Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2018-2019

Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour 20189 Days | Astana, Almaty, Charyn Canyon, Karakol, Jety Oguz, Kochkor, Son-Kul, Bishkek, Ala-Archa Gorge

Tour map

Group size: 2 - 14 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan group tour offers the most prominent sights of two neighbouring Central Asia countries. You will see awe inspiring nature in Charyn Canyon, Jeti Oguz, Son Kul, Ala Archa and many other places. You will feel the contrast in Astana, Almaty and Bishkek and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views in Medeo gorge. Get lifetime memories and beautiful selfies and meet travelers from all over the world with Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan group tour.
Make your journey big and extend your Central Asia travel adventures with Uzbekistan group tour.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Astana – arrival
 
Arrival in Astana. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: -
Day 2, Th: Astana – Almaty
 
Meet your guide at the hotel lobby to start sightseeing in the capital of Kazakhstan. Visit “Old center” that was famous as the town of merchants in the past. Visit Millennium Axis line named by Kisho Kurokawa, chief architect and creator of Astana general layout. Visit Astana Opera building, the Round Square with numerous fountains. Continue to Nurzhol and Green Water boulevards with skyscrapers of exceptional architectural forms. You will go up the Bayterek monument and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view at the top of the monument and observation tower. The city tour will be rounded up with a visit to Khan-Shatyr, shopping and entertainment center. Transfer to the train station, take an evening train to Almaty (965 km). Overnight in the train.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3, Fr: Almaty
 
Early morning arrival in Almaty. Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station to start sightseeing tour in Almaty. Visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Republic Square. Enjoy panoramic view at Kok-Tobe Hill, visit Medeo Gorge. Check in to the hotel. Free time.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4, Sa: Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Karakol
 
Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby early in the morning (at 06:30). Depart Almaty and drive to Charyn canyon (220 km, 3-4 h). Located in the east of Kazakhstan Charyn Canyon amazes with a huge gorge cliffs of various colours and shades. The canyon is a part of the Charyn National Park territory where you can see the old ash-tree grove, the Castle Valley and 154 m canyon with cliffs resembling towers. As you arrive the destination, you will have some time for picnic and rest. After that walk along canyon and enjoy its beautiful view. Continue transfer to the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border Kegen (116 km). Meet with Kyrgyz driver and guide at the border Kegen and transfer to Karakol via Karkara valley (110 km). Dinner in Uigur family with a Kyrgyz folklore show, national music and songs. Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5, Su: Karakol – Jety Oguz – Kochkor
 
In the morning you will visit Wooden Orthodox Church and Dungan mosque in Chinese style. Transfer to Jety-Oguz gorge. There you will hear a legend about Jety-Oguz (seven bulls) and Broken Heart rock, have short hiking in the gorge.
After short hiking, transfer to Kochkor along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake.
On the way stop in Bokonbaevo, where you will see an eagle hunting show.
Continue driving to Kochkor. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. Dinner and overnight in Kyrgyz family.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch or picnic/Dinner
Day 6, Mo: Kochkor – Son-Kul
 
After breakfast transfer to Son-Kul (120 km), one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (2030 m above sea level). There you can ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and watch how local women make Kyrgyz national drink – Kymyz (mare’s milk). In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts. Dinner. Overnight in the yurt camp.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 7, Tu: Son-Kul – Bishkek
 
At 09:00 transfer to Bishkek (400 km). On the way, visit a felt carpet workshop in Kochkor to see how Kyrgyz national felt carpets are made.
After lunch continue driving to Bishkek. On the way stop to see Burana tower, remnants of ancient city Balasagun (11- 13th centuries). Arrival in Bishkek. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 8, We: Bishkek – Ala-Archa Gorge – Bishkek
 
At 9:00 you will start sightseeing tour in Bishkek, where you will visit 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 visit 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. Transfer to Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9, Th: Bishkek – departure
 
Transfer to the airport (30 km). End of the tour.
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

City

Accommodation

Astana

Ibis Hotel 3* or similar

Almaty

Iris Hotel 3* or similar

Karakol

Green Yard Hotel 3* or similar

Kochkor

Home stay (B&B), family run accommodation

Son Kul

Yurts (4-5 people in 1 yurt)

Bishkek

Asia Mountains Hotel 3* or similar

 

  • Accommodation based on double room sharing throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
  • Meals as per the program;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airport/train station pick ups and drop offs;
  • Sightseeing with an English speaking guide in each city (except for the and 9 – transfer to the airport);
  • Entrance tickets to the museums and other sights;
  • Felt carpet show in Kochkor;
  • Eagle hunting show in Bokonbaevo;
  • Folklore show program in Karakol;
  • Economy class tickets for trains Astana-Almaty.
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Consular fees for Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan tourist visa;
  • Visa support;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Payment for early check in and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Horse riding;
  • Travel insurance and items not mentioned above.

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