Silk Road Tours: Tour 2

Silk Road Tours: Tour 2, Silk Road tours

Silk Road Tours: Tour 2
12 days

Day 1: Tashkent - Bukhara
The guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Tashkent. You will have a city tour and visit Independence square dedicated to the victory in WWII. We will walk to the local Broadway and see the famous metro opened in 1977. The next destination is visiting old part of the city as: Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that contains of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. You can see the world's oldest Quran copy of to 8th century. Quran belonged to Othman Ibn Affan, the Third Caliph. Later on he was killed by in 8th century. His blood spred over the Quran. In the evening is train to Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Bukhara - Samarkand
In the morning is an excursion in the charming city. See an ancient Citadel Ark as the oldest citadel in Bukhara of 4th century. It was a palace for some dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then we walk in the shopping domes and see one of the most famous madrasahs here as Nodir Divan Begi as a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. Then we will visit Poi Kalon complex of 12th - 16th centuries. See three structures as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Transfer to Samarkand by train. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 3: Samarkand - Tashkent
Samarkand is the second largest city that is defined to be as old as cities of Babylon or Rome. It is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. We will have a city tour and visit Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is a complex of three Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh has a big architectural collection of mausoleums of the 11th-15 centuries. This complex is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to favorite Tamerlane's wife, after his success in trip to India. Evening train to Tashkent. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 4: Tashkent - Andijan - Uzbek border Dustlik - Osh
Transfer to Andijan by train. After arrival and crossing the border you will be transferred to Osh city. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 5: Osh - Bishkek
Being in Osh city we will visit Suleiman Mountain or Solomon's Mountain. This is the widespread and blessed place among Muslim pilgrims. This mountain is found in the center of the city. Solomon (Suleiman in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. Then we will have a chance to Asian Bazaar. In the evening is transfer to the airport to have a flight to Bishkek city. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 6: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
In the morning is a city tour in Bishkek. We will visit Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and so on. Then we will drive to Ala Archa gorge. The Ala Archa gorge is situated on the branch of the Tien Shan ridge. It is only 45 km from Bishkek. On arrival you will admire the beauty of the park and have a short walking tour and see a panoramic view of the gorge. We will return to Bishkek. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek - Burana - Chon Kemin
On this tour we will travel to Chon Kemin. We will visit Burana Tower and an open air museum of Balbals also well known as stone warriors. The Burana Tower is a minaret of 11th century. The tour will be continued to Chon Kemin. On arrival you will have 3 hour of horde riding and ride via the mountain forest. We will admire picturesque panoramic view of the gorge. Night is in a home stay. 

Day 8: Chon Kemin - Issyk Kul lake northern shore - Karakol
We will have a tour of travelling to see Issyk Kul Lake. It is the second largest mountainous lake in world with the altitude 1 608 m above sea level. The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia" and bordered by mountains. On the way you will see a place with ancient stone patterns - petroglyphs. Afterwards we will have transferred to Karakol town and visit Dungan mosque. This mosque is famous for the Chinese style, built without nails. Then walk to an old wooden Orthodox Church. Overnight is in a guesthouse. 

Day 9: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Bishkek
In the morning we will travel to the famous rocks formations - Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls. On the way you will see the Broken Heart Mountain. Hike 20 minutes to the top of the mountain to enjoy panorama view of the gorge. Later on we will drive to Bokonbaeva village to meet a local eagle-hunter. He will organize traditional way of hunting of nomad people by using eagles for it. We will continue our way to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.

Day 10: Bishkek - Almaty
Today you will be transferred to Almaty from Bishkek. It is 230 km or 4 hours. To get there you have to pass a border control. You tour will start in central part of Almaty. Here you will learn more about history and development of this city that is considered to be the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. You will visit the main sight such as the well-known even among locals - Green Bazaar. We will visit the oldest parks in Almaty - Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral. We will travel to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame it was made in reminiscence of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of Kazakhstan. Then we will drive to Kok Tobe hill and see the tallest TV. Then ride by the famous Almaty cableway. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 11: Almaty - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
In the morning we will travel to the most famous and pleasing place in Kazakhstan - Charyn Canyon. It is about 12 million years. This place appeared due wind, sun and rain and looks like ancient castle with its vertical cliffs. We will drive 3 hours. On the way you will learn more about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. Travelers will admire splendor and majesty glory of canyon. Walk around beautiful panorama through the labyrinth of the Valley of Castles. Night is in a hotel.

Day 12: Airport
In the morning is transfer to airport. 

Transport in Uzbekistan:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus 

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter

Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person:
02 pax - 1 620 $
04 pax - 1 220 $
06 pax - 1 045 $
08 pax - 940 $
10 pax - 890 $
Single - 185 $

Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 50 $ 

All dinners - 170 $*
All lunches and dinners - 315 $*

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 40 $ per person

English speaking guides:
UZ - local 110 $ per group or escort 370 $ per group
KG - 525 $ per group
KZ - 220 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
          Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
          Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
          Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*
  Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*
  Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
  Chon Kemin - Homestay
  Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Boutique Hotel                 
  Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge
- Flight tickets Osh - Bishkek (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
- Train tickets Tashkent-Bukhara, Bukhara-Samarkand, Samarkand-Tashkent, Tashkent-Andijan  

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide