Central Asia Explorer

06/04/2023 through 10/23/2024
06/04/2023 through 10/26/2024
Intrepid Travel

Central Asia Explorer

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.


  • Bishkek – City Tour
  • Shamsy Valley – Burana tower
  • Tokmak – Dungan family visit and home-cooked lunch
  • Issyk-Kul Lake – Yurt workshop
  • Issyk-Kul Lake – Eagle Hunter Visit
  • Uzgen – Uzgen Minaret & Complex
  • Osh – Sulaiman-Too Mountain
  • Osh – National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex
  • Tashkent – Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent – Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
  • Tashkent – History Museum of the People of Uzbekistan
  • Samarkand – Plov cooking demonstration & family visit
  • Samarkand – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Samarkand – Bibi-Khanym Mosque
  • Samarkand – Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum
  • Samarkand – Registan
  • Samarkand – Shakh-I-Zinda
  • Bukhara – Sitorai Mohi Hosa Palace
  • Bukhara – Chor-Bakr Necropolis
  • Bukhara – Ismail Samani Mausoleum
  • Bukhara – Kalon Mosque
  • Bukhara – Ark Fortress


  • Get to know the locals as you meet a local eagle trainer (or Berkutchi), learn how to build a yurt in a local workshop, test your taste buds with a dinner of home-cooked plov (Uzbekistan’s signature dish) and rub shoulders with the locals in the bustling bazaars
  • Travel along the Chychkan River beneath the towering peaks of Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan range, mountains even more spectacular for emptiness of the valleys below them.
  • Enjoy authentic experiences like sleeping in traditional yurts on the banks of Lake Issykul, staying in local villages and making yourself at home in a boutique hotel that used to be an old Jewish house in Bukhara
  • Wander through the grand square Registan in Samarkand, admiring the imposing architecture from afar and the detailed craftmanship on the tiling up close.
  • Spend time in World Heritage-listed Bukhara, a 6th-century-BC city that’s drenched in history and home to the formidable Ark of Bukhara.


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/Kok-Bel
Day 8 Osh
Day 9 Osh
Day 10 Border Crossing/Andijan/Tashkent
Day 11 Tashkent
Day 12 Samarkand
Day 13 Samarkand
Day 14 Bukhara
Day 15 Bukhara
Day 16 Tashkent
Day 17 Tashkent

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