This tour is a great opportunity to see and compare two beautiful countries in Central Asia –Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan just in 13 days. Kyrgyzstan possesses the most beautiful mountains and nature in Central Asia, however Uzbekistan has the most beautiful architecture and in the region, which is one of the most beautiful in the world as well.   We recommend beginning in Tashkent and following the Great Silk Road to the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand and finish Uzbek part of the trip back in Tashkent. Later, you will catch the flight to Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan for visiting the most famous place of the country – Issyk Kul Lake. Issyk Kul is one the biggest mountain lakes in the world. Beautiful sights, mountain air and snow white peaks will take your breath away. You will have a chance to swim in the lake, depending on weather. This land offers many opportunities for active tourism and our program will include light trekking to see petroglyphs. One can see panoramic view of Issyk Kul Lake from there – ancient people were thinking it was the middle of the world. In Jeti Oguz (Seven Bulls) gorge, famous for its red rocks formations, your guide will tell you a beautiful legend.  You also will see amazing Broken Heart Mountain and experience many other Kyrgiz activities such as folk show, eagle hunting, yurta (nomadic people tent) building master class. Your tour will finish in Bishkek.

13 Days

Route Map

Tour program

  • Day 1 - Tashkent

    Program
    Flight to Tashkent by HY….. Arrival …. Meeting at the airport of Tashkent by English speaking guide. Transfer to hotel, check in and rest after the flight.
  • Day 2 - Tashkent-Urgench (Khiva)

    This city is an open air museum, like Pompeii and Herculaneum. UNESCO has declared Khiva a city reserve and included Khiva’s oldest part Ichan-kala in its World Heritage List

    Time Program
    05:00
    Breakfast at hotel.
    05:30
    Transfer to airport for flight HY... Arrival to Urgench and transfer to Khiva (40km) 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, Kalta Minor Minaret; Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c) Madrassah, Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Mazary Sharif Madrassah, Islam Khodja Madrassah and Minaret, Jami Mosque(18c)
    14:00
    Lunch at national house. Getting acquainted with uzbek family and tasting Uzbek dishes. Continuing city tour: Kutluq-Murad Inaq (19c) Madrassah, Allakuli khan Madrassah (19c), Ak Mosque, Tash Havli Fortress. Free time at leisure
    20:00
    Dinner at ancient madrassah
  • Day 3 - Khiva – Bukhara

    Time Program
    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 Kyzylkum desert. (Lunch boxes are provided by our company)
    18:00
    Arriving to Bukhara. Accommodation at Hotel. Free time at leisure
    19:00
    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 4 - 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

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day of city tour. Visit to Ismael Samani mausoleum (9-10 c)-the oldest royal mausoleum in Bukhara, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum(14 c), Bukhara local bazar. Visit to Old Bukhara: Poi-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12c), Mosque (16c), functioning Miri Arab Madrassah(16 c), Amir- Alim-Khan Madrassah (19c).
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant. Taqi trading domes, Kukeldash Madrassah (16c), Lyab-i-Hauz (17c), Nadir Divanbegi (17c), Magoki Attari (10-16c), Ulug Beg (15c), Abdul Aziz (17c) Madrassahs; Visit to Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16c) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c), Summer Palace of the last Emir of Bukhara. Free time at leisure
    18:00
    National Folklore show and show of national clothes at Nodir Devonbegi madrassah
    19:00
    Dinner in national house participating in the process of preparation of the most famous national dish - PLOV.
  • Day 5 - Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast
    09:00
    Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz
    13:00
    Arriving Shakhrisabz Lunch at national house, getting acquainted with Uzbek family. City tour: Ak-Sarai Palace of Amir Temur, Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, traditional bazar, Mausoleum of Jahangir, empty mausoleum of Amir Temur. Transfer to Samarkand Arriving Samarkand. Accommodation at hotel
    19:00
    Dinner at local restaurant
  • Day 6 - Samarkand

    The grandiose capital of the Empire of famous Tamerlane -Amir Temur with the biggest mausoleums, madrassahs and mosques in Central Asia. And finally you have a chance to visit the world famous Registan square.

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    Full day sightseeing tour of Samarkand: Guri Emir - Legendary mausoleum of Amir Temur and his family members. Registan square - World famous complex of 3 Madrassahs and Golden Dome Mosque. Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift of Tamerlane's wife to her husband. Local Siyab bazar - unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand people.
    13:00
    Lunch at local restaurant Continuing city tour of Samarkand. Shahi - Zinda necropolis, a holy place and cemetery with mausoleums of Timurid dynasty and a grave of cousin of Prophet Muhamed. Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible construction of 15th century for astronomical research.
    19:00
    Dinner at national house recognized by UNESCO (one of the oldest houses in Samarkand with ancient original decorations) (OPTIONAL)
  • Day 7 - Samarkand-Tashkent

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

    Time Program
    08:00
    Early breakfast at hotel.
    09:00
    Visit to Al-Bukhariy complex. The Mausoleum of the outstanding islamic scholar Imam Al Bukhari (died 870) is located near Samarkand. He compiled the hadith (words and stories of Prophet Mumammed) collection named As Sahih al Bukhari, a collection which Sunni Muslims regard as the most authentic of all hadith compilations. Afrosiab museum. The ancient core of Samarkand is located on the Afrasiab hill, named after the legendary Turanian king. The museum displays exhibits illustrating the various periods of the city's ancient history: ossuaries, fragments of ancient swords, knifes, arrows, coins, ceramics and unique frescos from the 7-8th century palace of the Ihshid of Samarkand. The mausoleum of Khodja-Daniyar is located on the northern slope of Afrasiab hill, by the healing spring. According to legend, Khodja Daniyar was a companion of Kusam ibn Abbas, who was believed to be a relative of the Prophet and one of the first Islamic preachers in Central Asia. Other legends associate Khodja Daniyar with the Koranic and Biblical prophet Daniyar (Daniel) whose remains were brought here by Amir Temur. Lunch at local restaurant.
    14:00
    Transfer to Tashkent. Small photo-stop to enjoy the view of legendary Iron Gates of Tamerlane. Photo stops near second largest river of Central Asia - Sirdarya, local fish market and roadside markets where the best melons are sold in the whole region. Quick shopping of water melons and melons (depends on season). Arriving to Tashkent
    19:00
    Arriving Tashkent Accommodation at hotel. Dinner
  • Day 8 - Tashkent

    Time Program
    08:00
    Breakfast at hotel
    09:00
    City tour in Tashkent Khastimam Complex: Barak Khan Madrassah, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Library with the world-known Uthman Qur
    14:00
    Lunch at local restaurant. New Part of the city: Independence square, Alisher Navoi theatre, Amir Temur square, etc.
    18:00
    Dinner
  • Day 9 - Tashkent -Bishkek

    Kyrgyzstan is a rugged and beautiful country, with over half its territory situated in the Tian Shan Mountains.

    Program
    Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Bishkek city - the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan (30km, 30 min). Arrival. Hotel accommodation. Free time for leisure. Overnight in Bishkek.
  • Day 10 - Bishkek - Burana Tower - Issyk Kul Lake - Cholpon Ata

    Program
    Breakfast. City tour: visiting of Victory Square, Oak Park with stone sculptures, Old Square, The House of Parliament, Main Ala Too Square, White House, Manas Hero Square, City Hall and many other interesting places. Also you will visit our famous Asian Bazaar where you will make a lot of colorful photos. Lunch After lunch drive to Burana Tower. On the way visiting Stone Warriors – Balbals. After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the Tower drive to the most famous place of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk Kul Lake. You can swim in the lake and to see mountains around you with snow white peaks! Dinner Overnight in resort.
  • Day 11 - Issyk Kul Lake – Karakol

    Program
    Breakfast. Short trekking to see petroglpihs. You can see a panorama view of the Issyk Kul Lake from this place – people were thinking that it was the middle of the world. All these pictures were depicted on the southern side of stones. People believed that in this case the God of the Sun will see their messages. Also beside the pictures there are big stones put in a circle way to make sacrifices. Drive to Karakol town. City tour including: Russian Orthdox Church and Dungan Mosque. Overnight in guesthouse.
  • Day 12 - Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Bishkek

    Program
    Breakfast We will travel today to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Your guide will tell you a beautiful legend about these rocks. Also you will see our amazing Broken Heart Mountain! We will make many photos there and if you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge! There are some yurts on the way and people can offer you to drink Kumis. It is a national drink that is made of mare’s milk, and it is an alcoholic drink as a beer. After that we drive along Issyk Kul Lake and you will have a picnic on a wild beach. If you wish you can swim there for 30 minutes before we continue our driving. On the way we will visit one of the most interesting families in Kyrgyzstan – the family of Eagle Hunters! There are still some people in villages that continue this ancient way of hunting in our days. They train eagles and hawks when they are young and every winter go with them to the mountains for hunting. The Eagle Hunter just lets the bird fly and it finds the victim on its own. You will find out many interesting facts about this way of hunting and you will be able to make photo while keeping the bird on your hand! Farewell dinner in Bishkek will be at 9 o’clock.
  • Day 13 - Bishkek

    Program
    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to international airport for departure flight END OF SERVICE

Services included in the price of the tour

  • Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
  • Transport services all over the tour by luxury air conditioned car/minivan/bus
  • Tips at the airports and hotels
  • Unlimited bottles of mineral water
  • Folklore show in Bukhara city
  • Tickets for performance in Alisher Navoi Theatre
  • Cup of Tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
  • Any museums of Tashkent
  • all museums
  • taking part in national holydays
  • schools
  • bazaars
  • libraries and much much more
  • English speaking guide services (to be ordered)
  • Portage charges at airports and hotels
  • Picnics and coffee stops
  • Unlimited entrance fees to all sights
  • OPTIONAL services for your choice
  • Visiting Christian churches
  • Tashkent zoo and botanic garden
  • winetasting in local wineries
  • theatres
  • parties and customs / traditions. Visiting Uzbek families
  • medical institutions
  • archives of ancient books
  • Presents from Roxana Tour

Not included in the list of services

  • Airfare due to the program (international and local)
  • Beverages and meals not included in main menu
  • All personal expenses (extra luggage fee / room service / medical expenses/insurance / etc.)
  • Tips to the guides and drivers
  • All optional deviations from the main itinerary
  • Photo-and video charges
  • Trip cancellation / accident insurance

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