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Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden

Festival tour in Kyrgyzstan - hunting with eagle


46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


+996 557 802805 (English)
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Festivaltour in KYRGYZSTAN

10th OIMO International Festival
Festival of Central Asian culture in Kyrgyzstan

Date: July 28 – August 8 2015.
Price 1,250 euro p.p. for 6 participants, 1,390 euro for 4 participants

OIMO, literally translated, means patterns but the festival covers much more including fashion, dance, music and food. There will be participants from all over Central Asia and beyond.

This is your opportunity to visit and travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Kyrgyzstan and to attend this unique festival.

In the centre of Bishkek there will be different exhibitions of arts, clothes and textile products, and you can join in workshops. Shows of Central Asian, Japanese and Indian fashion will be held. In the evenings there will be concerts and dance displays and there will be ample opportunity to taste dishes from different countries as you go around the festival.

Whilst on tour you will stay in yurts, the traditional felt homes of the Kyrgyz nomads, and B&Bs. You will get the chance to experience life in mountain villages and the summer pastures. During the tour you can do short hikes in the mountains, visit a warm spa and ride a horse in a yurt camp. Whilst on tour sanitary facilities will be quite simple.

At the end of the tour in Cholpon Ata you will visit Ruh Ordo, a cultural centre dedicated to Chingiz Aitmatov, a famous Kyrgyz author, and at the end of the day you will take part in a cultural evening in which the Turkish and Japanese cultures are the central theme.

In Bishkek you will stay in Umai Hotel. Each room has private w.c. and shower as well as a/c and satellite television. There is an outside bar and free wifi throughout the hotel.

Transportation is by Ecotour minibus and an English or German guide/interpreter will be with you throughout your stay to explain and help you chat with the local people.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything (transport, guide/interpreter, dinner, bed and breakfast) except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

Programme Day by Day

28-7 Departure from your home airport.

29-7 Arrival at Manas airport where you will be met by your guide/interpreter and transfered to the Umai Hotel. A few hours rest and then after lunch some sightseeing around Bishkek. The city is realtively young, laid out in Soviet times, and you will see the wide boulevards and parks. Stay in the hotel.

30-7 A day trip to Ala Archa National Park to give you the chance to get used to the altitutde and time difference. The park, an area full of beautiful flora, is about 40kms from Bishkek. Although it rises to over 4,000m you will only go as far as the waterfall on the Ala Archa River (2,000m) where there will be a picnic lunch Back to Bishkek in the afternoon. Stay in the hotel.

31-7 Today you will visit to the Museum of Modern Art and the Historical Museum to learn about Kyrgyz history and culture and see the exhibition of traditional clothes – the Kyrgyz “Chapan”, the Indian “Sari” and the Japanese “Kimono”. From the museum onto the square to join the “OIMO” where there are displays and stalls and where it is possible to sample many traditional meals – Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek, Kazakh, Tadjik and Indian. In the evening there will be a concert and fashion show. Stay in the hotel.

1-8 Trip to the “Pigeon” waterfall just outside Bishkek. Then back into Bishkek to see an early evening show of the traditions of Kyrgyzstan, India and Russia followed by an Indian concert and saro show. Stay in the hotel.

2-8 In the morning a half-day trip to the Alamedin Gorge. In this valley are medicinal hot springs and it is possible to bath in the spa and/or a walk in the valley. In the afternoon back to Bishkek, and in the evening there is a concert by different ethnic groups and nationalities. Stay in the hotel.

3-8 By car from Bishkek to Tuura-Suu yurt camp (2200 m). Stay in yurts.

4-8 Day's relaxation in Tuur-Suu. Horse riding, hiking or just lazing and getting to know the locals. Stay in yurts.

5-8 By car down to Kyzyl-Tuu where the frames for yurts are made. Then on to Bokobaev where the "eagle man" will be waiting ot greet you. A little further and you will be at the Altyn-Bulak yurt camp. From here it is possible to visit Manjyly Ata, a traditional Kyrgyz sacred place. Stay in yurts.
6-8 By car to Skaska (Russian for "fairy tale") where the coloured rocks are said to resemble fairy-like shapes. Then on to Jeti Oguz (Seven Oxen) where there are amazing red rocks with names like "broken heart". On to Karakol where you stay in a B&B overnight.
7-8 Time to see the Russian Orthodox church and Dungan mosque before driving along the north shore of the lake to Cholpon Ata. You will visit the "Ruh Ordo" cultural centre and then there is an evening of Japanese and Turkish culture and concert. Stay in B&B.
8-8 PReturn to Bishkek stopping to see the Burana tower on the way. Stay in hotel.
9-8 Transfer to airport and departure.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the programme. We ask for your understanding.

The price includes, from arrival at until departure from Manas Airport, everything (transport, guide/interpreter, dinner, bed and breakfast) except flight, visa (if required), insurance, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount.

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tour specifics


Date   July 28
August 9
Price € 1250
Group 6-10


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