Day 1: Bishkek – arrival
Arrival to Bishkek. Transfer to the hotel. Time for rest. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata
Transfer from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata (280 km). On the way stop to see Burana tower, which is left from ancient city Balasagyn (XI - XIII). Next stop is an open air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata. There will be an excursion in open-air art gallery of stone, said to date from 500 BC – 100 AD, they depict wolves, long-horned ibex, goats, horses, snow leopards, sacrifices and some hunting scenes. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Cholpon-Ata – Karakol
Transfer to Karakol (150 km). City tour in Karakol: visiting Prjevalsky museum, Wooden Orthodox Church, Dungan mosque in Chinese style. Dinner in Uigur or Dungan family. Kyrgyzstan is a multiethnic country and during this tour you will have a chance to get acquainted with different nations and cultures. Today you will have a dinner in Uigur or Dungan family. These nations came to Kyrgyzstan from China and live in Karakol since 1869. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 4: Karakol – Jety-Oguz – Kochkor
Transfer to Kochkor along the Southern Shore of Issyk-Kul lake. On the way visit to Jety-Oguz gorge. Your guide will tell you a legend about Jety-Oguz (seven bulls) and Broken Heart rock. After lunch transfer to Bokonbaevowhere you will see an eagle hunting show. Continue driving to Kochkor. One of the best views on the Issyk-Kul Lake is guaranteed. On arrival you will visit a felt carpet workshop in Kochkor. It’s a place where you can see the process of making Kyrgyz national felt carpets. There will be a Kyrgyz folkloric dinner show with Kyrgyz national music and songs. Family run accommodation.
Day 5 (Apr – May): Kochkor – Chon-Kemin
Transfer to Chon-Kemin. After lunch you will have time to hike or walk in the gorge. Dinner in the guest house. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 5 (Jun – Sep): Kochkor – Son-Kul
Transfer to Son-Kul (120 km). Son-Kul is one of the highest lakes in Kyrgyzstan (2030 m above sea level). It’s a place where you can experience a nomadic life. You will have a chance to ride a horse, see edelweiss flowers, camels, yaks, golden eagles, and to see how local women make Kyrgyz national drink – Kymyz (mare’s milk). This is a remote mountain lake situated on a treeless, high mountain plateau ( 3016 m ) where shepherds bring the livestock in the summertime, establish a camp where they will live – setting up their yurts. In this magnificent place you can see hundreds of herds and a lot of different yurts. Dinner. Overnight in the yurt camp.
Day 6: Chon-Kemin / Son-Kul – Bishkek
Early in the morning transfer to Bishkek (320 km). Arrival in Bishkek. Afternoon sightseeing: visit Philarmonic hall, Statue of Manas, Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, Victory Square, Museum of Fine Arts. Farewell dinner. Overnight in the guest house.
Day 7: Bishkek – airport
Transfer to the airport (30 km), departure. End of the tour.