23 Nights / 24 Days
A fascinating tour covers 4 countries. A kaleidoscope of different cultures of the peoples living in these countries, a huge reservoir of history and tradition. Nomadic peoples inhabiting the Kazakh steppe and the Kyrgyz Mountains, settled peoples of Uzbekistan and the Turkish part of China, and brings together all the nations religion. Magnificent monuments of culture on the Silk Road and originality of life of nomadic peoples, simplicity and grandiosity. All the world famous and masterpieces city’s of Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Kashgar, have given birth to such stars as an astronomer and scientist Ulugbek, people understand the essence of the algorithm Al Khwarizmi (algorithm), and the famous physician Ibn Sina (Medicine), the writings of these scholars and many others born in these lands still enjoy our generation. All that you can see and touch, to join us in this journey.
Arrivals in Bishkek, picking up at the airport meet with our guide and transfer to the city. Accommodation in hotel. Breakfast in Hotel. Rest till lunch. After lunch sightseeing tour around city: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philharmonic, Statue of Manas, Victory Square, etc. After noon continue city tour: Osh Bazar. Rest. Dinner in a local restaurant. Duration: 3-4 hours
After breakfast drive to Issyk-Kul Lake (250 km.). On the way excursion to Burana tower. Lunch in the city of Cholpon-Ata. Excursion to the Cultural Center Ruh Ordo, a historical museum and a museum of petroglyphs. Accommodation in hotel @ Issyk-Kul. Time to rest. Dinner at the hotel. Duration: 6-7 hours.
On the way you will observe a beautiful view of Lake Issyk-Kul, and make sure how much it’s big, and it is not in vain it is known locally Kyrgyz Sea. Mountain bordering gives the types of indescribable beauty. Only here you can take pictures of people swim and sunbathe on the background of snow-capped peaks. Next, a visit to the museum of the Great Russian traveler Przewalski, Dungan mosque and Russian Orthodox ChurchLunch in a Uighur family. Here we look at the everyday life of ordinary Uighur family, indigenous to Karakol city. After lunch drive (40 km.) In the valley Jets-Oguz, where we will see a panorama of mountains broken heart. Accommodation in yurt camp for 4-6 people. Dinner in the camp. Duration: 4-5 hours.
A short walk through the gorge. Lunch at the camp. After lunch drive to Son-Kul Lake (350 km.). Along the way we visit the small town of Koch-Kor, where we will visit the local museum of traditional crafts. We will be able to see and participate in the local manufacture of carpets Ala Kiiz (Motley carpet), which is so named because of their motley and rich hues, meet with Kyrgyz crafts and buy souvenirs. Next, we will continue our way to the Son-Kul Lake. We stay in the yurt camp (4-6 persons in a yurt) on the shores of an alpine lake at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. Dinner in the camp. Duration: 6-7 hours.
After breakfast, horse ride in the surrounding area, photos of places people, familiarity with the way of life of nomadic herders, try the local cuisine and local beverages (Kumys, horse milk if desired.). Lunch at the camp. After lunch we go to Naryn town (130 km.) In a beautiful mountainous road. Accommodation in a guest house. Time to rest. Dinner at a local cafe.
Duration: 3-4 hours.
After breakfast drive to Tash-Rabat 125 km from Naryn, near the border with China. Accommodation in yurt camp (4-6 persons in a yurt). The ancient Caravan Sarai of Tash Rabat is located at an altitude of 3500 meters above sea level. This is a carefully restored stone building, which once housed an inn on the Great Silk Road. The date of his appearance is not certain, but the archaeological facts give reason to believe that even in the 10th century this place was already occupied. 15 km above the foot of the Tien Shan is a beautiful valley, perched on the mountainside. There is evidence that this was the place, and rest and worship, and it was used to protect the convoys heading to China and back from a violent weather and the robbers before the time of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan. Here we will take a lunch boxes, and a desire to make horse track on Tash-Rabat pass (4100 m), overlooking the lake Chatyr-Kul. Chatyr-Kul (3530 m), the third largest in the Central Tien Shan. The width of 11 km, the length of 23 km, depth up to 20.4 m mirror area of 153.5 square kilometers, the volume of water – 610 million m³, (translated – Heavenly Lake). In summer, the lake turns into a “rookery”. This mountain flock geese, ducks. In the gorges of the rivers are found deer, marten, lynx, wild boars, porcupines. Dinner in yurt camp. Duration: 6-7 hours
Visit the largest mosque in China Idkah mosque (1442), Apak Khoja’s Tomb – the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis (1640), Handicraft Street, old parts of the town.
Morning visit colorful unique chaotic Great Sunday bazaar where you will see numerous sections: silk and cotton, knives, hats, pots and pans, fresh vegetables and fruits, carpets and jewellery, there is a separate livestock and horse section located 6 km from the main market.
Later excursion to the MOR Stupa (3BC) which is the remnant of the big Buddhist temple, located 30 km northeast of Kashgar and picturesque Atush village nearby.
Transfer to Irkeshtam border. Spectacular and magnificent views of the Pamir Mountains, with its snowy peaks, glaciers and small summer pastures. Border crossing. Transfer to Osh. Once we leave the village of Sary-Tash, we go up to the pass Taldyk (3615 m). During the journey you can enjoy the changing views of the mountain trees, rivers and gorges. Accommodation in a Hotel or guest house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast departure from the hotel. City tour. According to legend Osh was founded by King Solomon for three thousand years ago and has held an important place on the Silk Road. On this day you will visit the Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s mountain), the museum, Osh bazaar – this market has not changed its position since the days of the Great Silk Road. After lunch drive to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border “Dustlik”. After border formalities meet Uzbek guide and continue to Fergana. Upon arrival check-in hotel and have a rest. Overnight at Hotel Duration: 4-5 hours.
Morning time drives to Tashkent en route visit Rishtan and Kokand.
Proceed to Rishtan (50km away from Fergana) – center of unique ceramic production in Uzbekistan. Rishtan is known today as a city of the foremen, one of the largest in Central Asia centers of manufacture of unique glazed ceramic. Rishtan artisans have become famous all over the world for their ceramics production technology. Their distinctive blue and green work shines in the sun, and every third family in Rishtan produces pottery. All works are unique.
Proceed to Kokand. Excursion to the major sights: Khudayar Khan Palace, Jommi Mosque,
Narbutabey and Dasturkhanchi Madrassah, Royal Cemetery and Khaidarov Workshop
(Museum of Kokand woodcraft). Proceed driving to Tashkent via picturesque Kamchik pass
(2.267 m). On arrival to Tashkent, transfer to hotel.
Excursion to the old part of the city to visit the Khast Imam Square – which is the place where relics of the Muslim world are collected & it is the religious center of Tashkent and a place of worship for Muslim pilgrims. Khast Imam is located in the old Tashkent city, within blocks of small mud houses. Barak-Khan (XVI cent.), Tilla-Sheikh Mosque (XIX century), Mausoleum of St. Kaffal Shashi (XV cent.) and Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari, where future preachers are taught are located there, on Hast-Imam square. A rich library of oriental manuscripts is also located there. The world famous Koran of Caliph Osman has been preserved here. Ottoman Koran is known as the primary source of Islam holy book that was written in the middle of VII century period. Later visit Kukeldash Madrassah and Chorsu bazaar, the oldest market in Tashkent. Long hundreds years ago it was one of the busiest bazaars in Central Asia, since it is located on the silk route. The location hasn’t changed in all these years but the old buildings have been replaced by modern buildings. After excursion transfer to the airport for the flight to Urgench. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Khiva – is the museum under the open sky. Visit the inner town Ichan Kala to see Kalta Minor, Kunya Ark, Madrassah Rakhimkhon, and Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud – the religious center of Ichan-Qala. It was formed around the tomb of Khiva’s patron Pahlavan-Mahmud (1247-1326). He was a poet, philosopher and wrestler, Islam Khodja minaret and enjoys view of whole ancient Khiva. Lunch at local restaurant
Continue city tour of Khiva visit Friday mosque and Tashauli Palace/harem.
Dinner at local restaurant.
Morning drive to Bukhara via famous Kizil Kum desert (Red sands). See desert flora and fauna: unique saksaul trees and other desert vegetation, different kind mammals. Stop at the Amudarya river bank.
Lunch-boxes, later continue to Bukhara. Upon arrival in Bukhara check in at your pre booked hotel. Dinner at local restaurant, overnight at hotel 4*.
Bukhara, former capital and a centre of Islamic learning, has over 300 mosques and was known as the holiest city in Asia with its 80 Madrassah. Full day sightseeing tour of Bukhara: Visit – Lab-i-khauz ensemble, the pool and chaikhana of which is the modern center of traditional Uzbekistan. Visit Madrassah Nadir Devanbegi, Nadir Devanbegi Khanaga, Mogaki Attari Mosque, Poi Kalon Minaret and mosque, see Madrassahs Aziz Khan and Ulugbek.
Lunch at national house of Rakhmon. Here you will see a unique collection of ancient Susanne and taste one of delicious national dishes, cooked specially for you by home owners.
Later visit Ark Fortress, Balakhauz mosque, mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, Chashma Ayub.
In the evening you could enjoy amazing performance of folk ensemble in one of the oldest and beautiful medieval Madrassah of Bukhara – Nadir Devanbegi. Here you will have a unique opportunity to join the culture of the Uzbek people, to feel an oriental spirit, including traditional dances music.
Later dinner at local restaurant, overnight at hotel
Morning half day excursion to Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of the former emir of Bukhara where you can see unique mixture of traditional Russian style of architecture harmoniously mixed with local oriental traditions. Famous thrown white hall decorated with carved alabaster resembles halls in Petergof Palace in the suburb of St Petersburg
Excursion to Bahauddin Naqshbandi Mausolem famous Sufi spiritual leader of this region in 14th century. Bahauddin Naqshbandi’s cult was highly venerated among folks. The rulers, too, paid a considerable attention to this architectural ensemble.
Lunch at local restaurants after lunch we drive to Samarkand. Upon arrival check-in hotel and rest. Overnight at 4*.
Full day exploring Samarkand Morning visit Gur Emir – mausoleum of Great Tamerlane.
Later visit Registan Square which was for many centuries the heart of Samarkand. See the three beautiful madrassahs: the Ulug-Bek Madrassah built in the fifteenth century; the Tillya-Kori Madrassah built in the seventeenth century; the Sher-Dor Madrassah, also built in the seventeenth century. Lunch at local restaurant Afternoon see the grandest structure of Amir Temur’s times is the chief Friday Mosque called Bibi-Khanum, Silk Road bazaar and Shahi Zinda necropolis. The historical core of this ensemble is the mausoleum of Kusam ibn Abbas, Muhammad’s cousin, who, according to Arab chronicles, arrived in Samarkand in 676. There he disseminated Islamic ideas. Late afternoon transfer to the railway station to take train to Tashkent. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner at local restaurant Overnight at 4*hotel
After breakfast transfer to the Uzbek-Kazakh border. After breakfast transfer to the Uzbek-Kazakh border. After border formalities meet the group at the border and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival check-in hotel and lunch at local restaurant. After lunch half day sightseeing tour of Chimkent. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel. Duration: 2-3 hours.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Turkestan. Travel time approximately 3 hours. Arrival in Turkestan. Visiting historical – architectural complex “Azret – Sultan”, the mausoleum of H. A. Yassaui, Oriental bathhouse and underground mosque Hilvet (tour for 2,5 -3 hours). Lunch in the café. Back to Shymkent. Transfer to the train station. Departure by train to Almaty. Dinner in the train restaurant. Overnight at train. Duration: 4-5 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early arrival to Almaty. Accommodation at the hotel. After breakfast beginning Almaty Tour. Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan and is still its largest city. Being a financial and cultural center of Central Asia, Almaty boasts moderate sized tourist and expatriate communities. After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Almaty. Visit the Park of Heroes 28-Panfilovtsev, located in the heart of the city. This park is the memorial of glory and eternal memory lane with fire established in memory of those who defended with great courage and honor of the WWII years. Continue the journey to the orthodox Zenkov Cathedral where it is deservingly considered the most interesting architectural monument in Almaty. This wooden building, towering at a height 56m, was built without using any nails. Go on a tour in the Central Mosque. Transfer to Medeo the highest mountainous sport complex in the world. Stop at Medeo dam which protects the city from destructive mudflows formed on top of the western Tien Shan. On top of the dam, enjoy an amazing panorama view of the largest mountain skating ring in the world. After lunch, visit Central Mosque and the Golden room in the central historical Museum. Magnificent exhibits of a big collection of Kazak National tools and the history of jeweler art of Kazakhstan can be found. Next, visit Republic Square – the largest open public space in the city, flanked by impressive modern edifices on every side. A tall obelisk rising up from street level is the Independence Monument. Lastly, conclude the day in the Sunkar Falcon Farm, a so called conservatory for the wild birds’ native to the region. The farm breeds the Golden Eagle, and is sold to enthusiast around the world. Other birds in the farm are Hugh owls, vultures, white bald-headed eagle and the Afghan Dog. Enjoy the Golden Eagles show whereby they are trained to hunt at the farm. Duration: 4-5 hours.
Early morning after breakfast, drive to the State National Natural Park Charyn which is 200km from Almaty. Enroute Kokpek Village, simple lunch will be served. Charyn Canyon is considered to be the largest canyon in the world after the famous Colorado one in America. It is also an amazing creation of nature that exists for millions of years, picturesque and very diverse in geomorphologic aspects. The height of steep mountainsides reaches 150-300m. Numerous ravines and gullies make dense rambling net. Wind and water created stunning “Castles Valley”. The length of it is more than 2km, the width 20-80m. All along the valley you are surrounded by towers of fantastical forms, built of sedimentary. Their age is about 12 million years. All this time the nature was creating these architectural wonders, without haste was building the majestic castles. Duration: 6-7 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Visit the most beautiful gorges of the Trans-lli Ala-Tau, Lssyk Gorge, which lies along the Kuldja tract where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way get to learn more about the nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka Period, where the famous “Golden Man” was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Continue your journey to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain Issyk Lake, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide, resulted in the formation of the natural dam of 300 meters in height.. Overnight in Almaty
|Accommodation with breakfast in the stated hotels|
|Daily Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner|
|Folk show in Bukhara|
|Mineral water 1L per person daily|
|Comfortable AC transport|
|Samarkand -Tashkent “Afrosiyob train”- 2nd class|
|Train from Shymkent to Almaty – 2nd class|
|Professional English speaking escort guide|
|Entrance fees to the monuments.|
|Uzbekistan|Kazakhstan|Kyrgyzstan|China visa support.|
|Visa fee to be paid by clients on spot at the embassy.|
|Tips for guide and driver|
|Expenditure of a personal nature.|
|GST will be applicable on the total tour cost as per Goverment policy|
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