22 DAYS ●
Go Beyond Tour
Journey through the heart of Central Asia crossing starkly beautiful deserts and magnificent mountain landscapes. Discover ancient cities full of intricate Islamic architecture, thriving bazaars and a mystical old-world atmosphere, all inextricably linked with the legends of the Silk Road
Cruise on beautiful Lake Issyk Kul
Discover the ancient and pre-Soviet styles of this intriguing city
Be mesmerised by this UNESCO city
Explore the ancient city of Khiva
Fly overnight to the city of Bishkek, capital
of Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the day is yours
to start soaking up the local culture. In the
evening, enjoy a traditional folklore show
Journey to Chon Kemin, a quiet valley with
small villages surrounded by magnificent
mountains and a fir forest. Take in the daily
life in Ashu Village and witness horseback
games, a nomadic tradition and custom of the
Drive to Cholpon-Ata to see many animal
petroglyphs etched into glacial stone and take
a cruise on Lake Issyk Kul. Later, continue to
Visit the Przhevalsky Museum and examine
the region’s diverse religious influences with
visits to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church
and the Chinese mosque. Take an afternoon
stroll in Jety-Oguz Gorge and through the
beautiful Valley of Flowers where you can
enjoy horseback riding, visit a yurt and have
a cup of tea or the Kyrgyz national beverage.
Later, visit Irdyk village to see a local mosque
and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local
Dungan family. The next day, visit Skazka
Canyon, known as Fairy Tale Canyon and
Barskaun Gorge to take a light hike to a
waterfall. Watch a demonstration of Eagle
Hunting in Bokonbaevo village. Stay overnight
in a Yurt Camp and try your hand at baking
flatbread in a traditional oven.
Visit Kyzyl-Suu village to see the yurt
installation process. Enjoy the breathtaking
views as you continue to Naryn, stopping en
route in Kochkor to visit a felt workshop and
see the manufacturing of carpets.
Surrounded by broad summer pastures dotted
with yurts, grazing cattle and mountains,
travel to the alpine Son Kul Lake, the largest
fresh water lake in Kyrgyzstan and experience
the traditional life of Kyrgyz nomads. Continue
over Terskei-Torpok Pass and travel back to
Kochkor. Stay overnight at a homestay.
Return to Bishkek and visit the 12th Century
Burana Tower en route. Known for its wide,
leafy boulevards, marble faced buildings
and Soviet-era architecture, Bishkek is the
capital and largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located
at the foothill of magnificent Kyrgyz Ala-Tau
mountain range. This afternoon, visit Ala Too
Square, Oak Park and the newly restored
Museum of History.
Spend the day enjoying a leisurely hike in Ala
Archa National Park. In the evening, fly to
Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan.
Fly to Nukus and visit Savitskiy Museum,
home to one of the finest collections of Soviet
avant-garde art from the 1920s and 30s to
gain an insight into the Central Asia’s unique
cultural heritage. Also explore Mizdahkan, an
Islamic complex in Hojeli Village.
The ancient city of Khiva has a long and
turbulent history as part of the Silk Road
and a slave trading post. This fascinating
destination is lovely to explore – discover the
magnificent 17th Century Kuhna Ark Fortress
and wander around the many medressahs,
mosques and minarets within the walled inner
town called Itchan Kala.
Discover the magnificent desert fortress of Chalpik Kala, Kizil Kala Fortress, Toprak Kala Fortress, Ayaz Kala and Kryrkkyz Kala. Arrive in Khiva.
After a day’s drive across the Kyzyl Kum
Desert, arrive at the holiest city in Central
Asia, Bukhara. Bukhara has a long history
spanning 2,500 years and has an atmospheric
old centre. Spend two days seeing the sights,
with visits to Kalon Minaret, the Ark Fortress,
Bolo Hauz Mosque, Chor Minor, Labi-Hauz
Plaza and the summer residence of the last
Bukharan Emirs where you will enjoy a
cultural folk show in the evening.
Perhaps the most notable name in Silk
Road history, Samarkand is a UNESCO
World Heritage city with an evocative
skyline of domes and minarets – it has a
mystical presence. Drive to Samarkand via
Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the great
historical leader Tamerlane and explore the
sights of the city. Over the next two days,
visit some of the many historical sites of
Samarkand including Gur Emir Mausoleum,
Registan Square with its three beautiful
madrasahs, the Bibi-Khanum Mosque,
Shah-I-Zinda necropolis, Ulugh Beg
Observatory and the Mausoleum of Prophet
Daniil. Also, spend time at a paper making
workshop in Konigil Village.
Begin the return journey to Tashkent,
passing through the impressive Gates of
Tamerlane. The afternoon will be spent
exploring this eccentric city, visiting the 16th
Century Kukeldash Medressa, Kaffal Shashi
Mausoleum, Khan Medressa and Khast Imom
Complex. Also see the Chorsu Bazaar, a
traditional market under a beautiful blue
dome and the Crying Mother Monument.
Explore famous sights around Tashkent
including the Museum of Applied Arts, the
1966 earthquake memorial, Independence
Square, Alishedr Navoi Theatre and the Amir
Timur Maydoni. Also explore Broadway Street
where you will see local artisans and painters.
Fly to the UK, arriving home later the same
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Guest House "Khan-Tengri" is considered to be one of the best guest houses in Naryn. It’s located in a quiet district of Naryn where you can feel the warm atmosphere of Kyrgyz hospitality. The guest house has 25 en-suite comfortable rooms, all featuring cable TV and furniture. The internet and bar are other facilities provided.
Green Yard Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Karakol, a short distance from the famous Issyk-Kul Lake and ski-resort. The hotel features spacious en-suite rooms, fitted with modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and desk. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are also available in a bathroom. Guests can also relax in the sauna and massage parlour....Read more
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