Kyrgyzstan tour 6
Activity: Cultural tour
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - Bishkek
During this tour you will see our celestial mountains and two the most famous lake in Kyrgyzstan. You will sleeps in yurts as nomads do for many centuries. It is a great possibility to familiarize with the Kyrgyz nomadic way of lifestyle. During this excellent trip you will see the 2nd biggest mountain lake in the world - Issyk Kul that is surrounded by mountains. After that you will visit well-known Son Kul Lake that is situated on the altitude of 3016 meters above sea level.
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 is in the hotel. Transfer from Bishkek city to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan Son Kul. On the way lunch will be taken. Son Kul Lake situated at the altitude of 3013 meters above sea level and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan. It is surrounded by the mountains. The Kyrgyz herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a grassland. You will be free to explore and enjoy the virgin nature of the lake and its surroundings after our arrival. Dinner. Overnight is in the nomadic collapsible abodes - yurts. Yurts are built without nails. It represents a wooden skeleton, 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 Kochkorka Village the felt show will be organized for you to demonstrate the way of how national woolen felt carpets are produced. During this felt show you even can make your own carpet. Overnight is in the Kochkor Guesthouse. With a local family you will have a traditional dinner that will be accompanied with national music.
Day 5: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
8 o'clock breakfast. Transfer (200 km) from the Village of Kochkor to the Issyk-Kul celestial Lake, the 2nd largest mountain lake in the world. 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. On our arrival in Tamga village (1608m.above sea level) you will have a rest on the beach of the lake where you can lie on the warm sand or swim in the lake. Lake Issyk Kul possesses curative qualities, thanks to the salty water. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. In Tamga Guesthouse you will also spend the night.
Day 6: Tamga - Karakol
8 o'clock breakfast. Till 12 p.m. you have time for leisure or to swim in the lake. After that is the transfer (50km) to Karakol town by vehicle. Upon your arrival in Karakol you will take lunch. Then you will have a guided Karakol City Tour. The tour includes the visit of 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 the old wooden Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral. Later, you will visit the museum of Prjevalsky, one of the world's greatest explorers. Prjevalsky biggest success was the crossing of the great Taklamakan desert and the discovery of more than 4000 animals, including the horse that was later named after the great explorer. Night is in the guesthouse. National dinner will be served at 8 p.m.
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
At the time arranged previously according to your flight details your guide will collect you from the hotel and accompany you to the International Airport of Manas.