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Central Asia Explorer

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3495

Visit two of Central Asia’s contrasting countries on this two-week exploration of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Begin by discovering the mosques, Silk Road history and Islamic architecture of the former soviet republic of Uzbekistan. Then continue to explore the nomadic culture, sapphire lakes, red rock formations, snow-capped peaks and green open spaces of Kyrgyzstan.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Sample herbal tea in a tea house in the heart of Bukhara's old town
  • Learn how to cook traditional Kyrgyz cuisine with a local family
  • Join a golden eagle hunting show
  • Hike in the picturesque alpine scenery of Ala Archa National Park
  • Visit the stunning Registan Square
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Discovery Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Fly overnight to Tashkent. (N)

Day 2: Tashkent

Arrive and transfer to the Miran International International Hotel (immediate occupancy) for 1 night. Afternoon tour of the old city including Applied Arts Museum and Kukeldash madrasa. Optional visit to a ceramic workshop. (N)

Day 3: Samarkand

Drive to Samarkand and take a city tour including Registan Square and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Stay at Emirkhan Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 4: Samarkand

Full-day tour of Samarkand including visits to the Ulugbek observatory, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis and Afrosiab Museum. See the ancient process of silk paper production and visit a silk carpet factory. (B, D)

Day 5: Bukhara

Travel to Bukhara and visit the silk market, the Jewish Quarter, Poi-Kalyan complex, the surviving trade domes and Lyab-i-Hauz complex, once the city’s principal source of water. Sample a range of herbal teas in a family-owned teahouse in the old part of the city. Stay 2 nights at Malika Bukhara. (B, D)

Day 6: Bukhara

Continue your tour of Bukhara, including visits to Chor Minor mosque, the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara, Chashmai Ayub and the Ark fortress, built in the fifth century AD. (B)

Day 7: Tashkent

Morning at leisure. This afternoon take the Afrosiyob train to Tashkent and transfer to the Miran International Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Day 8: Fly to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Fly to Bishkek via Almaty and transfer to the Plaza Hotel for 2 nights. Optional evening meal with folklore concert (additional cost). (B)

Day 9: Ala Archa National Park • Bishkek

Drive south to Ala Archa National Park, which offers a range of walking options from gentle strolls to more strenuous hikes. Return to Bishkek for a city tour. (B)

Day 10: Burana Tower • Issyk-Kul lake

Visit the Burana Tower and its surrounding ruins, an important trading post on the Silk Road. See the Bronze Age petroglyphs at Cholpon-Ata. Optional 1-hour lake cruise (additional cost). Overnight at Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Karakol

Drive to Karakol and visit the museum dedicated to the Russian explorer Nikolai Przewalsky. Also visit the colourful Dungan Mosque and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. Stay 2 nights at Hotel Amir. (B)

Day 12: Djety-Oguz

Learn about the nomadic way of life in Kyrgyzstan, beginning with a walk in Djety-Oguz gorge, with its impressive red rock formations and spruce forests. Join a golden eagle hunting show, which showcases the birds and this ancient tradition. This evening, join a Uighur family to learn how to cook traditional dishes. (B)

Day 13: Bokonbaevo • Bishkek

Short walk at Fairy Tale canyon then continue to Bokonbaevo village. Visit a local handicraft centre before driving to Bishkek and staying overnight at Plaza Hotel. Optional cooking demonstration of boorsok (Kyrgyz bread) with a local family (additional cost). (B

Day 14: Fly home

Transfer to Bishkek airport and fly home. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Discovery tour

Accommodation in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan should be considered basic and simple outside of Bishkek and Tashkent. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour, due to several gentle hikes and walking over rough terrain. This tour is therefore best suited to the hardier traveller.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Discovery private tour accommodation

  • Emirkhan Hotel
    Emirkhan Hotel

    The Emirkhan is a characterful property located within the heart of Samarkand and 1.8km from the renowned Registan Square. All guestrooms are traditionally furnished in bright colours with gold detail. Not all rooms have a bath.

  • Miran International Hotel
    Miran International Hotel

    The 5-star Miran International Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Tashkent and located 4km from the centre of the city, close to the central railway station and 15 minutes' drive from the airport. The hotel's rooms are individually decorated in an elegant style, whilst the restaurant serves a mixture of Turkish, Indian, European and Chinese cuisine. Features: 140 rooms, restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, minibar, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3495 per person

High season from £3845 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Tashkent

    Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...

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  • Samarkand

    Samarkand is one of the world's oldest cities, located in the very centre of Uzbekistan...

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  • Bukhara

    Bukhara is largely built of brown mud-brick, and as a result is perhaps visually less...

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  • Tashkent

    Although little remains of Tashkent’s history, there has been a settlement on this site,...

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  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Issyk-Kul

    Issyk-Kul lake is situated in the northern Tien Shan mountains in north-wester...

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  • Karakol

    The small town of Karakol is located at the eastern end of Lake Issyk- Kul and...

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  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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