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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan

12 days

from $2,325pp (excluding flights)

This holiday is designed to showcases Kyrgyzstan's stunning scenery, from alpine forests to snow-capped peaks and high altitude lakes.

  • Explore the sprawling Osh Bazaar in Bishkek
  • Spend a night in a traditional nomadic yurt on the shores of Lake Son Kul
  • Visit Lake Issyk-Kul the second largest alpine lake in the world
  • See the ancient Tash Rabat caravanserai - one of the silk roads great wonders

This trip offers plenty of opportunity to explore this beautiful country on foot or on horseback and to experience traditional local life amidst nomadic herdsman as well as a night on the shores of Lake Son Kul staying in a yurt.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights $Flight cost from 
$ 3138.75 $ 843.75
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Istanbul

Fly Istanbul to Bishkek overnight

Day 2

The capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek was built on a grid system with many tree-lined streets. This approach to city planning has made central Bishkek a pleasant area to explore, with wide boulevards and impressive architecture.

Unusually low and surprisingly flat for the capital of such a mountainous country, Bishkek is still 800 metres above sea level. Almost constantly visible from the streets are the snowy peaks of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too range, which surround the city.

Half Day Bishkek City Tour
Explore Bishkek and visit the various monuments that dot the city. These include the Victory Monument that celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany and the huge Ala-Too Square, where Bishkek's immense 'White House' is located.

Also visit the Open Air Sculpture Museum and the History Museum. If time allows, stroll through the Osh Bazaar. This is a great place to find traditional Kyrgyz clothing, including coats, hats, boots and felt items.

You will be staying at Asia Mountains Hotel 1, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Drive from Bishkek to Cholpan-Ata via Burana Tower

Half Day Visit to See Cholpan-Ata's Petroglyphs
Head north from Cholpan-Ata to visit the region's renowned petroglyphs. Littering a boulder field, these ancient carvings are said to date back as far as the sixth century BC. Mainly depicting scenes related to hunting, the petroglyphs show animals that are now rarely spotted, such as wolves, long-horned ibex and snow leopards.

You will be staying at Korony Hotel, Full board

Day 4

Drive from Cholpan-Ata to Karakol via Semenov Gorge

Formerly known as Przhevalsk, after the Russian explorer, Karakol is a peaceful, low-rise town. Shaded by rows of white poplars, its winding backstreets hide Russian timbered gingerbread cottages.

Sitting at over 1800 metres, the town is slightly inland from the enormous Issyk Kul Lake, pressed up against the foothills of the Tien Shan. The area is famous for its apple orchards which can be found around the town.

You will be staying at Green Yard Hotel, Full board

Day 5

Drive from Karakol to Altyn-Arashan Vallley

Spend the Rest of the Day Exploring
Have the opportunity to go riding or trekking within the Altyn-Arashan Valley, stopping for a picnic lunch en route.

You will be staying at Tented Accomodation, Full board

Day 6

Drive from Altyn-Arashan Vallley to Karakol

You will be staying at Green Yard Hotel, Full board

Day 7

Tour of Karakol
Take a tour of the town of Karakol. Sites include the Chinese mosque built in 1910, by 20 Chinese artisans, for the local Dungan community. Built without nails it resembles a Mongolian Buddhist datsan.
Also visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral that was only formerly re-consecrated in 1991. Services were held in a yurt on the site prior to 1890, at which point the stone church was erected.

Half Day Trip to Karakol Valley
Drive out into the hills and spend some time exploring Karakol Valley, another spectacular Alpine vale within the Karakol National Park. Flanked by tall, snow-covered peaks, this steep-sided valley is dominated by the fast flowing Karakol River.

You will be staying at Green Yard Hotel, Full board

Day 8

Drive from Karakol to Kochkor via Djety Oguz Gorge

You will be staying at Homestay in Kochor, Full board

Day 9

Drive from Kochkor to Naryn via Tash Rabat

Located on a branch of the ancient Silk Road, Naryn is a small city in the remote and mountainous Naryn Oblast (Province). Originally founded as fortified trading post, Naryn is now the capital of the region.

Situated at just over 2,000 metres above sea level, the city is strung along one of the major tributaries to the famous Syr Darya River. A quiet place, Naryn is good base for visits to nearby sites, such as Song Köl and Tash Rabat.

You will be staying at Celestial Mountain Guesthouse, Full board

Day 10

Drive from Naryn to Song-Kol Lake

You will be staying at Yurt Camp, Full board

Day 11

Drive from Song-Kol Lake to Bishkek via the Burana Tower

A journey time of around 4-5 hours.

You will be staying at Asia Mountains Hotel 1, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Fly Bishkek to Istanbul

Fly Istanbul to London

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