Gastronomical tours

There are more than 70 different nationalities in Kyrgyzstan and all of them have not only their own language but also their own culture, traditions and of course their own cuisine. We would like to present you the tours where you will be able not only try the cuisine if Kyrgyz people and cuisine of other nationalities but also participate in cooking, learn the recipes and have a chanse to surprise your friends with Asian food back home.

Place: Kyrgyzstan.
Best time: June - September
Activity: gastronomical tour

Day 1. Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the “Manas” airport, Transfer to “Asia Mountains” hotel. Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the biggest city in the country. It’s a distinctive administrative unit and is a town of the Republican Submission. The very first name of it was Pishpek, then it was called Frunze and only in 1991 it finally got the name it has now - Bishkek . Its population is about 1 million people. The town is located on the north of Kyrgyzstan in Chu valley at the foot of Tian-Shan mountains about 40 km from Kyrgyz ridge and about 25km from Kazakh border.
Our city tour is going to include main and old squares, oak park, Manas complex with Philharmonic hall, open art gallery, Osh bazaar and victory square. We will have lunch in one of the local cafes in Bishkek and our dinner will be in the hotel. Rest and overnight in “Asia Mountains” hotel. (-/L/D)

Day 2. Bishkek – Tamga 

In the morning after the breakfast we will be transferred to Tamga village. On the way we will visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana Tower.
Burana tower (minaret) is located on the territory of an ancient settlement 90km far from Bishkek. The historians and archeologists proved that the settlement was once the capital of Karakhanid Khanate and was called Balasagun founded in 10th century AC. Burana tower is the central monument of this complex. After the excursion we will have lunch in Kazakh family which will prepare us dish of Kazakh cuisine – Lagman (Vegetable dish with meat). Continue our tour and go to Issyk-Kul lake.
Upon arrival to Tamga we will be shown how to cook Russian national soup – Borsch (red cabbage soup). Dinner and overnight in a cozy guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 3. Tamga – Kochkorka – Son-Kul

In the morning we will enjoy the view of Terskey-Ala-Too ridge and after breakfast will continue our way. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope. The first place we will visit today is the “Fairy Tale” gorge. The whole originality of the place is the frozen in bizarre forms colorful rocks, like after the eruption. Solid clusters made of limestone and sandstone are bulging from the colorful soil and the place looks like the ruins of ancient castles.
The most surprising is that the architect and sculptor of the place is the nature that used only water, sun and wind as instruments. Besides the fancy castles and fairy figures there the structures can also be considered as many-domed churches, and crenellated walls with loopholes; so for example - Sandy fence, which is very much like a "Chinese wall", stretching for several kilometers along the southern shore of Lake Issyk- Kul.
After that we will drive to Kochkorka village where we will have lunch in a local family – the meal will have such dish as dymlama (stewed vegetables and meat dish) and here you will see the crafts show. You will see how Kyrgyz people make their carpets and will have a chance to visit the handicrafts museum where you may even buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends. After that we will be transferred to an amazing mountain lake Son-Kul which is opened only in summer as all the roads and the lake itself is covered with snow for the rest of the year. Upon arrival to one of the yurt camps we will have dinner in a Kyrgyz style with shorpo soup and boorsok. Overnight in yurts. (B/L/D)

Day 4. Son-Kul – Kazarman

Transfer to Kazarman village, which is located in Djalal-Abad region, close to the border with Naryn region. Kazarman is situated not far away from famous gold ore Makmal deposit. The way will go through the mountains and you will see the classic Kyrgyzstan where one house is located 50 km from the other. Arrival to Kazarman at a lunch time. In the evening we will cook beshbarmak which is translated as “five fingers” as long ago it was eaten with hands. Overnight in a home stay. (B/L/D)

Day 5. Kazarman – Osh

In the morning we will continue our way to the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan – Osh. Osh is the second biggest town of Kyrgyzstan after Bishkek with the population about 250 thousand people. It was one of the religious Muslim centers in Central Asia. It is known by its ancient mosques in the center of the town and also by Suleiman-Too (Sulaiman-Takhty, The throne of Solomon), which is one of the places of pilgrimage of central Asian Muslims. Lunch in one of the local cafes.
You will stay in Uzbek family the host of which will cook Plov (rice with carrot, onion and meat) and you will be able to participate in this cooking. The hostess of a homestay we will stay at will take us to the local bazaar to buy things for dinner. You will get vegetables, meat and fruits.
Dinner and overnight in a homestay. (B/L/D)

Day 6. Osh - Arslanbob

Today we will go to an amazing mountain range called Arslanbob. It has a large wild forest. The Arslanbob woodland is the largest walnut grove on earth. Kyrgyzstan's first known export to Europe was the Arslanbob walnut. Two waterfalls are located in the area which attract tourists, pilgrims and other visitors during the spring and summer months. In the gorge there are two incredibly beautiful waterfalls and fascinating mountain lake. This day with Tatar family you will cook Asian manty (big dumplings with meat) for dinner. You will make dough, cut the vegetables and meat. Make everything from the very beginning till it’s cooked. You will serve the table and have a good meal cooked by yourself. Overnight at a homestay. (B/L/D)

Day 7. Arslanbob – Toktogul reservoir

This day we will have rest in the morning and after lunch we will leave Arslanbob and go by the main Kyrgyz road going from Bishkek to Osh to Toktogul reservoir. Upon arrival you will have rest and cook Kuurdak for dinner (Kyrgyz dish with lots of meat and potatoes). Overnight in a small guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 8. Toktogul reservoir – Bishkek

Today we will first go to Suusamyr valley and soon dive into the green wide valley. The mountains surrounding it gave the valley so much space that for a moment one may forget being in the harsh mountain country. Here you may see many nomads who brought their yurts for the summer time. On the green grass canvas all these yurts look like white minarets. We will stop at one of them to have tea and try Kyrgyz lepyoshka (round bread) with cream or jam. Coming back to Bishkek. Accommodation in “Asia Mountains” hotel where we will have rest. Free time in the evening and farewell party. You will be transferred to the airport later in the evening for your flight home. (B/L/D)

The price for the whole tour based on double room accommodation:

2 people – 1492 USD per person
4 people – 1065 USD per person
6 people – 879 USD per person
8 people – 786 USD per person
10 people – 730 USD per person
12 people – 693 USD per person

Price Includes:

1. Transport according to the program
2. English speaking guide
3. Accommodation:
         - Bishkek – "Asia Mountains" hotel (or same standard)
         - Tamga – “Tamga” guest house (or same standard)
         - Son-Kul – yurts
         - Kazarman – home stay
         - Osh – “Sun Rise” hotel (or same standard)
         - Arslanbob – home stay
         - Toktogul reservoir – small guest house
4. Meals – full board (B/L/D)
5. Excursions according to the program
6. All master -classes
7. Water 1 l. per day per person

Price does NOT include:

1. Any changes in the program
2. Alcohol beverages
3. Excursions not included in the program
4. Tips for guide, driver and hotel personnel
5. Any personal expenses in hotel: international calls, bar, etc.
6. Single supplement of 90 USD

Place: Kyrgyzstan.
Best time: June - September
Activity: gastronomical tour

Day 1. Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the “Manas” airport, Transfer to the hotel. Bishkek is the capital of Kyrgyzstan and the biggest city in the country. Its population is about 1 million people.
Bishkek has many places for you to see. There are some large museums, the most interesting are: the Historical National museum, the Arts museum and the museum of M.V. Frunze. The center of the town is dappled by the show bills of Opera and Ballet Theater, Russian and Kyrgyz theaters, Bishkek Theater of Drama and National Philharmonic of T.Satylganov. 
On the city tour we will visit  Main and Old squares, oak park, Manas complex with Philharmonic hall, open art gallery, Osh bazaar and victory square. We will have lunch in one of the local cafes in Bishkek and our dinner will be in the hotel. Rest and overnight in “Asia Mountains” hotel. (-/L/D)

Day 2. Bishkek – Toktogul reservoir

This day we will start our gastronomical tour. We will leave Bishkek and go to Suusamyr valley by the main Kyrgyz road going from Bishkek to Osh soon we will come into the green wide valley. The mountains surrounding it gave the valley so much space that for a moment one may forget being in the harsh mountain country. Here you may see many nomads who brought their yurts for the summer time. On the green grass canvas all these yurts look like white minarets. We will stop at one of them to have tea and try Kyrgyz lepyoshka (round bread) with cream or jam. The point of our stay is Toktogul reservoir and the cozy guest house. Here you will try yourself in making Kuurdak (Kyrgyz dish with lots of meat and potatos). (B/L/D)

Day 3. Toktogul reservoir – Osh town

In the morning we will drive to Osh. It was one of the religious Muslim centers in Central Asia. It is known by its ancient mosques in the center of the town and also by Suleiman-Too (Sulaiman-Takhty, The throne of Solomon), which is one of the places of pilgrimage of central Asian Muslims. We will have lunch in one of the local cafes in Djalal Abad town and further go to Uzgen where you will be able to see the Uzgen minaret with mauseleums. Upon arrival to Osh we will have excursion to the sacred mountain. Dinner in one of the local families with Asian Plov (rice with carrot, onion and meat). Overnight in a homestay. (B/L/D)

Day 4. Osh town

You will stay in Uzbek family the host of which will cook Manty (big dumplings with meat) and you will be able to participate in this cooking. The hostess of a homestay we will stay at will take us to the local bazaar to buy things for lunch. You will get vegetables, meat and fruits. You will make dough, cut the vegetables and meat. Make everything from the very beginning till it’s cooked. You will serve the table and have a good meal cooked by yourself. Overnight at a homestay.(B/L/D)

Day 5. Osh – Kazarman (300 km)

Transfer to Kazarman village, which is located in Djalal-Abad region, close to the border with Naryn region. Kazarman is situated not far away from famous gold ore Makmal deposit. The way will go through the mountains and you will see the classic Kyrgyzstan where one house is located 50 km from the other. Arrival to Kazarman at a lunch time. In the evening we will cook beshbarmak which is translated as “five fingers” as long ago it was eaten with hands. Overnight in a home stay. (B/L/D)

Day 6. Kazarman – Son-Kul (260 km)

After breakfast we will be transferred to Son-Kul Lake located on the height of 3016 m above the sea level. This is the best place for shepherds-nomads. If you have ever heard a beautiful legend about the most beautiful lake in the center of Tian-Shan mountains most possible this was the lake Son-Kul. By some sources its name is translated as “the last lake” and it’s not without reason as this is the second biggest lake on the territory of Kyrgyzstan after Issyk-Kul lake. And the name can be treated as an “alpine lake”. As the lake is located on an alpine meadow and surrounded by mountain ridges it has its own microclimate. All the valley is covered with green alpine fields (Kyrgyz people name them “jailoo”). That’s why this place was very popular among the shepherds and nomads in all times which is proven by the stone inscriptions and ancient shrines found on the shores of the lake. Shepherds-nomads bring their cattle to the lake in the summer and live here in yurts with their families.
We will get to Son-Kul lake by noon. Accommodation will be in yurts made for the guests in the traditional way. We will continue our acquaintance with Kyrgyz nomads’ traditions. Upon arrival we will have lunch in a Kyrgyz style with shorpo soup and boorsok (small bread pieces). After that the hosts will show you how to cook boorsok and for dinner you will have dymlyama (stewed vegetables with meat). Overnight in yurts.  (B/L/D)

Day 7. Son-Kul – Kochkorka - Bishkek

Today we will continue our way to Kochkorka village we will meet with handicrafts of Kyrgyz people. Here you will be able to see how Kyrgyz people make their national carpets “Shyrdak show” and visit the handicrafts museum where you will have a chance to buy some souvenirs for your relatives and friends. For lunch we will get lagman (vegetables with noodles and meat) anв after that will continue going to Bishkek. Uponarrival to the capital accommodation in the hotel and farewell dinner. Some rest and later at night you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B/L/D)

The price for the whole tour based on double room accommodation:

2 people – 1317 USD per person
4 people – 944 USD per person
6 people – 781 USD per person
8 people – 699 USD per person
10 people – 650 USD per person
12 people – 617 USD per person

Price Includes:

1. Transport according to the program
2. English speaking guide
3. Accommodation:
         - Bishkek – "Asia Mountains" hotel (or same standard)
         - Toktogul reservoir – small guest house 
         - Osh – “Sun Rise” hotel (or same standard)
         - Kazarman – home stay
         - Son-Kul – yurts
         - Kochkorka – home stay
4. Meals – full board (B/L/D)
5. Excursions according to the program
6. All master -classes
7. Water 1 l. per day per person

Price does NOT include:

1. Any changes in the program
2. Alcohol beverages
3. Excursions not included in the program 
4. Tips for guide, driver and hotel personnel
5. Any personal expenses in hotel: international calls, bar, etc.
6. Single supplement of 75 USD

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