1 day: Airport “Manas” – Bishkek (30 km) — Lake Issyk-Kul (250 km)
Arrive to Bishkek. Meeting at the airport “Manas” in the early morning and transfer to hotel in Bishkek. Accommodation at hotel. Rest. Drive to Lake Issyk-Kul. Lake Issyk-Kul is the second high alpine lake in the world after Lake Titikaka in the South America. On the way sightseeing of Burana Tower (XI C.) and the national horseback-riding games on the way.
2 day: Lake Issyk-Kul – Bishkek (250 km)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit a museum under the open sky: Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs site (paintings on rocks) and a Local History & Ethnography Museum in Cholpon-Ata. Boating on Lake Issyk-Kul. Transfer back to Bishkek. A
3 day: Bishkek – Almaty (250 km)
Breakfast at hotel. City tour: National historical museum, Ala-Too Central Square, flag pole, Lenin statue, Manas Statue, Oak Park, the Victory Square. Afternoon transfer to Almaty on a minibus or a bus.
4 day: Almaty city tour
Full day sightseeing in Almaty: Visiting the Park 28 guards — Panfilov, named in honor of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War; Cathedral — a wooden structure built without a nail; Green market — the old central market called «green» bazaar, because here the first green traded from time immemorial, the rich gifts of nature the Trans. Republic Square — the main square in Almaty is the largest and most beautiful park in the city with its magnificent ensemble of modern architecture, location, holiday parades, festivals, sporting events, parades, folk festivals;
State Museum and Museum of national instruments
Kok-Tobe — On a hilltop-viewing platform is located, which is visible from the beautiful panorama of the city of Almaty, as well as the endless horizon of the steppe area.
Medeo, where the high-roller, known around the world. Mudflow dam «Medeo» is located 25 km from Almaty. The construction has three successive levels of height. By the dam is a concrete staircase, consisting of 842 steps.
5 day: Caryn Canyon in Almaty region
Charyn Canyon is one of the pearls of Kazakhstan. We consider this place obligatory for visiting. The fault was formed 12 million years ago, and stretched for 154 km. Has a height of cliffs from 150 to 300 meters. Tourists get into a fairy tale after arriving there, the nature created fanciful figures, blowing the sandy rocks with winds for centuries. It is a museum of natural nature under the open sky, where exhibits are presented: «Valley of Castles», «Witch’s Gorge» and many others. Through the whole canyon there passes the strong Charynka River, perfectly suitable for rafting. Also there are rare species of flora survived after glaciation of the earth — ash Sogdian.
Return to hotel in Almaty
6 day: Tour to Shymkent and Turkistan
City tour around Shymkent with vising of main shop and Central City Park. Turkestan — transfer160 km. On the way the visiting the ancient city Otrar. The ancient city – the monument under the ground. In the period before the Mongol invasion had been the largest city in Central Asia. Mausoleum of Arystan Bab.
Visiting the mausoleum complex of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Had been built on the grave of the poet and preacher Yasawi. On the territory of the complex there is not only a mausoleum, but also many other ancient buildings erected in different periods of time: Monsha – A medieval bathhouse with unique design; Hylvet (cell), where the poet Yasawi lived in the age of 63 and wrote his poems; Sultan Begim — mausoleum of great- Tamerlane’s granddaughter and daughter of astronomer Ulugbek Rabia; Mausoleum of the khan Yoshim and many other monuments of architecture
Back to Shymkent.
7 day: Shymkent – Tashkent
Arrive in Tashkent from Shymkent and transfer to hotel. Overnight.
8 day: Tashkent – Samarkand
After breakfast drive to train station to take train to Samarkand (300 km). Visit to Gur Emir (in Tajik — Tomb of the emir) – mausoleum of Timur and the Timurids (15 c.), Reghistan square (Sandy place) – ensemble of majestic madrassahs (15-17 cc.), ranks first in Central Asia and among the greatest of all the grandiose and magnificent works of the Islamic world. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
9 day: Samarkand
After breakfast at the hotel proceed for city tour. Bibi Khanym Mosque (15 c.) – the gigantic congregational mosque, once one of the Islamic world’s biggest mosque and Siab market – colorful main farmers’ market; continue visit to Shakhi Zinda (The Living King) – necropolis of Samarkand rulers and nobles. The name refers to its original, innermost and holiest shrine – the grave of Qusam ibn-Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, who is said brought Islam to this area. Also visit to Ulugbek Observatory (1420) – the remains of an immense (30 m. tall) astrolabe for observing star position, part of three-storey observatory and Afrasiab ruins and museum with fragments of 7th century frescoes. Visit to Khodja Daniel mausoleum. Return to the hotel for overnight.
10 day: Samarkand – Tashkent
After breakfast at the hotel drive to train station to take train to Tashkent. Arrive in Tashkent and transfer visit Old Tashkent and Kukeldash Madrassah will be the first to see. Built in the mid-16th century by the ruler’s vizier Kukaldash, after secular use as a Soviet warehouse and museum, the madrassah is reasserting religious role. Also visit Khast Imam Square – the holy heart of Tashkent and the least Russified or Sovietized part of the city – consisting of Barak Khan Madrassah, Tillya Sheykh Mosque and Kafal Shashi Mausoleum. Barak Khan founded in the 16th century by a descendent of Tamerlane who ruled Tashkent for the Shaybanid dynasty. This is the administrative center of the Mufti of Uzbekistan, the head of official Islam in the Republic. Tillya Sheykh mosque built in the same time as Barak Khan Madrassah, now employed as the city’s chief Friday Mosque. The highlight is the immense Osman Koran, claimed to be the world’s oldest; in 655 it was stained with the blood of the murdered Caliph Osman. Kafal Shashi mausoleum – the grave of a local doctor, philosopher and poet of Islam who lived from 904 to 979. The portal, inner dome and arcade date from the 16th century, when his holy reputation attracted a cemetery. Also visit to Chorsu bazaar – the biggest, spice-smelling farmers’ bazaar in Tashkent. After visiting Old town, drive to modern part of Tashkent. Visit Amir Temur Square – the oldest public park in Tashkent; Independence square, the largest city square in the former Soviet Union, flanked by public buildings and walls of fountains; Alisher Navoi Opera & Ballet Theater – yellow-brick hybrid of classical and Central Asian styles, completed in 1947 by Japanese prisoners of war; Also visit Metro – Central Asia’s first and bursting with decorative intent.
11 day: Departure
Early morning transfer to airport for departure flight.