Make your journey big and extend your Central Asia travel adventures with Uzbekistan group tour.
Our day begins at 10:00 with a journey into the history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. The colors, smells, and bustling atmosphere of the Green Bazaar, an Eastern market popular with local townspeople, will draw us in and make it impossible to refrain from shopping. You will find beautiful fabrics as well as Oriental sweets for sale, but do not forget to haggle!
From there, we will continue to one of Almaty’s oldest parks, Panfilov Park, with its tree-lined paths and famous monuments dedicated to Panifilov’s brave guardsmen. Zenkov Cathedral, also located in the park, will be our next destination. The cathedral’s five domes – erected without so much as a nail – tower over the surrounding greenery and house dozens of Khludov’s works. We will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for the freedom and independence of the country.
After exploration of the sport, cultural, and business areas of the city we will be awed by Medeo Gorge, well-known for having the highest mountain skating rink in the world and its dam which protects the city.
Awaiting us at our next destination are the stunning views from Kok-Tobe Hill, where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if counted from the sea level). In Kok-Tobe Park, you can stroll along the winding paths, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, and visit the shop of national souvenirs.
The evening ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty Cableway.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Transfer to the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border at Kegen (116 km) and meet with your Kyrgyz driver and guide at the border for the drive to Karakol via the Karkara Valley (110 km). Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.
In the afternoon, we will see lake-side city of Karakol with a stop at the Prjevalsky Museum, the Wooden Orthodox Church – built in a unique architectural style and featuring many historic icons – and the Chinese-style Dungan Mosque. Kyrgyzstan is a multi-ethnic country, and during our trip, we will have a chance to get acquainted with many different cultures. During the evening, for example, we will have a dinner with a Uyghur or Dungan family accompanied by Kyrgyz national music and songs. These peoples came to Kyrgyzstan from China and have been living in Karakol since 1869. Overnight in a guest house.
- Twin/double room accommodation, including early check-in on Day 1;
- Meals – as stated in the program;
- Transportation throughout the whole trip;
- English-speaking guide to accompany the group (except for Day 8 – transfer to the airport);
- Entrance fees to sights, museums. Camera/video fees are not included and paid separately;
- Felt carpet show in Kochkor;
- Eagle hunting show in Bokonbaevo;
- Kyrgyz folklore show in Karakol;
- Kyrgyz national dances in Bishkek (1 dance).
- Hotel charges for additional services;
- Early check-in (except for Day 1) and late check-out;
- Horse riding in Son-Kul;
- Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
- Visa support (if necessary);
- Full board meals;
- International airfares before and after the tour;
- Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.
|Almaty - 2 nights|
|Kazzhol or similar|
|Karakol - 2 nights|
|Green Yard, Karagat or similar|
|Kochkor - 1 night|
|Family run accommodation (B&B)|
|Son-Kul - 1 night|
|Yurt (4-5 people in one yurt)|
|Bishkek - 1 night|
|B hotel, Asia Mountains or similar|