Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan 2022
August 6-21, 2022
Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan 2022
August 6 - 21
The capital city of Tashkent, which is the only city in Central Asia with a subway system. A remarkable journey through three UNESCO world heritage sites in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. Experience eagle hunting, yurt building, and horseback riding amongst the beautiful sceneries of Kyrgyzstan.
- 12 nights in 3-star or 4-star accommodations.
- 3 nights in yurts based on quadruple occupancy with communal bathrooms.
- 30 meals: Breakfast (15), Lunch (6), Dinner (9)
- Services of a deaf Tour Leader on call 24 hours a day.
- Services of local deaf and/or hearing guides.
- All transportation expenses.
- All admission fees for attractions and museums mentioned in the itinerary.
- Single entry e-Visa for Uzbekistan. No visa needed for Kyrgyzstan.
- Most tips, except for your Tour Leader.
- Informative travel preparation packet.
- Pre-tour and/or post-tour itinerary consultation.
- $100 discount per person on your next regular tour.
- Domestic and/or international airfares.
- All other meals not mentioned in the itinerary and personal expenses.
- Any COVID-19 related tests.
- Travel insurance.
Per person, double occupancy.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Be marveled by the Registan Square in Samarkand. Climb up the minaret in Bukhara. See unique mausoleums and temples with intricate designs and 16 styles of brickwork.
JUMP INTO ADVENTURES
A short trek in the local village of Ohalik. Learn how to make yurts. Sleep in yurts. Go horseback riding into the mountains. Go on a sunset kayaking excursion on Issyk Kul.
DIVE INTO CULTURE
Walk with the bustling crowds of traders at Chor-Su Bazaar. Explore the walled inner-city of Khiva. Observe the nomadic shepherds at Song Kul, an alpine lake sitting at 9,842 feet high.
SAMPLE FOOD & DRINKS
Eat some plov, shashlik and lagman in Uzbekistan. Kuurdak and oromo in Kyrgyzstan. Have a traditional cooking class in Karakol.
16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 4
DAY 1 - Arrival into Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. After lunch, a light 3-mile walking tour to visit Shahidlar Kotirasi Khiyoboni (victims of the repression memorial), Monument of Courage, Saylgoh Khiyoboni (earthquake memorial), the Tashkent Artists’ Street, Amir Temur Square, Independence Square and Navoi Theatre. Afterwards, we check out several subway stations. Each subway station is an original work of art, and the themed stations are among the most beautiful in the world. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Tashkent.
DAY 2 - An all-day excursion within Tashkent, which is a curious blend of Islamic and Soviet influences. Visit the Old City, where we will find the Khast Imom complex, which contains the ancient holy Quran of Caliph Osman. Experience the bustling crowds of traders at Chor-Su Bazaar. Visit the Applied Arts Museum. Late in the afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our evening flight to Urgench. Stay in Khiva for 2 nights.
DAY 3 - The name Khiva once struck fear into the most hardened of travelers due to the bloodcurdling cruelty practiced by its errant khans. Its location in the middle of a sunbaked-in-summer, frozen-in-winter desert and its fierce resident tribes that had a habit of enslaving people trying to cross the desert kept invaders and conquerors out for centuries. Visit the walled inner-city called Ichan Kala. This old protected section of Khiva preserves more than 50 historic monuments and over 250 old houses. See Kalta Minor Minaret. View of old Khiva atop the Kunya-Ark Citadel. Stop in one of the woodcarving workshops where masters and novices work.
DAY 4 - Early in the morning, we take the 6-hour train from Khiva to Bukhara through the Kyzylkum Desert. The very name Bukhara conjures up images of the exotic Orient. For centuries, it was an important trading post and academic center. The old town has been well preserved and is crammed full of minarets, mosques and madrassas. After our arrival, we walk in the old town, and see the most famous Lyabi-Hauz, which is an oasis shaded by mulberry trees in the heart of the city. Stay in Bukhara for 2 nights.
DAY 5 - 8
DAY 5 - Today, we visit the Ismail Samani Mausoleum, which is a unique 10th century cubic monument with 16 styles of brickwork. Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, which is a pilgrimage site for the locals who believe that prophet Job had visited. Bolo Haouz Mosque. Ark Citadel, which is the original fortress of Bukhara dating back more than 2,000 years. After lunch, we visit Poi Kalan Complex, which is the highlight including Kalon Mosque and Minaret and Mir-i-Arab Madrassah.
DAY 6 - Begin the morning at Labi-Havuz Plaza. Nodir Devon Begi Khonakoh, which is the abode for the Sufi dervishes. Visit the famous Trading Domes of the city that once housed the best merchants of the Silk Road. Head over to the train station for mid-afternoon departure from Bukhara to Samarkand. Free time in the evening. Stay in Samarkand for 2 nights.
DAY 7 - Start the morning with arguably Uzbekistan’s most famous landmark, which is the spectacular Registan Square. The focal point of ancient Samarkand is framed by 3 beautiful madrassas – Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tillya Kori. Then we visit Bibi Khanym Mosque, which was a project built by the wife of Timur. Next door is the famous Bazaar of Samarkand known as Siyob Bozor. After lunch, we see the Shahi-Zinda necropolis where the Timur family members are buried. Afrasiyab Museum, where we learn more about the ancient city of Samarkand, which was then known as Afrasiyab that was destroyed by the Mongols in the early 13th century.
DAY 8 - All morning, we go to the local village of Ohalik for a short trek. Return to Samarkand for lunch then the famed paper production village. See how paper is prepared from mulberry tree bark. Short coffee stop before taking a high-speed train from Samarkand to Tashkent. Late dinner (which would be after 8:30 pm) before checking into hotel. Overnight in Tashkent.
DAY 9 - 12
DAY 9 - Morning flight from Tashkent to Bishkek. Free time in the afternoon, with an optional walking tour of the city. Overnight in Bishkek.
DAY 10 - Head out to Kochkor. Stop at Burana Tower. Observe a workshop where they make felt handicrafts, which Kyrgyzstan is famous for. Then we drive to Song Kul, one of the jewels of Kyrgyzstan. The alpine lake sits above 3,000 metres (9,842 feet), and is surrounded by nomadic shepherds looking after yaks, donkeys, goats and horses. Sunset walk. Overnight in a yurt camp in Song Kul.
DAY 11 - Breakfast in Song Kul before going over to Kyrgyzstan’s other legendary lake – Issyk Kul. After lunch, we observe an eagle hunting demonstration as well as other traditional sporting demonstrations. Free time in the evening. Stay 2 nights in another yurt camp in Tong.
DAY 12 - Half-day horse trek into the mountains. Return to yurt camp for lunch before visiting a nearby village that is famous for building yurts. Hands on learning experience with building a yurt. Free time in the evening.
DAY 13 - 16
DAY 13 - Hit the road in the early morning and start off the day’s adventure with a visit to Skazka Canyon, also known as Fairytale Canyon. Spend an hour exploring the canyon and taking picture of the rainbow-like formations. Continue onwards to Jeti Oguz for a gorgeous view of the Seven Bulls rock formation. In the late afternoon, we arrive into Karakol. Stay in Karakol for 2 nights.
DAY 14 - Morning walking tour of Karakol. Dungan Mosque. Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Experience a traditional cooking class with a Dungan family for lunch. The Dungans are a Chinese-Muslim ethnic minority group that fled persecution in their homeland and settled in the valleys around Karakol. Free time in the afternoon before a sunset kayaking excursion on Issyk Kul.
DAY 15 - Depart Karakol. Stop to see ancient petroglyphs spread out over hundreds of boulders in an open sky museum. Check out the new Rukh Ordo Cultural Centre. Stop at Cholpon Ata for lunch. Arrival into Bishkek in late afternoon. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Bishkek.
DAY 16 - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights.