Small Group Uzbekistan Tours 2018-2019

China-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour 20189 Days | China, Kyrgyzstan

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Group size: 2 - 14 persons

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.

As the Silk Road crossed from China to Europe, it had to cover some of the most formidable landscapes in the world. The Taklamakan Desert across 337,000 km2 (130,000 miles2), and the Tian Shan Mountains, just to the west, reach all the way up to the sky. Urumqi, Kashgar and Osh were essential to caravans trying to navigate across these areas, as they provided a chance to rest and exchange ideas with the local residents. The China-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour also takes you to the natural sights of these two countries, including Karakul Lake and Lake Issyk-Kul, and introduces you to local families, who have preserved traditions and recipes up to the present day. Group tours are perfect for exploring places like the cities and mountains of China and Kyrgyzstan at a shared cost, while also enjoying the company of like-minded travelers from around the world.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Sa: Urumqi
 
Arrival in Urumqi. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Sightseeing tour in Urumqi. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: -
Day 2, Su: Urumqi – Kashgar
 
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Kashgar. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the city to start sightseeing in Kashgar. You will visit Aba Khoja Tomb also called Fragrant Concubine Tomb (Xingfei in Chinese). This is a very tranquil place and a beautiful example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.
After, you will head to the lively Sunday market, famous for its enormous area. It is said you can buy anything you want from the Sunday market except chicken milk and cow eggs.
You will then enjoy lunch in a typical Uyghur restaurant.
After lunch you will wander through the narrow winding streets of the historic Old town, visit the largest mosque* in China Id Kah Mosque located at the spiritual heart of old town. Go inside and have the chance to understand a bit more about the Islamic life of the Uyghur people. You will pass down Handicraft Street where we can view pots being hammered, wood craftsmen at work and traditional musical instrument workshops.
*When entering a mosque, visitors should respect guidelines for dress. Visitors should not wear shorts or short-sleeved shirts, and women should cover their head with a scarf.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 3, Mo: Kashgar – Karakul Lake – Tashkurgan
 
Today you will take a drive on Karakorum highway, the highest paved border crossing in the world. On the way you will stop in Opal village located in an hour drive from Kashgar. There you will see a rural life and traditional activities like bread making and Uyghur food stalls. The next stop will be Oytagh Red Mountain in a half an hour drive from the village. The mountain valley is surrounded by a beautiful backdrop of multi-coloured mountains topped by snowcapped peaks. Corner Lake (Bulung Kul) is a tranquil shallow lake where you can take very nice photographs of the lake with stunning reflections of the sand mountains. Karakul Lake is 3600 m above sea level. It is located between the Mount Muztagata (7546 m) and the Mount Gonger (7719 m), included in the 6 most beautiful mountains in the world. You will visit the local Kyrgyz Yurts (mobile nomadic dwellings) and listen to their stories about traditional ways of nomadic mountain life.
Picnic lunch: you will then enjoy picnic lunch of fruits and fresh bread that we purchased in Opal village in a beautiful picnic spot overlooking the Karakul Lake. The next stop will be in Tashkurgan, a small town located on the Pamir Plateau, in 1.5 h drive from Karakul Lake. This area was extremely isolated until the rebuilding of the Karakorum highway in 1987 and even today the local community still lives in a very traditional fashion with only a single road connection to Kashgar, so it has retained a certain uniqueness. This region is commonly known as the main road of the “old Silk Road” the main route leading from China to West Asia. The average elevation is 4000 m.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 4, Tu: Tashkurgan – Kashgar
 
After breakfast you will visit the Stone fort, located in downtown Tashkurgan. It has a history of more than 2000 years. In times gone by it was the central palace of the Tajik kingdom. Then you will hike around the Tashkurgan grassland and enjoy the scenery of Mount Mutztah Ata and Mount Pamir. We take the Karakorum Highway back to Kashgar and arrive in the late afternoon.
Note: Guests will need to carry their passports as there is a passport check at the Gaz check point (around an hour after the colorful mountain on the first day and also on the way back to Kashgar). Everybody at this point needs to be registered by the authorities due to its close proximity to many bordering countries.
We also recommend to bring warm clothes as it can be colder than at the higher altitudes.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 5, We: Kashgar – Irkeshtam – Osh
 
Transfer to Irkeshtam Pass. Meeting with Kyrgyz guide and driver and transfer to Osh. 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 6, Th: Osh – Uzgen – Osh – Bishkek
 
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 is located at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road. After lunch transfer to Uzgen, where you will visit a market and mausoleum in Uzgen. Uzgen was one of the capitals of the Karakhanid State in the 11 - 12th centuries. Transfer to Osh airport. Flight to Bishkek. Meeting with the driver and transfer to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 7, Fr: Bishkek – Issyk-Kul
 
At 09:00 transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake. En route stop at Grigorevka Gorge for some hiking/walking. 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, scenes of sacrifices and hunting. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8, Sa: Issyk-Kul – Bishkek
 
After breakfast, transfer to Bishkek. On the way stop to see Burana Tower, remnant of the ancient city Balasagun (11 – 13th centuries). Lunch with a Kyrgyz family. On arrival to Bishkek you will have a sightseeing tour that includes visits to Oak Park, Ala Too square, Philharmonia, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Osh bazaar (if time allows). Farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 9, Su: Bishkek – departure
 
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nights

Urumqi

Hotel 4*

1

Tashkurgan

Hotel 4*

1

Kashgar

Hotel 4*

2

Osh

Hotel Orto Asia or Sunrise 3* or similar

1

Bishkek

Hotel Asia Mountains 2, Garden 3* or similar

2

Issyk-Kul

Raduga Hotel 3* or similar

1

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour programs in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums. Camera and photo fees are not included and should be paid separately;
  • Meals as per the program;
  • English speaking guide to accompany the group (except for the day 9 – transfer to the airport);
  • Mineral water;
  • Permits to cross Irkeshtam;
  • Flight ticket Urumqi–Kashgar, Osh–Bishkek.
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan and Chinese visas;
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan and Chinese visas;
  • Photography and video making fees;
  • Registration in Kyrgyzstan and China (if required);
  • Personal insurance;
  • Payment for early check in and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  • Alcohol drinks;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour.

 

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