Cultural Tour 3: Kyrgyzstan Essentials5 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

Accomodation:

City

Deluxe Option

Budget Option

Bishkek

Park Hotel, Ambassador, Smart or similar

Asia Mountains 2, Garden, Futuro or similar

Son Kul

Yurts (5-6 people in 1 yurt)

Issyk-Kul

Raduga, Raduga West or similar

 

  • Twin room accommodation, including early check in on Day 1;
  • Meals – groups of 1-4 people - as per program; groups of 5-10 people – full board;
  • All transfers;
  • Sightseeing tour program with English speaking guide (except for the day 7 – transfer to the airport);
  • Entrance fees to sights according to the program;
  • Mineral water.
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Camera/video fees at the sights;
  • Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
  • Registration in Kyrgyzstan;
  • 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 airfares;
  • Kyrgyzstan visa support;
  • Horse riding;
  • Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.

 

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