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Short Tour around Issyk - Kul lake

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Day 1: Karakol

Stop At: Burana Tower, Don-Aryk, Tokmok 722201 Kyrgyzstan
Our guide will meet you at the airport or pick you up from the hotel. You will start you tour directly from it.

Your first stop will be the Burana Tower - the ancient silk road minaret, which is a heritage of UNESCO and Kyrgyzstan nowadays. You will have the chance to climb the 25 meters Tower, to see the surrounding area from the Top. Silk Road Caravans used to stop here to rest as the center of the Balasagun city, which was established by the Karakhanids at the end of the 9th century.

The whole complex consist of the mausoleums, castle foundation and grave markers (balbals, located around and were created by the ancient Turkic tribes). The small museum as part of the complex contains historical information and artifacts found at the site and in the surrounding region. Visiting this historical site will help you to move into the atmosphere of the 12th century and see firsthand the most ancient artifacts.

Lunch you will have in the cafe on the road.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Boom Gorge, Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
After you will continue the trip through the Boom Gorge, which is a kind of a thread that connects three regions - Chui, Issyk-Kul and Naryn. On the way you can enjoy watching beautiful views of high mountains - somewhere steep and rocky, as well as the rapid flow of the Chu River.

Stop At: Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, Cholpon Ata 720000 Kyrgyzstan
Arrival to the Ruh Ordo. You will visit the famous cultural center of Rukh Ordo named after the famous writer of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aitmatov. The center brings together the history and spiritual heritage of different cultures and nationalities of the world. The ideological concept of the cultural center is striking in its depth: the complex of five white chapels, located exactly the same distance from each other. The only external difference between the chapels - the symbols of different world religions. "Rukh Ordo" is famous not only for its unusual architectural monuments but also because of the most beautiful pier on the lake.

After excursion departure towards Karakol city.

You will have dinner and overnight at the guest house or hotel
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in Karakol

Day 2: Karakol city

Stop At: Karakol Historical Museum, Gagarin/Jamansariev, Karakol 722360 Kyrgyzstan
After breakfast and check-out, you will have the chance to explore Karakol city. It will be city tour with visits to the Dungan mosque, the Holy Trinity Orthodox church, the memorial complex of the museum with the tomb of the Russian explorer of Central Asia N.M. Przhevalsky.

You will have time for lunch. As a recommendation you can taste the famous local dish - Ashlan-fu.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), Kyrgyzstan
After that you will be driven to the Jeti-Oguz mountains. The name "Jeti-Oguz" (translated as "seven bulls") came from a chain of weathered red rocks, similar to bulls lying on the ground, and became a visiting card of the gorge. You will also see there the rock named “Broken Heart”. There are a lot of legend and historical facts about Jeti-Oguz Gorge, worth of listening and seeing. You will have some time to enjoy the beauty of the natural side.

Then you will continue to drive towards Bokonbaevo village. Check-in in the guest house or yurt camp (depends on the season and your choice). You will have national food for dinner.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Yurt camp in Bokonbaevo village

Day 3: Bokonbaevo

Stop At: Canyon Skazka, Tosor Kyrgyzstan
After breakfast, you will go to the Canyon Skazka (Fairytale). A canyon is an amazing place where sandy red formations take various fabulous forms.

Soft rocks of different shades are very flexible to the action of external forces. After the next rain, the relief of the Fairytale can really change noticeably. And shades of colors on the slopes of the canyon can change dramatically and with strong gusts of wind. Moreover, staying in the Fairytale with complete calm and clear skies from morning till night, the observer every hour will discover new details of the landscape. They will be differently illuminated by the movement of the sun in the sky and the movement of shadows on the ground. Walking along this gorge during the rest on Issyk-Kul brings not only aesthetic pleasure but also unity with nature. With care, you take every step so as not to disrupt the creation of the Creator. These blocks impress with their uniqueness and grandeur.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bokonbai, Bokonbayevo, Kyrgyzstan
Next stop is “Manjyly-Ata” - holy place. "Manjyly-Ata" is a valley, with the labyrinth of shallow gorges between clay hilly steppes and healing springs.

You will have lunch at the same guest house. After the lunch you will have the chance to meet experienced Berkutchi - eagle hunter, who will share the story of hunting with golden eagles, their habits and features.

In the afternoon, you will return to Bishkek. We can organize drop you off to the hotel for rest before flight and then transfer to the airport or drop you direct to the airport depends on your flight.

Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel 3* in Bishkek

Day 4: Transfer to the airport

Stop At: Manas International Airport, Manas Airport Rd, Kyrgyzstan
Transfer for departure
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
9:00 AM
4 days
  • 2x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Accommodation at guest houses and yurts with breakfast in Bishkek, Karakol, Bokonbayevo
  • 2 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Transportation
  • Transfer
  • Excursions and guide service
  • Water
  • Entry/Admission - Burana Tower
  • Entry/Admission - Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
  • Entry/Admission - Karakol Historical Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
  • Entry/Admission - Canyon Skazka
  • Entry/Admission - Bokonbai
  • Entry/Admission - Manas International Airport
  • International flights
  • Tourist medical insurance
  • Alcohol beverages
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Gifts, personal expenses, and shopping
  • Optional services
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The price mentioned for a person in group of 4 people
  • Minimum numbers apply.There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Depending on the time of arrival and the time of check-in in the hotel, corrections in the program are possible while keeping the program's volume.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

We did 7 day tour which was around the lake Issyk-Kol and Altyn Arashan gorge. It was super! I recommend to go up to see Alakul lake and take a hit spring. Kyrgyzstan nature is stunning!!! Don't forget to take your warm jackets and good...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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