Silk Road Tour 3

Silk Road: Tour 3, Silk Road tours 

Silk Road: Tour 3
Days of tour: 16
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Places: Almaty - Charyn - Karakol - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor - Son Kul - Chon Kemin - Bishkek - Ala Archa - Osh - Khujand - Penjakent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent 

Day 1: Almaty
Our team is glad to organize the tour in Kazakhstan and show the beauties of the southern capital of the country, Almaty. Today you are met in the airport and taken for the city tour, with visiting of Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral. These are the striking sites which should be taken in greater account. Then we offer to travel to the Medeo Gorge and walk along the highest point of the skating rink.  Then it is better to witness the world famous Shymbulak resort. At the same time we highly recommend taking the way to Kok-Tobe hill, and the park of the same name. Right here you are able to buy the souvenirs of Kazakhstan, to bring them to your own country. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Charyn - Kegen border - Karakol
Kazakhstan is a country where you have an opportunity to make a way to the Charyn gorge, which tends to be one of the oldest canyons of the country, dating back to more than 12 million years ago. The canyon is said to have been created due to natural forces, wind and water. To reach the canyon it is necessary to travel about 3 hours, and during the tour to it the guides will be tell the history along with legends. In order to get to Kyrgyzstan, the boarders are required to get to the Kegen border, or the border of Kazakhstan with Kyrgyzstan, and travel to the Karakol city. Taking a chance of the tour in this country, in this region, make a visit of the Dungan mosque and Orthodox Church. The night is organized in the guest house.

Day 3: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Kochkor  
Right now we are in Kyrgyzstan and travel along the picturesque sites, which tend to be of a great meaning for the locals. So, Jeti Oguz is known to be the rock, which resembles the bulls of red color standing in a row. Near it, there is a Broken Heart Mountain, which can be vaulted by all wishing during the tour, for about 20 minutes. Then we pass the Bokonbaeva village peculiar for eagle hunting, the skills of which transmitting throughout generations. And finally we get to the Kochkor village. The night will be organized in the homestay of the locals.

Day 4:  Kochkor - Son Kul Lake
From the site known for carpets creation, we start a way to the marvelous location, Son Kul Lake. Today it is also named as the high altitude lake, the alpine lake, due to the height of about 3016m above sea level. This territory is peculiar for being the perfect home for the cattle and the nomads living the life of the ancestors. Moreover, they are glad to invite in their traditional dwelling, the yurt. The night will be always in the yurt, in the place surrounded by great nature.

Day 5: Son Kul - Chon Kemin
This day is devoted to the way to Chon Kemin, and today we pass the Kalmak Ashu pass, and also the gorge of unforgettable views and beauty. The heights are great, about 3225m above sea level. It is necessary to note, that all nature of the country is pristine, pure, with most of the sites to be untouched. There are great numbers of the tourists coming here, and they fall in love with nature and culture of the local people. The night can be taken in the homestay.

Day 6: Chon Kemin - Burana - Bishkek
As we are in the Chon Kemin gorge, it is a perfect opportunity to take a ride of 3 hours on horses. With them you can get in the distant sites of the gorge. Then the way continues and transform is the tour to Bishkek. But in order to get there you need to pass the Burana Tower, the minaret of the 11th century. In the past it was one of the central points of the Great Silk Road. The tower is surrounded by the stone warriors named as balbals. These are the stone monuments with the soles of the ancient people protecting the people of today. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
As we get to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, we start a city tour along Bishkek. Today we travel to Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic. Then our journey continues to the Ala Archa gorge, and find out the gorge to be one of the most brilliant natural locations of the country. It was impossible to get there in the past, and today everyone is able to pass the way of 45km and breathe fresh air. The night will be in the hotel of Bishkek.

Day 8: Bishkek - Osh
This day the group makes a way to the south of Kyrgyzstan, to the Osh city. In this city you are going to get to the Suleiman Mountain, the place peculiar for having various legends and myths connected to it. One of it tells the prophet Solomon was buried here. This place has a great significance of the Muslims. Then we get to the hotel for the night.

Day 9: Osh - Guliston border - Khujand
From our point of view, this city can be taken as the starting point of the tour to Tajikistan, as we are near the border with this country. Today the guests are taken to the Khujand city, as one of the largest cities of the country. According to the statistics, more than 149,000 people live here. The city of Tajikistan is located at the border with the Fergana valley. Today it is said to be the city of Sugd. In the end of the day we make a way to Cultural Palace of Khujand, visit the Central Mosque. The night will be organized in the hotel.

Day 10: Khujand - Penjakent
The visitants are going to have an interesting tour, made through the Shahriston Pass at the height of 3378m above sea level in order to get to the city of Penjakent, and the Zeravshan river valley. Now, this city is known to be five villages city, according to the locals. It is said to emerge in 5-8th centuries, bearing the name of "Central Asian Pompeii".  Lots of pieces of art are set here. The night will be in the hotel.

Day 11: Penjakent - Jarpeto - Samarkand  
The 11th day of the tour is made along the border of Tajikistan with Uzbekistan. The guide will transfer the group to Samarkand. This city is also located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. The guests usually travel here along such places as Registan square - the complex of religious schools of 17th century, Shakhi-Zindeh - the site of UNESCO of 17th century, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. All the buildings here bear great religious and historical meaning. The night will be organized in the hotel.

Day 12: Samarkand - Bukhara (train)
Taking a train the wanderers travel to the next destination in Uzbekistan, the Bukhara city. Today it is famous and replete with Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex, Kushbegi and Muzafarohana mosques and the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. All along the way the guests will be given precise details of the city and the country and all of the sites and sightseeing there. In the hotel we will organize the night.

Day 13: Bukhara
The entire day in Uzbekistan is devoted to the investigation of Bukhara, the tour along which will be oriented on the historical idea. It is said to emerge about the 4th century. Those times it was named as Citadel Ark. Right here various Bukhara Empire dynasties lived. The museums bear the works of art of the 9-10th centuries. And one of the most famous is Samanids mausoleum, then the Chashma Ayub and Bolo-Hauz mosque. The people from other countries can take a way passing madrasah Nodir Divan Begi and Lyabi House Ensemble. Today it is the great and unique complex of 16th century. The night is going to be in the hotel, after getting close the Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah.

Day 14: Bukhara - Tashkent
From Bukhara we are going to take a plane to Tashkent, and start to investigate the city starting with the main square, created in honor of the victory in WW2. The visitants are able to travel along the metro of Tashkent and Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. At the same time the local Broadway will be the central point of the trip. This city is the home of the famous true copy of the Quran, the oldest one, of the 8th century. The night will be organzied by our team in the hotel.

Day 15: Tashkent - Chimgan Mountains - Tashkent
Last days of the tour will be devoted to the travel tour to Chimgan Mountains. Everyone will be able to get there on the chair lift and then the view of Beldersay peak 30 min one-way will be open. Having reached the top the guests will be able to have a rest and just enjoy the views. Then nature landscape changes to water happy activities, as a break on Charvak lakeside beach. The locals of Uzbekistan and the guests of the country tend to respect the sites and visit the country as often as it is possible. The night will be in the hotel of Tashkent.

Day 16: Flight
Transfer to airport and flight to your destination.

Transport in KZ and KG:
02 pax - Sedan (KZ) or Mitsubishi Delica (KG)
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter

Transport in TJ:
02-04 pax - Hyundai Starex
06-08 pax - 2 cars: Hyundai Starex
10 pax - 3 cars: Hyundai Starex

Transport in UZ:
02 pax - Sedan
04-06 pax - Minivan
08-10 pax - Minibus

Hotels 3*,
Price per person:
02 pax - 2 540 $
04 pax - 1 715 $
06 pax - 1 465 $
08 pax - 1 270 $
10 pax - 1 190 $
Single - 265 $

Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 45 $ 

Hotels 4*,
Price per person: 
02 pax - 2 725 $
04 pax - 1 915 $
06 pax - 1 665 $
08 pax - 1 470 $
10 pax - 1 390 $
Single - 440 $

Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in - 70 $ 

Half board - 205 $*
Full board - 415 $*

Entrance fees - 45 $*

Meals and entrance fees are available with escort guide only.*

Supplement for escort guide in Uzbekistan - 240 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3* / "KazZhol" Hotel 4*
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts, "Nomad's Dream" camp (4 pax in 1)
Chon Kemin - Homestay
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4* /"Plaza" Hotel 4*
Osh - "Sun Rise" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*/ "Diyora" Hotel 4*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*/ "Omar Khayam" Hotel 4*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*/ "Ramada" Hotel 4*
- Mineral water supply
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- Entrances to all museums in KZ, KG, TJ
- English speaking escort guides in KZ, KG, TJ
- Train tickets Samarkand - Bukhara, economy class  

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- Entrances to all museums in UZ
- English speaking escort guide in UZ
- Bukhara - Tashkent train - from 35$
- Bukhara - Tashkent flight - from 50$