Classic Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Arrive Tashkent: The Capital’s Highlights

A very early arrival to Tashkent sees your guide meeting you at the airport ready to take you straight to your hotel where a comfy bed is waiting. After recuperating from the flight, this afternoon you’ll have another chance to get acquainted during a tour of the city. A visit to the central Amir Timur Maydoni square, dominated by a statue of Tamerlane on horseback, and the Alisher Navoi theatre, designed by the architect responsible for Lenin's tomb, provide a good background to the most influential aspects of the country’s history, while the Applied Arts Museum and the extensive Chorsu Bazaar are great places to delve into Uzbek culture. Depending on energy levels, the capital also has a selection of 16th and 17th-century madrassahs, mausoleums and mosques to explore, though these a sure to be surpassed in grandeur by those in Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.

Navruz Hotel Breakfast

Day 2 Tashkent – Urgench – Khiva: Wander Medieval Streets

An early morning flight to Urgench followed by a short drive brings you to the UNESCO city of Khiva. Dropping your bags off at your boutique hotel, located within the fortified walls of the ‘Ichan Qala’, you’ll immediately head out on foot to explore the historic madrassahs, mausoleums and palaces enveloping you. A huge part of Khiva’s allure is how the unique, walled oasis town has been preserved in its entirety since medieval times. Individual sites of note within it include the ‘Kunya Ark’ which was the Emir's residence, comprising a magnificent summer palace and harem, and Juma Mosque, with its 200 individually carved wooden pillars. Enjoy an evening at leisure in this truly magical setting.

Zarafshon Boutique Hotel Breakfast

Day 3 Khiva – Bukhara: Across the Kyzylkum Desert

Driving through the desert, today’s full-day drive of around eight hours evokes moments of reflection on the journeys of the past as you pass through the vast Kyzylkum, or Red Sand, desert to the magical city of Bukhara. Along the way you’ll stop at a viewpoint overlooking the region’s bloodline, the Amu Darya river, known to the ancient Greeks and Romans as the Oxus. Making stops to stretch your legs, take photos and get a bite to eat at a remote café, you’ll arrive to Bukhara in the late afternoon with the evening free to settle into your boutique hotel set in a historic Jewish merchant’s home.
*History buffs may be interested in taking an old Soviet sleeper train to Bukhara instead of a road transfer.

Sasha & Son Breakfast

Day 4 Bukhara: History Tour & Homecooked Plov

The walking tour begins this morning by navigating the narrow streets of the Jewish quarter around your hotel, stopping at one of the country’s oldest synagogues and the old house of a wealthy 19th-century merchant. Moving on to the Islamic heart of the city is the central Lyabi Hauz, a serene complex of madrassahs built around a 17th-century pool. Within walking distance are also the massive Ark Citadel and Zindan Prison and the Kalon minaret and ensemble. After a break at a typical tea house, you’ll then continue on to the historic trading domes for a lesson in Silk Road trade, and perhaps the chance for some shopping at one of the stalls. Enjoy some downtime at the hotel before heading to a local Bukharan’s home this evening for a cooking demonstration and a homecooked plate of the national dish, plov.

Sasha & Son Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Bukhara – Samarkand: Award-winning Pottery & High-Speed Train

Head out of the city along the Golden Road to meet the potters of Gijduvan, stopping to admire the grand minaret of Vabkent along the way. During your visit of this celebrated local pottery workshop, the family’s 5th generation of potters will talk you through their refined craft and why the earth in Gijduvan is renowned across the country. After lunch you’ll catch Uzbekistan’s high-speed rail to the legendary Silk Road city of Samarkand.

Hotel Bibikhanum Breakfast

Day 6 Samarkand: Grand Islamic Architecture & Silk Carpets

With a history dating back 2,700 years, Samarkand became famous as the capital of the vast state created by Tamerlane and later ruled by his grandson Ulugbek in the 14th-15th centuries. After breakfast, you’ll be whisked around the fabled city’s star attractions including the iconic Registan Square, surrounded on three sides by glittering blue tiled madrassahs, and the captivating Shah-i-Zinda necropolis. During the course of the day, you’ll also pay a visit to a silk carpet factory run by an Afghan family to learn about the infamous commodity that made the city famous the world over. From its humble beginnings, this factory has grown over just two generations to win awards for the quality of their carpets as well as the training and employment opportunities they have provided to surrounding villages.

Hotel Bibikhanum Breakfast

Day 7 Samarkand – Tashkent: Time at Leisure

Enjoy a morning and an afternoon free in the captivating Silk Road city, perhaps making use of its tea houses, dining options and shopping opportunities - it's a great place to pick up some precious silk souvenirs with many establishments offering international shipping options. For those that prefer to keep busy, your personal guide will still be on hand to advise on other sites to be explored before you take the swish, high-speed train back to the capital later in the day.

Navruz Hotel Breakfast

Day 8 Tashkent – Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan): Fly Between Capitals

After a fond farewell to your Uzbek team at the airport and a short flight, you’ll be met with a warm welcome in Bishkek, splendidly set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Take the rest of the afternoon to settle and relax into your new surroundings.

Garden Hotel Bishkek Breakfast

Day 9 Bishkek: Ala Archa National Park & City Tour

Escape the city this morning and head to Ala Archa Canyon, part of the Ala Archa National Park, about an hour south of the capital. Here, you can walk one of the various routes into the mountains for amazing views over the pine and juniper-covered park. Ala Archa is a favourite getaway of the citizens of Bishkek and you can follow their lead hiking through its unspoilt nature and a stopping for a picnic at one of the many scenic spots, perhaps under a cooling waterfall. Head back to the city later for an afternoon exploring its highlights such as the main square, the State National Museum and the Osh Bazaar filled with aromas of freshly baked Kyrgyz bread.

Garden Hotel Bishkek Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 Bishkek – Karakol: Burana Tower & Issyk Kul Lake

Departing Bishkek, you’ll head for the ‘warm lake’, Issyk Kul. The second largest mountain lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America, Issyk Kul measures 182km by 58km and is heated from below by volcanic activity, never freezing even in the depths of winter. Stops at the Burana Tower and petroglyphs, said to date from between 500 B.C. to 100 A.D., and lunch at one of the lakeside towns break up the day’s journey. Arrive to Karakol in the early evening and check into your guesthouse in the sleepy provincial town sandwiched between the lake and the imposing Tien Shan Mountains.

Matsunoki Guesthouse Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 Karakol – Chon Kemin Valley: Eagle Hunting

Explore the backstreets of Karakol this morning, full of Russian flavour and cottages shaded by white poplars. Included on the tour of the characterful town is the wooden Holy Trinity Cathedral built in 1895 and the Chinese Dungan Mosque. Later on, you’ll circumnavigate the lake’s southern shore to your next guesthouse near the Kazakh border. Stop at one of the lake’s lesser-visited southern villages to witness an eagle hunting demonstration in which the hunters demonstrate the mastered art of using these regal birds to catch hares and other small animals.

Kemin Guesthouse Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Chon Kemin Valley - Almaty (Kazakhstan): Over the Border

Spend the morning exploring the beautiful Chon Kemin valley the local way, on horseback. Venture as far as you like, spending as little or as long as you feel, upon your sturdy steed with the option to take a packed lunch for longer journeys or head back to your guesthouse for a homemade lunch following a shorter, leisurely horse ride. Drive on to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and cultural capital, this afternoon to settle into your hotel.

Plaza Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 Almaty: Monuments & Cathedrals

A sightseeing tour this morning takes in the city’s highlights including Republic Square, the former Presidential Palace and the Independence Monument; Panfilov Park; the teal St Nicholas's Cathedral; and the Zenkov Russian Cathedral, built entirely of wood in 1904 without the use of any nails. Then you can take things easy this afternoon as you prepare for your day of travelling tomorrow.

Plaza Hotel Breakfast

Day 14 Depart Almaty

Depending on your flight time, you may have an extra morning at leisure for some last-minute shopping or relaxation, before being transferred to the international airport in time for your onward flight where your journey through Central Asia comes to a close.
*If of interest, please speak to our consultants about alternative land-based border crossings taking in Shymkent in Kazakhstan and ending in Kyrgyzstan.

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

14 days from £4,545

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 6518 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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