From  £2665
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Discover the main sights in Bishkek
  • Visit the beautiful Chong-Kemin Valley
  • Head to the beach resort of Cholpon Ata
  • Travel along the shore of Issyk-Kul lake
  • Spend the night in a yurt camp
  • Explore the small market town of Kochkor
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Essential Kyrgyzstan

13 Day Tour, from £2665 per person

From picturesque valley's and beautiful alpine scenery to small towns and bright bazaars discover the stunning mountainous country of Kyrgyzstan on this tailor-made individual itinerary. Visit Tash-Rabat caravanserai - Kyrgyzstan’s most remarkable monument constructed as a stopping off point for merchants on the Great Silk Road from Central Asia to China, pass by Lake Issyk Kul and explore the leafy capital of Bishkek.

This itinerary is generally available from June to August. 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO BISHKEK
FLY TO BISHKEK
Fly to Bishkek via Istanbul.
DAY 2
BISHKEK
BISHKEK
Arrive in Bishkek and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay. Spend the rest of day relaxing or exploring Bishkek. (B)
DAY 3
BISHKEK TO CHONG-KEMIN
BISHKEK TO CHONG-KEMIN
Travel around 150km from Bishtek to the Chong-Kemin Valley - a perfect place to experience rural Kyrgyz life. Whilst here go horse-back riding, learn how to make Kyrgyz cuisine or hike into the gorges. En route visit Burana Tower, a minaret from the 10th century and examine archaeological findings in the local museum. Check in to a guesthouse for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 4
CHONG-KEMIN TO CHOLPON ATA
CHONG-KEMIN TO CHOLPON ATA
Continue to Cholpon Ata, a popular beach resort in the Soviet period and currently enjoying a renaissance with neighbouring Kazakhs choosing to holiday in the newly built hotel resorts. One of the highlights of the day is clambering over rocks at the Regional and Open Air Petroglyphs Museum to spot ancient drawings of ibex, deer and sun symbols. Free afternoon to relax or walk along the lake shore. Overnight in a hotel near the lake. (B)
DAY 5
CHOLPON ATA TO KARAKOL
CHOLPON ATA TO KARAKOL
From the pretty village of Grigorievka take an easy walk in the narrow, picturesque valley and admire stunning alpine scenery and rushing mountain streams of Grigorievka National Park. In the afternoon continue to Karakol and check in to a guesthouse for two nights. (B)
DAY 6
KARAKOL*
KARAKOL*
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Karakol and discover its wooden chocolate-box cottages and shady poplar-lined avenues. Explore Dungan Mosque, the attractive Russian Orthodox Museum and the interesting Karakol Regional Museum - which a former Regent Holidays staff member helped with Russian-English translations. In the afternoon travel to Jety-Oguz Gorge, famous for its red sandstone bluffs (Seven Bulls). Just south of the rocks Jeti-Oguz sanatorium, which was built in 1932, can be found. This is the place where Yeltsin met Askar Akaev in 1991 and is an interesting place to stop for tea. (B) Regent Recommends visiting Karakol for the Sunday Animal Market, where herders and nomads come from all over to buy new livestock such as horses, cows, sheep and pigs. Be sure to rise early as the best action is from 0600 to 0800!
DAY 7
KARAKOL TO KOCHKOR
KARAKOL TO KOCHKOR
Travel along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake to the small market town of Kochkor stopping at Fairytale Canyon en route. This surreal canyon is filled with shapes carved from red clay and sandstone. In Kochkor visit Altyn Kol Women’s Co-operative, where local women produce high quality shyrdaks (colourful felt floor- or wall-coverings). This is the best place to buy typical Kyrgyz souvenirs as the money goes directly to the producers. Check in to a home-stay for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 8
KOCHKOR TO TASH-RABAT
KOCHKOR TO TASH-RABAT
Depart on the 300km journey to Tash-Rabat caravanserai. Stop in Naryn en route for lunch and take a stroll around this former Russian garrison before continuing to Kyrgyzstan’s most remarkable monument. Tash-Rabat caravanserai is a stone fortress, located 80km from Torugart, the China-Kyrgyz border post. This stone-built caravanserai was built in the 15th century and offered rest and refuge for travellers on the Great Silk Road from Central Asia to China. With its massive stonewalls and two towers it may also have been used as a monastery for Nestorian Christians (or Buddhists) before the Mongol invasion and the spread of Islam. Spend the night in a yurt camp (please note that there are shared facilities at yurt camps). (B)
DAY 9
TASH-RABAT TO KOCHKOR
TASH-RABAT TO KOCHKOR
Free morning to relax at the yurt camp or take a walk in the local area before departing to Kochkor, which takes around 5 hours. Overnight back at the home-stay. (B)
DAY 10
KOCHKOR TO SON-KUL LAKE
KOCHKOR TO SON-KUL LAKE
Transfer from Kochkor to Son-Kul Lake, a journey of around two hours, for an overnight stay in a yurt camp. Son-Kul Lake is one of the most stunning locations in Kyrgyzstan - a wild, pristine alpine lake surrounded by lush meadows, dotted with cattle, sheep and horses in the summer time. (B)
DAY 11
SON-KUL LAKE TO BISHKEK
SON-KUL LAKE TO BISHKEK
Transfer from Son-Kul Lake back to the capital and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B)
DAY 12
BISHKEK
BISHKEK
Enjoy a morning city tour of Bishkek including the National Historical Museum, Victory Square and Osh Bazaar -the biggest, brightest and busiest of the city’s markets. The rest of day is free to explore at leisure. (B)
DAY 13
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

13 day tour, from £2665 per person
(Single person supplement + £400)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow via Istanbul
  • All airport taxes
  • Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses and yurt camps with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver

     

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything not mentioned above

Price Notes

Cost per person

When 1 person travels £4130
When 2 persons travel £2665
When 4 persons travel £2065

Tour Route Map


  1. Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek
  2. Kyrgyzstan, Cholpon Ata
  3. Kyrgyzstan, Karakol
  4. Kyrgyzstan, Kochkor
  5. Kyrgyzstan, Naryn
  6. Kyrgyzstan, Son-Kul lake

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