Kyrgyzstan, China, Uzbekistan 16 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul – Son-Kul lake — Naryn – Tash-Rabat –Torugart – Kashgar – Karakul lake – Irkeshtam –Sary-Tash – Osh – Tashkent – Bukhara – Samarkand — Tashkent

Duration: 16 days / 15 nights

Tour: Silk Road trip in Central Asia

Season: mid May – mid September

Group size: 2-12 persons

Accommodation: on twin basis

 

Description:  During Silk Road Tour in Central Asia you will have opportunity to visit ancient cities flourished when caravans carrying goods from East to West and back passed through these cities and brought wealth to their inhabitants.  In Kyrgyzstan you can enjoy the beauty of Central Tien-Shan mountains and see cultural complex situated on Great Silk Road passed through Kyrgyzstan. The Chinese part consists of visiting ancient cities of Kashgar and high mountain lake Karakul. The final stage of the tour passes through Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand – the biggest historical centers of Uzbekistan.

 

Program:

Day   Itinerary:
1

Sunday

Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at the airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel 3*. Rest. Sightseeing tour: visit Ala-Too square, Osh market Opera and Ballet Theatre, Fine Art Museum, World National Library and etc. Lunch and dinner in local restaurant. Accommodation in the hotel 3*.  Meals: Breakfast

2 Monday Bishkek – Issyk-Kul lake

Transfer Cholpon-Ata (260km 4-5 hrs). On the way visit cultural complex Burana Tower (X-XI cen.). Visit Cultural Complex “Ruh Ordo”, Petroglyphs museum on open air. Rest on the shore of Issyk-Kul lake.  Dinner in local restaurant in Cholpon-Ata.  Accommodation in the Home Stay.  Meals: breakfast, dinner

3 Tuesday Issyk-Kul lake – Son-Kul lake

Transfer to Son-Kul Lake (254 km, 5-6 hrs) via Kochor village. On the way visit souvenir and handicraft shop in Kochkor village. As option: Folklore show and see manufacture of felt carpet in Kochkor. Afternoon arrival to Son-Kul Lake, one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (3016m), the place where tourists can experience nomadic life and taste Kyrgyz national drink “Kymyz” (fermented mare’s milk).  See local nomad’s tradition and customs, ride horses or hike in the mountain. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn (Kyrgyz dwelling).  Meals: full board

4 Wednesday Son-Kul lake – Naryn

Afternoon transfer to Naryn (145 km, 3,5 hrs) via beautiful view Kurtka pass. Naryn is a small town surrounded by Tien-Shan mountains. Dinner and accommodation in familly run home stay. Meals: full board

5 Thursday Naryn – Tash-Rabat

Transfer to Tash-Rabat (115 km, 3 hrs) towards the Chinese border. Visit Caravan Sarai Tash-Rabat (11th century) which was served as a fortress for travelers along Great Silk Road. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn (Kyrgyz dwelling).

Meals: full board

6 Friday Tash-Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar (China)

Early transfer to Torugart Pass (115km, 3 hrs). Meet with the Chinese travel agency at the Kyrgyz-Chinese border post. Drive to Kashgar (200 km, 6-7 hrs).  Lunch-box. Check-in the Tian Yuan Hotel 4*. Meals: lunch-box.

 

7 Saturday Kashgar

Tour around Kashgar. Visit the Abahjia Tombs, Aitigar Mosque, Hat Market and the Handy crafts Lanes. Visit local family and share local lunch with this family. Accommodation in the Tian Yuan Hotel 4*. Meals: full board

 

8 Sunday Sunday market in Kashgar

Visit Sunday market in Kashgar. The Sunday Bazaar is believed to be the largest outdoor market of animals and goods in the world, where you can find cattle, sheep, goats and camels – all in a fairly small, walled-in area. When you are in the midst of all this, you may feel like you have stepped back in time several hundred years. Accommodation in the Tian Yuan Hotel 4*. Meals: breakfast, lunch.

 

9 Monday Kashgar – Karakul lake.

Transfer to Chinese Pamir Plateau to reach Karakul lake along Karakorum Highway (200 km, 5 hours). Karakul lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau (3600 m), situated near the junction of the Pamir, Tien-Shan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. It is surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the tree highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag-Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7 649m) and Kongur Tiube (7530m). The lake is popular among travelers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue.  Accommodation in the Tian Yuan Hotel 4*. Meals: breakfast, lunch.

10 Tuesday Kashgar – Irkeshtam-Sary-Tash (Kyrgyzstan)

Transfer to Kyrgyz-Chinese border post “Irkestam” (200 km, 5 hrs). The view is amazing with the Pamir mountain range covered   with permanent snow and glaciers on the right-hand side with summer pastures. Cross the border and transfer to Sary-Tash village. Dinner and accommodation in the family run home stay.  Meals: breakfast, lunch-box, dinner.

11 Wednesday Osh-Sary-Tash

Transfer to Osh (180 km, 3-4 hrs) via Taldyk Pass (3615 m). The scenery along this way is changeable with tree lined mountain slopes, red stoned mountains, small rivers. Up on arrival city tour in Osh. Visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road, the main square and Russian Orthodox cathedral.  As legends say Osh was founded by King Solomon ages and had an important position on trading routes of Great Silk Road. Accommodation in Home Stay.  Meals: breakfast

12 Thursday Osh – Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

Transfer to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border “Dostuk”, cross the border and meet with Uzbek travel agency and transfer to Tashkent (390 km, 6-7 hrs).

Tashkent is the cosmopolitan city in the heart of Central Asia, the crossroad of different cultures. Upon arrival Check in to hotel, time to rest.  Accommodation in the hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast

13 Friday Tashkent — Bukhara

Transfer to domestic airport for the flight to Bukhara as per timetable. Upon arrival transfer to old city for tour.  Bukhara is known as Central Asia’s most ancient living city, as Morocco in the Middle East, explore gems of Islamic Monumental heritage in Central Asia: Citadel Ark, Bolo Khauz ChashmaAyub Mausoleum in city park area. The “pearl of the east” The Samanid Mausoleum — family tomb of the Samanid Dynasty; Kalon Mosque; Kalon Minaret; Mir Arab Madrasah; Toki Zargaron – cupola of jewelers,  Abdulla khan Tim – a center of silk trade; Toki TelpakFurushon – cupola of the hat sellers; Toki Sarrafon – cupola of moneychangers; MagokiAttor Mosque one of the oldest Mosques in Central Asia; LyabiKhauz in the heart of the city;

Check in to the hotel. Time free at leisure. Accommodation in the hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast.

14 Saturday Bukhara — Samarkand

Continue exploring outskirts of Bukhara:

—          Summer Palace of Last Rulers of Bukhara Emirate;

—          BahautdinNakshband Complex, pilgrimage site for Muslims.

Return back to old city and free time for shopping.

Depart to Samarkand crossing the countryside. On the way stop in Gizjduvan, one of the center for ceramics in Central Asia, to learn more about local pottery and it’s unique colors. Later photo stop at 12th c Caravanserai and Sardoba visit.

Arrive to Samarkand and check in to hotel. Time free at leisure.

Accommodation in the hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast

15 Sunday Samarkand

Start city tour in Samarkand, the former capital of the Great Empire of Tamerlane, the place which attracted Alexander the Great, Marco Polo, and other thousand visitors around the world. Visit: Gur-Emir mausoleum, Registan Square consisting of Ulugbek Madrassah, SherdorMadrassah and Tilla-Kari Madrassah.  Museum of Ulugbek’s observatory Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Bibi-Khanum Mosque Siyab bazaar; Amir Temur Statue and Abramov Boulevard; Mausoleum of Saint Daniel;

Accommodation in the hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast

16 Monday Samarkand — Tashkent

Depart to Tashkent by road, 320km 5hrs.

Arrive Tashkent and start city tour of Capital of Uzbekistan. Visit: Khazrat Imam complex; Barak Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheikh Mosque; Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Museum of Islamic Books with 7th c Koran of Caliph Othman; Independence Square; Memorial of Victory; Amir Temur Square;

Transfer to International Airport for the flight to next destination.

End of service

 

 

Price is available by request.

 

Contact us:

Silk Road & Kyrgyz Guided Trips LLC

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

189 Tynystanova str., 720000

Requests: silkroadtrip.com@gmail.com

Tel:  +996 312 883644 land line

Whatsapp: +996 557 799683

Web site: http://silkroad-trip.com/

Kyrgyzstan part includes:

  1. Transportation according to the itinerary in the Kyrgyzstan
  2. Accommodation:
  • Bishkek, “Shah Palace” 3* or equal level — 1 nights, private bathroom.
  • Issyk-Kul lake – Guest House (B$B), 1 night, private bathroom
  • Son-Kul lake – Yurt Inn, on sharing basis in one gender, 1 yurt is for 5 pax, 1 night, full board
  • Naryn — “Home Stay”, 1 night, shared bathroom, breakfast and dinner is included.
  • Tash-Rabat – Yurt Inn, 1 night, on sharing basis in one gender, 1 yurt is for 5 pax, full board
  • Sary-Tash – Home Stay, 1 night
  • Osh – Home Stay (B$B) , 1 night, shared bathroom
  1. Meals as mentioned in the program
  2. Bottled mineral water during the trip
  3. English speaking guide to accompany the group
  4. Excursion + entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  5. Felt carpet workshop and Folklore concert in Kochkor
  6. Memorable souvenir

     Service does not include in KG:

  • International air flight
  • Kyrgyz visa and visa invitation letter
  • Early check in Bishkek on day 1: 55 USD per twin room per night (check-in time is at 13-14:00, check-out time is at 12:00)
  • Alcohol beverage in restaurants
  • Horseback riding in Son-Kul lake and Tash-Rabat – 7 USD per horse per hour
  • Personal insurance

Notes for Kyrgyz part:

  • Kyrgyz-Chinese border post “Torugart” and “Irkeshtam” are closed on weekends. Crossing the border from Kyrgyz side to Chinese part is available till lunch time 12:00.
  • Dinner in Tash-Rabat is included because there are not any option to go out for dinner
  • Four or five star hotels can be arranged by request, but the program price will be changed accordingly.
  • It is recommended to have warm closes due to cool weather in mountain area.
  • Suggested program can be changed or individualized according to your interests

Chinese part includes:

  1. Transportation as mentioned in the program
  2. Accommodation in Kashgar, “Tian Yuan Hotel 4* or equal level, private bathroom
  3. Meals as mentioned in the program
  4. Bottled mineral water during the trip
  5. English speaking guide to accompany the group
  6. Excursion + entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  7. Permits to cross the Torugart border
  8. Chinese visa support letter to get Chinese visa
  9. Insurance service during trip in China

     Service does not include in China:

  • Charges in the hotels for additional service
  • Consular fee for Chinese visa
  • Alcohol beverage
  • Photography and video making fees and any personal expenses during the trip
  • Personal insurance

Uzbekistan part includes:

  1. Transportation as mentioned in the program
  2. Accommodation:
  • Tashkent – Uzbekistan hotel or equal level (B$B)
  • Bukhara – Rangrez hotel or equal level (B$B)
  • Samarkand – Malika classic hotel or equal level (B$B)
  1. Excursion + entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  2. Local English speaking guide / Escort guide to accompany the group
  3. Uzbek visa support letter to get visa for Uzbekistan
  4. Bottled mineral water during the trip

     Service does not include in Uzbekistan:

  1. Charges in the hotels for additional service
  2. Consular fee for Uzbek visa
  3. Meals: lunch and dinner
  4. Alcohol beverage
  5. Photography and videa making fees and any personal expenses during the trip
  6. Domestic flight Tashkent – Bukhara
  7. International flight ticket
  8. Personal insurance

Notes for Uzbekistan part:

  • Domestic flights are booked as per availability, if flight is cancelled or no tickets available on the time of booking, itinerary will be modified as per timetable.
  • In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in local government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly.
  • You do not need any vaccination for the areas included in itinerary, unless your doctor recommends
  • The Uzbek Som Just accept credit cards in Tashkent. It is advisable to take euros as currency. Cash money (bills) must be in good condition.
  • Suggested program can be changed or individualized according to your interests