Our guide was fantastic, and the itinerary succeeded in getting us off the beaten path as we desired.
A couple from New Hampshire

Classic Kyrgyzstan

Spend your week exploring Kyrgyzstan, from traditional restaurants to mountains and gorges to the best cosmopolitan sites the country has to offer. Visit to the Philharmonic House in the capital city of Bishkek, take in a traditional game played on horseback and soak in Kyrgyz culture and exquisite scenery, all at a gentle and comfortable pace. 

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  • Watch a game of Ulak Tartish, a fast-paced tradition sport played on horseback.
  • Ride on horseback to the snowcapped mountains in Chunkurchak and Chon-Kemin. Venture into the Jety Oguz Gorge to see the red sandtone rock formations known as the “Seven Bulls.”
  • Have lunch at a traditional yurt near Barskoon Gorge.
  • Visit the Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral in Karakol.
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

You will arrive in the large city of Bishkek to kick off your tour in style. After you are transferred to your hotel, spend the day exploring this cosmopolitan capital, from the Philharmonic House to the Museum of Fine Arts. Enjoy dinner at Supara or Arzu restaurant before you settle in for the night.

Day 2
Bishkek - Kochkor - Chok-Tal

Enjoy your journey around Issyk-Kul lake (around 3.5 hours): as evidenced by its name, meaning “hot lake” in Kyrgyz, this large mountain lake never freezes – despite being surrounded by snowcapped peaks. On your way, you’ll make a stop at the 10th Century Burana Tower and then explore the local Women’s Handicraft Co-operative in Kochkor village. In the afternoon, take a stroll around the northern shore of the lake before enjoying dinner and the evening in a comfortable hotel.

Day 3
Chok-Tal - Karakol

Today, you’ll visit the Aytmatov "Ruh Ordo" Cultural Center, where you’ll encounter five chapels of world confessions: Catholicism, Islam, Orthodoxy, Buddhism, and Judaism. Spend time exploring the stone garden, which features rock engravings and petroglyphs dating back to 500 BC, and then head to Karakol (around 3 hours away), the fourth-largest town in Kyrgyzstan. Check out the city’s major sites, including the Przhevalsky Museum and the Dungan Mosque, before enjoying a traditional Kyrgyz folkloric dinner at the Green Yard hotel.

Day 4
Karakol - Jety-Oguz gorge - Barskoon gorge - Bokonbaevo

This morning, explore the Town History Museum before heading to the impressive Jety Oguz gorge, famous for its red sandstone rock formations, particularly in the shape of the “Seven Bulls.” From there, you’ll drive to Barskoon gorge, where you can enjoy a hike, picnic lunch and a stunning view of Issyk-Kul Lake before finishing your day in Bokonbaevo (around 2 hours' drive), where you’ll have dinner and stay overnight in a homestay.

Day 5
Bokonbaevo - Kalmak-Ashuu (Chon-Kemin Valley)

Discover more of Kyrgyz culture with a local falconry and eagle show before driving to the spectacular Chon-Kemin Valley (around 2.5 hours away) to enjoy stunning sea views and fresh mountain air. You will stay overnight in the ranch-style Ashu Hotel, experience local living with added comfort.

Day 6
Kalmak-Ashuu - Chunkurchak

Enjoy the great outdoors this morning, hiking or horseback riding the local mountain trails and watching the famous horseback game Ulak Tartish (buzkashi/kupkari), a traditional Kyrgyz sporting event. After lunch at the Ashu Hotel, you’ll head to the Chunkurchak Valley, just 28 miles from Bishkek, where you’ll have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 7

Make the most of your morning in the Chunkurchak Valley by horseback riding, hiking, trying your hand at archery or simply taking in the natural serenity. You’ll then head back to Bishkek, where you’ll enjoy lunch in Supara restaurant and a chance to go shopping or check out some of the city sites you may have missed. If your flight is in the morning, you will enjoy a relaxing sleep tonight at the luxurious Hyatt Regency hotel.  

Day 8

After a week of excitement, adrenaline and breathtaking scenery, your adventure in Kyrgyzstan has come to an end. You will be transferred to Airport Manas, where you will catch your flight home or continue on to your next exciting destination.


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.

Green Yard

Green Yard

In the northern Kyrgyzstan town of Karakol, it’s hard to find any better place to stay than the award-winning, family-run Green Yard Guest House. Take its location for starters. Set in the foothills of the majestic Tien-Shan mountains, the area offers spectacular views and trips to the nearby ski resorts or majestic gorges are only minutes away. The rooms too, are bright, warm and comfortable, with a choice of ‘luxury’ or ‘standard’ to cater for different tastes and budgets. All rooms come with satellite TV, refrigerators, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with bathtub - perfect for a long hot soak after a day of enjoying the slopes or mountain adventure. The hotel’s restaurant downstairs cooks up both national and European dishes whilst also providing a cozy and family-friendly atmosphere. 

Ashu Hotel

Ashu Hotel

Experience village life in comfort at Ashu Hotel, a charming guesthouse in the Chon-Kemin region of Kyrgyzstan. This unique hotel oozes tradition and tranquility: from the colorful decor and the outdoor eating area and garden to the majestic display of mountains in the distance, guests find themselves completely immersed in Kyrgyz culture while enjoying first-class service. Choose between a single or double room in any of the mountainside cottages and enjoy extra amenities including the on-site conference hall, traditional cuisine and day trips to the spectacular Chon-Kemin gorge.

Beshik Hotel Bungalow

Beshik Hotel Bungalow

To the south of Bishkek city lies gorgeous scenery as far as the eye can see and for guests who want to travel a little out of the city for a taste of nature, the Bishkek Hotel Bungalows by Supara Chunkurchak are a perfect compromise. Just over 40 miles from Manas international airport, this eco-resort boasts beautiful bungalows dotted on the green hillside with stunning views of the Kyrgyz valley. And this foray into nature comes not at the expense of comfort; rooms are equipped with mod cons including television, a well-stocked en-suite bathroom with toiletries and towels. There is even a terrace with a private hot tub - perfect for a relaxing soak at sunset after a long day enjoying the countryside. The resort has an on-site restaurant which serves up delicious traditional local dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients. Days can be spent exploring the surrounding area on hikes or on horseback while hobbyists will enjoy the plentiful fishing and skiing too.

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