Marvels on the Great Silk Road, Central Asia

Destination: Kyrgyzstan – Uzbekistan – Tajikistan
Route: Bishkek – Issyk Kul Lake – Chopon Ata – Grigorevka Gorge – Bishkek – Tashkent – Samarkand – Penjikent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Khiva – Tashkent
Description: The tour package includes combination of historical, architectural and cultural components
Best season: March to November
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
TOUR ITINERARY Tour code: SRT#3
Day 01 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Early arrival at the airport “Manas” and transfer to Bishkek. Arrival and accommodation at the hotel. Rest at the hotel. After breakfast visiting of National Natural Park “Ala-Archa”. Afternoon back to Bishkek and sightseeing in Bishkek: Ala-Too square, history museum, Victory square, Kyrgyz philarmony. Overnight in Bishkek.
Day 02 Bishkek – Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Issyk Kul Lake – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan (280km – about 4 hours). En route visit Burana Tower (XI c.) – the minaret in the old city Balasagun which was the center of the state of Karakhanids. Arrival to, accommodation and dinner at the hotel “Raduga” or “ Royal Beach”. Overnight in Issyk Kul.
Day 03 Issyk Kul-Chopon Ata-Grigorevka Gorge-Bishkek
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Chopon Ata to visit Petroglyphs, the rock carvings lying under the open sky. Then drive to Grigorevka gorge (50km) full of lush green Alpine meadows and fur trees, easy hike in the gorge. Transfer to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Bishkek.
Day 04 Bishkek – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure flight HY-778 (0840-0910) to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel and accommodation. Lunch at local restaurant. Half day sightseeing in Tashkent: visit the old part of the city – Khast Imam complex as well as possessing a rich Islamic Library with highlight immense Osman Koran (1200 y.o.), Chorsu bazaar, Kukeldash madrasa (XVI c.). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 05 Tashkent – Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Half day sightseeing in Tashkent: visit to Independence (Mustakillik) Square with governmental buildings, A. Navoi theatre square, A. Temur Museum. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to Samarkand ( 350 km). En route visit the mausoleum of Imam Al-Bukhari. Arrival in Samarkand. Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 06 Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Samarkand: Gur Emir Mausoleum (XVc.), Registan Square (including Sher Dor, Tilla Kari and Ulugbek madrasas – XV-XVII cc.). Lunch at local restaurant. Continuation of sightseeing: Bibi Khanim mosque and mausoleum (XV c.), Siyab bazaar (one of the oriental bazaars), Khazrat Khizr mosque, Shahi Zinda necropolis (XIV-XV cc.), the observatory of Ulugbek (XVc.). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 07 Samarkand – Penjikent, Tajikistan – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Penjikent ( 40 km – 30-40 min) located on Tajikistan territory. Meet at border point “Jartepa” (09:00). Customs procedures. Arrival in Penjikent and keep on driving to the ruins of ancient Penjikent located within 5 minutes drive of modern Penjikent. Penjikent, a major Sogdian city is dating back to 5th century and was destroyed with Arab conquerors in the 8th century. Presently the ruins are excavated and you can see different teams of archeologists working on sites. Lunch at local restaurant (13:00). After lunch visit the ancient-archeological diggings “Sarazm” (5000 years BC). Drive back to Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border (16:00). After border formalities pass to Uzbekistan. Arrival in Samarkand. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 08 Samarkand – Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara ( 284 km). Arrival in Bukhara. Check in the hotel. Lunch at local restaurant. Half day sightseeing in Bukhara: “Sitorai Mohi Khosa” (XIX-XX cc.) – the summer palace of last Bukhara Emir, Said Alimkhan, the complex of Nakshbandi. Dinner with folk show at Nadir Devan Begi madrasa. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 09 Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Bukhara: the dynasty mausoleum of Samanids (IX-Xcc.), Chashma Ayub (XIVc.), Bola Havuz ensemble (XVIII-XXcc.), Ark citadel (XIX-XXcc.). Lunch at local restaurant (13:00). Continuation of the sightseeing program (14:00): Poi-Kalon complex (Kalon minaret (XIIc.), Kalon mosque (XVc.) and Miri Arab madrasa (XVIc.)), Ulugbek madrasa (XVc.), Abdulaziz Khan madrasa (XVIIc.), Trade Domes (Toki Telpakfurushon, Toki Zargaron, Toki Sarafon), Ancient Silk Market, Magoki Attori mosque and Lyabi Hauz complex. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 10 Bukhara– Khiva, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Khiva via Kizil-Kum desert along Caravan Roads ( 480 km). En route box lunch. Arrival in Khiva. Check in the hotel. Dinner at the hotel/local restaurant. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 11 Khiva – Urgench – Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing in Khiva: Ichan Kala – a UNESCO World Heritage Site including: Medrassa Muhammad Amin Khan, Kelta Minar, Kunya Ark, Medrassa Muhammad Rakhimkhan. Lunch at local restaurant. Continuation of sightseeing program: Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khodja Minaret & medrassa, Djuma Mosque and Minaret, Tash Hovli Palace. Dinner at local restaurant. Drive to Urgench ( 30 km) for flight HY-1058 (2040-2210, subject to change) to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent. Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check in the hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 12 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Transfer to the airport for flight to next destination. End of the tour.

 

Please kindly note that the program can be altered or put any changes by the guests’ requests and suggestions so that it can come to their full satisfaction or meet any requirements.