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Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Great Silk Road via Fergana Valley

Duration: 16 days/16 nights
Best season: from beginning of April till the end of October
Group size - Not limited
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Arrival to the airport Tashkent.
Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

2   Tashkent.
The arrival in Tashkent early in the morning.
Meeting with guide and transfer to the hotel. Breakfast in the hotel.
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan Republic, is one of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia:
Architectural complex Hasti Imam, Barak Khan Madrasah, Kafal Shohi Madrasah, Kukeldash Madrasah, Chorsu bazaar, Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, Museum of Applied Arts
Night in the hotel. 

City Palace 4*
 3 300 Tashkent Samarkand.
After breakfast departure to Samarkand.
Accommodation and rest in the hotel.
Samarkand city was one of the main commercial centers of the Silk Road during centuries. Today the Blue City is one of the main travel destinations in this part of world.
Excursion in Samarkand city in the afternoon: Registan Square, Ulughbek Madrasah (XV century), Shir-Dor Madrasah (XVII century), Tilla-Kori Madrasah (XVII century)
Night in the hotel.
B Asia Samarkand 4*
 4 270 Samarkand Bukhara.
Breakfast in a hotel.
In the morning we continue our excurtion in Samarcand city: Guri Emir Mausoleum (the tomb of Tamerlan(XIV and XV centuries), Architectural complex Shakhi-Zinda (IX-XV centuries), Museum of the ancient city Afrosiyob, Bibi-Khonum Mosque, Siab bazaar, Ulughbek Observatory
In the afternoon transfer to Bukhara.
Bukhara is the ancient historic center of trade and Islamic culture in Uzbekistan. This city is the ancient oasis and trade point on Silk Road. Bukhara attracts with its impressive historical monuments, minarets and madrassas, narrow streets lined with oriental bazaars and ancient ruins. There is no doubt why the center of the ancient city of Bukhara has been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Accommodation and overnight in the hotel.
B Asia Bukhara 4*
Bukhara sightseeing tour.
Full day.
Breakfast in a hotel.
After breakfast city tour: visit Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Ark Fortress, Kalyan Minaret, Poi Kalyan Mosque, Miri Arab Madrasah, The Holy Spring, Toki Zargaron Dome, Ulughbek and Abdullazizkhan Madrasah, Toki Telpak Furushon Dome, Magoki Attory Mosque, Toki Sarafon Dome, Lyabi Hauz architectural complex.
Overnight in the hotel.
B Asia Bukhara 4*
 6 560 Bukhara Tashkent. 
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to Tashkent by train (08:05/14:50).
Accommodation and overnight in the hotel.

B City Palace 4*
 7 230 Tashkent Kokand.
Breakfast in the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Kokand.
Kokand is one of the most famous cities of Uzbekistan. It was formerly the capital of the powerful Khanate of Kokand, which dominated in the Fergana Valley for centuries.
Visit the great palace of Khudayar Khan (XIX century)
Cemetery of Kings and two buildings built for the family of Omar Khan at the beginning of last century.
Overnight in the hotel.
B Khan 3*
 8 30 Kokand Rishtan Margilan - Fergana.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Later transfer to Rishtan known for its ceramic industry. Visiting of ceramic workshop of Rustam Usmanov.
Transfer to Margilan.
Visit Silk Factory Yodgorlik" in Margilan, where art works are made.
Transfer to Fergana.
Fergana is the most industrialized and largest city in the valley with the same name, and is also the administrative center of the province of Fergana.
The city is located at the height of 580 meters above sea level. This city is one of the most important cities in the production of oil.
The city was founded over a hundred years ago by the first military governor Skobelev M.D. and had name New Margilan city.
Overnight in the hotel.
Asia Fergana 3*
9 120 Fergana Dislik - Osh.
Breakfast in the hotel.
Transfer to Dustlik border. Meeting of the group by the local guide. Transfer to Osh city.
Osh is the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan. It is one of the oldest cities of Central Asia, located at the southeast end of the Fergana Valley in the northern foothills of the Pamir mountains - Alai.
Then we have city tour: Suleiman Mountain, one of the treasures of the Islamic world of Central Asia.
Suleiman Mountain is located in the center of town and is both a historical and cultural monument. The mountain guarding the city from enemies.
Firstly we visit the historical museum, located in the main cave of the mountain. After a trip to the museum, we follow the "path of pilgrims" to the top of the mountain, where we can see the small mosque of Babur, the founder of the Great Mughal Empire. The city can be seen from the viewpoint located near the mosque.
Overnight in the hotel.
 B Hotel Sun Rise 2*
10 10 Osh Bazaar. Osh Bishkek flight.
Visit Osh Bazaar, the largest market in Central  Asia.
You walk along the colorful rows of Golden market, watch black smiths working and smell aromas of spices, fruits and vegetables of Food market. You finish your immersing into oriental life by visiting the handicraft rows.
In the afternoon flight to Bishkek.
Transfer from airport to Bishkek.
Bishkek is the capital and industrial center of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek is a city of wide avenues, handsome buildings and Soviet heritage. The gesturing statue of Lenin can still be seen in the citys vast central square, yet it is the permanently snow capped Kyrgyz Ala-Tau mountain range which towers over Bishkek providing a quite stunning backdrop.
Overnight in a hotel.
B Hotel 3*
80 Ala Archa National Park. Sightseeing tour in Bishkek.
After breakfast we drive to Ala Archa Natural Park located in a picturesque gorge of Ala Archa 40 km off from Bishkek.
It is a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering including trips to more than 20 glaciers. It covers the area of 200 km² - mostly forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers rich in trout. The altitude of ranges varies from 1500m to the highest point 4895m (Peak Semenov Tien Shanski). Several rare species of fauna and especially traditionally revered juniper trees are under protection in the Natural Park.
It has very diverse fauna: mountain meadows are the habitat for wild goats, deer and marmots. Ala Archa National Park is one of the few places of the habitat of the rare snow leopard.
In the afternoon transfer to Bishkek to begin our city tour.
We visit Manas Monument, the main national hero of the Kyrgyz people. Then excursion to the State History Museum and transfer to the main Ala Too Square to watch ceremony of changing of the Guard of Honor, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House.
Overnight in a hotel.
B Hotel 3*
290 Bishkek Issyk-Kul via Burana tower.
In the morning one hour drive to Burana Tower (old minaret) near Tokmok city.
That minaret was constructed in Balasagun town; one of the capitals of Karakhanid State existed in 11-12 centuries AD. Explore ruins of that important trading point at the Great Silk Road and visit a little local museum telling about that civilization. Also watch a collection of Balbals, Turkic ancient tombs.
Optionally: On the area around the tower it is possible to organize horse riding games.
After that we drive to the Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America.
Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter.
Overnight in a hotel on the lake shore.
B Hotel Karven 4*
150 Issyk Kul Karakol.
In Cholpon Ata town we visit so called Stone Garden or Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site.
Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site is - a large open-air collection of rock carvings sometimes referred to as a Stone Garden, which covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, Balbals) and Petroglyphs (dating from the II millennium BC thru the Middle Ages and up to the VI century AD).  
Optionally: You can go on an hour boat cruise in the lake to admire clear water of Issyk Kul with snow capped Tien Shan Mountains in the background!
After that we drive to Karakol town along the northern shore of the Issyk Kul Lake. We visit Museum of N. M. Przhevalski, Dungan mosque, Old Russian Orthodox Church.
Overnight in a hotel.
B Guest House Green Yard
60 Karakol Djety Oguz gorge Karakol.
Full day
In the morning we visit Djety Oguz gorge to admire the landscapes and to make some photos.
Djety Oguz in Kyrgyz means Seven Bulls. This picturesque gorge is named so because of the red rocky sand formations covered with forests of Tien Shan spruces. We hike up the main gorge along the winding Djety Oguz mountain river. On the way you visit some yurts of the local nomadic families.
Optionally: In the late afternoon you can also visit a Hunting Birds Performance on the one of the mountain slopes.
Return to Karakol.
B Guest House Green Yard
400 Karakol Kochkor - Bishkek.
Breakfast in a guesthouse.
Transfer to Bishkek city by the south shore of Issyk Kul Lake.
A short stop on the way for hiking Skazka gorge. Excursion and opportunity to take photos.
Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel.
B  Hotel 3*
16 30 Departure from Bishkek.
In the morning transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home.
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