Travelling along Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (NEW)

Season: May - September
Duration: 15 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazahstan, Uzbekistan
Category: Summer
Type: Trekking and Hiking

 

Itinerary of the trip:

Day 1 ARRIVAL DAY-TASHKENT
Arrival at Tashkent airport. Full day city tour in Tashkent: visit Kukeldash Madrassah and Khast Imam Square. Also visit Barak Khan Madrassah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque and Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum. After lunch visit to Chorsu bazaar. Overnight in hotel.


Day 2 TASHKENT-KHIVA (flight)
AM flight to Urgench. Sightseeing of Khiva: Visit Ichan Kala (Inner town), Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah (1852-1855) – the largest of its kind in the city with a capacity of 250 Islamic students, or rather 130 romantic tourists, as the madrassah today houses hotel “Madrassah”; Kelte Minor (“Short minaret”) Also visit Kunya Ark (Old Fortress) – the Khiva rulers’ residence. Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, Islam Khoja Madrassah (1908) and Minaret (1910) – Khiva’s newest Islamic monuments, Juma Mosque (1788) (Friday Mosque). Lunch at private house. After lunch visit Tosh Howli (Stone House), Allah Kuli Khan Madrassah (1835), bazaar and caravanserai. Overnight in hotel.


Day 3 KHIVA-BUKHARA (480 KM, 8-9 HRS)
Full day drive to Bukhara. Overnight in hotel.


Day 4 BUKHARA
Full day sightseeing of Bukhara: visit Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great). The square separates the Mir-I-Arab Madrassah and the Kalon Jummi mosque. The Kalon Minaret (in Tajik means “Great”) is one of the defining symbols of Bukhara. Also visit 3 remaining domed bazaars – Taqi Zargaron (1570), or Jeweler’s Bazaar, Taqi Telpak Furushon or Cap Makers’ Bazaar and Taqi Sarrafon, or Moneychangers’ Bazaar, which were among dozens of specialized bazaars in the town, Magok- I-Atori Mosque – the remains of a Buddhist monastery, a Zoroastrian temple and the mosque of the Arab invaders, all sharing the same space and Lyabi Hauz Ensemble. To the east, the Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah, built in 1630, on the west side of the square, and built at the same time, is the Nadir Divanbegi Khanaka. North across the street, the Kukeldash Madrassah, once was the biggest Islamic school in Central Asia. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit the Ark fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque (“Mosque Near the Pool”) (1712), Ismoil Samani Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub (“Spring of Job”). Overnight in hotel.


Day 5 BUKHARA-SAMARKAND (300 KM, 5-6 HRS)
AM drive to Samarkand. PM city tour: Reghistan square (Sandy place) – ensemble of majestic madrassahs (15-17 cc.), ranks first in Central Asia and among the greatest of all the grandiose and magnificent works of the Islamic world, Bibi Khanym Mosque (15 c.) – the gigantic congregational mosque, once one of the Islamic world’s biggest mosque and Siab market – colorful main farmers’ market. Overnight in hotel.


Day 6 SAMARKAND-TASHKENT (300 KM, 5-6 HRS)
AM sightseeing of Samarkand: Visit to Gur Emir (in Tajik - Tomb of the emir) – mausoleum of Timur and the Timurids (15 c.); Shakhi Zinda (The Living King) – necropolis of Samarkand rulers and nobles. Also visit to Ulugbek Observatory (1420) – the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing star position, part of three-storey observatory and Afrasiab ruins and museum with fragments of 7th century frescoes. PM. Drive to Tashkent. Overnight in hotel.


Day 7 TASHKENT-CHYMKENT (155 KM, 2-3 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Uzbek-Kazakh border “Chernyaevka”. After border formalities drive to Chymkent. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in hotel.


Day 8 CHYMKENT-TURKESTAN-CHYMKENT (330 KM, 5-6 HRS)
Full day trip to Turkestan. Visit Akhmed Yassawi Complex. Lunch at local café. Return drive to Chymkent via Otrar ruins. Dinner and overnight in hotel.


Day 9 CHYMKENT-BISHKEK (477 KM, 8-9 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Bishkek via Kazakh-Kyrgyz border “Chaldovar”. En route visit Mausoleums of Aish-Bibi and Babadji-Khatun. Lunch en route. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in guest house.


Day 10 EXC ALA-ARCHA NATURE PARK (52 KM one way, 1 HR)
After breakfast city tour of Bishkek. Visit History Museum, Ala-Too square, Panfilov Park, open air Gallery, Osh Bazaar. Lunch at local restaurant. PM. Drive to Ala-Archa Nature Park for excursion. The total area of the Park is 19, 5 thousand sq. km., and its altitude ranges from about 1.500 meters at the entrance to a high of 4.895 meters. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in guest house.


Day 11 BISHKEK-CHOLPON-ATA (304 KM, 5-6 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Issyk-Kul Lake. On the way visit Burana Tower. Lunch en route. Continue drive to Cholpon-Ata, visit an open-air gallery of rock engravings, dating from 500 BC up to 600 AD. After excursion transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 12 CHOLPON-ATA-KARAKOL (140 KM, 2-3 HRS)
After breakfast Boat cruise. Then drive to Grigorievskoe gorge. Picnic lunch. Then drive to Karakol and upon arrival city tour. Visit a very pretty wooden mosque built by Chinese artisans for the local Dungans, and a similarly appealing wooden Russian Orthodox church, the Holy Trinity Cathedral. You will also visit the Przhevalsky museum, dedicated to this famous Russian geographer and explorer, and after whom the Mongolian wild horse was named. Dinner and overnight in guest house.


Day 13 KARAKOL- KARAKOL GORGE (10 KM, 1.5 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Karakol gorge to hotel. Cable way to the top (3000 m. above see level). Enjoying view of Karakol peak (5281 m), Djigit (5130 m) Peak of Przhevalsk (4283 m), Karakol town and Issyk-Kul Lake. Lunch and dinner in hotel.


Day 14 KARAKOL-BISHKEK (410 KM, 10 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Bishkek by the south shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Lunch at local houses in Bokonbaevo village. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in guest house.


Day 15 DEPARTURE DAY
Morning transfer to airport for departure flight. **Registration 2 hours before the flight.

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