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My name is Cholpon. I grew up in a small town of Naryn in the south-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. From the early ages my passion was to travel and discover new places. I enjoyed showing around to my friends and teachers who came from abroad to teach English. Further I entered the University to study linguistics but to connect my life with tourism it was not enough. Therefore I went through special courses of guiding by local mentors in Bishkek who run tourist agencies. This is how I got involved into this world of adventures and new experiences.
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3 Stan Tour

Tour 2: 3 Stan Tour
Duration: 12 days
Countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
In short: Almaty − Charyn − Karakol − Issyk Kul southern shore – Kochkor − Son Kul − Chon Kemin − Bishkek − Ala Archa − Tashkent − Samarkand − Bukhara − Tashkent

Day 1: Almaty
You will be met at the airport and transferred to Almaty for city tour. The famous place of this city is Green Bazaar where it will be hard not to bargain. Next site to see one of the oldest parks in Almaty is Panfilov Park. There locates one of the most interesting wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral. Not to mention visiting Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. Next destination is Medeo gorge that you will visit after finding out about sport, cultural and business areas of the city. This gorge has the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam protecting the city from dangerous mudflows. After this you will see the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) – Kok-Tobe hill, after getting by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can walk along the winding paths of the park, enjoy the beauty panorama view of the city from the special deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the ride to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.

Day 2: Almaty – Charyn – Kegen border – Karakol
The day will start with your drive to Charyn canyon. It is the one popular place of Kazakhstan. This place exist many epoch and very unique and differ in geomorphologic aspects. The height of the steep mountain slopes reaches 150-300 meters. Because of ravines there is close rambling net. Whole "Red Castles Valley" is made by wind and water. The entire valley is surrounded by towers of bizarre shapes built from sedimentary rocks. Whole time, nature created these architectural wonders, without haste, it has built magnificent castles. The road to the canyon and back takes 400 km. After a short walk along the canyon, we will drive to the Kyrgyz border and further to the city of Karakol. Night is in the guesthouse.

Day 3: Karakol – Jeti Oguz – Issyk Kul southern shore – Kochkor
Your day will star with visiting Jeti Oguz on your way to Kochkor village. Jeti Oguz is well known for its red rocks. The name for it is Seven Bulls or Jeti Oguz. In addition you will see Broken Heart Mountain. Also it is possible to have short trip to a top of a mountain and enjoe panoramic view of the gorge. After it you will visit Bokonbaeva village where you will have not only break but also meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). Night is in a home stay.           

Day 4: Kochkor – Son Kul
From Kochkor village you will drive to the famous Son Kul Lake. It is the second largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. This lake surrounded by mountains and situated at an altitude of 30316 m above sea level. Nomads came here for rest and relaxation. Herders came to use this place as a pastureland. When you arrive here you will have a chance to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings by yourself. Dinner and overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings – yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings

Day 5: Day 5: Son Kul – Kochkor – Chon Kemin
You will be transferred to Chon Kemin but you will have opportunity to visit Kochkor village through beautiful gorge and Kalmak Ashuu |Pass that is 3 225 meters high. There you will enjoy spending time with a family that will show you how national carpet makes.  Alo you can make your own carpet together with them. In addition you will visit museum of handicraft there. They have many samples of silver decorations, coats made of wolfs, horse saddle decorations, carpets and many other things. After it you will be transferred to Chon Kemin village. Night and dinner are in a house of a Kyrgyz family.

Day 6: Chon Kemin – Bishkek
Here you will have 3 hours of horse riding. Your road goes high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. There the panoramic view of the gorge will wait you. The transfer to Bishkek will be after lunch. On your path to city you will visit Burana Tower. This tower is minaret that dated back to 11th century. It was used in time of Great Silk Road as a sigh for rest for exhausted travelers.  Near Burana Towerк there is an open air museum full of Balbas or stone warriors.  The warriors like stones were made in honor of loyal soldiers who died for their Motherland. After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the tower is transfer to the Kyrgyz capital. Night is in a hotel.

Day 7: Bishkek – Ala Archa – Bishkek
Half of the day will be city tour. Here you will see such amazing sightseeing as visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. After it you will go to Ala Archa gorge In USSR time only V.I.P. had permit for entering this park. Ala Arch gorge is located on the spur of the Tien Shan ridge. It is only 45 km from Bishkek. You can take a short walking tour to see the panoramic view of the gorge. After that we return to Bishkek. This night will be at the hotel.

Day 8: Bishkek – Tashkent
Transfer to airport for flight to Tashkent. After your arrival to Tashkent International Airport you will be met with signboard and transferred to city. On your tour you will see the man square of Tashkent – Independence square. It was raised as a symbol of victory over fascism in WWII.  Then you will visit local Broadway it is a walking street between Independence square and Amir Timur square. Then you will ride in popular Tashkent metro, among the most beautiful subways in the world. The first line on the metro was opened in 1977. And of course you will see the old part of the city among with Chorsu Bazaar, Kukaldash Madrasah and Hast Imam complex that consists of several madrasahs, mosques and mausoleum. And the most awaited part of this tour is the Othman Quran is the oldest copy of 8th c. Night is in the hotel.

Day 9: Tashkent – Samarkand (train)   
Going to Samarkand by morning train. Samarkand is located in the valley of the river Zerafshan. Samarkand is the second largest city in Uzbekistan, not to mention that it almost old as Babylon or Rome. And today you will have opportunity to have a tour in this amazing city. At first you will visit the most famous sights as Registan square, Shakhi-Zindeh, Mausoleum Guri Emir and Bibi Khanum Mosque.  Registan Square is a complex of three amazing Madrasahs of the 15-17th centuries is the main attraction of Samarkand that no one can stop admiring its beauty and grandeur. Shakhi-Zindeh has big collection of mausoleums that are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Sitedated back to 11th-15thc. Bibi Khanum Mosque was built for favorite wife of Tamerlane, after his victory in India. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 10: Samarkand – Bukhara (morning train) 
Morning transfer to Bukhara. Entire day is dedicated for city tour to see most amazing sights. You will visit the oldest citadel in Bukhara of 4th c. – Citadel Ark. This citadel served for few dynasties of Bukhara Empire. After it you will see Samanids mausoleum masterwork of 9th – 10th c.  Going to Chashma Ayub with the meaning job's well and Bolo-Hauz mosque, well known as the mosque of forty columns. It was built in honor of Bukhara governor Abu-Fayud Khan. Then you have opportunity to go to shopping domes and visit one of the most famous madrasahs of Bukhara. Its name is Nodir Divan Begi which is also a part of Lyabi House Ensemble, famous central sightseeing of Bukhara. The tour ends with visiting Poi Kalon complex. It is interesting example of architectural art of Bukhara. It made of three structures in the 12th – 16th centuries: Kalon minaret, Kalon mosque and Mir Arab Madrasah. Night is in a hotel.   

Day 11: Bukhara – Tashkent (flight or train)
Today you will visit neighborhood of Bukhara city. And the first sight you will see is Bahauddin Naqshbandi complex that lays near Bukhara. It is a memorial complex of famous Sufi Leader and Philosopher, one of the Muslim pilgrimage places for all people of Islamic world. He was one of the spiritual masters of Amir Timur. The complex is made up of mosques of Kushbegi and Muzafarohana, courtyard with pool, madrasah, and burial vault of Bukhara rulers and Dakhma upon the tomb of Saint Bakhauddin Nakshbandi. And you will visit the countryside residence of Bukhara Emirs – Sitorai Mohi Hosa complex. This palace is made by different architecture styles. Emir named the palace in honor of his wife who died young “Star - like and moon- like Palace”.  In the end you will drive to Sumiton village where the town of the dead is located and find Chor Bakr memorial complex. This complex is a symbol of the four sides of the earth and shows that all people are equal. Establishment of this complex began during the Samanids reign until the 16th century. After excursions, you will have a flight to Tashkent. Night is in a hotel.

Day 12: Tashkent – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Your driver will transfer you to Tashkent international airport. Flight for next destination.

Transport in KZ:
02 pax – Sedan
04-10 pax– Mercedes Sprinter (14 seats) 

Transport in KG:
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter  

Transport in UZ:
02 pax – Sedan
04-06 pax – Minivan
08-10 pax – Minibus

Hotels 3*,
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 815 $
04 pax – 1 260 $
06 pax – 1 005 $
08 pax – 925 $
10 pax – 840 $
Single – 175 $

Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 45 $  

Hotels 4*,
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 985 $
04 pax – 1 430 $
06 pax – 1 175 $
08 pax – 1 095 $
10 pax – 1 010 $
Single – 275 $

Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in –70 $  

Half board – 150 $
Full board – 290 $

Entrance fees – 40 $ (*with escort guide only) 

Supplement for escort guide in UZ – 220 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
    Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3* / “KazZhol” Hotel 4*
    Karakol – “Karagat” Hotel 4* or “Green Yard” Guesthouse
    Kochkor – Homestay
    Son Kul – Yurts (4 pax in 1)
    Chon Kemin – Homestay
    Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*/ “Plaza” Hotel 4*
    Tashkent – “Samir” Hotel 3*/ “Ramada” Hotel 4*
    Samarkand – “Ideal” Hotel 3*/ “Diyora” Hotel 4*
    Bukhara – “Old City” Hotel 3*/ “Omar Khayam” Hotel 4*
- Train tickets
- Mineral water during the tour
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge
- English speaking guides in KZ, KG
- English speaking local guides in UZ
- Entrances to all museums in KZ, KG 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- Entrances to all museums in UZ

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