Silk Road Tour

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In this eight-days-trip, you follow the Great Silk Road all the way to Tash Rabat Caravanserai, close to the Chinese border. The route includes a visit to Burana Tower, Yssyk Kul Lake and stay with nomads in Song Kol. The highlight will be the Tash Rabat that was built in the XV century on the Silk Road as a caravanserai where merchants from the East and West could stay and rest before continuing their long journey.

Tash Rabat is the largest stone-built construction in Central Asia from this period. You will overnight in yurt in this mysterious place. This tour is optimal for those who want to discover parts of the Great Silk Road in a short time. Possible to extend or combine with other activities. (See also Muras Tour and Tien Shan tour.)

Best time for travel:   according to your wish

Price:
   800,- Euro p.p. for group of  4 people
   1025,- Euro p.p. for group of  2 people

Day Route

Altitude

Short description

1 Manas – Bishkek  900 m Arrival in Bishkek. After lunch a brief information about tour and places to be visited. Then Bishkek city tour – walking in the park, visiting open air gallery, historical museum etc.  Welcome dinner at a restaurant. Overnight stay in hotel.
2 Bishkek – Burana – Chyrpykty ca 1650m Breakfast, leaving for Chyrpykty village (220 km, 4 hours drive) on the northern shore of Issyk-kul lake. The tour includes a visit to the Burana Tower (15 km from the main road), an architectural complex dating back to 10 – 11th centuries (the Great Silk Road). Lunch en route. Arrive in the afternoon. Stay at home with a local family.
3 Chyrpykty – Kochkor – Son Kol Breakfast. Head to Son Kol, on the way visiting the biggest felt making shops “Altyn – Kol” and “Kyal” in Kochkor. Lunch in café. Arrive to Son Kol, the mountain lake on 3016 m altitude, afternoon. Overnight and dinner in the yurt.
4 Son Kol  3050 m Spend the day enjoying refreshing and well-earned rest at the lake side. Watching and/or participation in everyday life of shepherds: milking mares; making national milk products like kymyz (a fermented mare’s milk) or airan (a sour dense milk product); tending cattle. Eat a delicious lunch here, stroll along the lakeshore, and hope the legendary Song-Kol weather is kind.
5 Son Kol – Tash Rabat Breakfast, an early transfer to Tash – Rabat, Caravanserai (15th AD) which was constructed on the ancient trade route from Central Asia   to China and was a resting place for merchants, ambassadors, travelers. It is the largest Central Asian stone-built construction of that epoch. Lunch en route. Dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
6 Tash Rabat – Koshoi Korgon – Naryn After breakfast head to Koshoi- Korgon, an old fortress (9 12th AD) and museum. Then continue the trip to Naryn, the center of the oblast. Make city tour, visit local mosque, art gallery. Dinner is at cafe. Overnight is at guesthouse.
7 Naryn – Bishkek After an early breakfast leave for Bishkek. Lunch en route, arrive in Bishkek in the afternoon. Farewell dinner is at restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
8 Departure  Transfer to Airport and say goodbye to Kyrgyzstan!

The price includes all services such as full pension, transport and guidance from arrival at airport till departure, except for flight and alcoholic beverages.