Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2018

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

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

20-day Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan group tour will introduce you three beautiful countries of Central Asia. They have a lot in common, but every country also has its own peculiarities.
Kyrgyzstan is famous with fabulous mountains and lakes. There you will see an open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. In Uzbekistan, you will visit the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, enjoy architectural masterpieces included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will discover the ancient settlements of Penjikent and Sarazm and take memorable pictures of seven lakes in Tajikistan.
Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan Group Tour will open up Asian beauty and endless hospitability for almost three weeks. You will travel with like-minded tourists from all over the world at a shared cost.

 

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 (UZB)
 
Guided sightseeing 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, of 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. Lunch at the restaurant. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 9, Sa: Tashkent – Urgench (UZB)
 
Early breakfast. At 06:00 transfer to the domestic airport for flight HY051 to Urgench departing at 07:50 (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench at 09:30, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min). Leave your luggage at the reception desk and start guided walking sightseeing tour. 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, Abdullakhan, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Su: Khiva – Bukhara (UZB)
 
After breakfast depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h*). The Great Silk Road once routed from Khiva to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road does nowadays**. Stop en-route to enjoy views of Amudarya River and the desert. Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-begi.
*we advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip as there is the only local café on the way.
**some parts of the road are in a bad condition.
Day 11, Mo: Bukhara (UZB)
 
Breakfast. In the morning 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.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 12, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand (UZB)
 
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combines Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Continue driving. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 13, We: Samarkand (UZB)
 
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khahum mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 14, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent (UZB)
 
Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with the car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 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, Mosque and Madrasah of Shaikh Muslihiddin, Payshanba 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 Central Asia from India laid through 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
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 a local 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;
  • Meals – as per itinerary;
  • Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah in Bukhara, lunch in Tashkent;
  • 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 air tickets;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners) in Uzbekistan.

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