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€tivities like day hikes and horseback riding to get you closer to the stunning nature here.
Day 1 Almaty
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Almaty (1B)
Take a city tour of Almaty including 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.
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.
Day 4 Karakol/Bokonbayevo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Barskoon Village and visit the Ak Orgo Workshop. Try out a traditional meal for lunch and learn how to build a yurt. Continue on to Bokonbayevo but first stop for a quick dip in the lake while en route.
Day 5 Bokonbayevo/Song KÖl (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive to Kochkor and visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. After lunch, continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.
Day 6 Song Kul (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.
Day 7 Song Kul/Chong-Kemin (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 8 Chong-Kemin/Bishkek (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 9 Bishkek (1B)
Depart at any time.
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