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

Cultural & Theme Tours, Manas International Airport to null

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Visit some of Kyrgyzstan’s most beautiful cities on a 6-day tour that explores nature, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and traditional nomadic culture. After arrival in Bishkek, You’ll head to Cholpon-Ata city and get to know its famous sites, travel to Karakol and pass by picturesque gorges and valleys.Witness the exciting “Prey of Birds” festival. Finish the tour back in the country’s lively capital. This 6 day tour includes accommodations, transport. entrance fees, and guided visits,  with pickup at the airport.
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.

What’s included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • DVD (available to purchase)