Example Itinerary

Galloping through Kyrgyzstan, from Arslanbob to Fergana Valley

Duration
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Off the Grid, Open Spaces
Destinations
Kyrgyzstan

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!

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Horseback Riding: Trot through the woodlands of Arslanbob to a small, sacred waterfall, and picnic at the famous walnut forests.
  • Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve: Hike to five of the reserve's seven mountain lakes, exploring the rare flora and fauna of the area.
  • Osh: Swapping the great outdoors for history and culture, discover Jalalabad's towers, mausoleums and markets.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

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.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This hotel is ideally situated in the center of Bishkek yet within a short driving distance from the international airport.

Services: The only five-star hotel in the country, the Hyatt Regency prides itself on world-class service, catering to guests’ every need, around the clock.

History: Since its opening, the Hyatt Regency has enjoyed a history of acclaim for its excellent quality including being twice named Kyrgyzstan's Best Hotel in the World Travel Awards.

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Hyatt Regency Bishkek Preferred Hotel
About

With excellent views of the capital and the Tien Shan mountains, the Sheraton Bishkek is comprised of deluxe rooms, plus junior, king and executive suites, some of which include club access. Rooms are furnished in a warm and homely classic style, with air-conditioning, writing desks, WiFi and terraces.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 2

Toktogul

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.

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About

Exploring the gems of Kyrgyzstan will take you to distant lands, often hundreds of miles away from the nearest city. In these remote areas, from the outskirts of Karakol to the Tian Shan mountains, the only accommodation to be found are homestays at which local families happily host weary travelers in their houses for a peaceful night’s rest.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 3

Arkik 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.

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About

Exploring the gems of Kyrgyzstan will take you to distant lands, often hundreds of miles away from the nearest city. In these remote areas, from the outskirts of Karakol to the Tian Shan mountains, the only accommodation to be found are homestays at which local families happily host weary travelers in their houses for a peaceful night’s rest.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Arkik Village
Arkik Village

Day 4

Arkik Village

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

Arslanbob Valley

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.

Hotel Options
About

Exploring the gems of Kyrgyzstan will take you to distant lands, often hundreds of miles away from the nearest city. In these remote areas, from the outskirts of Karakol to the Tian Shan mountains, the only accommodation to be found are homestays at which local families happily host weary travelers in their houses for a peaceful night’s rest.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Arslanbob Valley
Arslanbob Valley

Day 6

Arslanbob Valley

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

Osh & The Fergana Valley

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 hotel.

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About

Classic Hotel is a city-center property with a prime location, just a minute's walk from City Hall and five minutes' walk from the Central Park. Room types are available as standard, superior and suite, with double, twin and triplet bed options.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Osh & The Fergana Valley
Osh & The Fergana Valley

Day 8

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.

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This hotel is ideally situated in the center of Bishkek yet within a short driving distance from the international airport.

Services: The only five-star hotel in the country, the Hyatt Regency prides itself on world-class service, catering to guests’ every need, around the clock.

History: Since its opening, the Hyatt Regency has enjoyed a history of acclaim for its excellent quality including being twice named Kyrgyzstan's Best Hotel in the World Travel Awards.

Read More
Hyatt Regency Bishkek Preferred Hotel
About

With excellent views of the capital and the Tien Shan mountains, the Sheraton Bishkek is comprised of deluxe rooms, plus junior, king and executive suites, some of which include club access. Rooms are furnished in a warm and homely classic style, with air-conditioning, writing desks, WiFi and terraces.

If our Preferred Hotel is unavailable, this accommodation is a reliable alternative and has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 9

Departure

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.

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