Combined tour of Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan
Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva – Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand – Penjikent – Khujand – Tashkent – Bishkek – Issyk Kul – Karakol – Bishkek
14 days / 13 nights
Day 01 Arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
AM. Arrival in Tashkent by TK flight. Meet at the airport. Excursion of Tashkent: visit Hasti Imam Complex (Barakhan Medresha, Tillya Sheikh Mosque and Muyi Muborak Library with famous Holy Osman Koran), Earthquake monument, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, Metro-some Subway stations which are famous for their unique architectural designs and cleanness. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Tashkent-Urgench (by air)-Khiva (35 km), Uzbekistan
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the domestic airport for morning flight to Urgench. Arrive in Urgench. Drive to Khiva (35 km). Full day excursion program in Khiva – “Ichan-Kala architectural ensemble” – “Museum under the open sky”: Ota-Darvaza (main gate), Madrassah of Mukhamad Amin-Khan, Kalta-Minor Minaret, Kunya-Ark complex, Madrassah of Mukhammad Rakhimkhan, Mausoleum of Said Alautdin, Juma Mosque and Minaret, Tosh-Hovli Palace (Harem), Karavan-Saray, Palvan-Darvaza Gate, Medrese of Abdulla-Khan, Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam, Madrassah of Shergazi-Khan, Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 03 Khiva-Bukhara (by train), Uzbekistan
Early breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to railway station for train to Bukhara. PM. Arrival and half day excursion of Bukhara: Samanids’ Mausoleum, Chashmai Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khovuz mosque, Ark Fortress and Poi-Kalyon complex (Kalyan mosque and minaret, Miri Arab madrassa). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 04 Bukhara-Gijduvan-Samarkand (280 km), Uzbekistan
Breakfast in the hotel. Continuation of excursion of Bukhara: Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrassas, Magoki Attori mosque, Trade Domes (Toki-Zargaron, Toki-Telpakifurushon and Toki-Sarrofon), Labi Khovuz complex. Drive to Samarkand. En route visit Rabbat Malik Caravansarai, ceramist’s workshop in Gijduvan and Vabkent Minaret. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 05 Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day excursion program in Samarkand: visit Afrosiyob Museum & hill, Observatory of Ulugbek, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Bibi-Khanum Mosque – the largest mosque in Central Asia, oriental bazaar Siyab, Registan Sqaure (Sherdor Madrassah, Tilla Kari Madrassah and Ulughbek Madrassah) & Guri-Emir mausoleum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 Samarkand-Penjikent (70 km), Tajikistan
Early breakfast in the hotel. Drive to Uzbek-Tajik border “Jartepa” (45 km). Change transport & guide. Drive to Panjakent (15 km). Upon arrival, excursion in Penjikent: visit Rudakiy Museum, and the ruins of ancient Penjikent (a major Sogdian city, dates back to the A.C. V c. and destroyed by Arab conquerors in the A.C. VIII c.). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 07 Excursion to Seven Lakes, Tajikistan
After breakfast drive to popular Seven Lakes (80 km – one way): Haf Kul – seven lakes of different colors in mountains of Tajikistan: 1. Mijgon, 2. Soya, 3. Hushyor, 4. Nophin lake, 5. Khurdak, 6. Marguzor, 7. Hazorchashma lake. Drive back to Penjikent (80 km). Overnight in the hotel.
Day 08 Penjikent-Khujand (290 km), Tajikistan
After breakfast departure to Khujand thought Shakhristan tunnel and Zeravshan valley. In Khujand visit Panjshanbe bazar, mosque and madrasah name of Moslehiddin, Sirdaria River and museum of antiquities name of Timurmalik. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Khujand-Tashkent (170 KM) – Bishkek (by air), Kyrgyzstan
After breakfast free time in Khujand. Drive to Tajik-Uzbek border “Oybek”. Change transport, guide and drive to Tashkent. Take an afternoon flight to Bishkek. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 10 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the History Museum, National Philharmonic, and many other places of interest. But no tour of Bishkek is complete without visiting our Asian Bazaar! We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. This bazaar is a noisy and colorful tapestry of fabrics, produce, and people selling and buying goods. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 11 Bishkek – Issyk Kul (270 km), Kyrgyzstan
After breakfast in the hotel, your guide will pick you up at about 8 AM and you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It’s the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called “the pearl of Central Asia”. Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. On route to the lake, you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th-century minaret) and an open-air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). You will get to enjoy a traditional lunch and then we’ll make our trip to the lake. Your dinner will be in a local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 12 Issyk Kul – Karakol (150 km), Kyrgyzstan
The day starts with breakfast at 8 o’clock. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city. On the way, we will take a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. Then we continue our way along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in a Chinese style without using a single metal nail. The mosque will be followed by a visit to an old wooden Orthodox Church. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 13 Karakol – Bishkek (400 km), Kyrgyzstan
After breakfast, we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also, you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). After it we will drive to Bishkek. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 14 Departure from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Breakfast in the hotel. Morning transfer to Bishkek airport for departure flight to next destination. End of the tour.
|PAX in a group||PRICE (PER PERSON)|
|– 1 pax (single accom.)||Upon request|
|– 2 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– 3 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– 4 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– 5 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– 6 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– 7 pax (twin sharing)||Upon request|
|– Single supplement||Upon request|
Features of the tour:
This tour contains the highlighted cities of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Samarkand by covering cultural, historical, architectural and educational features. As a standard classical tour, its duration is ideal with enough time to learn the famous cities on the Silk Road and at the same time to enjoy one’s holiday.
Best season to travel:
You can travel and enjoy this program all year around however one can feel a little bit uncomfortable to travel in the hottest period of summer (in July) and in winter when the weather is cold. But during these off-season periods, travellers can get special discounted rates for packages by request.
Level of difficulties and age limitation:
This is an easy level tour and there is no age limitation as far as a person has no walking distance problem. Because in some cities such as Khiva and Bukhara, transportation is limited and normally tourists walk around approximately from 3 to 5 km during an excursion.