Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Start: Bishkek Finish: Almaty

Visiting: Bishkek, Chong-Kemin, Song-Köl, Tamga, Jety-Oguz, Karakol, Saty Village, Almaty


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1096 $932

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Tour Overview

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 path and into the cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Bishkek enjoying city time with optional activities that get you closer to the colourful and artsy culture here. Spend two nights 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.

Highlights

  • iconLearn about the diverse cultures of Central Asia, Soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery, Connect with the locals during yurt and village guesthouse stays, Wander the Soviet streets of Bishkek, Take in the beauty of Song Kul Lake and Kaindy Lake, Trek to the sunken forest, Learn how yurts are built.
  • icon Learn how yurts are built.
  • icon Bishkek Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt
  • icon Ozero Sonkël’ Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay
  • icon Barskoon Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • icon Soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery
  • icon and learn how yurts are built.
  • icon take in the beauty of Song Kul Lake and Kaindy Lake
  • icon connect with the locals during yurt and village guesthouse stays
  • icon Trek to the sunken forest
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Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Bishkek

Location: Bishkek

Accommodation: De'Mar Hotel

Arrive at any time.

Welcome to Kyrgyzstan's artsy capital and cultural hub, situated at the base of the Tian Shan mountain range. There are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting, so get out there and explore!

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Bishkek/Chong-Kemin

Location: Bishkek

Accommodation: Ashu Guest House

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Bishkek before travelling to the serenity of Chong-Kemin Valley. Along the way, stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower and learn about this ancient structure, rare in nomadic culture. Tonight, stay in a cozy guest house run by Ashuu villagers. Soak in the stunning scenery while exploring the village and savour a home-cooked traditional dinner.

ACTIVITY: Visit the historical site of Burana and climb the stairs to check out the view from the top. A large miniaret about 80km from Bishkek, along with some grave markers and remnants of a castle and mausoleums, are all that remains of the 9th century city of Balasagun.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Check out some of the main highlights of this Soviet-esque capital city. Learn about the history of the city and daily life.

icon Day 3: Chong-Kemin/Song Kul

Location: Chong-Kemin

Accommodation: Yurts Song Kul

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

In the morning, opt for a hike to the nearby mountains or explore the famous gorges of Chong-Kemin. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive along the Kalmak-Ashuu mountain pass to Song Kul Lake. Immerse yourself in Kyrgyz culture with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt. Experience daily nomadic life and wander the breathtaking landscape. With an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level, it's possible to experience four seasons in one day! Indulge in delicious home-cooked cuisine for dinner, then get cozy in the yurt around the stove.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy overnighting in a traditional felt yurt. Get comfortable in this multi-share round tent and cozy up by the stove. Experience daily life of the nomads and sample some of their delicious cuisine.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 4: Song Kul/Tamga

Location: Song-Köl

Accommodation: Anyutaika Guesthouse

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Spend the morning soaking in all the beauty of Song Kul Lake before departing for Kochkor to learn the importance of felt-making to Kyrgyz culture and local artisans. Learn the craft during a hands-on workshop creating a small version of the traditional carpet known as ala-kiyiz, and enjoy lunch together. Afterward, head to Tamga village in the clutches of the Terskey Ala-Too and celestial Issyk-Kol’ Lake, where you'll spend the night at a village guesthouse and get to know the local community members.

Tamga village was once famous for its Soviet-era military sanatorium, where Soviet cosmonauts relaxed and recovered after space flights. The complex still exists in its original, untouched 1930's glory, with an atmosphere that would seem to bring you back in time.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Stop halfway in Kochkor village for a Kyrgyz felt-making workshop.

ACTIVITY: Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this traditional Kyrgyz craft. Make your own miniature version of the precious carpet known as ala-kiyiz, and enjoy lunch in Kochkor village. Opt to purchase a carpet or two.

ACTIVITY: Spend the night at a guesthouse in Tamga Village situated along Issyk Kul Lake. Surrounded by mountains and often used as a base for trekking, this village offers a touching glimpse into local Kyrgyz life.

icon Day 5: Tamga/Jety-Oguz

Location: Tamga

Accommodation: Djety Oguz Yurt Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Enjoy a free morning getting to know this isolated village. Around midday, transfer to Ak-Orgo Workshop Centre to observe how traditional yurts are built and learn about the importance of this Kyrgyz craft. Continue to Jety-Oguz Gorge and overnight in another one of those cozy yurts.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Stop first in Barskoon village before continuing on to Jety Oguz.

ACTIVITY: Visit the Ak-Orgo workshop, a G Adventures-supported project working to preserve Kyrgyz traditions and create employment opportunities in Barskoon. Observe how traditional yurts are built and enjoy a local lunch with the community.

icon Day 6: Jety-Oguz/Karakol

Location: Jety-Oguz

Accommodation: Green Yard Guesthouse

Meals: BREAKFAST

Say goodbye to the beautiful valley of Jety-Oguz and ride to Kyrgyzstan's 4th largest city - Karakol. Stop for a visit at the Prejevalskiy Museum, dedicated to the famous Russian explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky, followed by a city tour. See the Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and pagoda-style Dungan Mosque, built by Chinese Muslims in the early 20th Century. Spend the afternoon as you wish, exploring Karakol.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit a fascinating museum dedicate to the Russian explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky. The museum offers insight into his life and travels and displays some of the flora and fauna species endemic to the area.

ACTIVITY: Jump on a mini-bus and see what Karakol has to offer. Stop by the Russian Orthodox Cathedral to admire the unique architecture. This beautiful wooden church was built in 1895, after the old structure was destroyed by an earthquake, and is still used for services on Sundays. Next, visit the colourful Dungan mosque originally built in 1910 that almost resembles a Buddhist temple. This is the only mosque in the area and definitely worth checking out.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Karakol is the 4th largest city in Kyrgyzstan, located on the scenic Lake Issyk-Kul.

icon Day 7: Karakol/Saty Village

Location: Karakol

Accommodation: Saty Village Guest House

Meals: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Cross the border into Kazakhstan on the journey to Saty Village, part of the Kolsay Lakes National Park. On arrival, jump in a Russian 4x4 for the ride to Kaindy Lake, then embark on a trek to explore the sunken forest. Soak in the bright hues and marvel at the eerie sight of submerged trees. Spend the night in a homestay and indulge in traditional Kazakh meals for a true Kazakh experience.

ACTIVITY: Be immersed in Kazakh culture during a homestay near the Kolsay Lakes National Park. Eat a traditional dinner and marvel at the mountain range and forests surrounding the village.

ACTIVITY: Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 8: Saty Village/Almaty

Location: Saty Village

Accommodation: Hotel Voyage

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart early this morning for Almaty, the former Kazakh capital, stopping along the way to marvel at Charyn Canyon. Boasting stunning shades of red, orange, and brown, the Charyn Canyon is a natural wonder comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. On arrive in Almaty, take a city tour visiting sights such as Independence Square, Zenkov Cathedral, Panfilov's Park, and the striking WWII memorial. Time permitting, opt to climb Green Hill for panoramic views, visit the local markets, or sip coffee in one of the plentiful cafés.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy the views of the beautiful Charyn Canyon. Breathe the fresh air and snap a few photos of this stunning landscape.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Get to know Almaty on a city tour, visiting the most stunning sights. Stop by the colourful Zenkov Cathedral, constructed entirely of wood without the use of any nails, it survived an earthquake in 1911 and continues to stand today. Walk through Panfilov's Park and the historical part of the city. Visit the new part of Almaty known as Independence Square, and stop by the WWII Memorial.

icon Day 9: Almaty

Location: Almaty

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (2 nts), village guesthouse (3 nts), yurt (2 nts), village homestay (1 nt)

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Bishkek

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    Half-day city tour (Bishkek)

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    City tour (Almaty)

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    Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay, Tamga. Half-day city tour (Bishkek). Burana Tower visit. Felt-making workshop visit. Karakol city tour (half-day). Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum. Saty Village stay. Kaindy Lake and sunken forest exploration. Charyn Canyon stop. City tour (Almaty). Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations.

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    Karakol city tour (half-day)

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    Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations

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    Kaindy Lake and sunken forest exploration

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    Felt-making workshop visit

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    Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonkël’

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    Your G for Good Moment: Yurt Building Demonstration, Barskoon

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    Burana Tower visit

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    Your G for Good Moment: Yurt Building Demonstration, Barskoon Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Bishkek Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonkël’ Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay, Tamga

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    Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

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    Saty Village stay

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    Charyn Canyon stop

Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), village guesthouse (3 nts), yurt (2 nts), village homestay (1 nt)

Transport

Private van, walking.

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

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