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$415.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 days unforgettable natural and cultural tour in Kyrgyzstan

Day 1. Airport Manas - Bishkek – Ala Archa National                                                                    Visiting Ala Archa alpine National Park, Bishkek city tour - Ala too aquare and Osh bazaar, Panfilov Park,Historical museum  Day 2. Bishkek - Cholpon Ata (Issyk Kul Lake)       Departure to Cholpon Ata through the north shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visiting we will visit Burana Tower, which was the capital of the Karakhanid Empire in the 9th century. Lunch in Kyrgyz family near the tower, here we will eat Kyrgyz National dishes. Depart to Cholpon-Ata. We will visit Cholpon Ata historical museum and petroglyphs.       Day 3. Cholpon Ata – Grigoriev gorge - Karakol       In the morning, we set-off to Karakol via Grigoriev gorge This gorge is one of the most famous and beautiful natural sights of Issyk-Kul Lake. Departing to Karakol. Visiting Prjevalski museum in Karakol                       Day 4. Karakol – Jety Oguz – Fairy Tale Canyon – Almaluu Yurt campAfter breakfast city tour in Karakol. Sightseeing: Dungan Mosque, Russian Orthodox church and local bazaar. Lunch in a local restaurant in Karakol. We move from Karakol to Djety-Oguz valley with main attractions such as Broken Heart and Seven Bulls. After that we will visit the Fairy Tale Canyon is located on the southern shore of lake.  Day 5.Almaluu Yurt camp – Son-Kul lake                 After breakfast we depart to Son Kul. Lake Son Kul is a mountainous lake on the altitude of 3016 meters above the sea level.Here we can organize for you horses, and you can try to ride a horse.It is the best opportunity for people who would like to experience the real nomadic life and culture. Dinner.              Day 6. Son-Kul lake – Kochkor - Chon Kemin Nature Park                                                             After breakfast departure to Chon Kemin, valley is a unique natural environment with diverse flora and fauna that features beautiful landscapes, from semi-deserts to glaciers.Dinner and overnight in a local Guest House. Lunch in Kyrgyz Family in Kochkor. Dinner in Chon-Kemin Guest house.  Day 7. Chon-Kemin - Kegety gorge and waterfall - Bishkek                                                           After breakfast departure to Kegety gorge. Kegety Gorge is home to numerous streams, alpine meadows, and spruce forests. One stream in particular crescendos into a beautiful waterfall that is one of the most visited features within Kegety Gorge. Back to Bishkek.                       Day 8. Bishkek – Manas airport                       Meeting at the hotel, then we go to airport Manas. End of the service. 

$1650 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overland expedition around Kyrgyzstan

ItineraryDay 1: Day at Bishkek cityStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekUpon arrival at Manas International Airport in Bishkek you will be met by us in the terminal and transferred to our comfortable, 3-star hotel in the city. As everybody will be arriving at different times, today is a day of leisure. You can choose to relax in the hotel, check out one of the many lovely cafes Bishkek has to offer or go on a self-guided walking tour. There will be our first group meeting at 6pm, followed by a delicious dinner in one of our favourite restaurants in the city.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-4 star hotelDay 2: Bishkek- Kalmak AshuuStop At: Chon-Kemin National Park, Kemin, Chuy ProvinceWe’ll have breakfast at our hotel before leaving early in the morning for Chong Kemin, a beautiful village located in a valley. Along the way we’ll stop off at the 9th century minaret, the Burana Tower, and then continue to our guesthouse for a nice lunch. In the afternoon we will go for a mountain hike to get some beautiful views of the region. Dinner will be in the guesthouse.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Authentic type Guest HouseDay 3: Chong Kemin to Song KulStop At: Song Kol Lake, Naryn, Naryn ProvinceAfter breakfast in our guesthouse we will start driving towards the large town of Kochkor. Here we will have lunch with a local family known for their amazing handicrafts. After the meal we will be treated to a workshop on how to make the felt handicrafts that Kyrgyzstan is famous for. You will have the opportunity to purchase some handmade souvenirs before we continue the drive towards Song Kul, one of the jewels of the country.This alpine lake sits above 3000m and is surrounded by nomadic shepherds, looking after yaks, donkeys, goats and horses. We will be staying in a luxury yurt camp, the best one on the lake, and isolated from the other main yurt accommodations. Once we check in to our yurts we will head out for a short walk and enjoy a sunset photoshoot. Dinner will be prepared by the family in the yurt camp.Duration: 2 daysMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt campDay 4: Day at Song KulStop At: Song Kol Lake, Naryn, Naryn ProvinceWe’ll wake early to catch what will hopefully be a gorgeous sunrise, and then have breakfast in the dining yurt. In the morning the whole group will take part in a half-day horse trek to visit some ancient petroglyphs and take in a spectacular panoramic view of the landscape. Lunch will be back at the yurt camp. In the afternoon the family will put on a boorsok show, teaching us how to make this famous, doughy snack that is a staple all around the country, and then there will be free time to relax before dinner. If the skies are clear we’ll do an astrophotography workshop to learn how to capture images of the Milky Way.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt CampDay 5: Song Kul-BokonbaevStop At: Issyk-Kul Lake, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceIn the morning we’ll have breakfast with our family at Song Kul before saying goodbye and driving down to Kyrgyzstan’s other legendary lake – Issyk Kul. Here we’ll stay in another high-end yurt camp near the shores of the lake. We’ll have lunch at the accommodation and then head off to what promises to be one of the highlights of the trip – an eagle hunting demonstration, hosted by a world champion! We’ll be given a close-up experience of how man and eagle have worked together for centuries in Central Asia, and you will have the opportunity to pose for photos holding the eagle yourself. There will also be a number of other traditional sporting demonstrations. In the evening will have dinner and a traditional folklore show.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt campDay 6: Day at Issyk-Kul lakeStop At: Ethno-Cultural Tourist Destination South Shore of Issyk-Kul, Bokonbayevo, Issyk Kul ProvinceWe’ll have breakfast in the yurt camp and then set off for a half-day horse trek into the mountains. The views will be amazing, and after you’ve worked up an appetite we’ll return to camp for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit a nearby village that is famous for building yurts, the awesome domes we’ve been staying in for the last few nights. Here we’ll take part in a yurt-building demonstration from the world record holders for the fastest time to erect a yurt. We won’t be in a rush though – instead this will be a hands-on experience so you can learn how to build your own yurt! Afterwards we’ll head back to the yurt camp for dinner and another special show.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Yurt CampDay 7: Drive to Karakol cityStop At: Karakol Tourist Information Center, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceWe’ll hit the road on an early start and start off the day’s adventures with a visit to Skazka Canyon, also known as Fairytale Canyon. This spectacular sandstone formation is like one giant playground for adults, and we’ll spend around an hour to climb all over the gorgeous canyon and take pictures of the rainbow-like formations. Afterwards we’ll continue on our way towards Jeti Oguz to get a gorgeous view of the Seven Bulls rock formation. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in the cool town of Karakol, and check in to our awesome 3 star hotel. Dinner will be in an excellent local restaurant.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3-4 star hotelDay 8: Day at Karakol cityStop At: Karakol Historical Museum, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceAfter breakfast we will go on a walking tour of Karakol city with a local guide and visit the famous Dungan mosque, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and other highlights of the city.. For lunch we will be experiencing a traditional cooking class with a Dungan family. The Dungans are a Chinese-Muslim ethnic minority group that fled persecution in their homeland and settled in the valleys around Karakol. After learning about their history and visiting one of their mosques you will be taught how to make ashlanfu, one of their most famous dishes. Then enjoy one of the most amazing feasts you can imagine.The afternoon is free, then we will head off on a sunset kayaking mission on Issyk Kul. This is a brand new activity, and having the opportunity to go for a paddle around the stunning lake is definitely not to be missed. We’ll finish with dinner in a great local restaurant.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 3-4 star hotelDay 9: Karakol - JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we’re going to wake up before sunrise and head to the famous livestock bazaar in Karakol. Here hundreds of local farmers and herders get together every Sunday during the summer to buy and sell horses, goats, sheep and cows. It’s a manic, dusty, loud place, but is very interesting. We plan to go early as most of the trading actually starts around 3am, so this way we’ll beat the tourists and see it while it is still busy.Afterwards we’ll head back to the hotel for breakfast and to shower before driving out to Jyrgalan, our favourite place in all of Kyrgyzstan! This mountain village proved to be everyone’s favourite as well on our last two tours, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it. We have a couple of days jam packed with adventure for you, and we’ll start with a hike in the afternoon before enjoying a traditional Finnish sauna and dinner with the local family.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 10: Day at JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceAs tempting as it is to simply relax around the village of Jyrgalan, the real beauty is out in the mountains, and that’s exactly where we’re headed today. We’re going to go on a full-day horse trek to a beautiful alpine lake. Lunchboxes will be provided, and we’ll return again to the guesthouse for dinner. For those that don’t want to horse trek for an entire day, there are plenty of other options to do around the village or the mountains. Options will be discussed.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 11: Day at JyrgalanStop At: Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, Karakol, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we have another full-day guided hike planned, this time to a nearby mountain ridge that offers gorgeous views over the border into Kazakhstan. It’s of moderate difficulty, so decent fitness is required. Lunchboxes will be provided along the way. We’ll have dinner back at the guesthouse.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Guest HouseDay 12: Jyrgalan - Cholpon AtaStop At: Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul ProvinceToday we say our reluctant goodbyes to Jyrgalan and drive towards Cholpon Ata, one of the biggest towns on Issyk Kul’s north shore. For lunch we will visit a golden trout mountain farm and try our hand at a bit of fishing. For lunch we’ll have a delicious fresh fish spread, and then continue to the ancient petroglyphs spread out over hundreds of boulders in an open sky museum, and check out the new Rukh Ordo Cultural Centre. We’ll be staying in a lovely guesthouse in town, and have dinner at a nice restaurant in Cholpon AtaDuration: 24 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: 4 star hotelDay 13: Cholpon Ata - BishkekStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekIt’s a short 3-hour drive to Bishkek, so we will have a leisurely breakfast and then get on the road. When we arrive back in the city we’ll check in to our hotel, and the afternoon is free to relax, pack your bags or get in a last bit of souvenir shopping. Lunch is included today, and we’ll have a final group dinner in the evening.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerNo accommodation included on this day.Day 14: Depart from BishkekStop At: Bishkek-City, BishkekThe final goodbyes will be sad, but it’s onto the next adventure! We’ll transfer you to the Manas International Airport in time to catch your departing flights.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$160 Outdoor Activities

Horseback riding in Kyrgyzstan

Horseback riding to Song Kol lake Day 1: Kochkor — Kyzart pass 2664m — Kilemche jailoo After breakfast transfer from Kochkor to Kyzart village (1 hour) where you will start horseback riding. We start horseback riding to Kilemche The name means “like a carpet,” and this swathe of grass covers whole mountain ranges, with shadings as subtle as any shyrdak (shyrdak is a Kyrgyz felt carpet). Dinner in a yurt.Horse time: 5 hours.Day 2: Kilemche — Song Kol lake Spend the morning climbing to Jalgyz Karagai pass (3400m), enter the lake basin. The trek offers superb views of grassland and mountain ranges. After lunch at Jaman Echki, follow the lakeshore east to Batai Aral, and meet the host family of Kyrgyz shepherds. Overnight in yurt,enjoy typical local food, such as fermented mare’s milk and grill fish from the lake.Horse time: 5 hours. Day 3: Song Kol lake - KochkorAfter breakfast Transfer to Kochkor by the Kalmak Ashuu pass(3446m) Arrival in Kochkor.Transport 3 hours (110km)Standard cost for the 3-days tour is (USD): 1 person $2102 people = $140 per person3 people = $130 per person4 people = $120 per person5 people = $110per person6,7,8,9,10,11,12 people = $95 per person Price Includes:AccommodationMealsHorsesHorse guideGuide (English speaking)Transport go/backMineral water Price doesn’t includeTravel insurance,Air tickets,AlcoholTax of bank,Additional services not mentioned in the program. 

$135 Outdoor Activities

Horse riding to Kol Ukok lake 2 Days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Kol-Ukok Lake, Kochkor, Naryn Province“Kol-Ukok” means ‘The Lake in a Chest’ and is nestling between two steep slopes in the North-Eastern Terskei Ala Too Mountains. The water is sweet and cold. The maximum depth is 17 m. A white fish, and Savan trout — a regal, multi-hued fish — live in the lake. The lakeshore is totally peaceful and quiet. On the way there you may see marmots and badgers, hear mountain birds singing or the cry of an eagle, hawk or griffin. Wolves, jackals, foxes, hares, and mountain goats live here. Around the lake the diversity and originality of flowers – from forgot-me-not to legend edelweiss – will enchant you. Many plants — rhubarb, wild garlic, etc. — served the ancients as a source of vitamins. Most importantly, you will be welcomed by hospitable people, descendants of ancient nomads, who drive their cattle here from May to October. Throughout the tour, you will observe the shepherds lifestyle, customs and family traditions, as well as see them making traditional, national Kyrgyz milk products – kymyz (fermented mare milk), airan (Kyrgyz yogurt), and kurut (dried salty cheese). Here you can also see cows and horses being milked and will be able to watch bread being prepared.

$1110 Outdoor Activities

Kyrgyzstan Discover real life of kyrgyz people in 8 days

Arrival day: Welcome to BishkekDay 1: Today is a day to develop Bishkek city and learn how to cook.Early arrival to “Manas Airport”. Meet the group at “Manas” Airport. Transfer to hotel for rest. City tour of Bishkek. We will start our excursion from Frunze Statue and visit train station. As well as in our program one of main sightseeings as Ala-Too square, Panfilov Park and Victory square.  Our last destination in Bishkek will be Osh bazar, where we buy products and drive to village to cook Kyrgyz meal in local house with local familyDay 2: Bishkek- Chon-KeminToday you will visit one of famous sightseeing in Kyrgyzstan “Burana Tower”. Your morning will start from transfer to Burana Tower. After visiting Burana Tower we are going to Chon-Kemin. It is recommended to ride a horse and have a picnic there. (by your wish you can ride a horse and walk through mountain). (Should be paid supplementary) At the end of day debate club (depends on number of people in group). Day 3: Chon-Kemin-KarakolOur day will start from transfer to Karakol. En route we will stop to visit house of woman that make kyrgyz traditional carpet from felt for long period of time. She will share knowledge of making felt carpet and show master class to us.Today we also we are going to visit Rukh -Ordo. One of best open-air cultural centre in Kyrgyzstan. Continue to drive to Karakol and visit Hippodrom en route. By arrival to Karakol take a rest and have a dinner in one of the most popular restaurant "Dastorkon", where you have a chance try ice-cream from mare's fermented milk. Day 4  Karakol-Bokonbaevo (Full day of fascinating nature)Today we are going to Bokonbaevo. En route we will visit Barskoon gorge and have a lovely picnic. After some time we are going to go to Bokonbaevo and have a chance to speak with eagle owner and take a photo with eagle. Day 5 Bokonbaevo- Son-Kul lake (3016 m oversee level) After breakfast we are going to Son-Kul. En route we will have short stop in Kochkor. Our destination is Son-Kul lake. After reaching Son-Kul walking time and having a rest in yurt. Talking club inside of yurt.(Please take warm clothes, temperature of weather can change at night and can be -2 or -3 С.) Day 6 Son-Kul lakeOpen air breakfast. After breakfast show of making process of kaimak (soured cream). Be ready to see waterfall today and road that name is “44 Popugaya” that in translation means 44 Papagei. Having a picnic in nature and coming back to see kok bory game (should be paid supplementary) (kyrgyz traditional game). Day 7 Son-Kul lake- BishkekAt that day we will visit rot Front village in which there are living german people. After return to Bishkek last dinner with a kyrgyz dancing show(there will be also explanation of  movement in a dance). Day 8 Bishkek-Manas AirportSaying good bye to local people that accompanied you. Transfer from hotel to Aiport

$199 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tour to Song Kol Lake

ItineraryDay 1: Song Kol LakeStop At: Burana Tower, Tokmok, Chuy ProvinceThe tour starts early in the morning. Our guide will meet you from earlier agreed spot. Your first stop at the Burana Tower - today it is the heritage of UNESCO and Kyrgyzstan as one of the Great Silk Road sight. Burana itself is a tower-minaret, was built in the 10th-12th centuries under the Karakhanids. You will have an unforgettable excursion in the entire complex territory, visiting the museum and a panoramic view from the Tower itself. Concerning the tower, you will also learn some legends regarding the meaning of the symbols on the walls and stone monuments around the area. In addition to the tower, you will also be able to see the balbals (stone gravers) that are located around and were created by the ancient Turkic tribes. This whole trip around the territory will help you to move into the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artefacts.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Orto-Tokoy Water Reservoir, Kochkor, Naryn ProvinceAfter you will continue trip through the Boom Gorge it is a kind of a thread that connects the three regions - Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. On the road, you can enjoy beautiful views of high mountains - somewhere steep and rocky, as well as the rapid flow of the Chu River.You will stop for lunch in of the local cafes. The next stop will be at the water reservoir Orto-Tokoy. Which is a perfect photo stop for watching and picturing amazing views. Then you will continue towards Song-Kul with the stop in Kochkor village, where you can also visit openbazaar there to shop for some snacks and drinks, as in the mountain you will be limited with the choice. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Son Kul Lake, Naryn ProvinceAlso you will have another stop in the mountains for spring water tasting. It is a beautiful area with its flora and fauna, and if you will be lucky you can observe yuks there (wild cows).The destination of the first day of the tour will be the mountain lake Song-Kul. The lake lies on an alpine mountain plain surrounded by meadows (jailoo) at an altitude of 2016 m above the sea level. It is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan after Issyk-Kul lake. Since the ancient times till nowadays the area around the lake services for the local people as summer pasture (jailoo), where shepherds spend time during the summer. During the winter time the lake is difficult to access and there is almost nobody in the area. Pristine water, fresh air, nomadic lifestyle experience, amazing views, disconnection from the civilisation, opportunity to communicate with local people and horse riding is just amazing experiences worth of taking the tour to Song-Kul. You will be also able to try the life-giving drink from mare's milk "Kymyz" made by the local people. Because of the fantastically untouched nature, the purest air, aromatic and fragrant herbs, crystal clear glacial waters, Kymyz turns out to be the best, with a whole bouquet of aromas. Sometimes local people just come here for Kymyz treatment, as it is a good way of cleansing. The temperature in the nights can goes minus even during the summer, so we recommend you to have work clothes even though the your will be heated.Overnight stay in the Yurt Camp. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Yurt campDay 2: BishkekStop At: Chon-TuzBreakfast in the morning. On the second day you will have the chance of walking along the shore of the Song-Kul, some of you can be so brave even to swim, others can enjoy horse riding or watching and talking with local people and children, while they are playing different games. Lunch will be served at one of the local yurts, where you can enjoy Kyrgyz national food. After lunch, you will return to Bishkek. The road leads through very picturesque places. On the way, you will visit the salt cave Chong-Tuz. Salt cave is located in a mountain, the total length of natural and artificial walks is 2.5 kilometers. In a cave, you can find a lake of 80 meters in depth and find the walls with the salt icicles. This place is used to be resort for respiratory and allergic illness treatment. Today it is one of the touristic attraction that worth to visit during the trip. On the way back to Bishkek, the driver will stop in Boom Gorge for a biological break and if you want you can buy some food. In the late evening, you will arrive at the city of Bishkek.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.