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2 stan + China : TRIP TO THE HEART OF THE GREAT SILK ROAD
Kyrgyzstan-China-Uzbekistan
Duration: 21 days/20 nights

Days Destinations Time Itinerary Photos

DAY1

Bishkek city (Kyrgyzstan)

 

Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where you will start the day with a breakfast. The entire day is dedicated to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. The tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Ak-Keme Hotel****.
In Brief:
► Pick up at Airport and Transfer to City
► Breakfast
► Guided City Tour
► 1st stop to visit Historical Museum
► 2nd stop to visit Oriental Bazaar
► 3rd stop to take lunch
► 4th stop to visit Art Gallary
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Ak-Keme Hotel****

DAY 2

Bishkek -Issyk-Kul Lake

 

You will start the day with a breakfast. Then you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called “the pearl of Central Asia”. On our way, we will visit the Burana Tower (minaret from the 11th century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having taken a traditional lunch, we continue our way to the lake. As soon as we are in Avrora Hotel you will have a rest on the northern beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
In Brief:
► Pick up at Airport and Transfer to City
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Issyk Kul Lake
► 1st stop to visit Burana Tower
► 2nd stop to take lunch
► Free time on the beach
► Dinner and Overnight in Avrora Hotel

DAY 3

Issyk-kul-Karakol

 

The day starts with a breakfast at 8 o’clock. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city by car (200 km). On the way, we will make a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. You will have a second stop during the trip at 12 o’clock, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere, before continuing our way to Karakol city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia, which’s beauty you will be able to enjoy to the full during another break, where you go on a one hour cruise on a steam boat. Then you will be transferred to Karakol city. National dinner will be at 8 p.m. Night in the Yak Tour Guesthouse.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Karakol city
► On the way:
- visit of ancient stone inscriptions
- visit of local museum
- lunch
- cruise on a steam boat
► Dinner and Overnight in Yak Tour Guesthouse

DAY 4

Karakol – Tamga

 

You will be served breakfast at 8 o’clock. The entire morning is dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Later, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world’s greatest explores. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. We will end the City Tour with a traditional lunch and leave Karakol at 1 pm, starting our way to the impressive Jeti Oguz, the gorge of 7 red rocks (30km). You will see the Broken Heart Mountain and the Sanatorium (where you can take a hydro shower or get a massage). Then off to explore the Jeti Oguz valley (Yuri Gagarin’s holidays house, yurts, alpine vegetation) or Chong Kyzyl Suu valley with its hot spring water and geophysics station built in 1948. Then transfer to Tamga village. Tamga was a place where ancient Tibetan monks lived in the 13th century. Dinner will be served in the Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night; sauna optional.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► A guided Karakol city tour:
- Dungan mosque
- Orthodox Church
- museum of M.V. Prejvalsky
- lunch
► Transfer to Jeti Oguz gorge
► Broken Heart Mountain
► go for a walk in Jeti Oguz gorge and valley (or Chong Kyzyl Suu valley)
► Transfer to Tamga
► Dinner and Overnight in the Tamga Guesthouse

DAY 5

Tamga –Son Kul Lake

 

After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul Lake. Lunch will be taken on the way. Son Kul 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 in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. It is made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings. Yurts are built without nails.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to the Son Kul Lake
► Short stop to take lunch
► Arrival at the Son Kul Lake
► Dinner and Overnight in yurts

DAY 6

Son Kul Lake

 

At 9 am is your breakfast. Free time at Son-Kul Lake, where you will have the opportunity to explore its nature on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relaxing in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then you will see also ancient petrogliphs and ritual stones of shamans. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. National dinner will be served in original nomadic houses - yurts. You will spend the night in yurts as nomads do.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Horseback riding tour (optional)
► Visit of ancient petrogliphs
► Visit of ritual stones of shamans
► Dinner and Overnight in yurts

DAY 7

Son Kul –Tash Rabat (270 km)

 

After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o’clock Then you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is a unique one. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains and built of stones inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The thickness of the walls is 1 m. There are also underground prison cells, where thieves were kept in ancient times. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 pm. You will spend the night in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Tash Rabat Caravanserai
► Lunch on the way
► Dinner and Overnight in yurts

Kyrgyzstan Petroglyphs

DAY 8

Tash-Rabat – Kashgar (China)

 

After a straightening breakfast you will be transferred to Kashgar via the picturesque Torugart pass, where our Chinese guide will meet you (English-speaking). Torugart pass is the border with China. Almost all traders of the Great Silk Road were passing this place. Then you will be transferred to the capital of the Silk Road: Kashgar. You will have a Chinese dinner at 7 pm. You will spend the night in Seman Hotel***.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Torugart pass
► Lunch on the way
► Transfer to Kashgar
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Seman Hotel***

Kashgar pictures Kyrgyzstan Tourism & Travel

DAY 9

Kashgar

 

Breakfast is served at 8 o’clock. Today you will visits the Id Kah Mosque fronted by the busy square, the largest one in China that was built in 1442. Afterwards you will see the Abakh Hoja Tomb, built in 1640. It is a reminiscence of the Central Asian artistic style. The site is also known as the Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) Tomb in memory of Abakh Khoja's granddaughter, Iparhan, who was the Fragrant Concubine of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty. You will roam through the colorful national street that assembles rich and original workshops of making uyghur’s handcrafts. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Seman Hotel***.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► A guided Kashgar city tour:
- Id Kah Mosque (1442)
- Abakh Hoja Tomb (1640)
- Lunch
- Workshops of handicrafts
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Seman Hotel***

DAY 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kashgar

 

Today is Sunday and you will visit one of the greatest markets of Central Asia, the traditional Sunday Bazaar, where various Moslem nationalities in colorful costumes arrive by donkey cart,by horse or on foot,to bargain for animals, fruits, clothing, electronic devices and household goods. We’ll spend most of the day there immersing ourselves in the activities. It's a photographer’s paradise as foods animals, textiles, and metalwork are bought and sold in this vast open-air market. Through our interpreters, we'll learn about the Uyghur people and you will bargain with them for their handiwork. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Seman Hotel***.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Visit of the Chinese traditional Sunday bazaar
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Seman Hotel***

Osh city, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan mountains

DAY 11

An excursion to the Karakol Lake

 

The day starts with breakfast at 8 o’clock. In the morning we will drive to the Karakuri Lake. The drive takes 5-6 hours through a breathtaking scenery of high mountain pastures and snow-covered peaks. At the base of Muztagh Ata Mountain (7,545 m above sea level), Karakuri Lake is situated (3,770 m above sea lvel)). It is a majestic blue glacier lake that is fed by the massive, century-old glaciers above it. Karakol Lake in the shadows of Muztagh Ata Mountain is also a meeting place for the local Kyrgyz nomads, who use it as a summer pasture. Compared to the dry and sky-jetting Karakoram, the Pamirs are very gentle, green and wide open. After having enjoyed our lunch beside the lake, you will have time to stroll along the lake and take photos of it as well as the massive Muztagata Mountain, the "Father of the Ice Mountains". These glaciers and snowfields are overwhelming. The mountain wind blows through the parallel ranges that constitute the Pamirs, the "Roof of the World". Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Seman Hotel***.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to the base of Muztagh Ata Mountain
► Visit of Karakuri Lake
► Lunch
► Free time at your disposal
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Seman Hotel***

DAY 12

Exploring Shipton Arch

 

Breakfast is served at 8 o’clock. Afterwards you will be transferred to Shipton’s Arch, where we will set up a base camp at the portals of the Kara Tagh and then we will walk through its labyrinthine fissures to the base of Tushuk Tash.
In the 1940's, British diplomat and inveterate explorer Eric Shipton penetrated the slot canyons of the Kara Tagh Range in search of an immense natural arch that the locals called "Tushuk Tash" (Hole Rock). A National Geographic magazine expedition in the year 2000, outfitted by Snow Lion Expeditions, inspired people to design a Silk Road itinerary with its western terminus at the base of "Shipton's Arch," the world's tallest natural arch. First successful departure in 2004 was the first commercial trip to Shipton's Arch. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Seman Hotel***.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Shipton’s Arch
► Visit of Kara Tagh
► Lunch
► Visit of the world's tallest natural arch Tushuk Tash
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in Seman Hotel***

DAY 13

Kashgar - Irkishtam Pass (270kms)

 

Your breakfast will be served at 8 o’clock. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Irkishtam Pass. This pass is the Chinese-Kyrgyz border, over which you will enter Southern Kyrgyzstan. You will visit Pamir Mountains. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. This night you will spend in a yurt camp.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Irkishtam pass
► Lunch
► Visit of Pamir Mountains
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in a yurt camp

DAY 14

Irkishtam Pass – Osh (Kyrgyzstan)

 

Breakfast will be served at 8 o’clock. Then you will be transferred to the city Osh. You will have a guided city tour that includes visiting of Saint Suleiman Too. People say that if you visit this mountain you will never have any problems in your life.
In Brief:
► Breakfast
► Transfer to Osh city
► Lunch
► Guided City Tour
► Suleiman Mountain
► Traditional dinner
► Overnight in a hotel

DAY 15

Osh -Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

 

After a strengthening breakfast, you will be transferred to Tashkent via Kokand city over the Kamchik Pass. You will visit ancient places of interest such as Khudayar Khan palace, Mir Mosque, Dahmai Shahon Mausoleum that were built in 12th century. Afterwards you will be transferred to Rishtan to see a private pottery workshop. You will have a traditional
Dinner at 7 p.m.
Overnight in the hotel.

Tashkent pictures

DAY 16

Tashkent – Khiva

06:00

Early Breakfast at hotel.

07:30 Transfer to airport for flight HY-1051 arrival Urgench 10:40
Accommodation at hotel
10:00 Full day city tour of Khiva.
Visit to the oldest part of the city - Kunya-Ark fortress, including Kurinish Khana (17c); Mohammed-Amin-Khan(19c) Madrassah, Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex, Abd Al Bobo complex(18c), Rafanek Madrassah, Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c), Amir-Tur Madrassah, Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum
14:00 Lunch at national house. Getting aquanted with uzbek family and tasting Uzbek dishes.
Continuing city tour:
Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Kheivak well (10c), Uch Avlioli («three saints») Mausoleum, Jami Mosque(18c), Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum,
Free time at leisure
19:00 Dinner at hotel

DAY 17

Khiva – Bukhara

500 km

8:00

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Bukhara.
Photo stop near the biggest river in Central Asia Amudarya (Oxus).

13:00 Lunch in one of Oasis in the middle of Karakum desert.
16:00 Arriving to Bukhara.
Accommodation at Hotel.
Free time at leisure
Short city tour
18:00 Dinner at Lyabi Hauz-a cozy pond in the center of the ancient part where people come together for having a drink and dinner. One of places where you can see the real Uzbek life.

DAY 18

Bukhara

Ancient and fairy-tale town of Bukhara - the land
of magical lamps and Eastern beauties. Ancient Great Silk Road
caravans never missed this town - the only oasis around.
Nowadays Bukhara is famous not only for it's superb historical
monuments, but for it's lively trade. ...every traveler finds something
unique in this town

08:00

Breakfast at hotel

09:00 Full day of city tour.
Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10c)-vault of Bukhara rulers' dynasty, Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c), Bukhara local bazaar.
Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c) , Mosque (15c), functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (14c), Taqi (trading domes), Kukeldash Madrassah (16c),
14:00 Lunch at local restaurant
Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs;
Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c);
Free time at leisure
19:00 Dinner with national Folklor show and show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi madrassah

DAY 19

Bukhara-Shahrisabz-Samarkand
350 km

Shahrisabz- a birth place of famouse Tamerlane.

07:00

Early Breakfast at hotel.
Depart to Shahrisabz
City tour: Ak-Palace of Amir Temur, Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, Local Bazar, Mousaleum of Jahangir, empty mausoleum of Amir Temur.

14:00 Lunch at national house, getting acquainted with Uzbek families.
Transfer to Samarkand.
Accommodation at hotel.
Free time in Samarkand
19:00 Dinner at restaurant

DAY 20

Samarkand

the state of famous Amir Temur with the biggest mausoleums, madrassahs and mosques in Central Asia. And finally you have a chance to stay on world famous Registan square.

 

08:00

Breakfast at hotel

09:00 Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand:
Guri Emir- Legendary mausoleum where Amir Temur and all his family buried.
Registan square- World famous complex of 3 Madrasahs and golden dome mosque.
Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest Mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift from wife of Temerlame to her husband.
Siyab local bazzar-unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people.
Shahi - Zinda necropolises, a holy place and cemetery with graves of Temured’s dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed.
Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15 century for studying astronomy.
14:00 Lunch at local restaurant.
Free time at Registan square and Local bazzar
19:00 Dinner
NIGHT LIFE: Light show in Registan square, night view of Tamerlanes mausoleum etc

DAY 21

Samarkand-Tashkent-

The capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. It is know all of over the world as a city of friendship, unique combination of historical monuments and modern life!

07:00

Early breakfast at hotel.

08:00 Transfer to Tashkent.
Small picnic to enjoy the view of mountain pass around legendary gate of Tamerlanes state.
Photo stops near second Largest river of Central Asia Sirdarya, local fish market and famous market where the best melons are sold in the whole region. Quick shopping of water melons and melons.
Arriving Tashent
14:00 Lunch at local restaurant. Tasting different cuisine of Central Asian nations.
Accommodation at hotel.
Quick City tour: New Part of the city; Independence square , Alisher Navoi monument, Alisher Navoi theatre, Tashkent subway, Amir Temur square etc.
18:00 Dinner with farewell show at national guest house.
Transfer to Airport for flight HY-…..
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Services included in main tour price:   Services excluded in main tour price:
  • Double / Single accommodation
  • English speaking guide service (to be ordered)
  • Transport service all over tour by luxury air conditioned car
  • Portages charge at airports and hotels Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Picnic and coffee stops
  • Unlimited Bottle of mineral water
  • Unlimited Entrance fees to all sightseeing
  • Folklore shows in Bukhara city
  • OPTIONAL services for your choice;
Tashkent: Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre,
Visiting Christian churches,
Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
Tashkent zoo and botanic garden.
Any museums of Tashkent
And much more
Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Ferghana: Decussating of local wines of local factories, all museums, theatres, taking part in national holydays, parties and customs / Traditions. Visiting Uzbek families, Schools, medical institutions, bazaars, archives of ancient books, libraries and much much more.
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  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Beverages and meals not included in main menu
  • Photo-and video charges
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance
  • Tips to the guides and drivers

 

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