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Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan - Turkmenistan

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Tour itinerary: A12/ Bishkek - Ala Archa - Issyk Kul - Bishkek - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Mary - Ashgabat
Season: Spring - Summer - Fall
Days: 13Nights: 12
Price: by request
Tour description:


Visit the most interesting places of Central Asian countries: Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan during our 13-days tour.

Day 1
Bishkek Arrival

Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting and transfer to the hotel. Check-in, time for rest. 

Day 2
Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Breakfast.
Excursion to Ala Archa Natural park (80 km), which attracts visitors with its beautiful mountain scenery and hiking trails. Easy hike in the park. 
In the Ala-Archa gorge you can see 1,100 species of plants, and its fauna is rich and diverse. There are foxes, wolves, hares, badgers, porcupines, argali, snow leopard and griffins here. 
P.M. Return back to Bishkek for city tour with visits to State History Museum at Ala Too Square, Lenin Statue, White House, Manas Monument.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3
Bishkek - Issyk Kul 
Breakfast.
Morning transfer to Issyk Kul Lake (250 km). On the way we stop at Cholpon Ata History and Ethnology Museum, visit Petroglyphs site. Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs are located between the northern, western and north-western outskirts of Cholpon-Ata. The drawings theme is varied but the main pictures are the images of animals: deer, bulls, horses, wild rams, goats, wolves and many others. 
Leisure time at the lake shore. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4
Issyk Kul - Bishkek
Breakfast.
Transfer to Burana Tower (210 km) – rests of an ancient town Balasagyn. Burana Tower was the vertical dominant of the ancient city Balasagun, the north capital of the Turkic lingual state of the Karakhanids. Excursion.
Drive to Bishkek (70 km). Visit Victory square and ZUM (department store for souvenirs).
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5
Bishkek - Osh - Fergana

Breakfast. 

Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Osh city

Short sightseeing in city: visit Suleiman mountain and Museum, Osh Bazaar, Main square with Lenin statue. 
Transfer to Uzbek – Kyrgyz boarder pass. Crossing Uzbek-Kyrgyz border.
Meeting, transfer to Fergana, hotel check-in. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 6
Fergana - Tashkent

Breakfast. 

Transfer to Tashkent by cars.

En-route visit Rishtan city we will visit house of ceramic master where you can enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at ceramic collection in a small museum. Visit house of traditional Kyrgyz family manufacturing wool carpets. In Margilan city we'll visit traditional market and Yodgorlik Silk factory where you have an opportunity to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. 
Pass picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above the sea level).

Arrival in Kokand. Sightseeing in Kokand with visits to famous Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Kamol-Kazy Madrasah, and Norbut-biy Madrasah. 

Arrival in Tashkent, hotel check-in. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 7
Tashkent 

Breakfast in the hotel.    

Sightseeing tour of Tashkent to the old and new parts of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre Square with the Opera House, Applied Art Museum, Earthquake Memorial, Abdul Kasim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi National Park, Independence Square,  Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrassah, Kaffal  Shashi Mausoleumand the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Tashkent - Samarkand

Breakfast. Transfer to the railway station.

08:00 depart Tashkent by high-speed train "Afrosiab"
10:10 arrival in Samarkand. 

Start sightseeing in Samarkand with visiting famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassah, Madrassah Sherdor and Madrassah Tilla Kori. After Registan you will visitGur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timurids dynasty; Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city; Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums;Ulugbek’s Observatory – one of the most important astronomical centers. 
A visit to the Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel; Samarkand local bazaar - Siyab.   
Transfer to the hotel, check-in. 

Day 9
Samarkand - Bukhara

Breakfast. 

On the way we can visit workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla Narzullaev in Gijduvan city. There tourists can learn how ceramics are making and even take part in interesting master-classes. Arrival in Bukhara, check in the hotel.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 10
Bukhara
Breakfast in the hotel.
City tour along the old part of Bukhara including visits to the Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to the I century BC, Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa.
There are three trading domes or so called covered bazaars preserved from the XVI century and these bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets.
Visits to Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas, Abdullakhan’s Tim and a visit to the Caravanserai Sayfuddin which is the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara. Magoki Attari Mosque. Lyabi Hauz is the center of old Bukhara and it is an architectural complex of the XVII century that includes Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaqa, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based in this square.
Dinner with folk show in Nodir Divan Begi Madrassah. Night in the hotel. 
Day 11
Bukhara - Ancient Merv - Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast.

Transfer to the border post for border crossing. (Check point Farab). Meeting, transfer to Ancient Merw (UNESCO).
Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.

Transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat.

19:20 depart Mary by flight

20:00 arrival in Ashgabat
Meeting, transfer to the hotel, check-in. Time for rest.

Day 12
Ashgabat - Nissa - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel. 

Start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa. 

A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC). Return back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight. 

Day 13
 Ashgabat  
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. The end of the tour.
Accommodation: 

City

Hotels 3-star 

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Bukhara

Porso / Asl 

Samarkand

Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum

Tashkent

Shodlik / Uzbekistan

Issyk Kul

Kapriz

Bishkek

Plaza Hotel / Ak Keme

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms with breakfasts;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c
- Local guide services in each city;
- Visa invitation letter;
- Domestic air tickets;     
- Still water all tour time (about 1.5 l per person per day);

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;
- Visa fee and cost of Turkmenistan migration cards
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).


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