April 15 - April 19 2021

Run Dushanbe Short tour

Dushanbe International
Half Marathon Short Tour

4 - night tour exploring Dushanbe and running in their AIMS certified Half
Marathon. Plus join in the local celebrations for the 10th anniversary
of the Day of the City!

From 1,200 USD per person

Please apply by 2nd April, 2021.

Run Dushanbe Short tour

Dushanbe International
Half Marathon Short Tour

4 - night tour exploring Dushanbe and running in
their AIMS certified Half Marathon. Plus join in
the local celebrations for the 10th anniversary
of the Day of the City!

From 1,200 USD per person

  • Overall

    Incredible yet relatively unknown, Tajikistan is a genuinely fantastic country that all should visit.

    Sitting in Central Asia, it not only has a fascinating history as a former Soviet bloc country but the friendliest people you will ever meet and the most incredible breathtaking scenery.

    This tour will not only get you there to experience all of this, but to also join in the local Tajik celebrations for their 'Day of the City' running in the 2020 Dushanbe International Half Marathon - an AIMS certified race. Learn more about the marathon and Tajikistan at www.rundushanbe.com

    This tour will be led by one of our most experienced tour leaders, Rich Beal. Rich has led tours all over the world since 2004 and has personally designed and researched all our Tajikistan tours. Because of his close connection to the country, his fellow Tajik guides and friends like to joke that Tajikistan is his third home (China and Mongolia being first and second)!

    Highlights

    • Participate in the little known Dushanbe half marathon, as the streets are lined with locals cheering you on
    • Get a massage at the surreal Soviet health spa of Khoja Obi Garm, which looks like something straight from a movie
    • A tour designed for those on a shorter time frame whom would still like to scratch the surface of this beautiful country
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 of 5
    1. Thursday 15th April

      AM

      • The tour group meets at 13.30 in the hotel reception for an orientation & introduction meeting.

      PM

      • Afternoon drive to Hissar Fortress. This large and impressive site is said to date back to the days of Cyrus the Great (around 600BC) and to have been captured 21 times by invading forces – making one question how effective a fortress it is!. This fortification may have been a little overly restored. Still, there is a lovely museum offering an excellent introduction to the country and history- a great chance to learn about the country's history and catch up with local people who also visit the site.
         
      • Upon our return to Dushanbe, we will stop by a local school to photograph an impressive statue of Lenin, a communist remnant, and learn a bit about the educational system too.

      Meals: Lunch, dinner

      Overnight: Hotel Vatan – newly built and with an excellent location. This comfortable hotel has beautiful rooms located on a designated floor with free laundry facilities, kitchen area, and a reading room. Breakfast provided a buffet style in the main restaurant area.

    2. Friday 16th April

      AM

      • We begin with a half-day walking tour of the sleepy capital of Dushanbe, including Victory Park, Rudaki Street, Dushanbe Flag, Monument of Ismaili Somoni. We will also follow the route of the Dushanbe Marathon. Along this route, we will learn about the development of the city over the years. From its ancient origins to the Soviet-era (when it was called Frunze), to modern-day Dushanbe

      PM

      • This afternoon is free for further exploration or training for tomorrow’s big event; we have secured the use of Dushanbe’s premier gym should you wish to work out and get ready for the adventure ahead!

      Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

    3. Saturday 17th April

      AM

      • Today is our main event! We make an early start to arrive in time for the surreal yet great Dushanbe International Half Marathon! This race gives an excellent opportunity to run with local athletes and amateurs, winding through the city, this event will be unique – medals and prizes for finishers and winners!

      PM

      • After the morning’s exertions, you deserve some rest! Therefore the afternoon will be free for relaxation or further exploration with your tour leader visiting the nearby local market for some local flavours and experiences.
      • We also expect celebrations in some local parks to mark the City Day Holiday. So we will find them and join in, the most welcoming people in the world will show you a good time on this occasion – be ready for some socializing and great photo opportunities too!

      Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

    4. Sunday 18th April

      AM

      • The tour continues as we depart Dushanbe and follow the Varzob river into the mountains, driving up through the Varzob Valley where we will stop on the way for photos of this scenic area. Our goal for this morning the small village of Takob. Upon arrival, we will hike for 30 minutes through this hamlet where we will visit a local family whose home has impressive views of the surrounding area

      PM

      • We will have lunch given to us in the local Tajik way; sitting on the floor. You will lose count of the number of courses!
      • We continue our drive through the mountains until we reach our destination;  the Khoja Obi Garm Spa, a massive sanatorium built into the mountainside above natural hot springs – like a James Bond villain’s lair meets the hotel from The Shining! An authentic relic of the USSR days.
      • A full range of ‘treatments’ can be enjoyed here, from radon baths to massages, leeches to swimming, or simply explore and relax. This is one of those large Soviet-era buildings that are hard to find these days; you will love this experience!
      • You will be taken back to Dushanbe after dinner for your final night.

      Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

    5. Monday 19th April

      End of tour. All group members will be taken to the airport for their flights as we bid each other a fond goodbye after this eventful epic journey!

       

      Extensions are possible – please speak to your Tour Manager to discuss options.

  • What is / is not included?

    INCLUDED

    • Airport pick up and drop off to and from Vatan, Dushanbe
    • Hotel accommodation
    • A Koryo Tours leader, Tajiki tour guides and a driver per group
    • Marathon Entry Fee
    • Warm-up in Dushanbe's no 1 Gym pre-marathon
    • All transportation in the country All entry fees for attractions and sights
    • Meals where listed

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Flights to Tajikistan
    • Single room supplement (unless otherwise specified, US $50 per night)
    • Spending money for drinks and souvenirs
    • Tajikistan visa (visa fees vary at different embassies)
    • Tip for the guides, drivers, porters and local crew ( $ 70 for the tour)
    • We occasionally have the opportunity to visit a performance - this is to be paid on the spot

Please apply by 2nd April, 2021.

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