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Colours of Kyrgystan

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2925 Current prices from: £2925

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 Private 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 2 nights (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. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Lake Issyk-Kul

Drive to the northern shore of Lake IssykKul, via Boom gorge. Visit the prehistoric petroglyphs that lie around the nearby town of Cholpon-Ata and stay overnight at the Karven 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 great 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: Chonkurchak

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

Important information *Yurt camp

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

*Yurt camp

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

Single supplement

From £445pp.

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. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2925 per person

High season from £3095 per person


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

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

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.


Destinations on this tour

  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Issyk-Kul

    Issyk-Kul lake is situated in the northern Tien Shan mountains in north-wester...

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  • Bishkek

    The capital of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek is a green, tree-lined city locate...

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  • Karakol

    The small town of Karakol is located at the eastern end of Lake Issyk- Kul and...

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