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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.
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). (BDay 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.
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.
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.
Low season from £3495 per person
High season from £3845 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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