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Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for 12 days

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Tour itinerary: Bishkek - Issyk Kul - Karakol - Bishkek - Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent
Season: Spring - Summer - Fall
Days: 12Nights: 11
Price: by request
Tour description:


Discover 
beautiful nature of Kyrgystan and visit ancient cities of Uzbekistan during our 12-days tour to Central Asia

Day 1
Bishkek
  Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel, check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2
Bishkek - Issyk-Kul

Early breakfast at the hotel.

08.00 transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (260 km ). En route visit to Burana tower, (11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors), which marks the original site of the Karakhanid town, Balasagun. 

Continue driving to Issyk-Kul. The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. Arrival to Issyk-Kul, accommodation in the hotel on the North Shore of the lake.

After traditional lunch we are going to walk toward the lake.

Issyk Kul is one of the most wonderful lakes of the world, located in the north-eastern part of the Kyrgyz Republic. Issyk Kul is translated as “Hot Lake”. There are many activities that entertain people on the beach. Windsurfing, scooters, aqua parks, parachutes and rides on boats and ships. In winter there are also spots of alpinism where people enjoy incredible landscapes.

Dinner in the local restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3
Issyk-Kul - Karakol

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Drive to Karakol. On the way, visit to the ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglyphs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. They depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes.

Arrival in Karakol. Visit the wooden Russian-orthodox church. Dungan mosque is one of the most famous places in Karakol town. The most interesting thing is that it is built without a single metal nail. More than 100 years ago there was a Chinese master who lived in this town. Dungans are people from china who had Muslim religion. The construction was made of bricks and wood and decorated with different wooden ornaments.

Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 4
Karakol - Jety - Oguz gorge - Bishkek

Breakfast. 

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. By the will of tourist it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. 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). After excursion drive to Bishkek.

Night is in the hotel.

Day 5
Bishkek - Tashkent

Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for flight to Tashkent. 

Arrival in Tashkent, transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva
Transfer to domestic airport.
07:00 Flight to Urgench by HY1051 (Uzbekistan Airways).
08:40 Arrival in Urgench. Meet and transfer to Khiva (30 km). Hotel registration. 
Start sightseeing in the old part of Khiva – Ichan Kala known as “Inner town”. Ichan Kala which is the biggest open air museum in Central Asia and consists of the following architectural monuments: Ata Darbaza (West Gate), Kunya ArkMuhammad Rakhim-Khan Madrassa, Muhammad Aminkhan Madrassa, Kalta Minor Minaret, Jome Mosque and Minaret, Islam Khodja Madrassa and Minaret, Said Alauddin Mausoleum. 
We'll also visit Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Allakulikhan’s Madrassa (the last Khiva Khan) and Tosh Hovli Palace where was the harem with 40 concubines, Caravanserai and Tim Allakulikhan. 
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7
Khiva - Bukhara
In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara via the Kizilkum desert  (480 km, 9 hours).

* some parts of the road to Khiva are being renovated.

On the way stop to see the Amudarya River where you can make interesting pictures. Arrive in Bukhara. Check-in the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8
Bukhara

Breakfast.

Start city tour along the old part of Bukhara with visits to the Mausoleum of Samanids, Bolo Hauz Mosque and the Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to 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.

Visit 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 and Lyabi Hauz (the center of old Bukhara and an architectural complex of the XVII century). There're Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa and Khanaqa, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of the famous historical comedian figure Khodja Nasreddin is also based on this square.

Dinner with folk show in Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa (by request). Night in the hotel.

Day 9

Bukhara - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

Transfer to Samarkand (270km). On the way we'll visit workshop of famous Uzbek pottery master Abdulla Narzullaev in Gijduvan city. There you 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
Samarkand - Tashkent

Breakfast. 

Sightseeing tour of Samarkand with visiting: Gur Emir Mausoleum (Tamerlan's tomb), Ruhabad Mausoleum, Registan Square (a heart of the city), Bibi-Hanum Mosque, orient bazaar Siyab, Shahi Zinda Necropolis and Ulugbek’s Observatory. We’ll also visit Mausoleum of Khodja Doniyor known as Saint Daniel. 

16:00 Transfer to the railway station.
17:00 Depart from Samarkand to Tashkent by the "Afrosiab" speed train
19:10 Arrival in Tashkent.

Meet and transfer to the hotel. Night in the hotel.   

Day 11
Tashkent

Breakfast. 

Start sightseeing tour of Tashkent begins with visiting old part of the city: Architectural Complex Khast Imam (Mausoleum of imam Kaffal al-Shashi, Barak-khan Madrassah, Tellya Sheikh Madrassah, Mui-Mubarak Madrassah, Juma Mosque, Imam Ismail al-Bukhari Islamic Institute), Hadra square, Kukeldash Medressa, bazaar Chorsu.

Then we’ll visit European part of the city: Amir Timur Square, Theatre SquareIndependence Square, Monument of Courage, Tashkent TV Tower and Memorial to the Victims of Repression.

Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 12
Tashkent Departure
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure. End of the tour. 
Accommodation: 

City

 Hotels 

 Tashkent

Shodlik / Uzbekistan

 Khiva

 Malika Khiva / Old Khiva

 Bukhara

Porso / Asl 

 Samarkand

Malika Classic / Bibi Khanum

 Bishkek

Green City

Issyk-Kul

Karven

Karakol

Green Yard

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail: info@anurtour.com

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation in double / twin sharing rooms;
- 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 guides in each city;
- Escort-guide for the entire tour if the group size is more than 5 people;
- Visa invitation letter for Uzbekistan (if necessary);

- Train tickets Bukhara - Samarkand, Samarkand - Tashkent.

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international and domestic flights;
- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Folk show with dinner in Bukhara;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).

 


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