THE FAN MOUNTAINS JEEP TOUR
Arrival to Dushanbe – capital of Tajikistan in the morning. Accommodation at the hotel. Half day city tour on foot. Visit to the National Museum of Antiquities and Ethnographical Museum. The exhibits in these museums are mostly from Tajikistan’s pre-Islamic (Greco/Bactria, Buddhist, Hindu and Zoroastrian) civilizations, oriental bazaar, art saloon, souvenir shop. Lunch and dinner are at the city’s restaurants or ‘chayknona (teahouse). Overnight hotel
By car from Dushanbe to Iskanderkul Lake (about 160 km) along the Varzob Gorge, across Anzob Pass (3 373 m) or via “Istiqlol” tunnel if the pass will be close. Iskanderkul Lake named after Alexander the Great. It is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Cen tral Asia, surrounded by Chimtarga, Hazormech, Sarima and Gazni Peaks. Alexander’s armies passed this way on their way to conquer Samarkand, and many stories and local legends from the Alexander’s cult still cling to this place. Hiking (around 1,5-2 hrs) to beautiful 38 m waterfall near the lake. Overnight tourist camp
By car from Iskandarkul Lake via Ayni Settlement to Pejikent Town. Penjikent was rediscovered in the mid-XXth century and is still an active archaeological site. Visit to the excavation site of the ancient Sogdian city (Vth-VIIth centuries, which often referred to as the ‘Central Asia Pompeii’). Excursion to Abuabdullo Rudaki History Museum and ‘Sarazm’ archaeological site. Research gives grounds for the opinion that the ancient settlement Sarazm existed here for about one and a half millennia from 3 400-2 000 B.C. Numerous houses, religious buildings and palaces were excavated in ‘Sarazm’. A great number of articles made of copper, bronze, lead, silver and gold, weaponry, and ornaments of the IV-IInd millennium B.C. were found. Overnight hotel or guesthouse in Penjikent
By car from Penjikent to Marguzor Lakes.The Marguzor Lakes – ‘Seven Beauties’- including Nejigon, Soya, Gushor, Nofin, Khurdak, Marguzor, and Hazorchashma. They are situated in the south-west branches of the Zeravshan Range. The altitude difference between the upper and lower lakes is 692 m. All lakes except Hazorchash ma were formed by the creation of dams. Half day hiking near the lakes. In the evening drive to ‘Artuch’ alpine camp. Overnight camp
Whole day hiking to Kulikalon Lakes and back. Overnight ‘Artuch camp.
By car from ‘Artuch’ alpine camp via Ayni Settlement across Shakhristan tunnel (about 6 km long) to Istravshan (former Ura-Tyube) Town. Istravshan’s history has shaped the character of the people who live in the city. It’s a fascinating place with some of the oldest and most intact Islamic buildings in Tajikistan, including many mosques, traditional street and several significant madrassa complexes. City tour in Istravshan. Visit to ‘Kok-Gumbaz’ mosque & madrassa, ‘Bobo Tago’ & ‘Chor-Gumbaz’ mausoleums, ‘Sari Mazor’ & ‘Khazrati Shokh’ holy complexes. In the evening by car from Istravshan to Khojent City (70 km).Overnight hotel.
City tour in Khojent. The city is situated in the north of Tajikistan. It is one of the most ancient cities in the country, founded 2 300 years ago during Alexander the Great times. According to Greek historians, in 329 B.C. Alexander the Great founded a fortress on the River Tanais (Yaksart, present-day - Syrdarya River), which formed a natural border for his empire. Visit to the old Fortress, Historical, Archaeology & Fortification Museums, ‘Panjshanbe’ Bazaar and Sheikh Muslihiddin complex. In the evening drive from Khojent to the Tajik-Uzbek border (‘Oybek’ check point, around 80 km from Khojent) and than by car to Tashkent.
Tour package includes: Vehicle with driver, accommodation according program, full board, English speaking guide, entrance fee to the museums