The architecture and the oriental atmosphere of the cities of the Silk Road. Landscapes of steppes, hills and mountains in Kyrgyzstan. Meetings and contact with the population.
A stay half Uzbekistan, half Kyrgyzstan, to discover all the facets of Central Asia. Discovering the magical cities of the Silk Road that are Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, you will find treasures of beauty on every street corner. The mosaics and the history of the country will have no more secrets for you. Then the steps take you north, through the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan and the ancestral way of life of nomadic shepherds. A unique experience in search of nature and preserved landscapes, in an optimal and traditional comfort, in order to make the most of this atmosphere.
Day1 / France – Tashkent
Flight to Uzbekistan and overnight on the plane.
Day2 / Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva
Welcome at the airport and visit the city of Tashkent: the old town with the Kukeldash Madrassa (14th century), the Chorsy bazaar and the Abul Kasim madrassa. In the afternoon, visit the architectural ensemble of Hazrati Imam (16th century): the Barakkhan Madrasah, the Kaffal-Shashi Mausoleum and the Great Mosque. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport and fly to Ourgench. Transfer to the Khiva Oasis in the Khorezm desert region. First immersion in the Ichan-Kala (inner city and fortress), surrounded by ramparts in brick and clay dating from the seventeenth century. Night at the hotel.
Day 3 / Khiva
Guided tour of the city in the morning. Meeting with one of the most remarkable cities of the oasis of Khorezm. It was the capital of the khanate in the seventeenth century and one of the major trading venues of Central Asia. Since the renovations of the Soviets, the Ichan-Kala, the historic center surrounded by its pink clay ramparts, is a source of authentic wealth, from the Khans’ Palace (the sixteenth century Kouna-Ark) to the mosque of the Friday through the madrassas of Islam Khodja and Mohammed Amin Khan and the tower of Kalta Minor. Free time in the afternoon, the opportunity for everyone to discover this wonderful city perfectly preserved by time. Night at the hotel.
Day 4 / Khiva – Bukhara
Departure early for Bukhara via the red sand desert of Kizikum (480 km) and along the Amur Darya, the most important river of the region. In the afternoon, visit Bukhara if time permits: together Lyabi Haus, Madrassah Nadir Divanbegi, Khonako Nadir Devanbegi, Madrassah Kukeldash. Night at the hotel.
Day 5 / Bukhara
This city, which lies in the Zerafshan Valley, has retained its old-world charm. Formerly one of the most important cities of the Silk Road, where all traders rushed to sell their goods, including carpets and jewelry. Although Islam was born elsewhere, Bukhara was an important focus of its development. The city is home to hundreds of Islamic schools, madrassah, and as many mosques and tombs of saints. Program: Poyi-Kalon Mosque and Minaret, Madrassah Miri-Arab, Taqi Dome, Toki Sarafon Toki Telpak Furushon, Toki Zargaron, Magoki Attari Mosque, Ulug Beg Madrassah, Madrassah Abdul Aziz. In the afternoon, continuation of the visit: mausoleum of Ismael Samani, chest of Bukhara, mausoleum Chashma-Ayub, Ark fortress, mosque Bolo-Hauz and Chor Minor. Traditional show in the madrassah Nadir Devan-Begi.
Night at the hotel.
Day 6 / Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
Transfer to Samarkand via Shakhrisabz – birthplace of the great Tamerlane (300 km). Lunch then visit Shakhrisabz: Ak-Saray palace, Dorus Soadat, crypt containing the tombs of Tamerlane’s two sons (Jehangir and Umar Sheikh), Dorut Tilovat (14th), Kok Cumbaz Mosque, mausoleum of Amir Taraghay. Transfer north to Samarkand (150 km) and free time after installation at the hotel. Night at the hotel.
Day 7 / Samarkand
Capital of Tamerlane, this city was the main city of ancient Sogdiana. At the crossroads of major trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the West, it flourished to the onslaught of the Mongol hordes of Genghis Khan who destroyed the city before rebuilding on the ashes of the suburbs. The glory hour of Samarkand came two centuries later, when Tamerlane made it the capital of his empire. On the agenda: Gur Emir’s mausoleum, the entire Registan including madrassas of Ulugbek, Shir Dor and Tillya-Kari, the Bibi Khanum mosque. In the afternoon, visit a local bazaar and visit the Shah-in-Zinda necropolis. Night at the hotel.
Day 8 / Samarkand – Tashkent
In the morning, continue the visit with the Ulugbek observatory and the Afrosyob museum, located on the ruins of ancient Samarkand and telling the history of the city. Free time before your transfer to Tashkent at the end of the day by fast train (350 km). Night at the hotel.
Day 9 / Tashkent – Khokand – Fergana
After breakfast, departure to Khokand (250 km) by Kamchik Pass at 2450 m altitude. Khokand, “Boar City” or “City of Winds”
tended its power in the nineteenth century from the Fergana Valley to Tashkent. Visit Khoudayarkhan Palace and Juma Mosque (Friday Mosque), Amin Beg Madrasah, Narbouta Medressah and Modari Khan Mausoleum. We continue our journey in the valley towards Rishdon and Tajik, cities renowned for their numerous and famous potters’ workshops whose secrets of manufacture are transmitted from generation to generation. Visit of a ceramics factory. prepared from local varieties of red clay, natural mineral pigments and mountain plants. Continuation of the transfer to the city of Fergana. Night at the hotel.
Day 10 / Fergana – border Dustlik Osh
Breakfast. Departure to the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border of Dustlik. Crossing the border, customs formalities. Welcome by the Kyrgyz team. You will walk along the cotton fields before arriving in Osh, the ancient capital of Central Asia. Discovery of the colorful bazaar and its chaï khanas (tea house). You will enjoy shashliks (meat skewers) or rice-plof. Visit the three-story yurt of Queen Kurmajan Datka and the Ethnological Museum. At the end of the afternoon, walk on the mountain of Solomon, holy place which dominates the city. Overnight in guest house.
Day 11 / Osh – Arslanbob 190km
Breakfast. Departure on the road of Uzgen for a visit of the mausoleums of the XIth century. Picnic at the foot of the minaret. Continuation for Jalal Abad, who is at the foot of the Pamir Alai range. Short visit before reaching the beautiful little village of Arslanbob, located in the largest nut forest in the world, a popular place for Alexander the Great. You will participate in the preparation of the traditional dish “Dimdama”. While waiting for dinner, you will enjoy a stroll through the picturesque stone village to a beautiful sacred waterfall. Overnight in homestay.
Day12 / Arslanbob
Breakfast. Departure for a hike to the feet of a huge waterfall. The grandiose landscapes will reward you for your walk, all the way. Overnight homestay.
Day 13 / Arslanbob – Kyzyl oy 240 km
Breakfast. Transfer to the Suusamyr Valley. Descent from the Ferghana Valley to take the main road to Bishkek. Crossing a beautiful canyon overlooking the Naryn River and the Toktogul Grand Dam. Picnic by the lake. You will go up the canyon of Chichkan up to the high valley of Sussamyr, huge meadow where the nomads come in summer, to graze their herds. Descent of the Kekemeren canyon to Chaek. Overnight homestay
Day 14 / Kyzyl Oy -Via Kara Keche Pass Song Kul Lake 150 km .
Breakfast. Departure to Song Kul Lake located at 3,016 m. You will climb to the heights of Kara Keche canyon and its pass at 3,440 m. Going up the Karaketche Canyon, stop in front of a coal mine, then continue to the pass where a surprising view of the lake awaits you. Arrival in your yurt camp where you will meet nomadic traditions. The landscapes around the lake are among the most beautiful in Central Asia. You will be able to rent a horse to gallop in these splendid meadows around the magical blue lake. Songs and night under yurts. (3.016 m)
Day 15 / Lake Song Kul – Kochkor 150 km
Breakfast. Departure by road to Kalmak Achu Pass at 3,450 m. Descent to the small town of Kochkor. Lunch and visit of a craft center. Arrival in Kochkor and settlement at the inhabitant. Overnight homestay.
Day 16 / Kochkor – Jety Oguz 260km
Breakfast. Departure for Jety Oghuz. Jeti Oguz is a spa town nestled in a valley framed by extraordinary red cliffs. Legend has it that these cliffs were once fierce bulls, petrified by the gods for spreading terror in the region. The site is ideal for walks in a beautiful mountain scenery. You can visit the yurts of local nomads. Night under the yurt.
Day 17 / Jety Oguz – Karakol 35km
Breakfast. Departure for Karakol, the former garrison of Commander Prejvalski, Karakol. To better understand the discovery of Kyrgyzstan in the 17th century, you will visit the museum and the Prejvalski Memorial. Visit the grand bazaar of Karakol where you can taste the skewers of meat “chachlik” or if the heart or the stomach tells you, you can taste the traditional dish Achlam Fu. You can buy excellent dried fruits, honey or bacon. In the late afternoon, you arrive in Karakol where you will visit the Dunganne Mosque and the Cathedral. Overnight in guest house.
Day 18 / Karakol – Bishkek 400 km
Breakfast. Departure for Bishkek along the majestic Lake Issyk-Kul. The waters of the lake never freeze although the lake is located at an altitude of 1,600 meters. Covering an area of 6,200 km² and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, this lake is the second largest lake in the world (after Lake Titicaca). You will take the road along the north shore of the lake to the town of Cholpon-Ata, spa for Kyrgyz and Kazakhs who come to relax on the sandy beaches bordering the lake. At Cholpon-Ata, you will visit the petroglyphs engraved on limestone rocks: some date from the Bronze Age, but the majority dates back to a period from the 7th century BC to the 1st century AD. The museum of the city will allow you to know the sakas (Scythian) cultures that existed before the arrival of the Kyrgyz and which are represented by a collection of costumes and traditional instruments. Night at the hotel.
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