Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan Tour - 17 Days

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan Tour: An Expedition through History, Culture, and Nature

The peoples of Central Asia inscribe their own rich and unique history, equally as captivating as ancient superpowers like India, Iran, Egypt, and Rome. Historically, the narrative of Central Asia extends back more than 3,000 years, with archaeological excavations revealing historical monuments that are over 2,000 years old. In this captivating region, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are globally renowned for their historical structures spanning over 2,000 years, while Kyrgyzstan stands out as a sought-after destination for nature enthusiasts and mountain aficionados.

During your journey you will witness the unique nature and majestic mountains of this region. Your path will be lined with hundreds of historical monuments along the Great Silk Road and UNESCO-listed cities. Explore the traditions, culture, religion, and history of the fascinating peoples of Central Asia while savoring the diverse cuisine of the region.

Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan boast an impressive history illustrated by their more than 2,000-year-old architectural marvels. These countries open a window into the past, allowing you to partake in the splendor of bygone civilizations. The Silk Road, once a vibrant trade route, has left its traces in the form of magnificent mosques, mausoleums, and palaces that continue to be admired today.

Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, beckons with breathtaking natural beauty. The majestic mountains and expansive valleys provide a stunning backdrop for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Here, you can experience the untouched beauty of nature in all its glory, breathing in the fresh mountain air while being enchanted by the majestic landscape.

A highlight of your journey will undoubtedly be the overnight stay in a Kyrgyz nomad yurt, offering a unique insight into the traditional way of life of these peoples. The hospitality and warmth will make your stay in this fascinating region truly unforgettable.

Another captivating destination on your journey is the “Door to Hell” – Darvaza in Turkmenistan. This natural phenomenon, a burning crater, is a marvel of nature and provides a surreal setting for an unforgettable night in a tent. Let yourself be enchanted by this unique experience and immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of this mysterious region.

This journey is an opportunity to explore the diversity of this region, from the historic cities to the unspoilt natural paradises. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture, majestic nature and turbulent history of Central Asia. Welcome to an unforgettable journey through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan!

Day 1: Day of Arrival

Day 2: Bishkek → Chok-Tal → Issyuk-Kul Lake

Day 3: The Village Kochkor and at Song-Kul Lake

Day 4: Song-Kul Lake → Bishkek → Osh

Day 5: Osh – Throne of Solomon

Day 6: Margilan – Home of silk production!

Day 7: Tashkent – where Modern and Old meet

Day 8: Samarkand – on the Trail of Temur’s Treasure

Day 9: Samarkand – on the Trail of Temur’s Treasure

Day 10: Bukhara – Pearl of the Orient

Day 11: Bukhara – Pearl of the Orient

Day 12: Khiva – Museum under open air

Day 13: Oasis city of Kunya Urgench!

Day 14: Ashgabat – the treasure in the desert!

Day 15: Kingdom of Margiana!

Day 16: Ashgabat – the treasure in the desert!

Day 17: Early Morning Transfer to the Airport and Departure

Day 1
Day of Arrival (-/-/-)

Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. We visit Victory Square, Dobovy Park, the central square Ala-Too, historical Museum, the National Philharmonic Hall, bazaar, where you can get to know the culture and people in Kyrgyzstan. Lunch in a local Restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to Chok-Tal. On the way to the Chok-Tal we visit the Burana Tower (11th c.) and an open air Museum of Balbans (stone warriors). Check-in to the hotel in Chok-Tal. Dinner at local Restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2
Bishkek → Chok-Tal → Issyuk-Kul Lake (B/-/D)

After breakfast at hotel free Time at Issyuk-Kul Lake. Lunch at the local restaurant and afternoon we drive to Kochkor. We cook together with the Family and eat with the family. Overnight at the family.

Day 3
The Village Kochkor and at Song-Kul Lake (B/-/D)

After breakfast we will drive on to Kochkor (110 km). We will take a walk in the village and visit a family wool weaving mill. In the afternoon we drive over the 3448 m high pass to the Song Kul lake (105 km). Our hike at Song Kul Lake (2 hours). Dinner and overnight stay in the yurt (it is about getting to know the nomadic life).

Day 4
Song-Kul Lake → Bishkek → Osh (B/L/D)

After breakfast in the Yurt we drive to Bishkek (305 km). On the way to Bishkek we will have lunch. From Bishkek you fly to Osh. In Osh check in at the hotel, dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in 3-star hotel.

Day 5
Osh - Throne of Solomon (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel and afterwards sightseeing in Osh. We visit the oriental bazaar in Osh and the Suleiman-Too (Mount of Solomon). The Suleiman-Too is considered a holy mountain in Kyrgyzstan and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In some caves and on rock walls on the mountain, especially on the eastern slope, more than 100 Petroglyphs with illustrations of humans, animals, dragons, sun and moon as well as geometrical shapes were found, which date back to the time of the first settlement in the middle Bronze Age. Solomon, known to Christians in the Bible as the King of Israel, is considered a prophet in the Koran and is said to have been buried at the foot of the mountain. Lunch at a local restaurant in Osh. In the afternoon we drive to the border crossing Osh – Andijan (Andijon). After the border formalities we change the means of transport and we do city tour in Andijan. We continue our journey to Fergana, sightseeing and we drive to Margilan. On arrival check into the hotel. Dinner in a local tearoom. Overnight stay in a 2-star hotel.

Day 6
Margilan - Home of silk production (B/L/D)

After breakfast we visit Margilan, one of the oldest and industrial city of Uzbekistan. Margilan has always played an important role in the history of the Silk Road. In Margilan we visit historical-traditional Silk Factory named “Yodgorlik”, which continues centuries-old tradition. We will also visit the bazaar in Margilan. For lunch we will have lunch in a traditional tearoom in Margilan. Afterwards we drive to Rishtan. In Rishtan almost 90% of the ceramics offered in Uzbekistan are produced and the ceramics production in Rishtan has been passed on from father to son for about 800 years. We visit a ceramic craftsmen family in Rishtan. We will learn how to produce ceramics in the traditional way. We drive on to Kokand>/strong>. The city of Kokand, with its almost 200 000 inhabitants, is the junction for the Silk Road. Kokand was once the capital of the Khanate of the same name and experienced its heyday in the 19th century. Lunch at the local restaurant. In Kokand we visit the palace of Hudayar Khan, built between 1833 and 1873, with its about seventy meters wide and infinitely colorful facades. The facade of the palace is decorated with numerous colours and ornaments. The decoration is a testimony to the traditional folk art of this region, the ceramic distillery. Furthermore, we will visit the Juma Mosque built from 1809 to 1812 and the Medresse Amin-Beg. Also worth seeing are the necropolis Dakhma-i-Shokhon, the Modari-Mausoleum and the Hamza-Museum. In the afternoon we go by train back to Tashkent. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 7
Tashkent - where Modern and Old meet (B/-/D)

After breakfast city tour in Tashkent. Tashkent , the capital of the Republic of Uzbekistan, lies in the northeast of Uzbekistan and is with over two million people the largest metropolis in Central Asia . While visiting historical sights of the Capital, you can also enjoy the modern side of the city. The city offers modern Hotels, Restaurants, Theatres, Cinemas, Operas, Disco, Oriental Bazaars, of course also a thousand years old History to look back on. During the city tour we will visit Barak Khan Medrasah (building ensemble from the 15-17 c.), the Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (built in the 16 c. and rebuilt in the 19 c.), the mosque Khojah Akhror (1404-1490, Khojah Akhror was a Sheikh of the Naqshbandi Order). Afterwards we will visit the Medrese Kukaldosh (16th century), the traditional Chorsu-Bazaar . Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 8
Samarkand - on the Trail of Temur's Treasure (B/-/D)

After breakfast we drive by Train “Afrosiyob” to Samarkand and check into the hotel. Samarkand (540 000 inhabitants, 2019) has also been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The history of the city goes back over 2500 years. Visitors are fascinated by the walls of the legendary Afrasiyab, the capital of the ancient empire Sogd (9th century B.C.), which can still be found in the north of Samarkand today. Not for nothing Samarkand is called a jewel of the earth. Our journey in Samarkand begins at the famous Registan (sand place), whose construction was already started during the Timurid period and completed in the following three hundred years. Sightseeing of three Medressen of the Registan – the Ulugbek-Medresse (built 1417-1420), the Sher-Dor-Medresse (1619 – 1636) and the Tillo-Kori-Medresse (1646 – 1660). For lunch you will be offered traditional Uzbek dish Pilav. Depending on your wishes you can also order something else (our recommendation: try at least once the traditional dish Pilav in Samarkand, it is only prepared for lunch). In the afternoon we visit the legendary Timurid mausoleum Guri Amir (XIV-XV century). Dinner with an Uzbek family. Overnight stay in 3-star hotel.

Day 9
Samarkand - on the Trail of Temur's Treasure (B/-/D)

Breakfast at hotel. Visit the Bibi Hanum Mosque and Medresse (14th century) and we will be told the legends connected with the buildings. Afterwards we will visit the traditional oriental “Siyab bazaar”. Near the Siyab bazaar there is an ensemble of Shohi-Zinda (the living king, “IX.-XIV century), one of the world’s most famous group of mausoleums, which fasinate you with its beautiful architecture. Next we will visit the famous Ulugbek Observatory (1428-1429 which was built on one of the hills of Chupanata). The observatory was a unique design in his time. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in 3-star hotel.

Day 10
Bukhara - Pearl of the Orient (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we drive to Bukhara (270 km). In Bukhara we will visit Poyi Kalon Ensemble consisting of Kalon Minaret (12th c.), Kalon Mosque (12th c.), Miri Arab Madrasah (16th c.), domed bazaars Toqi Zargaron (15th c.), Toqi Telpak-Furushon (16th c.) and Toqi Zaroffon (16th c.). Continue we will visit Lyabi-Khauz Complex (14-17th c.) and Nodir Devonbegi Madrasah. Dinner at Nodir Devonbegi Madrasah along with traditional folklore Program. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 11
Bukhara - Pearl of the Orient (B/L/D)

After Breakfast at hotel we will visit Citadel Ark (4th c. BC), Bolo-Khauz Mosque (beginning of the 20th c.), Samanides Mausoleum (9-10th c.), Chashmai Ayub (14th c.), Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Complex, summer residence of the last Emir (ruler) of Bukhara, Bakhouddin Naqshbandiy Memorial Complex, Chor Bakr (19th c.) and Chor Minor. After Lunch we will drive to Khiva (480 km). While driving through the Desert Kysyl-Kum (Red Sand) you experience the unique expanse of desert landscape in Central Asia. The Kysyl-Kum Desert is about 200 000 square kilometres and it partly lies in the territories of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. It is covered with red sand from which the Name of the Desert derives. On the way to Bukhara we make a short stop at the teahouse “Bukhoro-i-Sharif”, where you can have lunch or just relax and drink tea. Dinner at a local Restaurant in Khiva. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 12
Khiva - Museum under open air (B/-/D)

After Breakfast we will visit the historical city “Ichan Qala”. Dinner with live folklore Music in the old city Ichan Kala. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 13
Oasis city of Kunya Urgench (B/-/D)

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan border. After the border formality we will drive to Kunya Urgench. In Kunya Urgench we will visit the historical monuments Ak Kala (15-17th c.), Gurganj, Komplex ibn Khadjib (14-16th c.). Lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon we drive to the Darvaza – Gate to Hell, a wonder of Nature. Overnight stay in the tent at Darvaza.

Day 14
Ashgabat - Treasure in the Desert (B/-/D)

After the breakfast at the Darvaza we drive to Ashgabat. In Ashgabat we visit modern side of Ashgabat and ruined city Änew (archaeological excavations from V-III century B.C.). Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 15
In the Kingdom of Margiana (B/-/D)

After breakfast Transfer to the Airport and we fly to Mary. In Mary we visit the ruins of Alexandria (Antiochia) and region Margush: Sultan Kala (10-11th c.), Erk Kala (7th bc.), Gyaur Kala (IIIth bc.), Karavansaray Dandanakan (MA.), Kyz Kala (8-12th c.), Mausoleum Askhabov (15th c.), Mausoleum Sultan Sanjar (12th c.) and Muhammad ibn Said (12th c.) mosque-mausoleum. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 3-star hotel.

Day 16
Ashgabat - Treasure in the Desert (B/-/D)

After breakfast excursion to ancient Merw, then Transfer to the Airport and we fly to Ashgabat. We visit the Strong Historical Museums, Ahal-Tekin Horse Farm and the ruined city of Nisa. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in a 4-star hotel.

Day 17
Early Morning Transfer to the Airport and Departure (-/-/-)

Price includes services:

  • 4 Nights in 4 star hotels in double rooms with Shower/WC
  • 10 Nights in 2-3 star hotels in double rooms with Shower/WC
  • 1 Night in the Yurt (mattresses on the floor, bed linen provided, Shower/WC outside)
  • 1 Night in a Tent (mattresses on the floor, bed linen available, Shower/WC outside)
  • 16x Breakfast, 3x Lunch, 16x Dinner
  • Mineral water bottles during the Tour (1,5 L per person per day)
  • Folklore show program in Khiva and Bukhara
  • Services of A/C comfortable transport with professional driver pas per the program
  • Professional English-speaking guides from group arrival to departure
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sights as per the program (except photo and video charges)
  • High-speed train economy-class (Y class) tickets for Tashkent → Samarkand
  • Domestic air tickets: Bishkek → Osh
  • Domestic air tickets: Ashgabat → Mary
  • Domestic air tickets: Mary → Ashgabat

Not included:

  • Visa costs and processing
  • Photo and video charges
  • International air tickets
  • Beverages
  • Meals not indicated in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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Trip Facts

  • $ 305,-
  • TT0026
  • Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • 4 - 16
  • Medium
  • Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
  • Bishkek
  • Ashgabat