Central Asia

Duration : 13 Nights

Departure Day :Saturday
Start City : Almaty
End City :Tashkent

Tour stop : Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan

The city of Samarkand will satisfy history enthusiasts, while the breathtaking views of Issyk Kul Lake will charm everyone at this trip. What better way to learn about the former Soviet Union than visiting 3 - stan countries

Price per person 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-8 pax 9-12 pax Single supp.
In USD $5,842 $3,550 $3,105 $2,640 $2,380 $500

Prices include

  • Transfers as stated I the itinerary
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy at above mentioned hotels or similar
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L:Lunch, D:Dinner)
  • Transportation throughout
  • Tourist tax to Uzbekistan (2 USD per person per night)
  • All excursions and entrance fees to monuments as indicated in the program
  • English-speaking national guides in each country
  • Flights Bishkek-Tashkent- Urgench (Economy class)
  • Train tickets (Economy class)
  • Visa support fee for Uzbekistan

Prices do not include

  • International flights
  • Visa for Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan is visa free country for US citizens)
  • Visa for Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan is visa free country for US citizens)
  • Visa fee for Uzbekistan
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips for guides & drivers & porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • All personal expenses: payment for photo cameras and video at monuments & luggage overweight;
  • Supplement for Full Board – 450 USD per passenger

Optional

  • visiting eagle farm in Almaty (daily at 5.00PM) - 140 USD per group of 1-2 pax; 170 USD/per group of 3-8 pax; 240 USD/per group of 8-12 pax;
  • cable car on Kok Tube – 24 USD per pax
  • cable car on Chimbulak – 25 USD per pax
  • eagle hunting show in Jeti Oguz - 15 USD per pax
  • the process of bread preparation in Chon-Kemin – 90 USD/ group
  • folklore performance in Chon Kemin – 130 USD/group

Hotels

Standard

Almaty: Hotel Kazzhol 4*
Issyk Kul: Hotel Karven 4*
Karakol: Hotel Amir 3* or Green Yard Guest House
Chon Kemine: Ashu Guest House
Bishkek: Plaza 4*
Tashkent: Hotel City Palace 4*
Samarkand: Asia Samarkand 4*
Bukhara: Omar Hayyam 4*
Khiva: Hotel Asia Khiva 4*

Tour’s Program

DAY 1, sat: ALMATY (KAZAKHSTAN)
Arrive in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, and the commercial and cultural center of Kazakhstan. This leafy city, with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, has a charming Russian flair. The city is located in the mountainous area of southern Kazakhstan, near the border with Kyrgyzstan. Check in to hotel after 2:00 pm. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at the hotel.


DAY 2, sun: ALMATY
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a tour of the city. Walk through Panfilov Park named after a battalion from World War II. View Zenkov Cathedral, the 2nd tallest wooden building in world but built without iron nails. Visit the Museum of National Musical Instruments and hear the music to traditional instruments that date back to the 17th century. The Square of 28 Panfilov Heroes, the Glory Memorial dedicated to the victims of the Civil War and the Second World War; Central square. The Central State Museum offers a nice overview of Kazakhstan's history. It exhibits miniature replicas of the country's greatest archeological treasures. Drive to Medeo gorge and visit Kok Tube Hill for outstanding views of the city and surrounding mountains. Overnight at hotel. MEALS: B
- Optional tour: visiting eagle farm in Almaty



DAY 3, mon: ALMATY / CHOLPON ATA/issyk kul lake (KYRGYZSTAN) 323 mi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Issyk Kul Lake via Kordai Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. Passing through border formalities. Stop in Cholpon Ata to visit the Regional Museum and also the Open Air Petroglyphs Museum. Arrival and accommodation at hotel situated on the border of Issyk Kul Lake. MEALS: B

DAY 4, tue: CHOLPON ATA / KARAKOL 93 mi
Drive to Karakol. Arrival and accommodation at guest house.
Enjoy a half day city tour of Karakol, with its apple orchards, quaint neighborhoods, and somber war memorials. View the Przhevalskiy Museum and Memorial, the Russian Orthodox Church and Kupecheskii Proezd Street, which appears to be right out of the 19th century. Continue on to the Dungan Mosque, which was built in 1910 by the local Dungan community that escaped Chinese oppression as a house of worship. Overnight at guest house. MEALS: B

DAY 5, wed: KARAKOL / JETI OGUZ / chon kemin 186 mi
Drive to the Jeti Oguz gorge - a lush valley with striking red sandstone rock formations. As you approach the valley, you will pass another rock formation which resembles a broken heart. Legend says that this is the heart of a beautiful woman who died of a broken heart after two suitors killed each other fighting over her. These iconic rock formations have become symbols of the Issyk-Kul. Picnic lunch in the gorge. Drive to Chon Kemin. Traditional homemade dinner at the guesthouse terrace on the second floor that has terrific view to surrounding mountains and village. Overnight at guest house. MEALS: BLD

-Option tour: Eagle hunting show
-Option tour: Bread preparation, folklore show during the dinner



DAY 6, thu: chon kemin/ bishkek TASHKENT (UZBEKISTAN) 96 mi
Breakfast at the guest house. Drive to Bishkek. No accommodation in Bishkek.
Enjoy a short city tour around the Ala Too Square, Ethnographic Museum, National Philharmonic area with Manas hero’s monument. Transfer to the airport for your flight (HY-780 Bishkek 6:40pm – Tashkent 7:00pm). Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to hotel for accommodation. MEALS: BL

DAY 7, fri: TASHKENT SAMARKAND
This morning board a high-speed train to Samarkand (08h00/10h10). As the train approaches the city you will notice it's domes, minarets, and grand monuments, rising above sprawling acres of Soviet-build buildings, parks, and avenues. Samarkand has a long, rich history, and dynamic architecture that truly intoxicates its visitors. Upon your afternoon arrival, tour Registan Square (meaning "sandy place"). The Square is surrounded by the Ulugbek's madrassah, the Sher-Dor madrassah, Tilla-Kori madrassah; Mosque Bibi Khanyym and color local bazaar. View Samarkand's Necropolis Shakhi-Zinda, and its ensemble of mausoleums dating from the 11th to 19th centuries. In the afternoon visit the workshop of the famous designer Valentina Romanenko with demonstration of the collection of silk costumes.. MEALS: B


DAY 8, sat: SAMARKAND
Start your tour of Samarkand with an excursion to the Imam Al-Bukhari religious complex, and the Observatory of Ulugbek (constructed in 1429). Next explore the Afrosiab archaeological site, and marvel at the museum of Samarkand's foundation. Excursion to the Meros Paper Mill, the small family manufacture situated in the picturesque garden, at the bank of Siab river. Samarkand paper has been fabricated here since VIII c. from the mulberry bark. Recently the local artisans have restored the ancient process of paper production. Samarkand Meros paper is well known in the world for its quality. Cup of tea and short rest under the shady trees. MEALS: B


DAY 9, sun: SAMARKAND / BUKHARA 186 mi
Drive to Bukhara. Bukhara is Central Asia's holiest city, and an ideal location to glimpse pre-Russian Turkestan. With ancient buildings dating back to the previous millennium, the city center has century-old buildings, and almost takes you back in time. First sightseeing tour in Bukhara: Complex Lyabi-Khauz (16th-17th cc.), Mosque Magoki-Attari, Mausoleum Chor Minor (in the narrow old street, not far from the Mazar Gates, is a colorful madrassah with four peculiar looking towers – the Chor-Minor (1807) - was used as a library for students) .MEALS: B

DAY 10, mon: BUKHARA
View the Samanids mausoleum, a masterpiece of Central Asian architecture that was the first Muslim mausoleum in Central Asia. Continue on to the Chashma-Ayub shrine (XIV-XVI cc.), the local bazaar, and the Bolo-Khauz mosque with its curious minaret. Continue your explorations of Bukhara with a stop at the Fortress Ark citadel, and the Poi-Kalyan complex.Visit of the house of rich merchant of the 19th c. – Fayzulla Khodjaev, to see the demonstration of national traditional costume. This evening enjoy a folklore performance at Nodir Divan Begi madrassah (weather permitting). MEALS: B


DAY 11, tue: BUKHARA / KHIVA 279 mi
Take in the undulating landscape of central Asia, drive across the Kyzylkum desert. This drive presents an unprecedented opportunity to view this arid landscape, and glimpse the sheep farmers and hunters who roam across it. After a long day arrive in Khiva. Perhaps stretch your legs after your long drive by taking in the town. Khiva is at its best by night when the moonlit silhouettes of the tilting columns and madrassah, work their magic. MEALS: B

DAY 12, wed: KHIVA
The historic heart of Khiva is preserved in its entirety - and acts as a 'city museum. Today explore its mosques, tombs, palaces, and madrassah, while imagining the mystique, bustle and squalor of its heyday. Visit Ichan-Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at its strong fortress walls, towers, and heavily fortified citadel. Part of the palace-fortress Kurynysh-khana, has survived to this day. In the center of Ichan-Kala, is one of the most ancient structures in Central Asia, the multicolumn Juma mosque (10th c). Its fine wooden columns, decorated with amazing carved ornaments, are in an excellent state of preservation. The minaret standing next to the mosque dates back to the 9th century. The Seyid Allauddin mausoleum and the Bagbanli mosque were built in the 14th century, Mukhammad, Khurdzhum and Shirgazi-khan madrassahs - in the 17th and 18th centuries. Other structures of special interest include the Kutlug-Murad-inak madrassah, the Pakhlavan-Makhmud mausoleum, Allakuli-khan madrassah, and the Tash-Khauli palace. MEALS: B
- Option for the supplement: A rope-walkers’ show

DAY 13, thu: KHIVA / URGENCH tashkent
Transfer to the Urgench airport for your flight (HY-1052 Urgench 10:10am- Tashkent 11:40am. Arrival in Tashkent. Accommodation at hotel. CHECK-IN after 14:00 noon. Today explore Tashkent. This eclectic city hosts Russian-speaking cabbies on broad Soviet-built avenues, old men wearing long traditional chapans (quilted coats) resting outside of mud-walled houses, and throngs gathering together before steaming cauldrons for their daily repast of plov (a popular ethnic rice pilaf dish). View Khast Imam Square - the holy heart of Tashkent and the least Sovietized part of the city consisting of mosques, mausoleums, and other ancient architectural structures which celebrate the regions dynamic history. Continue on, and visit the city's earthquake monument, the Museum of Applied Arts (built at the end of the 19th c. by the local craftsman); Independence Square, Amir Temur Square. MEALS: B

DAY 14, fri: tashkent departure
Transfer to the airport for your next destination

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