An Expedition from Bishkek to Bukhara

Get a taste of the incredible diversity along the Silk Road. Discover Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, as well as the classic architecture of UNESCO-listed Samarkand and Bukhara. Overnight in a yurt camp and drive over 12,000-foot Torugart Pass into Western China. Browse the incredible Kashgar Animal Market, enjoy a meal in an Uzbek home, visit a silk master’s private workshop and have lunch at a ceramics master’s studio.

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Overnight in a mountain yurt
    Overnight in yurts near the massive stone Silk Road caravanserai at Tash Rabat....
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  • Meet Uzbek artisans in their workshops
    Learn about the life and work of Uzbek silk and ceramic artisans during visits to their workshops in the rural Fergana Valley. ...
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  • Dine at the home of an Uzbek family
    Dine at the home of a local Uzbek family and sample traditional Central Asian dishes....
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  • Witness exhilarating horse games
    Witness the spirit of Kyrgyzstan at exhilarating horse games, such as oodarysh, a kind of wrestling match on horseback....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • 30 years of Central Asia travel experience
  • Travel programs such as Vassar, Dartmouth and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Central Asia
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR affiliate office in Uzbekistan
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-5: Bishkek, Naryn, Kochkor Village, Tash Rabat

Experience a haunting performance of the Epic of Manas. Observe exciting Kyrgyz horse games and enjoy an alpine hike at a yurt camp near Tash Rabat, a medieval caravanserai.

Highlights

  • Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan at the foot of the Ala-Too Mountains
  • State Museum of Fine Arts, featuring Kyrgyz art and handicrafts
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Day 6: Torugart Pass

Drive over 12,000-foot Torugart Pass through the Tien Shan Mountains separating the Kyrgyz mountain pastures from the deserts of Western China.

Highlights

  • Stunning 12,000-foot Torugart Pass at the Sino-Kyrgyz Frontier

Days 7-8: Kashgar

Browse the famous Kashgar Animal Market, finding anything from a herd of fat-tailed sheep to a single camel ready for a test drive.

Highlights

  • Kashgar Sunday Market and its unrivaled animal bazaar
  • 17th century Abakh Hoja Tomb

Day 9: Irkeshtam Pass, Osh

Follow the Silk Road up the switchbacks of Irkeshtam Pass and drop down into Osh, Kyrgyzstan.

Highlights

  • Irkeshtam Pass through the Tien Shan Mountains back into Kyrgyzstan

Days 10-11: Fergana, Margilan, Rishtan, Kokand

In the Fergana Valley, admire Kyrgyzstan’s first UNESCO Site, Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain. In the Uzbek portion of the valley, visit both ceramics and silk workshops and enjoy a meal in a local home.

Highlights

  • Sulaiman-Too Sacred Mountain, a UNESCO Site in Osh
  • Visit to a silk master’s home
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Days 12-15: Tashkent, Samarkand, Urgut

Admire the Uthman Koran, thought to be the oldest Koran in the world. Visit the private studio of a master Uzbek miniature painter. Hop the day train to UNESCO-listed Samarkand to see the classic sites and wander the labyrinthine Urgut Market, the best place to find sumptuous suzani.

Highlights

  • Uzbekistan’s capital and largest city, Tashkent
  • The Square of Independence, tracing Tashkent’s history
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Days 16-18: Bukhara, Tashkent

Drive to UNESCO-listed Bukhara to admire its gorgeous Persian architecture. Celebrate your epic Silk Road exploration at a farewell dinner in the capital, Tashkent.

Highlights

  • Bukhara’s atmospheric Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, center of Bukhara’s Old Town
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 18 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 4-12 Travelers $6,095
  • Plus Internal Air $100
  • Single Supplement $595

2017 Dates

  • August 6-23
  • $6,095
  • Max 12 Travelers
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Group Size

Really Small Groups – Never More than 12 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in the cities in well-located superior tourist class hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. Yurts are utilized for the nights spent at Tash Rabat and at Sary Tash, with rustic conditions. Yurts are shared among several group members and facilities are outhouse style.
  • 17 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 15 dinners. A few meals are not included so that you may enjoy a chance to experiment on your own.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private mini-coach, jeep or van (size of vehicle depends on group size and terrain and will vary from country to country).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (if applicable to your itinerary; please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in the South Caucasus countries, China and Tibet, Western Russia or Eastern Europe. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program.  Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This Explorer Series program, by nature, is designed to be comfortable for western travelers, but is a very adventurous program to a rustic part of the world. Accommodations will vary widely, and will include superior tourist class hotels, simple and basic accommodation in a rural guesthouse and in yurts.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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