Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 13 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Chong Kemin - Son Kul Lake - At Bashi - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Altin Arashan - Karakol - Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
Experienced travellers say «If you have not seen Central Asia yet, you have not seen the world!". You can not imagine how many places you can to see here.During your tour you will visit ancient Burana Tower, the second largest lake in the world Issyk-Kul; the tour also includes visiting of the ancient Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle), primeval stone inscriptions, churches, mosques and many others places of interest. Kyrgyzstan is the place of pristine nature and unusual sometimes shocking traditions. You will find out about the nomadic life, taste national cuisines and drinks.
Day 1: Bishkek city
Our tour-guide meets you at Manas International Airport and accompanies you to the Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where you have breakfast. The entire day is dedicated to excursion around Bishkek, lunch is included. The tour includes the visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery and many others places of interest. National dinner will be at 8 o'clock. You will stay for a night in a Hotel****.
Day 2: Bishkek - Chon Kemin valley
The day begins with a breakfast at 8 a.m. Then you will be driven to Chon Kemin valley (120km) by car. On the way we will visit Burana Tower (minaret of 11 century) and an open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors). After having a traditional lunch you will have a short excursion in Issyk-Ata gorge. We will arrive at the Kalmak Ashuu Guesthouse at 7 p.m. After having checked in, you will be served dinner.
Day 3: Chong Kemin - Son Kul Lake
After breakfast we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul Lake. You will be having lunch on the way. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings. Dinner and overnight are ordered in nomadic collapsible dwellings - yurts. It is made of a wooden, covered with felt coverings. Yurts are built only with the help of natural materials (wood, leather, and welt).
Day 4: Son Kul Lake
Breakfast time is 9 a.m. After that you will have free time at Son Kul Lake, where you will have an opportunity to explore its nature on your own. You can ride a horse along the lake, or just relax in the atmosphere of the wild, but calm nature. Lunch will be served at 2 pm. Then you will see also ancient petrogliphs and ritual stones of pagans. It is a great chance to get acquainted with nomadic traditions and culture. National dinner will be served in original nomadic houses - yurts. You will spend the night in yurts as real nomads.
Day 5: Son Kul Lake - At Bashi
After nutritious breakfast we leave the Guesthouse at 8 in the morning by car that will bring us to the At Bashi valley (200km). You will be carried away by the amazing scenery offered through views the untouched nature. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. After that you will overnight in yurts.
Day 6: At Bashi - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
After packing your luggage , you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock Then you will be transferred to the Tash Rabat- Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle dating back to the 14th century). The building is a unique one. Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. And it has no analogue in the whole world, because it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. The castle consists of 31 rooms. The thickness of walls is 1 m. There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 o'clock. You will spend the night in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Day 7: Tash Rabat - Kochkor valley
After nutritious breakfast you will be driven to Kochkor village (185 km). At the Kochkorka village you will meet a family that shows you the way of production national woolen felt carpets. You even can make your own carpet. You will have a traditional dinner with a local family, accompanied by a special national music show. Overnight will be in the Kochkor Guesthouse.
Day 8: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
Time of your breakfast is 8 a.m. Then you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". On the way you will drive through the gorgeous valley and you will pass the Orto Tokoi reservoir. As soon as we are in Tamga village you will have a rest on the southern shore of the lake where you can relax on the warm sand and enjoy swimming in the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. You will be served dinner at 7 p.m. in Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend one night.
Day 9: Tamga - Karakol
The day begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city by car (50km). You will take lunch in the Karakol. Then you will have a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the greatest Russian explorers. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. Later, you will visit the Dungan mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Dinner time is 8 p.m. Night is in a Guesthouse.
Day 10: Karakol - Altin Arashan - Karakol
After nutritious breakfast you will be driven to the Altin Arashan Gorge by a heavy Russian military 4WD vehicle. Altin Arashan ("Golden Spa") gorge is one of the most famous gorges in Karakol because of the Tian-Shan fur trees that grow everywhere there. After having a bath in hot springs (there are some special little cabins) you will take lunch in the gorge of incredible beauty. Afterwards you will have 1 hour hiking in the gorge and then you will be driven to the city. You will have dinner at 7p.m. Night is in a Guesthouse.
Day 11: Karakol - Cholpon Ata
Breakfast time is 8 a.m. After the breakfast you will be driven to Cholpon Ata city along the northern shore of the shining - Issyk-Kul Lake (120km). On the way, we will make a short break at 1 pm, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards we will give you an opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. The museum is dedicated to the Issyk-Kul Lake, which's beauty you will be able to enjoy during another break, where you have one hour cruise on a steam boat. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in a Hotel, where you will also spend the night.
Day 12: Cholpon Ata - Bishkek
The day begins with a breakfast at 8 a.m. Free time on the beach till 11 p.m. After that we will go to Bishkek city (280km) by car through a stunning Boom Gorge. At 7 pm a farewell dinner will be served. Night is in a Hotel****.
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