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


Discover the mountains, lakes, nomadic peoples, caravan cities and ancient trading routes of Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan, part of the former Soviet Union lies in the heart of the Eurasian continent and once straddled the Great Silk Road. This mountainous country offers spectacular scenery, wildlife, traditional nomadic culture, unique crafts and archaeological sites connected with the silk route.

Bishkek, the greenest city in central Asia was founded on the site of the ancient Silk Road settlement and originally a caravan stop, where peaks and valleys divide the scenery into different landscapes, micro climates and habitats. Lake Issyk-Kul is the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca and is dominated by ruggedly beautiful mountains.

South east Kazakhstan is home to forests and high mountains and was an important trading route during the days of the Silk Road. The former capital, Almaty became a Russian outpost in 1854, and still reflects some typical Soviet style but retains some old fashioned charm and sophisticated ambience.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
UNESCO Site: Tamgaly
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 5  25

Special Event

Kyrgyz Folk Concert

Enjoy a special concert with Kyrgyz musicians and singers dressed in national costume.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport via Istanbul to Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Day 2 Early morning arrival and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Kazzhol Almaty for two nights. Afternoon tour including Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedral and the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments. (B, L)

Day 3 A dramatic drive up to the Medeo skating rink, the highest in the world. Afternoon visit to the Historical Museum of Almaty. (B, L)

Day 4 Visit the Tamgaly Petroglyphs (3 hrs). Cross the border and continue to Bishkek (3 hrs). Special Event. Two nights at the 4-star Ambassador Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit the picturesque Ala-Archa National Park. Afternoon city tour. (B, L)

Day 6 Visit the Burana Tower, part of the ancient city of Balasagun and continue to Chon-Kemin. Overnight at the special category Ashu Guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel to Cholpon-Ata at Lake Issyk-Kul. Visit the Saka-Usun petroglyphs. Optional cruise on Lake Issyk-Kul (bookable locally). Overnight at the 4-star Caprice Hotel or similar. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Karakol city tour including the Przhevalsky Museum, Dungan Mosque, Orthodox Church and Djety-Oguz gorge. Overnight at the 4-star Green Yard Hotel or Karagat Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Pass through the picturesque Karkara-Kegen valleys. Cross the border to Kazakhstan (10 hrs). Two nights at the 4-star Hotel Kazzhol Almaty. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Visit Big Almaty Lake in the Tien Shan mountains. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


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.


per person in a twin/double room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
May 12 £2245
May 26 £2245
June 16 £2195
August 18 £2195
September 15 £2245
October 6 £2145
Regional Flight Options

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £325

Flight Options

Turkish Airlines from Manchester - nil
Turkish Airlines Business Class from £1645

Extension Options

Extra Nights - Almaty
Hotel Kazzhol (per night) £55
Single supplement £30

Independent Arrival

Save £550 
Arrival or departure transfer add £15

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.

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