Along magical routes of Central Asia

Season: April – September
Duration: 10 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
Category: Summer
Type: Cultural

 

Itinerary of the trip:

Day 1 ARRIVAL ALMATY
Meet the group at International Airport of Almaty. After all formalities transfer to hotel in Almaty. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 ALMATY
After breakfast excursion in Almaty city that includes visiting of the Panfilov Park , Zenkov cathedral, designed by A.P. Zenkov in 1904, Green Bazaar (Zeleny Bazaar), Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments and Historical Museum, the high mountain skating-rink “Medeo”. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3 ALMATY – BISHKEK (395 KM, 6-7 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Bishkek via Kazakh-Kyrgyz border “Ak-Jol” (Kordai). En route visit Tamgaly-Tash (the Rock Art Exhibition). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in guest house.

Day 4 BISHKEK
After breakfast excursion to The Kyrgyz National Nature park Ala-Archa. Picnic-lunch in the park. Return back in Bishkek for sightseeing: visit Ala-Too square, the Historical Museum , ZUM - Central Department Store in Bishkek. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in guest house.

Day 5 BISHKEK – ISSYK – KUL (305 KM, 5-6 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Issyk-Kul Lake. En route visit Burana Tower which situated in the city Tokmok. Upon arrival to Issyk-Kul visit Petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata. After lunch Boat-cruise in the Issyk-Kul. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6 ISSYK - KUL LAKE
After breakfast excursion to Grigorievskoe gorge. Lunch-picnic into this gorge. After excursion drive back to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 ISSYK - KUL LAKE – KARAKOL (140KM, 2-3 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Karakol. En route visit Museum of Przhevalski. Lunch in local café. Excursion in Karakol: visit Dungan Mosque and the Orthodox Church. Transfer to National Park “Karakol” for easy hiking. Return in Karakol. Dinner and overnight in guest house.

Day 8 KARAKOL-BISHKEK (430 KM, 7-8 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Bishkek by south side of Issyk-Kul Lake. En route visit Djety-Oguz gorge. Stop at Bokonbaevo village and see show of handicraft. Dinner at local restaurant in Bishkek. Overnight in guest house

Day 9 BISHKEK-TASHKENT (flight)
After breakfast drive to airport Manas for flight to Tashkent by HY. Arrival at Tashkent airport. Full day city tour in Tashkent: visit Old Tashkent and Kukeldash Madrassah. Next to Kukeldash Madrassah there are three renewed domes – reconstructed city’s chief Friday Mosque, named after Khodja Akhrar (1404-1490) – Chief Sheikh of powerful Sufic order of Naqshbandi. Also visit Khast Imam Square – the holy heart of Tashkent and the least Russified or Sovietized part of the city – consisting of Barak Khan Madrassah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque and Kafal Shashi Mausoleum. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit to Chorsu bazaar – the biggest, spice-smelling farmers’ bazaar in Tashkent, which is more the 1000 years old. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10 DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast excursion to the oldest architectural Islamic monument in Tashkent – Mausoleum of Zaynutdin Bobo. Younger part of Tashkent is presented by Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theater; Amir Temur Square – the oldest public park in Tashkent. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit to the heart of the present-day Tashkent – Mustakillik (Independence) square; then visit Applied Art Museum – the museum is as popular for its setting as for its many beautiful exhibits. Dinner at local restaurant. After dinner transfer to airport for departure flight. After all formalities see group off by our side. ** Registration 2 hours before the flight.

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