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Silk Road Tour

17 Days Of Silkroad Tour - Central Asia Herittage Of Silk Road

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Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan - China - Kazakhstan

Itinerary:Uzbekistan - Kyrgyzstan - China - Kazakhstan

Depart from Homeland flight 738

Arrival to Tashkent at

Overnight in Tashkent hotel

Tashkent

Sightseeing program around the center of Tashkent.

  • Visit Independence Square
  • Romanov's Residence
  • Amir Timur Square
  • Opera and Ballet Theatre named after Alisher Navoi
  • The Museum of Applied Arts

After lunch in choykhona (local teahouse) we will visit old city and Chor-Su market (bazaar). We will go there by Tashkent metro (subway). Optional - visit to the ceramic studio of the Rakhimov dynasty. Many works created by the masters of this famous family are exhibited in the Hermitage Museum in Saint- Petersburg and in the Museum of Orinetal Art in Moscow.

We invite you to have national dinner at one of the most famous restaurants in Tashkent.

Overnight in Tashkent hotel.

Khiva

07:30 Depart Tashkent, fly to Urgench - the capital of the Khorezm Province in order to get to Khiva (35 kms to the southeast), whose old city, known as Ichan Kala, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit carpet workshop.

Guided sightseeing program in Khiva:

You will see palaces with the rich mosaic, unique beautiful minarets, madrassahs and mosques such as: Kunya-Ark Fortress, Pahlavan Mahmud Complex ,Tash-Khowli Palace (Harem), Kalta-Minor Minaret, Islam Khoja Complex.

Lunch in chaikhana.

Visit woodcarving and ceramic workshop.

Continuation of sightseeing program :

  • Juma Mosque and Minaret, Karavan-Saray
  • Minaret and Mosque of Khodja-Islam
  • Tim of Ala-Kulikhan
  • Madrassah of Abdulla-Khan
  • Seyyid Allauddin Mausoleum
  • Madrassah of Muhamad Amin-Khan
  • Madrassah of Muhamad Rakhim-Khan
  • Nurullbay Palace
  • Walls and gates

Overnight in Khiva hotel.

Bukhara

NOTE : In case the flight Urgench-Bukhara is opened, the transfer Khiva-Bukhara will be arranged by plane.

Depart Khiva early in the morning, drive to Bukhara (470 kms, 8-9 hrs)

Trip through the Kyzyl Kum desert also called Qyzylqum, the 11th largest desert in the world.

During the trip you can admire the Amu Darya River, as one third of the road is parallel to the course of this great Central Asian river, and communicate with a family of local shepherds that have installed their yurt (nomads' tent) close to the highway.

Lunch.

Arrival to Bukhara, check in to the hotel.

Dinner.

Overnight in Bukhara hotel.

Ismail Samani

After breakfast full day guided sightseeing program in Bukhara.

Visit Ismail Samani - the burial place of Samanid dynasty dated 9 century, one of the most esteemed sights of central Asian architectures, Chashma Ayub (Job's well).

Arc Fortress - the center of political events and residence of Bukharian rulers until 1920. Nowadays there is a museum inside. Poi Kalon Ensemble which includes Kalon mosque, best-known minaret and Madrassah Miri-Arab, Madrassah Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, the 12th century Zoroastrian Magoki-Attori Mosque.

Lunch

Trading domes, Lyabi Hauz Complex, Nadir Divan Begi Madrassah and Khanaqa, Madrassah Chor-Minor.

Dinner

Overnight in Bukhara hotel.

Samarkand

08:30 Depart Bukhara to Samarkand by morning train "Sharq"

Upon arrival Samarkand you are welcomed and transferred to the hotel.

A full day guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand.

We shall start our tour from visiting the most famous site of Uzbekistan-Registan square, which was the center of Samarkand during centuries. Registan Square is a complex of three monuments: Ulugbek Madrassah (15 th century),Sher-Dor Madrassah (17 century) and Tilla-Kari Madrassah(17 century).

There is another symbol of Samarkand- Gur-Emir Mausoleum ("the grave of Emir").The construction of the mausoleum, which was started in 1403,was concerned with the sudden death of Muhammad Sultan,the direct heir and beloved grandson of Tamerlane. In 1405 Timur died in Otrar city and his sons decided to move his body and bury him near his favorite grandson. From that time this mausoleum became the burial-vault of Timurids dynasty.

Not far from Gur-Emir Mausoleum there is one of the earliest constructions of the city-Rukhbad Mausoleum. The mausoleum was erected over the tomb of the well-known Samarkand mystic Sheikh Burhaniddin Sagarji. We will visit Bibi Khanym mosque (the 15th century) and Shahi Zinda necropolis ( the 12th - 15th century).

Overnight in Samarkand hotel.

Samarkand

After breakfast we will continue excursion by visiting Al-Bukhari memorial comnplex (30 km away from Samarkand), Ulugbek Observatory of 15 century, Museum of Afrosiyab, Mousoleum of Saint Daniel (Khodja Daniyor).

Overnight in Samarkand hotel

Khujand

Depart Samarkand at 12:00

Arrival to Tashkent at 15:30

Check-in to the hotel.

Visit Hasti Imam complex and evening-walk to a newly built Minor Mosque (Ak Machit)

Overnight in Tashkent hotel

Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek at 08:30 (flight is subject to change due to season schedule changes)

Airport-Bishkek city (30km)

Arrival to Bishkek at 08:30 from Tashkent (flight is subject to change due to season schedule changes)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to Bishkek and start city tour.

Visit State History Museum (if it's open, could be under construction), Ala Too Square, Kurmanzhan Datka Monument, main governmental buildings, and finish at the Old Square with Parliament House and the only survived in Central Asia Lenin's Monument.

Lunch in a local caf'.

Later visit Osh marker (bazaar) and walk around lines of different stuff.

Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner in a local cafe/restaurant.

Overnight in Bishkek hotel.

Issyk Kul Lake

Drive to Tokmok town (60 km).

Here we will have our lunch in a local Kazakh family.

Further transfer to Burana tower - this is a historical complex on the ruins of Balasagyn settlement (UNESCO site). After excursion we have another 4 hours drive to Issyk Kul Lake, Northern shore.

Karakol Town

In the morning we visit the famous Petroglyphs open air museum and drive to the East. En route we stop to see the Scythian burial mounds, Przhevalskii museum.

In Karakol town we see Dungan Mosque and wooden Russian Orthodox Church. Both for lunch and for dinner we will visit local families of different nationalities.

Kochkor Village

The drive today is very long, so we leave very early in the morning. We will drive along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, passing by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and along Chui river.

In Kochkor village we will stop to see the local handicraft museum-shop and for lunch in a local Kyrgyz family.

Later we continue over Dolon pass to Naryn town.

Naryn Town

We will leave early again as the road is under reconstruction and it may take us up to 5 hours to reach the check point.

Our guide helps you with the border formalities; you say good-bye after passing through Kyrgyz customs

Meet at Torugart Pass and transfer to Kashgar.

Dinner at local restaurant

Kashgar

Visit the family mausoleum of Apak Hija (1640's), Idkah Mosque (1442's) which is the biggest mosque in China and it is symbol of Kashgar city, Old town, handcraft street and bazaar.

Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at local restaurant.

Urumchi City

Full day visit Kashgar city and village bazzar (market). Flight to Urumqi in the evening and transfer to Urumqi hotel.

Flight to Urumchi CZ (MON, WEDN, FRI) KASHGAR URUMCHI D - 16:15 - A 18:00

Almaty

KC 988 URUMCHI - ALMATY D 04:15 - A 04:05 (subject to change).

Transfer to airport for flight to Almaty city.

Arrival to Almaty City

KC 988 URUMCHI - ALMATY D 04:15 - A 04:05 (subject to change).

Upon arrival to the airport you will be met with your guide and transfer to the city to start sightseeing tour in Almaty city visit: Panfilov's Park with Zenkov's Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and Museum of Kazakh Folk Musical Instruments, Excursion to Medeo.

Lunch

Later continue sightseeing tour visit State History Museum, main Republican Square, Independence monument and etc.

Charyn Canyon

In the morning after breakfast you will be transferred to Charyn Canyon. You visit the most beautiful place of Charyn Canyon worth to be visited in spite of its remoteness is the Castles Valley.

Lunch picnic in the Charyn Canyon.

After easy hike in the Canyons we return to the hotel.

Dinner in a local cafe.

Almaty

In the morning after breakfast transfer to the airport to catch flight to your homeland.

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