Tour in KZ-KG (7 days)
Sogda Tour

Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights

Day 1 – Airport – Almaty

Morning arrival in the Almaty by flight. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Early check-in in the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel. Little rest. Then start the sightseeing tour in Almaty city with visiting of:

  • Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Green bazaar (closed on Mondays)
  • Panfilov Park
  • Zenkov Cathedral

Lunch in the local café.

  • Kok-Tobe Hill. Kok-Tobe is a mountain which is the highest point of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. There is a popular recreation area on top of the mountain. The mountain’s height is 1100 meters above sea level. Kok-Tobe is one of the main landmarks in the city, and it is popular among visitors and tourists to Almaty. Here is opened the great city’s overview.

We will use the funicular for to go down in city from Kok-Tobe Hill.

Dinner in the local restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel

Day 2 – Almaty– Bishkek

Breakfast in the hotel. After the breakfast transfer to Bishkek city, through the Kordai border checkpoint.

Upon arrival check-in in the hotel and lunch in local café:

After the lunch start the sightseeing tour with visiting of:

  • The Open Gallery of Arts, the Victory Square.
  • The White House – a building made of white marble, a residence of Kyrgyz government, including president’s office and the Republic Parliament.
  • Manas Monument – a monument to the main hero of the Kyrgyz.
  • National Museum of History, or Museum of Fine Arts if the National Museum of History will be still closed.(closed on Mondays)
  • Ala-Too Square – to watch the ceremony of Changing of the Guards.
  • Kurmanzhan Datka Monument – a monument to the first Kyrgyz woman who was awarded the status of General.
  • The Old Square of Bishkek.
  • Oak Park
  • Victory Square

Dinner in the local restaurant.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3 – Bishkek – Issyk-Kul

Breakfast in the hotel. After the breakfast transfer to Issyk-Kul:

  • Issyk-Kul Lake – pearl of Kyrgyzstan. It is called Issyk-Kul because it never freezes (Issyk-Kul means Hot-Lake).  It is one of the biggest natural reservoirs on the planet (length 177 km, width 60 km, depth 702 m).  It occupies the Central part of the valley created by the circle of the Terskey and Kungey Ala-Too mountain ranges. Issyk-Kul Lake is the largest in the Tien-Shan mountains (6,236 sq. km.) and has a maximum depth of 703 m. The altitude of the lake is 1608 m. above the sea level. Issyk-Kul Lake is unique in that dozens of rivers and streams flow into it, yet none flow out.

Upon arrival at Issyk-Kul check-in in hotel. There is a possibility to organize the boat-cruise on Issyk-Kul Lake -takes about one hour-in case of good weather (for supplement, preliminary order is a must).

Lunch in the hotel or on the boat during the cruise on Issyk-Kul.

Then, excursion at The Open Air Museum of Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs:

  • The Open Air Museum of Cholpon-Ata Petroglyphs. A huge field of stones with ancient pictures of animals and gods scratched on their surfaces. They date from about 500 BC to the 1st century AD.

After excursion transfer to the hotel, check-in and little rest until dinner.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 4 – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol

Breakfast in the hotel. After the breakfast transfer to Karakol city. Upon arrival in Karakol start the sightseeing tour with visiting of:

  • Prjevalski Memorial – a monument to the Russian traveler, explorer and scientist Mikhail Prjevalsky.

Lunch in the local café.

  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral (The Russian Church of Karakol) – the 1st Russian church build on the land of Kyrgyzstan in 1894. The old and beautiful construction built from the wood in accordance with the Russian Orthodox rules of last centuries.
  • The Dungan Mosque – the place of worship of Buddhists from all Central Asia. The mosque was built in the Buddhist pagoda style (without a single nail) in 1907.

Dinner and accommodation in the guest house.

Day 5 – Karakol –Djety-Oguz-Tamga

Breakfast in the guest house. After the breakfast transfer to horse bazaar (working only on Sundays and on the early morning) if closed, you can visit the local bazaar.

  • Then transfer to Djety – Oguz in Kyrgyz means the Valley of Seven Bulls. It is famous for its unusually bright red sandstone rocks. Some rocks have names according to their shapes: the Broken Heart, the Dragon’s hut and, of course, the Seven Bulls.

Lunch in yurts or lunch-boxes as a picnic. Walking on the territory of Djety-Oguz.

After visiting of Djety-Oguz, transfer to Tamga village.

Upon arrival dinner and accommodation in the Tamga Yurt’s camp.

Day 6 – Tamga –  Chon-Kemin

Breakfast in the Yurt’s Camp. Then transfer to the Chon-Kemin, on the way visiting the Skazka canyon  (Fairy tale canyon). Then continue transfer to Chon-Kemin.

Upon arrival in Chon-Kemin, accommodation and lunch in the guest house.

Then walking on the territory of National Chon-Kemin nature park.

Dinner and accommodation in the guest house.

Day 7 – Tamga – Burana –  Bishkek

Breakfast in the Yurt’s camp. Then transfer to the Bishkek, on the way visiting of  Complex of Burana Tower:

  • Complex of Burana Tower – a museum complex with the old tower construction located in the center of ancient town of Balasagun. The tower is 24,6 m high (original height was 45 m). Territory of the museum including the ruins is 36 hectares. There are stone statues – gravestones of nomadic Turks dated from the 6th to 10th  centuries, and petroglyphs dated from the 2nd century B.C. to the 10th century A.D., and stone epigraphy monuments.

Lunch in the family stay near Burana.

Continue transfer to Bishkek and then to the airport for evening flight. (time of flight have to be informed beforehand).