ORIGINAL SILK ROAD

This 21 days tour will take you through the most iconic places of the Great Silk Road, which for centuries was connecting China with Eastern and Western World. For thousands of years endless caravans loaded with luxurious silk, expensive herbs and gems had been travelling along this ancient trading route. Caravanserais, majestic mosques and world known monuments were created along the Great Silk Road. This tour will take you across the original route and you will explore the legendary history of the area by yourself. The tour starts in Kyrgyzstan, where you will visit the beautiful parts of this mountain country, Issyk Kul Lake, the biggest mountain lake in Central Asia, Son Kul Lake where you can meet real nomads.  Further you will travel to China explore the old city of Kashgar with its famous Sunday bazaar, high mountain lake Karakol and mysterious Shipton’s Arch. The tour will be full of breathtaking views, high passes, and Asian hospitality. The second part of the tour will take you to the southern part of Kyrgyzstan with immense Alai valley and ancient Osh city. Osh borders with Uzbekistan, so you will cross the border to a golden valley of Fergana and further visit all iconic places in this country which so many times mentioned as a heart of the Great Silk Road.

21 Days

Route Map

Tour program

  • Day 1 Bishkek city (Kyrgyzstan)

    Program
    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

    Program
    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

    Program
    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

    Program
    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

    Program
    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

    Program
    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)

    Program
    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
  • Day 8 Tash-Rabat - Kashgar (China)

    Program
    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***
  • Day 9 Kashgar

    Program
    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

    Program
    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***
  • Day 11 An excursion to the Karakol Lake

    Program
    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
  • Day 12 Exploring Shipton Arch

    Program
    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
  • Day 13 Kashgar - Irkishtam Pass (270kms)

    Program
    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)

    Program
    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)

    Program
    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.
  • Day 16 Tashkent - Khiva

    Time Program
    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

    Time Program
    08:00
    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

    Time Program
    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

    Shahrisabz - a birth place of famouse Tamerlane.

    Time Program
    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.

    Time Program
    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!

    Time Program
    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-….. 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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