Kyrgyzstan China 16 days

Itinerary: Bishkek –Kegety Gorge - Issyk-Kul – Karakol – Kochkor - Son-Kul lake - Naryn – Tash-Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar – Karakul lake – Turfan - Urumqi

Duration:10 days, 9 nights
TourSilk Road trip in Central Asia
Season: mid May – mid September

Description:The Silk Road Trip is conducted in Kyrgyzstan and Chine. You will visit pearl of Kyrgyzstan – Issyk-Kul Lake, the highest alpine lake “Son-Kul Lake” and visit the stone medieval complex Tash-Rabat. In China you will visit the famous Kashgar Sunday Market and historical places in Kashgar and in Urumchi.


Program:


Day Itinerary:
1 Wednesday Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at the airport “Manas”, transfer to the hotel 3*. Rest.Sightseeing tour: visit Ala-Too square, Osh market Opera and Ballet Theatre, Fine ArtMuseum, World National Library and etc. Lunch and dinner in local restaurant. Accommodation in the hotel 3*. Meals: Breakfast
2 Thursday Bishkek – Shamshy Gorge
Transfer to Shamshy Gorge (120 km 2 hrs). On the way visit cultural complex Burana Tower (X-XI cen.), a large minaret dated to the 10th century, a settlement on the Great Silk Road. Lunch in the Guest House. Afternoon hiking to the mountains or horseback riding. Dinner and accommodation in the Guest House. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
3 Friday Shamshy Gorge – Issyk-Kul Lake
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata (180 km 3-4 hrs), along northern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Upon arrival visit Cultural Complex “Ruh Ordo” after name of Kyrgyz famous writer Chyngyz Aitmatov, Petroglyphs museum on open air. Rest on the shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Dinner in local restaurant in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation in the Home Stay. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
4 Saturday Issyk-Kul Lake – Karakol
After breakfast transfer to Karakol along northern side of Issyk-Kul Lake (140 km, 4 hrs). On the way excursion to Grigorievskoe Gorge by exiting from Semenovskoe Gorge (50 km, 1 hrs). Upon arrival to Karakol visit Prejevalskiy Museum. Afternoon visit Dungan mosque (built in 1910 years), Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (XVIIII cen.). Dinner and accommodation in the Family run home stay. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
5 Sunday Karakol – Kochkor Transfer to Kochkor along southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake (275 km, 5-6 hrs). On the way excursion to Jety-Oguz Gorge, see seven red stone mountains and Broken Hurt mountains. Walking to waterfall in the Kok-Jaiyk summer pasture which is surrounded by coniferous forests. Continue excursion on the way and visit Skazka Gorge. Visit souvenir and handicraft shop and dinner in local family accompanied with Kyrgyz Traditional folklore in Kochkor. Accommodation in the Family runs home stay. Meals: Breakfast, dinner
6 Monday Kochkor – Son-Kul lake Early transfer to Son-Kul Lake (120 km, 3 hrs). Lunch in Yurt Inn. Arrival to highest alpine Son-Kul Lake (3016 m) where you can see the ancient culture, tradition and customs of Kyrgyz nomad’s which is still alive today. Taste Kyrgyz national drink “Kymyz” (fermented mare’s milk). Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn. Optionally: Horse riding or hiking at the summer pasture. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
7 Tuesday Son-Kul Lake – Tash-Rabat Transfer to Tash-Rabat Caravan Sarai via Betova and Kurtka Gorge (186 km, 4-5 hrs). Unforgettable mountain view is guaranteed on the way to Tash-Rabat. Tash-Rabat Caravan Sarai (X-XII century) served as a fortress for travelers along Great Silk Road. Lunch-box on the way. Upon arrival excursion to Caravansarai, see local tradition and customs. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn, nomad’s traditional dwelling. Optional extra: Horseback riding. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
8 Wednesday Son-Kul lake – Naryn Afternoon transfer to Naryn (145 km, 3,5 hrs) via beautiful view Kurtka pass. Naryn is a small town surrounded by Tien-Shan mountains. Excursion to Naryn State Natural Reserve where you can see deers that comes for the nutrition. On the way you will the German Swastika planted with coniferous trees on the mountain slope. Dinner and accommodation in familly run home stay. Meals: full board
9 Thursday Naryn – Tash-RabatTransfer to Tash-Rabat (115 km, 3 hrs) towards the Chinese border. Visit Caravan Sarai Tash-Rabat (11th century) which was served as a fortress for travelers along Great Silk Road. Dinner and accommodation in Yurt Inn (Kyrgyz dwelling). Meals: full board
10 Friday Tash-Rabat – Torugart – Kashgar (China)Early transfer to Torugart Pass (115km, 3 hrs). Meet with the Chinese travel agency at the Kyrgyz-Chinese border post and then transfer further until arriving at the Chinese Customs. It takes about one hour to finish all the Custom Checking and then continue your driving until you arrive at Kashgar. Check in the Yambu Hotel 3*. The distance today is about 200 km and the road condition is OK for bus driving. The road from the Checking post to Kashgar is quite well. All the journey from the border to Kashgar takes about 7 hours Meals: breakfast, lunch-box.
11 Saturday Kashgar – Karakul lake.Transfer to Chinese Pamir Plateau to reach Karakul lake along Karakorum Highway (200 km, 5 hours). Karakul lake is the highest lake of the Pamir plateau (3600 m), situated near the junction of the Pamir, Tien-Shan and Kunlun Mountain ranges. It is surrounded by mountains which remain snow-covered throughout the year, the tree highest peaks visible from the lake are the Muztag-Ata (7546m), Kongur Tagh (7 649m) and Kongur Tiube (7530m). The lake is popular among travelers for its beautiful scenery and the clarity of its reflection in the water, whose color ranges from a dark green to azure and light blue. Back to Kashgar. Distance in this day is 400 km. Accommodation in the Yambu Hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
12 Sunday Sunday market in KashgarVisit Sunday market in Kashgar. The Sunday Bazaar is believed to be the largest outdoor market of animals and goods in the world, where you can find cattle, sheep, goats and camels – all in a fairly small, walled-in area. When you are in the midst of all this, you may feel like you have stepped back in time several hundred years. Accommodation in the Yambu Hotel 3*. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
13 Monday Kashgar – Urumqi - TurfanAfter breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Urumqi by morning flight. Meeting at the airport and transfer to Turfan city directly. Driving takes about 3 hours to get this ancient town. Check in the hotel 4*. Start your sightseeing after lunch: visit splendid ancient irrigation system – Karen Wells, Jiaohe, another city ruin which was built in Tang Dynasty. Enjoy local folk singing and dancing performance under the beautiful grape trellis. Accommodation in the hotel 4*. Meals: breakfast, lunch
14 Tuesday Turfan - UrumqiContinue tour in Urumqi: visit the Gaochang ancient city ruin, Astana tombs underground, Bezilik Budda Caves. Stop at Grape valley and have relaxing lunch in local restaurant with green grape vines. Afternoon visit the Imi Tower Grand Mosque. Back to Urumqi by bus. Accommodation in the hotel 4*. Meals: breakfast, lunch.
15 Wednesday UrumqiRelaxing day and city tour: visit Red Hill Park. As a symbol of Urumqi, Red Hill Park is unique for making up of red dish-brown rocks. At the top of the hill stands 8-meterhigh pagoda with nine stories called “Zhenlong pagoda”. Tourists can get a bird view of the whole city of Urumqi on the top of Rd Hill. After visit the province Historical Museum where you can see cultural objects, relicts excavated on the Silk Road and over 10 mummies founded in the vast desert… Relaxing walk in the Minority streets where you might do some shopping. Banquet dinner in the Grand Xinjiang International Baazar. After all, walking in the Night Food Baazar. Accommodation in the hotel 4*. Meals: breakfast, lunch-box, dinner.
16 Thursday Urumqi - AirportBreakfast. Transfer to the airport and flight.

Great Silk Road Package of 16 days / 15nights 2 4 6 8 10 12 SS
Kyrgyzstan part 1 142 USD 733 USD 635 USD 557 USD 511 USD 479 USD 39 USD
China part 2 192 USD 1 384 USD 1 182 USD 1 078 USD 1 044 USD 958 USD 267 USD
Total: 3 334 USD 2 117 USD 1 817 USD 1 635 USD 1 555 USD 1 437 USD 306 USD

Program price includes:

  1. Kyrgyzstan part includes:
  2. Accommodation:
    • Bishkek, “Discovery Hotel” 4* or equal level - 1 nights, private bathroom.
    • Shamshy Gorge – Guest House, 1 night, shared bathroom
    • Issyk-Kul lake – Guest House (B$B), 1 night, private bathroom
    • Karakol: CBT Home Stay – 1 nigh, shared bathroom
    • Kochkor: CBT Home Stay – 1 night, shared bathroom
    • Son-Kul lake – Yurt Inn, on sharing basis in one gender, 1 yurt is for 5 pax, 1 night, full board
    • Naryn - “Home Stay”, 1 night, shared bathroom, breakfast and dinner is included.
    • Tash-Rabat – Yurt Inn, 1 night, on sharing basis in one gender, 1 yurt is for 5 pax, full board
  3. Meals as mentioned in the program
  4. Bottled mineral water during the trip
  5. English speaking guide to accompany the group
  6. Excursion + entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  7. Felt carpet workshop and Folklore concert in Kochkor
  8. Memorable souvenirs

Service does not include in KG:

  • International air flight
  • Early check in Bishkek on day 1: 50 USD per twin room per night (check-in time is at 13-14:00, check-out time is at 12:00)
  • Alcohol beverage in restaurants
  • Horseback riding in Son-Kul lake and Tash-Rabat – 7 USD per horse per hour
  • Personal insurance

Notes for Kyrgyz part:

  • Kyrgyz-Chinese border post “Torugart” and “Irkeshtam” are closed on weekends. Crossing the border from Kyrgyz side to Chinese part is available till lunch time 12:00.
  • Meals in the mountainous area are included because there are no place to go out for a food
  • Four or five star hotels can be arranged by request, but the program price will be changed accordingly
  • It is recommended to have warm clothes for mountainous area
  • Suggested program can be changed or individualized according to your interests

Chinese part includes:

  1. Transportation as mentioned in the program
  2. Accommodation as mentioned in the program
  3. Meals as mentioned in the program
  4. Bottled mineral water during the trip
  5. English speaking guide to accompany the group
  6. Excursion + entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  7. Permits to cross the Torugart border
  8. Chinese visa support letter to get Chinese visa
  9. Insurance service during trip in China

Service does not include in China:

  1. Charges in the hotels for additional Transportations
  2. Consular fee for Chinese visa
  3. Alcohol beverage
  4. Photography and video making fees and any personal expenses during the trip
  5. Personal insurance