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We can give our warm recommendations to anyone considering going to Kyrgyzstan in general, and with Ecotour in particular! We spent two weeks in some of Ecotour's yurt camps, and it was a highly memorable experience. Ecotour was very flexible and had arranged a programme that suited our wishes perfectly.

Tom & Karin Airaksinen
Stockholm, Sweden


Today it is already more than a month ago that we left Kyrgyzstan, but it is still every day that we think about our wonderful time we spent there. One of the things mostly staying in our mind is that from the very beginning we felt we were your personal guests where ever we are staying. That kind of hospitality is unique.

Arnoud van Grieken
& Marion van den Ende
the Netherlands

We are proud that Ecotour has got
the Green Globe Commendation
Award 1999

But the best prize
for us is our guests' satisfaction


46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic


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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: different experiences!

The Wonders of Uzbekistan and the Beauty of Kyrgyzstan

Dates: 6/6 – 20/6 2019

Price: 1320 Euro pp for 4 or more participants 

(without flight from Tashkent to Bishkek)

The Uzbeks have always been settlers, the Kyrgyz have always been nomads. Culturally we have some similarities, but we also have many differences. This tour will give you a chance to explore both sides of Central Asia.

The tour starts in Tashkent and then on to Bukhara and Samarkand. All the major sites have been included. But there is more than just historical monuments – visiting bazaars, cooking classes, folklore shows and more, including a chance to enjoy some of the natural beauty as you travel from place to place.

Your flight to Bishkek brings you to another world, a world of green mountains, alpine pastures, the world of semi-nomads living in yurts. Your tour heads to Son Kul (the Last Lake) and then around the beautiful Issyk Kul (Warm Lake).

In each country and in each place, you will get the chance to meet with locals, trying their cuisines and experiencing their daily lives and culture.

Programme Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from local airport.

Day 2 Arrival, transfer to the hotel. After breakfast and some rest, a city tour around Tashkent with guide interpreter. Lunch and dinner in restaurants. Stay in hotel.

Day 3 Early breakfast, by fast train to Bukhara, a half day city tour in Bukhara. Masterclass cooking national dish and folklore show. Stay in a hotel.

Day 4 Half day city tour in Bukhara. Visit the mausoleum and Madrasah. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon transfer to Samarkand. Enroute visit to house-museum of ceramics. Free time. Stay in a hotel.

Day 5 Sightseeing around Samarkand. Visit legendary mausoleum, Registan Square – world-famous complex of 3 madrasahs and golden dome mosque. Free time at Registan Square and Local bazzar. After dinner, light show at Registan Square (if available), night view of Tamerlane’s mausoleum. Stay in hotel.

Day 6 Drive from Samarkand to Tashkent. Photo stop near second largest river of Central Asia - Sirdarya, local fish market and roadside markets. After lunch, free time for shopping. Farewell dinner and stay in the hotel..

Day 7 Early flight to Bishkek. Arrival at Manas airport and transfer to the Umai hotel. After lunch sightseeing around Bishkek with guide interpreter. Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 8 By car to Kyzyl-Oi in the Suusamyr valley. Ascent in many serpentines to the Tor-Ashuu tunnel at 3100m and descend into a beautiful valley. After 45 km reach the village of Kyzyl-Oi. Stay in a good B&B.
Day 9 Driving along the Kokomeren River and soon start climbing the Kara Keche pass (3016 m). And next you will reach Lake Son-Kul. Son-Kul is the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan, 3,016m.above sea level. It will be cold here at night so bring warm clothes. Overnight stay in yurt.

Day 10 Day in Son-Kul. Hiking in the area full of edelweiss and visiting local herdsmen to taste kymyz, traditional drink made from fermented mare’s milk. It is possible to ride on horseback (horse rental is not included). Stay in yurts.

Day 11 Drive from Son-Kul to Bokonbaevo, you will descent the Kalmak-Ashuu Pass (3440) and go down to the Tolok Valley surrounded with beautiful badland area. On the way stop in Kochkor, the centre of felt making. Lunch here and visit the bazaar. Then along the water reservoir continue to Bokonbaevo on the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul. Stay in B&B.

Day 12 In Bokonbaevbo you will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles and other birds of prey. The first stop will be Skaska (fairy tale) a famous valley with different colored cliffs. Continue along the south side to Jeti Ogus, one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan located at an altitude of 2,200 metres above sea level. You will see famous red rocks, the “Seven Bulls” and the “Broken Heart”. From here it is another 35 km to Karakol where you will spend the night in an hotel.

Day 13 If a Sunday, visit the animal market and some sight-seeing in Karakol. You can visit the Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque. Drive along the north shore of the lake to the Semenovka Valley for a short hike. Here part of World Nomad Games took place and it was the gathering point of Kyrgyz Tribes in ancient times. Stay in a in a hotel in Cholpon Ata, a nice resort on the lake.

Day 14 Drive back to Bishkek. On the way visit the Burana Tower, an architectural complex from the 10th century that has survived from the times of the Great Silk Road. In the late afternoon some time for shopping. Dinner and stay in Umai hotel.

Day 15 Transfer to the airport and departure.

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

Down Home Mail


Dates: 6/06 – 20/06 2019

1,320 euro p.p. min. 4 people

Included in the price:

Transportation by own minibus
Transfer from and to the airport
All meals
Stay in hotel, B&B, yurt
Programme as described
English or German speaking guide/interpreter
Road taxes and entrees

Not included:

All flights
Personal expenses 
Horse rental in Son-Kul
Activities not mentioned in the programme
Alcoholic and other bottled beverages


Broken Heart



Burana tower


yurt camp




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