Short tour to Issyk-Kul lake

Multi-day & Extended Tours in Kyrgyzstan

Tour description provided by Viator

Joining this tour you will explore all the best sights of south shore of Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan, not just natural places like Canyon “Skazka” (Fairytale) and historical sight -  the Burana Tower, recognised as UNESCO Heritage, but as well the cultural and local lifestyle. Live like a nomad in a yurt, meet Berkutchi - a golden eagle hunter, enjoy the national food and folklore, walk in the amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms and blow your imagination.
The tour starts with heading to the village of Bokonbaevo.On the way you will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, recognised as UNESCO Heritage. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view from the tower itself. You will also see balbals on the territory of the complex - gravestones made by ancient Turkish tribes. Then you continue the scenic drive through Boom Gorge canyon along the Chu river with views of the mountains in the distance. Bokonbaevo village is a picturesque village on the southern shore of the lake Issyk-Kul, which is the center of ecological tourism in Kyrgyzstan. You will get acquainted with simple rural life and with the original Kyrgyz traditions.Lunch will be served in traditional way in one of the yurts, where you will have national food.  The rest of the day you will spend in the Yurt camp, where you can learn about the yurt installation process. You will have the chance to meet experienced berkutchi, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features. Demonstration of the eagle hunting can be arranged for tourists for an additional fee.You will have national food and Kyrgyz Folklore performance for the Dinner. In the evening, after sunset, you can conveniently sit on the mat wrapped in blankets, choose the movie you like and watch in the big screen under the sky strewn with stars. On a second day, you will go to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). The canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms. Walking along this gorge during the rest in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also unity with nature.  You will also see a canyon called "China Wall" with a length of 5 kilometers. Optional to visit: Barskoon waterfall, Mandjyly-Ata sacral place After a walk you will have lunch stop on the way back to Bishkek. Arrival to Bishkek in the evening.

What’s included

  • English speaking guide
  • Meeting with Berkuchi
  • Stay in Yurt Camp
  • 1 Breakfast
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • Transport
  • Excursions and entrance fees according to the program
  • Meeting with Berkutchi
  • Folklore show
  • Water

What’s not included

  • Medical insurance for travelers
  • 1 lunch on the way back to Bishkek
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Tips for service
  • Souvenirs, gifts, personal shopping
  • Optional and additional activities
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