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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds

Price
$1220
+ flight to Bishken and from Tashkent back home
Duration
22 days
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Two neighboring countries could not be more different - nomadic Kyrgyzstan and settled agriculture Uzbekistan. We start in Kyrgyzstan where we travel for 3000 km exploring unique natural spots of stunning beauty. We will live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurts with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above. In Uzbekistan - the cradle of Central Asian civilisations we will travel for 2000 km, exploring history of the region from clash with Alexander the Great to USSR. We will visit ancient towns, forts, mosques, see unique mosaics, mayolicas, ornaments and embroidery and, of course, enjoy plov - truly an Uzbek work of art.
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Bishkek, checking into a lovely hostel famous among foreign travelers. Walking in the city center, visiting the Ala Too square, a bustling city bazar and an authentic restaurant of Kyrgyz cuisine.
  • Day 2
    arly in the morning we take a bus to Issyk Ata, hot springs 2700 meter above sea level. We will swim in the springs, explore shepherd’s paths to the waterfall and the ancient carving of Buddha Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. Night in a simple hotel near the springs.
  • Day 3
    Departure to the town of Karakol (6-7 hours), near the Issyk kul lake, via the picturesque Bom canyon. We will walk around one part of the picturesque lake, those interested can swim in the lake (water is about +15 Celsius). Then we walk to the nearby Museum of ancient petroglyphs. Night in a local hotel.
  • Day 4-7
    We continue our drive around the Issyk kul lake, turn to the snow covered mountains near the Barskoon river and arrive in a stunningly beautiful plato with lakes 4000 meters above sea level, to permafrost mountains and lifeless mountain tundra. We will walk near the lakes, then drive down to 3000 meters and spend the night in a small family run hotel. This place has no mobile coverage, asphalt or electricity. But the family has a good sauna and make delicious plov. Next morning we move to the Oto-Tokoy water reserve where camels graze, and proceed to the town of Kochkorka. If we arrive late we will spend the night in a local hotel. If we arrive earlier we will proceed to the mesmerizing Son-Kul lake (2 hours) and spend the night in the yurt with local shepherds. Next morning we take off to explore the lake and the beautiful meadows with mountain rivers and ride horses and donkeys. We spend another night in yurts, heated by a small stove, and enjoy local food and tea. Next morning we take off to the village of Chaek. During 10-12 hours trip we will visit canyon of Koko Meren mountain river with breathtaking landscapes and go through lifeless Suusamyr valley. We spend a night in a small hotel in Toktogul or Karakol where we will enjoy mare's milk - kumis, and fresh trout cooked on the open fire.
  • Day 8-9
    In the morning we drive further south and have lunch near the Toktogul water reserve. After about 6 hours we arrive in Sary Chelek national park, famous for its blue lakes. Here we spend the night in a simple house near the river. Next morning we ascend to the main lake where we spend a relaxing day, and might ride boats. Those interested can swim in unbelievably clear waters of about +15 Celsius. Night in the same house near the river.
  • Day 10-11
    In the morning we go to the city of Osh (4 hours) where we will visit the holy Sulaiman-to mountain with the medieval mosque and bathing houses on top. According to local legends, in one of these caves, lived Zarathoustra - the famous zoroastrian prophet. In Osh airport you bid farewell to the guide and fly back to Bishkek where you check into the same hostel. Free day in Bishkek (This is a reserve day which we might not have if any unexpected developments keep us longer on the way to Osh).
  • Day 12
    We visit 17th century Khudoyar Khan Palace, central mosque and women`s restaurant built in 19th century medrese. After lunch we go to Tashkent (4-5 hours on the way) and check into the famous hostel.
  • Day 13
    We explore Tashkent, visiting the main square, Kukeldash madrassah, then have lunch in the famous Chorsu bazaar. In the evening we take a night train to Urgench (17 hours on the way)
  • Day 14-15
    Arrival in Urgench, a short trolleybus trip to Khiva, checking into a hotel near the gate to the old city. We will explore the walled inner town Itchan kala, visit famous minarets Kalta-Minor, Islom-Khodzha, ancient mosques and a museum. Next day we take a trip to the desert where we explore ruins of ancient Ayaz-kala i Toprak-kala forst. We might spend a night in yurts or come back to Khiva hotel.
  • Day 16-18
    We go to Bukhara by a car (8 hours through Kyzylkum desert), checking into a hotel in the old district. During our stay in Bukhara we visit massive 5th century Ark fortress, Lyabi Hauz and Po-i-Kalyan complexes, mausoleums, medrese, and the palace of emir of Bukhara. We will also enjoy local music, cuisine and see some unique souvenirs.
  • Day 19-21
    Car trip to Nurata (4 hours), checking into a hotel. We will visit some 16th century sites and might also go to see ancient petroglyphs. In the morning we go by car to Samarkand (3 hours) where we check into a hotel near the famous Registan square. We explore city center on foot, visiting Registan, stunning 15th century Bibi-Khanym mosque and grand mausoleum of 15th century conqueror Tamerlane. We will also visit the impressive Shah-i-Zinda necropolis where many Muslim saints are buried. We will also see the remains of Afrosiab city, a former capital of Sogdia kingdom that resisted Alexander the Great.
  • Day 22
    You bid farewell to the guide and take a train to Tashkent (4 hours). Flight back home.
Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan - Two different worlds
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At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, Second largest saline lake in the world, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals
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Dates Availability
2018
22.05 - 12.06 Available for booking
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22 May - 12 June Available for booking $1220 $410 Rus.,Ukr.,Eng.,Pol. Book
Departures 22.05.2018 - 12.06.2018
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Price $1220
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Group size 12 persons.
Two neighboring countries could not be more different - nomadic Kyrgyzstan and settled agriculture Uzbekistan. We start in Kyrgyzstan where we travel for 3000 km exploring unique natural spots of stunning beauty. We will live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurts with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above. In Uzbekistan - the cradle of Central Asian civilisations we will travel for 2000 km, exploring history of the region from clash with Alexander the Great to USSR. We will visit ancient towns, forts, mosques, see unique mosaics, mayolicas, ornaments and embroidery and, of course, enjoy plov - truly an Uzbek work of art.

Is this trip for you? 

This trip is dynamic, of medium difficulty level. It consists of one night train ride (with sleeping benches, sheets and air conditioning), and short jeep rides. We will be visiting natural spots, most of them far from main roads and civilisation, as well as towns and villages. We will walk a lot and endure sub-zero Celsius temperatures at night and uo to +25 degrees Celsius during days (in Kyrgyzstan) and up to + 40 degrees Celsius (in Uzbekistan). We will also drive up to a mountain pass of 4000 meters above sea level. Accommodation in hotels, comfortable guesthouses, most will have hot water and wi fi internet. Several nights will be spent in yurts. 

Cost of the trip includes: 

- Flight Osh-Bishkek (might be replaced with a bus ride);

- All accommodation, including double/twin rooms in hotels, dorms in hostels and yurts during the entire trip; 

- All transportation including buses, trains, jeeps, taxis, and public transportation during the entire trip;

- Professional guiding services.

To be paid separately: 

- Flight to Bishkek and from Tashkent back home; 

- Entrance tickets to parks, museums and other places of interest ($60);

- Food ($10-12 per person per day);

- Medical insurance (mandatory);

- Visas.

At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, Second largest saline lake in the world, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals
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Dates Availability
2018
22.05 - 12.06 Available for booking
Two neighboring countries could not be more different - nomadic Kyrgyzstan and settled agriculture Uzbekistan. We start in Kyrgyzstan where we travel for 3000 km exploring unique natural spots of stunning beauty. We will live a true nomadic life - horseback and donkey riding, wild honey, sauna, lamb, fresh trout, nights in yurts with shepherds and an endless sky with millions of stars above. In Uzbekistan - the cradle of Central Asian civilisations we will travel for 2000 km, exploring history of the region from clash with Alexander the Great to USSR. We will visit ancient towns, forts, mosques, see unique mosaics, mayolicas, ornaments and embroidery and, of course, enjoy plov - truly an Uzbek work of art.
Have a question?
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Dates Availability
2018
22.05 - 12.06 Available for booking

Citizens of many countries need a visa to enter Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. 

Visas can be applied for in respective embassies in the country of residence prior to the trip.

We provide free visa consulting to your clients. 

At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, Second largest saline lake in the world, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals
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Dates Availability
2018
22.05 - 12.06 Available for booking
3G mobile internet in Kyrgyzstan
  • Price: + $20
Prepaid local sim card with unlimited internet for 14 days
At a Glance
Kyzylkum desert, Tamerlane mausoleum, Handiscarfts workshops, Registan square, Second largest saline lake in the world, Hot springs, Ancient petroglyphs, Stay with locals
Have a question?
Ask us.
Dates Availability
2018
22.05 - 12.06 Available for booking