Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

8 days / 7 nights

Tour Highlights -Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is an incredible country of nomads, immense landscapes, high mountains, green alpine meadows, and dense pine woods, deep canyons, wild rivers, and crystal mountain lakes. Apart from the popular destinations, you will also get to experience rarely-visited places of interest and see a quite different culture.
You will witness real falcon hunting in Bokonaevo mountain village, and will visit the high-altitude Naryn town and the medieval caravanserai Tash Rabat, witness the way of living of nomads in their traditional housing – yurts, taste traditional dishes of unique Kyrgyz cuisine, and take part in a felt carpet making workshop in a small handicraft Kochkor village as well.
Formerly covered by the extensive network of the Great Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan still retains the unique architectural monuments, original culture and a great number of interesting traditions that have remained from those remote times. You will ride along the beautiful roads, enjoy the truly breathtaking views, and will get to experience many other attractions of Kyrgyzstan.

Private Tour Price (4* hotels)
Number of travelers Price Per person SGL Supplement
2 persons
$2760 USD
$420 USD
  • Single Supplement is the additional amount applied to the cost of the trip to those who are travelling solo and do not wish to share.
  • The itinerary is subject to change upon request
  • Other hotels are available as 3 or 5 star hotels

For private tours, you will benefit from more flexibility and advantages included:

  • Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually, or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.
  • We can customize an itinerary to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc, free of charge.
  • Start the tour on any date you want.
  • Escort you through the whole tour. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.
  • The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.
  • Ideal for people who need considerate care and assistance, such as elderly, the disabled, families with small children

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodation at the hotels in DBL/Twin rooms (7 nights)

  • Transportation with a comfortable cars with AC

  • English speaking guide

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Lunches  and dinners according to the program
  • Entrance fees to all visited places
  • Master class on making traditional felt carpets (rugs)
  • Falconry demonstration
  • A bottle of mineral water for each day of the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Local taxes

Not included

  • International Flights

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visa to Kyrgyzstan (If required)
  • Porters at the airport/hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Tips to the guide/driver
  • Bank transfer fees
Detailed Itinerary

Meeting at Bishkek airport at any time of arrival mentioned by tourist. Transfer to Bishkek.
Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan, a cozy green city with a population of about 1 million people which is located in the middle of the Chuy valley, at an altitude of 750 meters, and right at the foot of Kyrgyz part of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too Range.
11:00 – Sightseeing in Bishkek: visit the central Ala-Too Square, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Monument to Manas the Great. Transfer to the Lake Issyk-Kul, Cholpon-Ata town. Check in at a hotel.
High-altitude Lake Issyk-Kul (“warm lake”) is the largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America, and the second (after lake Baikal) lake with the clearest water in world. The lake is located at an altitude of 1620 meters and is surrounded by mountains all around. The water in Issyk-Kul is a little salty, it does not freeze in the winter and in the summer its temperature warms up to 24 degrees Celsius. The northern shore of Issyk-Kul is a famous resort zone with well-developed infrastructure.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel

Tour of Issyk-Kul: cultural center «Rukh Ordo» named after Chingiz Aytmatov, an open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata, where you can see more than 1000 stones with drawings.
Lunch at a local restaurant (payment on the spot). Return to the hotel.
Free time.
Optionally for an extra charge: Boat trip on Issyk-Kul lake.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel

Transfer along the Eastern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake to the city of Karakol.
Sightseeing in Karakol: Memorial complex of the great traveler N.M.Przhevalskiy – the place where you can find a museum, monument, and tomb of the infamous expeditor; wooden Russian Orthodox Church (Holy Trinity Cathedral, 19th century) and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people.
Lunch in Karakol – tasting of the famous Karakol ashlyamfu, the national dish of the Uighurs and Dungan made of noodles with starch and sauce.
After lunch transfer to the Jeti-Oguz Gorge on the northern slopes of the Terskey Ala-Too Ridge, viewing red rocks “Broken Heart” and “Rocks of Seven Bulls”. Huge dark green woods spread over red sandstone mountain slopes and create an incredible color contrast.
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Overnight at the hotel

Transfer along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. A stop for a guided tour at the “Skazka” canyon (Fairytale canyon), which consists of sand and red clay. It has been forming for millions of years under the influence of geological processes, water, and wind. You can wander for hours between fabulous castles and towers through a winding labyrinth, the bottom of which is strewn with ephedra bushes. There is even an unusual canyon that looks kind of like the Great Wall of China.
Afterwards, we move to the Bokonbayevo village, the inhabitants of which are famous for breeding wild predator birds. Demonstration of a hunting falcon.
Lunch at a local guesthouse.
Transfer to Naryn, a city located more than 2000 meters above sea level.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight at the hotel

Sightseeing in Tash-Rabat medieval caravanserai (inn) on the Great Silk Road.
The Tash-Rabat caravanserai is a unique architectural monument of the early Middle Ages, dating the 15th century more precisely, a symbol of the Tenir-Too mountain architecture and one of the main archaeological sites of Kyrgyzstan. It is located at 3200 meters in the picturesque Kara-Koyun canyon, close to the Chinese border.
Then we will return to Naryn.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight at the hotel

Check-out from the hotel, transfer to Kochkor. Several stops for photo shoots along the way. From these spots you will see an amazing variety of Kyrgyz landscapes.
Kochkor village is the handicraft center of Kyrgyzstan, where the authentic traditions of felt production have been preserved intact.
Master class on making traditional felt carpet (rug) shyrdak. Traditional Kyrgyz felting and decorating of felt carpets is one of the most complicated folk crafts, it is included in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Felt is made from sheep’s wool; it is absolutely eco-friendly and incredibly convenient in nomad’s life.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel

Transfer to Bishkek.
On the way sightseeing of the Burana Tower complex (minaret of the Burana settlement, 10th-11th centuries): facade, interior, museum. It is an archaeological and architectural monument located in the depth of the ruins of Buraninsky settlement. It is an outstanding ancient building and plays a very important part in the Kyrgyz cultural heritage. Its height today is 21.7 meters, but initially the tower was at least 40 meters tall, however, its upper part was subsequently destroyed by an earthquake.
Accommodation at the hotel on arrival in Bishkek. Free time.
Meals: breakfast
Overnight at the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel (or lunch-box). Early morning transfer to the airport. Departure.

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