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This travel plan is exclusively created for travelers who want to experience the ancient atmosphere of the Silk Road authentically. Traveling to these ancient cities means visiting a variety of attractions like desert citadels, busting grand bazaars, historical neighbors, ancient mosques, and madrasahs, besides the listed UNESCO World Heritage sites.
This complete tour package will lead you in just over ten days through three important countries, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. On the first days, you’ll visit the main highlights of Bishkek, then, you’ll experience the authentic rural life at the shore of Issyk Kul Lake. You’ll be immersed in the ancient history and fabulous nature of Almaty and its surrounding beauties. With a short flight, you’ll find yourself in the capital of wonderful Uzbekistan and continue your adventurous journey for four days exploring the ancient treasures of Uzbekistan.
You can easily cancel this tour based on the policies mentioned in the following sections down below.
You can fully customize your tour and change its duration, route, and included services, all tailored to your needs.
You can change the date of your trip free of charge, for up to two weeks prior to your original arrival date.
This tour is private and is only for you and your own travel companions.
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Welcome to Tashkent! Your guide will pick you up from the airport. You’ll start to know the capital of Uzbekistan and have some visits before hotel check-in time. The first attraction will be the Ensemble of Hazret Imam, an Islamic sacred place where the oldest manuscript of the Holy Koran of Othman of has been kept. It also has a certificate of authenticity from UNESCO. Then we’ll walk to Chorsu Square to visit Kukeldash Madresaa, the building that is used as a college now where the students learn about the Islamic religion. You’ll have your first Uzbek dish for lunch and then you’ll be transferred to the hotel, check-in, and rest. You’ll have a free evening to explore the city on your own.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, you’ll be transferred to the railway station to take a train to Kokand which takes about four hours. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your guide and start a city tour together. First, you visit the Amir Temur Square, the main boulevard of the city, Khudoyorkhan Palace, Jome Mosque, and Norbut Madrassah. After lunch in a traditional restaurant, you’ll have a ride to Rishtan and visit the ceramic workshop of Usmanov, a craftsman who creates colorful potteries. You can experience making a small ceramic object and also know about the history of this wonderful art. Then, drive to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad Khodja Madrassah. The classrooms of this ancient school are converted to small shops selling handicrafts like ceramic, silk carpets, woolen scarves, traditional magnets, and handmade antique souvenirs. Our next visit will be to the Yodgorlik, Silk Factory where you can learn how silk products and their colorful patterns are made. You’ll drive to Fergana and explore the biggest wholesale market in the district, Kumtepa Bazaar. You’ll be transferred to the hotel, check-in, and rest.
Accommodation: Silk Road 3* Hotel
You’ll have a ride to the border of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan which takes about 2 hours. After doing the needed formalities passing the border, you’ll be driven to the Osh city. You’ll have time for a short walking tour and visit Suleiman Mountain which is located in city centre. There are stories saying that prophet Solomon was buried at the foot of this mountain. In the evening, you’ll take a flight to Kyrgyzstan capital, Bishkek.
Accommodation: Four seasons 4* Hotel
After having breakfast at the hotel, you’ll start a city tour of Bishkek. The first visit will be to Victory Square and Oak Park. Then, you’ll continue to the main square of Ala-Too and the National Philharmonic. After lunch, you’ll be transferred to the outstanding Issyk Kul Lake, the second-largest alpine lake in the world which is surrounded by beautiful mountains. You’ll enjoy spending the night in a resort by the lake which is famous as the “Pearl of Central Asia”.
Accommodation: Resort by the lake
Today, you’ll be transferred to the Kordai border and then drive to Kazakhstan's largest metropolis, Almaty. You’ll start your city tour with Panfilov park which is one of the oldest parks in Almaty. There, you can visit one of the highest wooden buildings in the world, Zenkov Cathedral, and also the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for the freedom and independence of the country. The next visits are the Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic square, and the Independence Monument. After lunch, you’ll have a transfer to Koke-Tobe hill to visit the TV tower and the wonderful panorama views of the hilltop. You’ll have time to wander around and take a look at souvenir shops selling colorful handicrafts. You’ll get back to the Almaty city center by cable car and enjoy the views.
Accommodation: Grand Voyage 4* Hotel
Today, you’ll experience an adventurous excursion to the Charyn Canyon which is about two hours away from Almaty. This region is called Zhetisu which means The Land of Seven Rivers. You might remember Grand Canyon while you’re walking up to the final viewpoint. the Charyn River is one of the deepest rivers in the Northern Tien Shan mountains. After enjoying your day in the fantastic canyon, you need to get back to Almaty and take a one-hour flight to Shymkent which is close to the border. You’ll have a 2-hour drive to arrive at your hotel in Tashkent.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
Welcome to Uzbekistan! Today is your first day in Tashkent and you’re going to start it with a full day in nature. You’ll be transferred to the mountains close to Charwak Lake and spend time freely trekking or enjoying the activities like horse riding, biking, and paragliding. You’ll also stop in some small villages en route and observe the daily life of local people. You’ll have lunch in a resort by the lake and drive back to your hotel in Tashkent.
Accommodation: Shah Polan 4* Hotel
You’ll take a high-speed train to Bukhara and upon arrival, you’ll have a sightseeing tour. The first attraction is the complex of the Lyabi-Khauz ensemble consists of three main buildings. Next visits are Kalyan Mosque, Minaret, Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek, and Abdulazizkhan madrasah, and the famous trade domes. After lunch, you’ll have enough time to spend time in Bukhara freely, I suggest you explore the local market of Bukhara where you can socialize with locals directly and know more about their lifestyles.
Accommodation: Rangerz 4* Hotel
After having your breakfast, you’ll visit some other attractions in Bukhara like Ismail Somoni and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum. After lunch, you’ll visit the Bolo Khouz complex located in the famous Registan Square. In the evening, you’ll leave Bukhara by train and head to the other historical famous city of Uzbekistan, Samarkand.
Accommodation: Bek 4* Hotel
Today, you’ll have a full-day city tour of Samarkand to know more about the ancient times of Uzbekistan. You’ll start with the mausoleum of Gur Emir, the burial place of Taimur Lang. Then we explore the heart of Samarkand city center, Registan Square which is surrounded by historical attractions such as Madrassas of Ulugbek, Sher Dor, and Tillya-Kori. The next visit is to Bibi Khanym Mosque, the largest mosque in entire central Asia. BiBI khanym was Taimur's beloved wife. The Necropolis of Shahi Zinda is another visit of today. This ancient complex belongs to the most famous the Mausoleum of Kussam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. After lunch, you’ll go shopping at the Siyab Grand bazaar for about an hour and then you’ll be transferred to the railway station to take a high-speed train to the capital, Tashkent. You’ll drive to the hotel and rest.
Today is the last day of the tour, You'll be transferred to the airport based on your departure flight time.
To enter Uzbekistan, visitors should have a visa (except for the 16 countries with a visa-free regime). To receive the visa, you should apply for visa support (letter of invitation) from a tour agency with a license from Uzbektourism. There are 51 countries with a simplified visa application procedure, meaning they do not need visa support to apply for a visa.
It is possible to obtain a visa at the international arrivals lounge of Tashkent International Airport if both of the following conditions are met: There is no Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate in the country where you are originating your flight to Uzbekistan. Connecting flights to Uzbekistan, where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists, does not provide enough time to obtain a visa.
Spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) are generally the most pleasant time to travel. The weather at this time is clear; in April, you will enjoy a colorful yet short spring in the desert. Autumn is harvest time, and the markets are full of fresh fruit. June and August are the best times for those who enjoy hiking because of the dry summer. In winter, the temperature usually varies between -5 and +5 (all temperatures are in Celsius), snow is usual for Uzbekistan, but there are sunnier than cloudy days. Coats, hats, gloves, and sweaters are recommended. In spring, the weather is mild; day temperature fluctuates between +15 and +25, reaching +30 - +35 close to summer. Casual, lightweight clothing for daytime and a light jacket or cardigan for the evening is suggested. If you plan to visit Uzbekistan in the summer, expect +36 - + 42. T-shirts and shorts will work best. It is highly recommended to wear a hat or a cap or to use a parasol. Early autumn is like spring; T-shirts for daytime and a light jacket might be needed occasionally for evening time. Mid-October and November are relatively calm; you will need light jackets during the day and a raincoat sometimes. Weather temperature decreases from 35 to 15 degrees from early to late autumn.
Generally, there are no strict limitations on clothing, especially in Tashkent and other major cities, where particularly young people enjoy full liberty with clothing. You can frequently encounter young ladies wearing traditional Islamic covers, but this is a personal preference rather than a must. In some provinces, however, such as Ferghana Valley, it would be better to avoid wearing shorts. The same rule is applied when visiting religious places, mosques, mausoleums, etc. Also, ladies should cover their shoulders and chest and preferably wear a hat or a headscarf. In the summertime, it would be advisable to follow the above recommendation to protect yourself from the sun. Also, sun protection lotions can be used.
Below we give distances between the main tourist cities. Tashkent-Samarkand: 315 km, Tashkent-Shakhrisabz: 390 km, Tashkent-Fergana: 315 km, Tashkent-Bukhara: 575 km, Tashkent-Khiva: 1015 km, Samarkand-Shakhrisabz: 90km, Samarkand-Bukhara: 265km, Samarkand-Fergana: 560km, Samarkand-Khiva: 710km, Bukhara-Khiva: 445km, Bukhara-Fergana: 825km
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