Silk Road Experience Tour is an extended expedition to uncover ancient mysteries strewn throughout Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and western China. As you journey to mountains, deserts, cities, villages and alpine lakes, history will materialize before you in the form of palaces, towers, caravanserais, fortresses, bazaars and a melting pot of peoples keeping their ancient traditions alive.
Central Asia is peppered with vestiges from the Silk Road Era. Samarkand, Bukhara and Sarazm are so jaw-dropping that they’re inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Treasures such as Tash Rabat Caravanserai, Old Kashgar and Chorsu Bazaar are infused with Old World Charm, while activities at Kochkor felt rug classes, Yodgorlik Silk Factory and Rishtan pottery workshops take cultural discovery to a whole new dimension.
Arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Your driver will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel, where check-in begins at noon. Begin your sightseeing tour of Bishkek to the following:
Breakfast at the hotel before an adventure-filled day as you leave the city and head into rural Kyrgyzstan. The first stop is the small town of Tokmok (80km, 1hr 30min) for an excursion to Burana Tower and Museum Complex, including:
In the morning, a local guide will give you a private tour of Kashgar to the following sights:
After breakfast, drive to the Kyrgyzstan border (230km, 4hrs). Pass through the border to meet your Kyrgyz driver, who will take you to Osh via the village of Sary-Tash (260km, 4hrs). Bask in the spectacular views along the way.
Upon arrival in Osh, take a short sightseeing tour:
After breakfast, transfer to the Uzbekistan border. After passing through customs, meet your Uzbek driver and travel to the Fergana Valley via Kuva.
In Kuva, you will visit the ancient Buddhist settlement for which Kuva is famous in the region.
Continue to Margilan (30km, 40min), where your tour will include:
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel for your tour of Rishtan and Kokand, which was once the capital of the entire Kokand Khanate.
Drive to Rishtan (55km, 1hr) to the house of a well-known ceramic master (Rustam Usmanov or Alisher Nazarov) whose works are exhibited in world exhibitions. Tour the pottery workshop and see the collection of local ceramics.
Continue driving to Kokand (45km, 50min). Your tour will include:
Your guide and driver will pick you up to begin your Tashkent city tour, which will include:
After breakfast, enjoy a private guided walking tour of the most impressive sights of Bukhara’s Old City:
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy free time before check-out from the hotel. Continue your tour of Bukhara region to the following locations:
After breakfast, begin your private tour of Samarkand with a local, experienced guide to the following:
A driver will meet you at your Samarkand hotel for transfer to the Jartepa border (50km, 1hr). After passing through customs, your Tajik guide and driver will meet you and drive to Penjikent (30km, 40min).
Stop on the way at Sarazm, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ancient city founded by 3500BC. The excavation site still holds intact structures of palaces, temples, altars, homes, city walls and paved roads.
Continue driving to Penjikent (Panjakent) to tour the following:
Depart Penjikent in the morning and drive to Khujand (260km, 4hrs) via Istaravshan.
Arrive in Istaravshan and begin your city tour to the following:
In the morning, begin your tour of Khujand, one of the oldest cities in Central Asia. The tour includes: