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Kyrgyz Festival Tours 2013. The Kyrgyz national festival in Kyzyl-Oy takes place every year in the middle of July. You will watch a show of folk traditions, listen to Kyrgyz national music and watch folk games, taste Kyrgyz festive dishes. Along with the festival you will have an opportunity to visit picturesque natural places of Kyrgyzstan: Ala-Archa National Park, Jety-Oguz gorge, alpine lake of Son-Kul, and historical places. You will see Cholpon-Ata petroglyphs, Buran Tower, ruins of the ancient city Balasagyn etc.

Festival tour in Kyrgyzstan

Places to visit: Bishkek, Cholpon-Ata, Karakol, Jety-Oguz, Kochkor, Son-Kul, Kyzyl-Oi, Bishkek
Season: Mid June – mid September
Duration: 8 days
Group size: minimum 4 pax – maximum 12 pax 

Tour summary:

Day 1 ( 15.07.2013 ): Bishkek
Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel (30 km). After some rest 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. The gorge is flanked by tall, snow-covered, peaks with steep-sided, forested, mountain slopes. Picnic. Hiking in the gorge. Return back to the alpine camp. Transfer to Bishkek. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in the guest house.
Meals: LD 

Day 2 ( 16.07.2013 ): Bishkek – Karakol
Transfer from Bishkek to Karakol (400 km). On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagun (XI - XIII). Next stop is an open air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes.

City tour in Karakol: visiting Prjevalsky museum, Wooden Orthodox Church, Dungan mosque in Chinese style. Dinner in Uigur or Dungan family. Kyrgyzstan is a multiethnic country and during this tour you will have a chance to get acquainted with different nations and cultures. Today you will have a dinner in Uigur or Dungan family. These nations came to Kyrgyzstan from China and live in Karakol since 1869. Overnight in the guest house.
Meals: BD 

Day 3 ( 17.07.2013 ): Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Kochkor
Transfer to Kochkor along the Southern Shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visit to Jety-Oguz gorge. Your guide will tell you a legend about Jety-Oguz (seven bulls) and Broken Heart rock. Continue driving to Kochkor. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. Picnic on the way. On arrival you will visit a felt carpet workshop in Kochkor. It’s a place where you can see the process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. There will be a Kyrgyz folkloric dinner show with Kyrgyz national music and songs. Family run accommodation.
Meals: BD 

Day 4 ( 18.07.2013 ):  Kochkor – Son-Kul
Transfer to Son-Kul (120 km). Son-Kul is one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (2030 m above sea level). It’s a place where you can experience a nomadic life. You will have a chance to ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and to see how local women make Kyrgyz national drink – Kymyz (mare’s milk). 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 where they will live – setting up their yurts. In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts. Picnic on the way.  Dinner Overnight in the yurt camp.
Meals: BD 

Day 5 ( 19.07.2013 ): Son-Kul – Kyzyl-Oi
Transfer to Kyzyl-Oi over Kyzart Pass (450 km). On the way you will pass Chaek. After arrival free time. Accommodation in Kyzyl-Oi or Suusamyr.
Meals: BLD 

Day 6 ( 20.07.2013 ): Kyzyl-Oi
In the morning after the breakfast you are welcome to one of the most popular events of the year – Kyrgyz national festival, where you will meet with the traditional Kyrgyz games, dishes and folklore shows. Overnight in Kyzyl-Oi or Suusamyr.
Meals: BLD 

Day 7 ( 21.07.2013 ): Kyzyl-Oi - Bishkek
Transfer to Bishkek through one of the highest passes in Kyrgyzstan – Too Ashuu, 3586 m. Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel. Free evening.
Meals: BD 

Day 8 ( 22.07.2013 ): Bishkek - airport
Transfer to airport. 



Budget Option


Guest House (**+)

Issyk Kul

Guest House (B&B)


Guest House (B&B)


Family run accommodation (B&B)


Yurt camp (4-5 people in 1 yurt)

Kyzyl Oi or Suusamyr

Guest House (**+)

The price 2013:


Budget option
Tour price per person, USD



Single supplement



Price includes:

1. Twin room accommodation, including early check in on Day 1;
2. Meals – as stated in the program;
3. Transportation throughout the whole trip;
4. English speaking guide to accompany the group;
5. Entrance fees to sights, museums. Camera/video fees are not included and paid separately;
6. Felt carpet making;
7. Folklore program in Kochkor;
8. Festival fees in Kyzyl-Oi
9. Mineral water.

Price does not include:

1. Hotel charges for additional services;
2. Alcohol and soft drinks;
3. Horse riding in Jety-Oguz gorge;
4. Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
5. Visa support;
6. International airfares;
7. Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.

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