The wonder of the Great Silk Road

The wonder of the Great Silk Road, Silk Road tours

The name of the tour: The wonder of the Great Silk Road

Arrival to: Bishkek

Departure from:  Tashkent

Visiting landmarks: Bishkek, Ala Archa, Burana, Chon Kemin, Issyk Kul Lake, Karakol, Jeti Oguz, Kochkor, Son Kul, Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand

Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. The first half of the day is dedicated to a guided tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. In the afternoon we will visit Ala Archa gorge. On the territory of the gorge flows the eponymous river Ala Archa, which is fresh and very tasty. "Ala "translates as" variegated", and juniper is a shrub that is abundantly covered with the slopes of the local mountains.It is located in the General accessibility not far from the city in 40 km. Locals love to spend time in this place and enjoy the indescribably beautiful nature. The gorge is rich in flora and fauna and you can enjoy the panorama of the gorge after a short walk. You will complete the tour with driving to Bishkek, night will be in the hotel.

Day 2: Bishkek - Burana - Chon Kemin
After breakfast you will discover Asian Bazaar. Today you will see the hustle and bustle, discover the flavor of the Oriental Bazaar and see a lot of interesting products by photographing them. Then you will transfer to spectacular Chon Kemin gorge. This place is charming at any time of the year and can fascinate you with incredibly beautiful views. Along the way you will visit the ancient monument of Kyrgyzstan Burana Tower. The name comes from a corruption of the word "monora", which translates as "minaret". This is why it is considered to be one of the first temples built in Kyrgyzstan. The tower was built in the 11th century and is one of the buildings of the Karakhanids. This day you will also visit located nearby open air museum Balbals. This stones look like warriors. You will have a chance to climb to the top of the tower and amaze the real beauty of the Kyrgyzstan nature. You will drive to Chon Kemin and observe the wonderful views. After arrival you will ride a horse 3 hours. You will go to the top of the gorge observe the mountain forest. And you will contemplate the magnificent panorama of the gorge. The night will be in the cozy home stay. 

Day 3: Chon Kemin - Issyk Kul lake northern shore - Karakol
This day you will have a trip to the second largest alpine lake in the world Issyk Kul lake. It is located in the North-East of Kyrgyzstan at an altitude of 1608m, surrounded by celestial mountains. It's hotter because it doesn't freeze even in winter. People of Kyrgyzstan call proudly this lake "the pearl of Central Asia".  It is one of the 30 largest lakes in the world by area and in seventh place in the list of the deepest lakes. In course of the tour you will have chance to explore the banks of the lake and discover the beauty if the mountains. After you will direct along the northern part of the lake to interesting city Karakol. It was founded by Russian settlers who arrived here in the late 19th century after the annexation of Northern Kyrgyzstan to the Russian Empire. Along the way you will explore ancient stone patterns - petroglyphs. After arrival you will discover the Dungan mosque historical and artistic monument, one of the greatest structures of Dungan architecture. The mosque is an example of the Chinese architectural style. Then you will visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. The overnight in is in the guesthouse. 

Day 4: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor
After breakfast you will transfer to Jeti Oguz gorge. In the Jeti Oguz gorge, you can see unusual red rocks that from a distance resemble seven bulls lying on the ground. You will also take photo of the Broken Heart Mountain. In course of the tour you can go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) where you will observe the amazing panorama view of the gorge. You will also continue tour with stopping at Bokonbaevo village, where you will meet a local eagle-hunter. The ability to conduct eagle hunting was passed down from ancient hunters to modern descendants. Until now, the descendants of the Kyrgyz take eagles to hunt foxes and lynxes.  You will spend the night in a home stay.

Day 5: Kochkor - Son Kul
This day you will transfer to Son Kul Lake. It is located in the Tien Shan mountains at an altitude of 3016 m above sea level in Kyrgyzstan and covers an area of 278 square meters.Sonkel is of tectonic origin, fed by glacial waters. Its length is 28 km, width - 18 km, average depth - 9 m. Since ancient times, nomads have surrounded this place and lived here in the summer as to this day. You can enjoy the beautiful nature, as well as marvel at the purest nature. Pastures are used for grazing cattle, sheep, goats, cows and yaks graze in the highlands. On arrival you will experience the pristine nature and take photos, relax from the civilizations. You will rest the night in the yurt. Yurt is a classic dwelling of Asian nomads. The most common meaning of the common Turkic word "jurt" is "people", as well as - pasture, ancestral land.

Day 6: Son Kul - 33 parrots Pass - Kochkor - Bishkek
This day you will meet local people and transfer to the capital. You will drive today via 33 parrots pass. The pass is named after 33 serpentines, and its height is 3133 meters. You will visit today Kochkor village you can meet a local family who will tell you about an interesting method of making the pride of the Kyrgyz national felt carpet. In course of the tour you will discover a small handicraft museum there. It stores many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. Then you will direct to the capital. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek -Tashkent
This day you will have a transfer flight to Tashkent. You will meet the group at Tashkent airport. This day you will have a city tour. You will explore today Independence square, the main square of the country, where are located the interesting attractions. After you can walk along the fascinating street the local Broadway, where you can buy Souvenirs and paintings. Then you will discover picturesque Tashkent metro, interesting for its architectural features. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful attraction and make a travel in it. Afterwards you will visit: Chorsu Bazaar the largest colorful Bazaar in Tashkent, Kukaldash Madrasah the largest madrasah and one of the most famous historical sights of Tashkent and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. You will observe the main attraction of the day the Othman Quran which is the world's ancient Quran copy dating back to 8th c. The overnight is in the hotel.

Day 8: Tashkent - Bukhara (morning flight)
Today you will have a morning flight to Bukhara. You will have a sightseeing tour dedicated to highlights of the city. This day you will visit ancient monument Citadel Ark which is the latter is an unapproachable witness to the rule of the Bukhara emirs. You will also visit Samanids mausoleum, the real excellence of the architecture of the 9th-10th century. After you will proceed the tour with Chashma Ayub, they are decorated with majestic domes, various in shape. The main dome, which resembles a double tent, is located exactly above the sacred spring. You will also walk along the shopping domes and visit outstanding madrasah Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. The final site will be Poi Kalon complex, the majestic structure is translated as "the foot of the great". There are located three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. You will rest the night in the hotel.   

Day 9: Bukhara 
You will visit today fascinating sights in Bukhara. You will experience Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex, located few kilometers from Bukhara. he was a well-known representative of Central Asian Sufism. Since childhood, he was under the religious influence of Sufis. Numerous scientific studies of Sufis and Sufism have been created in many languages. Many studies have stated that Sufism has its roots in various beliefs of philosophy. After you will travel to the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs named Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. the residence of the emirs of Bukhara, which was located outside the city. Its construction began in the 19th century and lasted for several decades. The idea to erect a Palace came to Emir Abdulahad Khan. Today you will also find Chor Bakr memorial complex, unique architectural ensemble, built in the XVI century. It can be called a family cemetery of Gubarev - the most powerful dynasty of sheikhs of Bukhara. You will rest the night in the hotel.

Day 10: Bukhara - Samarkand
You will travel today to wonderful Samarkand. Samarkand one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, nestled in the flowery valley of the Zeravshan river. It is one of the three largest and most populous cities in Uzbekistan. This day you will have a tour in the spectacular sights such as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square, this square is the most beautiful in Samarkand, you will be amazed by its grandeur and beauty. Architectural complex of Shakhi-Zindeh one of the best architectural sights of Central Asia, a monument of great historical, cultural and artistic value. Bibi Khanum Mosque the stunning Cathedral mosque, seen from Afrosiab hill, literally translates as "the eldest Princess». The night is in the hotel.

Day 11: Samarkand - Tashkent (train)
After breakfast you will also discover the magnificent attractions of Samarkand. This day you will fascinate Ulughbek observatory, medieval landmark on the Kuhak hill, which is the ruins of one of the most important observatories of the XV century. Its founder is Muhammad Taragay Ulugbek, a famous Turkic astrologer and astronomer. The Observatory is known for the fact that here in 1437 they compiled the Gurgan Zij, an astronomical catalog with 1018 stars. You will also visit the local Broadway that abundance with souvenir shops, teahouses, sweets and workshops. You will also explore national bazaar Siab, oriental bazaar, there you can discover Uzbek traditional handmade products and local sweets. This day you will experience carpet factory, a unique handmade carpet factory. You will after departure to Tashkent is by train. You will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 12: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.

Transport in KG:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter

Transport in UZ:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Bus

Price per person:
02 pax - 1 180 $
04 pax - 850 $
06 pax - 735 $
08 pax - 670 $
10 pax - 615 $
Single - 175 $

All dinners - 130 $*
All lunches and dinners - 255 $*

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 45 $ per person

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

English speaking guides:
KG - 465 $ per group
UZ - local 180 $ per group or escort 320 $ per group

Bishkek - Tashkent flight - from 170 $
Tashkent - Bukhara flight - from 60 $

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
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)
Tashkent - "Tourist Inn" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Mineral water during the tour
- Entrances to all museums in KG
- Train tickets Samarkand - Tashkent

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums in UZ

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