Along Issyk-Kul lake

Season: May - September
Duration: 11 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
Category: Summer
Type: Trekking and Hiking

 

Itinerary of the trip:

Day 1 TORUGART-NARYN (198 KM, 4-5 HRS)
Meet the group at Kyrgyz-Chinese border “Torugart”. After border formalities drive to Naryn. Dinner and overnight in guest house.


Day 2 NARYN-KARAKOL (375 KM, 6-7 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Karakol via Issyk-Kul Lake. En route to Karakol stop at Bokonbaevo to visit the country workshop and watch the process of felt carpet making. Lunch will be served in a local house in Bokonbaevo. After lunch continue drive to Karakol. Dinner and overnight in guest house.

Day 3 KARAKOL
After breakfast drive to Djety-Oguz gorge. Picnic lunch. Then return drive to Karakol for sightseeing. Visit Dungan Mosque, Orthodox Church and the museum of M.V.Przhevalsky. After excursion transfer to guest house for dinner and overnight.


Day 4 KARAKOL-ISSYK-KUL (155 KM, 2-3 HRS)
After breakfast drive to Cholpon-Ata, visit an open-air gallery of rock engravings. After excursion boat cruise. Lunch at local café. Dinner and overnight in hotel.


Day 5 ISSYK-KUL-BISHKEK (294 KM, 4-5 HRS)
Morning free time for rest. Lunch at hotel. After lunch drive to Bishkek. On the route you will visit Burana Tower. Upon arrival check into guest house in Bishkek and have a dinner at local restaurant.


Day 6 BISHKEK-ALMATY (250 KM, 4-5 HRS)
After breakfast sightseeing of Bishkek. City tour includes the visit of the Ala-Too Square, Historical Museum, Panfilov Park and Open Air Gallery. Lunch at local restaurant. PM drive to Almaty via Kyrgyz-Kazakh border Kordai. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.


Day 7 ALMATY
After breakfast city tour. Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Museum of National Instruments, Central State Museum, Kok-Tube, Medeo skating ring and Chimbulak. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.


Day 8 ALMATY-TASHKENT (flight)
After breakfast drive to airport for flight to 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 9 TASHKENT-SAMARKAND (300 KM, 5-6 HRS)
Drive to Samarkand. PM visit Reghistan square (Sandy place) – ensemble of majestic madrassahs (15-17 cc.).


Day 10 SAMARKAND
Full day sightseeing of Samarkand: Visit to Gur Emir (in Tajik - Tomb of the emir) – mausoleum of Timur and the Timurids (15 c.); Bibi Khanym Mosque (15 c.). Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit to Shakhi Zinda (The Living King), 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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.


Day 11 DEPARTURE DAY - SAMARKAND-TASHKENT (300 KM, 5-6 HRS) - AIRPORT
AM free. PM drive to Tashkent. Transfer to airport. **Registration 2 hours before the flight.

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