Kyrgyzstan tour: Tour 2
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - Bishkek
This tour gives you chance to see two divine places in Kyrgyzstan First of all you will see the largest lake Issyk Kul that is surrounded by mountains. Afterwards you will visit our famous Son Kul Lake that is situated at an altitude of 3016 m. a. s. l. Here you will have chance to enjoy peaceful ambience of our nature.
Day 1: Bishkek city
After arrival in Kyrgyzstan you will be met by our tour -guide at Manas International Airport and accompanied to the Bishkek City (30 min. drive), where you have breakfast. As soon as we are in Bishkek you will be shown our capital. You will visit central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Victory Square, the Historical Museum, National philharmonic, Oriental Bazaar, Fine Art Museum and many others places of interest. National dinner will be served at 7 o'clock. Your rooms will be reserved in Hotel ***.
Day 2: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake
In the morning we will start our way to picturesque Son -Kul Lake the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan. Lunch will be taken on the way. Son Kul Lake is surrounded by mountains and it is located at a height of 3013 meters asl. Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads had been visited this wonderful area with their families to rest and relax. Shepherds of Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will be free to explore and enjoy the pristine nature of the lake and its surroundings. Your dinner and overnight will be reserved in traditional nomadic house-yurt which is made of only ecologically clean materials such as wood leather and felt.
Day 3: Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
After packing your backpacks, breakfast time is 8 o'clock. Tash Rabat- Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (Stone Castle built 14th century). The building is a unique one. Tash Rabat is located at the very center of Tian Shan Mountains; it has no analogue in the whole world, as it was made of stones and furthermore it was built inside a mountain at a height 3200 m above sea level. There are also underground prison cells for ancient thieves. Traditional dinner will be served for you at 7 o'clock. You will overnight in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai.
Day 4: Tash Rabat - Kochkor valley
After a strengthening breakfast you will be transferred to Kochkor village (185 km). We will visit Kyrgyz family which makes national carpets at the Kochkorka village. There you can participate in the process of making them and you can create your own variant of carpet. . You will have a traditional dinner with a local family, accompanied by a special national music performance. You will overnight in the guest house of Kochkorka village.
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. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in Tamga Guesthouse, where you will stay for the night.
Day 6: Tamga - Karakol
Time of your breakfast is 8 a.m. Then you have free time to swim in the lake till 12 pm. Afterwards, you will start your trip to Karakol city by car (50km). You will take lunch in the Karakol. Then you will have a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world's greatest explores. His biggest achievements were the crossing of the great desert Taklamakan and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the Horse of Prejevalsky. Later, you will visit the Dungan 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. National dinner will be at 8 p.m. Overnight will be the Guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol - Bishkek
You will have breakfast at 8 a.m.After the breakfast you will be transferred to Cholpon Ata city along the along the northern shore of the sparkling pearl of Central Asia - Issyk-Kul Lake(120km). On the way, we will make a short break at 1 pm, where you can enjoy lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards we will give you the opportunity to visit ancient stone inscriptions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. After that you will be transferred to Bishkek city (280km) by car through a stunning Boom Gorge. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. You will stay for a night a Hotel****.
Day 8: Bishkek - Europe
Your tour guide meets you at the hotel at arranged time and accompanies you to International Airport Manas according to the time of you flight.