Arrival to Bishkek Airport (flight details to be confirmed/TBC), transfer to city or hotel. In case of midnight/early arrival, early check-in to hotel is advised. Accommodation, short rest and refreshment. Half-day sightseeing tour of Bishkek city including: Ala-Too main square, State Historical Museum (currently closed for reconstruction but expected to open for June), open air Art Gallery, Panfilov Park, Oak Park, Erkindik Boulevard, State Museum of Fine Arts, Victory Square, walk along the Youth Alley surrounded by two major university main buildings (State National and International Universities), Grand Philharmonic Hall, Manas and ManaschyStatues and the Mayer Office. Finish the tour by excursion to colorful market Osh Bazar to feel the real sense of Central Asian life by watching merchants selling their products, people of all ages and different ethnic groups, nationalities who live in Kyrgyzstan. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast depart to KArakol with en-route stop to visit a historical site: remains of ancient city Balasagyn (10-12th century) consisting of a minaret, an open air museum of Balbals (carved stone figures) and a small archeological museum in Tokmok town. In Cholpon-Ata visit open air Petroglyphs Museum and Regional Museum.Enjoy the scenic road to Karakol located at Far East of the lake. Upon arrival to Karakol, check-in to a guesthouse. In the afternoon, short tour around the city: visit beautiful Russian Church made entirely of wood (built without nails), the Dungan Mosque (Dungan’s are minority group of Chinese Muslims living in this region and they originally come from Western China), the museum of Przewalski, who was renowned Soviet explorer of Central and East Asia. Further, visit one-village-one-product local shop for handmade souvenirs made by local women.. This shop is run by the association of local women who produce wide range of products starting from wild berry jams, handicrafts, herbal soaps and other souvenirs, all using products and materials found in the Issyk-Kul region.
Meals: B, D
Today you will visit one of the beautiful valleys - Jyrgalan. Enjoy the gorgeous drive to the valley along the scenic road that passes through small villages surrounded by sharply inclined peaks. You will arrive to Jyrgalan village with about 1100 inhabitants. The peculiarity of the area is that it is located at an altitude of 2300 meters among the mountain ranges of TeskeyAla-Too, far from industrial dens and routes…that are harmful to flora and fauna. You will enjoy the breathtaking pure air, Crystal River Jyrgalan that flows from the peaks and several old Soviet buildings still standing there today including an old coal warehouse and weighing station and get to the small village named Karabakh. The village got the name on the occasion of war between Azerbaijan and Armenia, since the village was set up during that ethnic conflict. You will be met by locals who will greet you and by having an excursion around the village. After lunch you will go for half-day hiking tour.
Dinner and overnight at family run guest house.
Meals: B, L, D
After the breakfast, drive to Jeti-Oguz, a lush valley with some striking red sandstone rock formations including the “Seven Bulls” from which the valley takes its name. Along the way, excursion to Barskoon valley. Rare shrubs and steppe grasses grow at the beginning of the Gorge. Huge Tian-Shan spruce trees rise on both slopes of the Canyon. Along the away, there are unusual monuments passing through the Barskoon gorge, such as the Soviet truck on the platform and the bust of the first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who after his space flight rested on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul lake.From the gorge you can see the snowy peaks of the surrounding mountains, the highest and most beautiful one is the Peak of Panfilov Heroes (4610 m) and the Peak of the World Peace Council (4310 m).Barskoon Gorge is famous for its cascading waterfalls. The most picturesque have interesting names: Tears of a Bars, Beard of an Old Man, Splashes of Champagne and Cup of Manas. Upon arrival dinner and overnight at yurt camp.
Meals: B, L, D
The road to the lake has stunning views of Tien-Shan Mountains, green pastures where you can see herding horses and sheep, small mountains rivers and definitely local nomads with their yurts. You can stop and visit nomads where you will be offered bread and national drink Kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) as a mean of their hospitality. Accommodation at yurt camp,dinner and overnight.
Meals: B, L, D
Full-day for observing and experiencing nomadic lifestyle, interacting with shepherds and their families, watch them run household duties like milking mares, making Kymyz, taking part in preparing food, taking care of livestock etc. You will walk to nearby place where will be festival of traditional Kyrgyz horse games such as Ulak-Tartysh, KyzKuumai, Tyiynenmei, Erenish which will follow with folklore show and kyrgyz cuisine.
Dinner and accommodation in a camp.
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast depart to Chon Keminvalley. On the way stop at Kochkor village to visit Altyn-Kol (Golden Hands) local shop for famous Kyrgyz felt carpets and other felt products. Observe as well as participate in making felt carpet with locals and lunch in a local family. Arrival to guest house dinner in the yard of the guest house followed with bonfire and Akyn singing folk songs on komuz and accordion.
Meals: B, L, D
Breakfast. Half-day excursion tour to KalmakAshuu Gorge (on horses and/or horse carts for supplement). lunch at the guest house and transfer to Bishkek. Upon arrival, check-in to hotel.
Evening free time.
Meals: B, L
Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
|GROUP SIZE||PRICE IN KGS (USD)/PER PERSON|
|5||62 230 (889 USD)|
|Supplementary for single accommodation||7 980 (114 USD)|
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|TOUR PRICE INCLUDES|
|Accommodation - twin based||Bishkek - 3* hotel (2 o/n)
Karakol - guest house (1 o/n)
Jyrgalan - guest house (1 o/n)
Kaji-Sai - yurt camp (1 o/n)
Son-Kol - yurt camp (2 o/n)
Chon-Kemin - guest house (1/n)
|Note:||3-5 people share one yurt in Kaji-Sai and Son-Kol; outside shared toilet|
|Transport||Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle (minibus)|
|Guide services (Eng/Russ)||Included|
|Meals||Breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners|
|Entrance fees to museums & sites |
including festival in Son-Kol
|Bottled water||1 liter/person/day|
|Folklore show in Chon-Kemin||Included|
|Felt show in Kochkor||Included|
|TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES|
|International air fare|
|Visa to Kyrgyzstan/Visa support/Passport registration (if required)|
|Horseback riding (for additional fee):|
Jyrgalan - 1 675 KGS (25 USD)/person/day
Son-Kol - 1 005 KGS (15 USD)/person/2 hours
Chon-Kemin - 1 675 KGS (25 USD)/person/day
Instructor - 2 010 KGS (30 USD) one instructor up to 4 people
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