Cultural Tour 7: Kyrgyzstan In-Depth8 Days | Bishkek, Cholpon-Ata, Jergalan, Karakol, Bokonbaevo, Osh, Sary-Tash, Sary Mogol

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Fascinating 8-day tour to Kyrgyzstan is practically deprived of hackneyed tourist spots. This tour is a rare opportunity to dive into the beauty of mountains where even the most skeptical person will be inspired by the grandeur of nature. You will enjoy the road between cities and villages; you will get through several mountain passes where you will see breathtaking views. The time spent in Kyrgyzstan will be the brightest in a year and you will take the memories of this trip through all your life.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Bishkek
 
Arrival in Bishkek early in the morning. Meeting at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Some rest.
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. The gorge is 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.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 2: Bishkek – Jergalan
 
Transfer from Bishkek to Jegalan. On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI - XIII).
Next stop is at the 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.
On arrival to Jergalan, you are welcome to Boorsok show, boorsok is traditional Kyrgyz bread. You will see how they are made, take a part on the process and of course, at the end you will taste them. Walking around the guesthouse, which has a big yard and look at the animals such as thoroughbred horses, cows and bulls, sheep and ride on horses if you wish.
Overnight at guest house.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 3: Jergalan – Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Bokonbaevo
 
After breakfast, drive to Karakol and soon begin to skirt the north shore of Issyk Kul Lake. The second largest saline lake after the Caspian Sea, Issyk Kul is virtually a basin within the Tian Shan Mountains. A combination of vast depth, salinity and underground thermal activity ensures the lake never freezes. Issyk Kul is also the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca. Sightseeing tour (1-1.5 hours): visit the wooden Russian-orthodox church, Dungan Mosque and Prezhevalskiy Museum.
Transfer to Jety-Oguz gorge (40 km). the picturesque gorge, which is famous not only with coniferous forest, flower clearings and interesting gorges for hiking, but also with red and sandy formations which are called «Seven Bulls» and «Broken Heart».
After walking, transfer to Bokonbaevo village to rest after long day.
Dinner and overnight at homestay.
Meals: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 4: Bokonbaevo – Bishkek – Osh
 
After breakfast, you will watch an eagle hunting show. Traditional way of hunting of Kyrgyz people. Continue your way to Bishkek.
Arrival to Bishkek in the afternoon. Lunch un a local café and drive to the airport to get flight to Osh.
On arrival to Osh, meet with driver and drive to the hotel, free evening.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Osh – city tour – Sary Mogol
 
City tour after breakfast. As legends say Osh was founded by King Solomon ages ago and had an important position on trading routes of the Great Silk Road. Today you will visit Suleiman-Too (Solomon’s Mountain), museum, Osh bazaar – this market locates at the same place as in the times of Great Silk Road.
On the way, in Sary-Tash stop for lunch at local family’s house. In the afternoon, drive to Sary Mogol village. It is a small village on South side of Alay valley. From this valley, there is a great view to Pamir range of mountains. Accommodation in yurt.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 6: Sary Mogol – Osh
 
In the morning free time which you can spend for making photos of Lenin and other peaks, walk around the yurt camp and drive to Osh.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Osh – Bishkek – city tour
 
After breakfast, fly to Bishkek. At the airport meet with guide and driver and drive to Bishkek. On arrival short sightseeing of Bishkek: visit Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Victory Square and Oriental market – Osh bazaar.
Free time.
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Bishkek – Departure
 
Transfer to the airport. Fly home. End of services.
Meals: Breakfast
  • Twin room accommodation, including early check in on Day 1;
  • Meals – as stated as program;
  • Transportation throughout the whole trip;
  • English speaking guide (except for the day 8 – transfer to the airport);
  • Sightseeing tour program in all cities according to the program, including entrance fees to sights, museums. Camera/video fees are not included and paid separately;
  • Mineral water.
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Single supplement;
  • Consular fees paid upon collection of the entrance visa to Kyrgyzstan;
  • Visa support;
  • Registration in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Payment for early check in (except for the Day 1) and late check out (check in time is at 13-14.00, check out time is at 12.00);
  • International airfares;
  • Horse riding;
  • Personal insurance and items not mentioned above.

Accommodation:

Economy Option
Comfort Option
Bishkek - 2 nights
B hotel, Asia Mountains or similarPlaza, Park Hotel, Ambassador or similar
Jergalan - 1 night
Reina Kench guest houseReina Kench guest house
Bokonbaevo - 1 night
Home stay (B&B), family run accommodationHome stay (B&B), family run accommodation
Osh - 2 nights
Sunrise or similarSunrise or similar
Sary Mogol - 1 night
Yurt camp (B&B)Yurt camp (B&B)

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