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12 days tour in Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan

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Tour itinerary: Bishkek – Kochkor – Kyzyl Oi – Toktogul – Osh – Andijan – Fergana – Kokand – Tashkent –Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent
Season: April - October
Days: 12Nights: 11
Price: 1755
Tour description:

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! During this journey you will visit the most known places of Kyrgyz land and also, take a tour to Uzbekistan - discover Tashkent, Samarkand and Fergana Valley.

Day 1
Bishkek

Flight to Bishkek.

Arrival in Bishkek in the morning. 

Meet the driver and guide at the meeting zone of the airport.   

Sightseeing tour in Bishkek visiting:

  • - National Philharmonic on the central Square called Ala-Too with a statue of Manas the Great, 

  • - State Museum, Fine Arts and Frunze museums. 

  • - Oak Park, Panfilov Park

  • - Opera house and TSUM (Department Store).  After shopping and lunch, in the afternoon we drive to the National Flag located on one of the top hills of Bishkek where we can see the panoramic view of the city. 

Transfer to the hotel. 

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight.

Day 2
Bishkek - Issyk-Kul - Kochkor

Breakfast. Meet with a driver in the hotel's lobby.

Transfer to Issyk Kul via Burana Museum.

  • - Burana Tower, located 80 km (50 miles) from Bishkek, is one of Kyrgyzstan’s best-known archaeological sites. Burana Tower is the remains left of the city of Balasagun, which was the capital of the Karakhanid Empire in the 9th century. Around the base of the tower there are several excavation sites that show brick foundations of buildings, though archaeologists have shown that the town actually extended for quite a bit further (shops, bazaars, baths, and houses have all been discovered).

  • There is also a collection of balbals, or kurgan stelae, near the tower. These little stone figures were used to honor the dead, and sometimes marked the spot where a body was buried. 

  • Later transfer to Issyk-Kul lake: is the world’s second largest alpine lake, lying at 1609 m (5,279 feet) above sea level. Even though it is surrounded by mountains, Issyk-Kul never freezes, thus its name means “hot lake”.

  • Cholpon-Ata petroglyph’s museum – the large collection of petroglyphs stones laying on the territory of 42 hectares.

  •  Kochkor village in northern Naryn Region of central Kyrgyzstan at 1,800m above sea level. The small market town is the capital of Kochkor District of the Naryn Oblast, and while the population was measured at 9,863 in 2009, it has since grown to an estimated 14,000 people today. Kochkor is very popular for breading cattle and most dominated kind of jobs for ladies – handicraft. We will drive to local family who makes felt carpets.

Homemade dinner and overnight in guest house with private facilities in Kochkor

Meals: B/D (270 km)

Day 3
Kochkor - Son Kul - Kyzyl Oi

Homemade breakfast.

Transfer to Son Kul Lake. 

  • Son Kol is a high alpine lake in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan It lies at an altitude of 3016 metre from sea level. It is an important migration point for birds, which flock here for the lake’s rich marshlands. The lake itself is an exquisite gem-colored turquoise blue, reaching a depth of 14 meters. In the summer. Son-Kul Lake is surrounded by lush verdant grass, making it a hotspot for nomadic cattle and horse breeders.

  • Afternoon enjoy the nomadic life around Song Kul. Optional horse ride around the area. 

  • Transfer to Kyzyl-Oi village.

  • Kyzyl-Oi is quite different from the other mountain villages in Kyrgyzstan. It existed even before the Great Socialist Revolution, and has therefore kept its distinct Central Asian character with its reddish clay houses. Kyzyl-Oi is located in a narrow gorge on the riverside of the powerful Kokomeren River some 40km south of Suusamyr on the road to Kochkor Village and Son-Kol Lake (both in Naryn region), and about 200km from Bishkek. 

  • The valley opens up somewhat to form a hollow ringed by the high red-coloured mountains, which gave the place its name. Kyzyl means ‘red’ in Kyrgyz.

Homemade dinner and overnight in guesthouse. 

Day 4
Kyzyl Oi - Toktogul Lake (Uch Terek)

Homemade breakfast.

Transfer to Toktogul Dam, a hydroelectric and irrigation dam on the Naryn River in the Jalal-Abad Province of Kyrgyzstan

It is concrete gravity dam, named after Toktogul Satilganov, with height of 215 metres (705 ft) and length of 292.5 metres (960 ft). It is a part of the Naryn-Syr Darya cascade. The dam-installed capacity is of 1,200 MW, which makes it the largest power plant in the country. 

  • Toktogul Reservoir is the largest of the reservoirs on the path of the Naryn River, a northern tributary of the Syr Darya.  The maximal depth of the reservoir is 120 metres (390 ft).

  • The city of Kara-Köl, south of the reservoir (downstream from its dam) housed the dam construction workers, and currently is home to the hydropower plant staff. 

  • The city of Toktogul is located north of the reservoir.The reservoir was created in 1976 after construction works on the dam were completed and the Kementub Valley was flooded. The reservoir flooded more than 26 thousand hectares of land, of which 21.2 thousand hectares of agricultural land, 26 communities including large settlement Toktogul were displaced and the main road through the region was re-routed. 

  • Archaeologists excavated barrows dating back as far as the 8th century AD before the sites were lost.

Dinner and overnight. Meals: B/D, 260 km 

Day 5
Toktogul - Uzgen - Osh
Breakfast.
Transfer to Osh city. On the way a stop in Uzgen city, which is famous for producing a special kind of rice.
Uzgen became a highly developed town during Karakhanid epoch and developed into a large trading and handicrafts centre. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Uzgen was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State.
Visit Uzgen market. Osh guests can also try Uzgen pilaf (a dish made from meat and rice) from a local café for lunch. 
Uzgen Minaret. The city of Uzgen is said to date back over 2000 years. It is claimed to have been the site of a number of citadels built at various times since the 1st century BC, and is sometimes identified with the town of Yu in 2nd century BC Chinese Chronicles. There are even claims that it was the site of a camp for Alexander the Great's troops.
Arrival in Osh. Transfer to the hotel.
Resting time in the evening.
Overnight. 300 km
Day 6
Osh - border pass - Andijan

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Start sightseeing tour of Osh.

  • - Colorful Osh Bazaar (market), 

  • - Walk through the Alisher Navoi Park, where you can meet older people drinking tea and playing chess.

  • - Main Square with Lenin statue; 

  • - Suleiman Too Mountain cave museum, the Silk Road Museum and Alymbek Datka complexes. 

After lunch, transfer to the Uzbek – Kyrgyz Border “Dostlik”. 

Border crossing formalities (usually takes about 30 min – 1 hr).

Meet the driver at Uzbekistan side.

Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight.

Day 7
Andijan - Fergana

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Meet the guide and driver at the lobby.

Start sightseeing in Andijan:

  • - Bogi Shamol garden; 

  • - Jami Mosque;

  • - Bobur Museum;

  • - Art and Literature Museum, 

Continue to Margilan and Fergana to visit  in Fergana valley:

  • Margilan visiting Said-Ahmad Hodji Madrassah where craftsmen produce original silk carpets, 

  • Silk factory Yodgorlik where visitors are welcome to observe the process of silk manufacture with traditional decoration “ikat”.

  • Ahmad Al-Fargoni monumental complex 

Arrival in Fergana.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight.

Day 8
Fergana - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Start sightseeing tour around Kokand visiting :

  • Workshops of the famous potter Rustam Umarov.

  • - Rishton (50 km west of Fergana) famous all over the world for its pottery that is decorated according to ancient tradition that is more than 800 years. Masters hand down their trade secrets from father to son. The unique red clay ceramic masterpieces are decorated with naturally made ultramarine, turquoise and azure ornaments known as blue glaze "ishkor",

  • - Khudoyar-Khan Palace of 19th century, 

  • - Jami Mosque. 

  • - Norbut-Biya Madrassah, 

  • - Modari Khan Mausoleum. 

After lunch transfer to Tashkent (240 km, guideless).

Arrival in Tashkent in the late afternoon, 

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight.

Day 9
Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Meet the guide at the lobby.

Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent (5 hrs) visiting old and new parts of the city: 

Independence Square, the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present and future of the country.

  • - Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966 and is erected in the approximate place of earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent;

  • Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;

  • Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century. 

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight.

Day 10
Tashkent - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:30 Transfer from hotel to the train station.

07:28 Departure for Bukhara by speed train Afrosiab or Sharq.

11:19 Arrival in Bukhara. 

Come out of the terminal to meet the driver at the meeting zone.

Transfer to the hotel to drop off the bags and meet the guide at the lobby.

Start WALKING sightseeing program in Bukhara :

  • - Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);

  • - Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion; 

  • - Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft shops of souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes and carpets; 

  • - Caravanserai Sayfuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development );

  • There are three trading domes or so-called covered bazaars Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;

  • - Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so called Kosh (pare) madrassas opposite each other with distinctive style of facade decoration;

  • - Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impresses imagination ;

  • - Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz town. 

Meet the guide in Shahrisabz.

Excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting (2,5 hrs)

  • Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day.

  • - Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favourite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir.

  • - Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation.

  • - Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.

Continue to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand.

Hotel check in.

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Meet the guide at the lobby.

Start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6 hours):

  • Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world; 

  • Continue to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, the ensemble of grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori; 

  • Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century; 

  • Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn- Kussam; 

  • Ulugbek’s Observatory – the finest astronomical centers in medieval world was built by order of Ulugbek, an outstanding astronomer;

  • Samarkand bazaar – Siyab

16:30 Transfer from hotel to the train station.

17:28 Departure for Tashkent by speed train Afrosiab or Sharq.

19:44 Arrival in Tashkent. 

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver. 

Transfer to the airport.

Midnight return flight from Tashkent.

End of the tour.
Accommodation:

City

Standard

Comfort

Tashkent

Uzbekistan / Grand Capital / Mirzo Boutique 

Dedeman Silk Road / Grand Mir / Lotte City Hotel

Samarkand

Malika Prime / Zilol Baxt /  City Hotel

Asia Samarkand / Grand Samarkand  / Emirhan

Bukhara

Basilic /As-Salom /Kabir/ Kavsar

Malika Bukhara / Asia Bukhara / Nodir Devon Begi

Bishkek

Madison Ave'

De' Mar

Kochkor

Guesthouse

Guesthouse

Kyzyl Oi

Homestay Homestay
Toktogul Kok Bel
Andijan Vella Elegant
Fergana Club777

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour: 

Number of participants

Price per person in standard

1 person

$2735

2-3 persons

$1755

4-5 persons

$1355

6-8 persons

$1185

9-10 persons

$1060

11-12 persons

$975

Single supplement

+$375

Tour Price includes:
  • - Accommodation in  standard twin- shared rooms ;

  • - Train tickets Tashkent- Bukhara; Samarkand – Tashkent (economy class) by tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

  • - Tourist tax in the hotels  per person;

  • - Meals: breakfast at hotels ; homemade breakfasts and dinners in guesthouses as per program;

  • - All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport including transfers to-from airport and train stations ;  

  • - English speaking professional licensed escort guide in Kyrgyzstan and local guides in Uzbekistan (6 standard excursions);

  • - Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums as per program;

Tour Price does not include:
    • - International air tickets to/from Tashkent; 

    • - Photo/video fees (professional camera);

    • - UZBEKISTAN: Transport for walking city tours in Khiva and Bukhara, guide/transport service as per transport/guide specification;

    • - Meals: lunches and dinners; except those specified in the program; 

    • - Personal/travel insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.


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