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Silk Road tour 4: Along the Silk Road

Places to visit: Bishkek, Issyk-Kul, Karakol, Jety-Oguz, Barskoon gorge, Tamga, Salty lake, Skazka, Bokonbaevo, Kochkor, Narin, Tash-Rabat, Torugart, Kashgar, Irkeshtam, Sary-Tash, Osh, Dostuk, Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara
Duration: 18 Days
Season: the end of May – the end of September

Itinerary:

Day 1 (Saturday): Airport - Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. After some rest Sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After lunch transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). You will be in the alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge. Return back to the alpine camp. Transfer to Bishkek. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast 

Day 2 (Sunday): Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata
Transfer from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata. On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagun (XI - XIII). Next stop is an open air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Overnight in the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 3 (Monday): Issyk Kul - Karakol
Drive to Karakol. On arrival sightseeing tour: visit the wooden Russian-orthodox church, Dungan Mosque and Prezhevalsky-Museum. Experience folk music during the dinner. Overnight in Karakol.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday): Karakol – Jety Oguz - Tamga
In the morning drive to Jety-Oguz gorge, which is a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations (the “seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name). Picnic. transfer to Tamga. Overnight in Tamga guesthouse.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday): Tamga –-Bokonbaevo - Kochkor
Start driving to Bokonbaevo village where you can watch one of the ancient tradition of Kyrgyz people – Ealge or Falcon hunting show. Transfer to Kochkor where you can see a process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. Dinner and overnight in a home stay.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 6 (Thursday): Kochkor - Naryn
In the morning transfer to Naryn. Free time for rest. Overnight in a guest house or home stay.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 7 (Friday): Naryn – Tash Rabat - Torugart
Transfer to Tash-Rabat (115 km ) towards the Chinese border. Tash Rabat, Caravan Saray 11th century, served as a fortress for travelers along the Great Silk Road. This is a carefully restored stone building. After excursion transfer to Torugart Pass. Meeting with the Chinese travel company at Kyrgyz-Chinese border. Drive to Kashgar. Overnight at a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

Day 8 (Saturday): Kashgar
City tour around Kashgar: visit Id Kah Mosque (the largest Mosque in China) and the Tomb of Yusup Hazi Hajup. Overnight at a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 9 (Sunday): Kashgar
Full day visiting Sunday market. As traveler Marco Polo wrote about Kashgar “It is an eastern Cairo, where there are mountains of goods, and people swarm like bees”. The Sunday Bazaar is believed to be the largest outdoor market in the world.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10 (Monday): Kashgar – Irkyshtam – Sary Tash
Early in the morning transfer to Irkeshtam border. The view is "spectacularly amazing", with the Pamir mountain range covered with permanent snow and glaciers on the right-hand side and small hills on the left with summer pastures. Arriving to the border. Transfer to Sary Tash village. Overnight in a home stay.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11 (Tuesday): Sary Tash - Osh
After breakfast transfer to Osh ( 220 km ). Right after we leave the village we will drive up the Taldyk pass (3615 m). The scenery along this day of the trip is changeable with tree lined mountain slopes, small rivers and gorgeous panoramas. Dinner and overnight in a guest house.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 (Wednesday): Osh
After breakfast there will be city tour in Osh. As legends say Osh was founded by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road. Overnight in the hotel or guest house.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 (Thursday): Osh – Dostuk - Tashkent
In the morning transfer Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan border point Dostuk. Border formalities. On the way to Fergana sightseeing Andijan and Kuva. Drive to Kokand, visit Khudoyar-khan Palace, Djami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, Dahmai-Shakhon and Madirakhan Necropolis. Visit Rishtan and silk making factory in Margilan. Depart Fergana valley and drive to Tashkent. Arrive to Tashkent late in the evening. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 (Friday): Tashkent – Samarkand
In the first half of the day depart Tashkent and drive to Samarkand. Arrival to Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Guided sightseeing tour in Samarkand, sightseeing tour will include visit to the famous Registan Square, Shakhi-Zinda Complex, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, and Gur-Emir mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 (Saturday): Samarkand
Continue sightseeing Samarkand. Visit to Ulugbek observatory, Afrosiyob Museum, central bazaar in Samarkand. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 (Sunday): Samarkand - Bukhara
In the morning depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara. Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel. In the afternoon sightseeing Bukhara. Visit Kalon ensemble, medrese Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori mosque, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, trade domes, Lyabi Hauz complex, madrasah Chor-Minor. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 (Monday): Bukhara – Tashkent
Continue sightseeing Bukhara. Visit Samani dynasty mausoleum, Ark Fortress, Chashma-Ayub. Day trip to summer palace of Bukhara Emirs Sitorai-Mokhikhosa. Evening flight to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 18 (Tuesday): Tashkent – airport
Transfer to the airport. Departure. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

City

Deluxe option

Budget Option

Bishkek

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Issyk Kul

Hotel 3*

Hotel 2*

Karakol

Hotel 3* or similar

Home stay (B&B)

Tamga

Tamga guest house 2*

Kochkor

Home stay (B&B)

Naryn

Hotel 2*

 

Kashgar

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Sary Tash

Home stay (B&B)

Osh

Hotel 3*

Home stay (B&B)

Tashkent

Hotel 4*

Hotel 3*

Samarkand

Hotel 3*

Budget guest house

Bukhara

Hotel 3*

Budget guest house

Khiva

Hotel 3*

Budget guest house

 

Kyrgyzstan part includes:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Twin room accommodation, including early check in on Day 1;
  3. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  4. Meals – groups 1-4 people - as stated as program; groups 5-10 people – full board;
  5. English speaking guide to accompany the group;
  6. Mineral water;
  7. Eagle hunting in Bokonbaevo;
  8. Felt carpet workshop in Kochkor;
  9. Folk music in Karakol

Kyrgyzstan part does not include:

  1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  2. Single supplement;
  3. Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan visa;
  4. Visa support for Kyrgyzstan visa;
  5. Photography and video making fees;
  6. Registration in Kyrgyzstan (if required);
  7. Personal insurance.
  8. Payment for early check in (except for Day 1) and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  9. Alcohol drinks;
  10. Full board for a group of 1-4 pax;
  11. International airfares and items that are not mentioned above;

 

Chinese part includes:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Twin room accommodation;
  3. Sightseeing tour programs in each city;
  4. Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  5. Meals – Full board;
  6. Local English speaking guides in Kashgar;
  7. Permits to cross Torugart;
  8. Mineral water;
  9. Visa support for Chinese visa;

Chinese part does not include:

  1. Charges in hotels for additional services;
  2. Single supplement;
  3. Consular fees for Chinese visa;
  4. Photography and video making fees;
  5. Personal insurance.
  6. Payment for early check in and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  7. Alcohol drinks;
  8. International airfares and items that are not mentioned above;

 

Uzbekistan part includes:

  1. All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-10 pax by 20 seat bus; 
  2. Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included; 
  3. Sightseeing tour program in each city with local guides; 
  4. Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  5. Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bukhara;
  6. Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
  7. Visa support for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  8. Starting 8 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour;
  9. Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room.

Uzbekistan part does not include:

  1. Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  2. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  3. Hotel charges for additional services;
  4. Consular fees for Uzbekistan tourist visa;
  5. Personal travel insurance.
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