Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2018-2019

Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Group Tour 201820 Days | Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan

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Group size: Max - 14 persons. Min - 1 person.

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

This 20-day tour takes you through three countries, each with its own unique culture and atmosphere. Kyrgyzstan is famous for its mountains and lakes, though the open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata is a great piece of human history. Uzbekistan’s most famous sights are the monumental cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva (included as UNESCO World Heritage Sites), filled with remarkable buildings that tell of the region’s cultured past. Tajikistan is a little of nature and a little of history: Penjikent and Sarazm are two of Central Asia’s richest ancient treasures, while the Fann Mountains and the Seven Lakes are natural gems. The Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Group Tour takes you everywhere, and lets you share costs with other adventurers as you cross Central Asia for almost three weeks.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Fr: Bishkek – arrival (KYR)
 
Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Sa: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul (KYR)
 
Transfer from Bishkek to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km). On the way stop to see Burana tower, the remnant of the ancient city Balasagun (11-13th centuries). Next stop is an open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone carvings dating back to 500 BC – 100 AD. The petroglyphs depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 3, Su: Issyk-Kul – Karakol (KYR)
 
Transfer to Karakol (150 km). On the way, you will visit an open-air museum of petroglyphs (5th century BC – 8th century AD). City tour in Karakol that includes visits to Prjevalsky museum, Wooden Orthodox Church, Dungan mosque in Chinese style. Dinner in Uigur or Dungan family to learn multi-ethnic culture of Kyrgyzstan; these families moved to Karakol from China in 1869. Overnight in the guest house.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 4, Mo: Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Kochkor (KYR)
 
Transfer to Kochkor along the Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way visit to Jety-Oguz (Seven Bulls) Gorge. You will learn why it is called Seven Bulls and explore Broken Heart rock. After lunch transfer to Bokonbaevo where you will see an eagle hunting show. Continue driving to Kochkor. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. There will be a Kyrgyz folkloric dinner show with Kyrgyz national music and songs. Family run accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5, Tu: Kochkor – Son-Kul (KYR)
 
Transfer to Son-Kul (120 km). Son-Kul is one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (3016 m above sea level) and the best place to experience a nomadic life. You will have a chance to ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and learn how local women make Kymyz - Kyrgyz national drink made from mare’s milk. This is a remote mountain lake situated on a treeless, high mountain plateau (3016 m) where shepherds bring the livestock in the summertime, set up yurts – round portable nomadic dwelling. In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts. Dinner. Overnight in the yurt camp.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6, We: Son-Kul – Bishkek (KYR)
 
After breakfast transfer to Bishkek. On the way, in Kochkor village you will visit a felt carpet workshop. Lunch on the way. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7, Th: Bishkek – Tashkent (KYR/ UZB)
 
After breakfast start sightseeing tour in Bishkek, the greenest city in Central Asia. Visit Philharmonia, Manas Statue, Ala Too square, Monument of Independence, State History Museum, Old square, TSUM (Trade Centre). Bishkek architecture combines typical soviet-style architecture, like Philharmonia – concert hall, government building and modern monuments like Manas Monument, Independence Monument that symbolize traditional Kyrgyz culture.
At 15:10 transfer to Bishkek International airport. Flight HY780 departs Bishkek for Tashkent at 18:10. Arrival in Tashkent at 18:30. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 8, Fr: Tashkent – Chimgan mountains – Tashkent (UZB)
 
In the morning, depart to Chimgan Mountains (80 km, ~2 h). You will be driving the road lying in picturesque surroundings full of local villages, gardens, and streams. If the cableway is functioning take 3 km long ride in Beldersay gorge to Kumbel peak (2400) where the longest ski track has its start. Have a walk in mountain area. Continue to the shore of Charvak reservoir, surrounded by green mountain flanks. With numerous resorts, beaches, and children summer camps, Charvak Lake is a favorite place of locals and foreigners to enjoy summer days outside the city. Drive down serpentine road to Chinara’s restaurant to have lunch under the shade of four giant plane trees. On the territory of restaurant, there are unique petroglyphs, rock carvings made by prehistoric people, preserved for the future.
Return to Tashkent after lunch.
Day 9, Sa: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva (UZB)
 
After breakfast start guided sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex, where the world famous Quran, holy book that belonged to Caliph Uthman, has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum.
Transfer to domestic airport, evening flight to Urgench departing at 19:00 (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench at 21:20, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min).
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Su: Khiva – Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Khiva. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-Ark, Sayeed Alauddin Mausoleum, Arab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Madrasah of Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan Madrasah, Abdullakhan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. At 19:00 transfer to domestic airport flight to Bukhara at 21:00 arriving in Bukhara at 22:00. Arrival in Bukhara, transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11, Mo: Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 12, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Bakhouddin Naqshbandi Mausoleum and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon take the high-speed Afrosiyob train 15:52-17:20 or overland transfer. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 13, We: Samarkand (UZB)
 
After breakfast, Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek observatory. Free time in the afternoon.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 14, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent (UZB)
 
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing tour in Samarkand. You will visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry.
At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km, 2 h 10 m) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 15, Fr: Tashkent – Khujand (TAJ/ UZB)
 
Early morning transfer to Uzbekistan-Tajikistan border Oybek (100 km, 1 h 30 min). Customs and passport control on both sides, cross the border, meet Tajik local guide and driver and drive to Khujand (70 km, 1 h).
Sightseeing in Khujand: Republican Historical-Ethnographic Museum, Timur-Malik Fortress, Archeological Museum, Mausoleum of Shaikh Muslihiddin, Panjshanbe Bazaar. Lunch at the local restaurant. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16, Sa: Khujand – Penjikent (UZB/ TAJ)
 
Drive to Penjikent (260 km, 5-6 h). Arrival and check in to the guest house. Meet you guide to start sightseeing: Museum of Rudaki considered as the father of Persian Poetry; ancient Penjikent - ruins of old Sogdian town founded in the 5th century and abandoned in the 8th century by Arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 17, Su: Penjikent – Seven Lakes – Penjikent (TAJ)
 
Drive to Seven Lakes (80 km). On the way you will visit Sarazm, one of the most ancient settlements in Central Asia with 5500 years old history. In 2010 Sarazm was added to the UNESCO Human Heritage list. The main spot of the day is HafKul meaning seven lakes in Persian. These lakes in the mountains of Tajikistan are famous for their different colours: 1.Mijgon, 2. Soya, 3. Hushyor, 4. Nophin lakes (2139 m above sea level), Khurdak, 6.Marguzor, 7.Hazorchashma lakes (2400 m above sea level). Picnic at the lake. Drive back to Penjikent (80 km). Overnight at the guest house.
Day 18, Mo: Penjikent – Iskanderkul – Saritag (TAJ)
 
Drive to Saritag via Iskanderkul (240 km, 6-7 h). According to the legend, the Lake Iskanderkul was named after Alexander the Great, known as Iskander in the East. People say that Alexander the Great's path to India passed by this lake. Arrival and overnight at the guest house.
Day 19, Tu: Saritag – Dushanbe (TAJ)
 
After breakfast depart Saritag and drive to Dushanbe (160 km, 3-4 h). After lunch meet your guide and start Dushanbe sightseeing tour. Start guided city tour with visiting of National Museum of Antiquities of Tajikistan (closed on Mondays) that includes the exhibits on history, natural history and art (Buddha in Nirvana is one of the valuable exhibits of the museum). Visit Gurminj Musical Instruments Museum, Ismail Somoni Monument and Rudaki Park.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 20, We: Dushanbe – departure (TAJ)
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Dushanbe Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City
Hotels
Nights
Bishkek
Park Hotel or similar
2
Issyk Kul
1
Karakol
Family run accommodation (B&B)
1
Kochkor
Family run accommodation (B&B)
1
Son-Kul
Yurts (4-6 people in one yurt)
1
Tashkent
3
Samarkand
2
Bukhara
2
Khiva
1
Khujand
1
Penjikent
Sugd or Umariyon
2
Saritag
Guest house
1
Dushanbe
1

 

  • Accommodation based on double room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airports/train stations pick up and drop offs;
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flights Bishkek-Tashkent & Tashkent-Urgench;
  • Economy class ticket for train Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Visa support letter for Tajikistan tourist visa;
  • Meals – as per itinerary;
  • Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah in Bukhara, lunch in the mountains in Uzbekistan;
  • A felt carpet workshop and Kyrgyz folklore show in Kochkor, an eagle hunting show in Bokonbaevo in Kyrgyzstan;
  • English speaking tour leader from Advantour to accompany the group of 6 persons.
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan tourist visas;
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
  • Registration in Kyrgyzstan – 20 USD/person;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners) in Uzbekistan.

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