Silk Road Odyssey-Islamabad to Tashkent

Overview


Tour operates:  May until November
No of days: 23 nights 24 days
Tour cost from: 3030 US Dollar
Route: Islamabad-Taxila-Naran-Fairy Meadow-Gilgit-Duiker-Karimabad-Gulmit-Passu-Sost-Khunjerab pass-Tashkurgan-Kashgar-Torugart pass-Issyk Kul lake-Karakol-Bishkek-Ala Archa park-Tashkent-Urgench-Khiva-Bukhara-Shakrisabz-Samarkand
Transport: All Private Transfers
Accommodations: All comfortable accommodations with private facilities. one night basic accomodation at Borith Lake and Tash Rabat
Guide: Fully Escorted English speaking guides in each country
Tour starting Point: Islamabad Pakistan

Tour ending point:  Tashkent Uzbekistan

Guaranteed departure: Every Wednesday- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Islamabad

On arrival at Islamabad International airport, you will be greeted by our guide later transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon city tour of Islamabad followed by the Damn-E-Koh (view point), which gives us a panoramic view of Islamabad before driving past various modern streets and buildings graceful with a touch of Islamic Architecture & Folk Heritage Museum. Our tour culminates at one of the world’s largest mosque – Shah Faisal Mosque.

Overnight in Hunza Embassy Lodge (BD)

Day 02: Islamabad-Taxila-Naran

In the morning we drive to Naran en-route we will stop at Taxila, Taxila has a well-planned museum and many historic sites of the Gandharan Buddhist civilization. The area flourished from the Sixth Century B.C until the Fifth Century A.D.Later drive to Naran.

Overnight in PTDC Motel (BD)

Day 03: Naran-Fairy Meadow

Today we drive through the scenic route over Babusar pass to Chilas, where we join the Karakorum highway later continue driving to Raikot bridge where we change into 4×4 wheel drives and carry on driving to Tato.From there we will start short trek to the lush green area of Fairy Meadows.

Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 04: Fairy Meadow

Today we have an opportunity to hike through the pine forest toward Bayal base camp or you can just relax at Fair Meadow and enjoy the beautiful view of Nanga Parbat mountain rage.

Overnight in Huts at Fairy Meadow (BD)

Day 05: Gilgit-Duiker Hunza

In the morning return down to the Karakorum highway and carry on driving to Gilgit.

Gilgit the administrative capital of Gilgit Baltistan.Here world’s three mightiest mountain ranges: the Karakoram,the Hindu Kush and the Himalayas meet. The whole of Gilgit Baltistan is like a paradise for mountaineers, trekkers and adventure lovers. The region has a rich cultural heritage and variety of rare fauna and flora. Historically, the area have remained a flash point of political and military rivalries amongst the Russian, British and Chinese empires. Immediately after the end of British rule in the sub-continent in 1947, the people of this region decided to join Pakistan through a popular local revolt against the government of Maharaja of Kashmir.

After lunch visit the Kargah Buddha carved on the rock dated from 7th century AD.
Later continue along the Karakorum highway toward Hunza, en-route we will stop at Raka Poshi Peak (7788m) view point, with stunning view of the Mountain while enjoying your tea stop.

Later proceed to Duiker village which is just above Karimabad village with stunning view over Karimabad and surrounding peaks

Overnight in Eagles Nest hotel (BD)

Day 06: Duiker-Karimabad Hunza

In the morning and enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow-capped mountains of Ultar (7388m), Rakaposhi (7788m) and Diran (7266m).. Later in the afternoon drive down to Karimabad en-route visit Altit village.

Later visit Baltit Fort which is 700 years, but there have been rebuilds and alterations over the centuries. In the 16th century the Mir (King) married a princess from Baltistan who brought master Balti craftsmen to renovate the building as part of her dowry. The architectural style is a clear indication of Tibetan influence in Baltistan at the time.The rest of the day is free time at leisure for shopping.

Overnight in Hill Top Hotel (BD)

Day 07: Karimabad-Gulmit Gojal

In the morning we drive to Gulmit, en-route we do a site trip to Hoper Nagar valley, which can be seen from Duiker is on the opposite, eastern side of the Hunza River. This is another fertile valley and is predominantly Shia Muslim. This is one of the world’s fastest moving glaciers at Hoper.Later drive to Atta Abad Lake where we board on local boats to Gulmit.
In the afternoon visit around the village meet the locals and learn about their cultures.

Overnight in Marco Polo Inn (BD)

Day 08: Borith Lake

In the morning visit around Gulmit village; visit the local community school, an old house later drive to Ghulkin village if you are energetic walk through the Ghulking glacier to Borith Lake.

Overnight in Borith Lake Guest House (BD)

Day 09: Borith Lake- Passu

Morning enjoying the beautiful scenery. After lunch for those of you who are energetic we will hike to the Passu glacier. Later continue driving to Passu village.In the afternoon walk around Passu village,in the evening you will be invited to local family for dinner.

Overnight in Ambassador Hotel (BD)

Day 10: Sost-Khunjerab pass-Tashkurgan (China)

Today drive to Sost, After border formalities, we will drive by private transport to Tashkurgan where you will meet our Chinese guide and transferred to you hotel

Overnight in Kay 2 Hotel (BD)

Day 11: Kashgar

In the morning, we visit Tashkurgan Fort, dating back from the 14th century. You can enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding fields, mountains, and military complexes from the old walls. Afterwards we continue driving to Kashgar. The scenery along the way is breathtaking. We will be stopping at the Karakul Lake where you can enjoy the view of Muztagh-ata Mountains. Optional camel ride or walk around the Lake. Later continue to Kashgar.

Overnight in Jinjiang Yue Xin Hotel (BD)

Day 12: Kashgar Sunday Market

This day is planned to coincide with the famous Sunday market in Kashgar where everything from carpets, blankets, foods, horses, donkeys, sheep’s and even camels are for sale! Wonderful assortments of people come from all over the region, and the population of the town swells by 100,000! This is truly one of the most incredible bazaars in Asia, and a photographer’s paradise! After the market visit Eidgah Mosque, Abakh Hoja Tomb and the old town. Overnight in Qini Bagh New 5* Building  (BD)

Day 13: Kashgar Tash Rabat – Narayn (Kyrgyzstan)
In the morning transfer to the border crossing of Torugart pass. After border formalities you will be met by greeted by our Kyrgyz team. Later, visit the Caravan Sarai dated from 11th century which served as a fortress for travellers along the Great Silk Road. Continue driving to Naryn.
Overnight at Guest house in Naryn with basic sharing facilities. (BD)

Day 14: Issyk Kul Lake
Today our destination is Lake Issyk-Kul, which is the second-largest alpine lake after Lake Titicaca in South America. A combination of depth, thermal activity and mild salinity means the lake never freezes, thus its name `Issyk-Kul’ means `warm lake’. Archaeological discoveries from the lake’s bottom include ancient relics and graves dating back to the first millennium BC. An ancient trade center from the second century BC is thought to have been destroyed by the rise and fall of the lake’s level. Before checking in at our hotel we will visit Cholpan-Ata, known for petroglyphs which are thought to have been created by the tribes of the Neolithic period. The images are mainly primitive long-horned ibex, horses, camels and snow leopards. Overnight 3 Crown hotel. (BD).

Day 15: Bishkek
In the morning drive to Bishkek. En-route we stop at Jety Oguz canyon, where you have chance to do some short hikes or optional horse riding, later visit Burana tower which was built in the 11 centuries. Overnight in Asia Mountain 2. (BD)

Day 16: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
In the morning visit Ala-Archa National Park for a picnic lunch followed by a city tour of Bishkek in the afternoon.
Late evening transfer to the airport for Uzbekistan airways flight HY 780 EDT 6:40pm ETA to Tashkent at 7:00pm. On arrival at Tashkent airport you will be met by our Uzbek guide and transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Uzbekistan hotel. (BD)

Day 17: Tashkent-Urgench Khiva
Morning flight to Urgench and transfer to Khiva. Depending on the flight schedule, possibly half day sightseeing of Khiva city. Overnight in Malika Khiva (BD)

Day 18: Khiva City Tour
Legend has it that Khiva was founded when Shem, son of Noah, discovered a well here. The town certainly existed by the 8th Century, as a minor fort and trading post on a Silk Road branch to the Caspian Sea and the Volga. In the early 16th century, Khiva was made capital of the Timurid Empire, becoming a busy slave market and pivot of the khanate for the next three centuries. Until Russia finally wrested the region from Timurid’s grasp in the 19th century, even the boldest hearts feared encounters with these fierce tribesmen and their desert territory. Khiva is an ancient walled city and looks much like it did in centuries past. It is one of the few sites in Central Asia where one can easily imagine life during the time of the emirates. We will spend the morning wandering it’s maze of ruins and great mosques. Later, a tour of this living museum including the Ichon-Qala gates, Muhammad Amin and Rakhim Khan’s Medressas, Tosh-Khovli Palace, Islom-Huja Medressa and Minaret. Overnight in Malika Khiva. (BD)

Day 19: Khiva-Bukhara
Our drive to Bukhara is through the arid setting of the Kyzyl Kum Desert. Along the way we stop for some refreshments and see how humans have survived over the centuries in this unforgiving landscape. With buildings spanning 1,000 years of history and city centre that has not changed much in past two centuries, Bukhara is one of the best places in Central Asia to catch a glimpse of pre-Russian Turkestan. Most of the city centre is an architectural preserve and includes a massive royal fortress, plenty of former Madrassas, a number of ancient public baths and the remnants of a once-vast market complex. There are over 140 protected buildings in the city. Overnight at Devon Begi or Bi  Bi Khanum. (BD)

Day 20: Bukhara: City Tour
Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with bustling “trade domes”, active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town centre where old men with long white beards gossip for hours over cups of tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; resulting in the complete restoration of some of the 11th to 15th century mosques. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago. We also visit the massive fortress The Ark, with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of a ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local.
Overnight at Devon Begi or Bi  Bi Khanum. (BD)

Day 21: Bukhara – Shakhrisabz – Samarkand
We depart early for Shakhrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane, where we tour Ak-Saray Palace, Kok-Gumbaz Mosque, House of Meditation and the Crypt of Timur, a man who changed the course of Central Asian history. There’s little left of Timur’sAk-Saray Palace except bits of the gigantic, 40 m (98 foot) high entrance covered with gorgeous filigree like blue, white and gold mosaics, but it’s staggering to try and imagine what the rest of this glorious summer palace must have looked like. We continue later to Samarkand. For most people, Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Tombouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we’ll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous. Overnight in Malika Prime hotel. (BD)

Day 22: Samarkand: City Tour
Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane, Observatory of Ulughbek, the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century. We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of BibiKhanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand’s famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient. Overnight in Malika Prime (BD)

Day 23: Samarkand express train to Tashkent
In the morning transfer to the train station for express train to Tashkent. Afternoon continue on a city tour of Tashkent visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts. Overnight in Uzbekistan hotel. (BD)

Day 24: Onward flight
Trip will end with airport transfer (B)

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost 

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4550 $4070 $3400 $3030 $620

Tour departures 2017

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03-May 2017 26-May 2017 AVAILABLE Enquire Now
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TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers by Cars, Van, Busses depend on the group
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals For included meals please see the Key above: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by an experienced local English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals, Lunches or not mentioned above
Personal expanses
Single supplements
Tips for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout
Khunjerab national Park entrance fees

About Tour operators Silk Road and Himalayas

We are a small, highly experienced “boutique” travel company operating unique tours thoughout Central Asia, Far East, and Indian Subcontinent.