April 18 - April 22 2019

Run Dushanbe Short tour

New Tour for 2019 - 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 1,100 USD per person

Please apply by 30th March, 2019.

Run Dushanbe Short tour

New Tour for 2019 - 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 1,100 USD per person

  • Overall

    Incredible, yet relatively unknown, Tajikistan is one of the most unique countries in the world. Sitting in Central Asia, it not only has fascinating history as a former Soviet bloc country, but the friendliest people you will ever meet and the most incredible breath taking 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 2019 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 our 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 the country is basically 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 April 18th

      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!. Much of this area has been restored over the years and there is a lovely museum offering a nice 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 interesting statue of Lenin, a soviet 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 reading room. Breakfast provided buffet style in the main restaurant area.

    2. Friday, April 19th

      AM

      • We begin with a half-day walking tour of the sleepy capital of Dushanbe, including Victory Park, Rudaki Street, Central Park, 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 for 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!
      Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

        Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

      • Saturday, April 20th

        AM

        • Today is our main event! We make an early start for this unique opportunity; The Dushanbe International Half Marathon! Running with local athletes and amateurs, winding through the city, a life-changing experience – 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 for 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 definitely show you a good time on this occasion – be ready for some socializing and great photo opportunities too! Be prepared for Dancing and horse racing.  
        • Tonight we have a special invite to the City day celebrations to enjoy a show, dress smartly as there will be important guests.
        Meals: Breakfast and dinner

          Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

        • Sunday, April 21st

          AM

          • The tour continues as we depart Dushanbe and follow the Varzob river into the mountains, driving up through the Varzob Gorge where we will stop on the way for photos of this scenic area. Our goal for this morning is the small village of Takob. Upon arrival, we will hike for 30 minutes through this hamlet where we will be rewarded by a visit to a local family whose home has amazing 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 vast sanatorium built into the side of a mountain above natural hot springs – like a James Bond villain’s lair meets the hotel from The Shining! A true 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 great Soviet-era buildings that are hard to find these days, you will love this experience!
          • After dinner, you will be taken back to Dushanbe ready for your final night.

          Overnight: Hotel Vatan, Dushanbe

        • Monday April 22nd

          End of tour. All group members will be taken to the airport for their individual 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 ( US $ 70 for the tour).
          We occasionally have the opportunity to visit a performance - this is to be paid on the spot

      Please apply by 30th March, 2019.

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