Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Tour

KYRGYZSTAN & UZBEKISTAN – 19 DAYS
Departing Bishkek on 18th of August 2023

KYRGYZSTAN UZBEKISTAN TOUR

Lying at the heart of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan share much in common however they offer very different holiday experiences. Kyrgyzstan, with its dramatic mountain scenery and large population of nomadic shepherds contrasts with the spectacular Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva whose ancient turquoise mosques etch the desert skyline.

 

In Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital we visit the Ala Too and Victory Squares, the White House and Hero Monument and take a stroll in the nearby Ala-Archa National Park. In the mountainous countryside, home to rare animals such as the snow leopard we pause for a day amongst the majestic Tian Shan Mountains before witnessing a hunting demonstration using the magnificent golden eagle. In Karakol we visit the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque before continuing around the Issyk-Kul Lake, stopping to gaze on petroglyphs dating from the 2nd Millennium BC. Back in Bishkek we fly to the ancient Osh, dominated by Sulaiman Too, a large mountain in the city centre, protected by UNESCO due to its cultural and spiritual significance.

 

We cross into Uzbekistan to Ferghana city and visit silk and carpet centres and on our way to Tashkent we stop at a ceramic centre, the Khudayarkhan’s palace and Juma Mosque. In Tashkent we ride the metro, visit the State Museum of Applied Arts, and explore the fabulous Chorsu food bazaar. The high-speed train then brings us to legendary Samarkand, whose history dates back over 2,500 years. Here we discover the most celebrated sights including the madrassas and mosques of the magnificent Registan. A short drive away is World Heritage-listed Shahrisabz where we explore the palace ruins of the conqueror Timur and visit nearby Konigil, known for its ancient paper making workshop.

 

Next comes Bukhara, one of the great Silk Route cities of central Asia and three nights allows ample time to see the principal sights and make our own discoveries. A long drive across the steppe is ancient Khiva, once a slave-trading Khanate and the most intact of our three ancient cities. Within its baked mud brick walls, we visit a wonderful carpet and textile workshop and see some stunning vernacular architecture, exploring several wonderful monuments. Finally, a flight returns us to Tashkent and the end of our Central Asian adventure.

 

Tour Highlights

•  Ala-Archa National Park •  Shah-I-Zinda Complex
•  Tian Shan Mts & Issyk-Kul Lake •  Konigil Silk Paper Mill
•  Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs •  Ulugbek’s Observatory
•  Preshevalsky Museum – Karakol •  Shahrisabz
•  Trinity Russian Orthodox Church •  Fortress Ark – Bukhara
•  Dungan Mosque – Karakol •  Emir’s Royal Residence
•  Seven Bulls of Jety Oguz •  Tuda-Kal & Gazelle Reserve
•  Eagle Hunting Exhibition •  Labi Khaus Complex – Bukhara
•  Hastim Imam Square – Tashkent •  Kalta-minor Minaret
•  Applied Arts Museum •  Kiva Tash Hauli Palace
•  Samarkand Registan •  Historic Juma Mosque- Khiva
Folk Band Uzbekistan

DAYS 1 & 2 – Bishkek, DAY 3Burana-Tian Shan Mountains, DAY 4 & 5 Karakol, DAY 6 – Isykul Lake-Bishek, DAY 7 – Osh-Ferghana, DAYS 8 & 9 Tashkent, DAYS 10 & 11 – Samarkand, DAY 12 – Sharisabz-Samarkand, DAY 13 – Samarkand-Bukhara, DAY 14 & 15 – Bukhara, DAYS 16 & 17 – Bukhara-Khiva DAY 18 –Khiva-Tashkent, DAY 19 – End Tashkent.

Cost: USD 4195*

Single Supplement: USD 750*

* Paid in Australian dollars calculated on the due date using the bank buying rate for US Dollars cash.

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