Best of Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Classic, Almaty to Bishkek

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This 9-day tour takes you off the beaten tourist path and into the cultures of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Begin in Almaty and drive through the stunning Charyn Canyon. Spend one night in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Enjoy city time in Bishkek as well as optional activities like day hikes and horseback riding to get you closer to the stunning nature here.

What’s included

  • Local Living: Yurt Building Demonstration, Barskoon Local Living: Overnight in a Yurt, Song Köl Local Living: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin
  • City tour (Almaty)
  • Charyn Canyon stop
  • Karakol city tour (half-day)
  • Yurt building presentation (Ak Orgo)
  • Felt-making workshop visit
  • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
  • Burana Tower visit
  • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations

Highlights

  • Learn about the diverse cultures of central asia
  • Soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Connect with the locals during a yurt stay
  • Wander the soviet streets of bishkek.

Itinerary

Day 1 Almaty There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Almaty (1B) Take a city tour of Almaty including the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market. Included Activities: City Tour
Day 3 Almaty/Karakol (1B) Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol. Included Activities: Charyn Canyon Visit Border Crossing (Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 420km)
Day 4 Karakol/Bokonbayevo (1B, 1L, 1D) Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Barskoon Village and visit the Ak Orgo Workshop. Try out a traditional meal for lunch and learn how to build a yurt. Continue on to Bokonbayevo but first stop for a quick dip in the lake while en route. Included Activities: Przhevalsky Museum Visit Yurt Building Demonstration Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 140km)
Day 5 Bokonbayevo/Song Köl (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Kochkor and visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. After lunch, continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience. Included Activities: Felt Workshop Visit Overnight in a Yurt Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 140km) Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 130km)
Day 6 Song Kul (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt. Included Activities: Overnight in a Yurt
Day 7 Song Kul/Chong-Kemin (1B, 1D) Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery. Included Activities: CBT Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 8 Chong-Kemin/Bishkek (1B, 1L) Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour. Included Activities: City Tour Burana Tower Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 160km)
Day 9 Bishkek (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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