Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Exploration Tour

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Explorer

Summary

Type: Exploration Tour

Duration: 11 Days

Best Time to Travel: May – October

Places you'll discover

Almaty
Bishkek
Issyk Kul Lake



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£1899
Per person based on 2 people sharing
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    Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Explorer - Itinerary

    The landlocked Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are still relatively new to tourism and as such they represent exciting destinations to explore. The area around Almaty is one of natural beauty with stunning lakes, canyons and gorges.

    Both countries have dramatic and rugged landscapes – from Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world to the breath-taking Ak Sai Gorge with its views of the Tien Shan Mountains.

    Day 1

    Almaty

    Almaty
    In the morning

    Arrive and transfer to the hotel.

    In the afternoon

    Sightseeing tour of Almaty, set at the foot of the emerald Tian-Shan Mountains. Visit the Central Museum, Independence Monument in Republic Square and the Central mosque.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 2

    Almaty

    In the morning

    Visit Big Almaty Lake situated in a canyon in the Zailiskiy Alatau Mountains.

    In the afternoon

    Hike around the lake before returning to Almaty.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Almaty

    In the morning

    Drive to the Charyn Canyons stretching over 150kms with vertical cliffs.

    In the afternoon

    Explore the yellow and red sandstone Castles Valley.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Almaty

    Almaty
    In the morning

    Excursion to Medeo, situated in a mountain gorge near Almaty and Chymbulak, a popular ski resort. Take the cable car up to an altitude of 3,160 metres.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Almaty and a city tour including Zenkov’s Orthodox Cathedral and the Great Patriotic War Memorial.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Almaty – Bishkek

    In the morning

    Depart for the Kyrgyzstan border on the edge of the great Kazakh Steppe.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Bishkek and a guided tour of the State History Museum, Ala Too Square, Parliament House and Lenin’s Monument.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Bishkek

    Bishkek
    In the morning

    Drive to the 12th century Burana Tower, part of the ancient town of Balasagun – one of the capitals of the Karakhanid Empire.

    In the afternoon

    Lunch with a local Russian family before driving to Issyk Ata Gorge.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Bishkek

    In the morning

    Visit Ala Archa National Park set in Ala Archa Gorge home to wild goats, deer and marmots and the increasingly rare snow leopard.

    In the afternoon

    Hike to Ak Sai Gorge for breath-taking views of the Tien Shan Mountains.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Bishkek – Issyk Kul Lake

    Bishkek – Issyk Kul Lake
    In the morning

    Depart Bishkek for Issyk Kul Lake, the world’s second largest alpine lake after Lake Titicaca.

    In the afternoon

    Enjoy the lake scenery, go for a swim or relax on the beach by the lake.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Issyk Kul Lake

    In the morning

    Optional of a one hour boat ride on the lake. Drive to Chon Ak Suu or Grigorrievskoe Gorge.

    In the afternoon

    Walk around the area before returning to the hotel where the rest of the day is free.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Issyk Kul Lake – Bishkek

    In the morning

    Drive to the Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs, also known as the Stone Garden. Visit the History Museum.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Bishkek by road. En route we pass through Boom or Evil Spirit Gorge.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Bishkek

    In the morning

    Transfer to Manas Airport for your onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan
    • Experienced English speaking Kazakh and Kyrgyz guides
    • Drinking water in car / minivan
    • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Visas
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Explorer Summary

    Details

    Type: Exploration

    Duration: 11 Days

    Best Time to Travel: May – October

    Places you'll discover

    Almaty
    Bishkek
    Issyk Kul Lake
    FROM
    £1899
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

    01279 507 956
    Customise This Tour
     

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