Silk Road Journey 3
Country: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Time of the tour: 16 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Charyn - Issyk - BAO - Bishkek - Issyk Kul northern shore - Karakol - Bishkek - Osh - Khudjand - Iskanderkul Lake - 7 lakes - Penjakent - Samarkand - Gijduvan - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent
Day 1: Almaty
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the central parts of Almaty. During the tour you will learn information about history and development the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. In course of the tour you will visit the main attractions of the city. Green Bazaar is the most popular place even among locals. Here you will be able to find practically everything. As well as take a lot of colorful photos. Then you will have an opportunity to explore Panfilov park known as the oldest here as well as the wooden building - Zenkov Cathedral. It is the wonderful park full of trees and flowers. Next is the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame which was built for fighters who lost life for freedom and independence of the country. After it you will visit Medeo Gorge where you can find the famous skating rink. Tours to this place are very popular. After it you can explore the Kok-Tobe that is famous due to the biggest TV tower in the world. Here you can fully enjoy such amazing landscape. Moreover you will have an opportunity to stroll along shopping domes and buy gifts for your friends and family. Going back on the Almaty cableway. The nigh will be in hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Almaty
Today your destination is the Charyn Canyon. Before transferring you will be equipped by 1,5L of bottled water. Also you can take your own snacks. The road to the canyon takes about 4 hours. On the way you will have a stop to have an excursion in the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon you will have short hiking tour where you will see the breathtaking panoramic view. Here after 2 km you will be able to witness fancy Castles Valley of different shapes of this amazing place. On the bottom you will have an opportunity to see the bank of icy cold Charyn River. There are yurts (felt dwellings) as well as open air café that you can see only in summer season. You will have the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful panoramic views. Night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
In course of the tour you will be transferred to Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge which is situated along the Kuldja tract. This place was a road for caravan trades many centuries ago. During the way you will listen about the history of this area. Moreover it will be possible to see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found and later became the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. On the way to the gorge you will have a break to have an excursion in the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK". Here you will have an opportunity to explore the exhibits of history and culture of the Saka period as well as a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and of course the model of Saka burial mound. Upon arrival to the gorge you will be met by alpine lake Issyk that is situated on the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level This It is important to note that this lake appeared about 10,000 years ago by landslide that also made natural dam. The height of this dam is about 300 meters. You will be amazed by the water surface of the lake as well as listen about natural disaster happened in 1963. Afterwards is transfer to hotel.
Day 4: Almaty - BAO - Almaty - Bishkek
In course of the tour you will have to travel to the Big Almaty gorge. Upon arrival you will witness the lake that is situated on the altitude of 2,510 m above sea level. Here you will be able to take a bunch of photos. While being her you will notice that this lake is one of the most picturesque in Trans-Ili Alatau. You will find this incredible lake among celestial mountains. It is interesting to learn that this lake appeared because of the movement of an ancient glacier. The temperature of the water is great. Due to the fact that this lake possesses potable water the government is strictly control the access. In addition you will visit the scientific premises for astronomical and space researches that is located near the Big Almaty Lake on the elevation of 3300 meters above sea level. Here you will be able to witness great view that will be possible to capture. On the territory of the lake it can be find the great mountain peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. Afterwards we will drive to Bishkek at 15:00. It will take about 4 hours. The night will be spent in a hotel.
Day 5: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
The day will start with exploring the major sights of the city such as Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Ņentral Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and others. After investigating the major area of the city you will be transferred to the famous Issyk Kul Lake. This lake is known as the second largest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m. above sea level. It is interesting fact that the lake also has another name "the pearl of Central Asia". Due to the salty water this lake never freezes. During the drive you will have a stop to visit wonderful Burana Tower of 11th century as well as an open air museum of Balbals or stone warriors. Overnight will spend in the hotel.
Day 6: Issyk Kul - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol
In course of the tour you will visit Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye gorges, which are also known as the national park with green meadows and pastures. You will be able to find numerous waterfalls and small mountain streams. Don't forget to enjoy the evergreen forest and take the smell of landscape. Then you will continue the drive to Karakol town where you will have an opportunity to explore the Dungan mosque, which is famous for being built without nails in Chinese style. And another sight of the town an old wooden Orthodox Church and enjoy ancient heritage. Your night is in a guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Bishkek
Toady you will travel to Jeti Oguz gorge that is also known as Seven Bulls. This place attracts tourists by seven red rocks. Here it will be possible to observe the Broken Heart Mountain. In addition you can hike 20 minutes to enjoy amazing view of the gorge! Then you will have a stop in Bokonbaeva village where it will be possible to meet berkutchi or an eagle hunter. You can take photo with this beautiful bird as well as witness the show of eagle hunting. You will have the opportunity to take photos with them and participate in eagle hunting. Over the time, we will continue the route to Bishkek. Today you will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Osh - Guliston - Khudjand
You will have a morning flight to Osh city and then drive to Tajik border. The road will go through the Batken region where you will have a great chance to see the famous apricot trees and the unique flower Aigul. At the Tajik border guide will meet and accompany you to Khujand city. The road to it will go via Anzob pass the altitude of which is 3 372 meters above sea level. During the way you can enjoy the breathtaking view. Upon arrival you will know that this city is considered to be the second largest city of Tajikistan as well as lays on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population is about 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. In course of the travel you will visit the Cultural Palace of Khujant where the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. Then we will see the Central Mosque that I located in the middle of the city. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 9: Khudjand - Iskanderkul Lake
Today you will have an opportunity to alpine lake Iskanderkul the altitude of which is 2 255 m. a. s. l. Upon arrival to this lake you will find out that is the part of the famous Fann Mountains. This area is known as the one of the most picturesque. Here you can walk along warm beaches and enjoy breathtaking background. Moreover you can see a waterfall to reach of which you need to hike 40 minutes. It site important note that Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources as well as has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. You will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 10: Iskanderkul - 7 lakes - Penjakent
In course of the tour you will have a pleasant time in Fannsky Gory (Fann Mountains). These mountains are considered to be the best for hiking. Then you will have an opportunity to explore Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes). Upon arrival you will be stunned by the fact that each lake has its own color and shape. During this tour you will have a chance to meet local people who will help you to get more information about their culture. After it you will have a drive to Penjakent. This city is also known as five villages that existed in the 5th and 8th centuries AD. At that time this city was the main center of crafting in Sogd. Due to it the city received another name "Central Asian Pompeii". Here you can explore the ruins two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses with paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods and others. Nowadays you can see these remains of the great city that were found in last century. The night will be spent in a local guesthouse.
Day 11: Penjakent - Jartepo - Samarkand
In the morning you will cross the border and arrive to Samarkand city. The tour in Samarkand will be dedicated to the main sight of the city. Upon arrival to the city you will notice that the city is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and considered to be the second largest city of Uzbekistan. The age of which is similar to one of Babylon or Rome. In course of the tour you will explore Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. The first sight is Registan Square which is famous for the three Madrasahs of 15th and 17th centuries as well as being one of the most popular sights of Uzbekistan. Shakhi-Zindeh is mausoleums of 11th and 15th centuries. It is important to note that this place is included to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built to the memory of Tamerlane's wife. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand city - Gijduvan - Bukhara
In the morning you will have a drive to Bukhara. On the way you will have a stop at Gijduvan village. Tours to this sight is popular due to the private pottery workshop. Here you will be able to witness the process of making Gijduvan ceramics. The secret of which is passed through generations. Now this village is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs. This family famed Gijduvan school ceramics among world. You can identify their works by geometric pattern with green and blue colors of products. Then we will drive to Bukhara. Night is in a hotel.
Day 13: Bukhara
Today you will have a city tour in Bukhara. The first sight for visiting will be Citadel Ark of 4th century. That was served as a palace for dynasties of Bukhara Empire. Then you will see the Samanids mausoleum that is known as a masterwork of 9th and 10th century. Next sight to explore is Chashma Ayub or Job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque which unites forty columns and built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then you can walk along shops and get gifts for your family and friends. After it you can observe one of the most prominent madrasahs of Bukhara, Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble. At the end of the tour you will visit Poi Kalon complex as well as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah in it. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 14: Bukhara - Khiva
In course of the travel you will travel to Khiva. In Bukhara you will be able to see 140 architectural monuments. Due to the huge number of monuments of the middle Ages this city got the name "town museum". During the travel you can notice that city is made of narrow green streets with shops as well as parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments of different centuries. The road to Bukhara goes via Kizilkum desert where you can see the view to Amu Darya River. This river is considered to be the deepest river in Central Asia that created by the confluence of the Panj and Vakhsh in Tajikistan and flowing into Aral See. On arrival in Khiva, you will get a break and spend the night in a hotel.
Day 15: Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent
Today you will have a captivating tour in the oldest city of Uzbekistan. The travel of exploration will be in the inner city Khiva known as Ichan-Qala. This attraction is encircled by strong walls. Here you will have an opportunity to explore the old sound buildings, palaces, mosques, Madrasahs, Mausoleums, Minarets, Caravanserais and Bathhouses altered Ichan-Qala into inimitable city-monument. You will be impressed by 400 traditional dwelling houses and 60 architectural monuments. It is important to note that Ichan-Qala became historical and architectural conservation area in 1969. Moreover her you can enjoy the outstanding Kunya-Ark fortress of 17th century, found by Muhammad Arang Khan as well as Kalta Minor minaret and Tash Khouvli palace which are the great masterpiece of Khorezm found in 1830s. You will have the evening flight in Tashkent. Your night is in the hotel.
Day 16: Tashkent - Airport
Morning transfer to airport.
Transport in KZ:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus
Transport in KG:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter
Transport in TJ:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex
Transport in UZ:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 2 325 $
04 pax - 1 645 $
06 pax - 1 440 $
08 pax - 1 310 $
10 pax - 1 235 $
Single - 265 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 240 $*
Full board - 415 $*
Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 50 $ per person
English speaking guides:
KG - 435 $ per group
UZ - local 130 $ per group or escort 370 $ per group
TJ - 445 $ per group
KZ - 420 $ per group
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Khujand - "Firuz" Hotel 4*
Iskandarkul - "Dilovar" Gueshouse
Penjakent - "Umariyon" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
Khiva - "Porso" Hotel 3*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water supply
- Entrances to all museums in Kg, Kz & Tj
- Flight tickets Bishkek - Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Museum admissions in Uz
- Flight tickets Urgench-Tashkent