Silk Road trip 1
Destination: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
Duration of the tour: 8 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk - Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol - Skazka - Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek
Day 1: Almaty
We are glad to see you travelling on Silk Road trip 1. On arrival, you will have a wonderful tour of sightseeing. It will take about 5 - 6 hours. For the first time visit the famous Green Bazaar. Walking among the big market you will be impressed by the rich variety of goods. Then, you will have an opportunity to visit the oldest Almaty parks as Panfilov Park and see the wooden Zenkov Cathedral. See the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated to heroes who lost their lives for freedom of Motherland. The tour will be continued travelling to the Medeo Gorge where you can enjoy the skating rink. On the way you will see Kok-Tobe hill you will see the tallest TV tower in the world. This is a great idea for taking photos. In the end of tour will enjoy seeing the whole city by the Almaty cableway. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
In the morning, you will travel to Issyk Lake. It will take 7 hours. You will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful gorges as Trans-Ili Alatau (Issyk Gorge), located on the Kuldja tract, on the way where traders crossed the Great Silk Road. The guide will tell you more about the burial mounds of Saka period as well as the "Golden Man" which is considered to be the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Afterwards visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK". You will see old traces dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period and see the copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound. Passing the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level you will reach to the stunning Issyk lake, formed about 10,000 years ago due to mudslide. It created a big dam of 300 meters in height. On arrival, you can try hiking and picnic. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek
After tasty breakfast, we will transfer to Bishkek. Today we will have one of the interesting tours visiting the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic and other places of visit. In the afternoon, you will visit the colorful Asian Bazaar! This is the perfect place for bargaining and buying oriemtal goods. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
We are glad to present the next day of our tour visiting the second largest alpine lake in the world as Issyk Kul. It is 1608 m. above sea level ("the pearl of Central Asia"). Issyk-Kul is famous for its salty waters which never freezes. On the route, you visit Burana Tower built in the 11th century and open air museum of Balbals or so called stone warriors. You can try hiking over there and enjoy the landscape of valley. When you arrive in Cholpon Ata town, you will have an opportunity to see inscriptions of the ancient stones found in the 800 B.C. They were appeared due to shamans more than 2000 years ago. In addition, visit ethnography museum. Your night is in a hotel.
Day 5: Issyk Kul - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol
The morning will start by visiting gorges Semenovskoye and Grigorievskoye. Walking among them you will find them connected at the end. This is a perfect place for hiking as well picnic. The scenery will not leave you indifferent. On the way you will enjoy mountain lake and take vibrant photos. The different colors of landscape will catch your attention. In the second part of day, we will travel to Karakol town and visit the famous highlights as the Dungan mosque and an old Orthodox Church. Night will be spent is in a guesthouse.
Day 6: Karakol - Skazka - Bokonbaevo
Your tour will start by travelling to Jeti Oguz gorge. On arrival you will enjoy the stunning gorge which has seven red rocks. It is also called Seven Bulls. Behind you can see the Broken Heart Mountain. The guide will tell you more about it. You can capture panorama views and take pleasure of the pristine nature. In the afternoon we will drive to the Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon, located near the village Tosor on the southern sore of the Issyk-Kul lake. Skazka will impress you by various shapes and catch attention. Then we will visit an eagle-hunter in Bokonbaevo village. He will organize an eagle hunting and tell more about birds. Today you will spend night in nomadic dwellings - yurt.
Day 7: Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek
The last day of our special tour will be continued travelling to Kyzyl Tuu village. You will have an opportunity to take a part in yurt workshop. It is important to know that Kyrgyz yurts are made from felt. We have no doubt you will like such kind of tours. In the second part of day we will return to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek and transfer to hotel.
Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
Morning transfer to airport. Silk Road trip 1 is finished. Thank you!
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 080 $
04 pax - 750 $
06 pax - 590 $
08 pax - 500 $
10 pax - 450 $
Single - 115 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 125 $
Full board - 230 $
To be 2 in one yurt (now 4 pax) - 10 $ per person
English speaking guides:
KG - 505 $ per group
KZ - 235 $ per group
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
Bokonbaevo - Yurts (4 pax in 1)
- Museum admissions
- Mineral water supply
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide