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Galloping through Kyrgyzstan, from Arslanbob to Fergana Valley

Landlocked Kyrgyzstan may be bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest, and China to the east, but it has more than enough natural beauty in the form of mountains, lakes, and forests to keep you exploring for days and days. This packed eight-day adventure takes you through the big city life in the country’s capital, Bishkek, the natural beauty of the Suusamyr valley, the incredible lakes of the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, the traditional culture of Arkit village, and the color of the markets in Jalal-Abad and Osh. For an adventure matching that of Alexander the Great, come with us!

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  • Visit the largest walnut forests in the world
  • Check out the beautiful Arslanbob waterfalls Hike or horseback ride through wonderful natural landscapes
  • Explore Kyrgyzstan’s multicultural rural life
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive in Bishkek

Your exciting journey starts in Bishkek, the largest city in Kyrgyzstan with a newly thriving tourism industry. You will be picked up at the airport and brought to your hotel; after you have time to settle in, you will have the chance to check out the city’s sites, including the Philharmonic House with the Statue of Manas, Central Square, Lenin's statue, and the National Historical Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Afterwards, enjoy your first dinner and night in the hotel.

Day 2
Bishkek - Suusamyr Valley

Today, you will travel to the Toktogul reservoir by way of the Suusamyr valley - a drive of around 4.5 hours. With stunning views - and stops for pictures along the way - this drive will set into motion the rest of the trip. Enjoy lunch in a pretty Chichkan gorge before continuing on to Toktogul, where you will stay overnight in a family-run accommodation.

Day 3
Suusamyr Valley - Arkit Village

After breakfast, you will traverse along Naryn river and Toktogul reservoir to the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve. Along the way you will have the chance to observe the stunning scenery before enjoying dinner and a night in a family-run accommodation in Arkik village.

Day 4
Arkit - Sary-Chelek Lake - Arkit

Today, you’ll visit one of the most beautiful lakeside destinations in the world in the Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve. The Sary-Chelek lake is located over a mile above sea-level, and its largeness and deepness have earned it the title of the “Jewel in the Crown”, even when compared to the reserve’s seven other lakes. Explore five of the seven lakes today by hiking and enjoying a picnic lunch. In the evening, you will return to Arkik village for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
Arkit - Arslanbob

You’ll head to the Arslanbob village today, where sprawls the largest walnut forest in the world, at 130 miles long. Enjoy a picnic along the way to the village, and spend the afternoon exploring the village and the lovely forested areas around it. You will spend the night in a family-run accommodation in Arslanbob.

Day 6

After breakfast, get ready to giddy up! You’ll spend four hours this morning horseback riding through the forested areas surrounding Arslanbob village. Along the way, you will check out a small sacred waterfall, where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, and stroll through the famed walnut forest. After your horseback riding adventure, you’ll head back to Arslanbob village for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Arslanbob - Jalalabad - Uzgen - Osh

Today, you’ll leave Arslanbob to travel to Osh, the second-largest city in the country (around 3 hours' drive). Along the way, you’ll enjoy lunch in Jalalabad, explore the Uzgen tower and mausoleums from the Karakhanids’ period, and visit the Uzgen’s market to take a look at the many different goods that are sold there on a daily basis. After arriving in Osh, you’ll enjoy dinner in a restaurant and the night in a comfortable guesthouse.

Day 8
Osh - Bishkek

On your final full day of the trip, you will enjoy breakfast in Osh before flying back to Bishkek for your final afternoon and evening in Kyrgyzstan. Spend some time taking in any of the sights you may have missed, and enjoy an optional traditional folklore program during the dinner.

Day 9

Today, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport, to take off back home or onto your next exciting destination, with a camera full of beautiful scenes and a mind full of wonderful memories.


Suggested Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

This stunning, modern destination in the center of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek proudly holds the title of the only five-star hotel in the country. Within 35 minutes’ drive from the airport, this luxury hotel is surrounded by all of Bishkek’s sights of interest and history including The Museum of Fine Arts, Dubovy Park and the State Opera. What’s more, within the hotel, the facilities are first class. A range of 178 stylish rooms and suites are fitted with the latest amenities and guests can enjoy 24-hour concierge service for any and all their needs. Food lovers will be delighted by the range of cuisines, from authentic Mediterranean meals to laid-back barbecues by the pool. Meanwhile, the chic lobby bar and Opera Lounge are perfect spots for pre-dinner drinks or a romantic night cap. The comprehensive range of facilities on offer in the health club includes an outdoor pool, a spa with treatment rooms and a well-equipped gym so that guests can enjoy relaxation and reinvigoration during their stay.

Barak Ata Guesthouse, Sunrise Guesthouse

Barak Ata Guesthouse

After a busy day of sightseeing in Osh, tuck away in the quiet tranquility of the Barak Ata Guesthouse. Here, enjoying a soothing break from the hustle and bustle of the second-largest city in Kyrgyzstan, guests can enjoy the comforts of home, from satellite TV and private bathrooms for each of the single and double rooms and suites to a business center complete with internet access and international calling options. Add in some first-class amenities, such as 24-hour room service and a sauna with dry steam and pool, and visitors have all they need for an urban retreat in one of the world’s oldest cities. 


Sunrise Guesthouse

Enjoy a visit to Osh – the second largest city in Kyrgyzstan – with a stay at the Sunrise Guesthouse. Located in the heart of the city, this guesthouse gives visitors quick and easy access to many of the city’s best landmarks, including Solomon’s throne and the Great Silk Road Bazaar, one of the largest outdoor markets in Central Asia. Mixing national décor with sleek and modern furniture, the Sunrise Guest House blends tradition with all the best amenities, including WiFi, a conference hall and a restaurant featuring delicious European and Asian cuisine. To dive even deeper into traditional Kyrgyz culture, guests can opt to stay at the guest house’s yurt camp.

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