Title of tour: Traces of the Silk Road
Days / Nights: 7 days / 6 nights
Overnights: Osh, Bishkek, Issyk-Kul, Tash Rabat, Son-Kul
Day 1: Osh
The guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and accompany you to the city of Osh. In Osh you will visit the unique place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too, or Solomon Mountain is located in the middle of the city. Local Muslims make pilgrimages here, as it is believed that the biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of the mountain. The next highlight of the city is Asian Bazaar. It is very lively and colorful place, where you will indulge in local atmosphere. After an excursion, you will be taken to the hotel.
Day 2: Osh – Bishkek
After breakfast, you will have a flight to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek. Upon arrival, you will start to explore all interesting sites of the city. You will visit Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic and others. The last destination for today will be Asian Bazaar. It is very popular place for shopping. Here you will find local sweets, colorful fabrics, souvenirs and many other goods. At 7 p.m., you will have a dinner. Then you will check into the hotel.
Day 3: Bishkek – Burana – Issyk Kul northern shore
At 8 a.m. we will leave the hotel and start driving to Issyk Kul Lake. It is the second largest mountain lake in the world. It is located at an altitude of 1608 meters above sea level. Another common name for the lake is “the pearl of Central Asia”. The salty water in the lake has some curative properties. On the way, we will stop to visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of stone warriors – Balbals. You will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 4: Issyk Kul lake – Tash Rabat
In the morning, you will have a chance to see the ancient stone inscriptions – petroglyphs (800 B.C.). They were created more than two millennia ago by local shamans. After that, the tour will continue to Tash Rabat caravanserai. It is a stone castle that was built in the 14th century on the Great Silk Road. Magnificent Tien Shan Mountains surround it. Inside there are 31 rooms and even underground prison cells, which were used to incarcerate thieves. The walls are about 1 meter thick. During dinner, you will taste the national cuisine. The overnight will be in yurts (nomadic dwellings) near Tash Rabat Caravanserai.
Day 5: Tash Rabat – Son Kul
Today we will explore the second largest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son-Kul Lake. Besides that, it is the highest alpine lake in the country. It is located at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads use the surroundings of the lake for rest. It also serves as a pastureland for herders of Naryn Region. Upon arrival, you will have free time to relax, breathe fresh air, walk along the shore and admire the amazing beauty of untouched nature. The dinner and the overnight stay will be organized in traditional nomadic dwellings – yurts. They are assembled from a wooden skeleton and covered with felt.
Day 6: Son Kul Lake – 33 parrots – Bishkek
After breakfast, we will head to Kochkor village. We will drive along the wonderful Terskei Torpok pass (3133 m a.s.l.) b, which is widely known as 33 parrots pass. After arrival, you will meet a local family, who will tell you how our national felt carpets are produced. Moreover, you will have an opportunity to make your own unique carpet. There is a handicraft museum, where you will see different silver decorations, coats made of wolfs, horse saddle decorations, carpets and others. After an excursion, we will return to Bishkek.
Day 7: Airport
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport.
02 pax – Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Price per person:
02 pax – 885 $
04 pax – 585 $
06 pax – 475 $
08 pax – 420 $
10 pax – 385 $
Single – 90 $
Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 40 $
Half board – 90 $
Full board – 180 $
English speaking guide – 465 $ per group
To be 2 in a yurt (now 4 in 1) – 30 $ per person
Osh – “Sun Rise” Hotel 3*
Bishkek – “Discovery” 3* or “Garden” 4*
Issyk Kul – “Karven” Resort
Tash Rabat – Yurts (4 pax in 1)
Son Kul – Yurts, “Nomad’s Dream” camp (4 pax in 1)
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Flight tickets Osh – Bishkek (15 kg limit, extra 2 $ per kg)
Service does not include:
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide