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Silk Road tour in Kyrgyzstan

5 days

≈ $182 per day

$911

COUNTRY

Kyrgyzstan

STARTS / ENDS IN

Bishkek-Song Kol / Bishkek

DESTINATIONS

8 (Bishkek-Song Kol, Tash-Rabat, Kazarman, Saimaluu Tash, Arslanbob, Osh-Uzgen, Osh, Bishkek)

TOUR TYPE

Culture & History

TOUR GROUP

Fixed date

START DATE

04 June 2019

END DATE

08 June 2019

SEATS LEFT

4

AGE RANGE

15 to 81 year olds

Other Services

  • Single occupancy in 3*

    $254
  • Single occupancy in 4*

    $198

Guide's Language

  • English

Available Months

  • January
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Bishkek-Song Kol

    Our guide will meet you at the airport or pick you up from the hotel. You will start you tour directly from it.
    Your first stop will be the Burana Tower - the ancient silk road minaret, which is a heritage of UNESCO and Kyrgyzstan nowadays. You will have the chance to climb the 25 meters Tower, to see the surrounding area from the Top. Silk Road Caravans used to stop here to rest as the center of the Balasagun city, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century.
    The whole complex consist of the mausoleums, castle foundation and grave markers (balbals, located around and were created by the ancient Turkic tribes). The small museum as part of the complex contains historical information and artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region. Visiting this historical site will help you to move into the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artifacts.
    Lunch you will have in the cafe on the road.
    After you will continue the trip through the Boom Gorge, which is a kind of a thread that connects three regions - Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. On the way you can enjoy watching beautiful views of high mountains - somewhere steep and rocky, as well as the rapid flow of the Chu River.
    Lunch in the cafe on the road. You will stop also in Kochkor village to visit openbazaar there, as we recommend you to buy whatever you will need during few days: snacks, drinks and etc.
    You will also have a few photo-stops: at Reservoir Orto-Tokoy and Mountain springs for water testing. If you are lucky on the way you will meet the wild cows - yaks.
    The destination of the first day will be the mountain lake Song-Kol. The road to the final destination will take about 6-7 hours with all stops from the start point. The lake lies on the Tian Shan mountains plain surrounded by meadows (jailoo). It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan after Issyk-Kul lake. Since the ancient times till nowadays the area around the lake services for the local people as summer pasture (jailoo), where shepherds spend time during the summer. During the winter time the lake is difficult to access and there is almost nobody in the area. Pristine water, fresh air, nomadic lifestyle experience, amazing views, disconnection from the civilisation, opportunity to communicate with local people and horse riding is just amazing experiences worth of taking the tour to Song-Kul. You will be also able to try the life-giving drink from mare's milk "Kymyz" made by the local people. Because of the fantastically untouched nature, the purest air, aromatic and fragrant herbs, crystal clear glacial waters, Kymyz turns out to be the best, with a whole bouquet of aromas. Sometimes local people just come here for Kymyz treatment, as it is a good way of cleansing. The temperature in the nights can go minus even during the summer, so we recommend you to have work clothes even though you will be heated.

    You will arrive there in the evening. You will stay in the Yurt-Camp for overnight to try the nomadic style and Kyrgyz culture. Before Dinner, you will have some time to enjoy walking towards or along the shore of the lake, as well as watching a sunset.


  • Day 2

    Tash-Rabat

    After the breakfast you will have a horse riding tour along the shore of Song-Kol lake for about 1 hour. Local people live and graze their livestock on the meadows (jailoo) around the lake. You will taste the wilderness and freedom of nomadic life there.
    Lunch at Yurt camp and transfer to one more point of the Silk Road - caravanserai Tash Rabat.
    The road will take about 4,5 hours. You will arrive late in the evening.
    Have dinner and overnight stay at Yurt camp.

  • Day 3

    Kazarman

    After the breakfast you will have excursion at Tash-Rabat. Tash-Rabat was constructed in the 9th – 11th centuries and situated at an altitude of about 3500 m above sea level. First, it was a monastery then 4 centuries later during the epoch of active trade on the Silk Road Tash-Rabat lost its cult value and became the caravanserai for numerous foreign merchants on the Silk Road. Caravanserai is a roadside house where travelers (caravaners) could rest. From there caravans went to Kashgar and Fergana valley.

    After the lunch you will continue your trip to another Silk Road sights in Osh Region. The way from Tash Rabat to Osh takes about 10 hours, so you will stop at one more picturesque place - Kazarman.
    Have dinner and overnight at the Guest house/ Yurt Camp.

  • Day 4

    Saimaluu Tash

    After early breakfast and check out you will drive to Jalal-Abad city. The way from Kazarman to Jalal-Abad takes about 3-4 hours.
    You can visit one of Kyrgyzstan's most intriguing and inaccessible sights - Saimaluu-Tash. Saimaluu-Tash rock paintings gallery listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and now under its protection. Saimaluu-Tash is a small plateau hidden among the peaks of the Fergana Range at 3,000 meters above sea level. Black rocks with petroglyphs date back to the Bronze and early Iron Ages. The whole route will take about 3,5 - 4 hours, 3 hours of it two-way trekking.
    Arrival to Jalal-Abad city and check-in at the hotel. You will have free time for a rest after the long trip. Have dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Day 5

    Arslanbob

    After the breakfast departure from the hotel to Arslanbob. The road takes about 1,5-2 hours. Check-in in the guest house on arrival.
    Excursion to the forest. Arslanbob is a large walnut forest located in the mountains of the Ferghana and Chatkal ranges, in the Jalal-Abad region, at an altitude of 1700 meters. This is the largest walnut forest in the world and one of the most amazing places in Kyrgyzstan. Near to Arslanbob there is a village, you can see village life in Kyrgyzstan. A short walk from the village center is a small waterfall (23 meters). Opposite the waterfall there is a small cave, known as the Cave of the Forty Angels, where a holy woman lived, to which people came with various requests. Further there is another waterfall and the Holy Lake, where hiking and horse-riding tours are organized additionally. Lunch in the village or can take lunchbox. Arslanbob is also famous for meteoritic lakes appeared there long time ago.
    Return to the CBT guest house, dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 6

    Osh-Uzgen

    After the breakfast, check-out. You will be driven to Osh city, passing by Uzgen city.
    Uzgen is a small city in southern Kyrgyzstan, located 34 miles from Osh. Uzgen is one of the oldest cities in Kyrgyzstan, as it was founded in the first or second century BCE as a trading post on the Silk Road. Uzgen’s location connecting the Fergana Valley with Kashgar made it an important place for traders and rulers. From the 9th to the 13th centuries, Uzgen was a capital of the Karakhanid Empire.
    You will visit mausoleum, several ruins of a fortress, graves, landmarks and the tower that reaches 44 m high. These monuments have been beautifully restored, and now they are some of the most striking archaeological monuments in Kyrgyzstan.
    After excursion and lunch in Uzgen city you will be transferred to Osh city.
    Check-in in the hotel, rest and free time. Dinner on your own. Overnight stay in the hotel.

  • Day 7

    Osh

    In the morning after breakfast, you will visit famous waterfall Abshir-Ata, and do hiking towards fall. Abshir-Ata is primarily known for its 15-meter waterfall, which is remarkable because it flows from a small karst cave directly in the rock. This place is located 70 kilometers from the city of Osh. Since ancient times, this waterfall was considered a sacred place, because of its unusual nature - on the territory of Kyrgyzstan there are practically no waterfalls flowing directly from the rocks.
    After lunch you will visit “Great Silk Road” museum preserver. The reserve includes a significant part of the unique historical monument of the Middle Ages.
    One of the part of it is Muslim holy mountain Sulaiman-Too, which since ancient times served as a natural defense against enemies and was a place of worship for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.
    The reserve includes the mausoleum of Asaf ibn-Burkhia, built at the foot of the mountain in the XVII-XVIII centuries on the ruins of an older religious building of the XI century.
    Also you will visit Takhti-Sulaiman mosque on the top of the mountain and the Jami Rawat Abdullakhan Mosque (built in the 10th-11th centuries).
    Museum reserve protected by local government, but the аncient exhibits are difficult to reclaim and preserve.
    Then you will visit Kurmanjan Datka Museum. It is a three-story yurt filled with textiles and paintings.
    Next place for excursion is a bazaar. The bazaar, which stretches along the banks of the Ak-Bura River, is one of the oldest and most picturesque in Central Asia. The bazaar is a great place to just explore and find food and handicrafts for gifts and souvenirs.
    In the late evening you will be transferred to airport for the flight Osh-Bishkek.

  • Day 8

    Bishkek

    Departure back home early in the morning

What's included

  • Hotel

    Accommodation with breakfast in Song Kol, Tash Rabat, Kazarman, Jalal-Abad, Osh 3* Bishkek Hotel 3*

  • Meals(B,L,D)

    5 Lunches 5 Dinners

  • Transport

  • Transfer

  • Guide

  • Excursions

    Entrance tickets to Burana, Tash Rabat, mausoleums, Sulaiman-Too

  • Water

  • Medical Insurance

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