Small Group Tour in Central Asia 2023

Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour ItineraryAstana, Almaty, Karakol, Kochkor, Son-Kul, Bishkek


Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour 2023

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 and many other places. You will feel the contrast in Almaty and Bishkek. Get lifetime memories and beautiful selfies and meet travelers from all over the world with Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan group tour.
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Tour itinerary:

Day 1, Th: Astana – Arrival (Kazakhstan)
 
Arrive in Astana. Transfer to the hotel and check-in at 14:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Fr: Astana (Kazakhstan)
 
Breakfast. At 09:00 meet your guide and other group members in the hotel lobby to start a sightseeing tour of Kazakhstan’s capital. Visit the “Old Centre”, previously the home of merchants. Walk along the Millennium Axis line named by Kisho Kurokawa, the chief architect and designer of Astana’s general layout. Visit the Opera building and the Round Square with its numerous fountains. Touring on Independence Square with 91 meter high snow-white stele Kazakh Eli, Khazret Sultan Mosque, and Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. Continue to Nurzhol and Green Water boulevards to see stunning skyscrapers with their unique architecture. Take the lift up the Bayterek monument and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view from the observation deck. Conclude the morning city tour with a visit to Khan-Shatyr, a major shopping and entertainment center. Go for a tasty welcome lunch. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Meals: lunch
Day 3, Sa: Astana – Almaty (Kazakhstan)
 
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Almaty. Upon arrival, start a sightseeing tour of Almaty. Highlights of this morning will include Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, Republic Square, and the Central State Museum. A a short drive (25 km) will take you to Chimbulak. Here, visit the ski resort and ride the cable car to enjoy the amazing views of the snowy peaks of the Tian Shan Mountains. Our last stop of the day will be the Sunkar Falcon Farm, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks – hunting with these magnificent birds is a distinguishing feature of the Kazakh way of life. Return to the hotel by 18:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5-6 hours
Day 4, Su: Almaty – Charyn Canyon – Karakol (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan)
 
Breakfast. At 08:00 meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby. Leave Almaty and drive to Charyn Canyon (220 km, 3-4 h). This 154m-long canyon is in eastern Kazakhstan, part of the Charyn National Park. In addition to unforgettable views of the enormous canyon with its multi-coloured tower formations, the National Park offers the opportunity to see an old ash-tree grove, the Castle Valley. The canyon’s beauty makes you forget the long drive from Almaty, and you will remember this highlight of Kazakh nature for a long time. After arriving at the canyon, take some time for a picnic and a rest. After that, walk along the canyon and enjoy the views. Then transfer to the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border post at Kegen (116 km). Meet your Kyrgyz driver and guide and transfer to Karakol via the Karkara Valley (110 km). Enjoy dinner with an Uigur family, including a Kyrgyz folkloric show, national music and songs. Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.
Meals: picnic lunch, dinner
Day 5, Mo: Karakol – Jety Oguz – Kochkor (Kyrgyzstan)
 
After breakfast, visit the Wooden Orthodox Church and the intriguing Dungan Mosque (which was built in Chinese style). Then transfer to the Jety-Oguz Gorge. Take a short hike in the gorge and then drive along the southern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way, stop in Bokonbaevo to see an eagle hunting show. Continue driving to Kochkor. This drive guarantees you one of the best views of Lake Issyk-Kul. Have dinner and spend the overnight with a Kyrgyz family.
Meals: lunch, dinner
Day 6, Tu: Kochkor – Son-Kul (Kyrgyzstan)
 
Drive to Son-Kul (120km), a remote mountain lake that is one of the highest in Kyrgyzstan (3,016m above sea level) via Kalmak Ashu pass (3,400 m above sea level). The lake is situated on a treeless, high-mountain plateau to which shepherds bring their livestock in summer and establish yurt camps where they’ll live. In this magnificent place you can expect to see hundreds of herds of livestock and numerous yurts, as well as edelweiss flowers and camels. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll learn about the traditional life of Kyrgyz nomads, watching local women make the Kyrgyz national drink, kymyz (mare’s milk) You’ll surely be invited to try kymyz, as well as traditional bread, dairy products, and home-made jam. You’ll also have the chance to ride a horse (optional, at extra cost). Dinner and overnight at a yurt camp.
Meals: lunch, dinner
Day 7, We: Son-Kul – Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)
 
Breakfast. At 09:00 transfer to Bishkek (400 km). On the way, join a workshop in Kochkor to see how traditional Kyrgyz felt carpets are made. After lunch continue driving to Bishkek, via Burana Tower. This tower was part of the ancient city of Balasagun (11th to 13th centuries) and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Bishkek. Overnight at the hotel.
Meals: lunch, dinner
Day 8, Th: Bishkek – departure (Kyrgyzstan)
 
Breakfast. At 09:00 begin a sightseeing tour of Bishkek. Visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, the Philharmonic Hall, the Statue of Manas, Victory Square, and the Oriental market (Osh Bazaar) and new mosque named after Mahmud Kashgari. After lunch transfer to Bishkek Airport for the flight home. End of Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Group Tour.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 3 hours
  • 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.

Accommodation:

Astana - 2 nights
Kazzhol or similar
Almaty - 1 night
Novotel, Mercure or similar
Karakol - 1 night
Green Yard, Karagat or similar
Kochkor - 1 night
Guest house
Son-Kul - 1 night
Yurt (2 people in one yurt)
Bishkek - 1 night
B hotel, Asia Mountains or similar

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