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Question: Multi-Country Central Asian Tour

I am looking to explore a bit of central asia this summer. The cheapest city for me to arrive would be Bishkek, though I'd want to see at least three central Asian countries (including of course Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan and at least one other).

I am open to all sorts of suggestions, countries and tour ideas. Samarkand in Uzbekistan and yurt camping in Kyrgystan would be the top of the list, other silk road highlights as well as the Aral Sea would also be good. Obviously there are tons of beautiful places awaiting to surprise me that I've never heard of. So happy to hear suggestions. Having things smoothly organized across borders would be a plus.

I'd have from July 31st to August 17th. 

Advice from travellers or guides is appreciated.

Replies (4)

Alex

Alex 13 days ago

Dear Peter,

I hope your looking forward to your trip here in Central Asia!  There is really countless thigs to see and here!  You will love it!  I would like to give you some advice for places to see in Kyrgyzstan.  Take a look at a few of my blog posts on Indy Guide. 

My Top 10 Reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan 

Top 10 things to do in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Top 12 things to do in At-Bashy

If you have any questions about small group tours or renting a 4x4 camper van here in Kyrgyzstan I would be happy to help you.  All the best from Bishkek.

Enjoy 

Alex 

Anvar

Anvar 13 days ago

Dear Peter,

Thank you for the request.

I will be glad to offer you my service.

The itinerary that i would like to suggest you is the following, please take a look:

Day 1 Bishkek

Early morning arrival, city - tour, overnight in the hotel

Meal: ---

 

Day 2 Bishkek - Cholpon - Ata (280km)

Transfer to Issyk - Kul, on the way visit Burana Tower, Open Air Museum of Petroglyghs in Cholpon - Ata town, overnight in the hotel

Meal: B/--

 

Day 3 Issyk - Kul - Son - Kul Lake (270 km)

Transfer to the alpine lake - Son Kul, 3015 m above see level, along the shouthern shore of the Issyk - Kul Lake, overnight in the yurts (nomad dwelling)

Meal: B/L/D

 

Day 4  Son - Kul - Kazarman (240 km)

Transfer to Kazarman, overnight in the family

Meal: B/L/D

 

Day 5 Kazarman - Osh (270 km)

Transfer to Osh, city-tour in Osh, overnight in the hotel

Meal: B/-/-

 

Day 6: Osh – Kyzyl-art border – Karakul lake

After breakfast transfer to the Kyrgyz –Tajik Border Kyzyl-art border. Meet with Tajik guide and driver. Transfer to Karakul village. On the route stop a near of Karakul Lake for the nice pictures with Lenin Peak (7154 m). Overnight at home stay.

 

Day 7: Karakul lake – Murgab (125 km)

Transfer to Murgab city – small city in Alichur valley, through the AkBaytal Pass (4652 m). This valley is located at more than 3000 m altitude and surrounded by high snow covered mountains and inhabited by Kyrgyz and Pamir Tadjik people. From here you will enjoy a high summit of Muztagh Ata Peak’s (7546 m). Walking to discover the city and its traditional market and can test Kyrgyz delicious dishes. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 8: Murgab – Langar

Route to the small village Langar via Alichur valley and via Nayzatash Pass (4314 m). The valley of Alichur is located at more than 3000 m altitude, surrounded by high snow covered mountains, and inhabited by Kyrgyz and Pamir Tajik people. On the way it is possible to see Bulunkul and Yashilkul Lakes. Overnight at home stay.

 

Day 9: Langar – Ishkashim (150 km)

Route to the village Ishkashim through pictures views along the river. You can enjoy the villages and a life of afghan people on the other side of Pandj River. En route visit of ruins of the ancient Yamchun fortress, the hot springs Bibi Fatima and from here you can observe another view to the Wakhan corridor. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10: Ishkashim – Khorog (105 km)

Route to Khorog city – is the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO). It is also the capital of the Shughnon district of Gorno-Badakhshan. The population is more 28,000. Khorogis situated 2,200 m above sea level in the Pamir Mountains at the confluence of the Gunt and Panj rivers. The two rivers merge in the eastern part of the city flow through the city, dividing it almost evenly until its delta in the river Panj, also being known as Amu Darya, or in antiquity the Oxus on the border with Afghanistan. Khorogis known for its beautiful poplar trees that dominate the flora of the city. On the route some stops for shooting the excellent photos and discovery the life of local people of Pamir and visit of hot springs. That is just here the descendents of Alexander the Great. You can have a chance to take the excellent pictures. Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 11: Khorog – Kalai-Khumb (255 km, 6-7 h)

Route to Kalai-Khumb – a littl town on the Pamir Highway. This day you will cross through the wonderful views and cross the Khoburobod Pass (3252 m), from where you can have a views to the Pamir Mountain range. And then will pass along Tavildara canyons. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 12: Kalai-Khumb – Dushanbe (260 km)

Transfer to Dushanbe - the capital of Tajikistan. On the route crossing the Khaburabat Pass (3252 m) and follow the broad Obi-Khingaou River, the branch of Vakhsh River, to Tavildara, than continue the drive to Dushanbe. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 13: Dushanbe

Visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and Museum of Antiquities,  a wonderful of Buddhist art from the lost cities of Kushan empire, the Greco-Bactrian school of art from various sites along the Oxus and elsewhere, with great Buddha in Nirvana (After destroying of Bamian Buddha in Afghanistan this is the biggest in Central Asia). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Dushanbe - Departure

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

 

Services included:

Meal based only on breakfasts Twin Twin room accommodation

English speaking driver

Transfers according to the program

Entrance fees according to the program

Invitation letter

The price per person is 2530 USD

If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hasitate to contact me

With best regards,

Natalie

Izzat

Izzat 13 days ago

Kyrgyzstan Part

Day 1: Airport – Chon Kemin

Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport. Then you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. Here you will meet a nice family where you will spend all day and night. In the afternoon we will have hiking in the mountains. Or you can pay extra to have 3 hours of horse riding. Your route will go high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. On the top you will see the panorama view of the gorge. The night and dinner will be in a home stay. 

Day 2: Chon Kemin – Issyk Kul north shore – Semenovskoye – Grigorievskoye – Karakol

Today you will be transferred to the 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". For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. Today you will drive along the whole northern shore and arrive to Karakol town. Also we will visit today a place with ancient stone patterns – petroglyphs. On the way you will drive to the most beautiful gorges of the lake named Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye that are connected in the end. This area is part of the national park. Here you will be able to enjoy the magnificent mountains covered with snow tops and slopes grown by blue and green pine trees.Your dinner will be in a local restaurant. Night is in a home stay. 

Day 3: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Skazka – Issyk Kul southern shore – Kochkor

Today 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. On the southern shore of Issyk-Kul, about 4 km from the village of Tosor there is an unusual place – Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. Skazka is a wonderful place where the red sand formation, take various fabulous forms. 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). When we arrive at Kochkor village you will meet a family who will show you how to make national woolen felt carpets. Night is in a home stay.

Day 4: Kochkor – Son Kul

After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Dinner and overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.

Day 5: Son Kul – Kyzyl Oi

After a breakfast you will have free time at Son Kul Lake, to explore nature on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relax and soak in the calm atmosphere of the lake side wilderness. Also you will have time to communicate with nomads and have a glimpse into their way of life. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then we will drive to the village of Kyzyl Oi which is situated right in the gorge. The drive to Kyzyl Oi traverses over one of the most beautiful passes, along the top of a mountain. Night and dinner will be in a home stay. This is a very remote village.

Day 6: Kyzyl Oi – Bishkek

After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During your transfer be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see panoramic views of Tue Ashuu pass which is more than 3000 meters high! This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many photo stops so that you will remember this day. Fantastic roads, amazing views, nomads, high mountains; ensure your memories of Kyrgyzstan will last a lifetime. In Bishkek you will have a city tour. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. Night is in a hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek – Airport  

In the morning is transfer to airport. 

Transport: Mercedes Sprinter

Price per person:
05 pax –
387 $
06 pax –
350 $
07 pax –
325 $
Single – 87 $

Half board – 87 $

Full board – 165 $


English speaking guide – 350 $ per group
Horse riding in Chon Kemin – 15 $ per person

Service includes:

- Transport

- Accommodation:

Chon Kemin – Homestay
Karakol – Homestay
Kochkor – Homestay
Son Kul – Yurts
Kyzyl Oi – Homestay

Bishkek – “Discovery” Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour

                                          
Service does not include:

- Full board
- Single rooms
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge

 

Uzbekistan Part

Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights

Places to visit:

Tashkent - Samarkand – Bukhara

1st day. Tashkent

Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the airport with representative of the company. Starting excursion in Tashkent with a visit to the old town, the center of which is located the mosque complex Hast Imam, which keeps one of the oldest Korans of Osman. Next, a visit to one of the largest markets in Central Asia – Chorsu. Lunch in the national teahouse, where you can enjoy the Uzbek cuisine. After reviewing the historical part of the city, we are moving in the modern part of Tashkent. Visiting Independence Square, the monument "Sorrowful Mother", the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Alisher Navoi, Amir Temur square, etc. Dinner where specially prepared for you a delicious national cuisine!. Night in hotel - Uzbekistan or Shodlik Palace.  

2nd day. Tashkent – Samarkand

Breakfast. Transfer to the railway station. Transfer to Samarkand by high-speed train called “Afrasiab”. Arrival in Samarkand. Excursion program in Samarkand. You can visit the Ulugbekv observatory - Registan Square - the center of the Great Silk Road. Further to Siyob bazaar, Shahi Zinda - city of the dead, but with an incredibly positive and peaceful energy. In the shops you can see vintage photos of old Samarkand and its inhabitants, Gur Emir - the mausoleum of the great empire Temurids that houses the Amir Temur’s remains. Dinner in national restorant. Night in hotel – Orient Star Samarkand or Malika Prime, Malika Classic

3rd day. Samarkand – Bukhara

Breakfast. Move to Samarkand. On the way we will visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace: the residence of last emir of Bukhara-  its courtyard and rooms, listen to a story and walk through cool the residence, where peacocks live. Continue driving to Bukhara. Arrival,  accommodation at the hotel – Chor-Minor or Salom Inn.

4th day. Bukhara – Tashkent

Starting  excursion program. Places to visit are mausoleum “Samanidov” , “Chashma Ayub”. Amir Temur’s summer and spring palaces called “Chor minor”, “Labi Khauz”, “Miri Arab”. Further, we will continue our excursion with the visit the “Ulugbek” medrasah , and will finish it in  the trading dome, where the time like stopped for a while. Bukhara markets are other story of the city. During the walk in the market, you can feel the real atmosphere of the east. Transfer to the railway station. Night moved to Tashkent at 20:00.

5th day. Tashkent

Arrival in 06:30 .End of the program. Transfer to the airport.

The tour price for a group:

2 people - $ 500 per person

4 people - $ 410 per person

8 people - $ 345 per person

10 people - $ 335 per person

20 people - $ 322 per person
40 people – $ 290 per person

 The price includes:

- Accommodation at hotels designation based on breakfast

- Transport service program

- Arrival / Departure airport

- Turkish-speaking local guides services along the entire route

- Rail way ticket (Tashkent – Samarkand)
                             (Bukhara- Tashkent)
- Dinner in madrasahs

-  Entrance fees to monuments

- Full Board (*your wish)

 

Additional charges:

- Additional services and excursions

- Personal expenses

 

* Prices and availability in the hotels may change depending on travel dates! 

Alban

Alban 13 days ago

Hi there! Juli and august the great monthes to travel here!

I can organize you trip in 3 countries. Beginnig from Bishkek and ending in Dushanbe. 

If interested please feel free to contact me through indy guide.

Regards Alban

 

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