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16 DAYS BEST OF CENTRAL ASIA: UZBEKISTAN, KYRGYZSTAN & KAZAKHSTAN

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Duration

10 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Bucket List Travel Ideas, Classics (Bestsellers), Multi-Country Vacation Ideas, Private Experiences

Travel through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan during this 16-day Central Asian holiday to experience the Silk Road. It is perfect for intrepid tourists who wish to see a new part of the world because it offers first-class and first-rate accommodations, active and private tours, and an evening spent in a yurt.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The starting point of your adventure is Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, which blends modern, Soviet, and rural cultural influences while guiding tourists to the many regions of Central Asia. A tour will show off the city’s variety of architectural styles, from the old town’s mosques and mud-caked walls to the opulent Fine Arts Museum. 
  • Fly to Urgench in the evening and continue by car to Khiva, which was once a notorious station along the Silk Road but is now a protected jewel all on its own. Before boarding the train and travelling across the Kyzylkum Desert to reach Kagan, tour the walled city and take in its collection of monuments. 
  • Just enough time will be left at Kagan for you to learn about its old railway station before continuing on to Bukhara, one of Central Asia’s oldest and holiest cities. Before you meet a local puppet master to learn about this age-old art form, an afternoon walking tour will present you to some of the city’s most stunning locations. 
  • You’ll have another day to discover more of Bukhara, including the mosques, fortifications, artist studios, and market. Connect to Samarkand next, the city that sits at the centre of the Silk Road and is home to many of its greatest treasures. A full-day tour will highlight the historical wonders, including the Silk Road Bazaar, the Shakh i-Zinda Mausoleum, and the riches of Registan Square. While based in Samarkand, take a full-day excursion to adjacent towns and shrines, such as Shakhrisabz, a UNESCO-listed Historic City, and Langar Ota Village. Drive back to Tashkent from Samarkand to catch your flight to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, is frequently dismissed as little more than a transportation hub, but a visit will highlight its unique attractions and historical treasures. Before visiting adjacent Tokmok to explore the Silk Road’s ruins and Shardyk, where you’ll see a traditional felt-making workshop, drive by the Presidential Palace and witness the Changing of the Guard. Take a gorgeous trip from Bishkek to Songkul Lake, which is 3,106 metres above sea level, where you can meet the indigenous Kyrgyz people and spend the night in a yurt. The following day, proceed from Karakol, avoiding Issykul Lake’s southern beach along the way. Before visiting the city’s religious sites, you’ll travel from Karakol to adjacent settlements and encounter nomads. 
  • Before crossing the Kazakh border and arriving in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, descend into the Karakol Valley and go through the Tien Shan Mountain Range. Spend a day exploring some of its many attractions, such as the Almaty Central Mosque, the Kazakh Museum of Folk Musical Instruments, and the Ascension Cathedral. Then take the gondola on the adjacent Kok Tube to take in the mountainside vistas. It’s the ideal way to round up your Central Asian tour.
  • Connect to the airport the following day, then fly back home.

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TASHKENT

Welcome to Tashkent, Uzbekistan's capital. One of the biggest cities in Central Asia is Tashkent. Upon arrival, be met and driven to your hotel.

Accommodations for 1 Night

DAY 2: TASHKENT TO KHIVA

Tashkent's ancient town, which was formerly a walled city, is visited during a full-day excursion. Explore the Kafelsashi Shrine, the Barak Khana Seminary, the Tilla Shaikh Mosque Archives, the Kukeldasj Madrassah, Akbar's Pottery House, and the Fine Arts Museum in the Hast Imama Complex. Transfer to the airport in the evening for your trip to Urgench, the Khorezm region's capital (90 mins). Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your accommodation in Khiva (approx. 45 mins).

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Length of Stay: 2 Nights

DAY 3: KHIVA

The Soviet Union, the Silk Road traders, and the khans have all had significant roles in the history of the walled city of Khiva. Take a full-day walking trip to explore some of the most significant structures and landmarks, such as the Kalta tower, Kunya Arg, the Rakhimkhon madrassah, the Islam Kdodja minaret, the mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud, and Tashauli palace. Additionally, you have the option of visiting some of the craft studios.

*Breakfast on the menu

DAY 4: KHIVA TO BUKHARA

Morning transfer to the railway station for the Kagan train (approx. 6.5 hours). Take in the scenery as you travel by rail across the Kyzylkum desert. Before making the short trip to your accommodation in the nearby city of Bukhara, one of the oldest in Central Asia, arrive in Kagan in the afternoon and hear about the history of the Railway Station. Take a walking tour of Bukhara later in the day. Explore the old city on foot to visit Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, the Jewish neighborhood, and Madrassah Nadirkhon. Visit a Bukharan puppeteer to find out more about the history of puppet production.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Length of Stay: 2 Nights

DAY 5: BUKHARA

The Magoki Attori mosque, the Arg Fortress, the Balakhauz mosque, the Ismail Samanid mausoleum, the madrassahs of Aziz Khan and Ulugbek, and the massive Poi Kalon minaret are just a few of the ancient sites that may still be seen if you continue to explore Bukhara today. A visit to the studio and gallery of renowned miniaturist painter Davlat, who is famed for this traditional form of painting, will also teach you about Bukhara's artistic traditions. Additionally, you will have time to go to the bazaar, where you may look at and purchase Uzbek caps and other handicrafts. Breakfast and dinner are on the menu.

DAY 6: BUKHARA TO SAMARKAND

Leave for Samarkand in the morning (approx. 4 hr drive). Visit Gijduvan, a small town, Sitora-i-Mokhikhosa, the summer residence of the previous emir of Bukhara, Bakhauddin Nakshbandi, and other locations en route. Visit a farmer's home in the village to learn about Uzbekistan's agriculture. Learn about Uzbek cooking and get to make Samsa buns, among other things. Continue on to Gijduvan and stop by the ceramic center, a family-run business where you can observe the entire making-of-pottery process. then proceed to your Samarkand hotel.

Breakfast Meal Plan Three Nights

DAY 7: SAMARKAND

Visit Samarkand, the crowning glory of the Silk Road cities, on a full-day city trip. During the Silk Road era, Samarkand was a thriving city that was well regarded for its gardens and plants. The city has an extremely intriguing past that includes invasions by the Mongols, Macedonians under Alexander the Great, and Marco Polo. Visit the Shakh-i-Zinda tomb to see Timurid-era buildings and monuments from the 14th and 15th centuries. Also visit Registan Center, the large central square of Samarkand, the massive Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Afrosiab Museum, Ulugbek's Observatory, and the Silk Road bazaar. Go by car to Tamerlane's tomb, Gur Emir. Visit Samarkand Winery for a wine tasting later in the day. Find all about the ancient Sogdian winemaking customs of Samarkand. Attend the El Mirosi event in the evening to see a performance that showcases Uzbek heritage, costumes, and cultural dances.

*Breakfast on the menu

DAY 8: SAMARKAND

Take a full-day excursion today to the medieval city of Shakhrisabz and Langar Ota village. Visit the Shaikh Muhammad Sadiq shrine in the village and then hike upward to a 16th-century mosque that has maintained most of its original design. Visit the ruins of the Ak-Saray Palace, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, and other archaeological monuments at Shakhrisabz.

*Breakfast on the menu

DAY 9: SAMARKAND TO BISHKEK

Early in the morning, depart for Tashkent (approx. 5 hr drive). When you get to Tashkent, go to the Chorus Bazaar, a large market, to finish up your Uzbek shopping. Transfer to the airport in the late afternoon for your evening journey to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Upon arrival in Bishkek, you will be met and guided to your accommodation.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Length of Stay: 2 Nights

DAY 10: BISHKEK

Take a tour of Bishkek in the morning. Drive by the Presidential Palace first, then proceed to the national monument to witness the changing of the guard. Visit the Frunze Museum in Oak Park to observe the budding artists in action and the statue of Manas, the Kyrgyz epic hero. Drive outside of the city in the afternoon to see the once-bustling Silk Road village of Tokmok. View the ruins of a Turkic gravestone and a Kara Khanid minaret. Visit a Shardyk, a traditional felt-making workshop, as well to learn more about the procedure.

DAY 11:BISHKEK TO SONGKUL

Take a scenic journey to Songkul Lake in the morning (about a 3-hour drive away), where you may enjoy a special yurt camp. Song Kul Lake is located at 3016 meters above sea level. Once there, stroll a little distance to meet a Kyrgyz family. Learn about their traditions and nomadic way of life.

Spend the night in your genuine yurt camp.

*Breakfast Plan* *1-Night Stay

DAY 12: SONG KUL TO KARAKOL

Before leaving for Karakol city, go for a morning stroll along the lake (approx. 4 hr drive). Drive along Issykul Lake's southern shore, stopping to capture pictures at various vantage points along the way. Upon arrival, be transferred to your accommodation in Karakol. Take a quick tour of Karakol later in the day.

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Length of Stay: 2 Nights

DAY 13: KARAKOL

Excursion to the charming village of Djeti Oghuz, which is surrounded by alpine forests and lovely slopes. Visit a market selling cows, sheep, horses, and occasionally camels. then proceed to the settlement, where Kyrgyz nomads reside. Later in the day, return to Karakol and tour the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan mosque.

*Breakfast on the menu

DAY 14: KARAKOL TO ALMATY

To reach the Kazakh border, travel across the Tien Shan mountain range and Karakol valley. Following border formalities, travel to the Kegen Pass and Charyn Canyon for some breathtaking vistas of the red sandstone canyons. Take breaks at several sights along the trip. When you get to Almaty, take a taxi to your hotel (approx. 6 hr drive).

Meal Plan: Breakfast; Length of Stay: 2 Nights

DAY 15: ALMATY

Take a full-day trip to Almaty, which features some intriguing Russian-style buildings and is encircled by the Tienshan Mountains. Visit the Central Almaty Mosque, Zeelyoni Bazaar, the Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Zhenkov's Holy Ascension Cathedral, the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments, and the State Museum of Kazakhstan. Additionally, travel to Kok Tube to ride a gondola to a city-wide vantage point. *Meal Plan Breakfast

DAY 16: ALMATY DEPARTURE

The day is at your leisure till you are driven to the airport to catch your journey home. *Meal Plan Breakfast

  • Private airport transportation for arrivals and departures 
  • 1 night in Tashkent at a five-star hotel 
  • 2 nights in Khiva at a five-star hotel 
  • First-class lodging for two nights in Bukhara 
  • Three nights at Samarkand's finest hotels 
  • 2 nights in Bishkek at a five-star hotel 
  • 1 night of affordable yurt lodging in Songkhla 
  • 2 nights in a five-star hotel in Karakol 
  • Two nights in a luxury hotel in Almaty 
  • According to the schedule, private guided excursions 
  • Private vehicle transportation for land transfers and tourism 
  • English-speaking local tour guides for attractions listed on the schedule
  • Khiva to Kagan train tickets (business class) 
  • Regional economy class flights from Tashkent to Bishkek and Urgench
  • Daily provision of bottled water 
  • Every breakfast (apart from day 1), and one dinner
  • Travel protection 
  • Taxes on airline and international travel 
  • If there are any visa fees 
  • No mention is made of meals or drinks. 
  • Gratuities 
  • Things with a personal touch

Multi day

Central Asia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan

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