Kyrgyzstan tour 2
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol - Tamga - Bokonbaiva - Kochkorka - Son Kul - Bishkek
You can't imagine how many places you are going to see!
During your adventure tour in Kyrgyzstan you will visit Burana Tower, which construction refers to the times of the Karakhanids; the second world's largest lake - Issyk-Kul; also it includes the visiting of Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone Castle) in Naryn Region; prehistoric carvings on the stones, mosques, churches and many others places that will attract your attention. Kyrgyzstan is the place of highly respected traditions and untouched nature. You will discover more about the nomadic culture, taste national dishes and staple drink kymis - fermented mares milk. Some experienced travelers say « You have not seen the world if you haven't seen Central Asia!"
Day 1: Bishkek - Issyk Kul Lake
From the International Airport of Manas you will be collected and accompanied to Bishkek city by your private guide. The drive from the Airport till Bishkek takes 30 minutes. In Bishkek you will start this day with a breakfast. After that you will be transferred (200 km) to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake (1608 m. above sea level), which is the 2nd world's largest mountain lake. En route, we will stop to visit the Tower of Burana that is the minaret dated the 11th century A. D. and the open air museum of Balbans (stone warriors) that is located nearby. We continue our way to the lake after having taken a traditional lunch. Upon arrival in the Hotel you will have a rest on the lake's northern beach where you can swim in the lake or lie on the warm sand. The Lake is also called "The Treasure of Central Asia". Owing to the fact that the water is salty, the Lake of Issyk Kul possesses curative properties. At 7 p.m. your dinner will be served.
Day 2: Issyk Kul Lake - Karakol
This day starts with a nice breakfast at 8 o'clock in the morning. Till 12 p.m. you have time for leisure or to swim in the lake. After that, we will start your trip to Karakol city by car. The distance of our today's way is 200 km. In Cholpon - Ata, we will make a short halt to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), and the local museum that will uncover for you the history of Issik - Kul. During the trip at 12 o'clock, we will have one more stop to enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. But before continuing our way along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia to Karakol town, you will be able to enjoy to the beauty of the lake during one hour cruise on a steam boat. Traditional dinner will be served at 8 o'clock in the evening. Overnight stay is in the Guesthouse in Karakol.
Day 3: Karakol - Tamga
At 8 o'clock you will be served with your breakfast. This whole morning will be dedicated to a guided Karakol City Tour. With your guide you will visit, first of all, the Dungan - Chinese Mosque. During this excursion the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail will be highlighted. This will be followed by the visit of the old wooden Orthodox Cathedral. Later on, you will visit M.V. Prejvalsky museum. Prjevalsky was one of the world's greatest explorers, whose biggest achievements were the crossing of the great Taklamakan Desert and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including the Horse that was later named after the explorer. The City Tour will be ended with a traditional lunch and we leave Karakol starting our way (30km) to the impressive Jeti Oguz at 1 p.m. Jeti Oguz is the gorge of 7 red rocks. You will see the Broken Heart Mountain and the Sanatorium (where you can take a hydro shower or get a massage session). We will explore Jeti Oguz Valley (Yuri Gagarin's holiday's house, yurts, alpine vegetation that represented here in abundance) or Chong Kyzyl Suu Valley with its hot spring water and Geophysics Station that was built in 1948. Transfer to Tamga Village. Tamga was a place where ancient Tibetan monks lived in the 13th century, but these days it is village with predominantly Russian population. In the Tamga Guesthouse, dinner will be served, there you will also spend the night; optionally you can go to sauna.
Day 4: Tamga - Bokonbaiva - Kochkor Village (120km.)
Breakfast is at 9 o'clock in the morning. Till 12 o'clock you have time to relax on the southern beach of the Issyk Kul Lake or to walk around Tamga village. Then, we start our trip to Kochkorka village by car. Our route passes through Bokonbaevo village, where we will have our lunch. We will stop in the house of a local eagle-hunter (berkutchi in Kyrgyz). He hunts with the help of eagles for hares and foxes and some other animals; it is traditional way of nomads hunting. The hunting show with the birds of prey can be arranged. After that, we keep on our way via the Orto-Tokoi water reservoir to Kochkor. In the Village of Kochkor, you will visit particularly nice souvenir shop and you will see show that uncovers for you the secrets of traditional Kyrgyz felt carpets production. During this felt show you even can create your own carpet. This day traditional dinner in the local family will be accompanied with national music performance. Night is in the Kochkor guesthouse.
Day 5: Kochkorka - Son Kul Lake
We start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul Lake after breakfast. Lunch is on the way. Son Kul Lake situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level, it is surrounded by the mountains and it is the highest altitude alpine lake in Kyrgyz Republic. The Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation since ancient times. Naryn region herders come to the lake with their cattle to use it as a pastureland. Upon arrival, you will be free to explore and take pleasure in the untouched natural world of the lake and its environs. Dinner and overnight are in the nomadic collapsible abodes - yurts. The yurt represents wooden skeleton, covered with thin felt mats. Yurts are manufactured without nails.
Day 6: Son Kul Lake (3013m. above sea level)
After breakfast that is served at 9 o'clock in the morning you will have a spare time at Son-Kul Lake that will give you the opportunity to discover its nature on your own. Optionally, you can ride along the lake on a horse, or just relax on the lake's shore and admire the calm nature of the environs. Your lunch will be served at 2 p.m. This day you will also see also the ancient petroglyphs - carvings on the stones, as well as the shamans' ritual stones. This day gives you a great chance to understand better the nomadic way of life and magnificent culture. Dinner will be served in the nomadic houses - yurts. This night you spend in yurts like a nomad.
Day 7: Son Kul - Bishkek
At 8 o'clock you will have your breakfast. After that we start our trip back to Bishkek (the Kyrgyz capital city). Upon arrival in Bishkek, you will have guided city tour. During this sightseeing tour you will visit the central Square of Ala-Too, the History Museum, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Art Gallery, Pobeda Square (Victory Square), National Philharmonic, Oriental Osh Bazaar, and many others places that will attract your attention. You will be also given a separate plan, listing all places to visit, including their brief description. A farewell dinner is served at 7 p.m. Overnight in the Hotel****.
Day 8: Bishkek - Europe
At the time that was arranged previously according to your flight details your guide will meet you in your hotel to accompany you to the International Airport of Manas.