AZERBAIJAN, KAZAKHSTAN, UZBEKISTAN and KYRGYZSTAN 16 Days

Discover Southern Caucasus and Central Asian destinations. We are offering a great opportunity to travel a huge geographical trip through Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. First destination is Azerbaijan, located between the shores of the Caspian Sea and the mountains of the Caucasus. You will explore a big number of well-preserved historical places, from the ancient temples to modern skyscrapers.

Continue to Kazakhstan, which is a country with a diverse and picturesque landscape: mountain ranges, blossoming valleys, numerous lakes and rivers, many kilometers of endless steppes. Following to Uzbekistan, with ancient history, mesmerizing architecture, applied arts, warm hospitality, and the bright sun. Explore the greatest cities of the Silk Road: Samarkand, Urgench and Bukhara. Closing up a great tour in Kyrgyzstan, to discover the celestial mountains, Pearl of Central Asia Issyk-Kul Lake, and massive Tien Shan mountain ranges that make this country a top destination.

 

Day 1 Departure Flight and Arrival in Baku

 Meet the group at the airport of Baku. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Baku city sightseeing

           You will have a tour of Baku. The excursion program starts with a visit to the Memorial Alley - Shekhidlyar Hiyabany, from the park opens a fascinating view of the city and Baku Bay. Exploring the streets of New Baku, the architectural feature of which combines eclectic styles from the 19th and 20th centuries: Nizami Street, Square of the Fountains, a monument to Nizami Ganjavi and Rasul-Zade street. The city tour will be finished with a visit of the historical part of Old Baku.

Day 3 Baku - Absheron Peninsula - Gobustan – Baku

On this day, a tour of the Big Baku and the Absheron Peninsula. At the beginning of the excursion, visit the ancient temple of fire worshipers Ateshgah, located 30 km from Baku. Then visit Mount Yanardag, on the slope of which natural gas has been burning since ancient times, as if justifying the unofficial name of Azerbaijan “Land of Fire”. PM trip out of town along the coast of the Caspian Sea to the volcanic desert Gobustan. Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Baku - Khinalig – Baku

          Morning departure from the north-west of Baku. A trip to Khinalig through the village of Krasnaya Sloboda, the largest settlement of mountain Jews in Azerbaijan (210 km, 3-4 hours). The road to Khinalig runs through a picturesque mountain area at an altitude of 2000 m. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the scenery. Khinalig is the oldest settlement of Azerbaijan, in which people have been living for more than 5,000 years. Return to Baku. On the way back, stop at the mass grave in Guba. Arrival in Baku. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 Baku – Almaty

 Transfer to Baku International Airport. Flight Baku-Almaty; Baku 14:00 - Almaty 19:15 (KC112) - transfer to the hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6  Almaty (Big Almaty Lake)

Drive toBig Almaty Lake, on the way (optional) visit “Sunkar” falcon farm, with falcon hunting demonstration;  Return to Hotel and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Almaty – Tashkent  

Transfer to Almaty Airport for the flight to Tashkent. Arrival in Tashkent and transfer to hotel, Leisure time.

Day 8 Tashkent city tour

Breakfast at the hotel of Tashkent. City tour along the old part of Tashkent: State Museum of Applied Arts, visiting Khazrati Imam Complex consisting of Barak Khan Madrasah (XVI c.),  Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum (XV c.), Muyi-Mubarak Mosque – storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Djuma Mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, Kukeldash Madrasah (XVI c.).+ IRANI KODJA COMPLEX. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Tashkent – Urgench - Khiva

After breakfast, start city tour. Once upon a time, Caravans come to China from West to East and our route starts from Khiva, city museum under the sky. 06:00 transfer to the airport, 07:50 flight to Urgench, 09:30 arrival and transfer to Khiva (30 km). Overnight at the hotel in Khiva.

 

Day 10 Khiva-Bukhara

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Bukhara in the morning; Upon Arrival in Bukhara visit carpet factory and carpet shops; Evening Uzbek show watching in madrasa (Nodir Devon Begi).  Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11 Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Bukhara. Free time: we advise you to visit Bukhara Dome Bazaars (dated 15-16 centuries): Toki Saraffon (the Dome of Moneychangers), Toki-Telpak Furushon (the Dome of Cap makers), Toki Zargaron (the Dome of Jewelers) and Tim Abdullakhan (the Center of silk). Visit to summer residence Sitorai Mokhi Khosa (dated XIX century). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12 Bukhara- Shahrisabs-Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel in Bukhara. 08.00 - Early morning drive to Samarkand through Shakhrisabs city. Upon Arrival have city tour: in Shakhrisabs: ruins of Ak-Saray Palace (XIV-XV), Dor-ut Saodat Complex: Khazrety Imam Mosque (XIV), Jahongir Mausoleum (XIV), Dor-ut Tillavat Complex: Gumbazi-Seiidan, Kok Gumbaz Mosque (XV). Continue to Samarkand (110 km, 2hours).  Upon Arrival check-in the hotel.  The science and art of ancient east where concentrated in Samarkand since olden times. Multinational and tolerant – it is spoken here that: “there are many stairs leading to the sky” and there is no difference in what language you pray. Overnight at the hotel in Samarkand.

Day 13   Samarkand-Tashkent

Breakfast at Samarkand hotel. Full day city tour in Samarkand. Visit Afghan carpet factory.  Drive to Tashkent and overnight at the hotel in Tashkent.

Day 14 Tashkent-Bishkek

Transfer to Tashkent Airport for afternoon flight to Bishkek. Transfer to the city center and have city tour in Bishkek – visit Osh basar, Central Square Ala-Too, Park Panfilov, TSUM Mall. Overnight at the hotel in Bishkek.

 Day 15   Bishkek-Cholpon-Ata-Bishkek

Drive to Cholpon-Ata town, Issyk-Kul region, have a boat cruise on Issyk-Kul lake; return to Bishkek and overnight at the hotel.

 Day 16   Bishkek Airport “Manas” – Home Flight;

Transfer to the International Airport “Manas” for the departure flight.