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I’m Jainagul. My name is translated from Kyrgyz as “abundance of flowers”. Foreigners jokingly call me “bouquet” :)
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Tour 3: Sunny 4 Stan Tour
Duration: 16 days
Countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan
In short: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Issyk Kul northern shore – Grigorievskoye – Semenovskoye – Karakol – Bokonbaevo − Bishkek – Almaty – Issyk – Tashkent − Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand − Oybek border – Penjikent – Iskanderkul Lake − Dushanbe – Norak – Dushanbe
Day 1: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
We are glad to see you in Kyrgyzstan! On arrival at Manas International Airport your driver will meet you and then accompany to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. The distance is just 30 minutes. The tour will start by having the city where you can visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many other interesting places of interest. Later on we would like you to visit the Ala Archa gorge (45 km from Bishkek). Being there you will be impressed by Natural Park. The fact is that before the access to this mountain was strictly controlled by the government. Nowadays everyone is free to spend time and enjoy picnic. You will have the opportunity to see the wonderful gorge which lies on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. There are panoramic views as well! Don’t miss to capture it! Afterwards we will return to Bishkek. The night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
After breakfast at 8 am you will travel to the Issyk Kul lake. The region is surrounded by celestial mountains and also it is considered to be the second largest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m. above sea level. Travellers as well as locals call it “The pearl of Central Asia”. There is one interesting thing that, this lake is never freezes. Later we will continue our route to the Burana Tower and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). This minaret was built in the 11th century and famous for its shape. Before many years ago traders used to take a rest there. Stone warriors are dedicated to brave heroes who lost their lives protecting Motherland. Then we will drive to Cholpon Ata town where you can see ancient stone inscriptions found in the 800 B.C. by shamans (2000 years ago). There are petroglyphs made by ancient people. After that you will have the opportunity to visit the local ethnography museum. Overnight will be in the hotel.
Day 3: Issyk Kul – Grigorievskoye – Semenovskoye – Karakol
The tour will start by traveling to the famous connected gorges as Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye. Coming there you will be impressed by Natural Park and see celestial mountains. They are covered by snow on the top. The nature of the park is unique. You will find green valleys and wild animals as hares, fox, yaks and others. If you continue to drive you will see amazing lakes. After that we will move to Karakol city. Being there you can visit the famous Dungan mosque which was built in Chinese Buddhist style without nails. You can also visit an old wooden Orthodox Church. Today you will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 4: Karakol – Skazka – Bokonbaevo
Today we will have interesting tour of visiting the Jeti Oguz gorge or Seven Bulls. You will have the chance to see seven red rocks which are situated in the row. It is very famous gorge among travellers. Also you will see the Broken Heart Mountain full of secrets. Since you are in Kyrgyzstan, we recommend you to hike higher and see one of the most beautiful panoramic views. We will pass by the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake which will take about 4 km from the Tosor village to the magnificent Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. You will be impressed by amazing red sand formation in different shapes. Take photos! After that we will drive to Bokonbaevo village and get acquainted with a local eagle-hunter. You will participate in eagle hunting and hold eagles for photos. Afterwards your night will be spent in nomadic dwellings - yurts.
Day 5: Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu – Bishkek
The day will start by driving to Bishkek city. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit Kyzyl Tuu village and learn more about yurt workshop. Yurts are famous nomadic felt dwellings made of a wooden skeleton. We have no doubt you will like it and want to spend time inside. When you arrive in Bishkek, you will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 6: Bishkek – Almaty
Early in the morning we will drive to Almaty city. It is about 4 hours one way. When you arrive in the city, you will have a city tour where you can visit the famous sites and highlights of Kazakhstan. There are a lot of attractions with rich history and events. We recommend you to visit the famous Green Bazaar full of rare and unique things. Being there you will have the opportunity to buy anything you want and of course bargain! Noise and crowded bazaar will not leave anyone indifferent! The tour will pass by visiting the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park! The place is famous for its amazing wooden buildings in the world as for example Zenkov Cathedral. Almaty is the best choice to visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame made for the memory of the fighters who fought for freedom and independence of their Motherland. Later on we will visit the Medeo Gorge, where you can skate and enjoy surrounded mountains! After that we will visit the famous panorama - Kok-Tobe hill. You will see the tallest TV tower in the world! The view of this place will impress you! Being there you can walk in park and even see wild mountain inhabitants. We have no doubt you will like in tours! There are a lot of souvenir shops where you can buy national attributes. In the end of the day you will get inspired by the city with the help of Almaty cableway. Afterwards you will be transferred to the hotel. Transfer to hotel.
Day 7: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
Having a hearty breakfast you will visit amazing gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge which lies along the Kuldja tract. On this place, many traders travelled. The nature and mountains of this place is perfect! You will be told about the history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found. Today it is considered to be the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In addition you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK” and find ancient attributes of the Saka period as for example: copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound. You will pass by the route of 1756 meters above sea level and see magnificent mountain lake as Issyk. This lake is formed 10,000 years ago because of landslide of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. This lake is colored in different shapes as its turquoise water surface. In addition you will be told about the natural disaster of 1963. After that you will have a picnic and enjoy the nature. The night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 8: Almaty – Tashkent
You will have the flight at 12:15. On arrival at Tashkent international airport at 12:50, you will be met by the driver who accompanies you to the hotel. The day will start by the city tour where you can visit the Independence Square dedicated to the victory over fascism in World War II. After that you will walk along the local Broadway between Independence Square and Amir Timur Square. We recommend you to see the famous Tashkent metro. It is considered to be the most beautiful in the world opened in 1977. Later you will have the chance to visit old parts of the city as Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex including madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. Don’t miss to see the famous highlight as Othman Quran! Is is the world’s oldest Quran copy found in the 8th century. You will spent the night in the hotel.
Day 9: Tashkent – Bukhara
Early in the morning you will have the flight to Bukhara. When you arrive in the city you will have the city tour of visiting cultural and historical places of Uzbekistan. Visit the most ancient citadel in Bukhara - Citadel Ark (4th century). The Citadel Ark united many dynasties of Bukhara Empire. After that you will see Samanids mausoleum! The ancient heritage found in the 9th and 10th century! We will continue our tour to Chashma Ayub (Job's well) and Bolo-Hauz mosque which are dedicated to Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. There are a lot of souvenir shops where you can buy national things. Visit madrasahs of Nodir Divan Begi belonging to the Lyabi House Ensemble. Then you will end the day by visiting Poi Kalon complex (12th - 16th century). It has three structures as Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Afterwards the night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 10: Bukhara – Gijduvan – Samarkand
Having a hearty breakfast we will drive to Samarkand. We are sure you will be impressed by that! On the way you will have a break in the Gijduvan village where you can participate in the pottery workshop. It is important to note that Gijduvan ceramics is national heritage passed from father to son from generation to generation. Nowadays it is home for the sixth generation of potters from Narzullayevs family! Travellers just love visiting this unique place in their tours! Being there you will see different geometric pattern colored in green and blue colors. We will continue our way to Bukhara. Visit memorial complex of Al Bukhary. The Islamic academic Al Bukhary presented the hadith collection known as Sahih al-Bukhari of Sunni Muslims! It is considered to be the national heritage of Uzbekistan. On arrival to Samarkand, you will have the night in hotel.
Day 11: Samarkand
We are glad to present the next day of the tour visiting Samarkand. It is the unique city situated at the Valley of Zerafshan River. Also it is the second largest city of Uzbekistan like Babylon or Rome. You will have the city tour where you can visit Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque. Registan Square is the national heritage of Uzbekistan consists of three amazing Madrasahs found in the 15th -17th centuries. Get inspiration of its majestic beauty! Shakhi-Zindeh has a large collection of mausoleums found in the 11th - 15th centuries and also a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bibi Khanum Mosque is dedicated to Tamerlane’s wife, after his visit in India. This night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 12: Samarkand – Oybek border – Penjikent
You will have breakfast in the hotel. After that you will travel to Oybek Border and then to Penjakent. Penjakent city or "five villages" is located in Khujand area of Tajikistan in a beautiful Zeravshan river valley. There were five villages found in the 5th and 8th centuries AD. In general Penjikent city was the most important cultural centers of Sogd and also named as "Central Asian Pompeii". It is the palace of two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses made with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. But its ruins were found only in the last century. Nowadays, travellers will have the opportunity to see the remains of dwelling houses and office buildings, the citadel with the palace, the house of craftsmen, and fire worshiper’s church. Overnight will be in the hotel.
Day 13: Penjakent – Iskanderkul Lake
Today you will visit the high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). You will find it in the famous Fann Mountains. It is the wonderful area of one of the best places in Central Asia. There is a warm and sandy beach where you can lay down and feel the nature. Hiking for 20 minutes you will see a beautiful waterfall. It is important to note that Tajikistan is considered to be the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources and has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. In the end of the day you will be spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day 14: Iskanderkul Lake – Dushanbe
The tour will begin form hiking at Fann Mountains. Fann mountains is wonderful place, also known as "Kuhistan" (Mountainous Country). In Fanns, you will find more than 30 pure and variegated lakes with different size and shape. Travellers as well as locals like to visit Fann Mountains on days off. The amazing nature of rich flora and fauna makes the country - incredible! In the second half of the day you will drive to Dushanbe via Anzob pass (3 372 m) and tunnel of Isticlol. The night will be spent in the hotel.
Day 15: Dushanbe – Norak – Dushanbe
We are glad to present the next day of visiting Norak water reservoir - Tajik Sea. It is considered to be the largest reservoir in Tajikistan, with a capacity of 10.5 km2. The reservoir provides the hydroelectric plant which is located in the dam. Its waters used for irrigation of local agricultural land. In the course of tours you will find boaters, which is popular there. The middle of the lake is surrounded by the massive gorges and snow tops peaks from all four wings. You will return back to Dushanbe in the second half of the day and have the city tour. You will visit the Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. Then you can move to the Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world of 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. Take amazing photos there! Visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments and enjoy. Overnight will be in the hotel.
Day 16: Dushanbe – Airport
Morning transfer to airport.
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
Bokonbaevo – Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*
Bukhara – “Porso” Hotel 3*
Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*
Penjikent – “Umariyon” Hotel 3*
Iskandarkul – Gueshouse “Dilovar”
Dushanbe – “Meridians” Hotel 3*
- Mineral water supply
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Travel insurance
- English speaking guide
- Museum admissions
- Flight tickets Tashkent – Bukhara
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