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Colours of Kyrgyzstan

Group Tour | General Interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2195 Current prices from: £2195

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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • 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
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Discovery Group Tour in brief

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 1 night (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. Stay overnight at a local guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Lake Issyk-Kul

Drive to the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul, via Boom Gorge. Visit the prehistoric petroglyphs that lie around the nearby town of Cholpon-Ata and stay overnight at the 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 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: Chunkurchak

This morning, meet a local eagle hunter to learn about this tradition followed by a show. Later, travel to Chunkurchak 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.


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.

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

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.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
10 May 2022 - 19 May 2022 £2,245 £0 £395 Reserve
7 Jun 2022 - 16 Jun 2022 £2,245 £0 £395 Reserve
12 Jul 2022 - 21 Jul 2022 £2,295 £0 £0 Reserve
23 Aug 2022 - 1 Sep 2022 £2,195 £0 £395 Reserve

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.