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Classic Tajikistan

Yet to be fully explored, Tajikistan’s rural countryside remains a mysterious and intriguing land. Enchanting scenes of crystal-clear rivers and waterfalls that remain hidden amongst a green canopy add to the allure of this vastly-unexplored Asian country. The landscape that dominates is surreal, made up of picture-perfect scenes and quaint villages that still bask in rich local culture and ancient traditions. Over nine unforgettable days, visitors will have the opportunity to explore these exotic scenes, traveling past a necklace of vivid-blue lakes and traditional villages. Over the course of the journey, you will encounter a number of exquisite natural charms, including Iskanderkul Lake, the town of Artuch and the ancient ruins in Khujand while residing in comfortable Tajik-style accommodation.

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  • Enjoy a picnic amidst stunning scenes next to Alaudin Lakes
  • Marvel at the majestic waterfall where the river Iskandardarya falls
  • Explore the excavations of the ancient Sogdiana
  • Stroll around the bustling bazaar of Oybek
 
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

After an initial greeting in Dushanbe’s international airport, you will be taken to your city hotel where you will spend the next two nights. Once you have checked in, you can recuperate over breakfast and have the rest of the day to yourself. Choose whether to explore the culture-rich city or rest in the comfort of this well-appointed hotel. Lunch and dinner are authentic-Tajik style, served at a local restaurant.

Day 2

An early breakfast in the hotel is followed by a city tour, where you can visit the Buddha in Nirvana at the Museum of Antiquity. At over 39 feet high, it is the largest Buddha in Central Asia and is believed to be 1,600 years old. There is also a stop at the famous Gurminj Museum of Musical Instruments, the huge Somoni statue from where the currency got its name and 13th century Fort Hissar for a journey into Tajikistan’s local history. There will be a stop for lunch between visits and dinner can be enjoyed in a traditional Tajik restaurant before heading back to the hotel for a night’s rest.

Day 3
Dushanbe - Iskanderkul Lake

In the morning, say goodbye to the hospitable hotel staff after breakfast and set off to Iskanderkul Lake, situated on the slopes of the Fann mountains, 7,201 feet above sea level. Upon arrival, you can check into your local hotel for the night and drop off your baggage. A walk from here will lead you to a magnificent waterfall, hidden within a rocky gorge, where the Iskandardaya falls from an impressive height of 78 feet. From here, visit the reed-covered Snake Lake and opt whether to swim in the crystal-clear and refreshing waters of Iskanderkul Lake. Tonight, you will enjoy a dinner in beautifully natural and tranquil surrounds which will lead you into a peaceful sleep.

Day 4
Lake Iskanderkul - Saritag Village

A delectable breakfast meets you after your night’s rest and soon after you will set off to a cozy local’s house in the village of Saritag, where you will stay the night. This picturesque village is located in a subalpine meadow, elevated at 7,874 feet, and is home to local farmers and livestock herders. A walk through this scenic location, surrounded by snowcapped peaks, will take you to the meandering river Karakul, onto the fork pass of Dugdon and to the eery black waters of Karakul Lake. Take in the gorgeous views over a quick stop for a picnic. A welcomed dinner awaits you upon your return to the house and a night in comfort will leave you feeling refreshed for the following day.

Day 5
Saritag Village - Alaudin Lake

Today, after breakfast, you will arrive at the mysterious Alaudin Lakes, located at an altitude of 9,022 feet. A walk through the lakes is guaranteed to bring you to your senses; an azure sky hangs over the dazzling turquoise waters of the lakes and fresh alpine air make for a rewarding trek. A picnic here gives you the opportunity to marvel at the beautiful surroundings, rarely visited by outsiders. After lunch, head down to the base of the mountain where tonight’s accommodation is located at a lofty 8,038 feet. Look back on the day’s surreal views over dinner and enjoy a quiet night’s rest.

Day 6
Alaudin Lake - Base Artuch

Day six of the tour starts with breakfast before heading off to the Artuch base. Set in the heart of the Fann mountains, amidst majestic peaks, the town of Artuch is located 7,217 feet above sea level and boasts stunning views over alpine meadows as well as traditional Tajik architecture. Stop for lunch here where an authentic, home-cooked Tajik meal is served amidst these beautiful surrounds. After, take a walk up to Chukurak Lake at 8,038 feet and back. The lake’s pure waters are visited often by the locals who come to admire its pristine beauty. A relaxing night follows with a warming dinner and night’s stay in your accommodation at the base.

Day 7
Base Artuch - Seven Lakes

On the penultimate day of the tour, you will be collected by your own private transport to the famous seven lakes. Relax while taking in the admirable beauty and array of colors of the seven lakes, hidden from view by rocky mountains, until you are dropped off near the sixth lake. From here, take a hike to explore the seventh, elevated at 7,874 feet, and back. You will then be taken down into the quaint village of Padrud for a welcomed dinner and memorable night in a homestay.

Day 8
Seven Lakes - Penjikent - Khujand

This action-packed day starts off with breakfast in the ancient town of Penjikent, the old center of the Sogdian empire. It’s a remarkably preserved town where you will take a tour and visit the Rudaki Museum, which displays ancient artifacts from the town. The excavations of ancient Sogdiana are also an inspirational visit, where the ruins of old Penjikent can be seen, dating back an impressive 2,500 years. The bazaar of this region is a must-see event where local items and handicrafts can be bought. After lunch in the town, you will be taken to the city of Khujand where after checking into a city hotel, you can enjoy an evening to yourself.

Day 9
Departure

The final day of today’s tour starts with a farewell breakfast at your hotel. You will then be taken to Oybek, on the Tajik-Uzbek border, and have the opportunity to take a tour of this city and uncover the many hidden charms that can be seen here. Take a look around the city’s museum followed by the bustling bazaar. After lunch in the city, leave the unforgettable country of Tajikistan and arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to depart to your next exciting destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
DUSHANBE
Hyatt Regency, Serena Hotel

Hyatt Regency

Set in the heart of Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe, the Hyatt Regency boasts luxury five-star accommodation, reflecting the country’s unique culture throughout its generously-sized suites. Located on the grounds of the city park and near to the stunning lake Komsomol, this hotel boasts not only stunning urban surrounds, but is also conveniently located to reach many local attractions by foot and the international airport is just four miles away. It is one of the most beautifully-appointed hotels in Dushanbe and one of the finest luxury properties throughout the whole of Tajikistan. Boasting over 200 luxury rooms and suites over three accommodation options, the hotel is proud to maintain a distinctive theme that runs throughout to encompass the local Tajik culture so prevalent in this region. One of the best restaurants in the city is also featured here, where creative cuisine combined with sophisticated surroundings provide an elegant retreat. There is enough to keep guests occupied at the hotel during their stay relaxing in the heated, indoor pool to the unwinding in the tranquil surroundings of the spa.   

 

Serena Hotel

This luxury hotel in the center of Dushanbe really is head and shoulders above most of the city's other accommodation options. As soon as you step inside the grand lobby with its traditional Tajik features, it's clear that plenty of time and effort have gone into the hotel's design. There's a choice of serviced apartments or deluxe double rooms, all with 24-hour room service, large comfortable beds, TV and internet. The great location of the Serena, situated on the main boulevard at the center of Dushanbe, offers a stunning backdrop, surrounded by a lush garden and mountains in the distance. It also provides ease of access to the city's attractions, such as the National Art Museum, cinemas and the opera theater, and is just a 10-minute drive from the international airport. 

 
 
FANN MOUNTAINS
Camping

Camping


Traveling through the Fann Mountains is an unforgettable experience, a unique opportunity to become immersed in the glorious scenery - from soaring peaks dusted with icy glaciers to forests and meadows packed with flora and fauna. Some of the highlights of these adventurous trails are the glittering lakes, lying like turquoise crystals in the the foothills of the Fann Mountains. And the best way to fully enjoy this escape into nature is to camp within these stunning surroundings. After a long day’s hike, travelers can bed down in cozy, comfortable tents, on the banks of these glacial lakes, utterly within nature but without forgoing shelter and warmth. While it’s not the same accommodation style as a five-star hotel, waking up with the sun and the birdsong, ready for another day of discovery, breathing in the fresh mountain air and jumping into the lake for an invigorating morning swim is surely the best way to forget the hustle and bustle of real life. 


 
 
KHUDJAND
Hotel Sugd, Khudjand Grand

Hotel Sugd


The newly-built Hotel Sugd in Khujand, Tajikistan offers 24 rooms and great access to the city's attractions. The comfortable European-Asian style rooms have a warm wooden theme throughout, and all have their own private bathroom, large TV, stereo system and fully-stocked mini-bar, all as standard. Some rooms also have their own balconies for relaxing and soaking up the sun in the summer months. Hotel Sugd provides food throughout the day, and an excellent buffet breakfast is served in the morning. There's also a small lobby bar open until the late evening. One of the real selling points of this hotel is its location, situated in a convenient spot in the city of Khujand, close to shops, bar, restaurants and a short distance from most of the attractions about town. It's easy to explore this fascinating city, which is one of the oldest in the whole of Central Asia. 


 

Khudjand Grand


The Khudjand Grand in northern Tajikistan accommodates up to 50 people in its modern and tasteful range of single and double rooms. The location is convenient, with easy access to all the attractions such as the Opera House (which is located just a few steps away on the opposite side of the street) and the History Museum. Both the airport and train station are about 40 minutes’ drive away too. Downstairs is a fine dining restaurant, although for those reluctant to leave their rooms, guests are welcome to order food to their rooms. Elsewhere on site at the Khudjand Grand Hotel is a billiards table, sauna and bar, so guests won't be short of things to do when just staying for a few days. 


 
 
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