Easter in Kyrgyzstan
9-day tour, in small groups, since 2009
A tour around Issyk-Kul ending with the Orthodox Easter celebrations in Bishkek
Islam and orthodox Christianity live harmoniously side-by-side in Kyrgyzstan, and we will show you some of the interesting places of worship
Coloured eggs and Easter bread, a bustling cathedral with its onion domes,
all await you when you visit
On this 9 day programme we will visit the most beautiful parts of the country and become acquainted with the history and culture of the semi- nomads. This time of the year all the fruit trees are blossoming and the grass is still fresh and green. Transportation is by Mercedes minibus and an English or German speaking guide/interpreter will be with us 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 us around Lake Issyk-Kul where you will meet a man who hunts with birds of prey, see the famous red rocks on 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 petroglyphes, rock drawings of the Scythians made between the 11e -3e century B.C.
Hiking or horse riding will be possible during the tour.
Day By Day Programme
Here you can find a detailed description of the tour with routes and locations
|Day 1||Departure from your local airport.|
|Day 2||Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to your hotel. After a light lunch we will go sightseeing Bishkek with our guide/interpreter.|
|Day 3||Today is Easter Sunday (Paska) for the Christian Orthodox Church. We will visit the Russian Orthodox Cathedral to get a flavour of the celebrations. We will also get to try brightly coloured eggs and kulich, the traditional Easter bread. Stay in the Umai Hotel.|
|Day 4||By minibus to Lake Issyk-Kul. On the way we will visit the Burana Tower, and on the south side of the lake we stop in Kyzyl-Tuu, a village famous for the making of yurt frames and yurt decoration. Next we continue to the village of Temir-Kanat at 2300 m. Here we wil stay with a local family.|
|Day 5||In the morning we will be able to ride horses or to go for a hike in the mountains, and in the afternoon we visit a man who hunts with golden eagles. He will show his birds and tell about his profession. We will spend the night in the yurt camp Sonun, close to the edge of the lake.|
|Day 6||Continuing along the south shore first we stop at the “Fairy Tale” Canyon to see the amazing rock formations and then to the Juuku Valley, famous for its red rocks and its mineral springs where we can bathe in the warm spring waters. Continue to Karakol, stay in a guesthouse.|
|Day 7||A tour of Karakol that will include the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque in Karakol. Now we will start heading along the north side of Lake Issyk-Kul to Cholpon–Ata. We will stop to see the Kyrchyn Valley, home of the World Nomad Games and a traditional gathering point of the Kyrgyz in the centuries gone past, full of blossoming almond trees. In Cholpon-Ata we will visit an open-air museum of petroglyphs, a unique monument of the Bronze Age. Stay in a hotel.|
|Day 8||Leave Cholpon-Ata for Bishkek, visiting the new Nomad Museum on the way before going back to Bishkek, where we arrive in the early afternoon. Some time for shopping. Stay in the Umai Hotel.|
|Day 9||Transfer to Manas Airport and departure.|
Due to unforeseen circumstances, it might be necessary to make small changes in the program.
We ask for your understanding.
Our tours can be organized for individual travelers or groups of up to 10 people (and sometimes more) and for families with (young) children. For the majority of our tours you can specify the start date and length of the tour.
|April 13||April 22|
|4 and more persons|
|For four and more persons|
|Price||€ 820 p.p.|
For bookings of 4, or more, persons we offer a 5% discount. In case there are less participants than required, if you pay an additional fee, the trip will go on as planned.
Terms of payment
Your booking will be confirmed upon receipt of a deposit of euros 250 per person. The outstanding balance must be paid either 8 weeks before departure or in cash upon arrival. We do not accept debit or credit cards.
• Transportation by minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals, breakfast, lunch and supper
• Stay in hotel, B&B, guesthouse, yurt and homestay
• Programme as described
• English/German (as required) speaking guide/interpreter
• Personal expenses
• Entrance charges if applicable
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the programme
If you have to cancel a tour you already booked, we have to charge you cancellation fee.
If Ecotour cancels the tour, of course you will get back the full amount you paid.
If you cancel your trip, depending on the time your message reaches us, you owe Ecotour the following amount:
|till 42 days before departure||one pays the deposit|
|day 42- till day 28||35 %|
|day 28- till day 21||40 %|
|day 21- till day 14||50 %|
|day 14- till day 5||75 %|
|day 5 – till day 2||90 %|
|on the last day before and the day of departure||100%|
A trip with Ecotour means an unusual and unforgettable vacation.
Our trips are suitable for those who do not insist on luxury, love the mountains,
appreciate the silence and do not want to travel in large groups.
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Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique…
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Mountain passes, bad tracks, off-road, and firm climbs over 3000 m characterize this route.
Not all slopes are steep, but some are very long and on dirt roads.
But it is worth the effort.