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17 day tour Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan

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Tour itinerary: Bishkek – Cholpon ata– Karakol – Tamga- Bishkek – Osh – Andijan – Fergana –Tashkent – Nukus – Muynak – Khiva – Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand – Tashkent
Season: April - October
Days: 17Nights: 16
Price: 2065
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 Andijan

Day 1
Bishkek

Flight to Bishkek.

Arrival in Bishkek in the morning. 

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

Bishkek - formerly Pishpek and Frunze, is the capital and largest city of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic), the administrative centre of the Chuy Region

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 - Cholpon Ata

Breakfast.

Transfer to Issyk Kul via Burana Museum (270km).

  •  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” in Kyrgyz.

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

Resting time in the hotel. Overnight.  

Day 3
Cholpon Ata - Karakol

Breakfast.

Start sightseeing walking to the beach of lake Issyk-Kul, to enjoy captivating views of the lake surrounded by mountains. Great opportunity to take thousands of memorable pictures.

Transfer to Karakol city (190 km, 2,5 -3 hrs)  to see first hippodrome in Kyrgyzstan, where in 2016 and 2018 were held first World Nomadic Games. 

Upon arriving to Karakol city, start city tour visiting : 

  • - Prejevalsky Museum, 

  • - Old Russian Orthodox Church;

  • - Dungan Pagoda (Chinese temple – mosque).

Karakol formerly Przhevalsk, is the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, near the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul . It is the administrative capital of Issyk-Kul Region. Its area is 44 square kilometres and its resident population is 66,294 

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 4
Karakol - Tamga

Homemade breakfast.

Transfer to Tamga village with sightseeing en-route.

  • Jety-Oguz Gorge is one of the most popular sights in the Issyk-Kul Region. It is located 30 kilometers from the city of Karakol and attracts both locals and tourists.
    Jety-Oguz from Kyrgyz translated as “Seven bulls”. The gorge was named due to the rock massif of red clay, which is the main feature of the gorge. The rocks have a very bright color, and this is quite rare for the Tien Shan Mountains. The gorge extends for almost 40 kilometers and in this vast territory, there many interesting places to visit. A popular attraction is the Jety-Oguz Waterfalls. The most famous among them is the Devichy Kosa  ( ”maid plait” ) Waterfall, which is named for the bizarre pattern of water flowing down.

  • “Skazka” Canyons. In Russian, the word Skazka means “Fairytale” and the place is certainly a magical place, full of mystery and nature beauty. 

A legend says that once the Issyk Kul basin was not filled with a lake, but was home to a number of rich and powerful cities. It is probably true, because under the lake archaeologists have discovered the ruins of several settlements.

  • Barskoon village to visit “Ak-Orgo” Association of Social Entrepreneurs of Kyrgyzstan. Barskoon is also famous for its beautiful nature and the highest waterfall in Kyrgyzstan. Short transfer to Tamga village. 

Dinner and overnight in guesthouse in Tamga village.

Day 5
Tamga - Kyzul Tuu - Bishkek

Homemade breakfast.

Transfer to Bishkek (230 km) with stop in Kyzyl-Tuu village for visiting Yurt Master’s house. Master shows unique technology for making Yurt sticks. Transfer to Bishkek.

Continue to Bishkek.

Resting time in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6
Bishkek - Osh - border pass - Andijan

Early breakfast /take away breakfast. 

Transfer to the airport.

07:10 Flight Bishkek- Osh.

08:10 Arrival in Osh. Meet the driver.

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 - Nukus - Muynak

Breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 Transfer to the local airport 

07:25 Flight Tashkent-Nukus  HY 11

09:05 Arrival in Nukus. 

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

Drive to Muynak via beautiful Red Canions with beautiful and unusual Martian landscape. Arrival in Muynak city that used to be one of the richest city in the delta of Amu-darya,” the gates to Uzbekistan from the sea”. Nowadays there is only cemetery of Dead Sea. Drive back to Nukus. 

Resting time in the afternoon.

Overnight.

Day 11
Nukus - Ayaz - Kala - Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Visit to the Art Museum of Savitsky (guideless).

Transfer to archaeological monuments of Ancient Khorezm: Ayaz-Kala - one of the largest fortresses, Toprak-Kala -ancient settlement which was the capital of Khorezm in the III century AD, Kyzyl-Kala - unique monument of Ancient Khorezm architecture relevant to Kushan- Afrigid period/

Transfer to Khiva. Arrival, hotel check-in.

Leisure time in the afternoon. Overnight.

Day 12
Khiva

Breakfast at the hotel.

09:00 Start walking excursion in the historical part of Khiva – Ichan-kala (translated as “Inner town”). Ichan-kala - the largest Museum in the open air in Central Asia consisting of : 

Resting time in the afternoon/evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13
Khiva - Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

07:15 Transfer to the train station 

08:45 Train Khiva-Bukhara OR transfer by car (as per train schedule). 

14:48 Arrival in Bukhara.

Come out of the terminal and meet the driver. Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the afternoon/evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14
Bukhara

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around 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 stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. 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;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing the imagination of every visitor;

- 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 and myths.

Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 15
Bukhara - Shakhrisabz - Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz town. 

Excursion tour in Shakhrisabz includes visiting 

  • 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 16
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel. 

09:00 Meet the guide at the lobby.

Start sightseeing program in Samarkand ( 6 hrs):

  • 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 hotel.

Resting time in the afternoon/evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17
Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to the airport.

ETD 09:00 Morning return flight from Tashkent

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
Osh Sunrise
Nukus Jipek Joli/Royal Nukus/ Tashkent hotel
Khiva Arqonchi/Eurasia/ Old Khiva

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME CATEGORY

 

Price of the tour: 

Number of participants

Price per person in standard

1 person

$3265

2-3 persons

$2065

4-5 persons

$1685

6-8 persons

$1495

9-10 persons

$1380

11-12 persons

$1275

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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