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14 day tour Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan

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Tour itinerary: Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan
Season: all the year around
Days: 14Nights: 13
Price: by request
Tour description:

A well-made 14 days tour will bring you to the most known places of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - these two countries are neighbours yet so different.

Day 1
Tashkent
Arrival in Tashkent. Our driver will meet you holding a sign 'ANUR TOUR.' Transfer to the hotel.
Meet with our manager. You will have time to discuss the tour details with him.  
Resting time. Overnight.
Day 2
Tashkent

Breakfast. 

09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and start the excursion in Tashkent (5-6 hours)
– 
Earthquake Memorial, the composition is devoted to the tragic date of earthquake in Tashkent on April 26, 1966, and is erected in the approximate place of the earthquake epicenter. Residents still come to the monument to honor those people who took a part in the reconstruction of Tashkent - the main square of Uzbekistan reflects the past, present, and future of the country; 

– Khast Imam Square – a religious center of the city consisting of the Barakkhan madrasah;

– Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum and the library of Islamic Literature with the Holy Koran Book of the VII century;

– Visiting the Chorsu market and drive back to the new city by metro;

Continue excursion with visiting Independence Square. There are fountains standing for life energy of Uzbek people, the “Eternal flame" in honor of soldiers who died during the World War II,  the arch " Good and noble aspiration" crowned with birds of happiness and prosperity, a road "Ok Yul" (“Good way”) leading to Independence Monument and monument to Happy Mother that symbolize the hope for a great future.

One can often see the newly-weds who start a family and independent life walking through the arch of “Good and noble aspirations,” laying flowers at the monument of Happy Mother and Eternal flame.

– Theatre Square with the Opera House;

– Amir Temur Square;

Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 3
Tashkent - Samarkand

Breakfast. 

Transfer to the railway station of Tashkent. 

Departure to Samarkand by train 'Afrosiyob'. 

Arrival. Meet with a guide and driver, and start sightseeing program in Samarkand (6-7 hours):

  • Gur Emir Mausoleum – a burial vault of Timur the Great and his descendants is decorated with gold ornaments and is considered as one of the most significant sights of the world; 

  • Continue to the famous Registan Square – heart of Samarkand and real masterpiece of Central Asian medieval architecture, the ensemble of grandiose buildings: Ulughbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori; 

  • Bibi Khanim Mosque – the biggest medieval building in the city was one of the most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world in 15 Century; 

  • Shahi Zinda Necropolis – unique complex of Mausoleums formed by standing on both sides of the cenotaph (an imaginary grave) of the Muslim saint Abbas ibn- Kussam; 

Finish excursion. Back to the hotel. Resting time.

Overnight.

Day 4
Samarkand
  • Breakfast. 

    09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby and continue the excursion in Samarkand (6-7 hours)

Finish excursion. Back to the hotel. 

Overnight.

Day 5
Samarkand - Shakhrisabz - Bukhara

Breakfast. 

Departure to Bukhara by car via Shakhrisabz. (~340 km)

Arrival in Shakhrisabz. Meet with your guide. Start your walking excursion around Shakhrisabz (2-3 hours).

There is not so much you could sightsee, in comparison with Samarkand, his so-called older brother. But sights of Shakhrisabz are truly unique. 

If you drive to Shakhrisabz from Bukhara - you will have to pass a mountain pass called ‘Takhtakaracha’. The road cafe up there cooking meat probably better than some restaurant with 3 Michelin stars. You can sit on ‘ayvan’, with a piece of mutton shashlik and take lunch while spectating a stunning view of Uzbek nature.

Sights of Shakhrisabz:

- Ak Saray Palace (“White Palace”), the ruins of the summer palace of Tamerlane. The palace was constructed and decorated by deported from conquered Khorezm skillful builders, masters and artisans. Some parts of the gate tower survived to the present day;

- Mausoleum of Dorus-Saodat ("The Place of Power", XIV century) contains the tomb of Eldest and favorite Tamerlane’s son Jahongir;

- Visit Kok Gumbaz, so-called “House of Meditation”;

- Mausoleum Gumbazi-Seyidon of the XVI century where the descendants of Ulugbek are buried.;

Finish your excursion. Walk back to your driver and continue the way to Bukhara.

Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight.

Day 6
Bukhara

Breakfast.

09:00 Meet your guide at the hotel's lobby and start WALKING excursion around Bukhara:

– Ensemble Lyabi Hauz (Nadir Divanbegi Madrassa, Khanaka, Kukeldash Madrassa and the monument of Khodja Nasreddin);

– Magoki Attari Mosque is one of the oldest mosques survived in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion; 

– Abdullakhan’s Tim with numerous handicraft stores offering you souvenirs, ceramics, national clothes, and carpets; 

– Caravanserai Saifuddin (the Center of Handicraft Development of Bukhara);

– There are three trading places or so-called covered bazaars: Toki Sarrofon, Toki Telpak Furushon, and Toki Zargaron preserved from the XVI century. These bazaars were the centers for trade of silk, jewelry and even for money exchange. Today as well, one can enjoy and purchase different souvenirs of a wide range, from small souvenir magnets to the famous Bukhara carpets;

– Visit Ulughbek and Abdulazizkhan Madrassas or so-called Kosh (pare) madrassas standing in front of each other with a distinctive style of facade ornamental decoration;

– Poi Kalon Square with Kalon Minaret and Mosque, Mir Arab Madrassa – the heart of Bukhara, a monumental complex impressing the imagination of every visitor;

- Ark Fortress – the oldest citadel dating back to I century BC where one can feel the history of the great fortress covered in beautiful legends and myths;

Optionally can be added by request: a quick visit to Samanids mausoleum (IX century), a monument of early medieval architecture with a local guide.

Finish your excursion. Back to the hotel.

Overnight.

  • Day 7
    Bukhara - Tashkent
    Breakfast. 
  • Free time in Bukhara for leisure sightseeing and shopping.

    12:00 Standard check out.

    14:30 Transfer to the train station.

    15:50 Departure for Tashkent by speed train Afrosiab or Sharq.

    19:44 Arrival in Tashkent. 

    Come out of the terminal and meet with driver. Transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight.

  • Day 8
    Tashkent - Kokand - Fergana - Andijan

    Breakfast at the hotel. 

  • 07:00 Transfer from hotel to Tashkent train station.

    08:07 Departure for Kokand by train.

    12:11 Arrival in Kokand. 

    Come out of the terminal and meet the guide and driver.

    Start sightseeing tour (5 hours) around Kokand visiting :

    • - Khudoyar-Khan Palace of 19 century;

    • - Jami Mosque;

    • - Norbut-Biya Madrassah;

    • - Modari Khan Mausoleum;

    Transfer to Rishton (50 km west of Fergana) famous all over the world for its pottery that is decorated according to ancient tradition that is more than 800 years. Masters hand down their trade secrets from father to son. The unique red clay ceramic masterpieces are decorated with naturally made ultramarine, turquoise and azure ornaments known as blue glaze "ishkor". 

    A visit to the workshops of the famous potter Rustam Umarov.

    Transfer to Fergana.Check-in the hotel.

    Overnight.

  • Day 9
    Fergana - Andijan
  • Breakfast at the hotel. 

    09:00 Continue sightseeing tour in Fergana valley:

    • - Ahmad Al-Fargoni monumental complex;

    • - Margilan visiting Said-Ahmad Hodji Madrassah where craftsmen produce original silk carpets;

    • - Silk factory Yodgorlik where visitors are welcome to observe the process of silk manufacture with traditional decoration “ikat”;

    Transfer to Andijan to visit;

    • - Bobur museum;

    • - Art and Literature Museum;

    • - Bog-I Shamol;

    Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel.

  • Overnight.

  • Day 10
    Andijan - Osh - Bishkek
    Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • 08:00 Transfer to the Uzbek- Kyrgyz border  Dostyk (ETA 09:00)

    Border crossing formalities (40 min- 1, 5 hrs depending on the customs formalities and tourist flow).

    Meet the guide and driver. Transfer to Osh for overview  sightseeing tour visiting:

    • - Suleiman mountain and Museum,

    •  -Osh Bazaar, 

    • - Main Square with Lenin statue. 

    06:00 Transfer to local airport.

    16:45 Flight Osh-Bishkek  

    17:25 Arrival in Bishkek Airport.  

    Meet the driver and transfer to the hotel.

    Transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight.

  • Day 11
    Bishkek - Issyk - Kyl - Karakol
  • Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with a driver.

    Transfer to Karakol via Issyk Kul.

    • -  Burana Tower (80km from Bishkek) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). You will get to enjoy a traditional lunch and then continue  trip to the lake.The tower was originally 45m but because of great earthquake, its height was reduced to 25m. There are many legends about this place that capture visitors’ imagination.

    • Issyk Kul Lake surrounded by the celestial mountains. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. 

    • Upon arrival, a visit a place with ancient pictures on stones-petroglyphs, where you can see a panorama view of the Issyk Kul Lake. Shamans made these petroglyphs and told people that this place was the middle of the world. The stones are at the same place waiting the visitors to reveal their secrets. 

    Transfer to the hotel. 

    Resting time in the evening. Overnight.

  • Day 12
    Karakol - Bishkek
    Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Sightseeing of Karakol visiting:

    • - Museum of N.M. Przhevalski (Russian explorer of Asian continent);

    • - Dungan mosque (mosque built in Chinese style) and old Russian Orthodox Cathedral (wood church made without any nail);

    Transfer to Bishkek. Arrival in the afternoon.

    Overnight.

  • Day 13
    Bishkek
    Breakfast.
  • 09:00 Meet with a guide & driver in the hotel's lobby. Sightseeing tour includes a visit to Oak Park - the city center. It is known also as Dubovy Park - today it is one of the favorite places among tourists in Bishkek. Ala-Too Square is the central square in Bishkek. It serves as a place for state events and celebrations. Philharmonic hall – situated at the top of Rose Alley;

    - Statue of Manas (Manas is a legendary Kyrgyz hero and the classic centerpiece of Kyrgyz literature). Victory Square, wherein the center you can see the Victory monument, a memorial which was completed in 1984. Usually, the main festival events are held in Bishkek at the eternal flame, on Victory Square, where is posted guard of honor, forces of Kyrgyz garrison and a military band;

    - The Historical Museum located in Bishkek is considered one of the most impressive historical museums of the country as it shows the entire history of the Kyrgyz from their nomadic living to the 1940’s war;

    - The State Historical Museum of Bishkek is a museum worth visiting both by tourists as well as natives. After the city tour, you will visit the Asian bazaar. Transfer to the traditional restaurant. Lunch. 

    Finish your excursion. Transfer to the hotel.

    Overnight.

  • Day #
    Bishkek

    Breakfast.

    In the morning you will be transferred to the international airport “Manas” to catch your flight back home.

    End of the tour.

  • Accommodations:

    City

    Standart

    Comfort

    Tashkent

    Arien Plaza / Grand Capital

    Navruz / Aster Group Hotel / Gloriya / Praga

    Bukhara

    Kukaldosh, AsSalom, Porso, Zargaron

    Devon Begi, Sofia, Asia Bukhara, Malika Bukhara

    Samarkand

    Zilol Baxt / Malika Prime / Caravan Serial / City Hotel

    Dilimah / Grand Samarkand / Emirhan

    Fergana

    Club777

    Club777

    Bishkek Madison Ave / De’mar Golden Dragon / Plaza Bishkek
    Issyk - Kyl Three Corony Kapriz / Karven
    Karakol Green Yard Karagat

    OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

    Tour Price includes: 
  • - Accommodation in standard  twin-shared rooms with breakfast ;

  • - Tourist tax per person;

  • - Meals: breakfasts in hotels ;

  • - All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport sedan /mini bus/SUV  as per terrain requires,   including transfers to-from airports and  train stations;  

  • - English speaking local professional licensed guides in Uzbekistan as per program (4 standard excursions), English speaking local guides in Kyrgyzstan;

  • - Eagle hunting show in Bokonbaevo village;

  • - Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums and nature fees as per program;

  • - Train tickets Khiva- Bukhara  by standard train ( economy class) OR transfer by car;  

  • - Train tickets Samarkand – Tashkent (economy class) by tourist train “Afrosiab”/”Sharq”.

  • Tour Price does not include: 
    • - International flights to Tashkent , Tashkent- Bishkek and from Bishkek;

    • - Internal flight Osh - Bishkek

    • - Photo/video fees (professional camera);

    • - Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan e/visa (if required);

    • - Meals: lunches and dinners;

    • - Transport and guide service for free time/free days (can be added by request) and after the standard city tours; transport for walking tours in Bukhara;

    • - Personal travel/medical insurance, portage, tips, personal expenses and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.

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