing human rights and economic development. From the cultural point of view, it is like a melting pot of Persian and Turkic cultures due to rich historical events. Tours that we organize will contain beautiful mountain ridges of Pamir Highway and Wakhan Corridor. You can visit Karakul, Bulunkul, Yashil Kul, Hafkul, Iskanderkul and lots of other beautiful places.
Turkmenistan is the least populated country among other states in Central Asia, it is 6 million people. Its neighbors are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Iran and the Caspian Sea. Turkmenistan was in the heart the historical events for ages. It was populated by the Achaemenid Empire, later with Turkiń tribes coming from Mongolia. These tribes were called Oghuz who eventually formed the ethnic ground of Turkmen people. The most popular places of Turkmenistan are Merv which was the largest and busiest city along the Silk Road. When touring in Turkmenistan you will learn amazing history and visit the ancient sites like the city of Mary, outskirts of Ashagbat, Nisa archeological excavations, Kunya Urgench and many others. Darwaza gas crater is a glittering dramatic hole in the earth under millions of stars made mistakenly by humans, and is considered one of the best highlights of the country. You can also enjoy the beach resorts of Awaza located by the Caspian Sea and we will make sure your tour in Turkmenistan will be unforgettable. Turkmenistan is a real dream travel destination full of mystery and intrigues and is becoming more and more popular each year. We recommend you to visit it at the soonest.
Kazakhstan is an amazing transcontinental country with a huge territory occupying the ninth place in the world. The major part of it is situated in Central Asia and its area makes 2,724,900 square kilometers. It borders on such countries ar China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It also has an access to Caspian Sea. The terrain of Kazakhstan is varied with flatlands, semi-deserts, steppes, rock canyons, snow-capped mountains and deserts. The history of Kazakhstan traces back to ancient times. Unfortunately, not all the facts were written down due to the fact that they lived nomadic life for centuries. What we know is that the land was inhabited by Scythian and Persian tribes and they were later replaced by Turkic nomads. Their descendants created other new ethnic groups in Central Asia including Kazakh people as well. Today the most touristic places to visit are the cities of Nur-Sultan, the capital city with fascinating modern monuments, Turkestan, Otrar and Shymkent with rich historical heritage of the Silk Road. Kazakhstan's most attractive nature objects are the amazing Charyn canyons, a lot alike to the Grand Canyons, charming Kolsai, Kaindy, Borovoye, Big Almaty and Issyk lakes, petroglyphs with ancient Buddhist inscriptions of Tamgaly Tas, singing dunes of Altyn Emel and lots of others.