For your first visit to Kyrgyzstan or a welcome return, this eight-day itinerary blends the perfect mix of urban and rural: you will start and end your trip in the capital of Bishkek, exploring the city’s sights and sounds, visit to the large city of Osh, said to be founded by Solomon, and explore the historical retreat of Uzgen. You will also discover the charm of the small towns of Jalal-Abad and Sary-Tash, travel alongside the beautiful Töö-Ashuu and Ala-Bel passes on your way to the Toktogul reservoir, and enjoy an exciting horseback ride or hike in the spacious mountain valley of Chon-Alai. Your camera will get a workout, and so will you!
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Your exciting journey begins in Bishkek, the capital of and largest city in Kyrgyzstan. You will be picked up at the airport, and after you settle in at your hotel, you will set off to the Central Square of the city to explore its main sights, including the Philharmonic House with the Statue of Manas, Lenin's statue, and the National Historical Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant near your hotel.
Travel alongside the Töö-Ashuu and Ala-Bel passes to the Toktogul reservoir, a stunningly beautiful 4.5-hour drive with many spots to stop for pictures of the Suusamyr valley and to meet local Kyrgyz nomads. Enjoy lunch in a Chichkan gorge and spend the evening in family-run accommodation in Toktogul.
Today, you’ll leave Toktogul to travel alongside the Naryn river to Jalal-Abad (around 4.5 hours). After you arrive in this colorful town, check out the local market with Uzbek and Kyrgyz shops, and perhaps pick up a few goodies to bring home. Enjoy dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a family-run accommodation.
Today, you’ll head to Osh, the second-largest city in the country, which - legend says - was founded by Solomon. Along the 2-hour drive, you’ll make several stops: visit Uzgen tower and mausoleums from Karakhanids’ period and explore the shops at the Uzgen’s market. When you arrive in Osh, once located at the crossroads between major ancient trading routes, enjoy lunch in a restaurant and explore the city sights, including Solomon’s throne, a pilgrimage site located on the top of a hill dominating the city where Solomon stopped to pray. Enjoy dinner in a restaurant and overnight in a guesthouse.
On your fifth day, you’ll head to the small, picturesque village of Sary-Tash by way of Chigirchik and Taldyk passes. With such a scenic 3-hour drive, you will stop multiple times for photos and for a lunch. Enjoy some local chit-chat tonight, as you’ll spend the night in a family-run accommodation in Sary-Tash.
After breakfast, enjoy an exciting horseback riding trip in spacious mountain valley of Chon-Alai followed by a picnic lunch in a picturesque meadow. This evening, you’ll head back to Osh for dinner in a restaurant and a night in a guesthouse.
This morning, you will fly back to Bishkek in time to check out any of the sights you may have missed at the beginning of your trip. For your last evening, enjoy an optional traditional folklore program during dinner, before spending the overnight in a hotel.
Today, you will finish your exciting week-long trip through Kyrgyzstan. With fresh mountain air still in your lungs, receive an airport transfer and check in for your international flight - be it back home, or to your next exciting destination!
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.
A popular stop on the Silk Road, in Kyrgyzstan's beautiful Fergana Valley, Jalal-Abad is a typical Kyrgyz town surrounded by beautiful countryside. Explorers and travelers looking for somewhere to stop in Jalal-Abad will be delighted by the warm welcome at Roza Park Hotel. The plain and simple exterior belies the friendly atmosphere within. With double, twin superior and deluxe rooms available, there’s sure to be a configuration to suit all guests in need of comfortable and cozy accommodation. The rooms are pleasantly decorated with local style and all feature high-speed internet and en-suite bathrooms. There are conference facilities for business guests and a shuttle service to the city’s airport for total convenience. Breakfast is served for all guests in the quaint dining room every day and lunch and dinner are also available upon request.
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.
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.