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Best of Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

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 activities like day hikes and horseback riding to get you closer to the stunning nature here.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: AZKK/153331
  • Starts: Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Finishes: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
You will Visit
  • Almaty
  • Bishkek

Itinerary

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Day 1: Almaty

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Almaty

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.


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Day 3: Almaty/Karakol

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.

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Day 4: Karakol/Kochkor

Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor.

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Day 5: Kochkor/Song Kul

Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience.

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Day 6: Song Kul

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.

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Day 7: Song Kul/Chong-Kemin

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.

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Day 8: Chong-Kemin/Bishkek

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.

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Day 9: Bishkek

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • City tour (Almaty)
    • Charyn Canyon stop
    • Karakol city tour (half-day)
    • Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu)
    • Felt-making workshop visit
    • Yurt stay (Song Kul)
    • Community-based tourism (CBT) stay
    • Burana Tower visit
    • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
    • Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/guesthouses (5 nts), yurt (2 nts), CBT houses (1 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Private van, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Learn about the diverse cultures of Central Asia
  • Soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery
  • Connect with the locals during a yurt stay
  • Wander the Soviet streets of Bishkek.