Classic: Best of Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan (AZKK)
Countries Visited: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Learn about the diverse cultures of Central Asia, soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery, connect with the locals during a yurt stay, wander the Soviet streets of Bishkek.
Discover a part of the world thats getting noticed for its beautiful landscapes and its warm people. This 9-day tour takes you off the beaten tourist path and into the cultures of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Begin in Almaty and drive through the stunning Charyn Canyon. Spend one night in a traditional yurt and get to know the welcoming families of the nomadic Kyrgyz culture. Enjoy city time in Bishkek as well as optional activities like day hikes and horseback riding to get you closer to the stunning nature here.
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|Offer valid through 12/31/2017|
|Day 1||Almaty||Day 1 Almaty|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Almaty||Day 2 Almaty (1B)|
Take a city tour of Almaty including the historical centre, the Zenkov Cathedral and the Monument of Independence. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore. Opt to climb green hill for a panoramic view or visit the local market. Included Activities: City Tour
|Day 3||Karakol||Day 3 Almaty/Karakol (1B)|
Drive via scenic Charyn Canyon to take in more of the Kazakh landscape. Reach the border and cross into Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy an evening in Karakol. Included Activities: Charyn Canyon Visit Border Crossing (Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan) Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 420km)
|Day 4||Kochkor||Day 4 Karakol/Kochkor (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit the Prejevalskiy Museum then drive to Kizil Tuu. Stop en route for a swim in the lake. In Kizil Tuu learn how to built a yurt before continuing on to Kochkor. Included Activities: Przhevalsky Museum Visit Yurt Building Demonstration Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 315km)
|Day 5||Song Kul||Day 5 Kochkor/Song Kul (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Visit a felt-making workshop to learn more about this typical Kyrgyz craft. Opt to pick up a carpet or two. Continue on to the scenic Song Kul area and stay overnight in a traditional yurt for a true cultural experience. Included Activities: Felt Workshop Visit Overnight in a Yurt Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s), 130km)
|Day 6||Song Kul||Day 6 Song Kul (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Spend a full day soaking in this beautiful area. Opt to head out for some hiking or horseback riding. Enjoy another night in a yurt. Included Activities: Overnight in a Yurt
|Day 7||Chongkemin||Day 7 Song Kul/Chong-Kemin (1B, 1D)|
Continue on into the scenic valley of Chong-Kemin. Stay in the local CBT (community based tourism) houses and explore the village. Soak in the stunning scenery. Included Activities: CBT Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 230km)
|Day 8||Bishkek||Day 8 Chong-Kemin/Bishkek (1B, 1L)|
Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstans oldest sights, the Burana Tower. Learn more about the ancient structure (rare in a nomadic culture) before continuing on to the capital city of Bishkek for an afternoon city tour. Included Activities: City Tour Burana Tower Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 160km)
|Day 9||Bishkek||Day 9 Bishkek (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.