Cultural tour 1
Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 1
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 days
There is suchlike saying among the experienced tourists: «If you have not seen Central Asia, you have not seen the world!". It is difficult to imagine how many places you are going to visit and see! This tour offers you the visits of the ancient Burana Tower, the second largest alpine lake in the world - Issyk-Kul, prehistoric stone carvings; also it includes the visiting of the medieval Tash Rabat - Caravanserai (Stone Castle), churches, mosques and many other sights. Kyrgyz Republic is the place of deep traditions and untouched nature. You will uncover for yourself the nomadic way of lifestyle and it will be possible to taste national drinks and dishes.
Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - Bishkek
Day 1: Bishkek city
You will be met by your guide in the International Airport of Manas and accompanied to Bishkek City. Transfer from Manas Airport to Bishkek City, where you will start the day with a breakfast. This day will be entirely dedicated to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. During this tour you will visit the National Philharmonic, Central Ala-Too Square, Oak Park (Duboviy Park), Victory Square (Pobeda Square), the Museum of the Kyrgyz History, Oriental Bazaar, The Gallery of the Fine Arts and many other interesting places. You will spend the night in a Hotel****. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Day 2: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake
Breakfast. After that we will be transferred to the 2nd biggest lake in Kyrgyz Republic - Son Kul. The Kyrgyz nomads with their families started to come to this wonderful area for rest and relaxation since ancient times. Naryn region herders come to the lake to use it as summer pastureland. Son Kul Lake is surrounded with the mountains; it is situated at an altitude of 3013 m. above sea level and is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. On the way, lunch will be taken. You will be free to walk around and enjoy lake's virgin nature and its surrounds, after our arrival. Dinner and overnight stay are in the collapsible nomadic abodes - yurts. Yurts are built without nails. They are made out of wooden skeleton that is covered with thin felt mats.
Day 3: Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
8 o'clock breakfast. After packing your backpacks you will be transferred to the Great Silk Road Caravanserai of Tash Rabat (Stone Castle that dates the 14th century). Tash Rabat is located at the very heart of Tian Shan Mountains. The building is a unique one, and it has no analogue in the world, because it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. In total there are 31 rooms in the mountain. The thickness of walls is 1 m. You will spend the night in yurts near by the Caravanserai of Tash Rabat.
There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Day 4: Tash Rabat - Kochkor valley
Strengthening breakfast. Transfer (185 km) from Tash Rabat to Kochkor Village. In the village of Kochkor you will visit a family that demonstrate you the way of national bright felt carpets production. You even could participate in this process and create your own carpet. In Kochkor you will have a traditional dinner in the house of the local family. Dinner will be accompanied with special national music performance. Overnight stay is in the Kochkor Guesthouse.
Day 5: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
At 8 o'clock in the morning you will be served with breakfast. After that is transfer (200 km) to the heavenly Issyk-Kul Lake (1608m.above sea level), the second largest alpine lake in the world after the Lake Titicaca in South America. The Lake is also called "The Treasure of Tien - Shan". On the way you will pass the Orto Tokoi reservoir and you will drive through the stunning valley. You will have a rest on the southern beach of the lake as soon as we are in Tamga village. Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities, owing to the fact that the water is salty. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will spend the night in Tamga Guesthouse.
Day 6: Tamga - Karakol
At 8 o'clock the day starts with a breakfast. After that you have free time till 12 p.m. to swim in the lake. After swimming, you will start your trip (50km) to Karakol town by car. You will have your lunch in Karakol. After lunch you will have a guided Karakol city tour. The tour includes the visit of the Dungan - Chinese mosque. One of its highlights is the fact that it is built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Later, you will visit the museum of M.V. Prjevalsky, one of the worlds greatest explores. His biggest successes were the crossing of the great desert of Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 species of animals, including the Horse that was later named after the explorer. At 8 p.m. national dinner will be served. Overnight is in a guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol - Bishkek
At 8 o'clock breakfast is served. You will be transferred (120km) to Cholpon Ata city along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia - Issyk-Kul Lake. En route, at 1 pm we will make a short break and you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed ambiance. In Cholpon - Ata you will have the opportunity to visit ancient (dating back to 800 B.C.) stone carvings, including the local museum of Issyk - Kul. After that you will be transferred (280km) to Bishkek city by vehicle through a stunning Boom Gorge. Night is in the Hotel****. At 7 p.m. a farewell dinner is served in the café.
Day 8: Bishkek - Europe
At the pick up time prearranged according to the details of your flight, your guide will meet you in the hotel and accompany you to Manas Airport.