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Central Asia Explorer

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3,245 Current prices from: £3,245
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

Bukhara

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 948 1661 2475 3086 3595 3799 3595 3086 2272 1559 846
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -228 439 1152 1661 2068 2272 1966 1457 745 236 -130
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 13 13 12 11 8 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 221 171 321 301 110 10 0 0 10 50 120 211
Rainy Days 7 6 8 7 4 1 1 0 1 3 4 7
Humidity L M M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 2/L 3/M 4/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 2/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Khiva

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 541 1355 2272 3086 3595 3799 3493 2984 2068 1254 541
Min temp (C)(F) -719 -621 134 948 1559 1966 2272 1966 1355 541 134 -425
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 12 12 10 8 6 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 80 181 181 110 30 30 10 10 50 90 131
Rainy Days 6 5 6 6 4 2 1 1 1 3 4 6
Humidity N N N N M H VH H L N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Nukus

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 32 337 1050 2068 2882 3391 3595 3290 2679 1864 948 236
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -228 745 1457 1864 2068 1864 1152 439 -130 -228
Sunshine hours 4 5 6 8 10 12 12 12 10 7 5 3
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 13 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 80 181 201 131 30 30 20 30 70 100 131
Rainy Days 6 4 5 5 4 2 1 1 1 3 4 6
Humidity L L M H VH VH VH VH H M L L
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 8/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Samarkand

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Avg temp (C)(F) 33 337 846 1457 2067 2475 2678 2475 1966 1355 744 337
Sunshine hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daylight hours 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rainfall (mm)(in) 40 40 70 60 30 10 0 0 0 20 30 30
Rainy Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Humidity
UV
Sea temp (C)(F)

Tashkent

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 643 846 1559 2272 2882 3493 3697 3493 2984 2170 1457 948
Min temp (C)(F) -327 -130 439 1050 1457 1864 2068 1864 1355 846 439 32
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 7 10 12 12 12 10 7 5 4
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 602 572 793 733 472 110 70 20 60 442 562 602
Rainy Days 11 10 12 10 7 3 2 1 2 6 8 11
Humidity N N N N L H VH H M N N N
UV 2/L 2/L 4/M 6/H 8/VH 9/VH 9/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Bishkek

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 236 337 1050 1864 2373 2882 3188 3086 2577 1763 1050 541
Min temp (C)(F) -916 -818 -130 643 1152 1559 1763 1559 1050 439 -130 -621
Sunshine hours 4 5 5 7 9 10 11 10 9 6 5 4
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 261 281 482 632 602 351 171 100 141 392 412 321
Rainy Days 9 9 12 12 11 9 6 5 4 8 9 9
Humidity N N N N N L M M N N N N
UV 1/L 2/L 4/M 7/H 8/VH 10/VH 10/VH 9/VH 6/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Karakol

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) -719 -621 236 1152 1661 2068 2373 2272 1864 1050 134 -523
Min temp (C)(F) -19-2 -171 -916 -130 439 745 948 846 439 -228 -1014 -163
Sunshine hours 5 5 6 7 8 10 10 10 9 7 6 4
Daylight hours 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Rainfall (mm)(in) 90 100 191 351 512 562 602 532 371 251 171 110
Rainy Days 7 8 9 9 12 12 11 8 6 7 7 7
Humidity N N N N N N N N N N N N
UV 2/L 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 11/E 11/E 10/VH 7/H 4/M 2/L 1/L
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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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

Available on request.

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

  • The Emirkhan Hotel
    The Emirkhan Hotel

    The Emirkhan is a 4-star character property located within the heart of Samarkand and 1.8km from the renowned Registan Square. All guestrooms are individually and traditionally furnished in bright colours with gold detail. Not all rooms have a bath. Features: 60 rooms & suites, restaurant, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, refrigerator, in-room safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Plaza Hotel
    Plaza Hotel

    The nine-storey Plaza Hotel is located in the central park of Bishkek, within a 5-minute walk of the main tourist attractions, such as the Bishkek White House and about a 15-minute walk from Ala-Too Square. The hotel's restaurant serves Asian and European cuisines, while playing light classical and modern music to create a pleasant atmosphere. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the cityscapes or mountains. Features: 65 rooms, restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, sauna, rooftop terrace. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee facilities, safe, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Malika Bukhara
    Malika Bukhara

    The Malika Hotel, Bukhara is located in the heart of the old city and constructed in the style of a traditional two storey madrassa. The hotel has 34 rooms all with air-conditioning and ensuite facilities. There is a small restaurant serving traditional food.

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  • Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel
    Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel

    The Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel is located about 20km from the centre of Cholpon-Ata, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul and has its own stretch of private beach with umbrellas, sun loungers and a beach bar. Features: 45 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym, games room. Room amenities: Cable television, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi.

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  • Hotel Amir
    Hotel Amir

    Hotel Amir is a bright, colourful hotel located in the centre of the town. Rooms are modern in design and all offer en suite facilities. There is a restaurant serving Western and Asian cuisine and the hotel has internet access. Features: 18 rooms, restaurant, games room, sauna. Room amenities: Heating, satellite television, hairdryer.

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Dates & prices

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Guideline Prices

Low season from £3,245 per person

High season from £3,595 per person

 

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

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.

 
  • • Basic accommodation
    • International flights
    • Internal flights as specified
    • Private arrival & departure transfers
    • Accompanied by experienced local guides
    • Guided sightseeing
    • All entrance fees included
    • Travel in air-conditioned vehicles

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/uzbekistan/tashkent
  • Tashkent

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/uzbekistan/samarkand
  • Samarkand

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/uzbekistan/bukhara
  • Bukhara

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/uzbekistan/tashkent
  • Tashkent

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/kyrgyzstan/bishkek
  • Bishkek

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/kyrgyzstan/issyk-kul
  • Issyk-Kul

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/kyrgyzstan/karakol
  • Karakol

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

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/central-asia/kyrgyzstan/bishkek
  • Bishkek

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

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