Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. These five countries form the region today knows as Central Asia, states formerly of the USSR they are often referred to as the Central Asian Republics and have a strong mixture of Soviet, Persian, Muslim, Turkic, Mongol and Chinese influences on everything from day to day lives, historical architecture, dance and the culture of the varying peoples of the region. A cultural melting-pot from the days when the Silk Road was a major thoroughfare the Central Asian Republics are a blend of styles, and histories rarely seen elsewhere, in a landscape that ranges from desert and steppes to pristine lakes and glorious mountainscapes.
While each of the countries that compose the Central Asian Republics is well worth visiting in depth, the truth is that most of us will only get one chance to visit the region, and would like to see as much of its highlights as possible in the usual holiday span – generally two to three weeks. With that in mind we have developed a programme that takes in the Major highlights of the region crossing three of the five Central Asian Republics and covering sights of Cultural, Historic and Natural interest.
Day 1. Tashkent: Arrival to Tashkent, meeting in the airport with the plate of our local tour operator. Upon arrival, after your long flight, transfer for hotel for check in and rest. Evening is free and easy. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Tashkent – Bukhara Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at Bukhara hotel. Transfer to the airport for morning flight to Bukhara (according to the time table STC). Our city tour of Bukhara includes: Ismael Samani Mausoleum (the tomb of representatives of Samanids’ dinasty at the end of IX – beginning of X), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (Spring of Job – XIV), Bolo-Hauz Mosque (beginning of XX), Citadel Ark (IV) – administrative center and rulers fortress, Poi Kalon Ensemble (Pedestal of the Great), religious heart of Sacred Bukhara, consists of Minaret Kalon (XII), Kalyan Mosque (XII), Miri Arab Madrassah (XVI), Ulugbek’s Madrassah (1417), Madrassah Nodir Divanbeghi, Abdul Aziz Khan Madrassah, Magoki-Attori Mosque (dated XII-XVI centuries), Lyabi-Khauz Ensemble (dated XIV-XVII centuries), Kosh-Madrassah Ensemble (consisting of two resisting Madari-Abdullakhan Madrassah (Abdullakhan’s mother) and Abdullakhan Madrassah.
Day 3. Bukhara Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel.There are Rulers’ palaces and mausoleums of Sheikhs are located out of city in Bukhara. A trip out of Bukhara city for a visit to Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum (dated XVI-XIX century), to the sepulchers of his mother and his preceptor (dated XIV), Mausoleum Chor-Bakr (dated X century), visit to summer residence Sitorai Mokhi Khosa (dated XIX century). There you can see where Emirs of Bukhara spent their time during long and hot summers while taking a rest. Feed some bread to peacocks and make a pilgrimage to holy sites. Free time for purchasing of souvenirs and east spices. We advise to visit the Gold Bazar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4. Bukhara-Shakhrisabz-Samarkand Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to Samarkand through Shakhrisabz, city tour in Shakhrisabz: Sights of Shakhrisabzincludes Timur Ak-Saray Palace (White palace, 1380-1404), which is substantially destroyed, but it’s restoring intensively. Except huge 40-metre gate, it is possible to see magnificent filigree mosaics and unique technology a samples of a wall layings on which it is possible to judge what magnificence made, possibly, this enormous summer residence. The ensemble of mausoleum Dorus-Sadat (Dorus-Saodat, “Power Place”, XIV) – crypt of Jahangir and Omar (Timur’s sons). Cult places of Shkhrisabz are ensemble Dorus-Tilovat (“a blue mosque”, XIV centure) – the mausoleum of spiritual instructor Timur Shamsiddin Kulol, graceful Gumbazi-Seyidon Mausoleum (XVI centure, there are burried descendants of Ulugbek) and Cook-Gumbaz Mosque (1435), and also Hazrat-Imam Mosque (XIVcenture) here are based the tomb of Timur (he is buried in Samarkand, and here are located the mausoleums of relatives of the great conqueror). Transfer to Samarkand. Arrival. Hotel check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5. Samarkand Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel.The science and art of ancient East where concentrated in Samarkand since olden times. Multinational and tolerant as it is spoken here that: “there are many stairs leading to the sky” and there is no difference in what language you pray. Full day city tour in Samarkand: Visiting of morning East Siab Bazaar, Registan Square – Madrassah Ulug Bek (XV), Madrassah Shir-Dor (XVII), Madrassah Tillya-Kori (XVII), Mausoleum Guri Emir – Tamerlane’s Tomb (XIV-XV), Bibi Khanum Mosque (XIV-XV). Excavations and Museum of ancient city of Afrosiab. Architectural Complex Shakh-i-Zinda (dated XI-XV century) and Ulug Bek Observatory (XV), the Mausoleum of prophet Daniel. Visiting carpet factory Hudzhum – handmade silk carpets. Workshop visiting on manufacturing of a papyrian paper (handmade). Free time for purchasing of souvenirs and east spices. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6. Samarkand-Tashkent Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel.Visiting Imam Al Bukhariy Memorial Complex. After transferring to Tashkent (4 hours). Return to Tashkent, back to 21st century. Tashkent is one of the most beautiful cities in Central Asia, where antiquity and modernity coexist completing each other. Tashkent hotel accommodation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7. Tashkent-Bishkek Transfer / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel.Transfer to airport and fly to Bishkek with HY 779 at 07:55-10:10 (flight timing and schedule subject to change)After checking in a hotel we are going to Ala -Archa national park. Half day hiking and photo opportunity. Lunch in the Ala-Archa gorge. Drive back to Bishkek city. Half day sightseeing tour – Central Ala Too square, White House, Parliament house, Change of guard, Lenin Statue, etc. Accommodation in a hotel.
Day 8. Bishkek – Issyk-Kul Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Cholpon Ata town. En route visit Burana Tower historical complex and Cholpon Ata petroglyphs site. Lunch in a local family in Tokmok. Dinner and overnight in a hotel on the Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.
Day 9. Issyk-Kul Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day trip to Karakol town. Visit N. M. Przhevalski memorial complex, Dungan mosque, Orthodox Church. Transfer to Djety Oguz gorge. Picnic lunch. Photo and hiking opportunity. Transfer back to Cholpon Ata town. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Day 10. Issyk-Kul-Almaty Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast at the hotel. A long day transfer to Almaty. Border crossing from Kyrgyzstan to Kazakhstan. Lunch en route. Late arrival to Almaty. Accommodation in a hotel and dinner in the restaurant near by the hotel.
Day 11. Almaty-Tashkent Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast in hotel.Almaty city tour – Panfilov’s Park with Zenkov’s Orthodox Cathedral, Great Patriotic War Memorial and National Musical Instruments Museum, central mosque. Lunch in the city. Transfer to airport for your flight back to Tashkent with HY 762 at 19:25-20:15 (flight timing and schedule subject to change)Pick up at Tashkent airport, transfer for dinner and check in to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12. Tashkent Vehicle / Meals: B
Breakfast in hotel.After a dinner city tour through modern Tashkent: Navoi Theater Square, The Opera and Ballet Theatre of Alisher Navoi, the Tashkent Television tower, the Memorial comple, People’s Courage Monument (the unique architecturally-art complex devoted to the topic of liquidation of Tashkent earthquake consequences in 1966). Tour to Amir Temur Square: monument of the great commander, Amir Temur, the well-known Tashkent chiming clock and Hotel Uzbekistan, the Palace of Forums, “Broadway” – avenue of artists, with the inexpensive souvenirs exposed for sale, and also on fountains and modern monuments of the capital. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 13. Tashkent – Departure Vehicle / Meals: B
Transfer to airport to catch you flight back home
Based on a minimum of 2 travellers this itinerary can be booked to suit the dates you require and ammended to cover anything extra (or less) you may wish to see. For more details please contact Allworld Journeys on firstname.lastname@example.org