Though these two countries are right next to each other, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have much that differs between them. Kyrgyzstan is home to some of the tallest mountains of Central Asia, with deep, pure lakes and broad pastures tucked between the peaks. Uzbekistan, on the other hand, is famous for its oasis cities, with stunning architecture that stands out among the wide desert. Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva have long been famous not only for their buildings, but also for their long histories and bright colors. The Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Group Tour brings you to the most striking places in these two countries, and gives you (and your fellow travelers from around the world) an introduction to this wonderful part of the world.
Arrival to Bishkek early in the morning, transfer to the hotel. Rest. At 12 PM sightseeing tour: visit Kyrgyz National Philharmoniс, Statue of Manas, Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Victory Square, Museum of Fine Arts and Osh market. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: Breakfast
Day 2, Sa: Bishkek – Burana – Cholpon-Ata
Breakfast. At 08:00 start the trip from Bishkek. First, stop at Burana Tower. This is a historical complex, which marks the original site of Balasagun, a Karakhanid town. After visit Burana Tower, you will watch Kyrgyz national horse game “Ulak Tartysh” (goat pulling). Ulak Tartysh (a.k.a Kok Boru) is a fight between two teams of riders for a goat carcass. Lunch in the local Kyrgyz family. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata. Dinner and overnight at the hotel, located near Issyk-Kul lake (the second largest alpine lake in the world). Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 3, Su: Cholpon-Ata – Karakol
Transfer to Karakol. On the way stop in an open air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Also you can visit museum of local lore. Continue driving to Karakol. City tour in Karakol: visiting Prjevalsky museum, Wooden Orthodox Church, Dungan mosque in Chinese style. Kyrgyzstan is a multiethnic country and during this tour you will have a chance to get acquainted with different nations and cultures. Today you will have a dinner in Uigur or Dungan family with Kyrgyz national music and songs. These nations came to Kyrgyzstan from China and live in Karakol since 1869. Overnight in the guest house. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 4, Mo: Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Kochkor
Transfer to Kochkor along the Southern Shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visit to Jety-Oguz gorge. Your guide will tell you a legend about Jety-Oguz (seven bulls) and Broken Heart rock. After lunch transfer to Bokonbaevo where you will see an eagle hunting show. Continue driving to Kochkor. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. Dinner in Kyrgyz family. Family run accommodation. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5, Tu (May): Kochkor – Chon-Kemin
After breakfast visit a felt carpet workshop in Kochkor. It’s a place where you can see the process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. Transfer to Chon-Kemin. After lunch you will have time to hike or walk in the gorge. Dinner in the guest house. Overnight in the guest house. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5, Tu (June-September): Kochkor – Son-Kul
After breakfast visit a felt carpet workshop in Kochkor. It’s a place where you can see the process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. Transfer to Son-Kul (120 km). Son-Kul is one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (2030 m above sea level). It’s a place where you can experience a nomadic life. You will have a chance to ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and to see how local women make Kyrgyz national drink – Kymyz (mare’s milk). This is a remote mountain lake situated on a treeless, high mountain plateau ( 3016 m ) where shepherds bring the livestock in the summertime, establish a camp where they will live – setting up their yurts. In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts. Dinner. Overnight in the yurt camp. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6, We: Son-Kul – Bishkek
Early in the morning, transfer to Bishkek (400 km). Arrival in Bishkek. Farewell dinner with Kyrgyz national dances. Overnight in the hotel. Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 7, Th: Bishkek – Ala-Archa Gorge – Tashkent
At 10 AM meeting at the hotel with a guide and driver. Transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). You will be in the alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Tashkent at 18:35. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight. Meals: Breakfast
Day 8, Fr: Tashkent
Enjoy a free day before the more fast-paced half of the trip begins in Uzbekistan. As you’ll be having a guided tour of Tashkent tomorrow, we recommend the following extension activities on the outskirts of the city: Day trip to Chimgan Mountains, where you can see petroglyphs, take a 3-kilometer-long cable car ride into the mountains and enjoy the magnificent views from the top. If you like hiking, check out trip to Gulkam Canyon. With its beautiful river and waterfall tucked between two crags, it’s the perfect spot for a half-day hike and picnic by the stream, and sure to become one of your sweetest memories from Uzbekistan. If you wish to combine the best of both - a cable car ride, hiking and a picnic lunch – then Beldersay Ring Tour is calling you!
Day 9, Sa: Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
After breakfast start guided sightseeing tour in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. You will start with exploring the Old City. Visit Khast-Imam Complex, where the world famous Quran, holy book that belonged to Caliph Uthman, has been preserved. The complex consists of Barak-Khan Madrasah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Continue to Chorsu Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center to walk through Amir Timur Square, Independence Square and visit Applied Arts Museum. Transfer to domestic airport, evening flight to Urgench departing at 18:40 (1093 km, 1 h 40 min). Arrival in Urgench at 20:20, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 km, 35 min). Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 10, Su: Khiva – Bukhara
After breakfast sightseeing tour in Khiva. Visit Ichan-Kala Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In Ichan-Qala fortress visit Kunya-Ark, Sayeed Alauddin Mausoleum, Arab-Mukhamadkhan Madrasah, Oq-Masjid Mosque, Madrasah of Hodjan Berdi-biya, Shirgazikhan Madrasah, Abdullakhan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Allakulikhan Madrasah, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom-Khoja. At 19:00 transfer to domestic airport flight to Bukhara at 21:00 arriving in Bukhara at 22:00. Arrival in Bukhara, transfer to the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 11, Mo: Bukhara
After breakfast start walking sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Dinner and a National Show at Nadir Divan-begi Madrasah. Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 12, Tu: Bukhara – Samarkand
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa – the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir, unique site combining Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. In the afternoon take the high-speed Afrosiyob train 15:52-17:20 or overland transfer. Arrive in Samarkand, check in to the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Day 13, We: Samarkand
After breakfast, Samarkand sightseeing tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, Gur Emir Mausoleum – the Mausoleum of Amir Timur, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory. Free time in the afternoon. Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 14, Th: Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast. Continue sightseeing tour in Samarkand. You will visit Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Konigil village to explore traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Farewell lunch in Samarkand. At 16:30 transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train departing at 17:30 (300 km, 2 h 10 m) and arriving in Tashkent at 19:40. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 15, Fr: Tashkent – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
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