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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
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Victory Day Tour

Date: 6/5 – 20/5 2020
Price €. 1,195 p.p. for 4 or more participants

In this spring programme you will get to join in the festivities celebrating the end of the “Great Patriotic War” (WW2) 75 years ago, and also become acquainted with the life of the Kyrgyz half-nomads whilst you tour around Lake-Issyk-Kul. This is the season when, around the lake, all fruit trees are blossoming, a marvelous sight. You will stay in hotels, B&Bs and with a local family.

An English or German speaking guide/ interpreter will travel along with you. Transportation will be by Mercedes minibus.

Should there be less than 4 participants the tour will take place anyway but you will have to pay an additional fee.

Programme

Day 1: Departure from your home airport.

Day 2:

Arrival at Manas Airport where you will be met and taken to the Umia Hotel. After a light lunch some sightseeing in Bishkek with your guide/interpreter. Stay in the Umai Hotel. .


Day 3-4: Festivities celebrating Liberation Day, the day that saw the end of the “Great Patriotic War” 75 years ago. There will be parades, music and dancing in the centre of town. Veterans are honoured with flowers and a meal – almost identical to the food of WW2, and served in army tents by today’s soldiers. Stay in hotel Umai.

Day 5: Daytrip to the Alamedin Gorge and Ata Beyit. The Alamedin Gorge is one of the most striking of the Kyrgyz gorges, just 30 km South of Bishkek. Ata Beyit is a memorial complex, the name of which means 'Grave of Our Fathers' in Kyrgyz. Here we will see a mass grave from the Stalin area, and close by the final resting place of the famous author Chingiz Aitmatov and of those who were killed during the 2010 revolution. Picnic lunch. Stay in the Umai Hotel.

Day 6: We drive from Bishkek to Cholpon Ata on the northern shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. En route we will visit the Burana Tower, the remnants of an old Silk Road City. Close to Cholpon Ata we will stop to visit the new Nomad Museum that has displays of traditional Kyrgyz nomadic life through the centuries. Stay in a nice hotel in Cholpon Ata.

Day 7: In Cholpon-Ata we visit the Archaeological Open-Air Museum to see the petroglyphs (rock drawings made by the Scythes from the 11th to 3rd centuries BC). On to Kyrchyn Valley, the home of the World Nomad Games and a meeting place for the Kyrgyz nomads for hundreds of years, where we will have a hike up the valley. Continue to Karakol, the largest town in and capital of the Issyk Kul Region. Sight -seeing Karakol, including the Russian Orthodox Church and the Dungan Mosque. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 8: From Karakol to Jeti Ogus, one of the most beautiful gorges in Kyrgyzstan located at an altitude of 2,200 metres. We will see the famous red rock formations of the “Seven Bulls” and the “Broken Heart”. Hike in the valley and continue to Jenish, a nice village by the lake. Stay in guesthouse.

Day 9: Along the south side of Lake Issyk-Kul to the yurt camp Manjyly. On the way we will stop for a hike in “Fairy Tale” Valley, a miniature canyon with strange eroded rock formations in different colours. Continue to Manjyly, located in a dry semi-dessert area, the so-called “badlands”. Stay in yurts.

Day 10: From Manjyly to Bokonbaevo, where we will meet a man who hunts with golden eagles, see his bird(s) and listen to him explaining his profession and the way he trains his eagles. We follow the lake to Kyzyl-Tuu where we will visit a family that will show how yurt frames and yurt decorations are made. Then on to the small village of Kara Suu to see how felt is made from sheep wool. We will spend the night with a local family.

Day 11: As this is a Saturday, we can visit the animal market in Kochkor. It is not as well-known as the animal market in Karakol but more authentic and less touristic. After lunch to a salt mine, not far from Kochkor. We can make a short hike in the area and visit the “curative hospital” partially located in the mine where there are rooms used to treat health problems like chronic bronchitis and certain allergies. Stay in Kochkor.

Day 12: Leave Kochkor and drive along the Orto-Tokoy Reservoir and over a pass to the Boom Valley where we will stop for a hike in the Konorchok Canyons. We hike 3-4 hours and then continue to the Chon Kemin Valley where we will arrive in the afternoon. Stay in nice guesthouse.

Day 13: Day in the Kemin Valley. This long valley itself lies at altitudes of between 1,400 and 2,800 metres, and stretches over 80 kilometres into the mountains. The valley has a rich variety of vegetation and animal life. It is possible to rent horses here and go for a ride. Stay in guesthouse.
 
Day 14: Return to Bishkek. In the afternoon time for shopping, visiting museums and/or Osh bazaar. Stay in the Umai Hotel.
 
Day 15: Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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

In the case that there are less than 4 participants for this tour, you will be requested to pay an additional fee to make this tour individually or with a small group.

If you book with 4 persons or more, we offer 5% discount.

                    

Kyrgyzstan is a land full of beautiful experiences and wonders unique...
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Kyrgyz nomadic culture

This journey suits people who are interested in the nomadic way of life
and the culture of the Kyrgyz people.
We expect you to be a little adventurous, to have an average physical condition
and not necessarily to demand luxury.

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tour specifics

 

 
Date   May 6
 
May 20
   
Price € 1195
   
Group min 4
 

The price includes everything as described in the programme:


• Transportation by minibus
• Transfer from and to the airport
• All meals
• Stay in hotel, B&B
• Programme as described
• English speaking guide/interpreter

 

The following are not included:


• Flight
• Insurances
• Personnel expenses
• • Entrance charges if applicable
• Tips
• Alcoholic and other bottled beverages
• Activities not mentioned in the program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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