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Discover beautiful Islamic architecture, ancient cities and thriving open-air bazaars against a stunning backdrop changing from snow-capped mountains to spectacular deserts, tracing the Silk Road to the birthplace of Tamerla.
- Journey over the Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains
- Watch a facinating Eagle Hunter at Lake Issyk-Kul
- Browse the colourful bazaars
- Explore the impressive Ark Fortress
- Uncover the history of the Silk Road
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Days 1-2: Fly to Urumqi
Fly overnight to the city of Urumqi. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Day 3: Tian Chi Heavenly Lake
Escape to the tranquillity of Tian Chi Heavenly Lake, a crystal clear body of water formed in a crater atop BÅkdu Mountain. In the evening fly to the remote city of Kashgar, the heart of the Silk Road.
Day 4: Explore Kashgar
Its skyline punctured by minarets, Kashgar feels a million miles from anywhere. Although now a modern city, the sights and sounds of Kashgar's streets have remained unchanged for millennia, as it remains as much of an integral trading post as in its Silk Road heyday. Today's visits include Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque and the atmospheric alleyways around Id Kah Square.
Day 5: Tian Shan Mountains
Cross the border into Kyrgyzstan through the magnificent Tian Shan Heavenly Mountains. Making our way over the Torugart Pass to Naryn, stop en route at the15th-century Caravanserai at Tash Rabat.
Days 6-7: Kochkor Village & Karakol
Drive to Kochkor Village and enjoy a traditional lunch at a ger camp. The next day continue to Karakol via Bokonbayevo village on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul, where the locals will demonstrate their skill at hunting with eagles.
Days 8-9: Explore Karakol
Spend the morning soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling animal market before examining the region's diverse religious influences with visits to the Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and the Chinese mosque. Take an afternoon stroll in Jety-Orguz and through the beautiful Valley of Flowers. The next day explore the Przhevalskii Museum and Semenov Gorge before continuing to Cholpon-Ata. Relax on an afternoon cruise on Issy Kul. Explore the petroglyphs of ibex, wolves and deer etched into glacial stone. Continue to Ashu in the Chon-Kemin Valley.
Day 10: Chon-Kemin Valley
Today take in the real life of Kyrgyz people in Ashu village.
Days 11: Bishkek
Drive to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital, a city of wide, leafy boulevards which contrast with the Soviet-era architecture. En route visit the 11th century Burana Tower, an intricate minaret out in the countryside. This afternoon there is an option to visit spectacular Ala Archa National Park or enjoy the time at your leisure.
Day 12: Fly to Tashkent
This morning take a leisurely hike in Ala Archa National Park. This evening fly to Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan.
Day 13: Journey to Khiva
Fly to Urgench and drive to the ancient city of Khiva. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 14: Khuna Ark Fortress
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 – wander around the many medressahs, mosques and minarets within the ancient city walls, as well as the magnificent 17th-century Kuhna Ark Fortress.
Day 15: Khiva
Explore the ruins of Elliq-Qala, an impressive fort and temple complex dating back to the 4th century BC, before having lunch at a yurt camp. Return to Khiva where the remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish.
Days 16-18: Sacred Bukhara
After a day's drive across the Kyzyi Kumdesert 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, Chor Minor, Kalon Minaret, Labi-Hauz Plaza and the summer residence of the last Bukharan Emirs.
Days 19-21: Samarkand to Tashkent
Perhaps the most notable name in Silk Road history Samarkand is a UNESCO World Heritage city with an evocative skyline of domes and minarets and a mystical presence. Drive to the city via Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of the great historical leader,Tamerlane. Spend two days exploring some of the many historical sites of Samarkand including the Registan, Sher Dor Medressa, the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-I-Zinda and the Ulugh Beg Observatory.
Day 22: Samarkand
Return to Tashkent by road. You will pass through the Tamerlane Gates en route. Visit the majestic 16th-century Kukeldash Medressa, Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum, Khan Medressa, Khast Imam Complex and Moyie Mubarek Library Museum. Later, wander the Chorsu Bazaar and explore the Crying Mother Monument.
Day 23: Tashkent
Explore famous sights around Tashkent including the 1966 earthquake memorial, Independence and Bunyodkor squares, Alishedr Navoi Theatre and the Amir Timur Maydoni before exploring Broadway Street. Spend the night in Tashkent.
Day 24: Fly Tashkent to UK
Wake early this morning for your flight to the UK arriving the same day.
Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; tours in our Immerse Yourself range include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts and local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. These tours include:
- Cycling and walking through classic sites
- Unique cultural experiences and encounters
- Off the beaten track destinations
You will be travelling through a rarely visited and undeveloped area of Kyrgyzstan for a few days; from the Chinese-Kyrgyz border to the shore of Issy-Kul. This is a remote area with villages, nomadic settlements, very small towns and little in the way of tourist facilities. This itinerary has been designed to use the accommodation offered by the CBT home stay project, staying in local houses/guest houses for a few nights. The CBT ‘Community Based Tourism’ project started in Kochkor Village, offering income to local families and guides while providing tourists the opportunity to stay with a local family, in their simple homes.
Three-star hotel: You will be staying in hotels of three-star standards or above for the remainder of the tour.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Planes: Internal flights are based on economy class, with reputable airlines.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by both a National Escort and local guides. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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