Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Tour - 112 Days | Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand, Bishkek, Son-Kul, Cholpon-Ata, Issyk-Kul

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The tour is available from mid-May until September.
Though they have much in common, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have their own characters. This Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Tour starts with the great cities of Uzbekistan, which flourished as cosmopolitan centers along the Silk Road. Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara prospered from the caravans and travelers who passed through, and the cities themselves grew as they started attracting more and more architects, artisans, and scholars. Visit the main destinations in each city, walk among the rows of vendors selling cloth, fruit, and more in bazaars, and enjoy the delicious dishes of Uzbek cuisine at warm and welcoming restaurants. The second part of the tour is all about the Land of Heavenly Mountains - Kyrgyzstan. From the pristine shores of Son-Kul, where a broad lake and yurt camps nestle among the mountain peaks, to the broad expanse of Issyk-Kul, the world’s largest saline lake (so salty it never freezes), Kyrgyzstan is a land of ethereal beauty at the top of Central Asia. Going to both countries makes the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Tour the best tour for seeing the most of Central Asia in one tour, from the marvels of ancient cities to the serenity of nature.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Tashkent – arrival
 
Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to start sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia.
Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imam Complex where the world famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imam visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 2: Tashkent – Bukhara
 
At 06:30 transfer to the train station. Take the high-speed train, Afrosiyob departing to Bukhara at 07:30 (605 km). Arrival at 11:17. Upon arrival the driver will transfer you to the hotel in Bukhara. Leave your luggage at the hotel. Check in at noon. Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi-Khauz 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. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 3: Bukhara
 
Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 4: Bukhara – Samarkand
 
In the morning depart Bukhara and drive to Samarkand (280 km, 4 h.). On the way stop at Rabat-i-Malik Caravanserai. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Free time on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Samarkand
 
Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby to start city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar and Gur-Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 6: Samarkand – Tashkent
 
Check out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory and Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. Late afternoon transfer to the train station. Take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent. Upon arrival pick-up and transfer to the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 7: Tashkent – Bishkek
 
Transfer from the hotel to Tashkent International Airport, check in on flight to Bishkek (580 km, 1 h. 15 min.). Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Check-in from noon. Start sightseeing tour: visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Statue of Manas. See Philharmonic Hall and Victory Monument – bright examples of Soviet architecture. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 8: Bishkek – Son-Kul
 
In the morning drive to the unique lake Son-Kul (3016 m above sea level) via Kochkor village (400 km, 6-7 h). Visit the felt carpet workshop in Kochkor, where you can participate in manufacturing the souvenirs making them out of felt and then buy them. Lunch at Kyrgyz family house. Continue driving to Son-Kul Lake. Traditional dinner and overnight in yurts.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9: Son-Kul
 
Free day at the lake. Enjoy the amazing scenery of this place: edelweiss carpet, beautiful mountains and the lake. Shepherds usually come with their families to jailoos (pastures) for summer time with sheep flocks and horse herds. You will have a chance to visit a shepherd family where you will be welcomed as an honor guest and taste a national Kyrgyz drink “kumis”, made of mare’s milk. You may go for horseback riding or hiking. Overnight in yurts.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10: Son-Kul – Issyk-Kul
 
After breakfast transfer to Cholpon-Ata where you will see petroglyphs – the rock carvings made by prehistoric people lying under the open sky, and visit Ethnographical Museum (250 km, 5 h). Drive to hotel, check-in. Free time in the afternoon for swimming and rest on the beach of Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest mountain lake in the world (1600 m above sea level). Dinner. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Day 11: Issyk-Kul – Grigorievskoe Gorge – Bishkek
 
After breakfast at transfer to Grigorievskoe Gorge. It is one of the most beautiful gorges in Issyk-Kul region. After hiking transfer to Bishkek. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast
Day 12: Bishkek – departure
 
Check-out till noon. Free time till transfer to the airport. Departure.
  • All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by minivan type car; 8-13 pax by 20 seat bus, 14 pax and more by 40-50 seat bus;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Guided sightseeing tour program, in Uzbekistan local guides in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Tickets for trains Tashkent-Bukhara and Samarkand-Tashkent (on rare occasions when the high-speed train is unavailable, we will replace it with the most-comfortable class of regular train);
  • Economy class ticket for flight Tashkent-Bishkek;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the group (except for the day 12 – transfer to the airport) in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Starting 8 persons English speaking tour leader from Advantour in Uzbekistan;
  • Starting 10 persons +1 person travels free of charge accommodated in single room;
  • Visit to felt carpet workshop in Kochkor;
  • Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa.
  • Tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour in Uzbekistan;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Visa support for Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
  • Consular fees for Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan tourist visas;
  • Horses in Son Kul;
  • Registration in Kyrgyzstan (20$);
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Travel insurance.

 

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Tashkent - 2 nights
Navruz, Praga, Sharq, Grand Capital, BekWyndham Tashkent, Miran, Grand Mir, City Palace
Bukhara - 2 nights
Amulet, Minzifa, As-Salom, Shohrud, Fatima, Bibikhanum, Volida, Kukeldash, K.Komil, BasilicOmar Khayam, Minorai-Kalon , Devon-Begi, Zargaron Plaza, Asia Bukhara
Samarkand - 2 nights
Platan, Meros, Orient Star, Malika Prime, Rabat, CityDilimah, Sultan, Grand Samarkand Superior A, Grand Samarkand Superior B, Platan, Alexander, Minor, Malika Prime, Asia Samarkand
Bishkek - 2 nights
B hotel, Asia Mountains or similarPlaza, Park Hotel, Ambassador or similar
Issyk-Kul - 1 night
Raduga, The Try Korony or similarRaduga, The Try Korony or similar
Son-Kul - 2 nights
Yurt (5-6 people in one yurt)Yurt (5-6 people in one yurt)

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