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€tivities 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.
Day 1 Bishkek
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Bishkek/Chong-Kemin (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 3 Chong-Kemin/Song Kul (1B, 1L, 1D)
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.
Day 4 Ozero SonkËl’/Bokonbayevo (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 5 Bokonbayevo/Jety-Oguz (1B, 1L)
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.
Day 6 Jety-Oguz/Karakol (1B)
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.
Day 7 Karakol/Saty Village (1B, 1D)
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.
Day 8 Saty Village/Almaty (1B)
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.
Day 9 Almaty
Depart at any time.
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