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Central Asia Explorer

Kyrgyzstan,  Uzbekistan

Tour length 17 daysFrom Bishkek to Tashkent
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About this tour

Be entranced by the beauty of Kyrgyzstan and historical wonders of Uzbekistan on this 17-day tour. Traverse landscapes of alpine lakes and mountains interrupted only by dots of yurts, feel the divine artistic power of the detailed mosaics and towering minarets of ancient cities, and be welcomed into homes and family-run businesses by locals. A mix of ancient nomadic cultures, various iterations of both conservative and progressive Islam, Soviet influence and post-independence nationalism mean Central Asia is home to unique traditions. Travels here will leave you raving about the region for years to come and planning your next trip back as soon as you get home. Central Asia is a remote destination, perfect for Intrepid travellers! You will venture well away from cities, right off the beaten track and be able to immerse yourself in local food, life and culture. Accommodation may on occasion be more basic than what you are used to, especially in local homes, guesthouses and at the yurt. Shower and toilet facilities will be limited in some places and non-existent in others. While the comfort level won't always be high, the rewards of living in true local style in this far-out part of the world are immeasurable.This is an overland journey, so there will be some very long days of travelling and driving, often over rough terrain. This can be tiring and require patience. The vehicle we use is small enough to access places where the general road condition doesn't allow for buses, but this means it can be a cosy journey when the group is almost full. We find this is a great way for the group to bond and share an amazing journey together and there will be stops along the way to take photos and stretch your legs.What Kyrgyzstan lacks in historical sights (compared to the Silk Road monuments and Old Towns of Uzbekistan) it makes up for in incredible natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for interaction with local families in small villages.This trip spends 1 night at high altitude at Song-kol Lake (over 3000 meters) and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. We recommend not partaking in any strenuous activity until you have time to gauge your reaction to the high altitude. See the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
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Tour ID 81951
Tour length 17 days
Language English
Group size 12
Age range 15 - 99

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Intrepid Travel

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Day 1: Bishkek
Day 2: Bishkek
Day 3: Issyk-Kul Lake
Day 4: Issyk-Kul Lake
Day 5: Song-Kol Lake (3016 metres)
Day 6: Kyzyl-Oi
Day 7: Suusamyr Valley/Chychkan River/Karakul
Day 8: Osh
Day 9: Osh
Day 10: Border Crossing/Andijan/Tashkent
Day 11: Tashkent
Day 12: Bukhara
Day 13: Bukhara
Day 14: Samarkand
Day 15: Samarkand
Day 16: Tashkent
Day 17: Tashkent

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Carbon emission, kg/CO2
(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
10
Exploreo will offset your calculated CO2e at no cost.
How is the carbon footprint calculated?
From€2,344/ Person
(-25%)€3,125
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