Day 1 Arrival in Almaty.
Meet and transfer to hotel. Sightseeing in Almaty. Sight seeing around Almaty includes visiting of Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral, St.Nicholas Cathedral, National Musical Instruments Museum, Central State Museum, Almaty’s Green Bazaar, Panoramic view at observatory (Medeo).
The name of the Panfilov Park comes after the heroes of Panfilov. Inside the park there is a big monument in commemoration of the heroic actions made by 28 Almaty Soldiers who died back in 1941 fighting against Nazi tanks somewhere near Moscow. Zenkov Wooden constructed Cathedral is one of the eight most unique wooden buildings in the world. It is one of the few tzarist-era buildings to survive the 1911 earthquake, despite the fact it is built entirely of wood and constructed without nails. Central State Museum provides an introduction to Kazakhstan’s history and includes a miniature replica of the country’s chief archeological treasure, the Golden Man – a warrior’s costume made from 4.000 gold pieces, many finely decorated with animal motifs. In the Museum of Musical Instruments one can find various national musical instruments, the oldest of which are dated from the XVII century. Medeo is a picturesque valley located 15 km above Almaty. Besides beautiful nature there are some other attractions to see, one of which is the world’s largest speed skating ring know as Medeo.
Transfer to a hotel in the end of city tour. Overnight
DAY 2 Almaty – Karakol
After breakfast depart Almaty and drive to Karakol (430 km, 6-7 hours) via a Karkara valley, see the
natural landscapes on the way and visit the Charyn canyon which is also known as Valley of Castles for its unusual rock formations. The width of it ranges from 20-80 meters (66 – 262 ft). The length is 2 km (1.24 mi) long. Continue driving to Karakol. Arrive to Karakol after 18.00. Overnight.
DAY 3 Karakol – Jeti Oguz Gorge – Karakol
Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rock formations that are called the Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see Broken Heart Mountain. We will take as many photos there as you’d like and if you want it is possible to walk to the top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panoramic view of the gorge! Here you will enjoy watching an Eagle Hunting show. There are yurts in the gorge and people can offer you Kumis to drink. It is a national drink that is made from fermented mare’s milk, and it is mildly alcoholic. Back to Karakol for overnight.
DAY 4 Karakol – The north shore of Issyk Kul lake – Chon-Kemin valley
In the morning there will be excursion around Karakol: visit wooden Russian-orthodox church also known as The Holy Trinity Cathedral, a fine example of a Russian Orthodox Church. The building consists of wooden walls on a stone foundation, and it is highly decorative. Then we you will visit the Dungan (Chinese) mosque built by a Chinese architect and 20 artisans between 1907 and 1910. It was built entirely of wood, without a single nail. Next stop is in Prejevalskiy museum devoted to famous Russian explorer and traveler in Central Asia.
Transfer to Cholpon Ata (180 km, 2-2,5 hours) and visit Petroglyphs or Open Air Museum, sometimes referred as a Stone Garden, which covers some 42 hectares and contains a number of prehistoric monumental structures (stone circles, tombs, the remains of a boundary stone wall, balbals) and stone inscriptions (dating from the II millennium BC upto the Middle Ages upto the VI century AD).
Boat riding at Issykul lake followed by tasty lunch on boat. Afternoon transfer to Chon-Kemin valley. Chong Kemin lies within the Tian Shan mountain range separating Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with lush green valley and snow-capped peaks.
You will have a chance to explore one of the famous old soviet collective farms with potato fields. We will have dinner with locally made traditional meals.
We spend a night in one of the local guest house fully decorated with antique embroidery of handicrafts and felts with modern facilities. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 5 Chon-Kemin valley -Bishkek
This morning we explore the Chon Kemin valley.
By 11 AM we will drive onto Bishkek. On the way visit Burana Tower. It is an 11th century minaret, and one of the first buildings of such type in Central Asia. Burana tower was one of the capital of Karakhanid khanate. In Karakhanids’ time new towns and settlements were developing and Burana tower, mausoleums and other buildings found after archeological excavations are the witnesses of that build up. The next stop is in nearby Don-Aryk village where you will witness the famous horseback game called Ulak-Tartysh (Headless Goat fighting or known as Buzkashi). After the horseback game, around midday, lunch at the local house of Mukan Baike in Don-Aryk village. Continue to Bishkek, 70 kms away.
Arrival in Bishkek. Walking city tour of Bishkek, which includes Central Square Alatoo, White House, Parliament House, Manas on Horse Statue, Lenin Statue, and Oak Park. Overnight.
DAY 6 Bishkek-Tashkent (1,5 hrs flight)
Transfer to airport for Tashkent flight. Arrival to Tashkent, transfer to the hotel.
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