Day 1: Your guide meets you at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, and takes you to the 4 star Uzbekistan hotel, where you can recuperate in renovated rooms after your long flight. Includes: (D).
Day 2: The day starts with a detailed briefing of what the trip holds. On our way to the airport, we hold a driving tour of Tashkent’s squares, parks, fountains and monuments. After the short flight we find ourselves in a town of Urgench. We stay at the best hotel the town has, 2 star Jaikhun. After lunch, we make our way to ruins of ancient fortresses - Toprak-Kola (3rd, 4th century) and Ayaz-Kola (6th, 7th century). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: An hour’s drive deposits us in Khiva, a town seemingly untouched by time. The whole town is an open-air museum. Some of attractions include: Djuma Wosque (one of the most ancient structures in Central Asia with 218 wooden columns, 10th century), Kalta Minor Minaret (built in 1850s and it seems like it wasn’t finish), Kukhna Ark (the ancient fortress with Summer mosque, Khans tail, throne room and bastion inside,12-17th century), Harem (one part of Tosh-Khovi Palace, 19th century), Islam-Huja Medressa and minaret (with interesting museum of handicraft inside, 1910), Pahlavon Mausoleum (14th century). Everyone cannot ancient Khorezm architects decorated their creation! Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Today we drive 450 kilometers southeast of Bukhara, another architectural phenomenon at least 25 centuries old. We stop off at the 4 star New Bukhara hotel and can stroll along its streets. This day we visit Poi-Kalon architectural ensemble with a cathedral mosque Kalon (1514), a famous minaret by the same name, which contains 12 courses of brick tiles of various beautiful patterns along its 46 m. height (1127) and unique medressa Mir-Arab (1536). Luabi-Khauz, a trading square built around a pool (16-17 century) is also one of the highlights of this town. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Today we continue to discover old Bukhara and have ample time to visit Chor-Minor medressa (1807); of the masterpieces one of the classic oriental architecture of the 9th and 10th century, the Samanids museum; the whole town with the residence of Emir and his wives, mosques, minting yard and treasury, the citadel Ark (5-20 century); the palace of the last emir, the summer palace Sitorai-Mokhi-Hosa (20 century). Don’t forget to look into a few of handicraft shops as well! Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: In the morning we drive further eastward (320 km.). On the way we have a look at Timur’s home town, Sharkhrizabz. Our destination this evening is Samarkand. We stay at the 4 star Afrosiab hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Astonishing historic architecture of Samarkand is ours to explore! Attractions: Ulugbek’s observatory (1420s); the ensemble of three medressas, Registan (15-17 centary); legendary Bibi-Khanum mosque (14 century); the ensemble of mausoleums Shakhi-Zinda (14-15 century); Goor-Emir mausoleum, where Timur, Ulugbek and other Timurids were interred (1404). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Today we drive southward to Fergana Valley. On our arrival in Kokand we have lunch and visit the following places: new town of XIX-XX cc., museum of local lore, madrassah of Norbut-Bii (18c), Jami Mosque (19c), Dakhma-i-Shakhon Mausoleum(14-15c), Khudayar Khan’s Palace (18-19c). Then we continue our way to Fergana. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: After breakfast we drive to Osh and meet our Kyrgyz team. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! The comfortable rooms of the 2 star Osh hotel is our accommodation for the evening. We take a half- day to discover a town that’s 3000 years old! We visit one of the Central Asia’s best bazaars. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Our visit of Osh would not be complete without a look at the famous Suleiman Hill. After lunch at the national café we drive along Pamir Highway and stop at the small Yourt Camp “Taldyk” (140km). Overnight in yours or tents. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: We have to get up early in the morning to reach Irkeshtam check-post at Kyrgyz-Chinese border and go through all formalities. The altitude at the border is about 3200 meters above sea level. Here we meet our Chinese team. The driving takes us about 5 hours to arrive Kashgar from Irkeshtam. The total distance from Kashgar to the border is 280 kilometers. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Today is spent in sightseeing in Kashgar: Id Kah mosque, the Apak Hojia Tomb etc. We visit a local family and share local testy lunch with this family. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 13: We have the unique opportunity to visit the Sunday Market in Kashgar, one of the highlights of our trek. It’s any photographer’s dream. As many as 100,000 people come in from surrounding areas to buy and sell animals and goods. Early in the morning we can see streams of people in donkey carts coming in to market. There are separate areas for animals, furniture, fabric, clothing, shish kebobs, shaves with a straight razor (including scalp), fruits and vegetables, and much more. In the animal bazaar care needs to be exhibited as horses and donkeys are being "test-driven". Also in the animal bazaar you can find cattle, sheep, goats, and camels - all in a fairly small, walled-in area. You will be free to roam the bazaar or to go along with a guide who will translate Uighur for you. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 14: Today we go to the Torugart Pass. The distance from Kashgar to the Torugart Pass is about 180 kilometers. The driving takes about 6 hours. It again takes us some time to go trough many Kyrgyz and Chinese customs and immigration offices. After this procedure we find ourselves in Kyrgyzstan. Then we travel by unpaved road and reach Tash-Rabat caravanserai. We spend the night in the lovely valley nearby this monument. We end this day with delicious dinner. Overnight intents or yourts. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 15: Today we step into the nomadic life at the Song-Kul Lake. Here, the Kyrgyz people still live in traditional simplicity. We spend the night in the summer pastures of the mountains. If you like, you can stay in Kyrgyz yourt. We enjoy horseback riding or just hiking, spend time with always friendly Kyrgyz families and taste their fresh airan (yogurt) and kymys (a fermented national drink from mare’s milk). Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 16: After free time at the lake we drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek. We stay at the 4 star Pinara-Bishkek hotel. During dinner we take the unique opportunity to listen to the Manaschi (a singer performing the national Kyrgyz epos, Manas) and see Kyrgyz folk-show. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 17: We explore the fascinating beauty of the national park Ala-Archa where breathtaking mountain scenery and an abundance of wildlife await us. The park offers great hiking possibilities as well as horse riding and just relaxing. We enjoy an outdoor lunch and admire the pearl of the Kyrgyz mountain range, Crown peak. Later we visit Historical museum and other sightseeing attractions in Bishkek. You depart from the airport in Bishkek. We hope to see you again!
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