Ultimate Central Asian Trio

 

Countries: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan

Tour duration: 22 days

Travel season: May - September

 

That tour offers an unforgettable emotional experience of life of the Central Asia. Tourists feel a charm of Uzbekistan’s palaces, mosques, minarets of Timur’s period, a primeval nature of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with wild landscapes of Tien-Shan and Pamir, countless herds of cattle, astonishing monuments of ancient empires and bright people that still follow native life style.

Great Silk Road Tours

Day 1. Afternoon arrival in Uzbekistan

Welcome to Uzbekistan! On arrival in Tashkent you will be met by your tour guide and warmly received. Together with your private chauffeur you drive to the hotel, where you can have a rest. Overnight in Tashkent.

Depending on the arrival time of your flight, we recommend early check-in.

Accommodation:  Hotel Gloria ****

Day 2. Tashkent – the capital of Uzbekistan

This wonderful city is a real embodiment of the modern elegance that is inherent in many world capitals. At the same time it remains an oriental city.  Enjoy a discovery tour through the capital of Uzbekistan, which will take you to the ancient squares and buildings as well as modern part of the 2,000 year old city.

You should not miss an underground ride: Tashkent and Almaty are the only Central Asian cities to have a subway, which is also a small architectural and artistic masterpiece. Our city tour also includes a richly decorated Museum of Applied Art. Exhibits include national carpets, gold embroidery, ceramics, porcelain, jewelry, small furniture and musical instruments.

Accommodation: Hotel Gloria ****

Day 3. Flight to Urgench and then to Khiva

Today the flight to Urgench is planned. City tour in the oasis city of Khiva. . Khiva - the city museum is unique in its beauty known as "The Pearl of Khorezm Oasis". A valuable heritage of knowledge was left here by internationally famous scholars such as Beruni, Agakhi and Nadjmiddin. This winding old town is like a daylight museum from tales of 1001 nights.  Since 1990 it has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. . Visit the old town of Khiva with the surrounding Kunya Ark fortress, Mohammed Amin Khan Madrasah, beautifully decorated Islamic Khodja Minaret, Palvan Kari Complex and Rafanek Madrasah.

Accommodation: Hotel Asia Khiva****

Day 4. Transfer to Bukhara, 470 km

An interesting and long journey is ahead. You will cross the Kyzylkum Desert, an old caravan route and one of the most extensive deserts in Asia, crossing the Amudarja River to reach the ancient city of Bukhara.  Once you've moved into your room, you'll be able to familiarize yourself with this stunning city on a walk.

Accommodation: Hotel Amelia Boutique ***

Day 5. Bukhara

Bukhara was one of the greatest trading centers at the Silk Road. The history of Bukhara stretches back millennia. Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city exists for half that time. Located at the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. You will first see the Poi-Kalon Ensemble, which consists of a minaret, a mosque and the beautiful Miri Arab Madrasah. You will also visit the Amir Alim Khan and the Kukeldash Madrasah. The afternoon program takes you to other breathtaking sights, such as the Ishmael Samani Mausoleum, which is the final resting place of the erstwhile Samanid ruler. Also visit the Registan Ensemble, the mighty Ark Fortress of Bukhara in the form of the Great Chariot constellation and the beautiful Bolo Hauz Mosque.

Accommodation: Hotel Amelia Boutique ***

Day 6. Train trip to Samarkand

Further sightseeing in Bukhara's surroundings. You will visit the summer palace of the last Emir of Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa. Our last sight in Bukhara is Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi Ensemble, which includes a shrine for Muslim pilgrims and a mausoleum. Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi was the founder of the order, which later was named in his honor. Moreover, his philosophy became life-affirming for many figures of the East, and today his teaching is still relevant, annually attracting a huge number of pilgrims of all ages from different places. It is a rectangular courtyard where the tomb of Saint Sheikh is located.  In the afternoon, continue your journey by train towards Samarkand.

Accommodation: Hotel Sultan ***

Day 7. Samarkand

The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and a melting pot of world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrosiab, Samarkand received its most significant development in the Timurid’s period from the 14th to the 15th centuries.   Your sightseeing tour of this stunning city begins with a visit to the Gur-Emir mausoleum, the last resting place of the famous ruler Tamerlan.   You will also see the Ulugbek Observatory, named after the grandson of Tamerlane and famous astronomer.

Accommodation: Hotel Sultan ***

Day 8. Excursion to Shakhrisabz

Today we visit Shakhrisabz - one of most ancient cities in Central Asia. It was founded over 2700 years ago.

The name Shakhrisabz means "green city". It is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but historically significant as the birthplace of Tamerlane. You will visit the impressive Ak-Saray Palace, which according to stories was built by Amir Temur and used as his summer residence. You will be impressed by the majolica and mosaics that cover the facade with countless motifs. However, the historic city holds even more sights such as the Kuk Gumbaz Mosque or the tomb of Tamerlans son: Jakhangir, who fell from his horse at the age of twelve. Overnight in Samarkand.

Accommodation: Hotel Sultan ***

Day 9. Transfer to Penjikent, 80 km

Our destination for today is Penjikent in Tajikistan.

The border crossing between Samarkand and Penjikent (border check point "Jartepa") was closed for 8 years. In March 2018 it will be open again. After breakfast we head towards Tajikistan. After crossing the Uzbek-Tajik border and being welcomed by your new tour guide, drive to Penjikent. Penjikent is very famous in tourist circles for its sights, monuments of architecture, as well as a wonderful recreation area on the coast of Zaravshan River.

Accommodation: Hotel Sugd ***

Day 10. Transfer to Dushanbe, 270 km

Today we drive to the emerald-green Iskandarkul Lake (2195 m), one of the most beautiful lakes in Central Asia, where the mountains surrounding it are reflected. On the way there are wonderful views of the Fan Mountains. We take a hike around the lake and to the waterfall (38 m high). Continue to Dushanbe through the Varzob Gorge and over the Anzob Pass (3373 m).

On the way, the majestic views of the Hissar mountain range will conquer your heart. Overnight in Dushanbe.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlas ****

Day 11. Dushanbe

Dushanbe is a delightful city built around parks, lakes and fountains. Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, is situated in the center of the Hissar valley more than 800m above sea level. Until 1961 it was called Stalinabad. From the north and east it is surrounded by the foothills of the snowy Hissar range with peaks reaching 4,000m and higher, and from the south it borders the Kofarnihon River.

Today we take a tour of the city with a typical Central Asian atmosphere including Rudaki Park, Main Mosque, Old Synagogue, Russian Orthodox Church, Shah-Mansur Bazaar and visit the Museum of National Antiques.

Accommodation: Hotel Atlas ****

Day 12. Transfer to Khojand, 320 km

Drive to Khojand. On the way you will visit Istarafshan - a maze of small alleys that wind through neighborhoods of shady, mud walled Central Asian homesteads. It was founded by the Persian king of Cyrus the Great in the 7th century, where you will find Kok-Gumbaz (16th century) Mosque, the Hazrat-i-Shah Mosque and mausoleum complex. Continue to Khojand, which is located at the entrance to the Ferghana Basin on the banks of the Syr Darya. The city had a great strategic importance on the Silk Road in the Middle Ages. Along the way you will pass numerous small mountain settlements and there is also time for photo stops. Overnight in Khojand.

Accommodation: Hotel Firuz ****

Day 13. Transfer to Fergana, 200 km

In the morning visit to Khojand: the mausoleum of century Sheikh Muslihiddin - the ruler of Khojand, a poet who lived in the 12th century, the Historical Museum, which is located in a citadel, the largest bazaar in Tajikistan - Payshanba. Then transfer to the Tajik-Uzbek border "Patar". The border crossing to Uzbekistan. On a sightseeing tour of Kokand you will see the palace of Khudayar Khan with its impressive 70 meter facade, the Modari Khan Mausoleum, the Jomiy Mosque and the Norbotabiy Madrassah. Continue to Rishtan - center of unique ceramic production in Uzbkekistan. Rishtan is known today as one of the largest centers in Central Asia of manufacture of unique glazed ceramic. We visit the Rishtan pottery workshop of Rustam Usmanov. Then we continue the journey to Fergana town.

Accommodation: Hotel Asia ***

Day 14. Transfer to Osh, 100 km

Transfer to the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border “Dostuck”. Border crossing. Transfer to Osh.  Osh is the oldest city in Kyrgyzstan (estimated to be over 3000 years old) and the second largest in the country. The town is situated at a crossroad of ancient trading routes that became known as the Silk Road. Excursion to the bright Osh Bazaar and Historical Museum.

In the afternoon we visit Aravan to see petroglyphs and Chil-Ustun cave system. You will find hundreds of petroglyphs with the heavenly horses from the 3rd to the 1st century.

Accommodation: Hotel Sunrise ***

 

Day 15. Transfer to Arslanbob, 180 km

In Uzgen excursion to an old minaret and mausoleums nearby. Visiting of a famous rice bazaar. Uzgen has a history of over 2000 years — it is claimed to be a site of numerous citadels built at various times since the 1st century BC.  Then we head towards Arslanbob.  Arslanbob is a mountain village with the largest naturally grown walnut forest in the world. We take a hike to the local waterfall which is venerated as a holy place among people. During the hike you will see a prayer “cave of forty angels”. The fairy-tale walnut forest will open a scenic view of entire valley.

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 16. Transfer to Kazarman, 250 km

The road to Kazarman goes over picturesque Kok Art (3200m) Pass. On the way you will see colorful landscapes of Naryn river basin. The river is the largest in Kyrgyzstan, flowing further in Uzbekistan as Syr Darya and feeds Aral Sea. You will pass several remote provincial villages that will give you an impression of traditional lifestyle of local farmers.

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 17. Transfer to Son-Kul Lake, 200 km

We continue our mountain journey to Son-Kul Lake (3016 m). The road to this alpine lake will conquer your heart by amazing landscapes seen from the top Moldo Ashuu (3500 m) Pass. Son-Kul Lake is the second largest lake after Issyk-Kul and the largest fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by a broad summer pastures dotted with yurts, grazing cattle and mountains. These lands are used by shepherds of the neighboring regions as summer pastures for their flocks.

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Day 18. Transfer to Tamga, 280 km

On the way to Tamga located at the southern shore of majestic Issyk-Kul Lake (1609 m) we make a stop in the village of Kochkor that is famous for national felt handicrafts. You will visit a local workshop and participate in the manufacturing of national carpets. Our next stop in Bokonbaevo village will in demonstrate you a traditional form of falconry found throughout Central Asia – hunting with eagles.  . This day we also visit a "Skazka" Canyon (Fairy tale).

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 19. Transfer to Karakol, 120 km

Transfer to Karakol along beautiful landscapes of Issyk-Kul Lake and mountains. On the way we visit Jety-Oguz gorge with famous “7 bulls” and “Broken Heart” rocks. The atmosphere of Karakol town will bring you hundred years back and give you an impression of Tsarist Russia.  The town was founded in 1869 and is constructed in an old Russian style with many buildings from Tsar time. We visit Holy Trinity Cathedral (1872) and Dungan Mosque (1910).

Accommodation: Hotel Karagat ****

Day 20. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata, 140 km

We continue our journey along Issyk-Kul Lake. The lake sits in a hollow surrounded by snowcapped peaks of Terskei and Kungei Ala-Tau Mountain ranges at the altitude of 1600 m. The Lake is 180 km long, 60 km wide and 700 m deep. 134 streams and rivers flow into the lake but none flows out what is explained by underwater tectonic activity. In the afternoon you can relax at the beach and go swimming.

In Cholpon-Ata we visit the petroglyphs ‐ a large open-air collection of rock carvings sometimes referred to as a Stone Garden. Also we visit Cholpon‐Alta Museum of History. It exhibits a wide collection of national embroidery.

Accommodation: Hotel Three Crowns ***

Day 21. Transfer to Bishkek, 280 km

On the way to Bishkek we make a stop at Karakhanid’s minaret of the 12 century - Burana tower. Nowadays it is a museum complex which includes the tower itself, reconstructions of mausoleums found on the site, remains of a citadel, collection of balbals (grave stones used by nomadic Turkic peoples), petroglyphs (stone carvings) and a small museum. Our program will be culminated by farewell dinner with folklore show. Artists will demonstrate you national musical instruments and techniques of playing.

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza ****

Day 22. Departure

Transfer to the airport and departure. End of services

 

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