Central Asia Explorer

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 17 days
  • tour type Group
  • tour_type Group tour
  • age requirement 15+ years old
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  • Starts Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Ends Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Wander through the grand square Registan in Samarkand, admiring the imposing architecture from afar and the detailed craftmanship on the tiling up close.
  • Walk under pointed arches and between dometopped mausoleums the size of apartments in the ShakiZinda necropolis, which has pieces from the 14th–19th century.
  • Travel along the Chychkan River beneath the towering peaks of Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan range, mountains even more spectacular for emptiness of the valleys below them.
  • Stay in a classic feltlined yurt on the shore of alpine SongKol Lake, where you can watch the sunset behind craggy mountains before warming yourself by the stove.
The Central Asia Explorer tour starts in Bishkek and ends in Tashkent. The Central Asia Explorer tour is a city sightseeing tour that takes 17 days taking you through Bishkek, Gijduvan, Kok-Bel, Bishkek and 7 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. This is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Be entranced by the beauty of Kyrgyzstan and historical wonders of Uzbekistan on this 17-day tour. Traverse landscapes of alpine lakes and mountains interrupted only by dots of yurts, feel the divine artistic power of the detailed mosaics and towering minarets of ancient cities, and be welcomed into homes and family-run businesses by locals. A mix of ancient nomadic cultures, various iterations of both conservative and progressive Islam, Soviet influence and post-independence nationalism mean Central Asia is home to unique traditions. Travels here will leave you raving about the region for years to come and planning your next trip back as soon as you get home.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT INTREPID TRAVEL
4.5 - Excellent
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Allan's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
5 - Excellent
  • Allan
  • From Denmark
  • On Dec 27 2017
“Excellent”
Giselle's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Giselle
  • From Australia
  • On Jul 12 2019
“This was a fantastic trip run by a very fit, friendly & experienced tour leader. It was tough & hilly but a great way to explore northern Spain”
Tony's review for another Intrepid Travel tour
4 - Very Good
  • Tony
  • From UK
  • On Sep 27 2018
“Very Good”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Bishkek
  • Day 2: Bishkek
  • Day 3: Don Aryk – Issyk-Kul Lake – Kochkor
  • Day 4: Song-Kol Lake (3016 metres)
  • Day 5: Kyzyl-Oi
  • Day 6: Suusamyr Valley – Chychkan – Kok-Bel
  • Day 7: Osh
  • Day 8: Osh
  • Day 9: Border crossing – Andijan – Tashkent
  • Day 10: Tashkent
  • Day 11: Samarkand
  • Day 12: Samarkand
  • Day 13: Samarkand – Shahrisabz – Bukhara
  • Day 14: Bukhara
  • Day 15: Gijduvan – Bukhara
  • Day 16: Tashkent
  • Day 17: Tashkent
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse/Homestay (4 night), Hotel (11 nights), Yurt (1 night)
Meals
  • 16 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Transport
  • Private Bus , Metro , High Speed Train
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Bishkek - City Tour
  • Shamsy Valley - Burana tower
  • Don Aryk - Local home visit & horsemanship demonstration
  • Kochkor - Market
  • Kochkor - Women's Felt Co-op
  • Uzgen - Uzgen Minaret & Complex
  • Osh - Sulaiman-Too Mountain
  • Osh - National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex
  • Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
  • Tashkent - History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan
  • Samarkand - Bibi-Khanym Mosque
  • Samarkand - Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand - Shakh-I-Zinda
  • Samarkand - Registan
  • Samarkand - Paper making workshop & home cooked lunch
  • Shakhrisabz - Ak Saray Palace
  • Shakhrisabz - Kok-Gumbaz Mosque
  • Shakhrisabz - Dor-ut Tilovat Memorial Complex
  • Shakhrisabz - Dorus Saodat Complex
  • Bukhara - Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara - Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace
  • Bukhara - Chor-Bakr Necropolis
  • Bukhara - Ark Fortress
  • Bukhara - Kalon Mosque
  • Vobkent - Minaret
  • Gijduvan - Ceramics workshop
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Bishkek and from Tashkent are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Central Asia Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Central Asia Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 11 February 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 February 2021, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Central Asia Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Central Asia Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • Central Asia is a remote destination, perfect for Intrepid travellers! You will venture well away from cities, right off the beaten track and be able to immerse yourself in local food, life and culture. Accommodation may on occasion be more basic than what you are used to, especially in local homes, guesthouses and at the yurt. Shower and toilet facilities will be limited in some places and non-existent in others. While the comfort level won't always be high, the rewards of living in true local style in this far-out part of the world are immeasurable.
  • This is an overland journey, so there will be some very long days of travelling and driving, often over rough terrain. This can be tiring and require patience. The vehicle we use is small enough to access places where the general road condition doesn't allow for buses, but this means it can be a cosy journey when the group is almost full. We find this is a great way for the group to bond and share an amazing journey together and there will be stops along the way to take photos and stretch your legs.
  • What Kyrgyzstan lacks in historical sights (compared to the Silk Road monuments and Old Towns of Uzbekistan) it makes up for in incredible natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for interaction with local families in small villages.
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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