Nature and culture in Central Asia

First, we offer the snow-capped peaks and lakes of Kyrgyzstan, it is a beautiful backdrop for visitors to discover the half-nomadic life of the shepherds. Then the architectural treasures such as the blue mosaics of the mosque and minarets in the oases of the famous Silk Road in Uzbekistan await us. Thanks to this journey, Central Asia fulfills the most diverse expectations of you, with the motto that the most generous hospitality is a rule.

Day 1
Bishkek

After breakfast and a little rest, take a trip to the National Natural Park Ala Artscha, located 40 km from the city. This is a popular place for picnics, hikes, rock climbing and mountaineering. Return to the city. Lunch in a cafe. After the midday sightseeing: Main Ala Too Square, the monument of the national hero Manas. Dinner in a café of traditional cuisine.

Day 2
Bishkek – Son Kul Lake.

Breakfast in the hotel. Today, you are about to take a long drive to Lake Son Kul, so the departure is early in the morning. The way to the lake goes over the gorge Boom, the artificial lake Orto Tokoi and the pass Kalmak Aschuu (3445 m.). Lunch on the way in a Kyrgyz family in Kochkor village. Arrival in the yurt camp. Accommodation in yurts (3-4 persons per yurt). Here you have a unique opportunity to fill like real nomads and enter into nomadic life. Dinner and overnight in the yurt camp.

Day 1 3
Son Kul See – Tasch Rabat Karawanserei

Frühstück im Jurtenlager. Nach dem Frühstück fahrt zum Karavanseirai Tasch Rabat über den pass Moldo Aschuu (3 665 m), wo eine herrliche Aussicht über die Gebirge Tien Schan und Serpentinenstraße sich öffnet. Über die  Serpentinenstraße fahren Sie herunter.  Um Mittagessen zu haben machen Sie einen Halt in der Stadt Naryn. Ankunft in die Schlucht Kara Kojun, Unterkunft im Jurtenlager (4-6 Personen pro Jurte). Nun ist die Zeit für Wanderungen, die Exkursion zum Karavanserai Tasch Rabat kann man morgen früh machen, wann das Sonnenlicht auf den fallen wird. Abendessen und Übernachtung im Jurtenlager.

Day 4
Tash Rabat Karawanserai – Naryn City – Kochkor Village.

Breakfast in the yurt camp. After breakfast drive to the village Kochkor on the town Naryn and pass (3000 m). Lunch in a cafe in Naryn. After lunch, visit the Central Mosque, visit the central square and historical-ethnographic museum. In Kotchkor you will visit a women’s cooperative, where you can learn how local women embroider, create splendid carpets, in the old tradition of felt, called “shyrdaks”. Dinner and overnight with a Kyrgyz family.

Day 5

Kochkor Village – Djety Ogus canyon – Karakol city.

Breakfast at the family. After breakfast drive along the south side of Lake Issyk Kul to Karakol. On the way, you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes that replace each other. First stop at a strange gorge Skaska (fairyland) for a short hike. The canyons of the gorge look very picturesque against the background of the dark blue Lake Issyk Kul. After the hike continue to the village Tamga. Lunch with a family. After lunch continue to the Dshety Oguz gorge. After the hike back to Karakol, accommodation in the hotel. Dinner of a Uyghur / Dungan family.

Day 6
Karakol – Cholpon Ata.

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, visit the Dungan Mosque, the unique construction in Chinese pagoda style, which still serves as a mosque. You will also be the Russian Orthodox Trinity Church, which was built entirely of wood and without a single nail. In the miraculous iconostasis of the church is the famous Tikhvin icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was painted in 1897. After a short sightseeing visit the Memorial Museum for the Russian explorer of the Asian Continent N. M. Przevalskij. Then continue to Cholpon Ata. Lunch in a cafe. After lunch, visit the Petroglyphs Open Air Museum in Cholpon Ata. The petroglyphs date back to the period of the Scythians and Usuni civilizations (9-8 centuries BC to 3-5 centuries AD). The area with the stone drawings lies at the foot of the Kungey Ala Too mountain range and offers a beautiful view of the whole lake. Drive to the hotel. Free time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7
Cholpon Ata city – Bishkek city. 

Breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast return to Bishkek. On the way visit the Architectural Archaeological Complex – “Burana Tower” (UNESCO World Heritage). Lunch with a Kazakh family in Tokmak. Arrival in Bishkek, accommodation in the hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8
Bishkek- Tashkent

Flight in the morning at 06.45 with the airline Uzbekistan airline to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent at 07.05. They are expected by their guide. Breakfast in the city. Your first day in Uzbekistan, you can devote yourself entirely to the sights of the multi-faceted capital. Visit the Khasti Imam Square with the beautiful Barak Khan Madrassah, the Tilla Sheikh Mosque and the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum of simple brickwork. Here you can take a look at the Koran handwritten by the Third Caliph Osman (644-656). Continue to visit the huge Chorsu Bazaar, whose oriental smells and spices will put you in the tales of 1001 Nights. In the afternoon, continue your exploration of the modern part of the city and visit the Independence Square, Amir Timur Square. Transfer to the airport. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9

Tashkent- Samarkand

In the morning, take the express train to Samarkand. Arrival in Samarkand. Reception from the guide at the train station.The capital of Tamerlane, the great city of ancient Sogdiana, is located at the crossroads of major trade routes from China, Siberia, Persia and the West. This step alone is an essential point of the journey to understand the power of the Khans dynasty at this time. Be amazed by these amazing blues of sights such as the famous Mosque of Bibikhanum, the Gur-Emir (tomb of ruler Timur and his descendants) or the famous Registan Square (XV century XVII), which are never indifferent to any traveler. In the afternoon we continue with other sights of the city. Dinner in the restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10
Samarkand

Heute besuchen Sie die Nekropole Schahi Zinda, den alten Papiermanifaktur und   das Ulugbek Observatorium (XV Jahrhundert), die die faszinierende Geschichte von dem kleinen Sohn Tamerlan erzählt  und haben Zeit zur freien Verfügung oder im orientalischen Basar zu bummeln. Übernachtung im Hotel.

Day 11
Samarkand-Shahkrisabz- Bukhara

Today we drive via Schakhrisabs (former Kesch), the hometown of Tamerlane to Bukhara. Shakhrisabs was built like a large white palace (“Ak-Saray” XIV century). The remains of a series of unique mosaics make an impression. Then visit Kok Gumbazi (Blue Dome) (XV century), Gumbazi Sayyidon mausoleum and Hazrati Imam memorable mosque – a reminder of the magnificent city. Arrival in Bukhara. Dinner in the restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12
Bukhara

They discover this city as “the pearl of the desert”. It is a city along the Silk Road. The city is a true home of Islam in Central Asia, which flourished for many centuries. The city is home to hundreds of Islamic schools and crafts of rugs and ornaments. During the visit, you will visit Choir Minor Minarets, Poyi Kalon Ensemble, the madrasas of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan, Samanid Mausoleum, Ark Fortress, Ensemble Lyabi House and many medieval monuments. Overnight in Bukhara.

Day 13
Bukhara-Tashkent

Today you visit the summer palace of the last Emir of Bukhara and Mausoleum of Bahauddin Nakhshbandi. Afternoon drive to Tashkent by train. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14

Departure from Tashkent

Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

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