Cultural tour 2
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai - Kochkor valley - Tamga village - Karakol - Karakol - Bishkek
During this tour you will see our incomparable mountains and two the most attractive and famous lakes in Kyrgyzstan. First of all you will see "the Kyrgyz Sea" the biggest lake Issyk Kul surrounded by mountains. And then you will visit our godlike Son Kul Lake that is situated on the altitude of 3016 m. a. s. l. You will sleeps in yurts as real nomads did for many centuries and it is the best way to find out more about Kyrgyz life!
Day 1: Bishkek city
The guide meets you in Airport and accompanies to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek (30 min. drive), where you will have welcomed a breakfast. The entire day is dedicated to a guided Bishkek City Tour, including lunch. . The program includes visiting of the central Ala-Too Square, Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Pobeda Square (Victory Square), the History Museum, Oriental Bazaar, Art Gallery etc. Traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. you will spend the night in a Hotel****.
Day 2: Bishkek - Son Kul Lake
After breakfast we drive to the adorable Son Kul Lake (the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan). Lunch will be offered on the way. Son Kul Lake is situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains. Since ancient times Kyrgyz nomads used to come to this amazing area to use it as a pastureland for their herds. After our arrival our dinner and overnight stay will be in yurts. And yurt is enough comfortable, fancy decorated dwelling of nomads. Traditionally it builds without nails, just wood and felt.
Day 3: Son Kul Lake - Tash Rabat Caravanserai (Stone castle)
After packing your backpacks, you will be served breakfast at 8 o'clock Then you will be transmitted to the mysterious Stone Castle Tash Rabat- Caravanserai on the Great Silk Road (14th century). The stout building is a unique one there no other building like Tash Rabat in the whole world. It located at the very middle of celestial Tian Shan Mountains at an altitude 3200 m above sea level. The walls are 1 m thick. There are also underground prison cells for ancient pilferers. Night and traditional dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in yurts near by the Tash Rabat caravanserai
Day 4: Tash Rabat - Kochkor valley
After breakfast you departure to Kochkor village (185 km). At the Kochkorka village you meet a family that produces national woolen felt carpets. You even can create your own carpet. You will have national music show and traditional dinner with a local family. Overnight in the Kochkor Guesthouse.
Day 5: Kochkor valley - Tamga village
Breakfast at 8 o'clock. Then you will drive to the majestic Issyk-Kul Lake (200 km), the second largest mountain lake in the world (1608m.above sea level) "the pearl of Central Asia" as it also called. On the way you will will move through the strikingly beautiful valley and you will pass the sparkling Orto Tokoi reservoir. In Tamga village you will have a rest on the southern beach of the lake where you can enjoy the pure water and curative qualities of the lake. Your dinner will be served at 7 p.m. in Tamga Guesthouse, where you will also spend the night.
Day 6: Tamga - Karakol
After a breakfast at 8 o'clock you have plenty of time to swim in the lake. At 12 pm. you will start your transfer toward Karakol city by car (50km). Delicious lunch will be served in the Karakol. Then you will have a guided Karakol City Tour. There you will visit the museum of M.V. Prejvalsky, one of the world's greatest explores and the Dungan mosque. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Traditional dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Night in a Guesthouse.
Day 7: Karakol - Bishkek
Breakfast is served at 8 o'clock. After the breakfast you will drive to Cholpon Ata city along the along the northern shore of the shining pearl of Central Asia - Issyk-Kul Lake(120km). Along the whole trip you will admire by the amazing landscapes of our mountains. Afterwards we will visit ancient stone depictions (dating back to 800 B.C.), including the local museum. You will cross famous Boom gorge and its mountain river that rages along the gorge. After your arrival to the capital you will go to your hotel and then we will have a farewell dinner.
Day 8: Bishkek - Europe
Your guide will take you from the Hotel and accompany to the Manas Airport according to the time in your flight tickets.