Kyrgyz lakes to Uzbek forts

From 2920€ / person 18 days

A step on the Silk Road

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, two former republics of the USSR, have been for a long time the stationery hosts for thousands of merchants, nomads and camels on the road from the East to the West, from China to Europe. Two countries on the Silk Road, two neighbors that combine the charms of the old Silk Road's caravanserails, the former Central Asian Empires' history and the joy of nomadic life in the mountains.

Two different neighbours

Two small neighbours on the long Silk Road's journey, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan couldn't actually be more different.
A mountainous land, Kyrgyzstan will show you its natural perfect beauty made of snowy peaks and cristal blue lakes. You'll experience the nomadic way of life, inherited from centuries of herding and pasturing cattle across the mountain ranges.
Uzbekistan stands at a lower altitude; it is a land of deserts and oasis, where big great sedentary Empires have formed themselves and glowed around through the development of fine arts, architecture, science and wars. The remains of these Empires still shine wonderfully on the Silk Road under the Uzbek sun...


After a short sightseeing in Bishkek, the capital city, you'll reach the large Issyk Kul lake to enjoy its natural beauty and discover some historical remains. From easy hikes to cultural visits, you'll reach Karakol city. All along the lake, you'll meet nomad families that will teach you about their culture: eagle hunting, yurt making... After a stay at Son Kul lake, you'll reach Tashkent in Uzbekistan and keep going on the Silk Road. Discover Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, exploring the remains of these old Empires on the Silk Road.


Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek

Today you’ll fly to Bishkek. Upon arrival your driver will bring you to your hotel for the check in. Rest of the day at leisure.
If you have time in the afternoon, enjoy some sightseeing in the streets of Bishkek, and visit the museum of fine arts as well as the National museum. Bishkek has the best preserved Soviet Union architecture in all of the -stans countries.

Day 2: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul Lake ~4h (B,L,D)

After your breakfast you will drive to Issyk Kul Lake – the pearl of Kyrgyzstan, on the north shore. En route you will visit Burana Tower, an 11th century minaret built on the ruins of the ancient Karakhanid Empire. Then you’ll stretch your legs with a 3h walk in the beautiful Konorchek canyon. Finally you’ll reach your destination for the night and stay in Tamchy, on the shores of Issyk Kul lake, at 1600m high with a Kyrgyz family.

Day 3: Issyk Kul – Karakol – Jety Oguz ~3h30 (B,L,D)

This morning, you will reach Karakol town and start a tour of the city, visiting the Dungan Mosque and Karakol’s cathedral. In the afternoon, you will drive to Jety Oguz small village and go for a walk in its old streets. You’ll stay for the night in a small guesthouse at the foot of the Jety Oguz, the “seven bulls”.

Day 4: Jety Oguz – Tamga ~1h (B,L,D)

Today you will get up for a beautiful walk around Jety Oguz stone formations. You will meet many semi-nomadic locals in their yurts and start discovering their way of life. After 6h trek and a 650m elevation gain, enjoy an evening at the hot springs before staying in your guesthouse for the night.

Day 5: Tamga – Skazka –  Turasu ~1h (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will visit Skazka canyon that looks like the decor of another planet. You’ll take a break on the shores of Issyk Kul lake for a picnic and some bathing if you like, before looking for the old petroglyphs and nomads tombs on the hills. Finally you will drive to a family yurt camp closer to the mountains, almost 2400m high. Here lives one of the rare true eagle hunters in the country. He will show you how he traditionally and passionately trains his eagles.

Day 6: Turasu – Kochkor –  Son Kul ~4h (B,L,D)

This morning, you’ll discover the traditional Kyrgyz yurts making in order to know more about them. Later in Kochkor, you’ll also learn about local felt craftswork at the women’s cooperative. Then you’ll drive to the shores of Son Kul lake and stay with a family in their yurts, at an altitude of 3450m.

Day 7: Son Kul (B,L,D)

Today, just enjoy a horse riding day in the surroundings, in those vast high altitude grassland grounds that lay around Son Kul lake. Meet families and their cattle herds on the way. If you don’t feel like riding a horse, you can go on foot for a walk around the camp.

Day 8: Son Kul – Bishkek ~5h30 (B,L,D)

Today, you will drive back to Bishkek. Upon arrival, enjoy a dinner in town before leaving for Uzbekistan the next day.

Day 9: Bishkek – Tashkent (B,L,D)

Today, you will fly to Tashkent. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Free time at leisure to rest or start discovering the city.

Day 10: Tashkent (B,L,D)

Today, you will discover Tashkent with your guide: visit the Khast Imam complex which has a rich Islamic Library and posesses the biggest Othman Quran, dating back to the 8th century. Go to the Chorsu bazaar, one of the oldest markets in Central Asia and discover the Kukeldash madrasah (16th century), the most important old Koranic school in Tashkent. You will also see the Independence (Mustaqillik) Square, relating to a much more recent part of history.

Day 11: Tashkent – Samarkand (B,L,D)

Today, you will take the train to Samarkand. Upon arrival, your driver and guide will first take you to the famous Registan Square, the centerpiece of Central Asia, a majestic site with the three madrasahs surrounding it. Visit the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis with its mausoleums dating from the 11th to the 19th century. Admire also the amazing Bibi Khanum mosque, built for Timur’s return from India. Finally, explore the streets of the Siyob bazaar.

Day 12: Samarkand (B,L,D)

Today you will keep visiting Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in the world, where the East meets the West. You’ll visit the Afrosiyob museum, dedicated to the city that was destroyed by the Mongols in the 13th century. Discover Saint Daniel’s tomb, as well as the Ulugbek Observatory, one of the best in the islamic world when it was built in 1420. Finally you’ll visit a silk paper fabric, a traditional and local production.

Day 13: Samarkand – Bukhara (B,L,D)

Today you will drive to Bukhara. On the way, you will stop at Gijduvan, a small trading town, to visit a ceramic crafts fabric and the local ceramics museum. In the evening in Bukhara, you’ll enjoy a traditional dance show.

Day 14: Bukhara (B,L,D)

Today you will explore Bukhara: the Samanid dynasty mausoleum (Iranian dynasty from the 9th and 10th centuries), Chashma Ayub mausoleum, the Arc fortress (the oldest traces of which date back to the 5th century BC), and the Kalon minaret, highest tower in town, that was erected in 1127 and used as a death penalty sentence until 1884. You’ll also discover the city’s madrasahs: Miri-Arab, Magoki-Attori, Oulougbek, Abdulazizkhan, Kosh, Chor-Minor, as well as the Lyabi Hauz complex.

Day 15: Bukhara – Khiva (B,L,D)

Today you will drive to Khiva. On the way, enjoy a panoramic view of the Oxus (old name for the Amou Daria river). After a day drive, check in at your hotel.

Day 16: Khiva (B,L,D)

Today you will discover Khiva, a museum city but still a living one. Visit the inner old town and the Ichan Kala fortress with its famous buildings: the Allakulikhan and Mohammed Amin Khan madrasahs, Kalta Minor and Islam Khodja minarets, Pakhlavan Makhmoud mausoleum, Juma mosque and its 218 wood columns, as well as the Tash Khovli palace, built in the beginning of the 19th century.

Day 17: Khiva – Tashkent (B,L,D)

Today you will reach Urgench and fly to Tashkent. Upon arrival, free time at leisure for the last afternoon of your trip.

Day 18 : Tashkent Departure (B)

Today is the end of your trip on the Silk Road. Your driver will bring you to the airport for a flight to your next destination.


  • Standard hotel in Bishkek with breakfast (B)
  • Yurt camps in Kyrgyzstan with breakfast (B)
  • Standard / boutique hotels in Uzbekistan with breakfast (B)
  • Lunch (L) and dinner (D)
  • Private drivers
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Domestic flight and train in Uzbekistan
  • Visa
  • International & other domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Insurances
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