Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

TCA106: 21 Days Private Tour of Tashkent - Urgench - Khiva - Bukhara - Samarkand - Penjikent - Seven Lakes - Penjikent - Istaravshan - Khujand - Kokand - Fergana - Margilan - Andijan - Osh - Bishkek - Burana Tower - Cholpon Ata - Karakol - Jeti-Oguz - Karakol - Saty - Basshi - Almaty
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide and driver in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan
Guide: English-speaking driver guide in Kazakhstan
Vehicle: Air-conditioned car, spacious and comfortable
Accommodation: 3 to 5-star handpicked hotels & guest houses
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent, Tashkent city tour
Today, the driver will wait for you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After a short break, our Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan tour will start at Khast-Imom Complex. The guide will accompany you to explore Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari there. Then head to Chorsu Bazaar to feel the bustle and prosperity of local market. Next, we are going to city center by metro and watch the unique decorative style of the metro stations. Also, we will spend some time in Independence Square to observe the local's leisure and entertainment activities. After visiting Amir Timur Park State, we will appreciate the handmade carpentry, carpet and ceramics in Museum of Applied Art.
Accommodation: Wyndham Tashkent
Day 2 Take a flight to Khiva to have a visit
You will be transferred to the 1.5-hour flight to Khiva by the driver. Upon landing, the local driver will pick you up and escort you to hotel. The local guide will meet you there and lead you to go sightseeing Ichan Kala after check-in. First, we will visit the largest local theological school Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah in the opposite and the short minaret Kalta Minor. Then head to Juma Mosque. Specially, this mosque boasts a flattop, which is rarely seen in Central Asia. Next, we will head to Toshkhovli Palace and the holy land Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Finally, after climbing Islom Khodja Minaret, we will reach Kunya-Ark to enjoy a panoramic view of Khiva.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Asia Khiva
Day 3 Drive to Bukhara via Kyzylkum Desert
Bukhara is 480 kilometers (300 miles) away, and we will drive 7- 8 hours to get there and check in the hotel. When reaching Kyzylkum Desert midway, stop over to appreciate the scenery of the desert and Amudarya River.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Amulet Hotel
Day 4 Bukhara walking tour
Accompanied by the guide, the first stop will be Lyabi Hauz Ensemble where you can see the ancient Islamic architectures surrounded by the lush trees. The next stop is Magoki-Attori Mosque and Chor-Minor Madrasah. Chor-Minor Madrasah is composed of four small minarets. Then we will explore the trade dome market and visit madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan. Afterwards, follow the guide to Poi Kalon Square to tour Kalyan Minaret, Kalyan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah. Ark Fortress will be visited next. It is a comprehensive architectures, including the palaces of the governors, national treasury, living quarters of the officials, armoury, mosque, manual workshop, prison, etc. In the end, you will be led to appreciate the delicate wooden ceilings and pillars in Bolo Khauz Mosque, and tour Samanid Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum.

Meal: Breakfast
Day 5 Bukhara half-day tirp with Summer Palace, Drive to Samarkand
The guide and the driver will lead you to Summer Palace, also called Sitorai Mohi Hosa. Then we are going to the local holy land the mausoleum and necropolis of Bahauddin Naqshabandiy and Chor-Bakr Necropolis. Finally, the driver will escort you to Samarkand 280 kilometers (175 miles) away in 4 hours and help you check in the local hotel.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Samarkand Superior
Day 6 Visit Samarkand
Today, the driver and the guide will first accompany you to Registan Square. The three Islamic architectures standing there are Ulugbek Madrassa, Madrassa Sherdor and Madrassa Tilla Kori. The next stop is Siyob Bazzar and Bibi Khanym Mosque. To know the development of the country's astronomy, we will also visit Ulugbek Observatory. Next, watch the spectacular mausoleum complex in Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Finally, the guide will lead you to the most magnificent local mausoleum – Gur-Emir Mausoleum.

Meal: Breakfast
Day 7 Transfer to Tajik border, Have a half-day trip in Penjikent
After breakfast, you will be escorted to border Jartepa. After passing the customs, the Tajik guide and the driver will meet you and lead you to Penjikent. Before heading to downtown, we will first visit Sarazm Ancient City with a history of 5,500 – 6,000 years. Afterwards, move forward to the bazaar, Republican Museum of History and Local Lore of Rudaki. The final stop is the famous ancient Penjikent ruins located in suburb area. It was a prosperous commercial center of Sogdiana in 5th – 8th century but decayed later due to the war. Check in the hotel in Penjikent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Umariyon Hotel
Day 8 Seven Lakes discovery, Back to Penjikent
We are going to Fann Mountains to enjoy an exploration tour in Seven Lakes today. The maximum difference in altitude of the Seven Lakes is 692 meters (2270 feet). And each lake has distinctive colors. We will hike in Shing Valley for 2 hour to appreciate the wonderful scenery and pay a visit to the local people living in the mountain. After lunch, drive 1.5 hours back to Penjikent.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Drive 4h to Istaravshan, Arrival in Khujand
After breakfast, the guide will accompany you to take the car for 4 hours to Istaravshan. Here, we will tour Fortress Mug Teppe & Kuk Gumbaz Mosque, and visit a bazaar to see the unique local handiworks. Afterwards, continue to drive pass Shahriston with an altitude of 3,378 meters (11,083 feet) to reach the famous ancient city in Central Asia, Khujand after 1.5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Firuz
Day 10 Sightseeing in Khujand city
The first stop of Khujand tour is the Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification. And the next stop is Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin and "Panjshanbe Market", the old bazaar right in front of it. After lunch, we will explore Arbob Cultural Palace and Qairoqum water reservoir.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Drive to Kokand and pay a visit, Transfer to Fergana
You will be transferred to the border of Uzbekistan. After picking you up, the Uzbek driver will lead you to Kokand. The guide will wait for you there and accompany you to go sightseeing Khudoyar-Khan Palace in traditional style of Central Asia, which is built by the last Khan of Kokhand, Khudoyar Khan. Then head to Norbut-Biy Madrassah, a mosque and a theological school. After visiting Modari Khan Mausoleum, we will drive 40 minutes to Rishtan with a distance of 50 kilometers (31 miles) to see the production of ceramics. Finally, the driver will escort you to check in the hotel in Fergana.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Amulet Hotel
Day 12 Half-day Fergana exploration, Drive to Andijan and have a short trip
In the morning, the guide will first show you around Ahmad Al-Fargoni monumental complex and then travel to Margilan. Here, follow the guide to explore Said Ahmad-khoja Madrasah and visit a local silk factory to learn about the production. Afterwards, you will be transferred to Andijan 75 kilometers (47 miles) away by the driver. There, the local guide will lead you to Bobur Literary museum, Art and Literature Museum and Memorial park complex on the Bog-I Shamol.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Toshkent Hotel
Day 13 Drive to Osh, Fly 45m to Bishkek
We will cross border Dostyk to the most ancient city in Kyrgyzstan - Osh. After arrival, we will visit the world cultural heritage site, Museum Sulaiman-Too and a bazaar. In the afternoon, the guide will accompany you to fly to Bishkek. Upon arrival, transfer you to the hotel and check in.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Orion Hotel Bishkek
Day 14 Visit Burana Tower, Drive 4h to Cholpon Ata
The first stop today is the Burana Tower. It is a ruin from the end of 9th century on Silk Road. The next stop is the popular resort Cholpon Ata on the north bank of Issyk-Kul Lake. In midway, we will make a stopover at the New Nomad Museum to know about the profound nomadic history and culture of the country. At the end of the day, arrive at Cholpon Ata and check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Light House Hotel
Day 15 Drive 3h to Karakol, Explore Jeti-Oguz Canyon
In the morning, we will first go to Museum of Petroglyphs to watch the totem stone carvings with a history of 4,000 years. Then drive to Karakol city where the guide will lead you to Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque. The last stop is Jeti-Oguz Canyon 1 hour driving away. There, you can see the special red sandstone cliffs, the "Seven Bulls Rocks" and the "Broken Heart". Finally, return to the hotel in Karakol.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: My Hotel Karakol
Day 16 Cross Kazakhstan border, visit Kaindy Lake, Drive to Saty Village
You will be guided to Karakol animal market if it's a Sunday. Then we will leave for Kegen valley with a stopover at San Tash. After, pass Kegen-Karjyra border, and the Kazakhstan driver-guide will lead you to appreciate the natural beauty in Kaindy Lake. Then we will set out to Saty Village and stay one night there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Saty Village guest house
Day 17 Hike from the Third Kolsai Lake to the Second Kolsai Lake
Kolsai Lakes is situated in the north of Tianshan Mountains and consists of upper, middle and lower three lakes. When reaching the Third Kolsai Lake in down stream, the driver guide will escort you to hike to the Second Kolsai Lake and then return to the Third Lake. The total length is 16 kilometers (10 miles) and will take about 6 hours. Horses are available for rental with an additional charge of USD30 per person.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch-box, Dinner
Day 18 Hike in Charyn Canyon National Park, Drive to Hot Springs
The whole day will be spent exploring Charyn Canyon National Park, including Charyn Canyon, Temerlik Canyon, Bestamak Canyon, Moon Canyon and Valley of Castles. Valley of Castles is the highlight and the most popular scenic spot there with unique rocks. Finally, we will drive to Hot Springs and check in a local hotel.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch-box, Dinner
Accommodation: Karadala Hot Springs Hotel
Day 19 A full day trip in Altyn Emel National Park with Singing Dune, Drive to Basshi village
First, we are going to Zharkent to tour Zharkent Mosque and enjoy some snacks in the local market. Then drive to Basshi village 180 kilometers away (110 miles) in 2 hours to check in the hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, climb the Singing Dune in Altyn Emel National Park and overlook the scenery around.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch-box, Dinner
Accommodation: Basshi Hotel
Day 20 Hiking tour to Aktau and Katutau Mountains, Drive to Almaty
A three-hour hiking tour will be arranged in Aktau Mountains. The mountains there are in special forms with colorful and beautiful rock formations. Then proceed to Katutau Mountains. Next drive to visit a 700-year-old ancient willow tree. Afterwards, we will head to Almaty 300 kilometers (185 miles) away, taking about 3.5 hours.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Renion Park
Day 21 Depart from Almaty, Airport see-off
You will be escorted to the airport according to the flight schedule. Wish you have spent a pleasant Uzbekistan Tajikistan Kyrgyzstan Kazakhstan tour with us.
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