Day 1. Arrival – Bishkek
Meeting the family in the a/port. Transfer to the hotel Time for having rest. City Tour in Capital of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek was founded in 19th c. after the Kokand conquerors erected a fortress that guarded the caravan routes extending from Tashkent through Chuvalley to Issyk-Kul Lake and Kashgar (China). In 1991 the city Frunze was given the name Bishkek. The city is beautiful any time of the year, though it is at its best in spring, when the central squares (Ala-too, Victory and others) are covered with red tulips and daffodils. The city contains about 20 parks, one of the largest being the Dubovyi (Oak) ParkOur tour includes visits to: Ala-Too Square, The National Museum of History (1 hour), Frunze House, The Art Museum; see the Opera House and the Concert Hall (near which there is a statue of National Hero Manas). Hotel Golden Tulip
Day 2. Bishkek – Karakol
In the morning you will be transferred to celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. 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). Today you will drive along the whole southern shore and arrive to Karakol town. Also we will visit today fairytale valley. Your dinner will be in a local restaurant.
Night is in Karagat hotel****.
Your guide will pick you up at 8 a.m. Afterwards you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake. This time we will drive along the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. This is a great chance to see the whole lake from all sides. It is the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia and also the favorite place for swimming in summer time. People come to vacation at the lake from neighboring countries. In the afternoon you will visit a small local museum that has examples of handicrafts, musical instruments, and a lot of artifacts.
Night in the Hotel Raduga
Day 4. Cholpon Ata-Bishkek-Flight to Osh
In the morning you will be transferred to Bishkek city. On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). Today we will visit Burana Tower. It is a minaret from the 11th century. Burana Tower was used during the Great Silk Road as a sign for travelers that there was a city to have a rest. Nearby you will see an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After an interesting excursion and climbing to the top of the tower you will transfer to the airport for the flight to Osh.Hotel Sunrise
Day 5. Osh - Fergana –Drive to Uzbek- Kyrgyz border Dostuk. City Tour in Osh. Drive to the border. Meeting with Uzbek Team. Drive to Fergana.Night in the Hotel Club 777
Day 6. Fergana – Margilan - Kokand – Fergana- Tashkent (350 km).
After breakfast we go to Margilan to see the process of handmade production of Han-Atlas silk fabric at the Yodgorlik Factory. Located in the southeast of Fergana Valley, Margilan is considered to be one of the ancient cities in Uzbekistan and Central Asia, as well as a big centre of international trade. The caravan routes connected Europe with East Asia via Margilan. From time immemorial, the people of Margilan have been busy manufacturing beautiful silk fabrics, making Margilan city well-known all over the world.Fergana via Rishtan.
Our next stop is Rishtan – center of unique ceramic production in Uzbkekistan. Rishtan is known today as one of the largest centers in Central Asia of manufacture of unique glazed ceramic. The Rishtan pottery tradition uses a unique turquoise–ultramarine palette that differs entirely from colors in other Central Asian regions. Rishtan- made ceramics differ technically as well, with thin, delicate walls and a translucent, smooth glaze. Rishtan is the only place in Central Asia where the well–known “ishkor” glaze is still used, and the vibrant blue colors of Rishtan ceramics are the only colors which are fixed using the “ishkor” glaze.
We shall visit the Rishtan pottery workshop of Rustam Usmanov and the Japanese School. Rustam Usmanov - master ceramist and painter has participated in archeological expeditions to research and restore lost ornaments and patterns and his artwork combines deep knowledge of the local traditions. His masterpieces are displayed in the State Museum of Art of Uzbekistan, the State Hermitage and Museum of Ethnography of St. Petersburg, Russia and the Museum of Arts of Peoples of the Orient in Moscow, Russia.
Drive to Kokand. City tour in Kokand.
Afternoons Set out for Tashkent.Accommodation in Arien Plaza Hotel ***
Day 7. Tashkent – City Tour
This morning we begin our tour with a visit to the sprawling, colorful Chor-Su bazaar- a great place to soak up the essence of Uzbekistan. At 2500 years old, it is one of the oldest markets and was once one of the busiest, 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 ones. The mammoth marble vanity monuments of Tashkent might represent the sanitized modern facade that President wants foreigners to believe, but Chorsu Market is the vibrant reality, warts and all. It is crowded, lively and noisy, with a slice of all the nation's social strata there to see. The fruit and vegetables are of beautiful quality, and the spices, dried fruits and nuts inside the main blue dome are delicious.
Next, we tour the historic Old Quarter of the city starting with Madrasah Kukeldash close to Su bazaar. Built in 1570, it was part of an ensemble of the city's main square. For many years, it was the center of the city’s life. In the XVIII century, the madrasah arranged caravansary carriageways for merchants and hosted living quarters for craftsmen. In the XIX century, the madrasah served as a fortress of Kokand Khans. Until 1865, Madrasah Kukeldash served as a place of public execution in order to strengthen people's morality. Today the restored current madrasah fulfills its original function: educating students. Also, the faithful come here for Friday prayers.
We shall also visit the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khana Seminary, Tila Shaikh Mosque and archives known for the exhibit of a rare copy of Koran written by the third Caliph Othman.
This afternoon we visit the excellent Museum of Applied Arts. Time permitting; we also visit the crafts section of the local market.
Accommodation in Arien Plaza Hotel ***
Day 8. Tashkent- Samarkand
Train Ride to Samarkand. Check Inn in the Hotel. City Tour in Samarkand With a history dating back 2700 years, Samarkand became famous as the capital of the vast state created by Tamerlaine and later ruled by his grandson Ulugbek in the 14th-15th centuries. The historic town is a melting pot of the world’s cultures and recently declared a World heritage Site. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries.
This afternoon visit to the Registan Ensemble (a main highlight of Samarkand) including Ulugbek (15c), Shir Dor (17c), the Tillya Kari (3 beautiful Madrassahs, 17c.).Next, we go to Bibi Khanum Mosque and the Silk Bazaar.
Night in the Hotel Dilshoda
Day 9. Samarkand – Continue of the city Tour
We start our day with an excursion to Shahi Zinda Necropolis (14-15c) and St. Daniel Mausoleum (St. Daniel from the bible)-a popular place for local pilgrims whom we shall see doing their sacred rituals. Museum Afrosiab. Afternoons continue of the city tour with the visiting of Cur Amir Mausoleum, Ruh-Abad Mausoleum.
Night in the Hotel Dilshoda
Day 10. Samarkand-Aydar Kul Lake
Transfer to Nurata. City Tour.Arrival the Yurt Camp Aydar.Walking or Camel Tour around yurt camp.Dinner.
Day 11. Bukhara
After breakfast, you have some time for leisure. You can use it for walking by Aydar Kul Lake or swimm there.After Picnic you will go to Bukhara.Accommodation in Lyabi Haus Hotel ***
Day 12. Bukhara
Full day sightseeing tour. Visit the mausoleum of Ismail Samanid (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chashma Ayub (14c), Ark Fortress 16c), Poi Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c), Mosque (15c). The Kosh Madrassah Ensemble (sponsored by Abdullah-khan II (1561-1598), the most successful khan of Shaibanid dynasty (1566-67), Ulugbek Madrassah (1417+); Traditional covered bazaars including Toki Zargaron Trading Dome (1569-70); Toki Telpak Furushon Trading Dome, Toki Sarrafon Trading Dome (16th c.). The next place of interest is Magak-i Attari Mosque (16c) - the one of the earliest religious buildings of Islamic era in Bukhara, Chor Minor Madrassah and Lyabi Khauz Ensemble (17c).
Also, visit “Makhallya Khuma,” the ancient Jewish block of houses and synagogue.
Folk Show at Nadir-Divanbegi Madrassah (17c).
Accommodation in Lyabi Haus Hotel ***
Day 12. Bukhara
Continue of the city Tour in Bukhara on Lyabi Haus Place and Chor Minor. Afternoons city Tour in Summer residence of last Ewmir and bahauddin Complexe.
Accommodation in Lyabi Haus Hotel ***
Day 13 Bukhara –Khiva
After breakfast transfer to Khiva (470 km) .Check inn in Hotel approx. at 17:00. Free time for leisure.Night in Khiva Hotel Kala Khiva or Zukhro
Day 14 Khiva – City Tour – Flight Tashkent
For this city tour in the inner city no transport will be used, we enjoy a pleasant easy walking tour. Visit Ichan Kala, Kalta Minor, Kunya Ark, Madrassah Rakhimkhon, Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, Islam Khodja minaret and enjoy view of completely ancient Khiva.Culminate the day we a visit to Friday mosque and Tashauli Palace/harem.
Evening flight to Tashkent.Accommodation in Lyabi Haus Hotel ***
Day 15 Tashkent
Transfer to the a/port. Departure flight.
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