-Country: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China
-Season: April - October
-Tour duration: 15 days/14 nights
-Category: individual tour
Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival.
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours).
Day 3. Samarkand.
Day 4. Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4 hours).
Day 5. Bukhara - Tashkent (night train).
Day 6. Tashkent - Kokand (230 km, 3-4 hours) - Rishtan (35 km, 30 min) - Fergana (50 km, 45 min).
Day 7. Fergana - Osh (150 km, 3 hours).
Day 8. Osh - Sarytash.
Day 9. Sarytash - Irkeshtam - Kashgar.
Day 10. Kashgar.
Day 11. Kashgar.
Day 12. Kashgar - Chinese-Kyrgyz border - Naryn.
Day 13. Naryn - Bishkek.
Day 14. Bishkek.
Day 15. Bishkek. Departure.
Detailed tour description:
Day 1. Tashkent. Arrival. Sightseeing: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan madrassah, Kafal-al Shashi Mazar, Kukeldash madrassah, Chor-su bazaar, Applied arts museum, Independence Square, Istiklol Square, Tashkent metro.
On arrival to Tashkent you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After accommodation and rest there will be an excursion program about Tashkent. Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan, fourth in size city of CIS and has population of 2,3 million people. In general it's a good attempting to tell you that Tashkent divides in two parts for convenience- The Old and New city. This names are tell by themselves – in Old city you will meet with mausoleums, madrassah and real oriental bazaar, that are monuments of days gone by, in New - you will see public gardens, parks, monuments and constructions of modern times. These two original measurements exist simultaneously, don’t in the way to each other and moreover- complement each other. This feature expresses also general feature of Uzbekistan – harmonically mix of ancient traditions and modern technologies! We will start our excursion from Old City. Barakhan Madrassah is amazing monument of 16-th century, located in the “heart” of Old City at Hast-Imam square, surrounded with antique wattle and daub houses.
Day 2. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 hours). Sightseeing: ruins of ancient Afrosiab.
Today, we shall take a trip to Samarkand - the pearl of Uzbekistan. However this city, world-known as a city of beautiful ancient monuments and madrassahs, is also famous for the excellent talent of pottery! On arrival to Samarkand you will accommodate at the hotel and will have a tour to the ancient Afrosiab.
The ancient core of Samarkand is located on the Afrasiab (Afrosiab) hill, named after the legendary Turanian king. The settlement arose in the 8th - early 7th centuries B.C. and occupied more than 200 hectares. River bluffs on the north and east and deep ravines in the south and west protected it. During the Achaemenids period, the city was encircled with a massive wall having an internal corridor and towers. Scholars identify Afrasiab with the ancient Sogdian capital of Marakanda.
Day 3. Samarkand. Sightseeing: the Registan Ensemble, Ulugbek madrassah, Sher-Dor madrassah, Tillya-Kari madrassah, Gur-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda ensemble, Khazrat-Hyzra mosque. This entire day will be devoted to Samarkand and who knows maybe this city, recognized as the heart of the Great Silk Road, will lift the veil of mystery from its secrets.
The Registan Square (XVII C) is situated in the centre of Samarkand. The word “Registan” means “sandy spot”. The Registan appeared as the centre of the trade and handicrafts at the crossing of six roads outstretched from the city gates. The square is encircled with three majestic buildings: the Madrasah of Ulugh Bek (1417 - 1420), the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619 - 1636), and the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1647 - 1660). Next you are to see the Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, which is the famous necropolis of the Timurids, Rukhabad necropolis, Bibi-Khanym mosque, Ulugbek Observatory and Shakhi-Zinda ensemble.
Day 4. Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4 hours). Sightseeing: mausoleum of Daniel the Prophet.
Today you will have some more time to enjoy the beauty of Tamerlane’s capital before leaving for Tashkent! You’ll visit the Mausoleum of Khoja Daniyor (or Daniel the Prophet). Daniel is hallowed by the followers of three major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. By the order of Tamerlane the mosque was built at the tomb, however, later (in 1900) the mausoleum was erected in its place. Legends tell that here in an 18-meter long grave a hand of the great prophet is lying. Well, in fact 18 meters is too much for a hand! However, national fantasy is quite dodgy: some people say that the hand is growing year by year whereas others claim that Daniel was a giant. The only statement, which is the same in all legends about Daniel, is that Tamerlane brought this hand to Samarkand. In the afternoon you will have a transfer to Bukhara. Arrival. Accommodation at the hotel.
Day 5. Bukhara - Tashkent (night train).
Sightseeing: Summer residence of the Amir of Bukhara (XIX C) «Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa», Chor Bakr nekropolis and the complex of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari.
After breakfast you will have a transfer to the country. A summer residence of the Amir of Bukhara (XIX C) is called «Sitora-i Mokh-i Khosa». («The Palace of the Moon and Stars»). The palace is an amazing combination of the European, Oriental and Russian architecture, because before the construction works were started Ahad Khan (the Amir of Bukhara at that time) had send a group of his architects to Yalta and St.-Petersburg for the experience exchange.
The next monument will be the out-of-town necropolis Chor Bakr. It is located in Sumitan settlement in 5 km from Bukhara. This monument represents the “City of the dead” with its streets, yards, gates, and numerous gravestones. The central part of the memorial consists of the mosque, khanaka and madrassah.
The complex of Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari, which is sometimes treated as the Central Asian Mecca, will be the next site. Baha-ud-Din Naqshband was a mentor of Tamerlane and a powerful Sufi, who became the founder of the Sufi Order called Naqshbandia, which soon became one of the most famous orders. A noteworthy fact is that the order perfectly got on with the official Islam and encouraged its followers to work for the benefit of the entire society. Thus, in fact, it was based on a quite rational set of principles although it had also adsorbed various beliefs of the Sufis, Zoroastrians, and, as some sources state, even Buddhists! The complex includes many different buildings: mosques, a minaret, a mausoleum, and a khanaqah. In the evening you will be transferred to the railway station to catch a night train to Tashkent.
Day 6. Tashkent - Kokand (230 km, 3-4 hours) - Rishtan (35 km, 30 min) - Fergana (50 km, 45 min). Sightseeing: the palace of Khudayar Khan, the cemetery of Kokand Khans, the Mausoleum of Modari Khan in Kokand, ceramic workshops in Rishtan. Today you will have transfer back to Tashkent via three cities of Fergana Valley: Kokand and Rishtan. Kokand city won’t leave you indifferent as not long ago (at the end of the XIX – the beginning of the XX C) Kokand was the second largest city of the Ferghana Valley! The city itself is known since 10th century, but its prime falls on the 18th century, when it became the centre of Kokand Khanate and the spiritual centre of the region. Here you will see the palace of Khudayar Khan, the cemetery of Kokand Khans, the Mausoleum of Modari Khan.
The next place of interest on your way is a small town Rishtan, located in the south of the Fergana Valley, one of the oldest centers of creation a unique pottery in Central Asia. For 1100 years, masters broadcast the secrets of manufacture of ceramic products from generation to generation. Big dishes "lyagan", deep bowls "shokosa”, water jugs, milk vessels, decorated with ornaments from the “ishkor” glaze. Rishtan Ceramics – blue like pieces of the sky, fallen to the ground! It made Rishtan masters known around the world. In researches the primary role in the art of pottery of 19th, beginning of 20th centuries were unanimously given to Rishtan as a cradle of ceramics of Fergana valley, which was under the influence of all the ceramic centers of the region. A visit to the ceramic workshop. In the evening, having arrived to Ferghana, you can have a rest in the hotel room.
Day 7. Fergana - Margilan - “Dustlik” border point - Osh (150 km, 3 hours). Sightseeing: “Yodgorlik” silk factory in Margilan
After breakfast you will drive to the city of Margilan, whose origin is being associated with the Great Silk Road, which undoubtedly you heard a lot about. In X C Margilan was widely known for its silk ware, and its fame spread over long distances to the East and the West. You will have a chance to see these unique items, during the excursion to the “Yodgorlik” silk factory. Certainly, in the past silk, khan-atlas, bekasam, and other oriental cloths were hand-made, but still you can find out many interesting facts at the factory. Besides, while in Margilan you will visit the oriental Bazaar, where you can also buy some Margilan silk and many other interesting things.
Transfer further to Osh via “Dustlik” border point. Border formalities. Further transfer to Osh. The city you are arriving in is also called «the southern capital» of Kyrgyzstan. The exact date of its foundation is unknown, but the legends about the city connect its origin with Alexander the Great and even the prophet Solomon (Suleiman). According to one of the legends, once Suleiman and his army with a pair of oxen with a plow in front came to the area. When the oxen came up to the mountains, the king said, «Hosh!» («Enough!»), which was what the name of the town built where the oxen stopped came from.
Day 8. Osh - Sary-Tash village (190 km). Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Sary-Tash village via the Takdyk pass (3619 m). Accommodation at the house of local residents or yurts.
Day 9. Sary-Tash - Irkeshtam pass/Kyrgyz-Chinese border (80 km) - Kashgar (250 km).
After breakfast transfer to the Kyrgyz-Chinese border “Irkeshtam”. Border formalities. Further transfer to Kashgar: the guide and driver will meet the client on time in Irkeshtam Pass then transferred them to Kashgar hotel for rest directly. (It is 160 KM from Irkeshtam Pass to Kashgar.)
Day 10. Kashgar. Sightseeing: Full day tour for Idgar Mosque, The Tomb of Xiangfei (Abakh Khoja Tomb), Kashgar Old Town.
- Idgar Mosque: The Idgar Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in China. It is extremely popular among the Muslims in Xinjiang.
-The Tomb of Xiangfei(Abakh Khoja Tomb): is the most magnificent tomb in Kashgar, filled with history and symbolism. The tomb is commonly known among Chinese as the Tomb of Xiangfei.
- Kashgar Old Town: Kashgar old town contains a large group of Uygur residential houses . The Old Town city is now home to 630 homes with more than 2450 people, all of whom are Muslims.
Day 11. Kashgar. Sightseeing: Visit Sunday bazaar today. -Sunday bazaar: Bazaar means farm trade market in Uygur. The bazaar in Kashgar is the biggest one in Xinjiang.
Day 12. Kashgar - Torugrart pass/Chinese-Kyrgyz border (160 km) - Naryn. The guide and driver will escort you from Kashgar to Torugart Pass. Arrive in Torugart Pass, you will pass the border on your own.
Transfer to Naryn. Accommodation at the guest house.
Day 13. Naryn - Bishkek.
Breakfast. Early morning departure for Bishkek - the capital of the Republic of Kyrgystan. This afternoon you will have a short orientation tour of Bishkek - a modern city with vast squares, crowded bazaars, impressive administrative centres and educational institutions. As the major industrial centre of the republic, Bishkek’s factories produce leather goods, agricultural machinery, and a variety of textiles. You will visit the History Museum and the Tsum (Soviet period super markets).
Day 14. Bishkek - Burana Tower - Bishkek.
Breakfast. Transfer to the country to visit Burana Caravan town ruins dating back to the 9th/11th AD of Karakhanid period. You will also visit the surviving Burana tower and the nearby archaeological museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15. Bishkek. Departure. Transfer to the hotel. Departure.
Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 2-3*:
-Group in 2 pax - 2900 USD/per person
-Group in 3-4 pax - 2410 USD/per person
-Group in 5-6 pax - 1810 USD/per person
-Group in 7-9 pax - 1670 USD/per person
-Group in 10-15 pax - 1625 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 250 USD/per person
Cost of the tour per person under accommodation at the hotels 3-4*:
-Group in 2 pax - 3170 USD/per person
-Group in 3-4 pax - 2685 USD/per person
-Group in 5-6 pax - 2180 USD/per person
-Group in 7-9 pax - 1995 USD/per person
-Group in 10-15 pax - 1935 USD/per person
Supplement for single accommodation is 365 USD/per person
Cost of the tour includes:
- Double accommodation at the following hotels or similar ones, but of the same category:
-Tashkent: Sairam Hotel**/Tashkent Palace****
-Samarkand: Malika Samarkand Classic**/ Asia Samarkand***
-Bukhara: Minzifa Hotel**/ Asia Bukhara***
-Fergana: Club Hotel 777***
-Osh: Sun Rise***
-Kashgar: Yambu Hotel***/ International Hotel****
-Naryn: Yurts/Guest house
-Bishkek: Alpinist Hotel** /Ak Keme****
- Excursion programs in each city according to the program;
- Services of local English speaking guides in each city according to the program;
- Entrance tickets to all the monuments and museums in each city according to the program;
- Railway ticket “Bukhara-Tashkent”;
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation for the whole tour.
Cost of the tour does not include:
- International airfare;
- Meals (except breakfasts at the hotels);
- Visa fee.
- Meals on full board basis (lunches and dinners) - 365 USD/per person/for the whole tour
- Meals on half board basis (dinners only) - 165 USD/per person/for the whole tour
- Services of an escort English speaking guide for the whole tour - 395 USD/per group/for the whole tour (except China and Osh - here you will have local guides).
Notes on the program:
1) - This tour can be realized in the period of time beginning with July 1 till September 15.
2) - In each yurt there accommodated 4-5 persons. There is no single accommodation in a yurt.
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