Pearls of Central Asia

Pearls of Central Asia, Silk Road tours

The name of the tour: Pearls of Central Asia

Arrival to: Almaty

Departure from:  Dushanbe

Visiting landmarks: Almaty, Charyn Canyon, Issyk Lake, Bishkek, Ala Archa, Burana, Chon Kemin, Issyk Kul Lake, Karakol, Jeti Oguz, Kochkor, Son Kul, Osh, Khujand, Iskanderkul Lale, Dushanbe

Day 1: Almaty
This day you will arrive to Almaty, after transfer to the city. This day you will have a highlight tour. You will get to the first destination the Medeu Gorge which is very famous among the athletes of the society due to the highest skating rink in the world. There is also a dam that saves the city from dangerous mudslides. You will have an opportunity to stroll, explore the fascinating nature, discover the beauty of fir trees and breathe fresh air, after you will ride on the railroad to Shymbulak ski resort area. You will move down back way by the cable way.  Then you will have an adventure to amazing Kok-Tobe hill, where on the top located the famous TV tower which is popular among all Kazakhstan. You will get there by the eco cars you will admire the vivid mountain road. After you will direct to another sight Almaty Museum*, you will know there interesting facts about the previous capital and learn history of Kazakh people. Then you will experience fascinating the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, it is memorial park erected in honor to 28 Panfilov guardsmen. You will explore the real masterpiece of art in the center of this park Zenkov Cathedral. After you will discover the Green Bazaar*, where you can buy a lot of interesting goods, vegetables and fruits. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Almaty
You will have breakfast and then you will transfer to natural attraction Charyn Canyon. Charyn is a beautiful canyon that was formed many millions of years ago. It stretches for 154 km and the height of the rocks reaches 300 meters. The canyon is located near the border with China and Kyrgyzstan. People called it the Great Grand canyon of America. You will be able to enjoy the incredible nature, picturesque places that the canyon has, there is also a relict ash tree Sogd, and this place is known for its beautiful Valley of castles with probably strange forms of towers that the artist mother nature created. While you will get to the canyon, you will learn a lot of interesting facts about the traditions and customs, culture of the Kazakh people, and you will also find an interesting history of the country on your tour. You will be impressed the real pristine nature and observe the panorama. Everyone who has visited the Canon will fall in love with beauty and it will remain in your memory for a lifetime. Then you will drive to the city and spend the night in the hotel.

Day 3: Almaty - Issyk lake - Almaty - Bishkek
You will move today to amazing gorge Issyk Gorge, Trans-Ili Alatau, near Almaty. The distance from the intersection of Ryskulov Avenue and Kuldja tract to the lake is 61 kilometers. Along the way you will explore the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK", you will discover the amazing expositions belonged to the history and culture of the Saka period, where is located  a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. After you will continue tour with picturesque Issyk Lake an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was restored after the disaster of 1963, when a giant mudslide destroyed it. After you will direct to the city. You will transfer to Bishkek. You will rest the night in the hotel.

Day 4: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
This day you will visit the amazing highlights of Bishkek. In course of the tour you will explore: Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many other attractions. After you will direct to amazing landmark of Kyrgyzstan Ala Archa gorge. Ala Archa natural reserve scenic Kyrgyzstan which are covered with juniper trees, in whose honor and named gorge. In Soviet times, the Natural Park was forbidden for ordinary residents to visit, and only privileged citizens could enjoy nature. Now you have a chance to have a great time, marvel at the flora and fauna and also see the wonderful panorama of the gorge by climbing a little up. Further you will return to the capital. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5: Bishkek - Burana - Chon Kemin
After breakfast you will explore the colorful attraction our Asian Bazaar. We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of dynamic photos of bustling local life. Today you can enjoy shopping in this place, buy incredibly interesting Souvenirs or fresh fruits or vegetables. In the second part of the day you will drive to Chon Kemin gorge. Along the way you will disocver historical landmark Burana Tower. Scientists consider the date of construction to be the X-XI century. Now the height of the tower is 21 meters, but before the devastating earthquake it was 40m. You will also observe stone warriors called Balbals. You can climb up to the top and discover fascinating panorama of Chui Valley. Then you will continue driving to the Chon Kemin Gorge. After arrival you will be offered to have a horseback ride about 3 hours. You will lead to the spectacular top of the gorge and admire the mesmerizing nature, while observing the magnificent panorama. The overnight is in the home stay. 

Day 6: Chon Kemin - Issyk Kul lake northern shore - Karakol
This day you will travel to amazingly beautiful Lake Issyk Kul. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, real paradise for relax and exploring the celestial mountains. It is one of the deepest lakes in the world. The sea climate of the lake has a positive effect on health, people from many countries come here to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Located at an altitude of 1608 meters above sea level, the lake is called the "Pearl of Kyrgyzstan". During the trip, you can enjoy the scenic views, go to the shore and take incredibly beautiful photos. This day you will ride along the northern side of the lake and get to the amazing city Karakol. In course of the tour you will visit in Cholpon Ata ancient stone patterns - petroglyphs. After arrival you will discover the Dungan mosque. An island of Dungan culture and architecture in Central Asia. Its history begins in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Today you will also explore an old wooden Orthodox Church. It was built in 1894-1895 on the site of an old brick Church destroyed by an earthquake in 1876. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 7: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor
This day you will experience Jeti Oguz gorge that is located 30 km West of the city of Karakol on the Northern slopes of the Terskey Ala-Too range. This is one of the most beautiful sights of Kyrgyzstan, which means Seven Bulls.  This day you will observe amazing site the Broken Heart Mountain. You will be offered to discover the spectacular panorama of the gorge, go to the top of the mountain. After you will continue tour with amazing drive along southern shore of the lake Issyk Kul, while observing celestial mountains and taking photos. You will stop at village Bokonbaevo and get acquainted with local eagle hunter. He will tell you interesting facts about ancient methods of hunting on hares and foxes with the help of eagles. Rest at the home stay.

Day 8: Kochkor - Son Kul
Today you will discover the gem of Kyrgyz Land Son Kul Lake. The lake is the second largest in the country and is located at an altitude of 3016 meters above sea level. The picturesque lake has beautiful landscapes and magnificent flora and fauna. You will be fascinated by the surface of the lake, constantly changing color from changing weather. In ancient times, the lake was a great place for grazing, as it is today. People from all over Kyrgyzstan come here to relax from the city bustle and have a great time. Pasture land is also used for grazing in the summer. When you will arrive to the lake you will fascinate the beautiful surroundings and take photos. You will spend the night in the yurt, portable dwelling house covered with felt.

Day 9: Son Kul - 33 parrots Pass - Kochkor - Bishkek
This day you can visit the local inhabitants and observe their way of life. You will after transfer to the amazing capital of Kyrgyzstan. You will transfer along picturesque pass 33 parrots pass (3 133 m), on the way you can take photos, discover the beauty if the nature and you will be amazed by the vivid serpentines. During the tour you will stop in Kochkor village and you will be met by a local family who will tell and demonstrate the methods and techniques of making national felt carpets. This day you will also have a chance to discover a small handicraft museum there. There are keeps interesting artifacts of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more, you can buy here some souvenirs. Further you will drive to the capital Bishkek. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 10: Bishkek - Osh
This day you will have a morning flight to the south capital of Kyrgyzstan Osh. You will have a highlight tour and have a little walk along the sreets, taking photos. You will get to the main attraction Suleiman Mountain. A place of pilgrimage for many Muslims. According to legends, the great prophet Suleiman communicated with animals from all over the world on this mountain, which is why it got its current name. On the top of Sulaiman-Too mountain, a hujra building called "Babur's house" was built. This day you will also experience Asian Bazaar. today you can enjoy colorful places, shopping, try delicious fresh, fruit or tortillas. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 11: Osh - Guliston border - Khujand 
After breakfast  you will transfer to Tajik border and then to Khujand city. You will be met by Tajik guide on the border and accompany to Khujand city. On the banks of the Syr Darya river is the city of Khujand, which despite its small population of 149 thousand people is the second most important city in Tajikistan, and is sometimes called the Northern capital of the country. This day you will explore the significant sight of the city a Cultural Palace of Khujand. This place is famous because at this place the first president of Tajikistan was elected. Then you will observe Central Mosque that is situated in the center of Khujand. The night will spend in the hotel.

Day 12: Khujand - Iskanderkul Lake
Today you will lead to treasure of Tajikistan high Mountain lake - Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). the legendary Iskanderkul lake, named after the conqueror Alexander the great, is located right in the heart of the beautiful Fann mountains. This beautiful area offers beautiful views to discover the beautiful nature. You will arrive to the lake and have a little walk along the shores. Then you will hike to fascinate the grandeur of a waterfall about 40 min. There is a lot of water in Tajikistan and the state ranks second among the CIS countries in terms of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. The overnight is in the homestay.

Day 13: Iskanderkul - Dushanbe
After breakfast you will drive to Dushanbe through  Anzob pass (3 372 m) and tunnel of Isticlol. This day you will drive along the wonderful mountain passes and have many photo stops. After arrival you will have a city tour in amazing capital, you will experience: Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. You will lead to disocver National park to take photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world - 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. You will also have an excursion in Central Museum and in Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Youe night will be in the hotel.

Day 14: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.

Transport in KZ:
02 pax - Sedan
04 pax - Minivan
06- 10 pax - Sprinter (14 seats) 

Transport in KG:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter (18 seats) 

Transport in TJ:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex 
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex 
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex 

Price per person:
02 pax - 2 035 $
04 pax - 1 345 $
06 pax - 1 180 $
08 pax - 1 005 $
10 pax - 970 $
Single - 215 $

All dinners - 215 $
All lunches and dinners - 440 $

To be 2 in one yurt (now 4 pax) - 15 $ per person

English speaking guides:
KG - 665 $ per group
TJ - 380 $ per group
KZ - 320 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Chon Kemin - Homestay
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Boutique Hotel
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts, "Nomad's Dream" camp (4 pax in 1)
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul - Home stays
Dushanbe - "Meridians" Hotel 3*
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Mineral water during the tour
- Flight tickets Bishkek - Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)            

Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide 

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