Beginning with the Buzkashi Horse Games (or “dead goat polo”) in the National Hippodrome in Bishkek, this tour kicks off with Kyrgyzstan’s unique Independence Day events. After experiencing some amazing national music, dance and food during the celebrations, we’ll leave Bishkek, and make our way into the phenomenal countryside of Kyrgyzstan, experiencing mountains and lakes and having the unique opportunity to spend a couple of nights sleeping in traditional yurts.
Despite Kyrgyzstan’s natural beauty and nomadic culture though, we can’t forget that like the rest of Central Asia, this amazing country was part of the Soviet Union and there are still some fascinating relics of this to be explored. On the shore of Lake Issyk Kol, we’ll have the chance to visit an old Soviet heavy water factory, a Soviet brewery that is now responsible for Kyrgyzstan’s best-selling beer and a YPT exclusive outing to the Soviet Meteorology Station.
Sunday August 30th – Bishkek
Monday August 31st – Bishkek, Independence Day
Tuesday September 1st – Bishkek, Kok Boru Horse Games, Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs, Karakol
Wednesday September 2nd – Karakol, Valley of the Flowers, Jetty Ögüz Gorge, Kyzyl Suu
Thursday September 3rd – Institute of Glaciers Foundation, Issik Kol
Friday September 4th – Issik Kol Lake, Son Kol Lake
Saturday September 5th – Son Kol Lake, Burana Tower, Bishkek
Sunday September 6th – Bishkek, End of Tour
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•All transport according to the itinerary
•Local English speaking guide and YPT guide.
•Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share, except on days 4, 5 & 6 where we will be sharing a yurt with each other
•Entrance fees to all sites outlined on the itinerary
•Breakfast every day
•Lunch and dinner on days 4, 5 & 6 and dinner on day 7
•Travel arrangements to Bishkek at the start and end of the tour
•Visas or LOI’s for Kyrgyzstan. Most Western passport holders can now enter Kyrgyzstan without a visa
•Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
•Single supplement for accommodation ($75, not available on days 4,5 & 6)
•Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up to your personal discretion)
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