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The Core of Kyrgyzstan

10 days

≈ $140 per day

$1 400

COUNTRY

Kyrgyzstan

STARTS / ENDS IN

Bishkek / Bishkek

DESTINATIONS

9 (Bishkek, Issyk-Kul, Karakol, Kochkor, Naryn, Tash Rabat, Son Kul, Kyzyl Oi, Bishkek)

TOUR TYPE

Culture & History

TOUR GROUP

Any day

START DATE

01 May 2019

END DATE

10 May 2019

SEATS LEFT

7+

AGE RANGE

18 to 65 year olds

Other Services

  • Single occupancy for 3*

    $124
  • Early check-in for 3*

    $41
  • Single early check-in for 3*

    $82
  • Upgrade of the hotel to the 4*

    $47
  • Single occupancy for 4*

    $159
  • Early check-in for 4*

    $71
  • Single early check-in for 4*

    $129
  • Half Board

    $118
  • Full Board

    $235

Guide's Language

  • English
  • Russian

Available Months

  • January
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  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Bishkek

    Your guide will pick you up at Manas International Airport and accompany you to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, just a 30-minute drive from the airport. In the morning we will visit Ala Archa gorge. It is a Natural Park. At the Soviet Time only V.I.P. people had permission to go for a walk here. The Ala Archa gorge is on a spur of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is just 45 km from Bishkek. You can have a short hiking tour to see a panoramic view of the gorge. Afterwards we return to Bishkek. The second half of the day is dedicated to a guided tour around Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic, and many others places of interest. This overnight will be in a hotel.

  • Day 2
    Issyk-Kul

    Your guide will pick you up and you will be transferred to Issyk Kul Lake, surrounded by the celestial mountains. It’s the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m. above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". Due to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. On route to the lake you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of balbans (stone warriors). Night in a hotel.

  • Day 3
    Karakol

    The day starts with a breakfast at 8 o’clock. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city. On the way, we will take a short break to give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.). These petroglifs were made more than 2 000 years ago by shamans. Then we continue our way along the northern shore of the lake to the town of Karakol. You will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in a Chinese style without using a single metal nail. The mosque will be followed by a visit to an old wooden Orthodox Church. The night iin a guesthouse.

  • Day 4
    Kochkor

    Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). When we arrive at Kochkor village you will meet a family who will show you how to make national woollen felt carpets. Night is in a home stay.

  • Day 5
    Naryn

    After breakfast we will drive along high mountains to the town of Naryn through beautiful Kichi Naryn gorge. The high mountains, picturesque passes, and nomadic way of life make Kyrgyzstan an irresistible travel destination. Views of this mountain road are absolutely breathtaking. You will drive over mountain pass named Jalpak Bel at an elevation of more than 3000 meters. This day offers a great chance to experience the variety of mountains which make Kyrgyzstan so popular. On the route it will be possible to meet real nomadic families. Night will be in a guesthouse.

  • Day 6
    Tash Rabat

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle from the 14th century). The building is unique. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. Tash Rabat was built of stone blocks inside a mountain at an elevation of 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells formerly used to incarcerate thieves in ancient times. There will be the night will be spent in yurts near Tash Rabat Caravanserai.

  • Day 7
    Son Kul

    After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Dinner and overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings.

  • Day 8
    Kyzyl Oi

    After a breakfast you will have free time at Son Kul Lake, to explore nature on your own. You can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relax and soak in the calm atmosphere of the lake side wilderness. Also you will have time to communicate with nomads and have a glimpse into their way of life. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then we will drive to the village of Kyzyl Oi which is situated right in the gorge. The drive to Kyzyl Oi traverses over one of the most beautiful passes, along the top of a mountain. Night will be in a home stay.

  • Day 9
    Bishkek

    After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through the southern part of Kyrgyzstan. During your transfer be prepared for amazing views of impressive mountains and gorges. Today you will see panoramic views of Too Ashuu pass which is more than 3000 meters high! This road is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan. You will have many photo stops so that you will remember this day. Fantastic roads, amazing views, nomads, high mountains; ensure your memories of Kyrgyzstan will last a lifetime. Night is in a hotel.

  • Day 10
    Bishkek

    Transfer to airport.

What's included

  • Hotel

    Bishkek – “Green City” Hotel 3* / “Plaza” Hotel 4* Issyk Kul – “Karven” Hotel 4* Karakol – “Green Yard” Guesthouse Kochkor – Home stay Naryn – “Khan Tengri” Guesthouse Tash Rabat – Yurts Son Kul – Yurts Kyzyl Oi – Home stay

  • Breakfast

  • Transfer

  • Transport

  • Excursions

  • Guide

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