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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This nine-day tour takes you off the beaten tourist path and into the cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Bishkek enjoying city time with optional activities like day hikes and horseback riding that gets you close to the stunning nature here. Spend one night in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Finish in Almaty but not before driving through the stunning Charyn Canyon.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AYKK/226291
  • Starts: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
  • Finishes: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Bishkek
  • Chong-Kemin
  • Ozero Sonkël’
  • Bokonbayevo
  • Jety-Oguz
  • Karakol
  • Saty Village
  • Almaty

Itinerary

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Day 1: Bishkek

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Bishkek/Chong-Kemin

Enjoy a morning city tour of Bishkek before departing for Chong-Kemin. Stop at the Burana Tower before arriving at the community guest house. Explore the village and then eat a home cooked traditional dinner.
After breakfast, embark on a morning city tour of Bishkek. Later, depart Bishkek for Chong-Kemin. Along the way, stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower and learn about this ancient structure, rare in nomadic culture. Continue along the scenic valley before reaching Chong-Kemin. Stay in a unique guest house that employs the local villagers. Soak in the stunning scenery while exploring the village.

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Day 3: Chong-Kemin/Song Kul

Continue on to Song Kul and spend the night in a traditional yurt. Opt to spend the day hiking or go for a horseback ride.
In the morning, embark on an optional hike to the nearby mountains with stunning views. After lunch, take a scenic drive to Song Kul and be immersed in Kyrgyz culture with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt. Experience daily nomadic life, opting to hike the landscape or explore the scenery via horseback. Enjoy delicious traditional cuisine for dinner. In the evening, get cozy in the yurt around the stove.

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Day 4: Ozero Sonkël’/Bokonbayevo

After breakfast, depart for Kochkor and stop at a Kyrgyz felt-making workshop. After lunch drive to Bokonbayevo Village and spend the night at a homestay, indulging in a traditional local meal.
Upon arrival in Kochkor, learn about the importance of felt-making to the Kyrgyz culture and local artisans. Learn to craft with locals during an intimate workshop and then head to Bokonbayevo village. Experience a traditional Kyrgyz meal and then spend the night at a local homestay getting to know the local community members.

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Day 5: Bokonbayevo/Jety-Oguz

Take a morning departure to Barskoon Village for a visit to Ak-Orgo Workshop Centre. Observe how traditional yurts are built and learn about the importance of this Kyrgyz craft. Continue to Jety-Oguz Gorge & and overnight in a traditional yurt.

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Day 6: Jety-Oguz/Karakol

Say goodbye to the beautiful valley of Jeti-Oguz and transfer to Karakol. Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum and enjoy a walking tour of the city followed by free time to explore.
Continue to Karakol and stop at the Prejevalskiy Museum followed by a walking tour of the city. See the Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and pagoda-style Dungan Mosque, built by Chinese Muslims in the early 20th Century.

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Day 7: Karakol/Saty Village

Drive to the border and cross into Kazakhstan. Continue driving until arriving in Saty Village, part of the Kolsay Lakes National Park. Embark on a two hour hike exploring Kaindy Lake, known as the sunken forest. Spend the night in a guest house sampling traditional Kazakh meals.
Cross the border into Kazakhstan embarking for Saty Village. Begin by hiking Kolsay Lake National park. Known for Kaindy Lake, soak in the bright hues and marvel at the eery sight of submerged trees. Feel fully immersed in nature. Tonight, stay at a local guest house and indulge in traditional Kazakh meals - a truly Kazakh experience.

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Day 8: Saty Village/Almaty

Depart for Almaty early this morning, stopping along the way to marvel at Charyn Canyon. Arrive in Almaty, taking in a city tour highlighting sights like the historical centre and Zenkov Cathedral. Have a free afternoon to explore the capital city.
Boasting stunning shades of red, orange and brown, the Charyn Canyon is a natural wonder comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. Take in the stunning views before continuing on to the former Kazakh capital, Almaty. Take a city tour visiting sights such as the Monument of Independence, Zekoy Cathedral, and historical centre. In the afternoon, use free time to continue exploring this modern city. Opt to climb Green Hill for panoramic views, visit the local markets, or sip coffee in one of the plentiful cafes.

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Day 9: Almaty

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Local Living Moment: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonkël’
    • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
    • Burana Tower visit
    • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
    • Felt-making workshop visit
    • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
    • Karakol city tour (half-day)
    • Saty Village stay
    • Charyn Canyon stop
    • City tour (Almaty)
    • Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (4 nts), yurt (2 nts), CBT houses (2 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 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.