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Silk Road trip: Tour 1

 Silk Road trip: Tour 1

Silk Road trip: Tour 1

Day 1: Almaty
Kazakhstan is glad to see you on a tour! Today you will have a city tour for 5 - 6 hours. We will visit the most famous places in Almaty city. Travelling in Kazakhstan will give the opportunity to learn more about history as well as development of the country. It is suggested visiting the colorful Green Bazaar. Raucous and jam-packed place will encourage you by change of different goods. Then we will drive to the oldest Almaty parks as Panfilov Park where you can see wooden buildings as the famous Zenkov Cathedral. It is devoted to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame of the troops who died for freedom and independence of Kazakhstan. Later on, we will have the opportunity to visit the Medeo Gorge where you can see the biggest skating and relish nature. Then visit Kok Tobe hill. It is well-known for its tallest TV tower in the world. We have no doubt you will be awestruck by the unspoiled nature. Then you can see the whole city from the top of the hill to the center of Almaty by the cableway. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
In the morning we will travel to Issyk Lake. It will take 7 hours. We will visit most attractive gorges as Trans Ili Alatau (Issyk Gorge). It is located along the Kuldja tract where caravans trekked. Get to know more about history of burial mounds of Saka period. The "Golden Man" was discovered there, and later become the state symbol of Kazakhstan. Visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK". You will see remains devoted to the history and culture of the Saka period. There is copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and of course the model of Saka burial mound. We will pass to the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, and see the brilliant mountain Issyk lake. It is important to note that this lake was formed about 10,000 years ago because of mudslide which formed the natural dam of 300 meters in height. Night is in a hotel.

Day 3: Almaty - Bishkek
Today we will transfer to Bishkek. On arrival you will have the city tour and visit the Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala Too Square, the National Arts Museum, National Philharmonic and so on. Then visit Asian Bazaar and see the real local life of Kyrgyz people! We are sure you will be impressed. Afterwards is transfer to a hotel for sleep.

Day 4: Bishkek - Burana - Issyk Kul northern shore
The tour will start by driving to Issyk Kul Lake. It is the second largest alpine lake in the world of 1608 m. above sea level. The lake is named "the pearl of Central Asia". Issyk Kul is the salty lake and it has healing properties. We will visit Burana Tower which was built in the 11th century and open-air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). On arrival to Cholpon Ata town you will find carves in the ancient stones (800 B.C.) originated by shamans more than 2000 years ago. Then you can see ethnography museum. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 5: Issyk Kul - Grigorievskoye - Semenovskoye - Karakol
We will visit the picturesque gorges as and Grigorievskoye. This territory is part of the national park. See stunning background of celestial mountains covered with snow tops and slopes where the blue and green pine trees grow. In the bottom there is a charming lake. Karakol town locates in the northern part of the where you will visit the Dungan mosque. It was built in a Chinese style and without nails. You can also visit an old Orthodox Church. Rest is in a guesthouse.

Day 6: Karakol - Skazka - Bokonbaevo
Today travelers will visit Jeti Oguz gorge. The charming Jeti Oguz is well-known for its red rocks and called Seven Bulls. The Broken Heart Mountain will be seen too over here. Everyone will enjoy the greatest panoramic view and continue our tour to the Skazka (Fairy Tale) Canyon. It is located near the village Tosor on the southern sore of the Issyk Kul lake. Skazka is a fascinating place where the red sand takes various forms. Then we visit eagle-hunter in Bokonbaevo village and see an eagle hunting. Night is in a yurt.

Day 7: Bokonbaevo - Kyzyl Tuu - Bishkek
In the morning we will have a break in Kyzyl Tuu village where you can take a part in yurt workshop. Kyrgyz yurts are made from felts and very renowned among travelers. After the long and pleasant day, we will back to the capital of Kyrgyzstan - Bishkek. Night is in a hotel.

Day 8: Bishkek - Airport
Morning transfer to airport. Flight for the next destination!


Transport in Kazakhstan:
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus


Transport in Kyrgyzstan:
02 pax - Mitsubishi Delica
04-10 pax - Mercedes Sprinter

Price per person:
02 pax - 1 080 $
04 pax - 750 $
06 pax - 590 $
08 pax - 500 $
10 pax - 450 $
Single - 115 $

Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $  

Half board - 125 $
Full board - 230 $ 

To be 2 in one yurt (now 4 pax) - 10 $ per person


English speaking guides:
KG - 505 $ per group
KZ - 235 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
            Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
            Bishkek - "Discovery" 3* or "Garden" 4*
    Issyk Kul - "Karven" Resort
    Karakol - "Karagat" Hotel 4* or "Green Yard" Guesthouse
    Bokonbaevo - Yurts (4 pax in 1)
- Museum admissions
- Mineral water supply

Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide