Silk Road tour: Tour 2

Silk Road tour: Tour 2. 

Silk Road tour: Tour 2
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Duration: 12 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor - Son Kul - Chon Kemin - Ala Archa - Bishkek - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent

Day 1: Almaty
Time to sightsee Kazakhstan on Silk Road tour. We will arrive to Almaty and visit the Green Bazaar. Guests will have an opportunity to bargain for fresh fruits and vegetables. It is really worth it. Then see the oldest parks in Almaty is Panfilov Park where you can see Zenkov Cathedral. The next destination is visiting Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. In the afternoon we will drive to Medeo gorge to see the biggest rink and Kok Tobe to see the tallest TV. We will have an opportunity to walk along the zigzagging paths of the park, relish the beauty panorama view of the city from the special deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. See the whole city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol
The tour will start by driving to Charyn canyon. This stunning place will attract by beauty and uniqueness. The height of the steep mountain slopes is about 150-300 meters. This is also called the "Red Castles Valley" created by wind and water. The whole valley is enclosed by towers of inexplicable shapes constructed from sedimentary rocks. The nature shaped these architectural wonders, without swiftness, it has built splendid castles. The road to the canyon and back takes 400 km. Afterwards we will drive to the Kyrgyz border and further to the city of Karakol. Night is in a guesthouse. 

Day 3: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor
The day will start by driving to Jeti Oguz gorge and then Kochkor village. Jeti Oguz is will inspire everyone by red rocks placed in a row. The second name of this impressive site is Seven Bulls. Here you can see the Broken Heart Mountain. Guests will have an idea to spend 20 minutes in order to capture panorama views and get pleasure. Then we will visit Bokonbaeva village and meet a local eagle-hunter. He will provide an eagle show and allow to take pictures with mountain birds. Night is in a home stay.        

Day 4: Kochkor - Son Kul
The next destination of our tour is visiting Son Kul Lake. It is the second largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. This lake enclosed by mountains located at an altitude of 30316 m above sea level. It is one of the comfortable places for relaxation and pastureland. Upon arrival you will have a chance to sightsee and appreciate the pristine nature of the lake and its environs by yourself. After an interesting day we will take rest in nomadic felt dwellings - yurts.

Day 5: Son Kul - Kochkor - Chon Kemin
In the morning is transfer to Chon Kemin. Before arrival we will visit Kochkor village and drive via striking gorge and Kalmak Ashuu Pass od 3 225 meters high. In Kochkor village we will get to know with Kyrgyz family and see a master class of national carpet making. Then we will visit museum of handicraft there where we can see silver decorations, coats made of wolfs, horse saddle decorations, carpets and so on. On arrival to Chon Kemin village, night is in a homestay.

Day 6: Chon Kemin - Bishkek
Our team is glad to provide 3 hours of horse riding. Travelers will ride along the grand mountains, valleys, high passes and so on. In the afternoon we will drive to Bishkek and visit Burana Tower. This amazing minaret originated in the 11th century as well as was sign for traders on the path of Great Silk Road. Nearly you will find open air museum full of Balbals or stone warriors. They were made for heroes who scarified their lives for Motherland. When we reach to the capital, transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
In the first part of day we will have a city tour. Guests will visit Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and others places of wonder. In the second part of day we will drive to Ala Archa gorge. The path will take 45 km. This beautiful gorge is located on the spur of the Tien Shan ridge. On this place you can have picnic, walk along green roads and admire panorama views. Then we will return to Bishkek. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 8: Bishkek - Tashkent
Flight to Tashkent. When you arrive at the airport, the guide will meet you and transfer to a city. Visit the main square of Tashkent - Independence square. It is a symbol of conquest over fascism in WWII.  Then we will visit local Broadway as well as Tashkent metro opened in 1977. The tour continues to the old part of the city mid with Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. You will have an opportunity to see outstanding madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Then see the Othman Quran is the oldest copy of 8th century. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 9: Tashkent - Samarkand  
We will travel to Samarkand by train. Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. In general, it is the second largest city in Uzbekistan. Today we will have a city tour and visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is a composite of three astonishing madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Visiting Shakhi Zindeh you can see the rich collection of mausoleums included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the 11th-15thcentury. The next site is Bibi Khanum Mosque built by order of Tamerlane. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 10: Samarkand - Bukhara  
Travelers will transfer to Bukhara. On this day of a tour we will explore the oldest citadel in Bukhara of 4th century. - Citadel Ark. This citadel used for few dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then we will see Samanids mausoleum masterwork of 9th - 10th century. The next destination is visiting Chashma Ayub (Job's well) and Bolo Hauz mosque. See forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. Find shopping domes and visit madrasahs of Bukhara. Its name is Nodir Divan Begi (Lyabi House Ensemble). The tour ends with visiting Poi Kalon complex. See three structures in the 12th - 16th centuries as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.   

Day 11: Bukhara - Tashkent  
We will travel to Bukhara city. Upon arrival we will visit Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex. It is a commemorative complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher as one of the Muslim pilgrimage places for all Muslims. He was one of the mystical masters of Amir Timur. The complex is made up of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. Then visit the scenery residence of Bukhara Emirs - Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. This palace is made by different construction styles. Afterwards we will drive to Sumiton village where the town of the deceased is located and find Chor Bakr memorial complex. This complex is a sign of the four sides of the earth and shows that all people are equal. The building of this complex began at the period of the Samanids supremacy until the 16th century. Then flight to Tashkent. Night is in a hotel.

Day 12: Tashkent - Departure
Transfer to Tashkent international Airport. Flight for next destination.


Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus 

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter 

Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus


Hotels 3*,
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 815 $
04 pax - 1 260 $
06 pax - 1 005 $
08 pax - 925 $
10 pax - 840 $
Single - 175 $

Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 45 $  

Hotels 4*,
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 985 $
04 pax - 1 430 $
06 pax - 1 175 $
08 pax - 1 095 $
10 pax - 1 010 $
Single - 275 $

Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in -70 $  

Half board - 150 $
Full board - 290 $

Entrance fees - 40 $ (*with escort guide only) 

Supplement for escort guide in UZ - 220 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3* / "KazZhol" Hotel 4*
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Chon Kemin - Homestay
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*/ "Plaza" Hotel 4*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*/ "Ramada" Hotel 4*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*/ "Diyora" Hotel 4*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*/ "Omar Khayam" Hotel 4*
- Train tickets
- Mineral water during the tour
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge
- English speaking guides in KZ, KG
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- Entrances to all museums in KZ, KG 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- Entrances to all museums in UZ