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Along the Silk Road to Kashgar

Along the Silk Road to Kashgar

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Along the Silk Road to Kashgar

Country: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Chinese Xinjiang
Type of tour: cultural
Season: June - August
Duration: 14 days
The itinerary: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Tashkent – Ferghana Valley – Osh – Alay Valley – Kashgar – Naryn – Issyk-Kul – Bishkek

        The fascinating trip along two Asian Republics – Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and also along Chinese Xinjiang to Kashgar is waiting for you. The ancient cities of the East: Samarkand, Bukhara, Osh, and also picturesque Fergana Valley, high mountainous Alay Valley, hot deserts and eternally snowed Pamir summits will appear in their entire splendor in the face of you. You will travel along that real ancient road, where numerous caravans ran along the Great Silk several ages ago. Also you will visit exotic Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar, from where you will undoubtedly take a lot of unforgettable impressions.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent.
Day 2 Transfer to Samarkand. Sightseeing in Samarkand.
Day 3 After breakfast - continue tour of Samarkand. Transfer to Bukhara.
Day 4 Sightseeing in Bukhara. Evening transfer to railway station for departure by train to Tashkent.
Day 5 Arrival to Tashkent. Short excursion along the city. Transfer to Fergana.
Day 6 Excursions in Fergana Valley. Transfer to Osh.
Day 7 Not long sightseeing along the city. After lunch transfer to yurt camp along Pamir Highway.
Day 8 Transfer to Kashgar via famous Alay Valley.
Day 9 Excursion along the ancient Kashgar.
Day 10 Visiting famous Kashgar Sunday bazaar.
Day 11 Transfer via Torugart Pass to Naryn Valley of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight stay in Naryn.
Day 12 Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake. Rest.
Day 13 After lunch transfer to Bishkek. Excursion.
Day 14 Flight home.
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.
Day 2 Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Samarkand - 350 km. (takes around 5 hours). Transfer to the Hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city, visiting the Guri-Emir Mausoleum, Rukhabad Necropolis and the Registan Complex.
Day 3 After breakfast - continue tour of Samarkand, visiting the Ulugbek Observatory, Bibi-Khanum Cathedral Mosque, Shakhi Zinda Mausoleum and the bazaar. Transfer to Bukhara (300 km, 5 hrs).
Day 4 Sightseeing in Bukhara: “The heart of Bukhara – historic- architectural complex Lyabi-Khauz with the oldest in Central Asia pool (XIV-XVII c) surrounded by medieval buildings madrasah and khanaka of Nadir Divan-begi (XV-XVI c) with the facade, decorated with gorgeous mosaic, Kukeldash madrasah (XV c) - the largest madrasah in Bukhara. Poi–Kalyan Complex includes: 48 m minaret Kalyan (XII c) – the symbol of Bukhara; large Friday mosque Kalyan (XV c) with galleries topped with 288 domes of 1 hectare area; the only one active madrasah in Bukhara Miri-Arab (XVI c). The Samanids mausoleum (IX-X c) – The Samanids family burial vault – one of the ancient mausoleums in Central Asia made of burnt brick, which remains in a good condition nowadays. Ark citadel (IV c bc – XX c) – surrounded with large fortress wall – the oldest building in Bukhara, the main residence of the Emirs. There is a museum nowadays. Evening transfer to railway station for departure by train to Tashkent at 20:00. Spending the night in the train.
Day 5 Arrival to Tashkent. Breakfast. Short excursion along the city: Old city, Kukeldash Medrese (XVIII), Independence Square, Peoples Friendship Square, the building of National Theatre of opera and ballet. Transfer to Fergana (312 km, ~ 6 hrs).
Day 6 Excursions in Fergana Valley: Khudoyar-khan Palace (1871) where local historical museum is situated, Norbut-Biy Medrese (XVIII c), Modarikhon Mausoleum (XIX c) and in Rishtan – famous by potters’ dynasties, ceramics masters. Here you can watch their work and buy original earthenware for memory. Excursion in Margilan to Yodgorlic silk factory. Here you can acquaint with a process of hand-made production of silk fabrics, from unwinding silk cocoons till their coloring, and also to buy not expensive souvenirs made of silk. Transfer to Osh (120 km, ~ 2 hrs).
Day 7 Not long sightseeing along the city: famous Osh bazaar, Suleyman Mountain, Asaf ibn Burkhiya Mausoleum (XI-XVIII c.c.). After lunch transfer to yurt camp along Pamir Highway (150 km, ~ 4 hrs), overnight stay in yurts of Sary-Tash village.
Day 8 Transfer to Kashgar (270 km, ~ 8 hrs) via famous Alay Valley surrounding with giant snow-icy summits of Zaalay Range with its highest summit – Lenin Peak (7134 m). The changing of transport on Kyrgyz-Chinese border (Irkeshtam Check-point).
Day 9 Excursion along the ancient Kashgar: the biggest mosque in China Id-Kakh Mosque (1442), Mausoleum of Kashgar rulers Apak-Khodja (XVII c), old city, Mao Dze Doon Monument.
Day 10 Visiting famous Kashgar Sunday bazaar that exists more than 1000 years.
Day 11 Transfer via Torugart Pass to Naryn Valley of Kyrgyzstan (350 km, ~ 9 hrs). Overnight stay in Naryn – little town among the mountains of inner Tien-Shan.
Day 12 Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (Warm Lake) – a pearl of Central Asia – a huge internal-drainage lake surrounding with magnificent mountains (250 km, ~ 5 hrs). Rest.
Day 13 After lunch transfer to Bishkek (260 km, ~ 4 hrs). Excursion: Alatoo Square, Museum of History, Manas Ethnographical Complex.
Day 14 Flight home.

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Room type:

½ DBL

Cost includes: Cost does not include:
• accommodation in hotels / guest houses in DBL rooms;
• meals: breakfasts only;
• comfortable transport for all transportations;
• guided sightseeing during the itinerary;
• train tickets for transfer Bukhara – Tashkent (night train);
• international flight tickets;
• entry fees for the monuments;
• meals: full board and half board;
• photo / video fees in museums;
• medical insurance;
• all services not mentioned above.

Extra charge:


• flight Bishkek – Tashkent, on the Day 14
210 USD/pax.

The tour can be organized in your own dates / any number of pax, cost & conditions are available upon request.

Features tour
Duration, days 14
Countries
Uzbekistan yes
Kyrgyzstan yes
Chinese Xinjiang yes
Season
June yes
July yes
August yes

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