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Uzbekistan Highlights of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

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This 15-day tour will impress your senses – explore magical Khiva before heading on to Bukhara, Samarkand and Tamerlane. Cross deserts of red sands, and be astounded by historical monuments, mausoleums and architectural ruins. Meet local Uzbek families, and partake of their cultures. Travel on to Kyrgyzstan with its gorges, lakes, and mountains. This breathtaking tour will satisfy all 5 senses....

This 15-day tour will impress your senses – explore magical Khiva before heading on to Bukhara, Samarkand and Tamerlane. Cross deserts of red sands, and be astounded by historical monuments, mausoleums and architectural ruins. Meet local Uzbek families, and partake of their cultures. Travel on to Kyrgyzstan with its gorges, lakes, and mountains. This breathtaking tour will satisfy all 5 senses.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Uzbekistan

A taste of history...
• Liaise with your tour guide and chauffeur before
   transferring and check into to your hotel
• Visit Uzbekistan's capital city Tashkent, starting off with the Hasan Imam complex
• Explore the Shashi Mausoleum - the tomb of
   Islam Poets

Visited:
Tashkent
Accomodation
Ramada (Tashkent)

Day 2: Museum Under the Sky

Historic locations...
• Transfer from Urgench to Khiva - a fairy-tale like
   oriental town
• Visit Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa and Kalta Minaret  
• Learn of poet Mohammed Rakhim Khan, known
   under the pseudonym Ferouz

Visited:
UrgenchKhiva
Accomodation
Asia Khiva (Khiva)

Day 3: Crossing the Red Kyzyl-Kum Desert

Red sands forever...
• Early morning drive towards Bukhara through the red sands of Kyzyl-Kum Desert
• Cross the Arride Steppe with its Astrakhan sheep herds
• Picnic on the way at the chayhana before
   continuation to Bukhara in the afternoon

Visited:
Bukhara
Accomodation
Asia Bukhara (Bukhara)

Day 4: The Old City of Bukhara

Discover days past...
• Today in Bukhara, visit the Po-i-Kalyan which
   includes  the madrasa Mir-i-Arab
• Explore the mosque and the Kalon Minaret of the eleventh century
• Finally, go on excursions to the Tok-i-Zargaron
   domes and the Magok-i-Attari Mosque

Visited:
Bukhara
Accomodation
Asia Bukhara (Bukhara)

Day 5: Explore Liabi-Hauz

Former Jewish area...
• Enjoy a day trip to Liabi-Hauz, the Madrasa
   Kukeldash, and more
• Take a stroll in a formerly Jewish quarter and visit the synagogue
• Explore the Bolo-Hauz Mosque and the Ark
   Citadel, previously home to Bukhara Emirs

Visited:
Bukhara
Accomodation
Asia Bukhara (Bukhara)

Day 6: Meeting an Uzbek Local Family

A day to remember...
• Drive to Mitan, winner of the World Responsible
   Tourism Travel Award
• You will be invited as a guest by an Uzbek family  
• Enjoy lunch at the local house (plov). before
   driving to Samarkand

Visited:
Mitan, Samarkand
Accomodation
Emirkhan Hotel (Samarkand)

Day 7: Samarkand, the Pearl of the Orient

Asian culture...
• Travel early to Samarkand, where the mausoleum Guri-i-Amir is first on your list
• Discover Samarkand's Pearl of the Orient, 
   housing the famous Registan square
• Onto the Architects and Artisans Khorossan,
   situated near the vibrant city bazaar

Visited:
Samarkand
Accomodation
Emirkhan Hotel (Samarkand)

Day 8: Ulugbek Observatory

Architectural delight...
• Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before embarking on a visit to the necropolis of Shak-i Zinda
• Explore the Observatory of Ulugbek, widely
   considered as the first observatory in Central Asia 
• Enjoy a view of the Afrasiab Museum, located
   right behind Afrasiab Hill

Visited:
Samarkand
Accomodation
Emirkhan Hotel (Samarkand)

Day 9: Shakhrisabz - the "Rome of the Orient"

Amazing ruins...
• Home of the greatest conqueror of Central Asia – Tamerlan (Amir Temour) 
• Enjoy lunch before discovering the ruins of
   Ak-Saray Castle 
• Drive back to Samarkand and transfer to the train station to depart for Tashkent

Visited:
Shahrisabz, SamarkandTashkent
Accomodation
Ramada (Tashkent)

Day 10: Bishkek, the Capital of Kyrgyzstan

Artistic flair...

• Fly to Manas International Airport and head to Bishkek, the largest city in the country
• Enjoy a spectacular backdrop to the city then visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square)...
• Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, History Museum, and National Philharmonic  

Visited:
Bishkek
Accomodation
Night at Plaza Hotel (Bishkek)

Day 11: Enjoying Nature in Ala Archa Gorge 

Scenic views...
• Head to Ala Archa gorge, located on the side of
   the Tien Shan mountain range
• Hike to admire a panoramic view and a waterfall from the top of the gorge
• Return to Bishkek - dine authentically, tasting real traditional cuisine

Visited:
Ala-Archa Al’plegri, Bishkek
Accomodation
Night at Plaza Hotel (Bishkek)

Day 12: Issyk Kul Lake, the Pearl of Central Asia

Nature's finest...
• Breakfast at the hotel then transfer to Celestia
   Issyk-Kul Lake  
• View the second largest alpine lake in the world,
   also called the Pearl of Central Asia
• Visit Burana Tower and an open air museum in
   Balbans before a traditional lunch

Visited:
Issyk-Kul Region
Accomodation
Night at Karven Hotel (Issyk-Kul Region)

Day 13: The 2000 Year Old Petroglyphs

Early history...
• Drive to see petroglyphs - ancient pictures on
   stones, 2000 years old
• Admire a panoramic view of the Issyk Kul Lake
   then visit a museum in Cholpon Atam
• Explore the various attractions - Kyrgyz history, handicrafts, and other interesting artefacts

Visited:
Issyk-Kul Region, Bishkek
Accomodation
Night at Plaza Hotel (Bishkek)

Day 14: Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ancient capital...
• Breakfast at the hotel then visit our Asian Bazaar and discover the bustling local life
• Enjoy a noisy and colourful tapestry of fabrics,
   products and people buying and selling
• Visit Zenkov Cathedral, the Central Square of the city and the Independence Monument

Visited:
Bishkek, Almaty
Accomodation
Night at Kazzhol Hotel (Almaty)

Day 15:  Almaty's History and Scenery

Another day in Almaty...
• Tour the Ascension Cathedral, the second highest wooden building in the world
• Visit the Square of 28 Panfilov Heroes, then the
   Museum of Musical Instruments
• In the evening, drive to Kok Tebe to see a
   panoramic view of Almaty

Visited:
Almaty
Accomodation
Night at Kazzhol Hotel (Almaty)

Day 16: Maʿ al-salāmah!

Your final day...
• Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the exquisite Kazzhol Hotel
• Transfer to the airport according to your flight
   time
• Thank you for visiting Uzbekistan, have a safe
   flight home

Visited:
Almaty

Tashkent Urgench Khiva Bukhara Mitan Samarkand Shahrisabz Bishkek Ala-Archa Al’plegri Issyk-Kul Region Almaty

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,780 / 16 days
Excluding international flights
2 Persons4 Persons6 PersonsSingle Supplement
Price per person£2,360£1,790£1,540£340

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in a double room in the four-star hotels mentioned or similar
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking guide (one in each country)
  • Train ticket from Samarkand to Tashkent
  • Entrance fees (museums and sites) for all sighting
  • Transport and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle with a program including driver petrol, road tax, etc.

Not included in price:

  • Consulate visa fees
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for drivers and guides

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