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Best of Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This 9-day tour takes you off the beaten tourist path and into the cultures of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Begin in Almaty and drive through the stunning Charyn Canyon. Spend one night in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Enjoy city time in Bishkek as well as optional activities like day hikes and horseback riding to get you closer to the stunning nature here.


Duration: 9 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 153331
Starts: Almaty, Kazakhstan Finishes: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
You will Visit
  • Almaty
  • Bishkek

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Almaty

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Almaty (1B)

Take a city tour of Almaty including the the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market.



Included Activities:
City Tour

03

Day 3: Almaty/Karakol (1B)

Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol.

Included Activities:
Charyn Canyon Visit
Border Crossing (Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 420km)

04

Day 4: Karakol/Kochkor (1B, 1D)

Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor.


Included Activities:
Przhevalsky Museum Visit
Yurt Building Demonstration

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)

05

Day 5: Kochkor/Ozero Sonkël’ (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.

Included Activities:
Felt Workshop Visit
Overnight in a Yurt

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 130km)

06

Day 6: Ozero Sonkël’ (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt.

Included Activities:
Overnight in a Yurt

07

Day 7: Ozero Sonkël’/Chong-Kemin (1B)

Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery.

Included Activities:
CBT Homestay

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 230km)

08

Day 8: Chong-Kemin/Bishkek (1B)

Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour.


Included Activities:
City Tour
Burana Tower Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 160km)

09

Day 9: Bishkek (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • City tour (Almaty)
    • Charyn Canyon stop
    • Karakol city tour (half-day)
    • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
    • Felt-making workshop visit
    • Yurt stay (Song Kul)
    • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
    • Burana Tower visit
    • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
    • Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (5 nts), yurt (2 nts), CBT houses (1 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about the diverse cultures of Central Asia
  • Soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Connect with the locals during a yurt stay
  • Wander the Soviet streets of Bishkek.