Discover Silk Road Tour 1

Discover Silk Road: Tour 1, Silk Road Tours 

Discover Silk Road: Tour 1
Destination: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Osh - Dustlik - Margilan - Tashkent Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent

Day 1: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
Our company is glad to see travelers here! On arrival at Manas International Airport the driver will meet you and accompany to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. It will take 30 minutes. In Bishkek you will have the city tour and visit the famous Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Ņentral Ala Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic and others. Afterwards you will travel to Issyk Kul Lake and get impression by great mountains! This wonderful lake is considered to be the second biggest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m. above sea level. The second name of the lake is "the pearl of Central Asia". Issyk Kul Lake is never freezes due to salty bottom. On a tour you will have the opportunity to visit Burana Tower which was built in the 11th century as well as an open air museum of Balbals or stone warriors. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 2: Issyk Kul - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol
In the morning we will travel to amazing gorges as Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye connected with each other at the end. In the course of a tour in Kyrgyzstan you will find there the natural park where you can relish hiking and admire spectacular landscape. The tour will be continued to the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. You will have a chance to visit the Dungan mosque built without metal ligaments and made in Chinese style as well as an old wooden Orthodox Church. Overnight is in a guesthouse.

Day 3: Karakol - Jeti Oguz - Issyk Kul southern shore - Bishkek
On this day of tour, we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls. On arrival you will impressed by red rocks formations placed in a row. See the Broken Heart Mountain and learn more about legends and myths. Spend 20 minutes and to see one of the most attractive panoramic views of the gorge! The next destination is Bokonbaeva village where you will meet a local eagle-hunter or berkutchi and see an eagle hunting. We will continue our way to Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.  

Day 4: Bishkek - Osh - Dustlik - Margilan - Tashkent
In the morning is flight to the city of Osh. We will cross the Dustlik border checkpoint and then arrive to Fergana. In Fergana we will visit regional museum. You will have an opportunity to see various collection of items from ancient times and learn more about culture and art of Fergana valley. On this place you will find more than 80 000 collections in the museum. Visit the national park of Fergana and travel to Margilan. There you will see Silk producing factory and learn how to make silk. The silk made from the feeding of the silk worms with mulberry leaves, through dyeing with natural vegetal and mineral dyes, to the weaving of the final cloth. Afterwards we will drive to Fergana train station and board the train. The departure from Tashkent at about 16:00 and arrival to Tashkent train station at 20:25. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 5: Tashkent - Samarkand
Today is a city tour in Tashkent. First to all the Independence Square which is defined to be the symbol of victory over fascism in World War II. Then you will visit the local Broadway. It is situated between Independence square and Amir Timur square as well as the famous Tashkent metro, opened in 1977. In the afternoon we will visit the old parts of the city as Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex. They have dissimilar kind of madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. In Tashkent city you will have a chance to visit the Othman Quran. It is the world's oldest Quran copy and found in the 8th century. Then is transfer to Samarkand by train. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 6: Samarkand - Bukhara
On this day you will have a city tour in Samarkand. The city is situated in the valley of the river Zerafshan and defined to be the second largest city of Uzbekistan as Babylon or Rome. Here you will visit famous places as Registan square, Shakhi Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is famous for stunning Madrasahs originated in the 15-17th centuries. Shakhi Zindeh has beautiful mausoleums found in the 11th-15 centuries and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to beloved Tamerlane's wife, when he came back from Indian trip. We will drive to Bukhara and spend night in a hotel.  

Day 7: Bukhara - Tashkent
The tour will begin from the outstanding city tour. We will ancient citadel in Bukhara as Citadel Ark found in the 4th century. This citadel associated numerous dynasties of Bukhara Empire. You will have the opportunity to visit Samanids mausoleum of the 9th and 10th century. This tour continues visiting Chashma Ayub (Job's well) and Bolo Hauz mosque. They are famous for their forty columns built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu Fayud Khan. We will walk among shops and buy souvenirs. The next destination of our travel is seeing one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara called Nodir Divan Begi belonging to Lyabi House Ensemble. You will end a tour by visiting Poi Kalon complex, the unique architectural art of Bukhara, which has three structures built in the 12th - 16th centuries as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Later on we will drive to Tashkent. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 8: Tashkent - Departure
Transfer to Tashkent international airport.

Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter

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

Price per person:
02 pax - 1 345 $
04 pax - 1 000 $
06 pax - 820 $
08 pax - 785 $
10 pax - 715 $
Single - 120 $

Early check-in - 35 $
Single early check-in - 60 $ 

Half board - 85 $*
Full board - 160 $*

Entrance fees in UZ* (with escort guide only) - 45 $ per person

English speaking guides:
UZ - local 150 $ per group or escort 370 $ per group
KG - 345 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Train tickets
- Accommodation:
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Tashkent - "Samir" Hotel 3*
Samarkand - "Ideal" Hotel 3*
Bukhara - "Old City" Hotel 3*
- Mineral water supply
- Museum admissions in Kg & Tj
- Flight tickets Bishkek - Osh (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Museum admissions in Uz
- Flight tickets Bukhara-Tashkent