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$225 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Short tour to Issyk-Kul lake

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.

$899 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan around Issyk-Kul lake

On a first day, you will be picked up and head to the village of Bokonbaevo.On the way  you will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, UNESCO Heritage. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view.  Arrival to Bokonbaevo village, where you will acquainted you 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. At a yurt camp, you can learn about the yurt installation process. (Optional to arrange demonstration of yurt installation where you can even participate.) Watch the Kyrgyz Folklore performance for the Dinner. In the evening, on the open area, they will set up a movie for your, if it rains, the film will be shown in the guest yurt.On a second da, travel to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). The canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms. Walking along this gorge brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also unity with nature. On the way back, you will have the chance to meet 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. Visit Jeti-Oguz gorge the next day, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan. On the way you will also visit Barskoon Waterfall and the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata". "Mandjyly-Ata" is a valley, with  labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs. The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a visiting card of the gorge. For an additional fee, you can ride horses and try traditional dishes in yurts. On a fourth day, you will have an excursion in Karakol city. For lunch, try the famous local dish - Ashlyan-Fu. Contiue the excursion and rest in the evening.The 5th day you will head back to Bishkek through the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. You will stop at Oruktu village for hot springs swimming for 1 hour. Continue your trip with the stop for lunch in Cholpon-Ata. After lunch you will visit the famous cultural center of Ruh Ordo. Then you will visit the petroglyphs located between the northern and north-western outskirts of the city of Cholpon-Ata and the southern part of the Kungei Ala-Too mountain range. Petroglyphs (rock carvings) of Cholpon-Ata represent a big open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life of the nomadic population of Issyk-Kul were performed. Depart to Bishkek. On a 6th day, there is a short trip to National Park Ala-Archa. There you will have a small trek to the river, surrounded by high junipers on the snow covered peaks even during summer time. In the afternoon explore the Bishkek city with our experienced guide. Departure the next day.

$796 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pearl of Kyrgyzstan and Prey of Birds Festival in Issyk-Kul

You will be picked up from the “Manas” airport and have a ride  to Cholpon-Ata city. During the trip you will enjoy the fascinating scenery of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.In Cholpon-Ata you will visit famous places like Ruh-ordo, a cultural center; and get to see and know the origins of petroglyphs, which represent a grandiose open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life were performed. The next day you will travel to the Oruktu village for a swimming in the hot springs and continue the trip to Karakol for a city tour. You will visit: the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian ethnographer of Central Asia - NM. Przewalski, Victory Park, the River park and the Ashlan-fu Alley. For lunch you may try the famous local food Ashlan-fu.On a third day, you will drive to one of the most famous valleys around Issyk-Kul Lake the magnificent Jeti-Oguz. Its fame comes from the 'Seven bulls' red sandstone formation, and the gorge has picturesque views to offer. For extra payment you can ride horses and try traditional food in yurts. Then you will depart to Bokonbaevo, on the way you will visit the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata", known for labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.You will continue the trip and visit the Gorge "Skazka” - an amazing place where natural sandy red formations create many fairy-tale forms. Walking along this gorge during the holiday in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a sense of unity and majesty with nature. The next day witness the exciting “Prey of Birds” festival which takes place in the Bokonbaevo village. The festival program includes: exhibition of hunting birds (e.g., golden eagles, falcons, etc.), traditional horse games, folklore dancing and music, yurt construction, and exhibitions by local artisans.On 5th day,  you will head to Bishkek city, on the way you will visit Tokmok city and have an excursion around Burana Tower (UNESCO heritage site). Once you arrive to Bishkek, you will have a Bishkek city tour. You will experience and see famous and historical sights. For dinner time you may choose one of the many restaurants with different cuisines from local to Asian/European ones. The next day transfer to airport early morning for departure.

$755 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pearl of Kyrgyzstan and Salbuurun Festival in Issyk-Kul

You will be picked up from the “Manas” airport and have a ride  to Cholpon-Ata city. During the trip you will enjoy the fascinating scenery of the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.In Cholpon-Ata you will visit famous places like Ruh-ordo, a cultural center; and get to see and know the origins of petroglyphs, which represent a grandiose open-air temple where religious rituals related to the spiritual world and the life were performed. The next day you will travel to the Oruktu village for a swimming in the hot springs and continue the trip to Karakol for a city tour. You will visit: the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian ethnographer of Central Asia - NM. Przewalski, Victory Park, the River park and the Ashlan-fu Alley. For lunch you may try the famous local food Ashlan-fu.On a third day, you will drive to one of the most famous valleys around Issyk-Kul Lake the magnificent Jeti-Oguz. Its fame comes from the 'Seven bulls' red sandstone formation, and the gorge has picturesque views to offer. For extra payment you can ride horses and try traditional food in yurts. Then you will depart to Bokonbaevo, on the way you will visit the holy place of "Mandjyly-Ata", known for labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.You will continue the trip and visit the Gorge "Skazka” - an amazing place where natural sandy red formations create many fairy-tale forms. Walking along this gorge during the holiday in Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure, but also a sense of unity and majesty with nature. You may choose to stay for a night in a guesthouse or a yurt camp.The next day witness the exciting  “Salbuurun” festival, the hunting of wild animals with a golden eagle, an integral part of Kyrgyz nomadic culture. In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy national dances and songs, folklore shows, national games, the exhibition and fair of traditional items and, of course, local cuisine. The main focus of the Salbuurun Festival is demonstrations of the different elements of traditional Kyrgyz hunting: archery and hunting with golden eagles and taigans (Kyrgyz hunting dogs). You'll also have an opportunity to see other traditional nomadic horse games like Tyiyin Enmei, Kyz-kuumai, and Kok Boru. And, like any good Kyrgyz festival there will be music, food and lots of yurts. Return to the guest house/yurt camp.On 5th day,  you will head to Bishkek city, on the way you will visit Tokmok city and have an excursion around Burana Tower (UNESCO heritage site). Once you arrive to Bishkek, you will have a Bishkek city tour. You will experience and see famous and historical sights. For dinner time you may choose one of the many restaurants with different cuisines from local to Asian/European ones. The next day transfer to airport early morning for departure.

$4099 Classic

The Five Stans of the Silk Road

See all the 'stans (well, most of them) on this comprehensive 26-day tour through Central Asia. Learn about nomadic life in Song Köl, explore natural landscapes like Kaindy Lake's sunken forest, and witness the hustle and bustle of capital cities and their bazaars, cathedrals, and historical sites. Along the way, you'll sleep like the locals do in homestays and yurts to get even closer to this underexplored destination.

$2349 Classic

Best of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Spend two weeks discovering a part of the world well off the typical tourist track. Few Central Asia tours offer the cultural flavour this journey through Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan does. Trek through the gorgeous landscapes of Jeti-Oguz, go horseback riding through the breathtaking valley at Chong-Kemin, stay a night in a traditional yurt, and discover the unforgettable warmth of the people in these regions. Visit Central Asia and you'll wonder why you didn't get here sooner.