Kyzylkum Desert up to Tien-Shan Mountains
€1,800 (incl. VAT) / per person
- Tour duration 15 days
- Combined countries
- Min number of people 7
- Max number of people 14
Tour availability during the season
Unforgettable, full of contrasts tours carries out along the territory of two Central Asian republics: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Majestic minarets, blue domes of mausoleums, ancient Medrese and impressing caravan-saraies “will tell” you about bygone power and wealth of Uzbekistan. You even won’t notice smooth change from city civilization to magnificent mountain landscapes, untouched nature of Kyrgyzstan, its “pearl” – Issyk-Kul Lake, traditional life of shepherds on the high-mountain Son-Kul Lake. The impressions from everything you have seen are remained in your memory for a long time.
Locations you will visit
- Chichkan Gorge
- Son-Kul lake
- Issyk-Kul lake
- TWIN/DBL room accommodation in 3* hotels
- Meals: breakfasts in hotels, FB-meals in yurt camp “Safari” (Days 3, 4), 2 dinners (Days 9, 10)
- Trasportation according to the program
- Railway tickets Tashkent – Bukhara, Samarkand – Tashkent, Tashkent – Kokand (economy class)
- Sightseeings with local guides, according to the program
- Entrance tickets to main tourist sights according to the program
- Escort-guide in Kyrgyzstan
- International flights
- Full-board / Half-board meals
- Photo- & video shooting fee in museums
- Personal and medical insurance
- All services not mentioned above
Your Itinerary – in Brief:
Day 1. Arrival to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Day 2. Transfer to Bukhara by “Afrosiab” train (07:30 – 11:20).
Day 3. Continue of sightseeing in Bukhara.
Day 4. Transfer to yurt camp “Safari” in Kyzylkum Desert (250 km ~ 4,5 h).
Day 5. Transfer to Samarkand (350 km, ~ 5 h)
Day 6. Continue of sightseeing in Samarkand
Day 7. Train transfer to Kokand
Day 8. Transfer to Osh, Kyrgystan (120 km, 3 h).
Day 9. Transfer to Chichkan Gorge (300 km, ~ 7 h).
Day 10. Transfer to the high-mountainous lake Son-Kul (240 km, ~ 6 h)
Day 11. Transfer to Issyk-Kul lake (250 km, ~ 6 h),
Day 12. Transfer to Karakol
Day 13. Sightseeing in Karakol, transfer to Cholpon-Ata
Day 14. Transfer to Bishkek (260 km, ~ 4 h),
Day 15. Departure flight from Bishkek
Day 1Arrival to Tashkent, Uzbekistan
In the morning arrival in Tashkent, it is the capital of Uzbekistan, a megapolis with its population in excess of 3 million. Accomodation in the hotel and have a rest after the long flight. After lunch there is an excursion: old town, cult-architectural complex Khast – Imam (Khazret – Imam ) with grand Friday mosque, medieval Yunus-khan and Kafal-Shashi mausoleums (XVI c), Barakh – khan and Kukeldosh madrasahs (XVI-XVII c), Islamic University, library in Tillya Sheykh mosque with one of Osman caliph’s (VII c) original Korans, the oldest in the world; Istiqlol square with Abdul Kasim madrasah (XVI-XVII c) (the craftsmen works and sells their original products and souvenirs here), Alisher Navoiy monument, great amusement park, аnd the color music fountain; Amir Timur square (Tamerlan) with the park, equestrian statue of Tamerlan, surrounded by historic and administrative buildings such as the Forum palace, the Timurids museum, Uzbekistan Hotel, Tashkent chimes, Tashkent University of Low and others; Courage monument – the monument to Tashkent people suffered from the destructive earthquake in 1966; Opera and Ballet theater, built by the Japanese prisoners of war in 1945, аnd the color music fountain; Mustaqillik (Independence) square with the Independence monument, “Ezgulik” arch, the eternal flame, the fountains.
Day 2Transfer to Bukhara by “Afrosiab” train (07:30 – 11:20)
After lunch – Sightseeing in Bukhara: “The heart of Bukhara – historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and khanaka of Nadira Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) – the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi –Kalyan Complex includes: 46,5 m minaret Kalyan (XII c) – the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1 hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c).
Day 3Continue of sightseeing in Bukhara
The Samanids mausoleum (IX-X cc), Ark citadel (IV-XX cc) – the oldest residence of the Emirs, Chor-Minor – the original building of four minarets (XIX c). Sitorai- Mohi-khosa Palace (XIX-XX cc) – country summer palace of Bukhara Emirs.
Day 4Transfer to yurt camp “Safari” in Kyzylkum Desert (250 km ~ 4,5 h)
Walking in the surroundings of yurt camp, camel riding, swimming in Aidarkul lake, evening bonfire with songs of local singer ‘akyn’ (for groups of 6 pax and more). Overnight in traditional yurts.
Day 5Transfer to Samarkand (350 km, ~ 5 h)
Sightseeing: Registan square – the “heart” of Samarkand – ensemble of 3 majestic medreses (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, the grandiose cathedral Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Timur (Tamerlan), his sons and grandson Ulugbek (XV c.).
Day 6Continue of sightseeing in Samarkand
Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420) – the ruins of an immense (30 m) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda – “The Living King” (XI-XVIII cc) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar. Transfer to Tashkent by speed train “Afrosiab” (18:00 – 20:10).
Day 7Train transfer to Kokand
Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-khan Palace (1871) where local historical museum is situated, Norbuta-Biy Medrese (XVIII c), Modarikhon Mausoleum (XIX c). Transfer to Fergana (100 км, ~ 3 hrs) with sightseeing in Rishtan – famous by potters’ dynasties, ceramics masters. Here you can watch their work and buy original earthenware for memory. Moving to in Margilan to Yodgorlic silk factory. Here you can acquaint with a process of hand-made production of silk fabrics, from unwinding silk cocoons till their coloring, and also to buy not expensive souvenirs made of silk. Transfer to Fergana for overnight.
Day 8Transfer to Osh, Kyrgystan (120 km, 3 h)
Crossing Uzbek-Kyrgyz border. Sightseeing in Osh: famous Osh bazaar, Suleyman Mountain, local ethnographical museum and Asaf ibn Burkhiya (XI-XVII c.c.), Museum of History.
Day 9Transfer to Chichkan Gorge (300 km, ~ 7 h)
Walking along the gorge, overnight stay in comfortable mountain house or in yurt in the surrounding of Tien-Shan spruces.
Day 10Transfer to the high-mountainous lake Son-Kul (240 km, ~ 6 h)
Transfer to the high-mountainous lake Son-Kul, which is located in a huge picturesque intermountain hollow at the altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l. There are fine opportunities for walking and horse-back riding, contacts with local shepherds, who have kept their way of life and traditions of their ancestry up to now. Accommodation in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.
Day 11Transfer to Issyk-Kul lake (250 km, ~ 6 h),
Issyk-Kul lake is a “pearl” of Central Asia. It’s a big lake, surrounding by mountain ranges with beyond the clouds peaks, fine beaches, and evening entertainments. Accommodation in pension on the Southern shore of the lake in Tamga village.
Day 12Transfer to Karakol
Transfer to Karakol on the way visiting picturesque gorges Skazka, Jetty-Oguz. Overnight in hotel.
Day 13Sightseeing in Karakol, transfer to Cholpon-Ata
Sightseeing in Karakol, transfer to Cholpon-Ata (northern shore). Rest on the lake Issyk-Kul.
Day 14Transfer to Bishkek (260 km, ~ 4 h)
Transfer to Bishkek, on the way visiting Burana tower. Sightseeing in Bishkek: Alatoo Square, Museum of History, Manas Ethnographical Complex, shopping, buying souvenirs.
Day 15Departure flight from Bishkek
Transfer to airport, departure from Bishkek.