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3 Stans of Central Asia 2020: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
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Group #1:August 6 – August 21, 2020
Central Asia is so jam-packed with historical and nature sights, it would literally take years to explore the all, even the half. We guess you are rather tight in time, but still want to see as much as possible. That is why we have put together in 16 day itinerary the best that this part of the world offers to tourists. 3 Stans of Central Asia Group Tour 2020 with fixed dates will open up the most interesting in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Day 1 – Nur-Sultan: to Kazakhstan.
Arrival in Nur-Sultan (Astana) early in the morning. Check-in at the hotel (before 06:00).
After breakfast start of the sightseeing tour in the capital city of Kazakhstan. Visit the following sites: National Museum – the biggest one in Kazakhstan which consists of 10 thematic halls, including ancient and medieval history, ethnography, history of Kazakhs and other. Further visit of Hazret Sultan mosque – designed as Oriental palace, the mosque can place 10,000 visitors; Palace of Peace and Reconciliation – pyramid with golden section proportion: 62 meters of length and 62 meters of height; Baiterek – 97 meters tower – the main symbol of Nur-Sultan.
Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.
Day 2 – Astana – Almaty (train 702, 19:14-08:48 +1).
Breakfast at the hotel. 10:00 – check-out from the hotel.
Meet guide and driver at the hall. Continuation of the sightseeing tour in Astana. Visit the following sites: Orthodox Church; after that walking in Water Green Boulevard, located in the main administrative and business center. Further visit of EXPO – world’s largest spherical building 80m in the diameter and 100m tall, the first hi-tech museum in Kazakhstan; Khan Shatyr Shopping and Entertainment center. Transfer to the railway station in the evening.
19:14-08:48 – railway transfer on a high speed train to Almaty. Overnight in train.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 3 – Almaty, arrival at 08:48.
Arrival in Almaty in the morning. Breakfast at the local café.
Start of the sightseeing tour in Almaty after breakfast. Visit the following sites: Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, Green bazaar. Transfer to the Square of the Republic, Monument of Independence and State museum.
Next visit is Kok-Tobe hill with the tallest TV tower in the world. Short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.
Return to Almaty, en route visit Sunkar Falcons’ Farm to watch the show with hunting birds at 17:00. Arrival in Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 – Almaty – “Korday” land border – Bishkek (road transfer, 250 km): from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan.
After breakfast at the hotel we will be met by Kyrgyz team of guide and driver – transfer together to the land border with Kyrgyzstan. Border formalities. Upon arrival in Bishkek – start of the sightseeing tour. Visit the following sites in the capital city of Kyrgyzstan: Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the Fine Art Museum, National Philharmonic and Osh Bazaar.
Transfer to the hotel in the evening. Accommodation at the hotel in Bishkek, overnight.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 5 – Bishkek – Son-Kul lake (road transfer, 350 km).
Early breakfast at the hotel.
Today we have a long drive from Bishkek to Son Kul Lake. En route visit Burana tower – the ancient construction, located in 80 km from the capital.
The road to the lake lies through Boom gorge; Orto Tokoi Reservoir and dramatic Kalmak Ashuu pass (3445 m). Arrival at Son Kul Yurt Camp.
Dinner and overnight in yurts.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 6 – Son-Kul lake – Tash-Rabat caravanserai (road transfer, 260 km).
Breakfast at the yurt camp.
After breakfast departure from Son Kul Lake to Tash Rabat Caravanserai via 33 parrots or Moldo Ashuu pass that brings us to great scenery of Tien Shan Mountains and serpentine road. The road takes us down to Naryn town.
Upon arrival in Tash Rabat – visit the ancient caravanserai. Tash Rabat is a carefully restored stone building that once housed on the Great Silk Road. Its date of origin is a complete mystery; however, there is archaeological evidence that suggests that the site was occupied in the 10th century. There is evidence that it was a place of both rest and worship and would have served to protect caravans traveling to and from China from both the ravages of the weather and of bandits; even before the time of both Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.
Upon arrival in Kara Koyun gorge – accommodation at the yurt camp.
Free time for a walk.
Dinner and overnight at the yurt camp.
Day 7 – Tash Rabat caravanserai – Kazarman village (road transfer, 250 km).
After breakfast transfer to Kazarman village – an isolated place of Kyrgyzstan, but amazing mountain views en route will not make us feel tired or bored.
Upon arrival – we will be greeted by hosts of the local guest house. Dinner and accommodation will be here. Overnight in guest house in the village.
Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Accomodation: Guest House.
Day 8 – Kazarman village – Osh (road transfer, 255 km).
After breakfast transfer to Osh city.
En route – sightseeing tour to Uzgen town – the oldest town of Kyrgyzstan and a trading post of the ancient Silk Road.
Upon arrival in Osh – accommodation in a local hotel and overnight.
Day 9 – Osh – “Dustlik” land border – Margilan – Rishtan (road transfer, 170 km).
In the morning after breakfast short city tour in Osh: visit local bazaar and Sulayman Too mountain.
Further transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan where we will meet Uzbek team of guide and driver and will continue travelling along the Fergana valley region and the ancient Silk Road paths. Crossing the border will take some time, but after that we will enjoy the beauty of local views.
Our first stop will be in Margilan, the city of the ancient trade routes, and the silk center of Uzbekistan. The most famous site of this city is “Yodgorlik” silk factory which specializes on Uzbek khan-atlas production. Here we will watch the whole silk manufacturing process.
Further transfer to Rishtan – one of the centers of traditional Oriental pottery. The local craftsmen of this village specialize in making various ceramic products. All the pottery works are glazed with blue colour ornaments which give them unique and unforgettable view. In Rishtan we will stay in the guest house of one of famous local pottery craftsmen.
This experience will give us a chance to feel the local atmosphere and get some pottery lessons from the host of the house.
After breakfast in the family of ceramists transfer to Kokand.
In Kokand we will make a stop for small sightseeing tour; previously Kokand was the capital of Kokand Khanate and important historical buildings preserved till today from those days.
Further transfer to Tashkent from Kokand on sedan cars – since the road lies through the high mountain pass “Kamchik”, transfers on big buses are prohibited here. On arrival in Tashkent – accommodation at the hotel and overnight.
Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Day 11 – Tashkent – Bukhara (evening train).
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide and start the sightseeing tour in Tashkent – the capital city of Uzbekistan. Visit the following sites: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, Tashkent oldest bazaar Chorsu; after lunch: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, Minor White mosque.
In the evening transfer to the railway station and further transfer to Bukhara by a high speed train (train 766, 18:50-22:39).
On arrival in Bukhara – transfer to the hotel, accommodation and overnight.
Day 12 – Bukhara.
After breakfast start of the city tour in Bukhara. Visit the following sites: Samanids Mausoleum, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo Hauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Kalyan Minaret, Ulugbek Madrasah. After lunch time: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Day 13 – Bukhara – Samarkand (road transfer, 280 km).
Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will continue our trip in Bukhara and visit the out-of-town sites of the city: visit Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshbandi.
Further transfer to Samarkand – the former capital city of Tamerlane’s Empire. On arrival – evening walk in Registan Square – the main pride of the city.
Accommodation at the hotel in Samarkand and overnight.
Day 14 – Samarkand.
In the morning we start a sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Visit the main pride of the city – Registan Square, most famous square in Central Asia (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah); and Gur-e Amir Mausoleum, Tamerlane’s final resting place.
After lunch time visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shakh-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
Return to the hotel in the evening. Overnight.
Meals: breakfast, dinner.
Day 15 – Samarkand – Tashkent (road transfer, 300 km).
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the last must-see site of Samarkand – Afrosiab museum with its beautiful fresco paintings, and Afrosiab settlement. Before transfer back to Tashkent we will visit Siab Oriental bazaar, upon wish it will be possible to get some local fruits/nuts/bread from bazaar. After that we return to Tashkent by bus.
On arrival – accommodation at the hotel and free time. Overnight in Tashkent.
Day 16 – Tashkent – departure.
Check-out from the hotel at noon. Free time until transfer to Tashkent International Airport.
Departure. End of the tour.
Single accommodation – 310 USD per person.
Visa invitation to Kazakhstan – 65 USD/per person (if necessary);
Visa invitation to Kyrgyzstan – 55 USD/per person (if necessary);
Visa invitation to Uzbekistan – 45 USD/per person (if necessary);
Group visa to Kyrgyzstan (can be issued by our company for a group of 4+ tourists) – 70 USD/per person (if necessary);
Supplement for a place in shared 2-birth compartment in Nur-Sultan – Almaty train (recommended) – 35 USD/per person;
Supplement for additional accommodation on arrival in Nur-Sultan:
1. Single room – 75 USD/per person/per night in 3* hotel;
2. Double/twin room – 90 USD/per person/per night in 3* hotel;
3. Single room – 95 USD/per person/per night in 4* hotel (Kazzhol Hotel 4* or similar);
4. Double/twin room – 115 USD/per person/per night in 4* hotel (Kazzhol Hotel 4* or similar);
Supplement for additional accommodation on departure from Tashkent:
1. Single room – 70 USD/per person/per night in 3* hotel;
2. Double/twin room – 85 USD/per person/per night in 3* hotel;
3. Single room – 120 USD/per person/per night in 4* hotel;
4. Double/twin room – 155 USD/per person/per night in 4* hotel;
Additional transfer in Nur-Sultan on arrival (airport-hotel) – 35 USD/per sedan car (for 2 pax);
Additional transfer in Tashkent on departure (hotel-airport) – 25 USD/per sedan car (for 2 pax).
Important note for all travelers:
Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Central Asia, no EURO and no credit cards are accepted in these countries (only in Almaty and Bishkek it is possible to cash money via cash machine).
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
– Standard – inexpensive yet cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere;
– Comfort – very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.
• Accommodation at the hotels of 3* (mentioned above, or in similar, but of the same category) in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check-in at the hotel in Nur-Sultan on day 1 – check-in before 06:00. Check-in at other hotels – at 14:00
• check-out – at 12:00
Accommodation in the yurt camps for 2 nights (2 persons in a yurt) with dinner and breakfast
Accommodation in guest houses for 2 nights (3-4 person in a room) with dinner and breakfast
Meals – according to the program (breakfasts for each day or the tour and 4 dinners)
Services of English-speaking local guides (separate guides in each country)
Entrance fees at museums and historical parks mentioned in the program above, including visit the Falcon’s farm in Almaty
Railway transfer from Nur-Sultan to Almaty (high speed train, 4-birth compartment)
Railway transfer from Tashkent to Bukhara (high speed train, economy class)
Transportation services on comfortable air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses – depending on the number of tourists in a group), including airport-hotel-airport transfers on arrival and departure
Mineral water for each day of the tour
Does not include
• International flights, besides included
Visa invitations and visa fees to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (if necessary)