Unforgettable trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan within 15 days
- Tour route: Tashkent –Khiva –Bukhara –Samarkand – Tashkent – Issyk Kul – Karakol - Bishkek
- Transport: land transport (bus, minibus. car), train, flight
- Days: 15 Nights: 14
Kyrgyzstan – is a country located in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek. “Kyrgyz” is believed to have been derived from the Turkic word for “forty”, in reference to the forty clans of Manas, a legendary hero who united forty regional clans against the Uyghurs. Literally it means We are forty. At the time, in the early 9th century AD, the Uyghurs dominated much of Central Asia (including Kyrgyzstan), Mongolia, and parts of Russia and China. The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan is a reference to those same forty tribes and the graphical element in the sun’s center depicts the wooden crown of a yurt – a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.
Day 1. Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent. Free time. We visit the most interesting places, such as the Museum of Applied Art, the Square of Independence. There is also the old town with the Barak khan Madrassa, in which now houses the administration of the Muslim community of Uzbekistan, as well as the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 2. Tashkent – Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to local airport for flight to Urgench city (1.30 hours flight). Arrival in Urgench, drive to Khiva (30 km). Arrival and check in at the hotel. Free time. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Khiva.
Day 3. Khiva
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Khiva. We see the huge city wall and walk extensively through the old town, which seems like a large, authentic architecture museum. Here still exists the old Silk Road, even if we wait for Camel caravans in vain. Nevertheless, we will discover something new at every corner and spend a wonderful day in Khiva. In the evening you have the possibility to take a bike trip in the surroundings, by request. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 4.Khiva – Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bukhara (450 km). In the west of Uzbekistan, we cross the river Amu Darya and drive through the steppes and desert landscape of the Kyzyl Kum (Red sand) to Bukhara. On the way we make a picnic in the desert. We reach Bukhara, which has been called "the noble" since ancient times. Arrival and check in at the hotel. Rest after long drive. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 5. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Bukhara. Hardly any other city is as much associated with Central Asia as Bukhara. First we see Ark, the Citadel, where once the khans of Bukhara resided. The huge building will impress you. We visit the Bolo-Hauz Mosque, a small but fine complex with fantastic coffered ceilings in the antechamber. Our path continues from the Poikalon complex through the dome bazaar past Madrassas to Labi Hauz. On the other hand, the tomb of the Samanids is quite different, a small building characterized only by its brick architecture, which is so impressive because of its simplicity. We enjoy the dinner in the madrasa Nadir Devon Begi, accompanied by a folklore performance (depending on weather). Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 6. Bukhara
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue os the city tour in Bukhara. In another part of the old town there is the Chorminor. This tower gate once served as the main entrance to a caravanserai. We experience Uzbek hospitality with a spice tea in a traditional teahouse and then look in the house of the merchant Khodjaev like wealthy merchants and traders lived 100 years ago in Bukhara. Free time for shopping. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Bukhara.
Day 7. Bukhara – Shahrisabz – Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Samarkand (304km, 4hrs) via Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Timur. The impressive ruins of his palace show how monumental the building must have once been. We also see the Gok Gumbaz Mosque and the Darus Saodat Complex, one of the most impressive buildings in the city. The road reaches a height of 1,675 meters and offers us a magnificent panorama. Arrival in Samarkand. Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 8. Samarkand
Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Samarkand. The city was considered one of the most beautiful and important cities in the world in the Middle Ages and has not lost its charm until today. The central point is the Registan Square, with the three madrassas, which are arranged at right angles to each other and are decorated with ornaments. The palatial mausoleum of the Mongol leader Timur, Gur-e Amir, will impress you. For centuries, the tall, melon-shaped dome greets the traveler. Shahi-Zinda, a magnificent ensemble of different mausoleums. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Samarkand.
Day 9. Samarkand – Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel. Half-day city tour in Samarkand. Visit of the great Mosque Bibi Khanum. Infinity is the variety of dark- and light-blue glazed bricks, majolica tiles and faience mosaics. Let us look forward to a culinary journey across the bazaar. After lunch, drive to Tashkent (307 km, 4hrs). Arrival in Tashkent. Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 10. Tashkent - Bishkek – Issyk Kul (280 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the International airport for fligh to Bishkek. Arrival in Bishkek, after, drive to Issyk Kul. During trip visit the minaret of Burana. Thousands of years ago, people have carved imposing Hunting scenes into the rocks of Cholpon Ata. In the evening arrival in Issyk Kul. Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Issyk Kul.
Day 11. Issyk Kul
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for hiking. The second largest High mountain lake, located at 1,600 meters and framed by snowy mountain ranges, attracts many travelers. Through varied landscapes, you will make a detour to the Gregorian Gorge. Crystal clear water lures you to relax by the lake. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Issyk Kul.
Day 12. Issyk Kul – Karakul
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Karakul (150 km, 2hrs). Arrival and check in at the hotel. The city is nestled between the Issyk-Kul and the mountains of the Heaven's mountain. The Dungans Mosque is built in the style of a Buddhist wooden pagoda and offers peace from the hectic city life. No one nail was used in the construction. The Russian-Orthodox trinity cathedral with onion tower was recently subjected to extensive restoration. The Przewalski Museum is also on the agenda. Lunch and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight Karakul.
Day 13. Karakul
Breakfast at the hotel. If you get up early, you can take part in a visit to the equestrian center on Sundays. In the Jeti Oguz gorge, unusual stone formations formed by wind and water in countless years are surprising. On the way you will see Kyrgyz families with their yak and sheep herds that spend the summer here. Visit a family jourte and a glass of fermented mare’s milk you will learn more about the hard life in nature. Return back to Karakul. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Karakul.
Day 14. Karakul – Bishkek
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Bishkek (400 km, 5 hrs.), on the southern route via Issyk Kul. Arrival in Bishkek. Check in at the hotel. Half-day city tour. The city shows us its charming green face. Fruit trees, poplars and huge chestnut trees line the chessboard-like streets. At a farewell dinner in a country-style restaurant, we end the journey with traditional folklore music. Overnight in Bishkek.
Day 15. Bishkek
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Bishkek.