Kyrgyzstan Culture tours

The pearl of Central Asia

A lot of incredible discoveries and positive impressions expect you during this trip around Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Central Asia. ns expect you during this trip around Issyk Kul Lake, the pearl of Central Asia.

Description

What's included
  • Group transfers in comfortable and air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver (2-4 pax)
  • Russian speaking driver (6-8 pax)
  • Accommodation described in the program in twin /double room
  • Early check-in on day 1 after 06:00
  • Breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (day 2) & 1 dinner (day 2)
  • Horse riding (day 5)
  • Visits described in the program
  • Mineral water
What's excluded
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Single room supplement - 260 USD
  • Late check-out*
  • Lunches & dinners - 190 USD per person
  • English speaking guide for the group of 2-6-8-10pax – 750 USD
  • English speaking guide for the group of 4pax – 905 USD (because of the vehicle)
  • Optional activities
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Alcohol
  • Other services not mentioned as included

Itinerary

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km., 40 min.)

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek (ca. 30 km., 40 min.)

Arrival at Manas Airport in Bishkek. Our team will pick you up and will drive you to hotel situated in the capital (early check-in at hotel after 06:00).

We start our city tour in Bishkek. We will visit the heart of the city, Ala-Too Square. After, we can enjoy a walk in Oak Park, one of the favorite places of local people. Bishkek is known as the greenest city in Central Asia thanks to its countless parks and alleys.

After lunch, we will have time to visit the local market – Osh bazaar. Here you can appreciate the creativity and talent of local artisans. Just as you step into the market, you plunge into the oriental atmosphere: an infinite flow of people and a great variety of goods and colors.

In the evening, we can go to one of the best restaurants in Bishkek, where you can taste delicious Kyrgyz national dishes.

Meals included: breakfast (it is served at hotel until 10:00)

Accommodation: Hotel 4* (Plaza Hotel or similar)

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Iskra village - Chon Kemin (ca. 200 km., 3h.)

Day 2. Bishkek – Burana – Iskra village - Chon Kemin (ca. 200 km., 3h.)

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure.

Our journey begins with a visit to the Burana Tower. The Burana Tower is an ancient minaret located in Chuy Valle. The tower with funerary monuments remains of the castle and three mausoleums – that’s all what last out of the ancient Balasagyn town that was founded by Karakhanids at the end of the ninth century.

On the road, we stop in Iskra village to have lunch with the Dungan family. You learn the fascinating story of why this Muslim Chinese group immigrated to the region 140 years ago, and how families today keep their traditional culture and cuisine alive.

After we keep our way towards Chon Kemin valley. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse in Tar Suu village.

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Kemin Guesthouse or similar)

Optionally: horse riding 

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca.320 km., 5h.)

Day 3. Chon Kemin – Grigoriev and Semienov gorge – Karakol (ca.320 km., 5h.)

After breakfast, we go towards Issyk Kul lake, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan.

We visit Grigoriev and Semienov gorges, located on the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake, 60 kilometers from Cholpon Ata. These places are considered as one of the most famous attractions in the Issyk Kul region. You can walk, enjoy the wild nature around you, and have a pleasant pastime in this beautiful place.

Lunch on the road in the restaurant.

When we get to Karakol, we will visit its famous sights such as the Russian Orthodox cathedral and Dungan mosque.  Dinner at a restaurant or in the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 3* (My Hotel or similar)

Day 4. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Skazka - Bokonbaevo (ca. 210 km., 3-4h.)

Day 4. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Barskoon – Skazka - Bokonbaevo (ca. 210 km., 3-4h.)

After breakfast, we go to Jety Oguz gorge. Its name means “seven bulls”. The name is symbolic because there are seven red-brown rocks resembling ranked furious bulls standing together. You can take a walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh mountain air.

After we visit Barskoon Gorge and its wonderful waterfall, then we go to Skazka canyons, which signify Fairytale. Here you can find objects of surprising shapes and sizes. A real skyscraper or an animal may appear in front of you.

In Bokonbaevo you can meet the eagle hunter with his bird of prey (option).

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Emily Guesthouse or similar)

Option: eagle hunting

Day 5. Bokonbaevo – Ak Say - Bokonbaevo (horse riding)

Day 5. Bokonbaevo – Ak Say - Bokonbaevo (horse riding)

After breakfast, you do horse riding in the winter pastures near Bokonbaevo. An incredible panoramic view on the lake opens in front of you.

Return to the village. Lunch in the guesthouse.

Then we go to the canyons of Ak Say. You can walk there and climb to the panoramic point to have the magnificent view of the canyons.

Free time to walk in the village and see the daily life of the locals.

Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Guesthouse (Emily Guesthouse or similar)

Day 6. Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek (ca. 300 km, 4 h)

Day 6. Bokonbaevo – Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek (ca. 300 km, 4 h)

The road to Bishkek passes again through the Boom gorge.

Optionally we propose to stop in Kyzyl Tuu village where the local family reveals the secrets of yurt production. This family is engaged in this unique art from generation to generation (option).

Upon arrival to Bishkek, we will have time to visit the local market and buy some presents.

In the evening, dinner at the restaurant.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel 4* (Plaza Hotel or similar)

Option: yurt show

Day 7. Bishkek – Airport – Departure (25 km., 30 min airport transfer)

Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Additional information

*Check-in after 14:00, check-out before 12:00

Private tour
Season All Seasons
Duration 7 days
Group 2-10 persons
1220 USD 2 pax (SUV)
825 USD 4 pax (SUV)
735 USD 6 pax (Minibus)
660 USD 8 pax (Minibus)
610 USD 10 pax (Minibus)
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