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14 DAYS CENTRAL ASIA: JOURNEY OVER THE HIGH SILK ROAD (02 – 15 Oct 2022)

Bishkek, Issyk-kul, Osh, Ferghana, Kokand, Khujand, Pendjikent, Iskanderkul, Dushanbe

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Witness a private yurt set up and the opportunity to partake this unique nomadic process
  • Exclusive visit to the Golden Hall and Hall of Mirrors in Navruz Palace, the largest “national tea house” in Central Asia.
  • Luxury 4WD jeeps in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan across stunning landscapes
  • All-inclusive package from all meals with alcoholic drinks to gratuities
  • Small group travel with maximum 16 adults, children not allowed
  • Assistance of acclaimed Tour Concierge throughout the journey

For those who have experienced the exotic khanate and medieval heritage of the Central Asian Silk Road, this trip presents a totally different aspect of the area, traversing the high road through Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain), into the lovely Ferghana Valley and over the Fann Mountains.

As you travelled through the stunning landscape, encounter the Kyrgyz, Kazakh and Tajiks nomads in their colourful yurt, exotic bazaars, medieval bazaars and remote villages.

Land Tour Price per person

Twin Sharing: HK$ 51,980
Single Supplement: HK$ 9,180

HKD 51,980/- Per Person

Early Bird Offer
First 2 bookings with deposit enjoy a complimentary room upgrade at Hyatt Regency Bishkek (to Regency Suite King) and Hyatt Regency Dushanbe (to Regency Suite).

Deposit Amount

HKD HK$ 10,396/- Per Person

20% deposit at sign up.

14 Days 13 Nights

*Registration Closing Date
02 Aug 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

Cancellation Charges:
Before 3 Aug 2022 (60days prior): HK$ 1000 admin fee
From 3 Aug 2022: 100% charge

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01
2 OCT 2022 (SUN) ARRIVAL IN BISHKEK

2 OCT 2022 (SUN) ARRIVAL IN BISHKEK
Bishkek
Dinner included

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, is a city with buildings from the soviet era, vast squares and bustling local bazaars. It is the perfect base for day trips to nearby Ala Archa National Park, and the Burana Tower, a Silk Road-era minaret and all that remains of the ancient city of Balasagun. 

Enjoy a relaxed half-day city tour of Bishkek, taking in Ala-Too Square, Dubovy Park and Osh Bazaar.

Day 02
3 OCT 2022 (MON) BISHKEK / ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK / BISHEK

3 OCT 2022 (MON) BISHKEK / ALA ARCHA NATIONAL PARK / BISHEK
Bishkek
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

This  morning, depart on an excursion to the beautiful Ala Archa National Park with its picturesque gorge of snow-capped mountains, pine forested valleys, waterfalls and gushing rivers. Enjoy a morning of hiking and a deluxe picnic lunch amidst the beautiful environment.

In the afternoon, you will be treated to witness a private yurt set up by the local nomads.

Enjoy dinner in a yurt restaurant and be entertained by a Folklore musical performance showcasing traditional musical instruments and Kyrgyz melodies.

Day 03
4 OCT 2022 (TUE) BISHKEK / ISSYKUL LAKE

4 OCT 2022 (TUE) BISHKEK / ISSYKUL LAKE
Issykul Lake
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

This morning, we drive about 275km or about 5 hours to the shore of Issykul Lake. En route, we visit Suyab which is the hometown of the famous China poet Li Bai (李白) and Burana, a minaret constructed in the 11th century AD during the heyday of the Silk Road. After having lunch with a local family, we continue to Issykul Lake. At 1,609m above sea level, it is surrounded by the snowy mountains of Tianshan (Heavenly Mountain) and it is the world’s second largest salt lake (after Caspian). Spend an idyllic afternoon exploring the area.

Day 04
5 OCT 2022 (WED) ISSYKUL LAKE / BISHEK / OSH

5 OCT 2022 (WED) ISSYKUL LAKE / BISHEK / OSH
Bishkek
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Bishkek, with lunch en route to the airport. 

In the evening, take a flight to Osh

Domestic Flight (Economy)
YK179, Bishkek – Osh: 17:00 – 17:40

Right in the heart of the Ferghana Valley, Osh has been an important crossroad during the golden age of the Silk Road. Till today, it retains the distinctive historical charm of exotic Central Asia with one of the most vibrant bazaars.

Day 05
6 OCT 2022 (THU) OSH

6 OCT 2022 (THU) OSH
Osh
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Spend the full day exploring Osh. The age of the city can be judged from the rock drawings and inscriptions found on the northern slope of the four-headed Suleiman Mountain, one of the main shrines of the Islamic world in Central Asia. You will visit main cave historical museum, the mosque of Babur, The Great Mogols Dynasty founder, and take a bird eye’s view of the city.

Day 06
7 OCT 2022 (FRI) OSH / FERGHANA

7 OCT 2022 (FRI) OSH / FERGHANA
Ferghana
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Drive to the border at Dustlik into Uzbekistan to arrive in Ferghana (approx. 70km, 2hrs). En route, we will visit Andijan (approx. 50 km, 1hr). It dates back to the 9th century and is the birthplace of Babur which founded the Moghul Dynasty in India. It is also the capital of Ferghana state and an important Silk Road staging post. Visit Juma Mosque and Medressa and the Babur Literary Museum

Proceed to Ferghana (approx. 75 km, 1hr). Upon arrival, visit the regional museum of history (one of the oldest museums in Uzbekistan) with a fine collection of items, relating to all periods of history, culture and art of Fergana valley.

Day 07
8 OCT 2022 (SAT) FERGHANA / MARGILAN / RISHTAN / KOKAND

8 OCT 2022 (SAT)	FERGHANA / MARGILAN / RISHTAN / KOKAND
Kokand
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Our tour of Fergana includes a visit to the Drama theatre which is named after governor M.D. Skobelev.

 

Head out to Margilan (approx. 30mmin, 15km) visit a traditional silk factory “Yodgorlik”, where you will get acquainted with the whole process of silk production. A further 30km (about 35m) takes you to Rishtan, where you will visit the well-known family ceramic workshops of Rustam Usmonov. Enjoy lunch with the local family. 

Continue onwards to Kokand (approx. 50min, 40km) and check into your hotel.

Day 08
9 OCT 2022 (SUN) KOKAND / KHUJAND

9 OCT 2022 (SUN) KOKAND / KHUJAND
Khujand
Breakfast & lunch included

This morning, we cross another border, this time into one of the most inaccessible country along the Silk Road if not the world – Tajikistan! From Kokand, it is a 75km (about 2 hours’) drive to Khujand. 

En route, enjoy lunch by a garden along the shore of Kayrakum Lake. Arriving in Khujand, we take a short walk in the Kamoli Khujandi Park where the Lenin monument stands.

Day 09
10 OCT 2022 (MON) KHUJAND

10 OCT 2022 (MON) KHUJAND
Khujand
Breakfast & lunch included

Little known to the outside world, Khujand has witnessed dramatic history  and many giants (from Persian Shah, Cyrus the great to Alexander of the ancient world to Lenin of modern history), have left their marks here.  You will visit Khujand historical museum, Panjshanbe Bazaar and Shaikh Muslihaddin Mosque, Sugdiana State Museum and the Ancient Ruins of Alexander.

In the afternoon, we go on a private tour of the Arbob Palace built by the Soviet, and a museum today.

This evening, be treated to a private Tajikistan dinner and show in a traditional guesthouse.

Day 10
11 OCT 2022 (TUE) KHUJAND / PENDJIKENT

11 OCT 2022 (TUE) KHUJAND / PENDJIKENT
Pendjikent
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today, we head out into the high mountains where the real beauty of Tajikistan lies. Drive 280km or about 5 hours. We will drive through the tunnel of the Shahristan Pass to Pendjikent, stopping en route in Istaravshan to visit Kok Gumbaz,and Sari Mazor mausoleum

Penjikent is one of the oldest towns in Central Asia, whose name translates as “the city of five villages” and is located in the verdant and picturesque Zeravshan river valley. Explore the ancient archaeological site of Old Penjikent with a historian, visit the Rudaki Museum in homage to the famous 10th century Tajik poet and unearth the secrets of Sarazm, a UNESCO listed proto-urban settlement dating back to 4 BC.

Day 11
12 OCT 2022 (WED) PENDJIKENT / ISKANDERKUL

12 OCT 2022 (WED) PENDJIKENT / ISKANDERKUL
Iskanderul
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Today, we head out into the high mountains where the real beauty of Tajikistan lies. Arriving in Iskanderul, you will have time to hike around the lake and to the waterfall. Dinner by shore of the lake prepared by our own chef. 

Day 12
13 OCT 2022 (THU) ISKANDERKUL / DUSHANBE

13 OCT 2022 (THU) ISKANDERKUL / DUSHANBE
Iskanderkul
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Enjoy another morning of hiking around Iskanderkul’s amazing landscapes before driving about 135km or about 3½ hours to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. En route, enjoy lunch in Varzob gorge where trout fish are caught in the river Varzob.

Day 13
14 OCT 2022 (FRI) DUSHANBE

14 OCT 2022 (FRI) DUSHANBE
Dushanbe
Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Lying in the far west of the country, Tajikistan’s capital city of Dushanbe sits in the shadow of snow-capped mountains, a city of wide boulevards, verdant parks, excellent museums and vibrant bazaars. Visit the Museum of National Antiquities, Hisor Fortress and Rudaki Park, as well as join on an exclusive private visit to the Golden Hall and Hall of Mirrors in the Navruz Palace.

Day 14
15 OCT 2022 (SAT) DEPARTURE FROM DUSHANBE

15 OCT 2022 (SAT) DEPARTURE FROM DUSHANBE
Dushanbe
Breakfast included

A transfer will be arranged to Dushanbe Airport for your departure flight. 

Intriq Journey’s Curated Hotels

Cost Per Person

Twin Share HK$ 51,980
Single Supplement HK$ 9,180

Hyatt Regency Bishkek Karven Four Seasons Resort • Jannat Resort Osh • Asia Ferghana Hotel • Silk Road Kokand • Grand Hotel Khujand • Rudaki Plaza Hotel • Turbaza Cottages • Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

BISHKEK

BISHKEK

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

Hyatt Regency Bishkek: the only 5-star hotel in Bishkek, with well-appointed rooms offering an international level of amenities and service. It’s located right in the heart of the business and government district, overlooking the Tien-Shan Mountain Range.

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ISSYKUL LAKE

ISSYKUL LAKE

Karven Four Seasons Resort

Karven Four Seasons Resort: An extensive resort on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake in the picturesque village of Sary-Oi, comprising of rooms and cottages set across manicured gardens overlooking the lake. There is a myriad of leisure facilities on offer from water sports to a multi-purpose indoor sports complex.

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OSH

OSH

Jannat Resort Osh

Osh’s 5-star hotel has 45 spacious and modern rooms, with leisure facilities such as indoor and outdoor pools, a wellness centre and conference rooms for business travellers.

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FERGHANA

FERGHANA

Asia Ferghana

Asia Ferghana: Located in the heart of Ferghana along one of the city’s historical streets, this modest hotel features comfortable rooms in classical décor with modern comforts. On site, there are conference facilities as well as a gym and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a restaurant facing a lush courtyard.

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KOKAND

KOKAND

Hotel Silk Road Kokand

Hotel Silk Road Kokand: this new hotel in the centre of Kokand offers simple but charming rooms set in a grand mansion, featuring a café that opens out to a beautiful garden.

KHUJAND

KHUJAND

Grand Hotel Khujand

Grand Hotel Khujand: Situated opposite the 10th century citadel in central Khujand, this is a boutique hotel with just 19 comfortable and spacious rooms, decorated in a blend of European and traditional Tajik style.

PENDJIKENT

PENDJIKENT

Rudaki Plaza Hotel

Rudaki Plaza Hotel: A charming new hotel in Penjikent as of 2022, set in a 7-storey building, with rooms incorporating elements of a traditional Tajik style design. There is a restaurant on the ground floor which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

ISKANDERKUL

ISKANDERKUL

Turbaza Cottages

Turbaza Cottages: a holiday park on the northern shore of Iskanderkul Lake, with basic wooden cottages and rooms. There is a restaurant on site that offers wonderful views of the lake.

DUSHANBE

DUSHANBE

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe

Hyatt Regency Dushanbe: Located on the grounds of City Park and adjacent to Lake Komsomol, Hyatt Regency Dushanbe reflects the distinctive flavour of Tajikistan in the design of its generously sized rooms and suites. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer expansive views of the lake, mountains, or presidential palace.

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Estimated Price per Person

Economy class HK$ 9,980
Business class HK$ 36,424

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16 Oct EK384, Dubai – Hong Kong: 02:05 – 18:05 (via Bangkok)

DEPOSIT
HKD HK$ 10,396/- Per Person
EARLY BIRD PROMOTION
First 2 bookings with deposit enjoy a complimentary room upgrade at Hyatt Regency Bishkek (to Regency Suite King) and Hyatt Regency Dushanbe (to Regency Suite).

Registration Closing Date: 02 Aug 2022 or when tour is fully subscribed

COST INCLUDES:

  • Service of Intriq Journey’s Travel Concierge
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • All transportation and transfers as per itinerary – luxury jeeps in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, minibus in the cities and in Uzbekistan
  • English-speaking expert local guide
  • All entrance fees in sights as stated
  • Domestic flight from Bishkek to Osh on Economy Class
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • PDT before leaving Tajikistan

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare and taxes (as separately quoted)
  • Visa and entry taxes (if required)
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • COVID-19 tests and vaccines

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