The Best of Central Asia: KG– TJ – UZ - KZ

                             Route of program day by day

Day 1. Arrival – Bishkek

Arrival to Manas Airport in Bishkek where our team will pick up you and drive you to hotel situated in the capital.

After breakfast in hotel, we start our city tour in Bishkek. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square where the State Historical Museum is located. After we can enjoy a walk in the Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys making the city a great place to live. 

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market Osh bazar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step the market, you plunge into the real oriental atmosphere: an interminable stream of people, a big variety of goods and colors.

In the evening, we go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes. 

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana -  Chon Kemin

Breakfast in the hotel.

Our journey begins with a visit of the Burana Tower. The Burana Tower is an ancient minaret in the Chuy Valley in the north part of Kyrgyzstan. The tower with funerary monuments, earthworks, remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

Lunch on the road in the cafe or in the guesthouse.

Then we head to Chon Kemin valley. It is a unique national park in Kyrgyzstan thanks to its beauty and rich diversity of plants. The incredible landscapes of this region strike the imagination. In the gorge you can walk in the surroundings.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse  

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Kochkor – Son Kul

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Departure.

From the village our road leads again to the gorge, we will drive the serpentine road along the mountain river. The goal of the day is to reach Son Kul Lake, so we have to overcome the mountain pass Kalmak Ashuu (3400m).

Lunch on the road.

When we arrive in the yurt camp in Son Kul, you can value the hospitality of the nomads; get to know their lifestyle and their customs. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Note: yurt capacity 6 people. But during the low season you can be accommodated 2 pax per yurt according to the availability. 

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Yurt camp

Optionally: national horse games, horse riding

 

Day 4. Son Kul – Kazarman

Breakfast in the yurt camp, relax at the Song Kul lake shore. Lunch in the yurt Camp.

After lunch, our road towards the south of the country, Kazarman village.

In the evening, we get Kazarman. You will be positively surprised by the hospitality of the local population. It is generally known that the people in the south part of the country are very welcoming and friendly.

Overnight and dinner in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse

 

Day 5. Kazarman - Arslanbob

After breakfast, we continue our trip towards Arslanbob, the unique walnut-fruit forest in the world.

Lunch in the local small restaurant on the road.

As we arrive to village, we take a walk to the first small waterfall of 25 meters. After, we go up to the panoramic point with a beautiful view.

Dinner in the guesthouse located in Arslanbob village.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse

 

Day 6. Arslanbob – Uzgen -  Osh

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Transfer to Osh. 

On the road we visit Uzgen town, the capital of the Karakhanid State in the 11th and 12th centuries. We visit its famous minaret that is considered to be one of the best preserved monuments of that period in Kyrgyzstan. Lunch in the restaurant.

Arrival to Osh. We visit the famous Suleiman Mountain, one of the main shrines of the Islamic world in Central Asia. Than we follow the way of all pilgrims up to the top of the hill where you watch a little mosque of Babur, The Great Mogol Dynasty founder, and take a bird-eye’s view of the city.

Dinner in the restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 7. Osh – Sary Tash – Sary Mogol

Departure for Sary Tach. Lunch on the road (lunchboxes).

During the trip you can enjoy the changing panorama of mountains, rivers and gorges.

We cross the Taldyk pass (3615 m). Then the descent to the village of Sary Tach and Sary Mogol.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse

 

Day 8. Sary Mogol – Kyzyl Art pass – Murgab (Tajikistan)

Breakfast in the guesthouse. Departure.

Today we have to cross the pass Kyzyl Art (4282 meters), the border point between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Trip to Murgab (135 km) through the Ak Baytal Pass (4 655 m), the highest section of the road in the former USSR. Here the terrain becomes barren and rocky. This region is the dwelling place of ethnic Kyrgyz.

Murgab is located in a valley at an altitude of about 3000 m above the sea level and surrounded by high peaks.  The night sky has the best view of the Milky Way ever-imaginable.

Overnight and the dinner in the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

 

Day 9. Murgab -  Langar

It will be a long day since our trip will be towards Bulunkul Lake and by the end of the day you will arrive to the Vakhan Valley. The drive to the Bulunkul Lake will be through the picturesque Alichur Valley.

The village of Bulunkul is a small settlement on the banks of Bulunkul and Yashilkul lakes and consists of only a few families. A picnic at the shore at the lake of Yashilkul.

Return to the main road to reach Langar (126 km) along the Khargush Pass 4,344 m.

When we enter Wakhan corridor, there will be amazing views to the Pamirs on the right and to the Hindu-Kush on the left.  As we will be driving by the Afghan border you will have a chance to see the Afghan settlements. The view is severe and deserted.

Overnight in the guesthouse in Langar.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse

 

Day 10. Langar – Khorog

After the breakfast, we will head towards the Ishkashim, which stands at the mouth of the Wakhan river. It is a historical place where in the 19th century the British and Russian Empires signed an agreement on adding a strip of the Wakhan valley to Afghanistan and creating a neutral buffer zone between the two empires.

We continue the way towards Khorog (130 km) - the center of Gorny Badakhshan region.

On the way we will see the hot springs.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

 

Day 11. Khorog – Kalaykhumb

In the morning you will start driving to Kalaykhumb, along the Panj River.

You will be able to enjoy the spectacular view of mountains; on the other side of the river you will have a chance to see the lifestyle of Afghans.

From Khorog, the road joins the river Panj, which forms Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan. This is a fascinating drive. On the Tajik side of the river, the road is asphalted and buildings have electricity and are constructed using metal and glass. On the Afghan side – only about 100 m distant – the road is a donkey track and buildings are built of mud and wood.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3*

 

Day 12. Kalaykhumb – Dushanbe

Today, the whole day will pass on the road, driving from Khalaikum to the capital of Tajikistan.

We will drive via Kulob and Dangara cities. The beautiful landscape and view of snow peaks and several passes will not leave indifferent.

Stop on the way in Khulbuk fort, Nurek water reservoir and in some villages to introduce with local life.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 13. Dushanbe- Penjikent -Samarkand

After breakfast we go towards Tajik –Uzbek border in Penjikent.

Transfer to Samarkand. Upon arrival transfer to hotel.

Dinner time. Rest and Overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 14. Samarkand

Breakfast at hotel.  

 We visit the Registan Square, the ensemble of three madrasahs and the Gur-Amir Mausoleum, a world known masterpiece of Central Asian architecture.

Lunch time.

In the afternoon you will explore other miracles of the city: Bibi Khanum Mosque, constructed in 1399 by the best architects and artisans from Khorossan, Azerbaijan, Persia and India.

Later we visit the Siyab Bazaar, the most ancient and biggest in Samarkand; the Shakhi-Zinda ensemble with more than 20 buildings, built from early XI up to XIV cc. Each mausoleum has its own style of decoration and great fantasy of skillful artisans.

Dinner. Rest and Overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 15. Samarkand – Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel.  At 09:00 departure to Tashkent.

Lunch on the way.

Dinner. Rest and Overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 16. Tashkent

Breakfast at hotel. We start sightseeing tour.

The first discovery by the visit to complex of Khast-i-Imam (reconstructed in 2007), religious center of Tashkent. Architectural ensemble includes several constructions, built in XVI –XIX cc. Then you will discover beautiful madrasa Kukeldash and Juma Mosque.  Lunch time.

In the afternoon continue and visit to The Museum of Applied Art of Tashkent, the ancient palace of Russian diplomat Alexander Polovtsev that is transformed to the museum in 1938; Explore beautiful and unusual underground stations of Tashkent, after explore one of the biggest Bazaar of Uzbekistan, Chorsu.

Dinner time. Overnight at hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 17. Tashkent – Shymkent- Turkestan

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning transfer to Uzbek-Kazakh border in Chernyaevka (1 h. drive)

Today we start to discover Kazakhstan, the biggest country of Central Asia.

After we go towards the majestic cave “Akmeshit”. The cave is a unique natural object not only in terms of scale, but also amazing "decoration."

Transfer to Otrar. We visit the Mausoleum of the great master and spiritual mentor Arystan Bab and Otrar Tobe.

Then we go towards Turkistan city. We visit the Mausoleum of the great Sufi poet Khoja Ahmet Yasawi.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 18. Turkestan - Shymkent - Taraz

After breakfast we come back to Shymkent.

Here we visit the DendroPark and do the short sightseeing tour. Lunch in the restaurant.

After the transfer to Taraz city. We visit the Mausoleums Aisha Bibi, Babadzha Khatun and Karakhan.

Aisha Bibi mausoleum was built in the XII century is the architectural monument of the Republic significance. The mausoleum looks incredibly light and elegant. For more than centuries, it remains standing in spite of wind and weather, as a witness of great love.

Lunch in the restaurant. Dinner in the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 19. Taraz – Almaty

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure to Almaty. Lunch on the road in the local restaurant.

Arrival in the evening. Dinner in the restaurant.
Overnight in the hotel.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 20. Almaty

After breakfast we start our city tour.

We will visit the Park 28 guards - Panfilov, named in honor of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. The Cathedral - a wooden structure built without a nail. Republic Square - the main square in Almaty is the largest and most beautiful park in the city with its magnificent ensemble of modern architecture, location, holiday parades, festivals.

After lunch we visit Kok Tobe, a hilltop-viewing platform is located, which is visible from the beautiful panorama of the city of Almaty, as well as the endless horizon of the steppe area.

The we visiting Big Almaty Lake located close to the city.

Arrival to the hotel, dinner and rest.

Meals included: breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* / Hotel 4*

 

Day 21. Almaty – Departure

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Meals included: breakfast

 

Price quotation:

Based on Hotel 3*

2pax - 3495 USD
4 pax - 2217 USD
2pax (with Guide) - 4765 USD
4 pax (with Guide) - 

Upgrade to Hotel 4*

2pax - 3795 USD
4 pax - 2515 USD
2pax (with Guide) -  5065 USD
4 pax (with Guide) - 

Number of days: 21
Covered regions:
Bishkek City
Batken
Chuy
Jalal-Abad
Naryn
Osh
Talas
Issyk-kul
Osh City
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: • International flights • Alcohol • Single room supplement • English speaking guide during the whole trip • Visa fees to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (if required) • Lunch and dinner • GBAO permit to Tajikistan • Optional activities • Early check in hotels
What to bring: Warm shoes, warm clothing, sunscreen and sunglasses
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