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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (2018 - 2020)

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (2018 - 2020)

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What's included?
From 1099 EUR
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Duration
9 days
Starts in
Bishkek
Ends in
Almaty
Group size
Max 16, avg 12
Travel type
Classic
Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This nine-day tour takes you off the beaten path and into the cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Bishkek enjoying city time with optional activities that get you closer to the colourful and artsy culture here. Spend two nights in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Finish in Almaty but not before driving through the stunning Charyn Canyon.
Itinerary

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (2018 - 2020)

Day 1 - Bishkek

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 - Bishkek/Chong-Kemin

After breakfast, embark on a morning city tour of Bishkek. Later, depart Bishkek for Chong-Kemin. Along the way, stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower and learn about this ancient structure, rare in nomadic culture. Continue along the scenic valley before reaching Chong-Kemin. Stay in a unique guest house that employs the local villagers. Soak in the stunning scenery while exploring the village and then eat a home cooked traditional dinner.

Day 3 - Chong-Kemin/Song Kul

In the morning, embark on an optional hike to the nearby mountains for a stunning view. After lunch, take a scenic drive along the Kalmak-Ashuu mountain pass to Song Kul Lake and be immersed in Kyrgyz culture with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt. Experience daily nomadic life and wander the breathtaking landscape. With an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level, it's possible to experience four seasons in one day! Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine for dinner. In the evening, get cozy in the yurt around the stove.

Day 4 - Ozero Sonkel'/Bokonbayevo

After breakfast, depart for Kochkor and stop at a Kyrgyz felt-making workshop. After lunch drive to Bokonbayevo Village and spend the night at a homestay, indulging in a traditional local meal. Upon arrival in Kochkor, learn about the importance of felt-making to the Kyrgyz culture and local artisans. Learn to craft with locals during an intimate workshop and then head to Bokonbayevo village. Experience a traditional Kyrgyz meal and then spend the night at a local homestay getting to know the local community members.

Day 5 - Bokonbayevo/Jety-Oguz

Take a morning departure to Barskoon Village for a visit to Ak-Orgo Workshop Centre. Observe how traditional yurts are built and learn about the importance of this Kyrgyz craft. Continue to Jety-Oguz Gorge & and overnight in a traditional yurt.

Day 6 - Jety-Oguz/Karakol

Say goodbye to the beautiful valley of Jeti-Oguz and transfer to Karakol. Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum and enjoy a walking tour of the city followed by free time to explore. Continue to Karakol and stop at the Prejevalskiy Museum followed by a walking tour of the city. See the Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and pagoda-style Dungan Mosque, built by Chinese Muslims in the early 20th Century.

Day 7 - Karakol/Saty Village

Drive to the border and cross into Kazakhstan. Continue driving until arriving in Saty Village, part of the Kolsay Lakes National Park. Embark on a two hour hike exploring Kaindy Lake, known as the sunken forest. Spend the night in a guest house sampling traditional Kazakh meals. Cross the border into Kazakhstan embarking for Saty Village. Begin by hiking Kolsay Lake National Park. Known for Kaindy Lake, soak in the bright hues and marvel at the eerie sight of submerged trees. Feel fully immersed in nature. Tonight, stay at a local guest house and indulge in traditional Kazakh meals - a truly Kazakh experience.

Day 8 - Saty Village/Almaty

Depart for Almaty early this morning, stopping along the way to marvel at Charyn Canyon. Arrive in Almaty, taking in a city tour highlighting sights like the historical centre and Zenkov Cathedral. Have a free afternoon to explore the capital city. Boasting stunning shades of red, orange and brown, the Charyn Canyon is a natural wonder comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. Take in the stunning views before continuing on to the former Kazakh capital, Almaty. Take a city tour visiting sights such as the Monument of Independence, Zekoy Cathedral, and historical centre. In the afternoon, use free time to continue exploring this modern city. Opt to climb Green Hill for panoramic views, visit the local markets, or sip coffee in one of the plentiful cafes.

Day 9 - Almaty

Depart at any time.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), yurt (2 nts), CBT houses (2 nts).

Local transport

Private van, walking.

Meals

Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
Meals Budget: Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.

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Song-Köl
- Hiking in Song Kül (Free)

Karakol
- Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral Visit (Free)
- Dungan Mosque (Free)

Kolsay Lakes National Park
- Hiking in Kolsay Lakes National Park (Free)

Almaty
- Zenkov Cathedral (Free)
- Zelyony Bazaar (Free)

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan (2018 - 2020)

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