Cultural Tour-35 Days | Bishkek, Son Kul, Issyk-Kul

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A 5-day Cultural tour 3 in Kyrgyzstan is a familiarization with the main places of interest of Bishkek and Issyk-Kul, as well as visiting beautiful natural places of Kyrgyzstan. You will visit the picturesque lake Son Kul, ancient petroglyphs of Cholpon-Ata, have romantic walk along the shore of Issyk-Kul lake and plenty of unforgettable memories.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek
Arrival to Bishkek, transfer to the hotel. After some rest Sightseeing tour: Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar. After lunch transfer to the Ala-Archa National Park (40 km). You will be in the alpine gorge through which the fast flowing Ala-Archa River runs, flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Hiking in the gorge. Return back to the alpine camp. Transfer to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2: Bishkek –Son Kul
In the morning drive to Son-Kul Lake (400 km ). Lunch in Kochkor village on the way. Arriving at Son Kul in the afternoon. This is a remote mountain lake situated on a treeless, high mountain plateau ( 3016 m ) where shepherds bring the livestock in the summertime, establish a camp for living – setting up their yurts. In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts, where you will, for sure, be invited to have kymyz, the national drink made of fermented mare's milk, with traditional bread, try other diary products and home made jam. Dinner and overnight in yurts.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Son Kul– Issyk-Kul
In the morning transfer to Issyk-Kul Lake along the north shore. On the way, there is an excursion in the open-air art gallery of drawings on the rock, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Also you can visit museum of local lore in Cholpon-Ata. Accommodation at a hotel on the North Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Issyk-Kul –Bishkek
Free time for swimming in the lake or walking along the beach till 11 AM. Transfer to Bishkek. On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI - XIII). Farewell dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Day 5: Bishkek - Airport
Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast



Deluxe Option

Budget Option


Hotel (****)

Guest House (**+)


Guest House (B&B)


Home stay (B&B), family run accommodation


 Hotel (***) or similar

Guest House in Cholpon-Ata


Prices for 2016:


Tour price per person

Deluxe option, USD

Tour price per person

Budget option, USD













5-6  775  640







Single supplement



Full board for a group 1-4 pax


Horse per day


Horseman per day


*The price for 1 pax already includes single supplement
**Single accommodation is possible in all places except for Son Kul.


Price includes:

  1. Twin room accommodation, including early check in on Day 1;
  2. Meals – groups of 1-4 people - as stated in the program; groups of 5-10 people – full board;
  3. Transportation throughout the whole trip.
  4. English speaking guide (except for the day 7 – transfer to the airport);
  5. Sightseeing tour program in all cities according to the program, including entrance fees to sights, museums. Camera/video fees are not included and paid separately;
  6. Mineral water.

Price does not include:

  1. Hotel charges for additional services;
  2. Single supplement;
  3. Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
  4. Registration in Kyrgyzstan;
  5. Payment for early check in and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  6. International airfares;
  7. Visa support;
  8. Horse riding;
  9. Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.

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