Highlights of Kyrgyzstan around Issyk-Kul lake

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Manas International Airport to null

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See Issyk-Kul by road, driving around its shores. This memorable 7-day city & villlage stopping tour starts from Bishkek and end there, visiting Karakol, Bokonbaevo, Karakol, Cholpon-Ata in between. Explore the nomadic villages and get to know it’s hospitable people. Learn about the history of each place. Dine on some delicious local dishes. Enjoy walking tour in beautiful nature along the canyons, swim in some of the cleanest waters of Issyk-Kul, ride horses, sleep in yurts and do many more exciting and unforgettable things during this trip in Kyrgyzstan.
Pick up from the airport and direct transfer to the Bokonbayevo village. On the way  you will visit Burana Tower an ancient minaret, UNESCO Heritage. Burana is the ruins of the ancient city of Balasagun - the capital of the Khanate of Karakhanids. You will have an excursion throughout the complex, go to the museum and see the panorama view.  Then you will continue the way. On the scenic drive you will travel through Boom Gorge canyon along the Chu river with views of the mountains in the distance. Lunch in the cafe on the road.Check-in at the Yurt camp on arrival. The rest of the day you will spend in the Yurt camp. You will have the chance to meet experienced Berkutchi - eagle hunter, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features.Day 2. After breakfast, you will go to the Canyon Skazka. A canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms.Soft rocks of different shades are very flexible to the action of external forces. After the next rain, the relief of the Fairytale can really change noticeably.And shades of colors on the slopes of the canyon can change dramatically and with strong gusts of wind. Also you will visit the Barskoon waterfall. You will do hiking to the waterfall for about 20-30 mins, on the way you will see the Yuri Gagarin Monument, as a symbol that he has been here. On the return way to the yurt camp you will visit sacral place Manjyly-Ata.The fame of Mandjyly-Ata, acquired at the end of the 17th century, is explained by the mention of the "Manas" in the epic as a sacred place for the Kyrgyz.Day 3. After breakfast at the yurt camp, you will go to the Jeti-Oguz gorge, a picturesque mountain gorge in Kyrgyzstan, 28 kilometers west of the city of Karakol along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. 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. The local point of interest is the rock "Broken Heart", near which you can always make incredibly beautiful photos.Day 4. After the breakfast, you will have the chance to explore the city of Karakol. You will visit: the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian researcher of Central Asia - N.M. Przhevalsky and some other places, including bazaars and parks, which makes Karakol one of the Kyrgyzstan’s best destination to visit.Day 5. After breakfast you will start to move towards Bishkek through the northern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake. You will stop at Oruktu village for hot springs, after lunch you will visit the cultural center of Ruh Ordo, named after the famous writer of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov.Day 6. After breakfast 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.

What’s included

  • Accommodation with breakfast in Bishkek 3*, Bokonbaevo, Karakol
  • 6 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • Transportation
  • Transfer
  • Excursions and guide service
  • Water
  • Meeting with Berkutchi
  • Breakfast
  • Bottled water

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Tourist Medical insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Gifts, personal expenses and shopping