Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan & Kyrgyzstan Trip

TCA104: 17 Days Private Tour of Tashkent - Khiva - Kunya Urgench - Darvaza - Ashgabat - Mary - Bukhara - Gijduvan - Samarkand - Tashkent - Osh - Bishkek - Chon Kemin - Cholpon Ata - Burana Tower - Bishkek
Tour Type: Private Tour, any part of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 3 to 5-star handpicked hotels & featured camp
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent, Airport pick-up
The driver will wait for you at the airport on time. After picking you up, he or she will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

Accommodation: Wyndham Tashkent
Day 2 Take a flight to Khiva and have a visit
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Khiva, the first stop of our Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Kyrgyzstan tour. The flight time is about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Upon landing, the local driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to the hotel. Khiva has preserved intact city wall and residential quarters, making it a representative of ancient cities in Central Asia. Today, the guide will lead you to go sightseeing the inner city Ichan Kala. First, we are going to Mukhammad Amin Khan Madrasah, Mukhammad Rahimkhan Madrasah, and the short minaret outside the temple – Kalta Minor. Then head to the Juma Mosque to appreciate the exquisite carvings on the wooden pillars. Then follow the guide to visit Toshkhovli Palace, the living palace and garden of the Khan's concubines. Afterwards, we will proceed to the tomb of the famous poet Pakhlavan Makhmud - Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. In the end, we will climb to the top of Islom Khodja Minaret and overlook the city in Kunya-Ark.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Asia Khiva
Day 3 Drive to Kunya-Urgench to have a visit, transfer to Darvaza
Today, you will be transferred to the border of Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan. The guide and the driver of Turkmenistan will wait for you there. Our tour in Turkmenistan will then start at Kunya-Urgench. It is the capital of the ancient Empire of Khwarezmia and an important trade center on Silk Road. We will first go to Nedjmeddin Kubra Mausoleum. It is said that this mausoleum can cure the diseases. Then go to Tyurabek-Khanum Mausoleum with blue dome roof and walls decorated with colorful ceramic tiles. The following scenic spots are Mamun Minaret, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Kyrkmolla Mausoleum and Il Arslan Mausoleum. Finally, we will drive to Darvaza to see the spectacular burning Darvaza Gas Crater. In the evening, have a barbecue dinner and stay overnight in the tents nearby.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Yurt camp
Day 4 Drive to Ashgabat, have a sightseeing tour on road
The driver and the guide will lead you to Ashgabat. During the way, we will visit Anau mosque ruins and Anau culture remains and also appreciate the beautiful horses in Ahalteke horse stables. Then go to the Carpet Museum to see the wonderful carpets. After exploring the local market Sunday Bazaar, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sport Hotel
Day 5 A full day trip in Ashgabat
The first stop of today is the largest mosque in Turkmenistan – Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Then the guide and the driver will accompany you to Independence Park where you can see the highest architecture in the city – Monument of Independence. The next stop is the Neutrality Arch which represents the neutral status of Turkmenistan. To know the culture and history of the country, we will also pay a visit to the National Museum of Turkmenistan. The final stops are Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum and the world heritage site ancient city Nissa.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Take a flight to Mary and visit Ancient Merv, Drive to Bukhara
Today, you will be transferred to the flight to Mary. Upon arrival, the guide and the driver will pick you up and drive to Merv. It is the most ancient and best-preserved oasis city on the Silk Road in Central Asia, with a history of more than 4,000 years. We will explore Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum and Kesk Fortresses in State Historical and Culture Park "Ancient Merv". Then return to Mary and visit History Museum of Merv Region. Finally, send you to Uzbekistan border. After finishing frontier formalities, you will see the local driver waiting for you. After, head to Bukhara and check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Amulet Hotel
Day 7 Visit Bukhara on foot
A guided walking tour is arranged for you to explore Old Bukhara today. It is a historic and cultural city renowned as the living fossil of Silk Road. First, we will go sightseeing Lyabi Hauz Ensemble, the oldest existing mosque in Central Asia Magoki-Attori Mosque and Chor-Minor Madrasah. Then go to explore the local market Trade Dome to see various handiworks. Next, the guide will lead you to two theological schools, madrasahs of Ulugbek and Abdulazizkhan. Afterwards, we will go to Poi Kalon Square to see the highest building in Bukhara Kalyan Minaret, Kal yan Mosque and Miri-Arab Madrasah. Followed by is Ark Fortress which has been destroyed and rebuilt for several times. Finally, we are going to appreciate the delicate wooden ceilings and pillars in Bolo Khauz Mosque, and tour Samanid Mausoleum and Chashma Ayub Mausoleum.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 8 Drive to Samarkand, visit Gijduvan on the way
Samarkand is 280 kilometers (174 miles) away and will be reached by car in 4 hours. When passing Gijduvan midway, we will learn about the production of pottery in Gijduvan pottery workshop. After reaching Samarkand, check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Grand Samarkand Superior
Day 9 A full day trip in Samarkand, Take a high speed-train to Tashkent
The guide and the driver will lead you to explore Registan Square and the local market Siyob Bazaar. The next stop is Bibi Khanym Mosque. According to the record, the dome of the mosque is as beautiful as the heaven palace. The vault at the entrance symbolizes the Milky Way. After visiting Ulugbek Observatory, we will travel to Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis. Different from other buildings in the city, the mausoleum complex are almost not renovated and keep the original outlook all the time. The final stop of the day is Gur-Emir Mausoleum. In the end, the driver will escort you to the high speed train to Tashkent. After arriving there in 2 hours and 10 minutes, you will be transferred to the hotel by the local driver.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Wyndham Tashkent
Day 10 Sightseeing in Tashkent city
Today, the guide and the driver will lead you to Islamic religious center Khast-Imom Complex to visit Madrasah of Barak-Khan, Tilla Sheikh Mosque, Mausoleum of the Saint Abu Bakr Kaffal Shashi and the Islamic Institute of Imam al-Bukhari. Then head to the Chorsu Bazaar where sells various vegetables, fruits, meat and handiworks. Afterwards, we will take the metro to city center to appreciate the metro stations with unique ethnic characteristics and visit Independence Square and Amir Timur Park. Finally, we are going to learn about the practical art of Uzbekistan in State Museum of Applied Art.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 11 Take a train to Kokand to have a visit, Drive to Fergana
The driver will transfer you to the 4-hour train to Kokand. After arrival, the local driver will pick you up. Then the guide will show you around the world heritage site - Khudoyar-Khan Palace. The next stop is Norbut-Biy Madrassah, the largest theological school there, and Modari Khan Mausoleum, the mausoleum of the royal females. Then we will drive 40 kilometers (25 miles), about 40 minutes to Rishtan to watch the beautiful ceramics and its production process. In the end, the driver will escort you to the hotel in Fergana.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Asia Fergana
Day 12 Fergana half-day trip, Drive to Andijan to pay a visit
After exploring Ahmad Al-Fargoni monumental complex, we will move forward to Margilan. Here, the guide will accompany you to visit Said Ahmad-khoja Madrasah where you can see the craftsmen making silk carpet. Also, we will visit a local silk factory to know the production of silk. Afterwards, the driver will transfer you to Andijan 75 kilometers (47 miles) or 70 minutes away. There, the local guide will show you around Bobur Literary museum, Art and Literature Museum and Memorial park complex on the Bog-I Shamol there. After, the driver will send you to the local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Toshkent Hotel
Day 13 Drive to Osh; Fly 45m to Bishkek
After breakfast, drive to Uzebk border. After you go through customs, the guide and the driver in Osh city will greet you and accompany you to visit Museum Sulaiman-Too in the morning and the bazaar in the afternoon. Afterwards, the guide will accompany you to fly to Bishkek. After landing, have a dinner first and then check in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Orion Hotel Bishkek
Day 14 Hiking in Ala Archa National Park, Drive 3h to Chon Kemin
In the morning, the guide will lead you to Ala Archa National Park. Here, a hiking tour will be arranged for you to breathe the fresh air, watch the snow mountains and have a picnic lunch. Then, go to Chon Kemin by car to explore the charming mountain scenery. After arrival, you can wander around, go hiking or ride a horse at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Kok Archa Guesthouse
Day 15 Drive 3h to Cholpon Ata
Cholpon Ata is situated on the north shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, the largest plateau lake in Asia. On arrival, the guide will accompany you to tour the well-known Cholpon Ata petroglyphs. Before arriving there, we will stop over at the New Nomad Museum to know about the nomadic history and development of the Kirghiz. The rest time will be your free time. You can enjoy a sunbath on the beach or have a boat ride on the lake at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Light House Hotel
Day 16 Tour Burana Tower, Bishkek city tour
After driving 4 hours, we will reach Burana Tower, a minaret built in 9th century. Surrounding it are many short stone sculptures and a small museum where collects the precious historical relics unearthed here. Then we will return to Bishkek. The guide will lead you to go sightseeing the Old Square, Oak Park, Ala-Too Square and Victory Square. When passing the White House and Kyrgyz National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Abdylas Maldybayev, we will also have a photo stop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Orion Hotel Bishkek
Day 17 Bishkek airport see-off
Today is the last day of our Uzbekistan Turkmenistan Kyrgyzstan tour. According to your flight, you will be escorted to the airport by the guide and the driver. Wish you a smooth journey home!

Meals: Breakfast
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