Price
$1210
+ flight to Tashkent and from Bishkek back home
Duration
20 days

What you get

Two countries
Nature and architecture
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader - traveler
Breakfasts
In most hotels
Accommodation
19 nights in hotels and yurts
Physical grade
Level 3 (average) out of 5

Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Two different worlds

Two neighboring countries, two completely different worlds. Get ready for incredible natural beauty far from civilization, and ancient cities.

  • Climb the ruins of a fortress destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 3rd century BC
  • Take a walk along the adobe streets of Bukhara, which resemble the fairy tales of "A Thousand and One Nights"
  • Plunge into the crystal waters of Issyk-Kul Lake and walk among the permafrost of the high-mountain Son-Kel Lake
  • Relax in the hot springs while enjoying views of the snow-capped mountain peaks
  • Become a true nomad - stay in traditional yurts, ride horses and donkeys, enjoy mountain honey, bathhouse, and kumis

Trip code
AKCQ
Uzbekistan,Kyrgyzstan

The price of the trip includes:

  1. - Flight Osh-Bishkek;
  2. - All accommodation, including double/twin rooms in hotels, dorms in hostels and yurts;
  3. - All transportation including buses, trains, jeeps, taxis, and public transportation;
  4. - All meals during our stay in yurts and houses of locals. Breakfasts in most hotels:
  5. - Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. - Flight to Tashkent and from Bishkek back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
  2. - Entrance tickets to parks, museums and other places of interest ($60);
  3. - Food ($10-12 per person per day);
  4. - Insurance (mandatory);
  5. - Visas.

Departures

Individual Tour
You can choose your date

Day 1

Tashkent The main madrasah, Islamic school Khast Imam old town

We arrive in Tashkent and check into a hotel. Our group trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan begins! After a short rest, we head to the Kukeldash Madrasah - the main Islamic school of the city, built in 1570. Two hundred years later, this building was used as a fortress, and in 1991 Kukeldash went back to being an Islamic school. We walk to the complex of the old town Khast Imam. Here we will visit a museum that houses a unique collection of ancient Korans. 

For lunch we walk to the famous Chorsu bazaar. Shish kebab, pilaf, lagman, manti, shurpa - and this is not a complete list of traditional dishes that are prepared excellently here. Chorsu is a real oriental bazaar where everyone is sold! Here we especially love to admire the many patterns on traditional handmade ceramics. Try to find the symbol of the country - a cotton flower - in the pictures.

Day 2 - 3

Khiva Old colored minarets Ancient forts in Kylyzkum desert

Breakfast is always a pleasant surprise in Uzbekistan. Fresh bread non with kaymak sour cream, homemade jam, cheese, nuts, fruits and, of course, tea! We head to the airport, fly to Urgench, and from there in half an hour reach the town of Khiva. The bustling capital is left far behind. We are in the ancient center of the Khwarazm state, where the entire city center reminds an open-air museum. We check into a hotel at the ancient gates to the old city and go out for a walk to the colored minarets of Kalta-Minor and Islam-Khoja. We will also visit the old Friday mosque. 

The next day we head to the desert. Here the border of the long gone Buddhist Kushan empire is still guarded by the Ayaz-kala fortress. We will stand on top of the ancient walls, see the remains of the palace and gaze at the endless sands leading all the way to India... Next, let`s head to the Toprak-kala fortress. Almost a hundred years ago, excavations were carried out here and the first evidence of the writing of these places was discovered - tablets made of leather and wood with inscriptions made in black ink. Through the Kylyzkum desert we go to Bukhara (6-7 hours on the way). There we check into a hotel in the old town.

Day 4 - 5

Bukhara Ark fortress Mausoleum of the Sufi saint 16th century bathhouse

After breakfast we begin our walk in old Bukhara. Narrow streets between adobe houses lead us to huge squares, ancient mosques and madrasahs. Very impressive is the 6th century Ark fortress with its huge walls. In 1920, the last ruler of the Bukhara Emirate, Seyid Alim Khan, fled from here under the onslaught of the Red Army. 

We will also visit the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Bahauddin Naqshband and walk through the most ancient necropolis of Central Asia Chor-Bakr. Let`s enjoy local music, Bukhara cuisine, original handmade souvenirs and savor Uzbek wines. Those who wish can visit the traditional bathhouse with spa treatments, which has been operating since the 16th century.

Day 6

Traditional pottery of Gijduvon 3th century BC fort Aydarkul lake

We leave by car or minibus to Samarkand, continuing our small group tour to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This journey will take a whole day. On the way, we will visit the city of Gijduvon - the center of pottery. There we will see how the ceramics, traditional for this region, are made.

We will also stop in the city of Nurata, known for the 16th century Muslim complex and the ruins of a fortress, destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 3rd century BC. We will also visit the shores of the purest lake Aydarkul, where you can swim. In the evening we check into a hotel in the center of Samarkand.

Day 7 - 8

Samarkand Registan square and Bibi Khanym mosque Remains of Afrosiab Tamerlane tomb

Let`s head to the Registan square. Trust us - you do not expect to see a complex so grandiouse here! We walk to the Bibi Khanym mosque, for the construction of which in 1399 ruler Tamerlane drove elephants from India. Present-day India and Uzbekistan were one country back then. After all, Tamerlane managed to create one of the largest empires in the world, with Samarkand as a capital. 

We will visit the tomb of the great leader. And touch on much more ancient history by exploring the remains of Afrosiab, which may have been the capital of ancient Sogdiana ...

Day 9 - 11

Bishkek Ala-too square Osh bazaar Hot springs of Issyk-Ata

Early in the morning we cross the border with Kazakhstan, and in about 12-14 hours (with stops) reach Bishkek where we will continue our guided tour to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. We check into a friendly hostel, where travelers from all countries usually stay. We walk to the Ala-too square, where all the Kyrgyz revolutions took place, admire the monument to the national hero Manas. and walk to the picturesque Osh bazaar. We will have dinner in a traditional country restaurant, which looks more like an open-air museum.

In the morning we leave for Issyk-Ata, to the hot springs 2400 meters above sea level (about 4 hours on the way). We check into a hotel and go out to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. Let`s walk to the waterfall, bypassing grazing horses and admiring the green slopes around us and the snow-capped peak on the horizon. And how about enjoying these mountain views while sitting in a relaxing hot spring?

Day 12 - 13

Burana tower Petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata Issyk-Kul lake Waterfalls and hot springs

Today we will see the main sight of the country - the Issyk-Kul lake! We will get there in 6-7 hours, stopping on the way to see the ancient Burana tower near the city of Tokmak and visiting the open-air museum of Saka petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. We will spend the night at a hotel in the city of Karakol.

Continuing our guided tour to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, we leave for the picturesque "Seven Bulls" Jety - Oguz gorge (about 3 hours on the way). We walk to the waterfalls, ride horses and continue our trip around the Issyk-Kul lake. We stop near the Kyzylsu hot springs to relax and wander through the mountain forest. This night we will spend 3000 meters about sea level, in the simple house of locals. There is no mobile communication, no asphalt and no electricity. But they have an excellent sauna and delicious pilaf!

Day 14 - 16

Eternal snow and lifeless tundra Son-Kel lake

In the morning we travel to the stunning snow-covered plateau and reach lakes 4000 meters above sea level. The eternal snow and mountain lifeless tundra surrounds us. We head down to Issyk-Kul where you can enjoy the invigorating water. Next stop - the salt lake, famous for its medicinal waters. We drive past the deserted Oto-Tokoi reservoir to the city of Kochkor and spend the night at the hotel. 

In the morning we set off on an unpaved road through snow-capped passes to Lake Son-Kel (altitude 3200 meters, 2 hours on the way), where we will spend the night in one of the shepherds' yurts. We walk to the Son-Kel lake to admire the nature. If you wish, you can ride horses and donkeys. We spend the night on carpets in a traditional yurt, where the heat is provided by a potbelly stove on horse manure. The hospitable hosts prepare tea and dinner. 

In the morning of the next day, through the deserted places of central Kyrgyzstan, we leave for the south of the country. We spend about 10-12 hours driving along the gorge of the stormy Koko Meren River with absolutely crazy landscapes, and through the Susamyr valley reach the asphalt road leading to the south of Kyrgyzstan. Night in a hotel.

Day 17 - 18

Toktogul water reserve Sary Chelek lake

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 walk to the main lake. We wander in the lush grass up to the waist, admire the vivid mountain flowers, breathe in the fresh air... And how about those views! Below, under our feet, a huge lake creeps in a blue-transparent smooth surface. We might even take a boat trip to enjoy it up close. The water is refreshing (about 15 degrees Celsius), but you can take a swim if you wish! Night in the same house near the river.

Day 19 - 20

Osh Sulaiman-to mountain

In the morning we go to the city of Osh (4 hours) where we will visit the holy Sulaiman-too 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. 

We spend the night in Osh. In the morning we fly to Bishkek and back home. Our group trip to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan has come to an end. Thank you for exploring with us!

Tour leader

Yevgeniy Ikhelzon
co-founder, tour leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of average physical grade. It consists of several day trips with stops for sightseeing and rest on the way. We will be visiting places 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 up to +25 degrees Celsius during days. We will also drive up to a mountain pass 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 traditional yurts.

Visa

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. 

Additional options

3G mobile internet in Kyrgyzstan
Price: + $20
Prepaid local sim card with unlimited internet for 14 days

3G internet in Uzbekistan
Price: + $30
Sim card of local mobile operator with 4GB internet packadge.

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