Name of tour: Adventures along the Great Silk Road
Length of itinerary: 12 days / 11 nights
Day 1: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
This day you will be met by your guide at Manas International Airport and drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan. As soon as you arrive in the capital, you will find an incredibly interesting city tour around Bishkek. It will take about 30 minutes to get to the capital. You will explore Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many iconic places of interest. Today you will also disocver the fascinating natural attraction Ala Archa gorge. The Ala-Archa state nature Park was established in 1976 in the gorge of the same name on the Northern slope of the Central part of the Kyrgyz range. The area of the Park is 19.4 thousand hectares, the distance from the capital of the Republic, Bishkek, is 30 km along an asphalt highway. The Ala Archa river is also located. You will have a chance to observe the magnificent sight of the gorge from the panoramic views. Then you will transfer to the capital. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Chon Kemin
After breakfast you will drive to Asianb Bazaar, where you will see colorful places, and fascinating rows. You are going to explore this place and buy enchanting goods. Doesn’t miss chance to take fabulous photo here. In the second part of the day you will departure to to Chon Kemin gorge. Along the way you will break to experience Burana Tower this ancient minaret of the 11th century built by the Karakhanids is located in an archaeological complex, near a collection of stone tombstones. The structure has been preserved since the time of the ancient city. It is made of red brick and has several levels. Then you will continue driving to Bpicturesque Chon Kemin gorge. After arrival you will have amazing 3 hours of horse riding. The tour route will take you to vivid mountains and on the way you will see enchanting views. The overnight is in the home stay.
Day 3: Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul lake northern shore – Karakol
In the morning you will departure to priceless natural landmark Issyk Kul Lake. This is the largest lake in the Tien Shan mountains. It never freezes. Formed in a tectonic fault, it has a depth of more than 600 meters, and is the third largest in the world. In summer, many tourists come to the lake to relax, attracted by the clean nature and emerald water. 80 rivers flow into it and none of them flow out. You will have a chance to see fabulous views of the surroundings of the lake. You are going to drive along the northern shore and transfer to Karakol town. On the way you will break to see ancient stone patterns. After arrival to the city Karakol you will visit significant sites the Dungan mosque and an old wooden Orthodox Church. This night will be in the guesthouse.
Day 4: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Kochkor
You are going to explore today the enchanting place Jeti Oguz gorge. Here is the famous eponymous resort with thermal springs. Special beauty of tourists here will surprise red rocks of different shapes, decorated at the foot of dense pine forests. This day you will also explore the amazing beautiful mountain the Broken Heart Mountain. You can explore the amazing views of the gorge from the top of the mountain. After that you will transfer to Bokonbaevo village, where you will get acquainted with local eagle-hunter. He will explain you how he hunts with eagle to hares, rabbits, and mice. This night will be in the home stay.
Day 5: Kochkor – Son Kul
You will travel today to Son Kul Lake a large high-mountain lake, squeezed in a basin between the inner spurs of the Tien Shan. It is located between the Sonkeltau and Moldotau ridges, at an altitude of 3016 above sea level in the North-Western part of the Naryn region. The lake is the second largest in the Republic. In ancient times, the nomads have lived here in the summer, and drove the cattle to pasture. On arrival you will see the enchanting views, admire the fascinating places and walk along the lake. This day you will relax from the civilization and take memorable photos. You will spend the night in the yurt, comfortable dwelling from the ancient times.
Day 6: Son Kul – 33 parrots Pass – Kochkor – Bishkek
This day you will observe the life of local people, explore the area. Then you will transfer to Bishkek. You are going to drive via 33 parrots and you will see amazingly beautiful views on the way. You will have a chance to have photo stops. On the way you will stop in Kochkor village for learning of making the national felt carpet that you will be thought by local family. This day you will also visit the small handicraft museum there. There you can see many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. After the exploration the museum you will continue your driving to Bishkek. This night you will spend in the hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek –Tashkent
This day you will travel to Tashkent in the morning by flight. You are going to meet the group at Tashkent airport. You will explore the Independence square which is the main square of the capital. This place has long been chosen by tourists and locals. After you will go to the next destination the local Broadway, on both sides of the Avenue selling paintings artists, here you can find and buy various souvenirs, for example, national figures. Then you will discover The Tashkent metro was opened in 1977 and was the first in Central Asia. It is famous for its beautiful architecture. Further you will discover other iconic places of the capital as: Chorsu Bazaar the colorful place of the city, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. This day you will also explore the highlight of its exhibits is the Othman Quran. It is believed that the third Caliph Othman, the son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed, wrote six such Korans. This is one of the first copies of the Holy book, from which later censuses and duplicates were made. During its history, the book has made a large number of trips to cities and countries. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 8: Tashkent – Bukhara (morning flight)
After the breakfast you will have flight to Bukhara. Bukhara is a Museum city with many monuments of Central Asian architecture dating back to various historical periods. You will be offered to visit today Citadel Ark - City citadel and abode of Bukhara emirs, dating back to the 4th century. The tour route will take you today to observe the masterpiece of architecture of 10 century Samanids mausoleum. You will visit today Chashma Ayub, memorial and religious building over the legendary well (Chashma) of the prophet Ayub (in Christianity — Job). After you will discover the shopping domes and explore the amazing madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi that is the part of the Lyabi house ensemble. It was originally built by Nadir divan Begi as a caravanserai, but almost immediately converted into a madrasah. You will also visit today Poi Kalon complex, the Central ensemble of Bukhara, the formation of which began in the XII century, it includes three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. This night will be in the hotel.
Day 9: Bukhara
After the breakfast you will have a tour around holy Bukhara. You are going to visit today Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex, Cult and memorial ensemble in the rural area of Bukhara, in the village of Kasri-Arifon. Its core is the Mazar Sufi Bahauddin Naqshband. The complex includes a khanaka (1544/1545), a madrasah (XVII century), a women's mosque (1711) with a minaret (1720) and a men's mosque (XIX century). The necropolis of the khans and emirs of Bukhara is located in the backyard of the complex. After it you will travel to Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex "Palace like the stars and the moon" — the country residence of the Emir of Bukhara, built in the late XIX — early XX century. Then you will transfer to Chor Bakr memorial complex, the necropolis of Djuybar sheikhs, which is located in the Western suburban area of Bukhara, in the village of Sumitan. The main architectural complex, which includes a mosque, madrasah and khanaka, was built in 1560-1563. You will return to city after the tour. This night will be in the hotel.
Day 10: Bukhara – Samarkand
Today you will transfer to Samarkand. Samarkand the third largest and most important city in Uzbekistan, which has long attracted tourists with its unique cultural atmosphere and unique historical and architectural monuments. You are going to explore today the important sites of the city Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, the square is considered to be the most popular attraction of the city and its permanent business card. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh the only archaeological and architectural monument in Samarkand, which reflects almost three thousand years of history of the city. Bibi Khanum Mosque the incredibly beautiful Cathedral mosque, seen from Afrosiab hill, literally translates as "eldest Princess" (or "eldest wife"). This night will be in the hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand – Tashkent (train)
You will discover today the surrounding of Samarkand. You are going to visit Ulughbek observatory. An outstanding scientist of the East, an enlightened ruler, and the "greatest observer" in the world is called the grandson of Temur, the great astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek, who built an Observatory that was not equal in the West or in the East at that time. An outstanding achievement of the Samarkand astronomers was their catalog of stars, the so-called "Ziji Guragani" (catalog of stars). Then you will have a chance to walk along the local Broadway where you will see souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops. Further you will continuje tour with national bazaar Siab, here you can enjoy the beautiful flavor of the country, see how hospitable sellers sell incredibly fresh products. This day you will complete with carpet factory. Then you will transfer to Tashkent is by train. This night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 12: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
Transport in KG:
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Transport in UZ:
02 pax – Sedan
04-06 pax – Minivan
08-10 pax – Bus
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 180 $
04 pax – 850 $
06 pax – 735 $
08 pax – 670 $
10 pax – 615 $
Single – 175 $
All dinners – 130 $*
All lunches and dinners – 255 $*
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) – 45 $ per person
To be 2 in one yurt (now 4 pax) – 15 $ per person
English speaking guides:
KG – 465 $ per group
UZ – local 180 $ per group or escort 320 $ per group
Bishkek – Tashkent flight – from 170 $
Tashkent – Bukhara flight – from 60 $
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Chon Kemin – Homestay
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Boutique Hotel
Kochkor – Homestay
Son Kul – Yurts, “Nomad’s Dream” camp (4 pax in 1)
Tashkent – “Tourist Inn” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Mineral water during the tour
- Entrances to all museums in KG
- Train tickets Samarkand – Tashkent
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums in UZ