Spring tours

Spring is the time when the nature starts waking up. Trees start blossoming and the first flowers take their way to the sun. It's the time when people feel the life renewal and led by some unknown senses try to follow this Universe deal starting new projects, new ideas and sometimes even new life. We would like to offer you spring tours which will show you Kyrgyzstan from different angles - culture, traditions, nature and common life of common people. 

 

“Spring Colors kaleidoscope” -Kyrgyzstan

Spring is here, it’s time to explore nature.

Date: 29.04 - 08.05.2017

Activities: hiking, auto tour and excursions

Price: 990 USD per person

 

 

Kyrgyzstan is small and beautiful country where you can meet different landscapes.  Snowy high peaks, rivers, lakes, juniper forests and beautiful flower valleys will make you feel like you have been in fairy tale. May is one of the best times for uniting with nature, in spring while hiking you can see how valley of flowers cover with different flowers, plants, smells the fresh, new nature.

“Spring Colors kaleidoscope” –Kyrgyzstan, is another unique tour offered for guests. This tour covers legendary Yssy-Kul lake, Arabel snow kingdom, Arslanbob village, and Osh city.

Issyk-Kul area has rich history and legends. Local villagers keep traditions and retell legends and pass them from generation to generation. Wool crafting is still practiced in villages. We invite you to experience and are the Kyrgyz traditions and participate or witness how locals do wool toys.

Issyl-kul region is also rich with its nature. It has caves, forests, waterfalls and canyons. These all places guests will also visit.  

Arabel is a kingdom of snow, spring comes later to Susamyr valley, flowers and plants start blossoming later compare to south, Fergana valley.  

Program include also visit of Arslanbob village. In Arslanbob village people still practice ancient traditions. The village is located in the shadow of the nuts forest that is surrounded by Fergana ridge, rivers and waterfalls. Weddings is one of the must experience events in south.

Visit of Osh city is also included in the program. Osh is pure reflection of the real east city. There is an eastern bazar; eastern culture will take you to the Arabic fairy tale “One thousand and One Nights”

Experience the nature and culture already this spring!

Program:

Day 1. (29.04) Arrival in Bishkek. Accommodation in hotel

Day 2. (30.04) Transfer to the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. Along the way we will stop by Burana Tower. Burana Tower was built 11th century, during the prosperity Balasagun city. Next is Cholpon-Ata city. Cholpon-Ata is located on the West of the Issylk-Kul region.  Accommodation in local hotel.

Day 3. (01.05) Rest on the lake. Excursion to the mountains

Day 4. (02.05) Transfer to Karakol. Hotel accommodation. Excursion to the ski base Karakol,. Excursion to panorama.

Day 5. (03.05) Transfer to Tamga village. Along the way we will visit Djety Oguz, complex red rocks "Broken Heart" and "Red Canyon". In Tamga accommodation in guest house.

Day 6. (04.05) Transfer to Chichkan Susamyr through the valley. Accommodation in guest house.

Day 7. (05.05) Transfer to  Arslan-Bob. Accommodation in guest house. Excursion to Panorama

Day 8. (06.05) Arslan-Bob. Excursion to the forest lakes and waterfalls.

Day 9. (07.05) Transfer to Osh. Hotel accommodation. Guided Tour

Day 10. (08.05) Flight to Bishkek (Home). End of program.

Special price for   “Spring Colors kaleidoscope” -Kyrgyzstan tour is 990 USD per person

The price includes:

  • Transportation according to the program
  • Accommodation according to the program in double rooms 880
  • Power only breakfast and full board at the hotel on Lake Issyk-Kul in Tamga guesthouse (day 5)
  • Entrance fees to Burana Tower, a small waterfall in Arslan-Bob and Mount Suleiman in Osh.
  • Flights from Osh to Bishkek.

             The price does not include:

  • Single occupancy $ 175
  • Meals not included in the program
  • International flights
  • Alcohol

 

     
   
   

Explore Kyrgyzstan with us!

Coolective group for 2017!

Join now for 1650 USD per person!

Dates: 29.04.2017 - 11.05.2017

Nature of Kyrgyzstan is very diverse. Due to the mountainous terrain in this region one can find different types of plants growing mostly in the deserts till those which occur in the tundra. Totally in Kyrgyzstan there are over 3500 species, 89 of which are listed in the Book of rare species, such as Abies semenovii, Rhodiola linearifolia (golden root), Ordinary Bird Cherry, Kashgarian Barberry, Central Asian Pear, as well as 12 species of tulips.

If we consider that the entire planet has only 80 species of tulips, you can’t deny the importance of the fact that in Central Asia there are 70 species of these beautiful flora to be found!

Today the majority believes that the birthplace of tulips is Holland, but it is not. Of course, that’s the place we get those elegant bouquets and onion cultivars from, but the birthplace of these plants is Central Asia and it still is the guardian of wild members of this species. Tulips are ancient plants that emerged about 10 million years ago. The Dutch got them only at the end of the XVI century thanks to Ozhiru de Busbecq diplomat, served as ambassador of the Ottoman Empire, who brought the bulbs of "red lily" to the Austrian Emperor Maximilian II, and finally from the capital of Austria - Vienna professor Carolus Clusius had introduced them to Holland.

Turks were first to notice the beauty of tulips; traveling with caravans along the Silk Road, on the Asian steppes and mountain areas, they brought these flowers to Europe, where even before the Dutch began to plant them in their gardens and breed and select these elegant plants.

It is a pity, but the number of wild tulips decreases every year, and it is not related to the new land cultivation, but to the ignorance and negligence of ordinary people who travel every spring for the "barbeque". Beautiful large flowers migrate to vases and fade away with their life offspring. Man, ripping off a tulip, thinks he doesn’t cause any harm, because the next year flowers usually bloom again; but none the next, nor a few years later, this bulb will not grow, and there will never be the glow red light wild flower, as all the power and all the juices of the bulb have been spent and it had to recover only after the flower bud and scatter the seeds.

Life of a tulip can be compared with human life: wild flower requires from 12 to 15 years to gain traction for flowering, then it blooms for several decades, and then the bulb fades away; at this point there is disruption in blooming. In total the whole life of a tulip goes from 50 to 70 years. Same thing happens to a human going through childhood, youth, flowering and fading, but a person for a few days of aesthetic pleasure ruins life of a beautiful creation, so similar to him.

In order to let more people know about the awesomeness and beauty of this natural gift, we invite you to plunge into the charm of spring nature awakening and go with us on a photo hunt for flowers called tulip. This is comparable to the photo hunt of the king of snowy Tien Shan mountains  - the snow leopard, as the tulips don’t lay as carpets underfoot, but grow mostly alone, hiding among the rocks on the high mountain slopes and in rock crevices. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky to meet such a rarity as Kaufman tulip (Tulipa kaufmanniana), Kolpakovkogo Tulip (Tulipa kolpakowskiana) or the famous tulip Greig (Túlipa gréigii).

But in addition to tulips and other equally beautiful flowers on the tour you will learn about the unique nature of Kyrgyzstan and its beautiful and colorful traditions.

Program: «Tulip photo hunt» - Kyrgyzstan

Time: 24.04 - 06.05.2017

Activity: Photo-tour, Excursions

Price: 1680 USD per person

Program:

Day 1. (24.04) Bishkek – Ala-Archa national park – Kyrgyz ridge slopes
Arrival to Bishkek. Accommodation in the hotel. Rest.  After lunch we will go to the hills located on the southern outskirts of Bishkek. Take a walk and if we are observant we can find the beautiful Greig Tulips (Tulipa greigii), here you may also find equally beautiful tulips (Tulipa dasystemon, Tulipa kolpakowskiana Tulipa zenaidae and Tulipa kaufmanniana). In the evening, at the sunset Kyrgyz Range isvery beautiful and tulips on the snowy background are more vivid, like small bonfires on the lush green carpet. Return to Bishkek.

Day 2. (25.04) Bishkek – Talas (350 km)
Transfer to Talas valley through Suusamyr. This time of the year it starts to wake up from winter and covers with fragile first blooms. At the very time local nomads start to put their yurts and get the cattle into the valley. We will go further to Talas where we will see different tulips of Kazakh steppes. Accommodation in the guest house upon arrival to Talas. 

Day 3. (26.04) Talas
Today we will go see the surroundings of Talas ridge at the the mountain gorges and foothills. In the evening we will come back to the guest house. 

Day 4. (27.04) Talas - Chichkan (210 km)
Transfer to Chichkan gorge aтв accommodation in OSON lodge. In these mountain parts of the country the spring just starts to cover the ground. Trees just start to bloom and the hills start to cover with spring flowers. Upon arrival we will accommodate in the guest house on the shore of the river. 

Day 5. (28.04) Chichkan gorge - Sary-Chelek lake (290 km)
This day the road will go along the Naryn river. In this part its the most picturesque. At the very beginning of Fergana valley we will turn and go to Sary-Chelek lake in Sary-Chelek reserve. At the shore of the lake we will put our camp and stay there for  the night.  

Day 6. (29.04) Sary-Chelek lake
This day we will spend at Sary-Chelek. We will go to Iri-Kul lake and ascend onto panorama place. At this time it's going to be a scene! The real spring with a great number of flowers: tulips, Peonies, irises, Eremurus and many other. Fully covered with blossoms there will be apple trees and cherry-plum trees.  If you are going to call it a heaven you will be definitely right! 

Day  7. (30.04) Sary-Chelek lake - Besh-Aral reserve
We will go to Besh-Aral reserve today - to the unique and beautiful place. We will put a tent camp and go find the flowers. 

Day 8. (01.05) Besh-Aral reserve - Arslanbob  (307 km)
Accommodation at the guest house. Excursion to Panorama.

Day 9. (02.05) Arslanbob
Excursion to the forest lake and the waterfall. In these wallnut forests we will find absolutely different kinds of tulips (Tulipa ferganica). Return to the guest house. 

Day 10. (03.05) Arslanbob - Kyrgyz-Ata national park (240 km) 
Much of our way today will go through the populated areas of the Fergana Valley, through the city of Jalal-Abad and Uzgen. We'll have an excursion at the Uzgen minaret, which was built in the fifteenth century on the Silk Road. And then go to a new area to search for tulips in the national park Kyrgyz-Ata. Accommodation in tents.

Day 11. (04.05) Kyrgyz-Ata national park -  Shevali gorge (170 km) 
This day we will go to Shevali gorge for tulip hunting. Accommodation in the camp.

Day 12. (05.05) Shevali – Osh town (150 km)
After morning photo we will go to Osh town where we will spend the rest of the day. We will ahve an excursion to the sacred mountain Suleiman-Too and probably see tulips even there.
Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 13. (06.05) Flight to Bishkek
Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 14. Going home

Price includes: 

- Transport according to the program

- Accommdation according to the program in hotels, geust houses and tents (double)

- Full board meals

- Entrance fees to the reserves and national parks according to the program

- Guide

- Flight ticket from Osh to Bishkek

Price doesn't include: 

- Single accommodation

- International flights

- Alcohol

- Any changes in the program

 



Special offer! We have a collective group for this tour!

Dates: from 14th of March till 22nd of March

Price: 1009 USD per person!

Nooruz holiday

Nooruz is an ancient national festival of the vernal equinox.

This holiday goes back to the very ancient times. Even before the advent of Islam people celebrated this day as the beginning of a new year, the renewal of nature and human being. A few days before the holiday, people cleaned their homes, paid out their debts and forgave all grievances. On holiday people wore fancy dress, had fun and laughed, they organized various games and competitions, sang songs and danced.

And today, in our country Nooruz is celebrated in all its glory. A week before the holiday Kyrgyz people sprout 7 kinds of cereals and by how they grow people judge the future harvest. On the day of the holiday people prepare a lush dastorkon, the night before the holiday festive ritual meal sumalyak is cooked. It is made from sprouted grains of wheat, which are ground and then boiled in a cauldron on cottonseed oil with the addition of flour for 20-24 hours. Small stones are also added to it (which, of course, are not used for food. They are used to reduce the risk of overcooking of sumalyak at the bottom of the cauldron. Also, there is a belief that if you get the stone during the meal, you have to make a secret wish and it will definitely come true). It is believed that sumalyak is needed to be cooked with songs, dances and plays, cheerful refrains. After cooling, the dish is served at the table. It is also believed that this dish gives people physical and spiritual forces.

In the morning on March 21st, people go to their neighbors with a bowl filled with Sumalak, drink tea, talk and make plans for the future.

We invite you to plunge into the atmosphere of this wonderful holiday and enjoy all the traditions’ paints of a small friendly country in the vast fabulously beautiful Asia.

Duration: 9 days 
Location: Kyrgyzstan.
Best time: March
Activity: Rest, Auto-tour, Excursions, Celebration, Ethnography
People quantity: 2 - 12

Day
 
Program
 
Accomodation
 
Food
 
Day 1 Bishkek. Airport “Manas”. City tour Hotel B/L/D  
Day 2  Transfer to Bokonbaevo village Home stay B/L/D  
Day 3  One day in Bokonbaevo vollage Home stay B/L/D  
Day 4  Transfer to Karakol Hotel B/L/D  
Day 5  Karakol and ski base Hotel B/L/D   
Day 6  Transfer to Tokmok town Home stay B/L/D   
Day 7  One day at the house of local family  Home stay B/L/D 
Day 8  Transfer to Bishkek, Celebration of the holiday Hotel B/L/D   
Day 9 End of the progam    B/-/- 

Detailed program:  

Day 1. Bishkek  (14 March) 

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the “Manas” airport, Transfer to “Asia Mountains” hotel. Rest.

Today we will go with you on a city tour. You'll see a big difference in usual  Bishkek and festive Bishkek. Today, the city is in its simplest appearance without the ceremonial robes and jewelry. That’s what we will see.

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 40km from Kyrgyz ridge and about 25km from Kazakh border.

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.

There are many places reminding people of the Soviet Union period of time. The influence of that epoch is mostly felt in the center where you may still see the row of soviet architecture buildings: Philharmonic, Government building, Historical museum, Victory monument. But you will also be able to see the modern samples of Kyrgyz architecture: Manas monument, monument of Courage, the monuments of akyns (Kyrgyz poets), manaschi (Kyrgyz Manas legend tellers) and local rulers of different times. The interesting fact is that Bishkek is the only town in Central Asia that still has the monument of V. I. Lenin on the central square.

Bishkek remembers its history and will definitely tell it to everybody who wants to visit this small but cozy capital. The town is also known to be the most ecological town of the world due to a lot of green parks keeping the shadow and coolness even on the hottest summer day.

Day 2. Drive to Bokonbaevo village (15 March) 

In the morning after breakfast we will drive to the village of Bokonbaevo. On the way we will visit the Historical and Archaeological Complex - Burana Tower.

The Burana Tower (minaret) is located on the site of the ancient city, 90 km from the capital - Bishkek. Historians and archaeologists have proved that the settlement was the capital of the Karakhanid Khanate and was called Balasagun. Balasagun was founded in the mid of 10th century and the Burana Tower is now the central monument of the complex.

After the tour we will stop at the home of local residents for lunch. We will taste national dishes and then continue on through the Boom Gorge into Issyk-Kul valley.

Today we will stop for the night in the village of Bokonbaevo, where we can enjoy dinner and a warm bed. 

Day 3. Whole day in Bokonbaevo village (16 March) 

What is the ordinary life of the local people, and more specifically how was it many many years ago? That’s what we will see today. As in the jungle half-naked men chasing their prey with a spear, and in Kyrgyzstan in the last century, people were forced to hunt, but invented for this method is easier - falconry. You and I are going to see this amazing view, and also to visit the real Equestrian Games, which were held at each holiday.

We will visit with you shop for the manufacture of felt products, and we will see how the ancient people did without modern tools and machines, hand-finished felt rugs for your home hearth - the yurt, also built without a single nail. And the truth is - where to find in the vast snow-capped mountains, at least one small piece of metal?

Lunch and dinner at the home of local residents, the evening of relaxation and sweet sleep. 

Day 4. Drive to Karakol town (17 March) 

Today in the morning we will continue our way. We will see the amazing change of landscapes like in kaleidoscope and the first place we are going to 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. The interesting fact about this place is that there is almost no snow or it melts immediately here, so it creates a very strong contrast between the snow-capped mountains and colorful expanse of "Fairy Tale" gorge.

After this we will go to the hot springs, where we can swim and warm our "young bones."

 Djeti-Oguz gorge by the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake is going to be our next stop. The gorge is located 60 km to the west of Karakol on the northern slopes of Terskey-Ala-Too. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge the fir trees are growing at first merging into small groups and then turning into huge forest mass. The gorge finally becomes a wide Kok-Djayik valley which is totally covered by fir forests up to the very top of the ridge. Over the forest zone (about 3000 m) in the wide valley of about 15 km there are amazing subalpine and alpine meadows called Djailoo.

During the spring and the summer Djeti-Oguz gorge turns into a kind of flower holiday, among which you may see the silver stars of Edelweiss flowers, alpine daisies and asters, and nard (golden root). In the autumn the gorge is being a colorful canvas as it’s covered not only by coniferous forests but also by the leaf trees. 

From the northern Karakol and Oguz-Bashi summits’ slopes Archa-Tor and Ailanysh rivers start their flows and at the end combine into Djeti-Oguz river. Today we may have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall.

Next we will drive to the place of our night stay – Karakol town. Accommodation, rest. 

Day 5. Karakol town and ski base (18 March) 

Karakol is the administrative center of Issyk-Kul valley with the population of about 63 thousand people (2009). It is located 12 km from the Issyk-Kul lake shore in the eastern part of the valley at the foothill of Terskei-Alatoo.

 In 1869 captain baron Kaulbars which was given a task to find a good place for the new town came to here and ordered to found the military administrative center on the way of Great Silk Road going from Chu valley to Kashgar. This date became the date of town founding named by the river it stayed on – Karakol.

The town has a strict rectangular layout and is surrounded by garden. It was decided to build a garden city so everyone was ordered to plant trees in front of their houses. The houses looked different in here as well, not like in any other towns of Central Asia. Until 1887 almost every house was built of clay but after the big earthquake this year people started to build wooden houses with porches decorated with rich intricate carvings.

In the city we will visit with you "Holy Trinity Cathedral" and the Dungan mosque, and then go to a ski base "Karakol" to see Lake Issyk-Kul from the height and make colorful pictures of this wonderful corner of our mountainous country. Ski lovers can try their skills on the Kirghiz slopes and get pleasure from the rapid descent. In the evening return to Karakol, dinner and rest.

Day 6. Cholpon-Ata and drive to Tokmok town (19 March) 

In the morning we will visit the historical museum of Cholpon-Ata and petrogliphs (stone inscriptions) left on the stones by ancient artists. On the territory of 42 hectares there is a great amount of stones of different size with petrogliphs, which were drawn by the ancient settlers of this territory. To see all the pictures in this open air museum one will need several days, each drawing is very interesting and contains the whole history of ancient people. There are many places like that around Kyrgyzstan and the one in Cholpon-Ata contains pictures of the Bronze Epoch. First tribes to leave their pictures were Andron (II mil. BC.), then Saki who left the pictures of the “animal style” and the very late stone inscriptions are dated by Turkic time (VI-IXc. AC.). The cotton copy of the biggest boulder we may see in the historical-cultural museum in Cholpon-Ata town. The artist put on the canvas which is of the same size as the real stone a herd of mountain goats, a group of hunters and tamed snow leopards. The stone inscriptions you will see have the pictures of leopards, single and pairs of deer, camels, riders which prove the fact that Great Silk Road was once going through these territories.

After that the road will lead us to Tokmok town where we will stay in the local family and get ready to the holiday together.

Day 7. Whole day in the family of locals (20 March) 

Our day today will be entirely devoted to the preparation for the holiday Nooruz. We would like to note that the women's and men's role in that day will be very different. Following the tradition, our beautiful female half will stay with the family to prepare a special dinner. You'll learn the secrets of the national cuisine, discover new tastes and learn to prepare delicious Asian sweets. Arriving home, you can easily show off your ability to not only properly prepare dishes of the Kyrgyz people, but also to apply them correctly.

Men’s half will be engaged in a purely man's job - playing football (soccer). After an exciting game all the men will go to a Russian bath to come to the holiday clean and pleased, and necessarily with a victory.

This night we will not sleep (of course, those who want to miss all the fun, can fall on the bed and sweetly snore), but we do not want to miss anything, right? And if so, then all night we just have to stick to the Kyrgyz ritual and alternately stir the traditional dish Sumalak without giving it a burn. Be prepared to participate in various competitions, sing songs, dance, tell jokes and have fun!

Toward morning we will be able to take a nap, and then the next day will be waiting for us.

Day 8. Visiting friends in the morning and coming back to Bishkek (21 March) 

According to the traditions of Kirghiz people in the morning we will take a large bowl with the sacred dish sumalyak and go to visit the neighbors and friends. We will gather at the table, drink tea with mountain herbs, cookies and candies. After lunch we will go back to Bishkek, which had already changed into its festive attire. In the evening we will go to the central square, where a large number of people will gather to celebrate Nooruz holiday. The city will open its arms to you and will let you see it in all its glory.

Day 9. Departure (22 March) 

Today in the morning the car will get you to the airport for your flight home.

More information you may get following the link.

Among the vast mountain spaces of Tian-Shan, among the snow summits the velvet waters of Issyk-Kul are spread. Its colors from soft blue to sapphirine, stuns by its ineffable beauty and depth of colors. Its tons of waters hide the ancient civilizations, majestic towns of the time long gone inevitably covered by the smooth blue surface of this amazing nature creation.

Issyk-Kul Lake is the second biggest mountain lake after Titicaca in South America; it is one of 25 biggest and 7 deepest lakes in the world. The length of this lake from west to east is 178 km, from south to north is 64km, depth is 668m. Issyk-Kul Lake ranks second in the transparency of water after Lake Baikal. The climate here is very soft, the average temperature of the summer is +17 C, it seems that at such a low temperature of summer the winters should be severe but vice versa the winters here are quite warm, average temperature in January is -3 C. The number of hours of sunshine is 2700 that is even more than at the Black Sea. The local people call this lake the “Pearl of Kyrgyzstan”. As a small bead put on the chain of mountain ridges it definitely justifies this name. The “Pearl” is located on the height of 1609 m above the sea level and enclosed from two sides by the ranges with the poetic names Terskey-Ala-Too (turned from the sun) and Kungey-Ala-Too (turned to the sun).

Issyk-Kul has a very convenient geographical location and this defined its destiny even in the very ancient times. In the middle ages on the territories nearby the lake one of the main ways of Great Silk Road was leading its way, therefore a great amount of settlements were formed there. And some of them are now hidden by Issyk-Kul waters.

Issyk-Kul lake attracts the attention not only of  the people that like to rest on the beach, people who want to see the “Pearl of Kyrgyzstan” but also the historians, archeologists and treasure hunters. It’s not without reason as the lake has its stories and legends.

Yes, this is the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan; you may try to enjoy its ineffable beauty and the majesty of its big blue waters, reflecting the high mountains and the endless blue sky. And looking into the depth of Issyk-Kul lake you may try to see the lineaments of ancient civilizations.

Program:  9 days
Place: Kyrgyzstan. Issyk-Kul
Best time: April - October
Activity: Rest, Auto-tour, Excursions

Days
 
Program
 
Accommodation
 
Meals
 
Day 1 Arrival to Bishkek. Manas airport. City tour. Hotel B/L/D 
Day 2  Excursion to National Ala-Archa park Hotel B/L/D
Day 3  Burana tower, Lunch in local family and transfer to Cholpon-Ata town Hotel B/L/D  
Day 4  Day in Cholpon-Ata town Hotel B/L/D  
Day 5  Grigoriev gorge and transfer to Karakol town  Guest house B/L/D  
Day 6  Djeti-Oguz gorge and transfer to Tamga village Guest house B/L/D 
Day 7  Skazka gorge and transfer to Kadji-Sai village Guest house B/L/D  
Day 8  Return to Bishkek Hotel B/L/D
Day 9  End of the program    B/-/-

Detailed program:

Day 1. Bishkek

Arrival to Bishkek, meeting at the airport Manas, Transfer to the hotel «Asia Mountains», accommodation. Lunch at the restaurant of the hotel "Asia Mountains". City tour with visiting Youth alley, Philarmonic, Manas complex, old and new square, small "Raritet" museum and Oak park. Dinner in the "Asia Mountains" hotel.

Day 2. Ala-Archa National park

Today after breakfast we will go to the national park Ala-Archa where we will spend our time seeing a great Kyrgyz nature. The park is located in 40 km from Bishkek on the slopes of Kyrgyz Ala-Too. 

Ala-Archa is translated from Kyrgyz language as “motley juniper”. The gorge got its name due to a great amount of juniper covering its slopes. As different kinds of juniper have different colors and the gorge seems to be very colorful. We will have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall, organize a small picnic and come back to Bishkek in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3. Bishkek - Cholpon-Ata

In the morning we will be transferred to Cholpon-Ata town. On the way we will visit the historical-architectural complex of Burana tower. We will have lunch at the house of local family and continue our way through Boom gorge into Issyk-Kul valley. Upon arrival to Cholpon-Ata we will accommodate in the hotel. Today evening will be free and you will be able to rest from the long drive.

Day 4. Cholpon-Ata

All day today we will spend on the shore of Issyk-Kul. In the morning we will visit Cholpon-Ata petrogliphs (stone inscriptions) left on the stones by ancient artists. On the territory of 42 hectares there is a great amount of stones of different size with petrogliphs, which were drawn by the ancient settlers of this territory. To see all the pictures in this open air museum one will need several days, each drawing is very interesting and contains the whole history of ancient people. We will also visit the museum and cultural-architectural complex Ruh-Ordo which is very interesting for the collection of religiuos architecture. Our evening will be free. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 5. Cholpon-Ata - Karakol

In the morning after having breakfast we will go to Karakol town. On the way we may visit Georgiev gorge and if the weather allows us we will have hike to the mountain lake. Upon our arrival to Karakol we will be accommodated in “Amir” or “Green Yard” hotel. After having some rest we will have a little walk around the town, visit an ancient Dungan Mosque, and a Holy Trinity wooden Church which was first built without a single nail.  Free time, rest, dinner at the hotel.

 Day 6. Karakol- Djeti-Oguz gorge- Tamga village

After breakfast we will drive to Djeti-Oguz by the eastern shore of Issyk-Kul lake. The gorge is located in 60 km to the west of Karakol on the northern slopes of Terskey-Ala-Too. This is one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. For 25 km on both sides of the gorge the fir trees are growing at first merging into small groups and then turning into huge forest mass. We will be able to have a little hike to a beautiful waterfall and then go to the place of our next night stay - Tamga village. We will have free time in the evening to enjoy the waters of the lake and make great pictures of the sunset on the shores of the second biggest alpine lake in the world. Accommodation in guest house. Dinner.

Day 7. Tamga - Kadji-Sai village

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 the excursion we will go to Kadji-Sai village. Accommodation in guest house. Evening on the shores of the lake. Dinner. Overnight.

Day 8. Kadji-Sai village - Bishkek

This day we will have a long drive back to Bishkek. Upon arrival accommodation in the hotel. Farewell dinner.  

Day 9. Transfer to the airport. End of the program.

 

Price for the groups: 

2-3 people in a group – 1435 USD per person
4-5 people in a group   –  1070 USD per person
6-7 people in a group   –  925 USD per person
8-9 people in a group   –  850 USD per person
10+ people in a group  –  810 USD per person

Single supplement - 190 USD per person

Price includes:

1. Meeting and seeing off at the airport
2. Accommodation according to the program (double accommodation)
         - Bishkek- "Asia Mountains" hotel or similar
         - Cholpon-Ata - "Raduga" hotel or similar
         - Karakol-  "Green Yard" guest house or similar'
         - Tamga - "Tamga" guest house
         - Kadji-Sai -  "Al-Hayat" guest house
3. Meals - full board
4. Transport according to the program
5. Guide
6. Entrance fees for the excursions according to the program

Price doesn't include:

1. International flights
2. Single supplement 190 USD
3. Visa and consulate services
4. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, etc. 
5. Insurance 
6. Any changes in the program

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