Kyrgyzstan tour 4
Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 4
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - 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 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
We will start our drive to the 2nd largest lake Son Kul Lake in Kyrgyz Republic after breakfast. Son Kul Lake is situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan; it is bounded by the mountains. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Lunch will be taken on the way. As soon as we arrive, you will be free to walk around and enjoy the virgin natural world of the lake and its surrounds. The herders, who live in the Naryn region, come to this lake with their flocks of cattle to use it as summer grassland. Dinner and overnight are in nomadic dwellings - yurts. Yurt represents collapsible wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings. Yurts are manufactured without nails.
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
After a strengthening breakfast you will be transferred to Kochkor village (185 km). At the Kochkorka village you will meet a family that shows you the way of how national woolen felt carpets are produced. You even can create your own carpet. You will have a traditional dinner with a local family, accompanied by a special national music show. Overnight in the Kochkor Guesthouse.
Day 5: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
You will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock. Then you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608m.above sea level). The Lake is also called "the pearl of Central Asia". On the way you will drive through the gorgeous valley and you will pass the Orto Tokoi reservoir. As soon as we are in Tamga village you will have a rest on the southern beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Thanks to the salty water, Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
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 world's 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
Breakfast is served at 8 o'clock. Transfer (120km) for Karakol to Cholpon Ata the along the sparkling pearl of Central Asia - Issyk-Kul Lake northern shore. We will make a short break at 1 p.m., during which you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. In Cholpon Ata you will visit ancient (dating back to 800 B.C.) stone carvings, including the local museum of Issyk - Kul. Transfer (280km) from Cholpon - Ata to Bishkek city by car via spectacular Boom Gorge. Night is in the Hotel****. At 7 p.m. is your farewell dinner in the restaurant.
Day 8: Bishkek - Europe
Transfer from the hotel to the International Airport of Manas.