Colours of Kyrgzystan

Discover the spectacular landscapes of one of Central Asia’s most picturesque countries. From the white peaks of the Tien Shan mountain range and the deep-blue of Lake Issyk-Kul, to the striking red cliffs of Djety-Oguz and the green alpine meadows of Chon Kemin valley, this tour explores the country’s most colourful highlights and the nomadic lifestyle of some of its inhabitants.

9 nights from £2195pp

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  • Colours of Kyrgzystan
  • Colours of Kyrgzystan

Colours of Kyrgzystan Itinerary

  • Day 1: Fly to Bishkek

    Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Bishkek, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)

  • Day 2: Bishkek

    Early morning arrival. Transfer to the Orion Hotel Bishkek for 2 nights (including immediate occupancy). Afternoon sightseeing tour of Bishkek with a visit to Osh Bazaar. (B, L)

  • Day 3: Chon Kemin valley

    Drive to Chon Kemin valley. On arrival, have lunch at a local guest house. This afternoon, walk through a village and enjoy panoramic views of the valley, where alpine meadows are surrounded by mountain peaks. There will be an opportunity to take a gentle hike within the Chon Kemin gorge. (B, L, D)

  • Day 4: Lake Issyk-Kul

    Drive to the northern shore of Lake IssykKul, via Boom gorge. Visit the prehistoric petroglyphs that lie around the nearby town of Cholpon-Ata and stay overnight at the Karven Issyk-kul hotel (or similar). (B)

  • Day 5: Karakol

    Take a boat ride on the lake then travel to a nearby gorge for a walk among the stunning scenery. In the afternoon, drive around the northern lake shore to Karakol, stopping en route at a museum dedicated to the great Russian explorer Nikolay Przhevalsky. Stay for 2 nights at the Green Yard Guest House (or similar). (B)

  • Day 6: Karakol

    Travel to the Djety-Oguz gorge, known for the ‘Broken Heart’ and ‘Seven Bulls’ red rock formations. Return to Karakol to visit the wooden church and mosque. (B)

  • Day 7: Bokonbaevo village

    Drive along the southern shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, stopping at several scenic viewpoints along the way. Stop at Fairy Tale canyon, where it is possible to take a hike (weather permitting). On arrival at Bokonbaevo village, visit a workshop and see a carpet making demonstration. Continue to the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul for an overnight stay in a yurt camp*. (B, D)

  • Day 8: Chonkurchak

    This morning, meet a local eagle hunter to learn about this tradition followed by a show. Later, travel to Chonkurchak via Burana Tower, an ancient 24-metre minaret. Stay overnight at Supara Chunkurchak. (B, D)

  • Day 9: Bishkek

    Day at leisure to relax in this green mountain setting or enjoy a walk through the pristine scenery. Drive back to Bishkek this afternoon and stay overnight at Orion Hotel Bishkek. (B)

  • Day 10: Fly to London

    Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

  • Important information

  • *Yurt camp

    Please note that the yurt camp accommodation on day 7 is very basic and has shared bathroom facilities.

  • Discovery tour

    Kyrgyzstan is a rewarding wilderness destination and accommodation should be considered basic outside of Bishkek. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour, due to several gentle hikes. This tour is therefore best suited to the hardier traveller.

  • Single supplement

    From £445pp.

  • Private & tailor-made travel

    This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic boat ride on Lake Issyk-Kul, the second highest navigable lake in the world
  • Walk beneath the striking red sandstone cliffs of Djety-Oguz
  • Discover the prehistoric petroglyphs at Cholpon-Ata
  • Stay overnight in a yurt on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Learn about the ancient art of hunting with eagles
  • Stay in 3- & 4- star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 26 people

Price Includes

Basic accommodation throughout
Small group size - maximum 26 people
International flights
Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
Experienced local tour manager
9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Guided sightseeing
All entrance fees

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