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Peaks and Petroglyphs

Discover the landscapes, history, culture and diversity on a journey to deep gorges and high-altitude lakes, nature parks and mountain peaks of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Begin in Kazakhstan, at Almaty. The country’s former capital is still a cultural hub, with intriguing museums of its history and heritage at its sophisticated centre, and splendid scenery in its surrounds, encompassing a mountain-top ice rink and the blissful beauty of the Tien Shan alpine lake.

Travel north to the Tamgaly Petroglyphs before crossing the border into Kyrgyzstan for time in Bishkek, a gloriously green city, built on the site of a Silk Road settlement, close to the glacial gorge of Ala-Archa National Park. A ‘breather break’ of rustic simplicity, the Chon-Kemin valley climbs high above sea level, sparsely populated, undisturbed, threaded with hiking trails. Lake Issyk-Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca and is dominated by ruggedly beautiful mountains. Close to its eastern tip, Karakol is a celebrated base for explorers charting surrounding peaks and gorges.

Overview

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Almaty  - 2 nights
  • Bishkek  - 2 nights
  • Chon-Kemin  - 1 night
  • Lake Issyk-Kul  - 1 night
  • Karakol  - 1 night
  • Almaty  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Countryside Tour
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • UNESCO Site: Tamgaly
  • Local Expert Guides

Discover the landscapes, history, culture and diversity on a journey to deep gorges and high-altitude lakes, nature parks and mountain peaks of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

Notes:

Hotels in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are simple and unpretentious but well-located with a restaurant, bar and air-conditioned rooms with private facilities and satellite TV. There may be water and electricity shortages and, on occasion, alternative hotels may be used. WiFi (free) is available at all tour hotels although it can be intermittent. Food is nutritious, based on fresh local produce but can be repetitive and the provision of special dietary requirements may be limited.

Travel between the cities by road, whilst being the classic way to experience the country, involves some long journeys, some on uneven roads with only limited opportunities for comfort breaks.

Porters are unavailable at some hotels and during border crossings.

The order of sightseeing may vary in accordance with local conditions.

Accommodation

Hotel Kazzhol - Almaty

A 4-star hotel in Almaty, a few minutes walk from the Zhibek Zholy Metro Station. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 175 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Plaza Hotel - Bishkek

Ashu Guesthouse - Chon Kemin

A special category guesthouse located in Bystrovka village in the scenic Chon Kemin valley. Bar, breakfast room and WiFi (free). 40 rooms with hairdryers.

Caprice Hotel - Lake Issyk Kul

A 3-star hotel on the north shore of Lake Issyk Kul in the village of Baktuu Dolonotu. Restaurant, bar, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 66 rooms with mini-fridge and satellite TV.

Green Yard Hotel - Karakol

Located in the centre of Karakol with restaurant and WiFi (free). 16 rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Almaty before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Hotel Kazzhol (per night) £65
Single supplement £33

Hotel Kazzhol - Almaty

A 4-star hotel in Almaty, a few minutes walk from the Zhibek Zholy Metro Station. Restaurant, bar, pool, spa and WiFi (free). 175 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Air Astana from Heathrow

September
September 12 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 9 lunches (packed lunch on Day 4 & 9) and 6 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £345
Tour Only
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £19

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