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Silk Route between Tashkent and Bishkek
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16 days between Tashkent and Bishkek or vice versa...
Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This adventurous trip takes us far down the Silk Road, along which ancient traders would journey between Europe and China, and is the perfect holiday-length trip for travellers who love the great outdoors and spectacular mountain scenery. We begin in Uzbekistan's pleasant capital of Tashkent and venture into the truly breathtaking lands of the fertile Fergana Valley, visiting some of the historical highlights en route. We will then head into the favourite Central Asian country of many of our travellers - the remote and mountainous land of Kyrgyzstan in the dramatically-rugged Tian Shan mountain range. We explore the marvellous country of Kyrgyzstan on a flexible itinerary, adapting our route according to weather and road conditions - we will enjoy incredible scenery from soaring peaks to flat open spaces and beautiful forests and lakes, trekking in the stunning valleys, and immerse ourselves in the day-to-day life of the locals at various homestays and yurt camps en route. We then head to the fantastic Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek to reflect on our truly special trip. Join us on this wonderful and unforgettable overland experience on the Silk Road!

Itinerary

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The statue of Timur in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent
Tashkent

Border Information: if joining in Tashkent, you will most likely enter Uzbekistan at Tashkent International Airport (IATA code: TAS).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting. Your leader will need to carefully check your visas at this initial meeting.

The rest of the day is free to explore the Uzbek capital.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Tashkent before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Tashkent.

In Tashkent we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

*Important note - do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

*Another important note - please be aware that all itineraries in Kyrgyzstan are highly weather-dependent. The itinerary described in these notes are a statement of best intention, but we must approach each trip in Kyrgyzstan with a large degree of flexibility, as our leaders and local guides will have to 'play things by ear' according to the local conditions and weather. In low season certain routes become impossible and it may become far too cold to camp - in all cases there are fantastic and well-tried alternatives in place which means we can always run an excellent and comprehensive trip here, but please do not treat the exact details of the itinerary listed here as gospel - thanks for your understanding!*

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the delightful traditional farmer's market at the Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent's Old Town

Free
Optional

See the grand 16th-century Kukeldash Madrassa and the city's principal Juma Mosque in the Old Town

Free
Optional Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world's oldest extant copy of the Koran USD 5
The Khan's Palace in Kokand, Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan
Fergana Valley

This morning we travel in local transport over the Kamchik Pass to Kokand, where we will have the oppurtunity to visit the Khudayar Khan's Palace and the nearby Margilan Silk Factory before completing the journey to Fergana. 

The truck must pass over the Kamchik Pass without passengers and will rejoin us this evening in Fergana.

In Fergana we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the beautiful and ornate Palace of Khudayar Khan in Kokand

UZS 3000
Optional

Explore the impressive 19th-century Juma Mosque in Kokand in the stunning Fergana Valley

UZS 1000
Optional

See the silk-weavers of the Fergana Valley at the Yodgorlik Silk Factory

Free
Nomadic yurts near Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan
Arslanbob

Border information: Exit Uzbekistan at Andijon, enter Kyrgyzstan at Dustlik.

This morning we leave Uzbekistan behind and make our way into the magical mountain kingdom of Kyrgyzstan! 

Once we have crossed the border we continue our journey to Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan's Fergana Valley - if we are delayed at the border we may choose to stay in the closer town of Jalalabad instead.

In Arslanbob we will stay overnight in a local family-run guesthouse.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

The spectacular landscapes of the Fergana Valley in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyz Fergana Valley

We will spend the next 3 days overlanding through the stunning and remote Kyrgyz Fergana Valley, stopping often to admire the views and perhaps take some impromptu hikes in the hills and countryside.

During these days we plan to wild camp en route. Please note that trips running in low season (May to mid-June and October to November), we may not be able to camp if temperatures are too low, in which case we will stay in local guesthouses along the route instead.

Estimated Drive Times - 4-8 hours each day.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Get off the beaten track with 3 nights wild camping and a leisurely overland journey through the stunning mountains and National Parks of Kyrgyzstan

Included in Kitty
Horses at Song Köl Lake, Kyrgyzstan
Song Köl Lake

Today we complete the drive to the incredible Song Köl Lake, where we will spend the next two nights.

We will have free time here to explore the area, and to enjoy some optional activities including hiking and horse-riding.

At Song Köl we will stay in traditional felt yurts.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-8 hours.

Please note that trips during the low season will not be able to visit Song Köl Lake, as temperatures will be below freezing, the road will be snowed over, and there will be no yurts to stay in! Instead we will likely stay in yurts on the southern shore of Lake Issyk Köl.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Experience a slice of the daily life of the Kyrgyz mountain shepherds at Song Köl Lake

Included in Kitty
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Ilya was very informative about Uzbekistan.
Jennifer P - - 4th June 2015
I actually did not know what to expect until a couple of weeks before leaving when I stumbled upon a YouTube video -- it exceeded my expectations in every way.
Jennifer R - - 4th June 2015
The drivers were both super helpful and responsible, I enjoyed Domingo's leadership style - very funny and laidback but serious when he needed to be.
Jennifer R - - 4th June 2015
I loved Begaim, our guide in Kyrgyzstan and wished I could have continued on in Uzbekistan with Jalal as he was fantastic as well!
Jennifer R - - 4th June 2015
Euan and Domingo were absolutely incredible - helpful and informative and always going that extra step to assist all the travellers - some of whom required a lot of tact and patience!
Graeme S - - 4th June 2015
All the crew were great, and special mention should be made of Jalol (Uzbekistan). He was really good at his job and really informative about his country.
Graeme S - - 4th June 2015
Begaimin Kyrgyzstan was perfect. Very helpful all the time and knowledgable.
Patricia R - - 4th June 2015
Begaim proved to be a very pleasant and approachable guide, who led a large group on a number of activities.
Peter R - - 4th June 2015
Guides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were excellent.
Madeleine H - - 4th June 2015
Jalol was our guide in Uzbekistan and he was - far and away - the best guide we've had. He was full of information, gave us detailed explanations of the sights we were visiting (even quizzed us on them), constantly put events in perspective with respect to the local culture, and was a great story teller. He was full of tips and ideas, and went out of his way to help members of the group who wanted to do optional activities. Jalol was a big part of making Uzbekistan a most memorable part of our journey.
Joseph K - - 4th June 2015
Pleasant, very approachable and capable guides.
Robyn D - - 4th June 2015
I had a really pleasant time! I can't wait to tell others about it.
Eveline L - - 4th June 2015
Excellent local guides - good pick!
Thomas D - - 4th June 2015
Farhad in Kyrgyzstan was brilliant.
Richard D - - 4th June 2015
Excellent guide!
Christian F - - 4th June 2015
Our guides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (Said and Jalol) were outstanding.
Rosemary B - - 4th June 2015
Gino, full of enthusiasm and energy - excellent leader. Jim, excellent driver, safe and reliable. Both great fun and worked well together.
Louise K - - 4th June 2015
Both crew were excellent and dealt incredibly well with all matters.
Yvonne D - - 4th June 2015
Fantastic crew. Both Lynsey and Tim were approachable, well organised, fun, and great company.
Rosemary B - - 4th June 2015
I think that Lynsey and Tim were the best trip leaders I ever had. They were very professional, were always enthusiastic and they helped everyone as much as they could. They worked so hard during my trip and I have a lot of respect for them and their work.
Eveline L - - 4th June 2015
Both Tim and Lynsey worked very well together and were very helpful.
JOAN L - - 4th June 2015
Fred was awesome.
Christine G - - 4th June 2015
Wonderful crew who really made the trip for us and did a heroic job.
Jennifer P - - 4th June 2015
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