Journey from beautiful Bishkek to culture-packed Tashkent
Be entranced by the beauty and the wonder of Central Asia on this 16-day tour from the capital of Kyrgyzstan to the heartland of Uzbekistan. Take in the tranquil landscape of Song-Kol Lake; watch for wild boar and deer around Chychkan Gorge; see a three-storey yurt in historic Osh; and get your fill of mosques and museums in Samarkand. Abounding with ancient culture, divine natural beauty, intriguing relics and friendly locals, this is a journey that will leave you eager to discover more of Central Asia.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 2018:
From 1st January 2018 this trip will become 17 days long to enable us to enjoy Kyrgyzstan at a more relaxed pace given the long distances between destinations. There are some changes to the itinerary as a result of this, with added stops in Kyzyl Oi and Kok Bel in Kyrgyzstan. We have also replaced Shakhrisabz with Gijduvan in order to continue to have an authentic experience of small town Uzbekistan after the recent renovations of the historic centre in Shakhrisabz. To enable this trip to better match up with our other tours in the region, the start day has been changed to Tuesday.
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Uncover all facets of Samarkand's incredible Registan. This much-photographed public square is one of the true pinnacles of Islamic architecture
Experience for yourself the legend that is Central Asian hospitality
Marvel at the beautiful Song Kol Lake, where in mid-summer you may see flocks of sheep, goats and herds of horses watched over by nomadic herdsmen and their families
Stay overnight in a yurt.
Central Asia is a very remote destination, perfect for intrepid travellers in the true sense of the word! You will venture well away from cities, right off the beaten track.
Accommodation may be more basic than what you are used to, and shower and toilet facilities will be limited in some places. But the rewards of living in true local style in this far-out part of the world are immeasurable.
There will be some long days of driving, often over rough terrain, which can be tiring and will require patience. Take the chance to sit back, marvel at the scenery and embrace the slower pace of life here.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1. Some destinations visited on this trip do not have consulates in Australia and New Zealand. Please see Visa section of the Trip Notes for more information and allow sufficient time to obtain your visas prior to travel.
2. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding nights in yurt and homestays
3. Your leader will change at the KGZ/UZB border
Our Central Asia Explorer trips score an average of 4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews in the last year.
The Silk Road is a fascinating and underrated part of our world. The trip included so much diversity of cultures. The food was excellent. The people extremely friendly. It was a varied and stimulating trip that I highly recommend to those with an adventurous spirit.
Review submitted 24 Jul 2017
Uzbekistan has been fabulously interesting country with so many layers of history. It is very safe and the people are so friendly and very proud of their country; go visit here before it becomes fully developed.
Review submitted 19 Jul 2017