Two neighbors: Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: main sightseeings of the two countries

 

Country: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan View route map »»
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights; 11 days / 10 nights
9-days itinerary: Nur-Sultan (Astana) - Almaty - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent
11-days itinerary: Nur-Sultan (Astana) - Almaty - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva -
- Urgench - Tashkent

Travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

This tour includes a visit to two neighbouring countries of Central Asia - Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan . Heading from the  north to the south, tourists will visit the brightest and most famous cities of both states: two capitals of Kazakhstan - Astana and Almaty , the capital of Uzbekistan - Tashkent, three legendary cities of the Silk Road - Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Each city has something to surprise its guests with - and from this variety of places of interest we will choose the most famous, ambitious, delicious and beautiful!

The order of visiting cities is not random - we do not only move along a geographically logical route, but also transfer from modern metropolitan cities full of technological progress, new buildings and cultural entertainment to more authentic and atmospheric cities, where the spirit of the Ancient East still hangs in narrow mud-walled streets.

A pleasant background to the trip will be oriental bazaars with full counters of ripe fruits and vegetables, delicious cuisine and genuine Oriental hospitality. Welcome to Central Asia!

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Tour Program:
Day 1. Nur-Sultan (Astana), arrival.
Arrival in Nur-Sultan. Meet at the airport and further transfer to the hotel for accommodation and rest. Check in at the hotel after 06:00.
After breakfast start of the sightseeing tour in Nur-Sultan. Visit the following sites: Independence Square, where all modern sites are located (Palace of Independence, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, National Museum, Hazret Sultan mosque). After that proceed to visit another modern masterpiece and the symbol of Nur-Sultan - the Baiterek Monument. 97-meters tower will be able to demonstrate its guests panoramic view of the city. In the evening visit the shopping center of Khan Shatyr - one of the new symbols of capital, the first and only lifestyle center of Nur-Sultan. Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.

Nur-Sultan

Day 2. Nur-Sultan (Astana) - Almaty (evening flight).
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide and driver. In the morning we make a day trip to Alzhir - Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions, located in 45 km to the west from Nur-Sultan. Return in Nur-Sultan in the afternoon and visit Nur Alem center - the first scientific and hi-tech museum in Kazakhstan. In the evening transfer to the airport and further flight to Almaty.
In the evening - transfer to the station and transfer to Almaty (19.15).

Nur-Sultan

Day 3. Almaty city tour.
Arrival in Almaty (08.50), transfer to a restaurant and breakfast. Meeting with the guide and the beginning of the tour in Almaty (11: 00-20: 00). Visit the following sites: Park of 28 Panfilov soldiers; the Ascension Cathedral - Russian Orthodox wooden church that magically withstood a strong earthquake in XX century; museum of musical instruments. Further visit of another tourist site of Almaty - Green Bazaar (food tasting including). After lunch time continuation of the city tour: visit Ili Alatau mountains and the local National Park - main attraction of this place is Medeo skating rink, located at the height of 1,690 meters. Another attraction of the same place is Shymbulak - a popular mountain resort with high-level equipment and infrastructure. The last point of Almaty city tour will be Kok Tobe park, located at the height of 1100 meters on the green hill. From here it will be possible to take a ride on comfortable cable car and within 10 minutes admire the magnificent panoramic view of the city. Further transfer to the hotel in Almaty. Rest and overnight.

Almaty

Day 4. Almaty - Big Almaty Lake - Almaty (road transfer, 30 km in both directions).
After breakfast transfer out of the city to visit a beautiful mountain reservoir in the Ili Alatau National Park, located on the altitude of 2511 meters, named Big Almaty Lake. En route we drive across the city’s main sites: the Railway Station, Abai Square and Palace Republic, Opera and ballet theatre, Astana Square, Sport Palace, Central Stadium, Kazakh Circus, Wedding Palace, Auezov Drama Theatre, Almaty Towers, and Nurlytau Business Center. Further transfer to the region of the lake after the sightseeing. Slight hiking in the surroundings on arrival. On the back to the city visit the complex of “Sunkar” (local falcon farm) and watch the demonstrative show there with participation of the birds. Further transfer to the hotel - en route visit the Park of the First President.
Transfer to the airport, flight to Tashkent.
Meeting at the Tashkent airport. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Big Almaty Lake

Day 5. Tashkent (sightseeing). Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 4-5 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out at 09:00 AM and a group gathering in the hotel lobby.
Sightseeing program in Tashkent at 09:30 AM: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah; the oldest bazaar of Tashkent Chorsu.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Tashkent: Independence square, Amir Temur square.
Departure for Samarkand at 15:00 PM. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival in Samarkand. Overnight at the hotel.

Tashkent

Day 6. Samarkand (sightseeing).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program in Samarkand at 10:00 AM: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Overnight at the hotel.

Samarkand

Day 7. Samarkand - Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out at 08:00 AM and a group gathering in the hotel lobby.
Transfer to Bukhara. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival in Bukhara.
After lunch sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visiting a showroom of Bukhara golden-embroidered factory and Karakul dressing (astrakhan fur) workshop.
Overnight at the hotel.

Bukhara

Day 8. Bukhara (sightseeing).
►For 9-days program: Transfer to Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. Return to Bukhara.
Overnight at the hotel.
►For 9-days program:
Transfer by train to Tashkent. On arrival check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Bukhara

Day 9. Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 8-9 hrs).
►For 9-days program: Departure from Tashkent
Breakfast at the hotel.
At 08:00 AM start of ride across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River. Lunch en route.
Arrival in Khiva. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.
►For 9-days program:
Departure from Tashkent airport.

Kyzyl-Kum desert

Day 10. Khiva (sightseeing). Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent (Domestic flight).
Breakfast at the hotel.
A group gathering in the hotel lobby at 09:00 AM.
Sightseeing program in Khiva (Ichan-Kala, historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Transfer to Urgench International airport. Evening flight Urgench - Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to a hotel and check-in.

Khiva

Day 11. Tashkent (departure).
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel.
Leisure time without any transport and excursion services. Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Tashkent

Cost of the 11 day tour 2020:

Type of accommodation: Standard
Twin/double share 1385 USD
SGL supplement +300 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost of the 9 day tour 2020:

Type of accommodation: Standard
Twin/double share 1145 USD
SGL supplement +240 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels of 3* / 4* / 5* (mentioned below, or in similar, but of the same category) in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check-in at the hotel in Almaty on day 1 - check-in after 06:00. Check-in at other hotels - at 14:00; check-out - at 12:00;
  • Entrance fees in Kazakhstan at museums and historical parks mentioned in the program, including ecological fees and cable car to Kok-Tobe Hill;
  • Visit of Falcon farm and watching hunting birds show;
  • English speaking guides for city tours;
  • Transportation services on comfortable air-conditioned vehicles (sedan cars or minibuses - depending on the number of tourists in a group);
  • Train tickets for the Nur-Sultan - Almaty train (in a 4-seater coupe);
  • Flight ticket for airplane Almaty - Tashkent;
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour;

Cost does not include:

  • International flights;
  • Entrance fees in Uzbekistan;
  • Visa and visa invitation fee to Kazakhstan;
  • Meals (except mentioned);

Additional costs (upon request):

  • Visa invitation to Kazakhstan - 65 USD/per person (if necessary);
  • Extra charge for early check-in at the hotel of Nursultan before 06:00:
    • Single room - 35 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room - 40 USD/per room /per night;

Hotels
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3*
Nur-Sultan (Astana) Ibis Hotel 3*
or similar
Almaty Kazakhstan Hotel 3*
or similar
Tashkent Orient Inn HotelSamir 3*
or similar
Samarkand Arba Hotel / Zilol Baht Hotel 3*
or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Fatima Hotel 3*
or similar
Khiva Shams Hotel 3* / Shokh Jahon Hotel 3*
or similar

Transportation
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group Type of transport
Group of 1-2 Sedan car for 3 seats
Group of 3-7 Mercedes Sprinter or Huyndai Starex or Mitsubishi Delica minibuses for 10 seats
Group of 8-14 Minibus for 18 seats
Group of 15+ Bus for 45 seats

 

Useful Information on Traveling in Kazakhstan

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