Destinations Destinations
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
Bishkek, Issyk-Kul, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Hiking
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Moderate
Season Season
January - December

Good to know

  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

For well over a thousand years, merchants carried their wares over remote mountain passes in Kyrgyzstan, along verdant river valleys and through the great Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan. These nomads, conquerors, and settlers left behind an architectural legacy that draws on forgotten empires and ancient religions. Uzbekistan has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its age-old cities: Bukhara, Khiva, and Samarkand, arguably the jewel in the country’s dazzling crown. Central Asian mosques, madrassas, fortresses, and bazaars combine to create a timeless atmosphere, while out in the countryside, the country’s incredible landscapes will capture both your imagination and your heart.

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Arrival in Bishkek & Ala Archa National Park

Your first day in Kyrgyzstan begins in Bishkek. After you’ve checked-in to your hotel, you’ll drive onto Ala Archa National Park, around 30km outside of the city. Your guide will take you for a scenic walk before heading back into Bishkek centre for a sightseeing tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to buy trinkets at Osh Bazaar.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Plaza

Hotel Plaza

Bishkek – Tosor yurt camp

Leaving the city behind, your next destination is Burana Tower in Tokmok. This minaret was built in the 11th-century, and features a winding staircase leading to stunning views of the Chun Valley. From here you’ll continue onto lake Issy Kul - the second largest mountain lake in the world. The area is popular for its yurts, which will be your accommodation for the evening.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Overnight in yurt camp

Overnight in yurt camp

Tosor – Kochkor

Wake up on the banks of Issyk Kul and enjoy breakfast with a view before driving westwards along the southern shore of the lake. From there you’ll head onto Skazka Canyon, which is awash with burnished reds, ochres and yellows from exposed sedimentary rocks. After a short hike, your guide will introduce you to an eagle hunter in the village of Bokonbaevo before driving onwards to Kochkor.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay

Adamkalay Guesthouse

Kochkor – Song Kul Lake

Journey across the Song-Kul Mountains and into the lake’s basin. This mountain lake sits in the centre of Kyrgyzstan at 3,016m above sea level. The lake is known as the ‘nomad’s paradise’. There will also be an opportunity to go on a short horse ride.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay

Overnight in yurt camp

Song Kul – Bishkek – Osh

Enjoy breakfast in the ‘nomad’s paradise’ before heading back to Kochkor for lunch. From here, your guide will drive you back to Bishkek to catch an evening flight to Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, Osh.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Sunrise Osh

Sunrise Osh

Osh city tour – Fergana

Wake up after a relaxing nights sleep and head to the Suleiman Mountain - and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nicknamed ‘Little Mecca’, this sacred mountain is a place of Muslim and pre-Muslim pilgrimage. From here you’ll transfer to Kyrgyz-Uzbek border and travel a scenic road to Fergana.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Asia

Hotel Asia

Fergana – Kokand – Tashkent

This area of Uzbekistan is famous for its agriculture and artisans. Your guide will take you to the Yodgorlik silk workshop to observe the intricate silk-making process before heading onto Rishtan - a town famous for its ceramics. From Rishtan you’ll travel onto Kokland for a short sightseeing tour of Khudayar Khan’s Palace and Jami Mosque before taking an evening train to Tashkent.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Wyndham

Hotel Wyndham

Tashkent city tour

As the largest city in Central Asia, Tashkent’s Old City is steeped in history. Discover the Quran of Caliph Osman, meet locals and traders at Chor-Su Bazaar and explore Amir Temur Square to see the eponymous monument of the great conqueror.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Tashkent - Khiva city tour

After an early flight to Urgench you’ll board a bus to Khiva, in the western part of Uzbekistan. Upon arrival at Khiva you will visit the walled inner-city – Ichan-Kala – which preserves more than fifty historic monuments and hundreds of houses. Stop to marvel at the panoramic views of Old Khiva at the top of Kunya-Ark Citadel.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Asia Khiva

Hotel Asia Khiva

Day trip to Khorezm - Bukhara

Experience the desert ruins of ancient Khorezm, which are said to rate back to the 2nd-century BC. Visit Toprak-Kala and Ayaz-Kala to learn more about the archaeological discoveries in this area. After lunch in a yurt camp, your guide will escort you back to Khiva for some free time before a short evening flight to Bukhara.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Komil Boutique Hotel

Komil Boutique Hotel

Bukhara city tour

As a key stop-off for traders on the Silk Road, Bukhara is steeped in history. The Old Town has been well-preserved and offers an exciting look at ancient minarets, mosques and madrassas. Taste traditional Uzbek food, plov, as cooked by a local family. You’ll then have the opportunity to see how Suzani - an Uzbek embroidered textile - is created.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Bukhara – Samarkand

After breakfast you’ll depart from Bukhara and journey to madrasah Chor-Minor, which translates as ‘four minarets’. Next, you’ll visit the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara (Sitorai Mokhi Hossa), which means ‘the place where the moon meets the stars’ in Persian. Your guide will drive you back to Bukhara for lunch before connecting via high-speed train to Samarkand.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Malika Prime

Hotel Malika Prime

Samarkand city tour

Wake up for your first full day in Samarkand – a mythical city full of romance and intrigue. Once the domain of Timur – one of history’s greatest conquerors – much of the traditional architecture and heritage has been beautifully preserved. Head to the spectacular Registan Square before embarking on tour of Ulugbek observatory, one of the largest research centres in Central Asia. After lunch you’ll head to the impressive Bibi Khanum Mosque and sample local delights at Siyob Bazaar.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Samarkand - Tashkent

Samarkand is not only famous for its monuments, but also for its paper. Samarkand paper was produced by hand from the bark of mulberry (silk) trees, and is still in production today in the village of Koni Ghil. After a visit to the famous paper workshop you’ll head to the Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel before learning how to make typical Uzbek bread. In the late afternoon you’ll board a train to Tashkent for dinner.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Hotel Sharq

Hotel Sharq

After one final breakfast it's time for your transfer to the airport for your flight back home. Say goodbye to your companions and Central Asia - perhaps you'll return again soon!

Includes: breakfast

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Good to know

  • Operated by Kalpak Travel, the leading Central Asia specialists
  • Small group tour: max 12 people
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation
  • 13 nights in carefully-selected, quality assured hotels.
  • Two nights in traditional Yurt camp.
Included Guided excursions

Expert, English-speaking guides and fully escorted tours in every destination.

Included All meals

Full board (15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners).

Included Ground transfers

All road transport, rail tickets, airport/hotel transfers and internal/domestic flights.

Included Internal flights

All internal flights included.

Testimonials

What people are saying about Kalpak Travel

K
Kenneth A
01/06/2018

We were delighted by the wonderful two-week trip to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan created by Kalpak travel. Prior to the trip, Luca (co-founder and owner) provided prompt, thorough, and accurate responses to our months of questions about safety, weather, and cultural norms. He also provided a complete itinerary of each day’s activities so we knew exactly what to expect every day. During the first week in Kyrgyzstan, we swam in Lake Issyk Kul (the second largest mountain lake in the world). We also hiked in Ala Archa National Park and in the remote summer pastures of Song Kul Lake where horses, cows, and sheep grazed freely among the yurts where shepherds live. These pristine outdoor experiences were complemented by the second week in which we visited exquisite mosques, madrassas and mausoleums of the ancient but vibrant cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. The bus, train and plane trips between these places were expertly choreographed by our competent, knowledgeable, and likeable guides. We observed craftsmen and artisans who practice the traditional skills of eagle-hunting, silk weaving, yurt building, paper making and pottery painting. We spent two nights in yurts: the remaining nights were spent in comfortable, lovely and well-located 3 to 5-star hotels that served sumptuous breakfasts. We can’t imagine a better experience than the trip orchestrated by Kalpak travel in this unique part of the world.

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Peter F, Australia
11/07/2018

I did the Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan tour. The route was carefully chosen with many beautiful natural and historic sites to experience, and there was never a boring moment. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and extremely friendly, and despite the unpredictability associated with travelling in some of the remote areas we did, the incredible organisation of Kalpak meant there was never a single worry. You really do get the experience that you pay for!

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