24 DAYS ●
Immerse Yourself Tour
Journey through the heart of Central Asia crossing beautiful deserts and mountain landscapes. Discover ancient cities full of intricate Islamic architecture,
thriving bazaars and a mystical old-world atmosphere, all 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
Our Road to Samarkand itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly 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 during dinner.
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 Kyrgyz people.
Drive to Cholpon-Ata to see many animal petroglyphs etched into glacial stone and take a cruise on Lake Issyk Kul. Later, continue to Karakol.
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.
After a day’s drive across the Kyzy Kum desert arrive at the holiest city in Central Asia, Bukhara. Bukhara has been built up over thousands of years, with an atmospheric old centre and some pre-Soviet era architecture. Spend two days seeing the sights, with visits to the Ark Fortress, Bolo Hauz Mosque, Chor Minor, Kalon Minaret, Labi-Hauz Plaza and the summer residence of the last Bukharan Emirs. (B,L,D)
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.
Today is a day at leisure to further explore Tashkent at your own pace. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with the group. Please note: The flight from Tashkent to Almaty the following morning will depart at approximately 04:00am. An early night is recommended.
Early this morning at approximately 01:30am you will be transferred to Tashkent Airport for your flight to Dubai (duration approximately 5 hours). On arrival at Dubai International Airport you will board your connecting flight to Australia, arriving home the following day.
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. 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.
Wendy Wu Tours inspects all hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service, which we require for our guests. We pick the right hotel for the specific destination, meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family-run guesthouse in a smaller town. Chosen hotels are also chosen for ease of navigation around tourist sights. Government laws in China require air conditioning be switched on nationally in May and central heating in November (this may vary slightly depending on the region). View Hotels Here
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. Travellers should arrange visas well in advance of departure. Unlike many other tour operators, we include your visa in the price of your tour. We handle the entire application process – all you need to do is complete the paperwork and send your passport to us eight weeks prior to departure. We are always on hand to help you with any queries you may have while completing the application form.
While travelling overseas, the Wendy Wu Tours contact number during business hours is +61 2 9224 8888. Emergency Assistance (24-hours) is 0044 1888 288 288. You will find mobile phone coverage to be quite high throughout Asia. We recommend contacting your mobile carrier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated call and data costs before you leave Australia. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi, which usually comes at a cost.
Tipping is not commonplace in Australia. In Asia however, it is anticipated that a tip be given to reward good service. With that in mind, we have a tipping system for our group tours. Each passenger ‘tips’ a set amount to the National Escort at the start of the tour or on arrival in each country. They then distribute this as appropriate. The Yangtze River cruise service charge is paid when embarking. We advise tipping amounts in your final documentation. Tipping is appreciated for Private and Tailor-Made travel. In your final documents, we include guidelines for tipping when travelling independently.
Shopping is a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests while on holiday, your tour includes a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs. Included are visits to establishments that provide locally produced goods, unique to your destination. Witness the creation of these products, and see first-hand how their production supports the local economy. As most travellers like to take home souvenirs, we ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or too unusual. Breakfast at your hotel includes local and western dishes. In remote areas, we suggest embracing local specialities. Lunch and dinner consists of shared dishes. Meals generally finish with fruit to clean the palate. Drinks such as beer, soft drinks or bottled water are at your own expense locally. Beer is drunk in small glasses; not large glasses that you may be used to.
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