This comprehensive tour will take you on an ambitious journey through the Central Asian countries Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. You will explore two different cultures, their grandiose monuments of the past, burial places of great rulers who reigned and left impressive reminders of their might and glory. You will visit the following places: Tashkent, Samarkand, Shakhrisabz, Bukhara, Bishkek, Issyk Kul Lake, Karakol, Jeti Oguz, and Tamga Village.
Beat your jet lag by jumping straight into a day packed with brilliant visits
After arrival in Tashkent, you will take a morning flight to Urgench, then drive to ancient Khiva, the capital of the ancient Khorezmian Kingdom. In Khiva, you will visit the most prominent monument of the Mongol era; the 14th century tomb of the Sufi master Said Allauddin.
Other places you will visit include:
Overnight in a Khiva hotel.
Soak up the view on this relaxing day of travel
On this day, you will have your longest drive on this tour, to Bukhara, which is 290 miles through the desert (a journey of about 6 hours). On the way, you it stop off at various locations to enjoy spectacular views of the great Amu Darya (Oxus) river, which stretches out like a glittering blue ribbon, flanked by golden sands, lush green foliage and a mesmerizing blue sky. Overnight in a Bukhara hotel.
A day jam-packed with fabulous attractions, showcasing Bukhara’s amazing history.
After breakfast, you will take a full day tour of Bukhara, the city of 1001 Nights. You will visit the following attractions:
Also, you will get the chance to see the Sitoran Mokhi-Khosa Palace, situated a little north of Bukhara, a fanciful blend of oriental and modern architecture. Overnight in a Bukhara hotel.
Be dazzled by a white palace and a blue dome
You will drive to Samarkand (220 miles, 6 hours) via Shakhrisabz, a city where Tamerlane (also known as Timur) was born. In Shakhrisabz you visit places such as:
After lunch in a local cafe, you continue your drive to Samarkand. Overnight in a Samarkand hotel.
Spend the day in Samarkand and soak up the local flavours
On the fifth day you will have a full day of sightseeing in Samarkand and get to visit the mausoleum of Tamerlane - Gur-e-Amir. This will be followed by a visit to Registan Square, the Bibi Khanum Mosque and the colorful local bazaar. Then you will see Shahi Zindah (a Complex of Mausoleums) and are offered the chance to have lunch in a private Uzbek house (serving national cuisine). After lunch we will take you to the mausoleum of Imam Al-Bukhoriy - a 15 mile drive north of Samarkand. Dinner and overnight in Samarkand.
Enjoy a day in Tashkent with an entertaining evening
On this day you will be driven straight to Tashkent (220 miles, 4.5 hours). In Tashkent, you will be offered an excursion of the city. On the tour you will see the monuments and religious centers at the Hasti Imam Square (Barak-khan Madrassah, Mausoleum of Kafal Shashi and Friday Mosque featuring a Holy Quran of 8th century written by Khalif Osman) in the ancient heart of Tashkent. You will also visit the modern downtown, Amir Temur square, Abul Kosim Madrassah and Alisher Navoi Park. Upon completion of the excursions you will be invited to the Opera and Ballet Theater to watch the evening performance (pending availability). Overnight in Tashkent.
Visit the world’s second largest mountain lake
In the morning, you will take the flight from Tashkent to Bishkek, then after a short sightseeing excursion in Bishkek, you will drive to the world's second largest mountain lake, Issyk Kul. On the way, you will visit Tokmok town and its main sight; the Burana Tower. The tower was originally 150 ft tall but has reduced in size due to various earthquakes over the years. It is connected to a local legend involving a witch, a king and his young daughter.
Upon arrival at the Lake, you can enjoy the snow-capped peaks and beautiful views; based on weather conditions, you can swim, sun-tan, and relax. Overnight in one of boarding houses or the hotel resort at the lake.
Drive to the city of Karakol (100 miles), and on the way you will visit the Museum of Przhevalsky; a famous Russian scientist and explorer who devoted 21 years of his life to the study of the Issik-Kul valley and the mountains surrounding the region. He died while preparing his expedition to Tibet and the museum and the memorial to his honor were built. In Karakol, you see the wooden Russian Orthodox Church and a Dungan Mosque. Completed in 1910 it was built entirely without nails, using an uncommon grey-blue brick. Instead of a minaret, the mosque has a wooden pagoda. Overnight in Karakol.
On this day you will be driving from Karakol to Jeti Oguz, a famous health resort where you enjoy great views of Alpine nature, unique landscapes, fresh air and pristine natural settings. You will have a picnic lunch near a Nomad Yurt. Then you will drive to the Tamga Village for an overnight in a local family guesthouse. Overnight in Tamga Village.
On this day you drive back to Bishkek (230 miles), have a short excursion around the city, before going to the airport to catch your flight back home.
Included in the package:
We’d rather take a loss than let you down. We guarantee that any tour you booked will happen even if the group is not full. If that occurs, we might adjust certain technical details like driving you around in a mini-bus or sedan instead of a coach, or letting you join one of our partners’ scheduled departures, but we’ll still take you to places we promised.