Combined Country tours
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Arrival in Manas International airport of Bishkek. Transfer to city. City tour of Bishkek. Central Square Ala-Too, Oak Park, Parliament house, Lenin statue, Manas Statue, Museum of Fine Arts. Lunch and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Lake Issyk Kul Lake 260 kms. En route stop at Burana tower of 11 century. Visit Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs, a civilization dating back to 5th Century BC near the lake and in both locations, you can see the Baalbals: stone faces carved on rocks.
Issyk Kul (literally “Warm Lake”) never freezes despite its altitude of 1600 m. This is due in part to thermal activity deep down. The lake is the second highest and largest in the world at 702 m deep. It is unique in that many streams and rivers flow in, none flow out.
The Tian Shan looks like a sleeping camel, and among its humps, in the circle of mountain ranges, Issyk Kul is sparkling like a birth-mark on a girl’s face – in the words of the Old Kyrgyz song. Overnight in Three Corony Hotel
After breakfast, we will depart to Karakol, on the Eastern end of Lake Issyk Kul. En route we will visit to them beautiful gorge Grigoryevskoe. Hiking exploration. Later continue to Karakol.
Karakol town, one the first Russian military outpost founded on July 1, 1869. The town existed from early on as a trading center and garrison. It was called Przhevalsk in Soviet times, after the explorer Nikolai Przewalsky, whose last expedition ended here, and who is buried nearby.
The Dungan Mosque is the only one of nine mosques not destroyed by the Bolsheviks, although they did close it for ten years. Impressively, it was built without a single nail, using techniques brought from China, the Dungan homeland. The regional museum is interesting for its range of exhibits, from prehistoric petroglyphs to bronze Scythian artifacts, right through to Soviet memorabilia and contemporary art. Opening hours can be erratic!
Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
Today we enjoy visiting to the beautiful gorges of Southern Issykul Region.
Visit Jety Oguz gorge (40 minutes), a lush valley with striking red sandstone rock formations – the ‘Seven Bulls’ from which the valley takes its name. Short exploration hiking in the Jety-Oguz gorge. Next journey is to Chon Kyzyl Suu. We will drive via green forest area to Djylu-Suu (which means warm water). There are hot springs of hydrogen sulphide mineral sources with water temperature around 43 degrees. Enjoy swimming in the hot spring. Afterwards drive to Tamga village for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, drive to Chon-Kemin valley. Upon arrival in Chon-Kemin valley, exploration of the location.
Chon-Kemin Valley, where we will have the opportunity to explore an old soviet farm (kolkhoz) village and enjoy a short hike in the Valley with green fir trees mountains background in the south.
This evening experience true Kyrgyz hospitality with traditional meals with Brandy/Vodka Party. Dinner and Overnight in Guest house
After breakfast, drive to Alarcha National park outside of Bishkek. En route Visit Stalin’s victim’s memorial Ata-Beyit Complex. Enjoy either an easy or strenuous hike at Alarcha at 9200 feet (2,800 meters) surrounded by beautiful mountains. Overnight in hotel.
A scenic drive to Toktogul Lake via Chychkan Gorge over Too-Ashuu pass and Susumayr valley. Overnight at hotel Kokbel.
After breakfast, drive to to Arslanbob village. Upon arrival hiking to Panorama of Arslanbap village and waterfall. Dinner and overnight in homestay.
In the morning, we drive to Osh. En route stop at Uzgen minaret and Mausoleum of 11-12 centuries. Upon arrival in Osh, Sightseeing of Osh. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast drive to Batken town which is a border town with Tajikistan. Cross the border Gulistan to drive to Khudjand. On the way visit to Khistervarz, Kayrakum to see Tajik sea.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel Firuz 4*.
Breakfast. Khujand is the capital of northern Tajikistan and the second largest city in the country. The city’s history dates back to ancient times. In the opinion of historians legendary city of Alexander-Eskhata (Alexandria Extreme) was constructed by Alexander the Great on the place of the present Khujand (the 5th century BC) and become the city of highly developed culture, important commercial and crafts center. Sighseeing the city: museum, western market Panjshanbe and mavzoleum ShayhMuslihiddin
Lunch. Drive to Arbob palace, national teahouse. Evening walking in the park name after Kamol Khujandi. Dinner and overnight in the hotel Firuz.
Breakfast. Drive to Dushanbe.
On the way Drive to Istarafshan city: Istaravshan is a museum city, the ancient center of trade and crafts, one of the most ancient cities of the Central Asia. The ancient sentiment Mugteppa was located on the territory of Istaravshan. Mugteppa was the residence of the local aristocracy who erected there numerous palaces distinguished by original expressive architecture. The evidence of that was found in Bundzhikat (Kala and Kakh-Kakh) and Chil’khudzhra settlements which had fortified structures with palaces and cult buildings decorated with paintings and carved panels. For example in Bundzhikat the archaeologists found the painting with the image of a she-wolf feeding two babies – the symbol of contacts between the West and the Orient. During the years of Arabian sovereignty Istaravshan became a province Arabian Caliphate. Sightseeing the city: Madrasa Kuk-Gumbaz, Old city, mosque Shohi Zinda
Lunch. Drive to Dushanbe via pass Shariston, tunnel Shahriston 6km, Zarafshon valley and Anzob pass with tunnel Isticlol 5km. Dinner. Overnight in the hotel Atlas 4*.
Breakfast. Drive to Iskandarkul lake via Varzob gorge and tunnel Isticlol (5km)
You will see Fan Mountains – a popular tourism and mountain climbing area in Tajikistan. There are about 100 passes in height from 3200 to 5060 m (Mirali). The Fan Mountains are the highest part of Zeravshan range with 11 peaks above 5,000 m with sharp fantastical pointed forms. In the bosom of these mountains are about 30 lakes, the largest of which are Iskandarkul, and the most beautiful and picturesque, famous for the unique play of colors – Kulikalon.
Iskandarkul lake: length – 5км, width – 3,5км and depth to – 80м, located at height 2250м. The heart of Fan mountains, the treasure of Tyan-Shan, a scenic Iskandarkul lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Tajikistan. Having emerald green and blue color. A fast flouring Iskandar-darya river flows from the lake, forming a marvelous and gorgeous waterfall, so called the “Fan Niagara” that falls from the height 38 meters.
Walking near the lake. See waterfall , Lunch. Drive to Panjakent. Dinner and overnight in hotel Umariyon 3*.
Breakfast. The city of Penjikent (“five villages”) is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named “Central Asian Pompeii”.
Sightseeing the city will include. Museum of Rudaki – As Penjikent is a birthplace of Abu Abdallah Rudaki, considered by many to be the father of Persian Poetry.
Ancient Penjikent – ruines of old Sogdian town founded in 5th century and abandoned in th 8th century by arabs. Foundations of houses, a citadel with a couple of Zoroastrian fire temples and city bazaar are visible in the excavated ruins.
Lunch. Sarazm settlement – 5500 years .Drive to the border. Transfer to Samarkand, you will be picked up by Uzbek driver and drive to Samarkand. Overnight.
Full day sightseeing in Samarkand, the capital of ancient Sogdiana and one of the oldest cities in the world. You will visit Registan square, Gur Emir mausoleum, Bibi Hanum mosque, Samarkand bazaar, Shahi Zinda complex, Afrosiab museum, Ulughbek observatory. Overnight Samarkand.
Breakfast and start a journey to Bukhara by train at 0945-1120, upon arrival in Bukhara you will start walking the tour in old city. Your hotel is located in the old town and you will visit craft workshops, galleries, Chayhana (tea house) for evening tea and dinner. Overnight.
full day exploring Bukhara’s marvelous sites such as the trade domes, now filled with wondrous goods, e.g. modern and antique jewelry, carpets, fabrics. Visit the Lyabi Hauz complex including Nadir Divan Begi madrassah, the Jewish synagogue and school, Chor Minor. Visit Chashma Ayub (Job’s well), the 10th century mausoleum of Ismail Samani, Bolo Hauz mosque, Ark Fortress, Kalon mosque and minaret and Miri-Arab madrassah.
Bukhara to Khiva through Kyzylkum desert (By train on odd dates) at 1205-1745. Or by car Transfer to Khiva 500 km, Overnight Khiva. Meals: B
Full day visit of Khiva: Ark Fortress, Ichan kala, Madrasah Muhammad Aminkhan, Madrasa Muhammad Rahimkhan, Kalta Minor, wood workshop, carpet workshop, Pahlavan Mahmud mausoleum, Shergazikhan madrasa, Juma mosque and Minaret, Tash Hauli palace, caravanserai and bazaar. Overnight
Transfer to airport for flight to Tashkent at 0930-1100. Pick up from airport of Tashkent and proceed for city tour of Tashkent.
Full day city tour in Tashkent. Visit Hasti Imam complex with Osman Koran of 7 century, Chorsu bazar, Applied Arts museum, Tashkent metro, Indpendence square and enjoy Ballet and Opera at opera house named after ALisher Navoi.
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