Small Group Uzbekistan Tours 2018-2019

China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Group Tour 201814 Days | China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan

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Group size: Max - 14 persons. Min - 2 person.

Discover three countries on the Great Silk Road with 14-day China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan group tour. Feel yourself like a merchant travelling the same trade routes along the Great Silk Road and visiting markets and handicraft streets in Kashgar, Osh and Rishtan, where you will see masterpieces of local craftsmen. In addition, you will plunge into a village life in the Opal village, observing traditional Uyghur activities and a nomadic life visiting Kyrgyz yurts where you will listen to the stories about nomadic adventures.
You will also open up beautiful examples of architecture: Id Kah Mosque, the largest Mosque in China; Khast-Imam Complex in Tashkent; a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Qala fortress in Khiva; and spectacular Registan Square in Samarkand with like-minded travelers from all over 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 – Kyrgyz – Uzbek border – Fergana
 
City tour in Osh. As legends say Osh was founded by King Solomon and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Sulayman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar that has not changed location since the times of Great Silk Road.
After lunch transfer to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border. Crossing the border. Meet you driver on Uzbekistan part of the border. Transfer to the hotel in Fergana.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 7, Fr: Fergana – Rishtan – Margilan – Tashkent
 
After breakfast visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park, drive from Fergana to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov whose works are exhibited on world exhibitions. You will learn more about Rishtan ceramics that have been produced since 7th century at the small house-museum. Drive to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah. Today, the madrasah is a home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Walk to the traditional bazaar (market) and continue to Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. At 15:40 transfer to Margilan railway station. Take the train to Tashkent departing at 16:38. Arrive in Tashkent at 21:20. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Day 8, Sa: Tashkent – Urgench
 
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 Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center, stroll around Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum.
Transfer to domestic airport, evening flight to Urgench departing at 19:00 (1093 km, 2 h 20 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 9, Su: Khiva – Bukhara
 
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Khiva. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Kala fortress. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-Ark, Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum, Arab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Khoja Berdibai Madrasah, Shirgazikhan Madrasah, Abdullakhan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan madrasah, Tash-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom Khodja. At 19:00 transfer to domestic airport, flight to Bukhara at 21:00, arrival at 22:00. Transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Mo: Bukhara
 
After breakfast start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara.
Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Dinner and national show at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 11, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
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 12, We: Samarkand
 
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 13, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing tour in Samarkand. You will visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Farewell lunch in Samarkand.
At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40 (300 km, 2 h 10 min). Pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 14, Fr: Tashkent – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Hotels

Nights

Urumqi

Hotel 4*

1

Tashkurgan

Hotel 4*

1

Kashgar

Hotel 4*

2

Osh

Orto Asia or Sunrise 3* or similar

1

Fergana

Club 777

1

Tashkent

Bek, Sharq, Samir, Shodlik Palace

2

Khiva

Malika Kheivak, Orient Star, Malika Khiva, Old Khiva

1

Bukhara

Amulet, Minzifa Boutique, K.Komil Boutique, Kukeldash, Zargaron, Kavsar, As-Salom, Siyavush

2

Samarkand

City, Platan, Billuri Sitora, Jahongir, Caravan Serail, Malika Classic

2

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double room sharing throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the sights as per itinerary;
  • Meals as per the program;
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide in each city;
  • Mineral water;
  • Permits to cross Irkeshtam;
  • Flight ticket Urumqi-Kashgar;
  • Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Urgench, Urgench-Bukhara;
  • Economy class ticket for train Margilan-Tashkent,Bukhara-Samarkand-Tashkent;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa;
  • Dinner with folklore show program at Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah in Bukhara, farewell lunch in Samarkand;
  • English speaking tour leader from Advantour to accompany the group of 6 persons and more.
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan, Chinese, Uzbekistan 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;
  • Full board;
  • International airfares and items that are not mentioned above.

 

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