- Duration: 12 days – 11 nights
- Destination: Almaty – Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata – Karakol – Bishkek – Taraz – Turkestan – Shimkent – Almaty
- Category: Silk Road
- Website: http://edelweisstravel.org/portfolio/project-example-1-magazine/
The world of amazing nature and ancient history… The world of mountain continental climate and friendly people will meet you here, and guide you into the small part of Central Asia history, exposing for you magnificence and richness of beautiful nature. During this program you will discover culture and traditions of two countries being so close and at the same time so different, and see their uniqueness and specificity. This tour provides all conveniences to know the enigmatic world and its surroundings, to enjoy your holidays and enrich the portfolio with unforgettable impressions…
Hotel: Otrar/Kazholl**** /Ak-Keme**** Almaty arr by fl LH
Night arrival in Almaty by flight LH. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest. Late breakfast. After breakfast city tour around Almaty. Visiting the Park of 28 Panfilov’s guardsmen, the Cathedral, the National Musical Instruments Museum, the National museum, the Republic square.
Breakfast. City Tour in Bishkek.
Start your way to the most famous place of Issyk-Kul valley – resort city Cholpon-Ata. On the way excursion to Burana tower – museum.
Burana tower is located in the center of ancient town of Balasagun. The tower is 24,6 meters high (original height was 45 meters). Territory of the museum covers 36 hectares including central ruins of the town. There are stone statues – gravestones of nomadic Turks dated of the 6th to 10th centuries, petroglyphs dated of the 2nd century B.C. to the 10th century A.D., stone agricultural implements, epigraphy monuments.
Lunch in the Kyrgyz family near the town of Tokmok.
AM After breakfast cruise on Issyk-Kul Lake.
PM Lunch in local cafe.
Excursion to a museum in the open-air the Petrogliph Gallery of Cholpon-Ata, created by ancient artists in the 4th century B.C.
The images are engraved: the outlines were carved or made by dots using stone tools. The scenes vary. Images of animals, especially of mountain goats with curved spiraling horns are the most popular. All the figures were imprinted in profile. Some scientists believe that these images were some kind of an open cult temple, a place where ancient nomadic people worshipped their gods.
Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight
AM After breakfast transfer to Grigorievsloe Gorge. Walking and watching the Horse riding games.
PM Lunch in Kyrgyz yurt with traditional Kyrgyz dishes.
Continuous transfer to Karakol city. City tour in Karakol.
Accommodation and dinner in comfortable Guest House.
Overnight in the same Guest House.
PM Lunch in local kyrgyz family.
Transfer to Bishkek.
Dinner in local cafe. Overnight in Ak-Keme hotel.
AM After breakfast: transfer to Shimkent city. On the way: excursion to Otrar ruins.
Visiting Sairam village (Sairam (the ancient city of Isfidzhab) is Mohammed Yassavi’s native land, its parents Ibragim-Ata and Karashash-Ata were buried there, in the city there are a lot of mausoleums, mazars, ancient and modern), museum “Otrar” in Shaulder village, excursion to Arstan-Baba Mausoleum (XIX c), Otrar ruins (XI-XII c).
PM Lunch in a local cafe.
After lunch: city tour in Shimkent. Dinner and overnight in Shimkent hotel.
PM Lunch in local cafe in Almaty. Excursion to Medeo skating rink and Shimbulak ski base.
Dinner and accommodation in hotel.
Almaty Night transfer to airport to flight home by LH.