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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.
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
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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