Beginning with the Buzkashi Horse Games or known as the “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.
If you’d like to see some more Central Asia while you’re here, you could join us for the Central Asian Summer Combo which also ticks off Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Tuesday 30th August – Bishkek
Wednesday 31st August – Bishkek – Independence Day
Thursday 1st September – Bishkek – Kok Boru Horse Games – Cholpon Ata Petroglyphs – Karakol
Friday 2nd September – Karakol – Valley of the Flowers – Jetty Ögüz Gorge – Kyzyl Suu
Saturday 3rd September – Institute of Glaciers Foundation – Issik Kol
Sunday 4th September – Issik Kol Lake – Son Kol Lake
Monday 5th September – Son Kol Lake – Burana Tower – Bishkek
Tuesday 6th September – Bishkek
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•All transport according to the itinerary
•Local English speaking guide
•Western YPT guide
•Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share, except on day 4, 5 & 6 where we will be sharing a yurt together
•Entrance fees to all sites outlined on the itinerary
•Breakfast every day
•Lunch and dinners on days 4, 5 & 6 and dinner on day 7
•Travel to Bishkek at the start and end of the tour
•Visas or LOIs 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 in the yurts on days 4, 5 & 6)
•Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up to your personal discretion)
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