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.
: Tashkent – arrival
: 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
and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs
, Ark Fortress
, Bolo-Khauz Mosque
, Ismail Samani
mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
: 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.
: 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
: Tashkent – Bishkek
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
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
: 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
(270 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
: Issyk-Kul – Grigorievskoe Gorge – Bishkek (380 km, 6-7 h)
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.
: Bishkek – departure
Check-out till noon. Free time till transfer to the airport. Departure.
- All transfers 1-2 pax by Jeep Toyota Prado or sim; 3-7 pax by Mercedes Sprinter;
- 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 escort guide (except last day);
- 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;
- Mineral water 1L pax/day;
- 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$);
- Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
- Travel insurance.
Prices per person
Prices are for 2023 in US$ per person, with discounted prices for larger groups available on request.
/ Karven / Baytur or similarComfort
/ Karven / Baytur or similar
Yurt (2 people in one yurt)
Yurt (2 people in one yurt)
Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan Tour - 1 Reviews
: Wendy | Rating
: 528 June 2023
We were pleased with the itinerary, and very impressed by the quality and depth of knowledge of the tour guides and drivers. I particularly enjoyed having Ermek and Yagoslav as the guide and driver in Kyrgyzstan, and hope that they'll still be there when we go again!
However, the trip was marred by our stay at Paradise Plaza in Bukhara. There were minor inconveniences (the phone receiver was unplugged and there was no duvet inside the duvet cover, so I had to stuff it myself), but the biggest issue was the music at night. We were on the second floor, and could feel the heavy thumping of bass music until 11 pm. As you know, we had a long programme that day. I was also not feeling well and wanted an early night. The vibrations from the bass kept me awake, and was so heavy I heard furniture in the room vibrate. I called reception to tell them and ask for the bass to be turned off, but nothing was done even though the staff assured me they would. I told the manager when we checked out, but he either did not understand my comment or did not care.
I hope this feedback is helpful.
Visited June 2023
: Hawra A. | Rating
: 421 October 2017
The tour was amazing, we loved the country, the culture and history. The Afrosiyob train is amazing while Sharq is very bad. The hotels need more attention. Would definitely come back in the future and explore more parts of Uzbekistan.
Visited September 2017