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Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

9 days, Bishkek to Almaty

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Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This nine-day tour takes you off the beaten path and into the cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Bishkek enjoying city time with optional activities that get you closer to the colourful and artsy culture here. Spend two nights in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Finish in Almaty but not before driving through the stunning Charyn Canyon.

9 days

Bishkek to Almaty

From$977USD
was $1149
Valid on May 6 2021
Trip Code: AYKK

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Discover a part of the world that's getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This nine-day tour takes you off the beaten path and into the cultures of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Bishkek enjoying city time with optional activities that get you closer to the colourful and artsy culture here. Spend two nights in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Finish in Almaty but not before driving through the stunning Charyn Canyon.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

Countries visited during this trip have special visa requirements applicable to many nationalities.

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9 days

Bishkek to Almaty

From$977USD
was $1149
Valid on May 6 2021
Trip Code: AYKK

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Bishkek from

Looking for another airport? Search when you book. (details)

Special Offers

Expires on Dec 01, 2020 04:59 UTC
Promo Code G21GAA015ADV02Cyber

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Ripple Score

90

Map of the route for Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Places visited

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan

Itinerary

Day 1Bishkek

Arrive at any time.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Bishkek/Chong-Kemin

After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Bishkek before travelling to the serenity of Chong-Kemin Valley. Along the way, stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's oldest sights, the Burana Tower and learn about this ancient structure, rare in nomadic culture. Tonight, stay in a cozy guest house run by Ashuu villagers. Soak in the stunning scenery while exploring the village and savour a home-cooked traditional dinner.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Chong-Kemin/Song Kul

In the morning, opt for a hike to the nearby mountains or explore the famous gorges of Chong-Kemin. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive along the Kalmak-Ashuu mountain pass to Song Kul Lake. Immerse yourself in Kyrgyz culture with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt. Experience daily nomadic life and wander the breathtaking landscape. With an altitude of 3,016 meters above sea level, it's possible to experience four seasons in one day! Indulge in delicious home-cooked cuisine for dinner, then get cozy in the yurt around the stove.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Overnight in a Yurt

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Song Kul/Tamga

Spend the morning soaking in all the beauty of Song Kul Lake before departing for Kochkor to learn the importance of felt-making to Kyrgyz culture and local artisans. Learn the craft during a hands-on workshop creating a small version of the traditional carpet known as ala-kiyiz, and enjoy lunch together. Afterward, head to Tamga village in the clutches of the Terskey Ala-Too and celestial Issyk-Kol’ Lake, where you'll spend the night at a village guesthouse and get to know the local community members.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Tamga Village Stay

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Tamga/Jety-Oguz

Enjoy a free morning getting to know this isolated village or opt to explore the surrounding nature trying to find the elusive Tibetan 'Om' rock, known as Tamga Tash. Around midday, transfer to Ak-Orgo Workshop Centre to observe how traditional yurts are built and learn about the importance of this Kyrgyz craft. Continue to Jety-Oguz Gorge and overnight in another one of those cozy yurts.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Yurt Building Demonstration

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Jety-Oguz/Karakol

Say goodbye to the beautiful valley of Jety-Oguz and ride to Kyrgyzstan's 4th largest city - Karakol. Stop for a visit at the Prejevalskiy Museum, dedicated to the famous Russian explorer Nikolai Przhevalsky, followed by a city tour. See the Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and pagoda-style Dungan Mosque, built by Chinese Muslims in the early 20th Century. Spend the afternoon as you wish, exploring Karakol.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Karakol/Saty Village

Cross the border into Kazakhstan on the journey to Saty Village, part of the Kolsay Lakes National Park. On arrival, jump in a Russian 4x4 for the ride to Kaindy Lake, then embark on a trek to explore the sunken forest. Soak in the bright hues and marvel at the eerie sight of submerged trees. Spend the night in a homestay and indulge in traditional Kazakh meals for a true Kazakh experience.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8Saty Village/Almaty

Depart early this morning for Almaty, the former Kazakh capital, stopping along the way to marvel at Charyn Canyon. Boasting stunning shades of red, orange, and brown, the Charyn Canyon is a natural wonder comparable in beauty to the Grand Canyon. On arrive in Almaty, take a city tour visiting sights such as Independence Square, Zenkov Cathedral, Panfilov's Park, and the striking WWII memorial. Time permitting, opt to climb Green Hill for panoramic views, visit the local markets, or sip coffee in one of the plentiful cafés.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Almaty

Depart at any time.

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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Yurt Building Demonstration, Barskoon
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group, Bishkek
  • Your Local Living Moment: Overnight in a Yurt, Ozero Sonk?l’
  • Your Local Living Moment: Tamga Village Stay, Tamga
  • Half-day city tour (Bishkek)
  • Burana Tower visit
  • Felt-making workshop visit
  • Karakol city tour (half-day)
  • Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum
  • Saty Village stay
  • Kaindy Lake and sunken forest exploration
  • Charyn Canyon stop
  • City tour (Almaty)
  • Transport to/from all included activities and between destinations

Accommodations

Hotels (2 nts), village guesthouse (3 nts), yurt (2 nts), village homestay (1 nt)

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Allow USD175-230 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $169.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Highlights of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

| 9 days - Bishkek to Almaty - from $977 USD
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