Silk Road#11. Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan

Countries: Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan

Duration: 14 days

ITINERARY

Arrive in Tashkent. You will be met by Advantour driver and transferred to the hotel. Check in to the hotel at noon. Meet your guide to starting sightseeing in the capital of Uzbekistan, the biggest city in Central Asia. Visit Old City part of Tashkent with Khast-Imom Complex where the world-famous Quran of Caliph Uthman – Ottoman has been preserved. In Khast-Imom visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi, and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Explore Chor-Su Bazaar. Then take a ride on Tashkent Metro to the city center with Amir Temur Square, Independence Square, and Applied Arts Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Early morning transfer for flight to Urgench (1093 km, 1 h. 40 min.). Arrive in Urgench, transfer to the hotel in Khiva (30 min.). Later proceed for a guided walking sightseeing tour. Spend a day at the UNESCO World Heritage site Ichan-Kala Fortress. Visit Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, Kalta Minor, Kunya-Ark, Juma Mosque, Toshkhovli Palace, Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, Minaret of Islom Khodja. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours

In the morning depart Khiva and drive to Bukhara (480 km, 7-8 h.). The Great Silk Road once routed through Bukhara and Khiva ran through the Kyzylkum Desert, as the present road** does nowadays. Stop en-route to enjoy views of the Amudarya River and the desert.

Arrive in Bukhara late in the afternoon, check in to the hotel. Time for rest and overnight at the hotel.

*We advise preparing lunch-boxes for this trip.

**some parts of the road are presently being renovated.

Enjoy a walking sightseeing tour with a guide in Old City. Visit Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, Magoki-Attori Mosque, Chor-Minor Madrasah, trade domes, Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque, and Miri-Arab Madrasah, Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, Ark Fortress, Bolo-Khauz Mosque, Ismail Samani, and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Continue sightseeing tour with a guide. Drive out of the city to Sitorai-Mokhikhosa – summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir. Head to Mausoleum of Bakhoutdin Naqshbandi. In the afternoon depart to Samarkand (280 km, 4 hours’ drive). Stop on the way at Caravanserai Rabat Malik dating back to the 11th century. Arrive in Samarkand late in the afternoon, check in to your hotel.  Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 2-3 hours

Meet your guide and driver at the hotel lobby to start the city tour. Visit spectacular Registan Square, remains of Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siyob Bazaar, Ulugbek Observatory, Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, and Gur Emir Mausoleum – authentic shrine of Tamerlane. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours

Check-out from the hotel till noon. Continue sightseeing: visit Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Then drive to Koni Ghil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from mulberry. Enjoy free time with car and driver at your disposal after sightseeing tour. At 16:00 transfer to the railway station. Take the fast-speed Afrosiyob train departing to Tashkent at 17:00 (300 km). The scheduled arrival time is 19:10. Pick-up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours

Drive to Fergana Valley (320 km till Fergana city). The steep road* which connects Fergana Valley with the rest of Uzbekistan runs via the picturesque mountain pass Kamchik (2267 m. above sea level). The first stop will be in the city of Kokand where you will visit the Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Jami Mosque, Norbutabek, and Kamol-Kazy madrasahs. Continue driving to Fergana city (80 km). In Fergana, visit Akhmad Al-Fergani Park. Check in to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

*Part of the road is currently under reconstruction

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

In the morning, drive from Fergana to Margilan and visit Said Akhmad-Khoja Madrasah. Today, the madrasah is home to a number of craftsmen producing handmade carpets and silk. Have a walk on the traditional market and continue to the Yodgorlik Silk factory to see the production process of silk with traditional Ikat patterns. If it is Thursday or Sunday, visit Kumtepa Bazaar, the largest market in Fergana Valley. Drive to Rishtan to the house of a well-known ceramic master Rustam Usmanov whose works are exhibited in world exhibitions.  Enjoy a pottery workshop and have a look at the ceramic collections in a small museum. Continue to the house of craftsman Bakhrom-aka to visit a traditional Kyrgyz family manufacturing wool carpets. After Ok Yer village return to Fergana. Overnight at the hotel.

Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours

Breakfast. Travel for Kyrgyzstan to Osh city. Crossing the border pass and enter to Kyrgyzstan afternoon. Accommodation in Osh hotel.

City tour. Day in Osh.

Accommodation in hotel.

Travel for Arslanbob. Hiking in the nut wall forest. Visit waterfall. Accommodation in the local homestays with dinner.

After breakfast transfer for Bishkek. It will be a long driving day through Suusamyr. Late afternoon arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel.

8-9 hours driving

Transfer to the airport. Departure Kyrgyzstan.

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