Cities: Tashkent-Khiva -Bukhara-Samarkand-Shahrisabz, Ferghana, Osh’, Toktogul, Bishkek, Cholpon Ata (Issyk-Kul)
Duration: 14 days
Dates: Individual tour, any dates.
Visa: We provide full visa support for free of charge, a copy of your passport and 7 days is all we need. In some cases upon arrival visa is possible.
Hotels: 4 star hotels in Capitals and“boutique” hotels in other cities
Prices in USD per person: 1p = 3780, 2p = 2980, 4p = 2250, 6p = 1980, 8p = 1850, single/supplement = 290
Guaranteed departure dates: May, August, September, October
Best season: April, May, June August, September, early October
Transportation: Sedan/Minivan/Bus, Airplane, Train (optional)
Value of the tour: Two famous ‘Stans in 14 days will include most of the highlights that are known all over the world. There are some tours that are shorter with these 2 stans, but those tours will not give you as much value as this particular one that will make you relax and enjoy the masterpieces of architecture in Uzbekistan and gorgeous nature in Kirgizstan including the famous Issyk –Kul lake, the east side of the country –O’sh, Toktogul and much more. Carefully selected the highest quality hotels and guest houses that represent the best of what the local culture has to offer, with a great location and best local atmosphere you can experience. High qualified local guides in every city always ready to take you off the beaten paths at no additional cost and share with stories you can find nowhere else. Professional drivers with over 20 years of experience in tourism business, always willing to go extra mile for you, that will make the difference when you need a help with any arrangements or providing flexibility if your plans change. Best price for both countries and we guarantee you will not find a trip of the same quality, level and amount of included services. 24/7 support during your trip, including 24 hour emergency numbers in all locations. We work hard to make sure the quality and values of this tour is unsurpassed.
Brief description: Even these 2 countries are neighbors and have similar culture you will quickly notice a lot differences in their lifestyle and people. First of all Kyrgyzs belong to the nomadic people who had been traveling through their history and Uzbeks belonged to a settled population. Both nations speak their own language belonged to the Turkic family of languages and have differences in physical appearance. Both countries have a lot to offer for the visitors and of course the key region of all 5 stans is Uzbekistan. The reasons for that is Uzbekistan is very known for its role in Silk Road History with world famous cities like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva etc, these are the places where you will mostly find the preserved historical sites and at the same way Kirgizstan will make you fall in love with its most beautiful nature, nomadic life experience and mountains that form the 95% of the country. This program is a great chance to get acquainted with most of the highlights of these neighbors, you start out in Tashkent by traveling to the ancient Silk Road cites including Fergana Valley where you will cross the border to Kirgizstan through a tale city O’sh. You will have one of the most beautiful drives on this tour through mountains passes to capital Bishkek, during the drive you will be amazed by the beauty of nature and be witness of four year seasons in one day. Also you will have a chance to visit famous Issyk-Kul lake the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. The road to this lake will be through Ala Archa and Semenovka Gorges which will be a pleasant time especially for those who are in love with Nature.
As soon as you arrive at the Tashkent International Airport, our outstanding support staff will meet you and whose duty is to help you with all border formalities, assistance in collecting your baggage, and filling out the proper declaration forms. They are very helpful, especially if you are traveling with your family or with a big group since airports and formalities can be a challenge.
Once you have cleared customs, you will be met by a representative of our company who will welcome you to Uzbekistan and escort you to your hotel. Of course, they are there to assist you with your hotel accommodations and answer any questions you have.
After you have rested from your long journey, we will start your tour in the capital of Uzbekistan – the biggest city in Central Asia. While many parts of the old city were destroyed by a terrible earthquake in 1966, it was rebuilt in a very short period through the help of people throughout the former Soviet Union.
However, some parts of the old city survived the earthquake and were able to flourish as before. This part of the city is called Chorsu (i.e. Old City) and will include visiting such sites of historic importance as the Barak Khan Madrasa with its gorgeous turquoise domes and intricate tile work; Jami Mosque (Friday Mosque); the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum ― the poet and scholar; the library of the Institute Al Bukhari, which houses a sacred Koran dating from the seventh century, the only 4th preserved Koran of Osman.
Afterwards, you will enjoy your time in the newer part of the city with its wide boulevards, green, spacious parks; Independence Square, Alisher Navoi Theater, Amir Temur Square, and the Monument of Courage, which is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in 1966.
After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Khiva. Total flight time is about 1.5 hours.
Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel, which is located in the center of the ancient city.
After a short rest, you can start your Icahn Kala (internal city wall) tour with our local guide. Your visit to oldest part of the city will include: Kunya-Ark Fortress and the Kurinish Khana (17 c.); Mohammed-Amin-Khan Madrassah (19 c.), Islam Khodja Minaret; Palvan-Kari complex; Abd Al Bobo complex (18 c.); Rafanek Madrassah; Mohammed Rakim Khan (19 c.); Amir-Tur Madrassah; Sho-I-Kalandar Bobo Mausoleum.
Lunch time - we recommend having your lunch at the national house. Get acquainted with an Uzbek family, sample delicious Uzbek dishes, and experience their world-famous hospitality!
Continuing city tour:
Mazari Sharif Madrassah; Kheivak Well (10 c.); Uch Avlioli (Three Saints) Mausoleum; Jami Mosque (18 c.); Kutluq-Murad Inaq Madrassah (19 c.); Pakhlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum.
Free time at your leisure.
Today, we’ll drive from Khiva across the Kyzyl Kum desert to the great city of Bukhara. Kyzyl Kum (Red Sand) is the eleventh largest desert in the world. Our drive will follow along the banks of the Amu Darya River (Oxus). There will be an excellent opportunity to photograph this historic river, the largest in Central Asia (Oxus), and camels along the road. Your picnic/lunch will be at an oasis in the middle of Karakum desert. (The lunch boxes are prepared free of charge by Roxana Tour). Arrival in Bukhara. Accommodation at Hotel.
Free time at leisure
Recommended place for dinner: Lyab-i-Hauz – a cozy pond in the center of the ancient part of the city where people come together to have a drink and dinner. Relax as you watch Uzbek life take place before your eyes.
Your personal guide will come to pick you up at the hotel and you can start exploring the fabulous caravan city of Bukhara. UNESCO, in naming Bukhara a World Heritage site, states: “It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact.” You will have an active day by visiting: Lyab-i-Hauz – a cozy pond where local people get together for a cup of tea; Madrassahs – to learn about ancient Islamic schools: Nadir Divanbegi – Madrassah (17 c.); Magoki Attari (16 c.), Ulug Beg (15 c.), Abdul Aziz (17 c.).
Registan Ensemble, Ark Fortress (16 c.) and Bolo-Hauz complex (18 c.). There is plenty to see after lunch: Visit to Ismael Samani Mausoleum (9-10 c.) – the vault of the Bukhara rulers' dynasty; Chor-Minor, Chashma-Ayub Mausoleums (14 c.); Bukhara local bazaar.
Visit to Old Bukhara: Poli-Kalon ensemble including Minaret (12 c.); Mosque (15 c.); functioning Madrassah Miri-Arab (16 c.); Amir Alim-Khan Madrassah (14 c.); Taqi (trading domes); Kukeldash Madrassah (16 c.); short drive outside of the city to visit theSitorai Makhi Khosa, popularly known as the last Emir’s Summer Palace.
In the evening you can enjoy a national concert of Central Asian music, dancing, and a demonstration of our national clothes.
After the show you will visit a local family to experience Uzbek lifestyle and hospitality; and participate in a master class of making plov – our national dish from rice. (Should be re-confirmed by your local guide).
Enjoy your morning at leisure in Bukhara. This is an excellent opportunity to shop, photograph, or just take a relaxing stroll among the ancient monuments and the old narrow streets.
After lunch, we will drive to our next destination, the beautiful city of Samarkand. On the road, we will have several stops: Gijduvan, a village famous for traditional pottery crafts. You will see a demonstration of the making of traditional bowls, dishes, handicrafts, and handmade textiles (suzanes). This is the perfect place to find souvenirs. Rabat Mallik Caravan Sarai, a motel for traders along the Silk Road (10 c.).
*Another option is to drive to Samarkand through the small town of Shahrisabz. We always leave this decision to be made by the traveler, as it is a 3-hour road trip. Shahrisabz is the birth place of Tamerlane, and possesses 3 popular attractions: Ak – Saray; the ruins of Timur’s Palace; and Kuk Gumbaz – the Friday mosque and Mausoleum of Jahangir, the son of Amir Temur.
Arriving late Samarkand, you will be driven directly to your hotel for rest and relaxation.
We head out to explore this remarkable city, one of the most romantic in the world. This was the center of Tamerlane’s empire, immortalized in the words of Edgar Allen Poe: “Look ‘round thee now on Samarkand! Is not she queen of Earth?” Tamerlane (Timur, 1336-1405) was a descendent of Genghis Khan, but Turkic-speaking and steeped in Persian and Islamic culture. He is credited with dismantling the Mongolian Empire and establishing the great Mughal Empire that eventually stretched all the way to India, where it would last for centuries.Visiting: Guri Emir – Legendary mausoleum where Amir Temur and all his family buried.
Registan Square– World famous complex of 3 madrasahs and the golden domed mosque.
Mosque Bibi Khanum – The biggest mosque ever built in Central Asia as gift to Tamerlane from his wife.
Siyab local bazaar – unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of Samarkand’s people; Shahi - Zinda necropolises, a holy place and cemetery with graves of Temured’s dynasty, and the grave of the cousin of the Prophet Mohammed.
Observatory of Ulugbek – incredible, ancient construction from the 15th century for studying astronomy.
If you are interested in visiting the winery and carpet factory, please do not hesitate to ask your guide/driver.
Your dinner can be organized at Nigina’s family house, a national treasure recognized by UNESCO. (Re-confirm with your guide or driver).
You are free this morning to stroll the streets of Samarkand. Your driver is always at your disposal and can take you anywhere you wish during your spare time. We recommend going to the Registan Square or a local bazaar.
Transfer to Tashkent
Have your cameras handy! While on road, enjoy a small picnic to view the mountain pass near the legendary gate of Tamerlane’s ancient state. Other stops include the second largest river in Central Asia, the Sirdarya, a local fish market, and road side bazaars where the best melons in the region are sold. Depending on the season, there will be another stop at one of the many cotton fields.
Arrival in Tashkent. Accommodation at hotel.
After breakfast, we will begin our journey to the Ferghana Valley. The 4-5 hour road-trip will take us through the majestic Kamchik mountain pass (elev. 2,267 m) that separates Tashkent from the Ferghana Valley. On the road we make several stops, first in city of Kokand, which was once the most powerful khanate in Central Asia. While we’re there, we’ll visit the ancient Palace of Hudoyor Khan, next stop will be Rishtan to visit the house of the famous ceramic master, Mr. Rustam. He is always ready to demonstrate to his guests how he creates the best ceramic dishes and handicrafts in the world. We will continue to the city Margilan, which is famous for its silk knitting factories and handicrafts. You can witness the silk production process that has been there for centuries. The markets in Margilan present a great opportunity to purchase textiles and other handicraft souvenirs. More importantly, as you are shopping you will get the chance to experience the friendliness and hospitality of Uzbeks as they go about their everyday business. Arriving and accommodation at the hotel.
Today we are entering to our next stan by driving to the border (100 km). Osh is the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan and is located in the Ferghana Valley in the south of the country and often referred to as the "capital of the south". The city is at least 3,000 years old, and has served as the administrative center of the Osh Province since 1939. The city has an ethnically mixed population of about 330,000 comprising Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Russians, Tajiks, and other smaller ethnic groups. As soon as we arrive we will check into our guesthouse and go for lunch. This afternoon we have a city tour staring with a visit on foot to the Asian Bazaar. We continue by coach on to Suleiman Too (Suleiman’s Mountain or Soloman’s Mountain) which is situated in the city centre and considered to be a pilgrimage place for local Muslims as legend has it that Soloman (Suleiman in the Koran) is buried at the foot of it. Stops at other interesting sites will be taken before we continue onto a local restaurant for dinner.
Toktogul is a quiet attractive medium sized provincial town renowned for its picturesque reservoir to the south.
In the morning we will drive to Toktogul Reservoir. The drive takes about six hours and we will drive along a mountain road offering great views of the wonderful snowcapped mountains. We will make many photo stops. We will really enjoy this part of our journey! On the way we will visit Djalal Abad town and its famous Uzgen Tower. This tower was built in 11th century by Karakhanids. There are also here mausoleums that were used as burial places for the leaders! Tonight we will accommodate in a guest house.
Today we will drive from Tokotgul to the capital Bishkek. The road will go through huge mountains and we will have many photo stops on the way. This road is one of the most popular among travelers in Kyrgyzstan because it connects south and north of Kyrgyzstan and offers amazing mountain scenery. In the evening we arrive in Bishkek and go straight to our hotel to check-in and freshen up for dinner.
After breakfast at 8 a.m we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. In the Soviet Times only VIP people had permission to walk here! The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan Mountain Range, just 45 km from Bishkek. We have the opportunity for a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge then afterwards we continue to Issyk- kul Lake after lunch. Three hour drive to the Issyk-Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Measuring 182 km long by 58 km wide, the lake appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. In the summer the water temperature reaches 25-28 degrees centigrade (warmer than the air) and you can swim in the lake enclosed on all sides by the snowy peaks of the Tien Shan Mountains. Extremely deep and nicely warm over the centuries the lake has been something of an oasis in this inhospitable mountain environment. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk-Kul Lake and the surrounding environments are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.
On the way, 40 km from the resort city of Cholpon-Ata, on the north part of the village Semenovka we visit one of the most beautiful places in Issyk-Kul region - Semenovskoye gorge. The length of the valley - about 30 km. At the bottom of the gorge runs rough mountain river Ak-Suu with pure glacial water, and on the slopes of the majestic Tien Shan. In the spring and summer clean mountain air is filled with aromas of alpine herbs. In summer, yurts are set by nomads where anyone can taste the dishes of the Kyrgyz national cuisine: kumis, beshbarmak etc.
Upon arrival to Karakol check in hotel.
After breakfast another 3 hours back to Bishkek. Upon arrival we will have some rest to start our sightseeing day of the capital. Originally a caravan rest stop on one of the branches of the Silk Road through the Tian Shan range, the location was fortified in 1825 by the Uzbekkhan of Kokhand with a mud fort. In 1862, the fort was conquered and razed when Tsarist Russia annexed the area. The Russians rebuilt the town over the destroyed fort. The site became a Russian garrison and was redeveloped and named "Pishpek" from 1877 onward by the Russian government, which encouraged the settlement of Russian peasants by giving them fertile black soil farms to develop. In 1926, the city became the capital of the newly established Kirghiz ASSR and was renamed "Frunze" after Mikhail Frunze,Lenin's close associate who was born in Bishkek and played key roles during the 1905 and 1917 revolutions and during The city was renamed Bishkek on 5 February 1991 and Kyrgyzstan achieved independence later that year during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Today, Bishkek is a modern city, with many restaurants and cafes
Transfer to the airport to begin your journey home. If you would prefer to extend your stay, we can arrange an additional itinerary based upon your interests.
Services included in main tour price:
- Double / Single accommodation with breakfast
- Photo-and video charges
- English speaking guide in each city
- Transport service all over tour by luxury air conditioned car
- Portages charge at airports and hotels Tips at the airports and hotels
- Picnic and coffee stops
- Unlimited supply of mineral water
- Unlimited entrance fees to all sightseeing
- Folklore shows in Bukhara city
- Visa support documents
- Farewell dinner with all beverages (Only for groups starting from 6 people)
Services excluded in main tour price:
- Airfare due to the program (international and local)
- All optional deviations from the main itinerary
- Lunches/Dinners KYRGIZSTAN
- Photo-and video charges
- All personal expenses (extra luggage fee, room service, Medical expenses/insurance, etc.)
We work hard to prepare an itinerary that highlights the most interesting and fascinating sites in all places. However, if you are interested to visit a certain place or places which you find on any of our other tours, let us know and we will make sure you visit it at no extra charge.
Moreover, you can also choose one of our free-of-charge activities:
1) Tashkent: Tickets to see performances at the Alisher Navoi Theatre,
Visiting Christian churches,
Cup of tea at Tashkent TV tower restaurant
Subway – you will be amazed by the architecture and artwork in the stations
Tashkent zoo and botanical garden.
Any of the numerous museums in Kirgizstan and Uzbeklistan
2) Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Ferghana: Decussating of local wines of local factories, all museums, and theatres. Taking part in national holidays, parties, customs, and traditions. Visiting Uzbek families, schools, medical institutions, bazaars, archives of ancient books, and libraries.
3) Lunches / Dinners. We usually do not include meals on our tours (in Uzbekistan part) as you might want to have flexibility on your evenings. Just tell your driver the time and your preferences and he will find you a great place. You can have a really good meal between $5 - $10 (USD).