Best of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Classic, Bishkek to Tashkent

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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.

What’s included

  • Your Local Living Moment: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonkël’ Your Local Living Moment: Community Homestay, Kŭli Iskandarkŭl
  • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
  • Burana Tower visit
  • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
  • Felt-making workshop visit
  • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
  • Karakol city tour (half-day)
  • Saty Village stay
  • Charyn Canyon stop
  • City tour (Almaty)
  • Dushanbe city tour
  • Hikes and picnic lunch
  • Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube)
  • City tour (Khujand)
  • Khujand market visit
  • City tour (Tashkent)
  • Internal flight
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Stop and marvel at charyn canyon
  • Explore karakol with guided city tour
  • Settle into a chong-kemin homestay
  • Visit the mug teppe settlement

Itinerary

Day 1 Bishkek Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Bishkek/Chong-Kemin (1B, 1D) After breakfast, embark on a morning city tour of Bishkek. Later, depart Bishkek for Chong-Kemin. Along the way, stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower and learn about this ancient structure, rare in nomadic culture. Continue along the scenic valley before reaching Chong-Kemin. Stay in a unique guest house that employs the local villagers. Soak in the stunning scenery while exploring the village. Included Activities: City Tour Burana Tower Visit CBT Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 160km)
Day 3 Chong-Kemin/Song Kul (1B, 1L, 1D) In the morning, embark on an optional hike to the nearby mountains with stunning views. After lunch, take a scenic drive to Song Kul and be immersed in Kyrgyz culture with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt. Experience daily nomadic life, opting to hike the landscape or explore the scenery via horseback. Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine for dinner. In the evening, get cozy in the yurt around the stove. Included Activities: Overnight in a Yurt Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 4 Ozero Sonkël’/Bokonbayevo (1B, 1D) Upon arrival in Kochkor, learn about the importance of felt-making to the Kyrgyz culture and local artisans. Learn to craft with locals during an intimate workshop and then head to Bokonbayevo village. Experience a traditional Kyrgyz meal and then spend the night at a local homestay getting to know the local community members. Included Activities: Bokonbayevo Village Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 130km) Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 150km)
Day 5 Bokonbayevo/Jety-Oguz (1B, 1L) Take a morning departure to Barskoon Village for a visit to Ak-Orgo Workshop Centre. Observe how traditional yurts are built and learn about the importance of this Kyrgyz craft. Continue to Jety-Oguz Gorge & and overnight in a traditional yurt. Included Activities: Yurt Building Demonstration Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 60km) Private Vehicle (0.80 hour(s), 60km)
Day 6 Jety-Oguz/Karakol (1B) Continue to Karakol and stop at the Prejevalskiy Museum followed by a walking tour of the city. See the Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and pagoda-style Dungan Mosque, built by Chinese Muslims in the early 20th Century. Included Activities: Przhevalsky Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.80 hour(s), 42km)
Day 7 Karakol/Saty Village (1B, 1D) Cross the border into Kazakhstan embarking for Saty Village. Begin by hiking Kolsay Lake National park. Known for Kaindy Lake, soak in the bright hues and marvel at the eery sight of submerged trees. Feel fully immersed in nature. Tonight, stay at a local guest house and indulge in traditional Kazakh meals - a truly Kazakh experience. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan) Saty Village Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 230km)
Day 8 Saty Village/Almaty (1B) Boasting stunning shades of red, orange and brown, the Charyn Canyon is a natural wonder comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. Take in the stunning views before continuing on to the former Kazakh capital, Almaty. Take a city tour visiting sights such as the Monument of Independence, Zekoy Cathedral, and historical centre. In the afternoon, use free time to continue exploring this modern city. Opt to climb Green Hill for panoramic views, visit the local markets, or sip coffee in one of the plentiful cafes. Included Activities: Charyn Canyon Visit City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 140km) Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 9 Almaty/Dushanbe (1B) There may be more travellers joining the group here. Opt to attend an evening welcome meeting to get to know them. Transport: Plane (1.50 hour(s))
Day 10 Dushanbe/Kŭli Iskandarkŭl (1B, 1D) Enjoy a free morning visiting some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe like monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains for an overnight at a local home in the stunning Iskandarkul area. Meet the locals and explore the gorgeous landscape of the Fann Mountains. Included Activities: City Tour Community Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 11 Kŭli Iskandarkŭl (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village. Included Activities: Waterfall Hike Community Homestay
Day 12 Kŭli Iskandarkŭl/Khŭjand (1B) Continue on to Istaravshan and visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before driving to Khujand. Explore the city in the afternoon, visiting the museum and a mausoleum. Included Activities: Mug Tepe Visit City Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (2.25 hour(s), 145km) Private Vehicle (1.25 hour(s), 80km)
Day 13 Khŭjand/Tashkent (1B) Some travellers will be joining the group here as they start their journey into Uzbekistan. Included Activities: Market Visit Border Crossing (Tajikistan - Uzbekistan) Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 178km)
Day 14 Tashkent (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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