Discover the Wonders of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Duration of this Trip 13 Days Priced From $6,599 per person

Join us on a heartwarming and breathtaking tour through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, where the beauty of Central Asia unfolds in its full glory. As experienced guides deeply passionate about these regions, we’re excited to share with you the hidden treasures and cultural richness of these lands.

In Kyrgyzstan, witness the splendor of towering mountains and serene lakes. We'll take you through the lively streets of Bishkek and the peaceful valleys of Chon Kemin, perfect for those who love the outdoors. Experience the traditional art of eagle hunting and relax in cozy yurts beside the beautiful Song Kul and Issyk Kul Lakes. You'll also get to see the intricate art of felt making and the awe-inspiring Tien Shan Mountains, all while enjoying the famous hospitality of the Kyrgyz people.

Our journey then takes us to Kazakhstan, a land where ancient traditions meet modern life. As the ninth-largest country in the world, it's a place of diverse landscapes – from vast steppes to bustling cities. Explore Astana's impressive architecture and the historic charm of Silk Road cities like Turkistan and Shymkent. Be amazed by the stunning Charyn Canyon and its tranquil lakes. In Almaty, the cultural heart of Kazakhstan, you'll experience a melting pot of over a hundred different cultures.

We've meticulously designed this tour to ensure that each moment is filled with unforgettable experiences, breathtaking scenery, and genuine cultural interactions. As we guide you through the remarkable landscapes of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, every day unfolds as an adventure, each step a journey through living history. Join us on this extraordinary expedition, where the rich tapestry of cultural experiences beautifully merges with the awe-inspiring wonders of nature. Set off on this special journey with us and create memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

At a Glance

Duration

13 Days

Priced From

$6,599 per person

Departures

  • May 20 - June 1, 2024;
  • June 8 - 19, 2024;
  • July 1 - 13, 2024;
  • August 15 - 27, 2024
  • August 31-September 12, 2024 World Nomad Games (extend your tour to enjoy World Nomad Games in Astana)

Itinerary

A 13-Day Exploration priced from $6,599 through Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Greet the day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's capital, nestled against the majestic Tien Shan Mountains. Embark on a city tour featuring iconic sites like Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, and the impressive Philharmonic Hall. Visit the Statue of Manas, explore Victory Square, and stroll through the bustling local bazaar. Cap the day with a welcome dinner showcasing local flavors.

Day 2. Journey to Chon Kemin via Burana Tower

Travel the ancient Silk Road to the historic Burana Tower, a remnant of the old city of Balasagun. Witness traditional equestrian events and visit the lakeside town of Balykchy. Climb the tower for panoramic views and explore the surrounding area, dotted with ancient balbals (stone markers). Continue to Chon Kemin, a serene valley, and settle into a charming guest house.

Day 3. From Chon Kemin to Song Kul Lake

Drive through the breathtaking landscapes to Song Kul Lake, a high-altitude gem nestled in the Ala-Tau Mountains. The journey takes you through Kochkor village, offering a glimpse into Kyrgyz rural life. Experience the nomadic lifestyle at Song Kul, surrounded by lush pastures and pristine nature.

Day 4. Song Kul Lake to Issyk Kul Lake and Bakanbaeva

Witness the unspoiled beauty of Kyrgyzstan's countryside as you travel from Song Kul to Issyk Kul Lake. En route, encounter a Golden Eagle family, learning about their age-old falconry traditions. Explore the surrounding gorges and enjoy a picturesque tour around Issyk-Kul, a saline lake fringed by snow-capped mountains.

Day 5. Return to Bishkek

Journey back to Bishkek, passing through scenic mountain landscapes. Visit a local craft center to discover Kyrgyzstan's rich tradition in felt making. The day concludes with a special farewell dinner accompanied by a traditional folklore show.

Day 6. Bishkek to Almaty, Kazakhstan

Embark on a scenic drive to Almaty, Kazakhstan. After completing border formalities, enjoy the contrasting landscapes en route to this vibrant city. Check into the Mercure 4* Hotel and prepare for the next phase of your adventure.

Day 7. Almaty City

Tour Dive into the heart of Almaty, visiting the Central State Museum, and the bustling Green Bazaar – famous for its variety of local apples. Discover architectural marvels like the Cathedral of the Holy Ascension and explore Panfilov Park's rich history. Visit the Museum of Musical Folk Instruments and admire the city from the verdant Alatau Park.

Day 8. Almaty to Charyn Canyon

Travel to the breathtaking Charyn Canyon, stopping at a museum dedicated to Eagle Hunters. Witness the Canyon's dramatic landscapes, explore its unique formations, and enjoy hiking and photography opportunities in this "Valley of Castles". The day is filled with nature's artistry and cultural insights.

Day 9. Flight to Shymkent

Take a flight to Shymkent, a key city on the Silk Road. Explore its national museum and the ancient village of Sayram, renowned for its sacred sites. Discover the rich history and enjoy a traditional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse).

Day 10. From Shymkent to Turkistan and Back

Travel to the legendary city of Turkistan, visiting the magnificent 11th-century mausoleum of Ahmad Yassavi. Explore the city's historical sites, including medieval bathhouses and local bazaars, offering a vivid taste of local life and crafts.

Day 11-12. Astana Exploration

Fly to Astana for a comprehensive two-day tour. Visit modern landmarks like the President’s Residence, the Palace of Peace, and the iconic Baiterek Tower. Experience Astana's cultural depth at the Duman Oceanarium and the President’s Museum. Discover the city's spiritual side at the Khasret Sultan Cathedral Mosque.

Day 13. Departure from Astana

Conclude your journey with a departure from Astana, taking with you memories of a lifetime spent exploring the rich heritage and stunning landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

This tour is a deep dive into the heart of Central Asia, offering a blend of historical insights, cultural immersion, and natural wonders. It's an invitation to experience the soul of these remarkable lands, leaving you with unforgettable memories and stories to tell. Join us on this epic adventure and witness the beauty of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan!

Land Tour Costs

From $6,599 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$850.

Scheduled Departures

  • May 20 - June 1, 2024;
  • June 8 - 19, 2024;
  • July 1 - 13, 2024;
  • August 15 - 27, 2024
  • August 31-September 12, 2024 World Nomad Games (extend your tour to enjoy World Nomad Games in Astana)

Trip Highlights

  1. Bishkek's Charm: Wander through Oak Park, Ala-Too Square, and marvel at the Philharmonic Hall's grandeur in Bishkek, a city where history meets modernity.
  2. Ancient Mysteries and Local Life: Climb the mystical Burana Tower and immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions of Chon Kemin.
  3. Nomadic Wonders: Embrace the nomadic spirit at Song Kul Lake and create unforgettable memories with Issyk Kul's eagle hunters.
  4. Almaty's Cultural Mosaic: Delve into Kazakhstan's history at the Central State Museum and bargain at the bustling Green Bazaar.
  5. Charyn Canyon's Majesty: Witness the breathtaking beauty of Charyn Canyon, a natural wonder that tells a thousand tales.
  6. Turkistan's Legacy & Astana's Future: Step back in time at Ahmad Yassavi’s mausoleum and leap into the future in Astana with its awe-inspiring architecture

Visited Countries

Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Visited Cities & Places

Bishkek, Balasagun, Chon Kemin, Song Kul Lake, Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Lake, Bakanbaeva, Almaty, Charyn Canyon, Astana, Shimkent, Turkistan,

Suggested Extensions

  • Delve into the Uzbekistan Cultural Discovery Tour.
  • Uncover Hidden Treasures of Nomadic Mongolia.
  • Wonders of the China Silk Road.

Reading Lists

  • Lonely Planet Central Asia" (2010)
  • Frances Wood's "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia," and Colin Thubron's "The Lost Heart of Asia."

What's Included

  • Assistance with visa requirements.
  • Comfortable ground transportation.
  • Guidance from an English-speaking guide/escort.
  • Cozy hotel stays.
  • Meals: Daily breakfasts, 7 dinners, and 5 lunches, including unique culinary experiences with local nomadic communities.
  • All entrance fees to museums, monuments, and parks.

What's Not Included

  • International airfare.
  • Extra services in hotels or yurts.
  • Tourist  visa consular fee.