Silk Road tour: Tour 3
Destination: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Duration: 16 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor - Son Kul Lake - Chon Kemin - Burana - Ala Archa - Bishkek - Osh - Guliston border - Khujand - Penjakent - Jarpeto - Samarkand - Bukhara - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
Day 1: Almaty
Happy to see you in Kazakhstan. The guide will meet you and drive to Almaty for a city tour. We will visit Green Bazaar where you can bargain and get fresh fruits and vegetables. The next destination is Panfilov Park where you will see the most remarkable wooden building - Zenkov Cathedral. In the afternoon we will drive to Medeo Gorge, famous for the highest mountain skating rink in the world and Shymbulak resort. Then we will visit Kok Tobe hill with the tallest TV tower in the world. Travelers will see the magnificent panoramic view of the city from the deck where you can observe it and visit the shop of national souvenirs. In the end of day see the center of the city by Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel for sleep.
Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol
Today we will visit Karakol town and then visit Charyn gorge. It is a beautiful natural complex of Kazakhstan. It is a very old canyon, about 12 million years old. See cliffs that look like ancient castles. It was made by wind, sun and rain. We will need 3 hours to reach canyon and by doing it you are going to know more about history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and civilizations. Travelers will be enthralled by its spectacular beauty and exclusivity. After your crossing Kegen border your guide will meet you. Then you will drive to Karakol city. We visit the Dungan mosque that was built in Chinese style without metal spike. See an old wooden Orthodox Church. Overnight is in a guest house.
Day 3: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor
The day will start by visiting Jeti Oguz. Red forms placed in a row are also called Seven Bulls. We will see Broken Heart Mountain and admire the panoramic view of the gorge. In Bokonbaeva village you will get acquainted with local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles. At Kochkor village you will meet a family who will show you how to make national woolen felt carpets. Night is in a home stay.
Day 4: Kochkor - Son Kul Lake
We will travel to the second largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan - Son Kul Lake. This lake is situated on elevation 3 013 meters above sea level. Here you can see that mountains enclose whole lake. Kyrgyz nomad used this place for respite and reduction. Naryn's herders come here to pasture cattle. We will discover and enjoy its pristine beauty by yourself. Night is in nomadic dwellings - yurts.
Day 5: Son Kul Lake - Chon Kemin
In the morning we will drive to Kochkor village along wonderful gorge and Kalmak Ashu pass of 3 225 meters high. Enjoy many amazing mountainous views and take vibrant photos. See traditional and rich in culture while the capital developing. Tourism is still in a national and vast areas are largely genuine by foreign visitors. Kind people, shining smile and hospitality will not leave anyone indifferent. Rest is in a home stay.
Day 6: Chon Kemin - Burana - Bishkek
Today is 3 hours for horse riding. Ride along high in the mountains via mountain forest. There on the top you will see astonishing view of the gorge. Then we will be transferred to Bishkek. We will visit Burana Tower found in the 11th century. In Great Silk Road time traders used to pass this path. Next to Burana tower you can see stone warrior or Balbals dedicated to heroes who died safeguarding their Motherland. On arrival to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.
Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
City tour of Bishkek. We will visit Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic etc. In the afternoon we will drive to Ala Archa National Park. It will take 45 km from capital. The Ala Archa gorge is on the ridge of the Tian Shan mountain range. Guests will take vibrant photos by panoramic view of the gorge. We will return to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Osh
In the morning is flight from Bishkek to Osh city. We will visit Suleiman Mountain located in the center of the city. This place is a pilgrimage for local Muslims. The prophet Solomon (Suleiman from Koran) was repressed at the foot of it. In the afternoon we will visit Asian Bazaar. Travelers will have an opportunity to learn more about local life and get fresh oriental goods at affordable price. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 9: Osh - Guliston border - Khujand
We will cross Kyrgyz-Tajik border in the morning. The guide will meet you and drive to Khujand city. In Tajikistan this is the second largest city. It is located on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley with population of 149,000. It is well-thought-out to be the most northerly province of Tajikistan called Sughd. In the afternoon you will go to see a Cultural Palace of Khujand where the first president of Tajikistan took place. In addition, you will see a Central Mosque. Night is in a hotel.
Day 10: Khujand - Penjakent
The tour will start by travlling from Penjakent via Shahriston Pass. It is situated on altitude 3 378 m also known "five villages". It is situated on Khujand area of Tajikistan in magnificent Zeravshan river valley. The city was built in 5th- 8th century AD. It was a not only social center of Sogd but also crafting center called "Central Asian Pompeii". This city was well maintained and had a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses ornamented with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. The traces of the city were found in the last century. Find ruins of houses and other buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshipers church. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 11: Penjakent - Jarpeto - Samarkand
We will be transferred to Tajik-Uzbek border. The guide will meet you on arrival. Then we will drive to Samarkand as the second largest city of Uzbekistan that is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. On arrival you will have a city tour and visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan is a complex with three Madrasahs of 15th- 17th century (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Shakhi Zindeh (11th- 15th centuries) where you can see a big collection of mausoleums. Afterwards admire Bibi Khanum Mosque built by Tamerlane. Night is in anhotel.
Day 12: Samarkand - Bukhara
Today is transfer to Bukhara by train. City tour of Bukhara. We will visit the Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex of Sufi Leader and Philosopher. It is one of the Muslim pilgrimage places for people of Islamic world. Sheikh Bakhauddin Nakshbandi was one of the mystical masters of Amir Timur. The complex has mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. On the way we will admire Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. It is a Bukhara Emirs' landscape dwelling. This complex was constructed in dissimilar styles and amalgamations. Then we will return to a city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara
Today is a city tour of Bukhara. See an ancient citadel in Bukhara of 4th century as Citadel Ark. Afterwards you will find the masterpiece of 9th -10th century as Samanids mausoleum. The tour continues to Chashma Ayub or "Job's well" and Bolo Hauz mosque. You can see forty columns dedicated to Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. Afterwards you will have an idea to roam along the shops and visit one of the most famous madrasahs as Nodir Divan Begi (Lyabi House Ensemble). Poi Kalon complex is the great sample of architectural art of Bukhara with three structures and was built in the 12th - 16th centuries. They are Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.
Day 14: Bukhara - Tashkent
In the morning is transfer to Tashkent. Today we will visit the main square considered to be a sign of conquest over totalitarianism in World War II. Then walk to a local Broadway. Here we can see the Tashkent metro. First line of the metro was opened in 1977. Afterwards you will see Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. You can see several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. The tour will be continued to Othman Quran. Actually it is the world's oldest Quran copy of 8th century. It belonged to Othman Ibn Affan who was the Third Caliph, but he was killed in 8th century. Night is in a hotel.
Day 15: Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
Today is transfer to Chimgan Mountains. We will chair lift and see Beldersay peak 30 min one-way. Explore and relish nature. Then we will have a break at Charvak lakeside beach where you can do some water activities (as per season). This lake is very popular in Tashkent region and thousands of vacation makers from all over Uzbekistan and bordering countries visit the reservoir. Then we will come back to Tashkent. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 16: Flight
Transfer to airport in the morning.
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 Tajikistan:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 2 540 $
04 pax - 1 715 $
06 pax - 1 465 $
08 pax - 1 270 $
10 pax - 1 190 $
Single - 265 $
Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Price per person:
02 pax - 2 725 $
04 pax - 1 915 $
06 pax - 1 665 $
08 pax - 1 470 $
10 pax - 1 390 $
Single - 440 $
Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in - 70 $
Half board - 205 $*
Full board - 415 $*
Entrance fees - 45 $*
Meals and entrance fees are available with escort guide only.*
Supplement for escort guide in Uzbekistan - 240 $ per group
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3* / "KazZhol" Hotel 4*
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts, "Nomad's Dream" camp (4 pax in 1)
Chon Kemin - Homestay
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4* /"Plaza" Hotel 4*
Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*/ "Diyora" Hotel 4*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*/ "Omar Khayam" Hotel 4*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*/ "Ramada" Hotel 4*
- Mineral water during the tour
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- Entrances to all museums in KZ, KG, TJ
- English speaking escort guides in KZ, KG, TJ
- Train tickets Samarkand - Bukhara, economy class
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- Entrances to all museums in UZ
- English speaking escort guide in UZ
- Bukhara - Tashkent train - from 35$
- Bukhara - Tashkent flight - from 50$