From experience of nomadic life to Samarkand the Mysterious.

This combined tour (Kyrgyzstan&Uzbekistan) will lead you first trough the high and snowy Kyrgyz mountains where you will get the occasion to explore a unique country conserving the tracks of nomadic life nowadays. Then, you will get acquainted with the cultural treasures of Uzbekistan such as Ferghana valley, Bukhara and Samarkand, all cities located on the Great Silk Road. A beautiful discover of nomadic life and mythical culture!

 

Highlights :

  • Discovering snowy landscapes of Tian Shan mountains in a active way
  • Going back in time with the tradition of hunting eagles
  • Getting the best sleep experience in a nomadic Yurt
  • Discovering the famous cities of Silk Road as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva,
  • Experience the local hospitality in a modern way

Day 1. Arrival to Bishkek

After landing on the Manas Airport of Bishkek, meet our local team and transfer to your hotel. Time to have a rest and late breakfast at your hotel. You’ll embark on a city tour of Bishkek to discover this modern capital. You’ll also have the occasion to get lost in Osh Bazaar. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Bishkek.

Day 2. Bishkek – Chongkemin

This morning you’ll travel to Chong Kemin valley with a stop to visit the oldest Burana Tower, ancient construction in nomadic culture. Learn about the structure of the minaret and you’ll arrive to the guest house located in Ashuu village.  Whole afternoon will be devoted to explore the village and its  surroundings with a easy 3h hike before you’ll savour the delicious home made dinner at the guest house.

Day 3. Chongkemin – Kochkor – Songkul

Keep your cameras handy as today’s road will be full of snowy mountain landscapes.  You’ll drive along the mountain pass Kalmak Ashuu to join the Kochkor region, famous for its felt-making tradition. You’ll be met by a local family where you’ll have lunch with a demonstration of felt-making process. Afternoon, you’ll join the Songkul lake where you’ll immerse in Kyrgyz life two next days, so get cozy in your yurt.

Day 4. Songkul

Songkul lake is located on the mountains with an altitude of 3, 016 meters above sea level. Here it is possible to get four seasons during the day. Today you’ll attend a Kok-Boru game (Goat carcass polo match) with the Kyrgyz shepherds. You can also experience a horse walking around the lake (chargeable). Afternoon, we may opt for an easy walking around to wander the breathtaking landscapes. In the evening you’ll taste besh barmak (local noodles). Overnight in your yurt.

Day 5. Songkul – Susamur – Toktogul

Today’s road will be the longest transfer of your trip in Kyrgyzstan. Leaving the Songkul lake, you’ll drive along the Susamur valley to join the highway leading to Toktogul. Susamur is a valley with a cold and unusual winter time in Kyrgyzstan. En route, visit the mausoleum of Kojomkul, Kyrgyz legendary strongman who lived in the late 19th – early 20th century in Susamur. After wandering breathtaking landscapes, late arrival to Toktogul where you’ll stay at a guest house.

Day 6. Toktogul – Arslanbob

Today, you’ll join the West of the country. Chychkan valley keeps a beautiful nature with a water reservoir that you’ll explore before leaving Toktogul.  Visit also the canyon over the Naryn River. Then you’ll drive to Arslanbob, famous for its walnut forests. Your road goes through the beautiful landscapes that you’ll enjoy to take pictures. Arrival and checking out in a guest house. Small walking through the village and overnight in homestay.

Day 7. Arslanbob – Osh

Ferghana valley welcomes you warmly. Departure from Arslonbob to Osh after breakfast at your homestay. En route, you’ll visit the sightseeing of Uzgen and join Osh city. Upon arrival, you’ll explore the city and then join your hotel. At the end of the day, time is free to have a rest in the garden of your hotel.

Day 8. Osh – Uzbek border – Margilan

Time to leave the country of mountains is coming today. You’ll visit quickly the local bazaar in Osh and then drive to the Uzbek borders. You are welcomed by Uzbek local team and join Marguilan city where you can get acquainted with the process of silk production from the cocoon to the silk fabric. “Yodgorlik” is a silk factory preserving the ancient methods of making silk fabrics. Then you’ll walk through the town and meet a lot of bread- sellers along the street and visit a lively bazar of fruits and vegetables. 

 Day 9. Ferghana –Kokand – Tashkent

After breakfast, drive to Tashkent with two stops in order to discover the important treasures of fertile Ferghana valley. First, visit of Rishtan where you’ll see a live demonstration of traditional pottery made on a potter’s wheel. After this, you’ll go to Kokand to explore the city and its historical buildings. Then, drive to Tashkent by majestic road which is the only land connection between Fergana valley and Tashkent. Dinner and overnight in Tashkent.

Day 10. Tashkent – Bukhara by high speed train.

Early morning, transfer to the railway station in order to catch the high speed train from Tashkent to Bukhara (travel time – 3h 45). Upon arrival, transfer and check-in at your hotel. After lunch we will start exploring Bukhara the Noble by visiting its water-pools surrounded by mulberry trees, trade-domes built in 16th century, ancient Jewish quarter with its functioning synagogue and other objects of interest. In late afternoon you’ll have free time before we go to see a traditional folklore performance in the courtyard of an ancient madrasah. Your dinner will be served at a local national house. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 11.  Continue discovering Bukhara on foot.

We have another day in the fantastic city of Bukhara, starting with a visit to the Ark Citadel – a city in the city. It served as a permanent Residence for Emir’s of Bukhara until its destruction by the Soviet army in 1920. In front of it there is  situated  the ancient Bolo-hauz mosque, still functioning. Then, we will walk through the local bazaar and have an occasion to meet the local people buying their daily food. In the afternoon, you will have free time to explore the town on your own and buy some local handicrafts made by craftsmen of Bukhara. We’ll all meet again for dinner at a rooftop restaurant ( weather permitting ! ). Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 12.  Experience the nomadic life in Kyzyl-kum desert

After breakfast at hotel, we drive to the Lake Aydarkul with a stop in Nuratau. The small town was founded by Alexander the Great before he invaded Samarkand. Today we will visit some ruins and fortifications remained after that time, and also see a holy spring, in which you will see fish living permanently there. In the afternoon, transfer to a yurt-camp and check in ( one yurt may accommodate 4 persons ). Then, you can ride camels ( for free ) and walk around the camp. We recommend you to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the sandy hills of the desert. Your dinner will be served at the camp restaurant and after dinner you’ll enjoy a performance of a local akyn ( a bard ) with his nomadic songs near a camp-fire under the starry sky. Overnight in the yurt.

Day 13. Coming back to the civil life

After breakfast at the yurt camp, we will drive to the lake Aydarkul and walk along its banks. Swimming is possible ( weather permitting ! ). Your lunch will be served as a picnic near the lake. In the afternoon, drive to Samarkand through the agricultural region. Upon arrival in Samarkand, we’ll check-in at your hotel and you will have some time for relax. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in the hotel.

Day 14.  Getting acquainted with Samarkand, a city on the Silk Road.

The full day will be devoted to explore this remarkable city by visiting all the wonders of Timur’s former capital. The first stop of sightseeing tour in Samarkand is the majestic Registan square, the centre of the medieval city. Then we move further to Bibi-khanum Congregational Mosque built by Timur ( Tamerlane ) in honor of his favourite wife. You will enjoy your lunch at a local chai-khana ( tea-house ) near the Siab-bazar. We will continue exploring Samarkand by visiting the bazar, Shahi-zinda Necropolis ( a burial place of nobles ). In the evening, you will attend  the performance at the theatre ‘’ El Merosi ‘’ ( People’s Heritage ). Dinner at a local restaurant and a photo tour ‘’Samarkand by night ‘’ is organized after your dinner. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 15. Samarkand – Tashkent

This morning, we will continue sightseeing in Samarkand, visit Afrasiab museum with pre-islamic wall-paintings and archeological artefacts. Then a drive to Konigil village to discover the traditional way of producing Samarkand silk-paper made of mulberry tree. After the sightseeing tour, you will enjoy free time and then transfer to the railway station. The high speed train will deliver us to Tashkent in 2 hours. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Delicious dinner will be organized for you before your departure from Uzbekistan.

Day 16. Departure from Tashkent.

The transfer is organized from your hotel to the International Airport of Tashkent. We wish you a pleasant flight!

NB; In the case of any emergency and weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed.

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