Spend two weeks discovering a part of the world well off the typical tourist track. Few Central Asia tours offer the cultural flavour this journey through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan does. Trek through the gorgeous landscapes of Jeti-Oguz, go horseback riding through the breathtaking valley at Chong-Kemin, stay a night in a traditional yurt and discover the unforgettable warmth of the people in these regions. Visit Central Asia and you'll wonder why you didn't get here sooner.
What's Included: Local Living: Overnight in a Yurt, Song K?l
Local Living: CBT Homestay, Chong-Kemin
Local Living: Community Homestay, Kuli Iskandarkul. City tour (Almaty). Charyn Canyon stop. Karakol city tour (half-day). Yurt building presentation (Kizil Tuu). Felt-making workshop visit. Community-based tourism (CBT) stay. Burana Tower visit. Half-day city tour (Bishkek). Dushanbe city tour. Hikes and picnic lunch. Mug Teppe settlement visit (Ura-Tube). City tour (Khujand). Khujand market visit. City tour (Tashkent). Internal flight. Transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Stop and marvel at Charyn Canyon, Explore Karakol with guided city tour, Settle into a Chong-Kemin homestay, Visit the Mug Teppe settlement
Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Meals: While traveling with us you will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Generally, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please check the 'meal inclusions' section below for details of meals included.
Transport: Private vehicle, plane, walking.
Minimum Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
Physical Grading:3 - Average
➕ Day 1 Almaty
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
➕ 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.
➕ 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.
Charyn Canyon Visit
Border Crossing (Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan)
➕ 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.
Przhevalsky Museum Visit
Yurt Building Demonstration
➕ 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.
Felt Workshop Visit
Overnight in a Yurt
➕ 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.
Overnight in a Yurt
➕ 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.
➕ Day 8 Chong-Kemin/Almaty (1B, 1L)
Depart Chong-Kemin and stop at one of Kyrgyzstan's 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. Board an evening flight to Almaty.
Burana Tower Visit
➕ Day 9 Almaty/Dushanbe (1B)
There may be more travellers joining the group here. Opt to attend an evening welcome meeting to get to know them.
➕ Day 10 Dushanbe/Kuli Iskandarkul (1B, 1D)
Enjoy a free morning visiting some sights in the capital city of Dushanbe like monuments and the main mosque. After lunch, drive through the valleys and mountains for an overnight at a local home in the stunning Iskandarkul area. Meet the locals and explore the gorgeous landscape of the Fann Mountains.
➕ Day 11 Kuli Iskandarkul (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend a full day exploring. Hike in the mountains to an impressive waterfall. After a picnic lunch, return to Sarytag village.
➕ Day 12 Kuli Iskandarkul/Khujand (1B)
Continue on to Istaravshan and visit an ancient settlement in Ura-Tube. Enjoy an optional lunch in a local chaikhana (teahouse) before driving to Khujand. Explore the city in the afternoon, visiting the museum and a mausoleum.
Mug Tepe Visit
➕ Day 13 Khujand/Tashkent (1B)
Some travellers will be joining the group here as they start their journey into Uzbekistan.
Border Crossing (Tajikistan - Uzbekistan)
➕ Day 14 Tashkent (1B)
Depart at any time.
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