Trip to the 3 Stans – in-depth of Central Asia

Group Tour to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan

 

Countries: KyrgyzstanUzbekistanTajikistan
Tour length: 15 days / 14 nights
Itinerary: Bishkek Issyk-Kul lake Karakol – Kochkor village – Bishkek – Osh – Fergana – Rishtan KokandTashkentBukharaSamarkandPenjikent – Dushanbe

Scheduled arrival dates in 2024:

  Group #1: 16.05–30.05.2024scheduled   Group #3: 12.09–26.09.2024scheduled  
  Group #2: 06.06–20.06.2024scheduled   Group #4: 03.10–17.10.2024guaranteed  

The trip to three stans of Central Asia

Central Asian “Trio” by Central Asia Travel Company is an excellent tour for those who want to plunge into the atmosphere of the real life of the nomadic people of Central Asia, share food with them, see the beauty of nature and ancient cities of the Silk Road.

Our journey begins in Kyrgyzstan, where we will meet the local nomads. In addition to popular destinations, the tour covers authentic places: we will see a real falconry in the village of Bokonbaevo, take part in a master class on making tranditional felt carpets and drive along the most beautiful high mountain roads with stunning views.

Then we will head to the Fergana Valley, which connects Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and visit its ancient cities: Osh, Rishtan and Kokand. Next, we explore the heart of the Silk Road and two of Uzbekistan's most famous cities, Bukhara and Samarkand with their Oriental exotics, majestic architecture, a unique culture of hospitality and delicious cuisine.

The tour ends in Tajikistan, where we will travel to the picturesque cascade of seven multicoloured lakes in the beautiful area of the Fann Mountains, the ancient settlement of Sarazm, the oldest settlement of the sedentary peoples of Central Asia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the "Central Asian Pompeii", the ancient Sogdian city of Penjikent.

Welcome to the 3 Stans of Central Asia!

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Itinerary:
Day 1.
Bishkek, arrival.
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meet at the airport and further transfer to the hotel for accommodation and rest.
After breakfast start of the sightseeing tour in Bishkek. Visit the central Ala-Too Square, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Philharmonic Hall, monument to Manas.
Free afternoon. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Bishkek – Issyk-Kul lake by road (250 km).
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet the guide at the hall and check out from the hotel.
Transfer to Issyk-Kul lake. En route visit Burana Tower – an architectural and archaeological monument (X-XI centuries). Proceed to Cholpon-Ata along the northern shore of Issyk Kul lake - the second largest alpine lake in the world after the Lake Titicaca in South America. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Issyk-Kul lake – Karakol via Djety Oguz gorge by road (140 km).
After breakfast transfer to Karakol (a small town in the Eastern part of Issyk-Kul) and sightseeing tour there on arrival. Visit Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people.
After lunch transfer to Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with its famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls.
Drive back to Karakol. Accommodation at the hotel and rest.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Karakol – Bokonbaevo – Kochkor village by road (280 km).
Breakfast. Morning transfer from Karakol to the Southern shore of the lake, towards Skazka canyon (Fairytale Canyon). Sightseeing in the picturesque canyon. Lunch en route at a local guesthouse or café.
Proceed to Bokonbaevo village, whose inhabitants have been famous for breeding birds of prey since ancient times. Demonstration of falconry (optionally).
Transfer to Kochkor village, the handicraft center of Kyrgyzstan, where the authentic traditions of felt production have been preserved intact.
Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5. Kochkor village – Bishkek by road (250 km).
After breakfast we will have an opportunity to watch a master-class on making tranditional felt carpets – shirdak. The creation and decoration of shirdak is one of the most difficult Kyrgyz folk crafts, it is included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Return to Bishkek. Accommodation at the hotel and rest.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Bishkek – Osh by morning flight – "Dustlik" land border – Margilan – Fergana by road (130 km).
Morning transfer to the airport for further flight to Osh. On arrival – meet the local guide and visit the main sights of the city – the local bazaar and Sulayman-Too mountain.
After that transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities. Meet Uzbek guide and driver and proceed further into the Fergana valley. En route to Fergana visit a small town of Margilan – the silk production center of Uzbekistan. Visit the local silk factory and watch the process of adras and khan-atlas production.
On arrival in Fergana – accommodation at the hotel for overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7. Fergana – Rishtan – Kokand by road (90 km). Kokand – Tashkent by train (4 hours).
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Rishtan, one of the centers of ceramics in Uzbekistan. Visit the Center of Ceramics, acquaintance with the masters and their crafts. Demonstration of ceramic pottery making process.
Further transfer to Kokand, the former capital of the Khanate of Kokand (XVIII–XIX centuries). Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace and Djami Mosque.
Proceed to the railway station in Kokand to catch a train to Tashkent (17:33–21:45).
Accommodation at the hotel on arrival, rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Tashkent.
Breakfast and start of the guided sightseeing tour around Tashkent. Today we visit the old part of the city and the religious complex Khasti Imam, consisting of Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Barak Khan Madrassah, Muy-Mubarak Mosque – the storehouse of the well-known Koran of Khalif Osman and gold hair of Prophet Muhammad; Dzhuma-mosque of Khodja Akhrar Vali, the State Museum of Applied Arts of Uzbekistan, Kukeldash Madrassah and Chorsu Oriental bazaar.
In the afternoon explore the new city, including visiting of Independence Square, Amir Temur Statue and Minor White Mosque, and ride the Tashkent metro.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9. Tashkent – Bukhara by morning train (4 hours).
After breakfast transfer to to the railway station and further transfer to Bukhara by a high-speed train (07:30–11:20).
On arrival – start the sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Visit Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, local bazaar, Bolo Khauz Mosque, Ark Citadel with Zindan prison, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Miri Arab Madrassa, Maghoki Attori mosque and Mosque Ulugbek Madrasah. Transfer to the hotel. Rest.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Bukhara – Samarkand by road (280 km).
Free morning. At 11:00 meet the guide and visit the out-of-town site, located in 20 min driving from Bukhara - Sitorai-Khosa Palace, the summer residence of the last Emir of Bukhara.
After lunch time transfer to Samarkand by road. On arrival – accommodation at the hotel and rest. Later in the evening – visit Registan square in the colorful lights.

Overnight in Samarkand.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Samarkand.
After breakfast start of the guided sightseeing tour around Samarkand: visit Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir Mausoleum (Tamerlane’s sepulcher), Rukhabad Mausoleum (from the outside); after lunch visit Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory.
Return to the hotel. Rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12. Samarkand – "Jartepa" land border – Marguzor Lakes (7 lakes) – Penjikent by road (160 km).
In the morning we make transfer to the land border with Tajkistan. Border formalities. Meet Tajik team of the guide and driver and further transfer in-depth of the Tajik lands.
Furst we will visit the ruins of the ancient settlement of Sarazm (UNESCO heritage site), visit the local museum and make a further transfer to visit increadible Marguzor lakes – each lake has its own color, name and story. The car will be with you till the 6-th lake and then make a hike to the seventh. Rest and picnic at the shore.
After that – return to Penjikent. Accommodation at the hotel and rest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Penjikent – Dushanbe via mountain pass by road (235 km).
After breakfast we will make a transfer to the capital of Dushanbe. The road will be amazing – via Anzob mountain pass and the “Istiklol” tunnel, which was in the stage of construction during seveal years. We may experince several seasons during this transfer. On arrival in Dushanbe - lunch. Accommodation at the hotel, rest and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Dushanbe.
After breakfast meet the guide and start of the city tour in Dushanbe. Visit the following sites: Tajikistan United Museum, including exploring the famous Buddha in Nirvana – one of the most valuable exhibits of museum; Botanical garden; Oriental Bazaar.
After lunch transfer 30 km out of the city to visit the ruins of the ancient Hissar Fortress of 18th century; two plain madrasahs of 18th and 19th centuries and mausoleum of 16th century.
Return to the hotel and overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15. Dushanbe, departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out before 12:00.
Transfer to the International airport for departure.

Meals: breakfast.

Tashkent

Cost of the tour:

Twin / double share 2825 USD
SGL accommodation 495 USD

 

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned below, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check in on day 1 in Bishkek; check-in at other hotels – at 14:00; check-out – at 12:00.
  • Accommodation at the guesthouse in Kochkor village in Kyrgyzstan (twin rooms, single accommodation is possible).
  • Meals – breakfasts at the hotels; 2 lunches and 1 dinner according to the program
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums listed above.
  • Master-class on making a felt carpet in Kochkor village.

  • Services of English-speaking local guides for sightseeing.
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-hotel-airport” transfers.
  • Local flight from Bishkek to Osh (economy-class tickets).
  • Railway transfer from Kokand to Tashkent by train (seated places, business class).
  • Railway transfer from Tashkent to Bukhara on a high-speed train (economy class).

*Tickets on a high-speed train are subject of availability and cannot be guaranteed in advance

Tour price does not include:

  • The cost of international flights.
  • Meals not mentioned above.
  • Falconry demonstration in Bokonbaevo village – 100 USD per group (can be paid on the spot).
  • Medical expenses and insurance.
  • Porters at the hotels, train stations and airpots.
  • Tips and gratitudes.
  • Visa fees.

Important note for all travelers:

Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Central Asia, no EURO and no credit cards are accepted in these countries (only in Almaty and Bishkek it is possible to cash money via cash machine).

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.
- Standard - inexpensive yet 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;
- Comfort - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

This tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels
Bishkek Discovery Hotel 3* or similar
Issyk-Kul lake Caprice Hotel or similar
Karakol Green Yard Hotel 3* or similar
Kochkor village Nomad Lodge Hotel
Tashkent Leader Hotel 3* or similar
Bukhara Devon Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba Hotel 3* or similar
Penjikent Penjikent Plaza 3* or similar
Dushanbe Atlas B&B Hotel 3* or similar

Information on the vehicles

Uzbekistan and other countries Vehicle
Group of 1-2 pax "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 4 pax "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group 6-8 pax "King Long" or similar
Group of 9-15 pax Eurise minivan or similar

 

Visa to Uzbekistan Visa to Kyrgyzstan Visa to Kazakhstan

Visa to Uzbekistan

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A great number of other countries can obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan by simply visiting the governmental portal e-visa.gov.uz.

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Visa to Kyrgyzstan

Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

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Visa to Kazakhstan

Visa-free regime for up to 90 days has been established for citizens of countries below:

  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Cyprus
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Brazil
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Denmark
  • Israel
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Canada
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • UAE
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • USA
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan
  • Finland
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Czech
  • Chile
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Japan
  • UN

Visa-free regime for up to 14 days has been established  for citizens of: Hong Kong

Read more about visa to Kazakhstan here »»

 

Information
about Kyrgyzstan
Information
about Uzbekistan
Information
about Kazakhstan

Useful Information on Traveling to Kyrgyzstan:

Useful Information on Traveling to Uzbekistan:

Useful Information on Traveling to Kazakhstan:

Photo of the tour:

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Our video gallery:

Traditional cuisine of Central Asia
Cuisine of Central Asia
Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Wine-Making in Uzbekistan
Uzbek fruit and vegetables
Uzbek Fruit and Vegetables

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