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Uzbekistan,  Kyrgyzstan & China – Silk Road

Feel the charm of heritage minarets, mausoleums, and madrasahs as you wander through central Asia. This 17 day tour takes  you through the territory of three countries including Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Enjoy masterpieces of medieval Islamic architecture with their fascinating turquoise domes and mosaic geometric designs. You will travel through steppes to a city founded by Alexander the Great with its impressive ancient and pilgrimage sights, and then further into the Kyzylkum Desert where you will stay overnight in a yurt camp. You will cross the fertile Ferghana Valley, visit its famous ceramics centre, and get to terrific mountainous landscapes on the way towards Issyk-Kul Lake. That is not all – enjoy visiting magnificent gorges as well as an alpine lake where you will have a chance to get familiar with the quaint everyday life of the local cattle herders. You will finish your journey – just as you will start it – in a capital city that mixes traditional Asian and modern western lifestyles.  This trip includes accommodation, meals as stated, transport, domestic flights, and sightseeing tours.

Holiday Highlights:
Hotel accommodation
Breakfast
Guided sightseeing tours
Site entrance fees
English-speaking guide
Comfortable air-conditioned transportation  during transfers
Domestic flight airfare
Fare on high speed premium train Afrosia
Meals  as stated
Bottle of mineral water each day
Souvenirs

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival in Tashkent
Your adventure will begin from the moment you land on your morning flight to Tashkent. You will be welcomed by our friendly representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest before feasting on breakfast at your hotel. Once you have refuelled, you will start your guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent. The fun will start at Khast-Imam Square which is a religious center of Tashkent. It is located in the old town, within neighbourhoods with the old wattle and daub houses that have experienced the earthquake of 1966. Next you will move onto Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, and the oldest bazaar of Tashkent – Chorsu. This is an ideal opportunity to do some souvenir shopping. You will make a pit stop to enjoy  lunch, before visiting the Museum of Applied Arts, Independence Square, and Amir Timur Square. Finally head back to your hotel and unwind.

Day 2 – Tashkent, Urgench & Khiva
Start the day with a delicious breakfast before your flight to Urgench. Once you arrive, you will be taken to your hotel in Khiva, before a sightseeing tour around Khiva. Your adventure will start at Ichan Kala – which is the historical inner city. Next you will move onto  the Pakhlavan Mahmud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, as well as Kalta Minor Minaret, and the  Islam Hajji Madrasah and Minaret. Pull your camera out to snap the fascinating landmarks as you  explore the Tash Khauli Alakuli Khan Palace, which features a labyrinth of corridors that join the yards and buildings. This will be followed by a trip to Juma Mosque, Muhammad Aminkhan Minaret and Madrasah, and Avesta Museum.

Day 3 – Khiva & Bukhara
Today you will visit the Kyzyl-Kum Desert which is the 16th largest desert in the world. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the desert fauna which includes the Russian tortoise, a large lizard known as the Transcaspian and the Saiga Antelope. You will also explore the beauty of the Amudarya River before lunch. Next you will travel to Bukhara where you will have some leisure time to enjoy souvenir shops and workshops.

Day 4  – Bukhara
See the fascinating sights of Bukhara  as you enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. Your adventure will start at Ismail Samani Mausoleum – which is one of Bukhara’s oldest monuments. It was built for the founder of the Samanid dynasty, and its delicate terracotta brickwork disguises 2m-thick walls that have never needed repair. Next you will move onto Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, and  Ulugbek Madrasah.  After a jam-packed morning you will slow down and enjoy lunch. After your feast you will head to Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, which is the largest artificial reservoir of medieval Bukhara. Next you will explore Kukeldash Madrasah, and Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, before splashing some cash at a domed shopping arcade.

Day 5 – Bukhara, Shakhrisabz & Samarkand
Today you will travel from Samarkand through to Shakhrisabz – birthplace of Tamerlane. You will start with a guided sightseeing tour around Shakhrisabz, with a trip to Ak Saray Palace, Dorus Saodat Complex, Dorut Tillavat Madrasah, and Kok Gumbaz Mosque. You will then travel to Samarkand, where you will have time to rest and relax. You can spend your leisure time as you wish – but a top travel tip  is to explore Siab Bazaar.

Day 6 – Samarkand & Tashkent
This morning you will go on a  guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand which boasts stunning architecture. Your adventure will start with a visit to Registan Square, before moving onto  Madrasah of Ulugbek Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah, and Gur-e Amir Mausoleum. Here, you will be wowed by the exterior decoration of the walls which boasts geometric blue and white tiles that stand out next to the building’s terracotta bricks. Next you will explore  the Rukhabad Mausoleum before feasting on a delicious lunch. After you have refuelled your energy, you will go onto explore  Bibi-Khanym Mosque, which  is one of the most important monuments of Samarkand. In the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world. By the mid-20th century only a grandiose ruin of it still survived, but now major parts of the mosque have been restored. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap it’s stunning design. Next you will explore Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, before your final stop at Ulugbek Observatory which is the largest observatory in Central Asia. It is decorated with beautiful engravings from a 17th century Dutch artist, with the inscription over the image of Ulugbek “I have presented my case seriously”. Finally you will be transferred to the railway station, and travel to Tashkent bythe  premium service train Afrosiab. Once you arrive you will taken to your hotel to unwind.

Day 7 – Tashkent, Kokand,  Rishtan & Ferghana
Today you will travel to Ferghana over Kamchik Mountain Pass. Along the way you will visit Kokand and Rishtan. From here your guided sightseeing tour around Kokand will include exploring  Khudoyar-Khan Palace. Be wowed as you wander through the magnificent palace complex, which was built in 1871. Learn how the palace was constructed in the traditions of Central Asian architecture with a high portal in the middle, decorated with a large entrance arch and four minarets.Next you will explore  Modari-Khan Mausoleum, and Djami Mosque, before you enjoy a ceramic workshop in Rishtan. Once you arrival in Ferghana, you will check-into your hotel to unwind.

Day 8 – Ferghana, Margilan , Uzbek-Kyrgyz Border  & Osh
Start the day with a delicious breakfast before travelling to Margilan. Here you will enjoy the famous silk mill Yodgrlik and local bazaars. Next you will be transfer to the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border. After clearing customs, you will be transfer to Osh where you will enjoy a guided sightseeing tour. You will first see the holy Sulayman Mountain, and then Babur’s house, local museum and the famous Osh bazaar. Finally head back to your hotel and relax.

Day 9  – Osh, Irkeshtam border  & Kashgar
Take time to relish your breakfast at the hotel. Next you will be transferred to the Kirghiz-Chinese border. After completing custom formalities, you will be driven to Kashgar where you will check into your hotel to unwind.

Day 10 – Kashgar
 Peel back the beauty of Kashgar today. Start by experiencing the colourful , unique and chaotic Great Sunday bazaar. Here you will see stalls selling silk, cotton, pots, fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as carpets and jewellery. This is a great place to pick up holiday souvenirs that you will cherish for years to come.  In the afternoon, you will visit the largest mosque in China – Idkah mosque. Learn how this  grand Islamic structure, which is located in the centre of the city of Kashgar, has a history of more than five hundred years. Shakesimirzha, the ruler of Kashgar, had the mosque built here first in1442, where he would say prayers to the souls of his deceased relatives. Next you will visit Apak Khoja’s Tomb – which is the holiest place in Xinjiang for Sufis. Located outside Kashgar, it was built in 1640 and, encompasses  a larger complex that includes a functioning mosque and a Quranic school.

Day 11 – Kashgar & Yarkent
This morning you will be transferred to the ancient Yarkent. Along the route, you will  visit Yengisar village to see a traditional local knife making workshop. On arrival to Yarkend, you will wander through  the ancient city Yarkent to see the  Altun Mosque which was built by Abdureshidhan,  son of Sultan Saidhan. You will also pay your respects at the  Amani Sahan Mausoleum, who was a great mukam master and queen who was born in Yarkend. Then you will experience a moment of tranquillity at the cemetery of kings, where Sultan Saidhan the founder of Yarkand Saidiya Dynesty was buried.  Finally you can shop until you drop at a local bazaar, before returning to Kashgar.

Day 12 – Kashgar,  Torugart pass, Tash Rabat
Feast on a scrumptious breakfast before a day full of travel. This morning you will leave Kashgar for Torugart Pass. After border formalities, you will arrival in Tash Rabat. You will be then taken to your hotel in Yurt to relax and unwind.

Day 13 – Tash Rabat & Song Kol Lake
Today you will experience the sheer beauty of Song Kol Lake. This alpine lake in the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan is surrounded by high mountain pastures called jailoos, where Kyrgyz herdsmen graze their livestock during the summer months, living a semi-nomadic life in yurts. Come to Song Kol, and breathe in deeply. Be in awe as you travel past mountain passes Ala-Bely and Kara-Keche. Then prepare to enjoy the rugged beauty of the wilderness and you rest in a Yurt camp. Just imagine going to sleep under a starry sky – pure bliss. 

Day 14 – Song Kol Lake & Kochkorka
This morning you can spend the day as you wish. You can enjoy  an excursion around the camp, or watch local nomads. After lunch you will be transferred to  Kochkorka where you will watch production of traditional felt rugs. Finally head to your hotel and rest.

Day 15  – Kochkor , Issyk Koul & Tamga
Today you will visit the South shore of IssykKul lake. On the way there, you will stop in KyzylTuu village and see a yurt makers workshop. Your next stop will be in the Bokonbaevo village and to meet with an eagle hunter. Feel free to take photos but you will also have the option of watching a demonstration of eagle hunting. Next you will stop in Slazka canyon and enjoy a walking tour in the canyon.  Finally you will arrive in Tamga, where you can feast on dinner, before enjoying some free time in the village. Here you can walk to the lake Issyk Kul shore to take photos of beautiful sunset in the lake. What a perfect way to end the day.

Day 16-17 – Tamga –Bishkek
After breakfast, you will be driven back to Bishkek. On the way, you will visit Burana Tower , which is an old minaret,  near Tokmok city. Explore ruins of the trading point along the Great Silk Road. Then feast on a lunch with the local Kyrgyz family. Once you arrive in Bishkek, you will enjoy a  short sightseeing tour in the city. Visit Manas Monument –  the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then go on a walking tour around main Ala Too Square, Independence Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House. Finally rest your head, before an early  departure  in the morning. As you leave, unique memories will be etched in your mind forever.  If you would like to travel in a premium cabin or extend your stay then please speak with our travel specialists who will be happy to assist you.

Accommodation:

Plaza HTL 4*, in Bishkek – This hotel boasts a great location as it is  within a 5-minute walk of the Bishkek White House and half a mile from Ala-Too Square. It features a spa and wellness centre, indoor pool, sauna and gym. Free WiFi and free parking are also available on site.

Hotel facilities & amenities:
Restaurant, serving national and European cuisine
Bar in the hotel
Room service
Breakfasts
Spa 
Wellness centre
Indoor pool
Sauna 
Gym
Free Wi-Fi 
Free parking 

Room facilities & amenities:
Air conditioning
Fridge
Electric kettle 
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Bathrooms provide a hairdryer and bathrobes


Sun Rise Hotel 3* in Osh – This hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. It perfectly combine great services,  such as free wifi, with great location. Infact  Sunrise Osh is located in the centre of Osh, within a 2-minute walk of the Osh Central Mosque.Hotel facilities & amenities:
Restaurant
Bar
Free Wi-Fi
Parking 

Room facilities & amenities:

Air-conditioned rooms 
Fridge
Minibar 
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries

The cost of the tour in USD for 1 person:
Pax 4 pax 6 pax 8  pax 10 pax 15 pax SGL supplement
Hotels 3-4* £1735.00 £1438.00 £1396.00 £1371.00 £1320.00 260.00


Cost includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in twins / double rooms, with breakfast;
  • Guided sightseeing tours;
  • Sites entrance fees;
  • Escort English-speaking guide;
  • Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport – hotel – airport transfers;
  • Tashkent-Urgench domestic flight airfare;
  • Samarkand – Tashkent high speed premium train Afrosiab;
  • Meals – 4 dinners in Kirghizstan, full board during Chinese part, only breakfast at hotels in Uzbekistan;
  • Bottle of mineral water per day/per pax;
  • Souvenirs.

Cost does not include:

  • International flights;
  • Other meals;
  • Medical treatment (if necessary) and travel insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Meal plan supplement
  • Half board (evening meals) during Uzbek part     – £ 80.00  per pax
  • Full Board during Uzbek part                              – £150.00 per pax

Additional information:

Hotels
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
Hotels 3-4*
 – very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Itinerary Point Hotels 3-4*
Tashkent Ramada Tashkent Hotel 4* or similar
Samarkand Grand Samarkand Hotel 4* or similar
Bukhara Asia Bukhara Hotel 3*+ or similar
Kyzylkum Desert Yurt camp Aydar
Ferghana Club Hotel 777 3* or similar
Osh Sun Rise Hotel 3* or similar
Chychkan Gorge Guesthouse
Song Kol Lake Yurt Camp
Kochkorka Guesthouse
Jeti-Oguz Gorge Yurt Camp
Karakol Amir Hotel 3* or similar
Bishkek Jannat HTL/Plaza HTL 4* or similar


Transportation:
The means of transportation used during the tour are the following:
Car /minivan /van /minibus /bus
 – used for all the road transportation depending on the group size
Train
 – night train Bukhara-Tashkent.