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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



address:
46-A, Donskoy Pereulok
720040 Bishkek
Kyrgyz Republic

phones:

+996 557 802805 (English)
+996 772 802805 (English)
+996 555 913245 (German)

E-mail: info@ecotour.kg
elmirakalmakova@gmail.com






Cultural Spring and Autumn Tour

Date: on request.

On this 10-day programme you will visit the most beautiful parts of the country and become acquainted with the history and culture of the semi- nomads. In springtime all the fruit trees are blossoming and the grass is fresh and green, and in the autumn the tree colours are bright orange, red and yellow, with berries ready to be picked. You will stay in yurts, with local people and in guesthouses or hotels.

Transportation is by Mercedes minibus and an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will be with you for the whole tour. To fully enjoy this tour you need an adventurous spirit and the ability to improvise when necessary.

The trip will take you around Lake Issyk-Kul where you will meet a man who hunts with birds of prey, see the famous red rocks of the south shore, and visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and the Dugan Mosque in Karakol. On the north side of the lake you will see the petroglyphs, rock drawings of the Scythians made between the 11th and 3rd centuries B.C., and visit the new Nomad Museum that has an extensive collection of artifacts giving a good impression of Kyrgyz nomadic life.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from home airport.

Day 2: Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel in Bishkek. After lunch sightseeing in Bishkek. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 3: Visit the Alamedin Gorge, a popular place for the locals to get out from the city, located a short way outside the city. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 4: Today we leave Bishkek and go to Cholpon Ata, a pleasant lake-side resort on the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul, the pearl of Central Asia and the most beautiful and popular lake in the country. Before reaching Cholpon Ata we will visit the new Nomad Museum. Stay in hotel.

Day 5: After a visit to the open-air museum of petroglyphs in Cholpon-Ata, we stop for a hike in the Kyrchyn Valley, home of the World Nomad Games and a meeting point for the Kyrgyz through the centuries. In the afternoon we reach Karakol. Stay in hotel.

Day 6: If a Sunday, an early morning visit to the animal market will be included, and then morning sightseeing in Karakol. After lunch we go to Jeti Ogus one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan. Continuing along the south side of the lake we arrive at the village of Jenish. Stay in a guesthouse close to the edge of the lake.

Day 7: We start with a tour to a beautiful, isolated valley, also with colored rock formations, where there is a traditional hot spa that we can bathe in. It is also possible to hike in the surrounding and enjoy the beauty of nature. Next stop at Fairy Tale Valley for a hike through the amazing rock formations. We will spend the night in a yurt camp located in a semi-dessert area close to the lake.

Day 8: To Bokonbaevo where we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles. Leaving the lake we head to Kochkor which is the centre of felt making. It is interesting to visit the shop named Altyn Kol (golden hands) and the bazaar. Stay in B&B.

Day 9: If a Saturday,then it will be possible to visit the Kochkor animal market. After the market we return to Bishkek by minibus. Near Tokmok we stop to visit the Burana Tower. In the afternoon there will be time for shopping and/or visiting the Osh Bazaar. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 10: Transfer to the airport and departure.
 

Because of unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program. We ask for your understanding.

 

   

 

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