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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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The Supara Chunkurchak is a located in Alamedin about 15km from Ala-Archa National Park. Rooms are yurt-style and are staggered up in the mountain offering excellent views with steps to the rear, large windows, wooden floors with traditional Kyrgyzstan-style rugs and bed spreads. The rooms have showers only. Features: 29 rooms, restaurant, bar, sauna, terrace, garden, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer.
The Orion Hotel Bishkek is situated in the business district on Erkindik Boulevard, a picturesque tree-lined road, a 15-minute walk from Ala-Too Square and the National Historical museum. Rooms are carpeted and furnished in rich reds and blues with gold trimmings and dark wood furniture and large floor to ceiling windows. The Symphony restaurant serves an extensive menu, featuring fresh and seasonal produce with a European influence, the Grand Terrace on the second floor offers light breakfast, snacks, wine and cocktails whilst the Pishpek bar provides an extensive spirits menu, cocktails and cigars. Features: 84 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, terrace, gym, spa, indoor swimming pool, Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, media hub, remote controlled lighting and curtains, tea & coffee making facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.
The Karven Issyk-Kul Hotel is located about 20km from the centre of Cholpon-Ata, on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul and has its own stretch of private beach with umbrellas, sun loungers and a beach bar. Features: 45 rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym, games room. Room amenities: Cable television, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi.
The Green Yard Guest House in Karakol is a small, friendly, family-run property. The rooms are simply furnished and all offer en suite facilities. The guest house comprises of two houses, each one has a communal dining area where breakfast is served while other meals can be ordered in advance. The property is located off an unmade road, so vehicle access is limited to cars only. Larger buses must stop at the main street and it will be necessary to walk a short distance to the property. Features: 16 rooms, dining room, bar, picnic area, sun terrace, barbecue facilities, garden, steam room, sauna, massage facilities. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, hairdryer, heated bathroom floors, Wi-Fi.
The Ashu family-run guesthouse is set amid the Chon Kemin valley in its own large gardens within the Bystrovka village. The valley is perfect for hiking, horse riding and fishing, and provides local produce used in the guesthouse's home cooked food, served in the dining room or on the terrace overlooking the wonderful valley. The rooms are furnished and decorated in Kyrgyz style with locally made handicrafts, hand-carved wood and colourful embroideries, and are all en suite, if a little compact. Features: 40 rooms; large dining room with fireplace; Wi-Fi; table tennis; karaoke. Room amenities: En suite bathroom; heating;
Almaluu Yurts A yurt is the home of the nomads of Central Asia. One of its special features is its round shape, which not only provides optimal wind resistance but also peace and security. The individual components are made exclusively from high-quality, natural raw materials. The base material is wood, the concertina is soffit, and roof poles are made of wood. The floor is just like the yurt walls and roof, insulated by felt as in the old tradition. The door of the yurt is covered with felt and decorated with typical Kyrgyz ornaments. There are no beds, just mattresses, and no chairs, just matting, so you can live like the nomads; however, there will be enough provided to sleep and sit in relative comfort. The yurt village in the Bokonbaevo is located in close proximity to the legendary Issyk-Kul lake. Issyk-Kul is the second-largest lake in the world and is situated ...
Low season from £2925 per person
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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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