Cultural tour 4

Cultural tour 4 
Number of days: 9
Seasons: 1 May - 15 September 


Highlights:
Bishkek - named after the legendary baatyr (hero) who lived in XVIII century!
Ala Archa - one of the most visited nature reserve located close to Bishkek!
Burana - minaret from 11th century in the old Balasagyn city!
Stone Warriors Balbals - ancient tombstones to the honored people!
Kochkor - a land where craftswomen make and decorate things from the felt!
Son Kul - a large alpine at the altitude of 3000 meters!
Tash Rabat - a stone caravanserai from 15th century!
Chon Kemin - a fantastic gorge with a fantastic mountain river! 

Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa - Bishkek
Today we are going to spend the entire day in Bishkek, but with visiting a great site of pure significance. Just at the time of your arrival in Kyrgyzstan, the driver with a guide will meet you in Manas International Airport. Then you will have a 30 minutes way to the capital and then a way of 45 km to the gorge Ala Archa. We would like to note that for us it is a great pleasure to organize tours to the gorge as it is extremely wonderful there, with great atmosphere and hospitable people. On the returning to Bishkek guests will be given a route along the city - Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, Old Square, National Philharmonic will be seen. This day will be interesting and emotional, so take rest in the hotel. 

Day 2: Bishkek - Burana - Kochkor
Being in Bishkek we do not lose an opportunity and visit Asian Bazaar. It is a great site for the guests to see the culture of the people and buy whatever they want. Then on the way to Kochkor we make a witness of the Burana Tower. It is well-visited annually; people are amazed by the history of the place along with the idea that they are wandered by balbals, made of stone. The next destination is Kochkor, the center of handicraft. Skills are going throughout generation, it is possible to take an active part in carpets creation, in the process of the creation of felt products. Today you will sleep in the apartments of the locals.
 
Day 3: Kochkor - Son Kul
In Kochkor guests will have traditional Kyrgyz breakfast, then they are going to go to the Lake Son Kul in their Cultural tour 4. The lake is peculiar for being at the altitude of 3016m above sea level. It is still cool there, have warm clothes! The pastures of the lake are used by cattle of the nomads of these territories. At the same time visiting this site means you will always remember an interest as sleeping in the yurt. This is a unique and traditional Kyrgyz dwelling, made of wood and felt.
 
Day 4: Son Kul - Tash Rabat
After being at the territory of Son Kul Lake you make a way to Tash Rabat Caravanserai. There are a lot of peculiar sites in Kyrgyzstan, so that the tour will be surely breath-catching as it was used by merchants along the Great Silk Road in the past. Tash Rabat Caravanserai is made of stone, it is cold inside but still exciting. There are 31 rooms inside the building, with the prison! This prison was used in the ancient times, but bottom is not seen. We can suppose there are the souls of the lost people there. Nevertheless it must be visited. You will sleep in the yurt near the Caravanserai.
 
Day 5: Tash Rabat - Kochkor
This day will be devoted to visiting of remarkable gorge - Kara Koiun. The name means "black valley". Members of a trip can wander about the gorge, there are a lot of welcoming and friendly people with whom you can communicate. The peculiarity of the territory is in the animals - yaks. They live here and seem to be a fascinating reason of visiting it. The gorge got such a name due to less precipitations, but still in October-April it may be snowing here. Due to less precipitations it is very cold there. The lunch will be served to the guests and after it you will move to cultural Kochkor village and spend the night at the locals in this tour.
 
Day 6: Kochkor - Issyk Kul southern shore - Karakol 
From Kochkor we travel to the south of the lake located at the altitude of 1600m above sea level. Lake Issyk Kul is known to be the pearl of the country, the citizens are very proud of it. Then you will watch eagle hunting in Bokonbaevo village. The show is exciting due to the fact that the birds are dependent on their berkutchi. Making a way to Karakol you can visit the sight of Jeti Oguz gorge and the mountain of Broken Heart. In the town Karakol you will sleep in the boarding house.
 
Day 7: Karakol - Issyk Kul Lake northern shore - Chon Kemin
Having enjoyed the views of the Karakol town make sure to witness the north of Issyk Kul Lake. It is peculiar for being the home of sanatoriums and pensions. Right here it is possible to feel fresh air, guests can swim in clear waters and even take a boat cruise. Then you are driving to Chon Kemin village. There is a museum here, visitants can admire handicraft and artifacts. Along with it the guides will inform about the history of these things, they will tell legends and myths of Kyrgyzstan. You will be prepared an apartment at the locals.
 
Day 8: Chon Kemin - Burana - Bishkek
This morning you will ride a horse. About 3 hours will be given! You can enjoy the natural view of the mountains, breathe fresh and cool air. And of course communicate with amazing animals. Then there will be made a route excursion along the territories of the village and in the end of the day transfer back to Bishkek and night in the hotel.
 
Day 9: Bishkek - Airport
Morning transfer to airport of the country.  
 

Transport: 
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter 

 
Price per person: 
02 pax - 970 $ 
04 pax - 610 $
06 pax - 480 $
08 pax - 415 $
10 pax - 375 $
Single - 120 $
 

Early check-in - 35 $ 
Single early check-in - 60 $  

English speaking guide - 620 $ per group 

All dinners - 120 $*
All lunches and dinners - 240 $*


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
Kochkor - Homestay
Son Kul - Yurts, "Nomad's Dream" camp (4 pax in 1)
Tash Rabat - Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse 
Chon Kemin - Homestay
- Entering to all museums
- Horse riding in Chon Kemin
- Mineralized water bottles all the way of the tour 

Service does not include:
- Meals
- Single rooms 
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide


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