Great Silk Road Tour
Cultural tour through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan
Mixtures of the cultures in the countries of the Great Silk Road make this region more attractive for people from different countries. From ancient times, the different tribes traveled from country to country and brought other traditions and styles of life to Central Asia. Now you have a great opportunity to visit the small unique part of the Great Silk Road, return to the past, and learn resemblances and differences. During this tour, you will visit magnificent historical places, see Great Mountains, learn about peoples’ cultures and try the tastiest national dishes.
TOUR DATES 2023
1 May – 10 May 4 September – 13 September
15 May – 24 May 18 September – 27 September
29 May – 7 June
Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan Tour Itinerary
Meeting with the group at appointed place in the morning. Sightseeing tour in Tashkent. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with the Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Qoran of Caliph Uthman has been preserved. Explore Chorsu Bazaar.
Lunch in a local restaurant. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Historical Museum. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (Meal: -/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the railway station early in the morning (7:28 am/ 11:19 am). Meeting with a local guide and driver at the railway station in Bukhara. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Bukhara is the most ancient city in the East and it is calls “fairy tale city” – magical, beautiful and oriental. Bukhara is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Visit Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, ChorMinor Madrasah, trade domes, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, legendary Ark Fortress, Bolo- Khauz Mosque. Lunch in a local restaurant with Uzbek folk. Overnight at the hotel. (Meal: B/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with a local guide and driver. Continue sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit the summer residence of the last Bukhara emir – Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa. This is a unique building, the architecture of which combines oriental and Russian elements of décor. Continue excursion in the mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi – the founder of the Sufi and in the Necropolis of Chor-Bakr – known as “the city of dead”.
Transfer to the railway station for high-speed train (15:50 pm / 17:20 pm). Transfer to the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (Meal: B/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel. Meeting with a local guide and driver at hotel lobby to start city tour. The Registan Square (“Sandy Place”), the ensemble of three madrasahs (the Ulughbek Madrasah (1417-1420), the Sher Dor Madrasah (1619-1636) and the Tillya Kori Madrasah (1646-1660) is a unique example of town-building art a remarkable pattern of the architectural planning of the main town square; the Gur-Amir Mausoleum –a world known masterpiece of Central Asian architecture, the family crypt of the great dynasty of Tamerlane, with a fine ribbed dome and decorated with paper-maché inside. Lunch time.
In the afternoon, you will discover other miracles of the city: The Pearl of Samarkand – Bibi Khanum Mosque. Constructed in 1399 by the best architects and artisans of Khorossan, Azerbaijan, Persia and India, the mosque was compared with the beauty and shining of the Milky Way; the Siyab Bazaar, the most ancient and biggest in
Samarkand. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. (Meal: B/-/D)
Breakfast in the hotel. Sightseeing program: the Shakhi-Zinda Ensemble with more than 20 buildings, built from early XI up to XIV cc. Each mausoleum has its own style of decoration and great fantasy of skillful artisans; the Observatory of Ulugbek –one of the famous observatories of the Middle Ages, built in 1428-1429.
Transfer to the railway station for taking high speed train to Tashkent (dep: 17:28| arr: 19:44). Upon arrival to Tashkent (transfer
directly to the restaurant, or to hotel, for leaving luggage). Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Arrival to Bishkek at 9:15am. Meet with Kyrgyz Guide and Driver at the airport. Transfer to Kochkor. Former names were Stolypin and Kochkorka.
Kochkor is now home to artisans who specialize in traditional Kyrgyz art, and who revive the traditions of the region and make sustainable souvenirs. Kochkor has become famous for its shyrdaks
and felt carpets, which are made in workshops around the city. On the way, we will stop not far from Tokmok town (60 km) and have excursion to Burana Tower, a place on the Great Silk Road dated to 11th century.
Burana Tower stands 10 km (6 miles) to the south of Tokmok, all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun. Though experts say that the tower was originally a minaret that stood twice as tall as it does today, Kyrgyz legends have another version of the story. We will visit the tower and museum on the territory. After on, we will continue our trip to Kochkor.
Before dinner, we will visit women cooperative producing typical Kyrgyz felt carpets, which call “Shiyrdak’” and “Ala Kiiz”, where you can make your own small carpet. Dinner”. Overnight in the Hotel. (Meal: B/-/D)
Breakfast. After we will continue our trip to Issyk – Kul along the southern shore. Issyk Kul is the second largest mountain lake in the world after Titicaca Lake in South America. Issyk kul –means warm lake, not freeze in winter as it is salty lake with length 200km and wide is 60km, with the deepest place is 730m. Have a visit to Kyzyl Tuu village, here you can see how the wooden parts of the yurts (dwelling house of nomad people) are made, and even test it by your own hands.
On the way, we will also stop in Fairy – Tale Canyon. Turning after Tosor village towards Terskey Ala-Too mountains and after passing about 4 km, we will notice how mountains part, and immediately, as if by the wave of a magic stick we will find ourselves in this valley of fairytales. In Russian, the word Skazka means “Fairy Tale” and the place is certainly a magical place, full of mystery and mysticism, sufficient to stimulate the imagination of those with the inclination to stand, and stare, and wonder. Walking there.
Here for additional payment, you can also watch the Eagle Hunting show. The hunter will tell you more about the process of hunting
and about birds. Finally, we will reach the yurt camp near the shore of the lake, where the dinner will be served and you spend your first night in a yurt, feeling yourself like a nomad. (Meal B/-/D)
Transfer to Jety-Oguz gorge. This place is famous for its red rock formations in the form of the Broken Heart and Seven Bulls, the translation of the place is «Seven Bulls». Local people tell a lot of legends about this place. We will enjoy the beautiful mountain views and fresh air.
Continue drive to Karakol. Upon arrival, a city tour of Karakol with visiting Russian Orthodox Church made of wood, Muslim Mosque in Chinese Style, central park, Handicraft shop and Museum of Prjevalsky, the Russian explorer of Central Asia areas. After the visit of the cultural places, we can have dinner in the local Uigur family (Uigurs are Chinese Muslims). Overnight in the hotel. (Meal: B/-/D)
Breakfast. After moving to Bishkek along the northern shore of Issyk – Kul Lake. Optionally visit Ruh-Ordo Complex in Cholpon-Ata or do 1 hour cruise in the Lake. On the way visit, Open Air Museum of Petroglyphs. The open-air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and Petroglyphs
(dating from the II millennium BC up to the Middle Ages up to the VI century AD).
Upon arrival to Bishkek, city tour with visiting of Victory Square – memorial for the fallen in WWII; Statue of Kurmandshan Datka – legendary fighter against the Russian occupation in 1862 – 1876. Her portrait is also on 50-Som bill figured; Alatoo Square – official
holidays are held with parades in front of representative facades of government buildings; Panfilov Park – under shady trees children will find a variety of attractive amusements; Monument to Manas the Great, on horseback – first encounter with the country’s most important historical figure , which is also the name of the Kyrgyz airline Air Manas; Osch-bazaar – it offers not only decorative goods of all kinds, but also corresponding photo opportunities.
Dinner. Overnight in the hotel. (Meal B / – / D)
Transfer to the airport about 40 minutes. Fly home.
- Transport for transfers and excursions during the tour (with A/C)
- Twin/double room accommodation
- Four-person accommodation in the yurts
- Meal as indicated in each day of the program
- Entree fees to cultural places and nature parks
- Mineral water during the tour (1 liter per person)
- English speaking guides in each city in Uzbekistan in Days 2,3,4,5,6 and escorting guide in Days 6-9 in Kyrgyzstan
- Airport pick-ups and drop-offs
- Train tickets in Uzbekistan: Tashkent – Bukhara, Bukhara –
Samarkand, Samarkand – Tashkent
- Yurt Production Show
- Felt show in Kochkor
SERVICES IS NOT INCLUDED
- Early check-in on day 1
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Costs for Kyrgyz and Uzbek visa if necessary;
- Porter service in hotels and at the airport
- International and domestic flight tickets
- Personal expenses of customers
- Any deviation from the program
- Accommodation in Tashkent in Day 1
- Full Board
Level of difficulty: There are no difficulties on the route, but tourists should be ready have long transfers 3-4 hours by mountain roads.
Conditions: It is necessary to bring warm clothes, walking boots, rain coat and etc. Weight of personal things is not limited.
Health: If you have any specific sicknesses, you need to bring own first aid kit with necessary medicaments.
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