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From Kyzylkum Desert up to Tien-Shan Mountains

From Kyzylkum Desert up to Tien-Shan Mountains

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From Kyzylkum Desert up to Tien-Shan Mountains

Country: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan
Type of tour: cultural
Season: June - August
Duration: 15 days
The itinerary: Tashkent - Samarkand - Sarmysh - Nurata - Aydarkul – Bukhara - Tashkent - Chimgan - Kokand - Margilan - Fergana - Osh - Son-Kul - Issyk-Kul - Bishkek

        Unforgettable, full of contrasts tours carries out along the territory of two Central Asian republics: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Majestic minarets, blue domes of mausoleums, ancient Medrese and impressing caravan-saraies “will tell” you about bygone power and wealth of Uzbekistan. You even won’t notice smooth change from city civilization to magnificent mountain landscapes, untouched nature of Kyrgyzstan, its “pearl” – Issyk-Kul Lake, traditional life of shepherds on the high-mountain Son-Kul Lake. The impressions from everything you have seen are remained in your memory for a long time.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrive in Tashkent. Rest.
Day 2 Transfer to Samarkand. Excursion.
Day 3 Continue of excursion. Transfer to Aydar yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum Desert.
Day 4 Riding on the camel-backs along the desert. Rest on Aydarkul Lake. Transfer to Bukhara.
Day 5 Excursion program in Bukhara. Night train to Tashkent.
Day 6 Arrival in Tashkent. Transfer to Chimgan Mountains. Walking on picturesque environing.
Day 7 Transfer to Fergana with excursions in Kokand and in Rishtan.
Day 8 Excursion in Margilan to Yodgorlic silk factory. Transfer to Osh.
Day 9 Excursion. Transfer to Chichkan Gorge. Walking along the gorge.
Day 10 Transfer to high-mountain Son-Kul Lake. Accommodation in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.
Day 11 Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake. Accommodation in pension on the shore of the lake.
Days 12-13 Rest on the lake.
Day 14 Transfer to Bishkek. Excursion.
Day 15 Departure from Bishkek.
Day 1 Arrive in Tashkent. Rest.
Day 2 Transfer to Samarkand (350 km, ~ 5 hrs). Excursion: Registan square - the "heart" of Samarkand - ensemble of 3 majestic medreses (XIV-XVI c.c.) – Sherdor, Ulugbek and Tillya Qory, the grandiose cathedral Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c.), Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Timur (Tamerlan), his sons and grandson Ulugbek (XV c.).
Day 3 Continue of excursion: Tamerlan’s grandson Ulugbek’s the well-known ruler and astronomer-scientist observatory (1420) - the ruins of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing stars position, Shakhi-Zinda – “The Living King” (XI-XVIII c.c.) Necropolis of Samarkand rulers and noblemen, consisting of set of superb decorated mausoleums, exotic Siab bazaar. Transfer to Aydar yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum Desert (300 km, ~ 6 hrs). Dinner at the bon-fire. Overnight in yurts.
Day 4 Riding on the camel-backs along the desert. Rest on Aydarkul Lake. Transfer to Bukhara (250 km, ~ 4 hrs). On the way the excursion to the petroglyphs of Sarmysh Gorge (more 3500 pictures of the Bronze Age – one of the biggest “stone picture galleries” of the world), and also to famous Nur holy complex with the source with holy fish, lunch in Nurata. Walking along evening Bukhara.
Day 5 Excursion program in Bukhara: Chashma Ayub Mazar Burial-vault (XIV-XIX c.c.), Poi-Kalan Complex (XI-XVI c.c.), Miri-Arab Medrese (XVI c.), Lyabi-Hauz Complex (XVI-XVII c.c.), Mausoleum of Samanids (IX-X c.c.), Nadir Divanbegi Medrese (XVI c.), Ark - ancient fortress (VI-VII c.c.), Chor-Minor Minaret (XVIII c.), Sitorai Mokhi Khosa - "Palace of Moon and Stars" - summer residence of the last Bukhara Emir (XIX c). Night train to Tashkent.
Day 6 Arrival in Tashkent. Breakfast. Transfer to Chimgan Mountains (100 km, ~ 2 hrs). Rest. Walking on picturesque environing. Accommodation in comfortable complex, in national natural park, on the bank of Chatkal River.
Day 7 Transfer to Fergana (312 km, ~ 6 hrs) with excursions in Kokand: 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.
Day 8 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 9 Excursion: famous Osh bazaar, Suleyman Mountain, local ethnographical museum and Asaf ibn Burkhiya (XI-XVII c.c.), Museum of History. Transfer along picturesque mountain road to Chichkan Gorge (300 km, ~ 7 hrs). Walking along the gorge, overnight stay in comfortable mountain house or in yurt in the surrounding of Tien-Shan spruces.
Day 10 Transfer to high-mountain Son-Kul Lake (240 km, ~ 6 hrs), which is located in a huge picturesque intermountain hollow at the altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l. There are fine opportunities for walking and horse-back riding, contacts with local shepherds, who have kept their way of life and traditions of their ancestry up to now. Accommodation in traditional Kyrgyz yurts.
Day 11 Transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake (250 km, ~ 6 hrs), a “pearl” of Central Asia. It’s a big lake, surrounding by mountain ranges with beyond the clouds peaks, fine beaches, and evening entertainments. Accommodation in pension on the shore of the lake.
Days 12-13 Rest on the lake.
Day 14 Transfer to Bishkek (260 km, ~ 4 hrs). Excursion: Alatoo Square, Museum of History, Manas Ethnographical Complex, shopping, buying souvenirs.
Day 15 Departure from Bishkek.
Features tour
Duration, days 15
Countries
Uzbekistan yes
Kyrgyzstan yes
Season
June yes
July yes
August yes

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