Southern Kyrgyzstan as its own unique culture and feel. This is especially prevalent when it comes to food. In Southern Kyrgyzstan, you can find food you can’t find anywhere else in the country. This tour is your perfect opportunity to taste these unique foods for yourself. This whirlwind weekend food themed adventure starts with your flight from Bishkek to Osh. From the airport head straight to a favorite local hangout for Osh’s unique maida manti, a dish you can’t get anywhere else. Day two will start with a walking tour of Osh City and Sulaiman Too. For lunch, feed your hunger with one of Osh’s giant Tandoor Samsa. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to prepare Southern Kyrgyzstan’s most popular dish, Fergana Plov. Visit Osh bazaar for a chance to explore and purchase the necessary groceries for your masterclass. Learn the special tricks to make delicious plov and tandoor naan. Reap the benefits of your hard work with a delicious dinner. On day three you’ll travel to the ancient city of Uzgen. Learn about its role as a major trading stop on the Silk Road and explore some of its historic sites before visiting one of the few wooden rice processing mills still in production. Finish your tour with a traditional teahouse dinner in Osh and a late evening flight to Bishkek.
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Depart from Bishkek’s Manas Airport on the evening flight. Upon your arrival, head to a favorite local hangout for some maida manti. This unique dish of steamed dumplings can only be found in Osh. Unlike its northern cousin, maida manti are vegetarian so they’re perfect for a light, late evening dinner. Transfer to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
Start the day with a walking tour of Osh City and the Sulaiman Too complex. See how different cultures have influenced the city over the centuries. After working up an appetite with all that walking, take a break for some lunch, featuring Osh’s famous mega samsa. These samsa, about the size of a softball, packed with meat and onions, and baked on the walls of a tandoor oven, blow away more traditional samsas. After lunch, you’ll head to Osh Bazaar. Here you’ll pick up your ingredients for your cooking class. Once the shopping is complete, head to Atabek’s house where youll learn how to make Fergana plov, the national dish of southern Kyrgyzstan featuring slow cooked red rice with meat, vegetables, and spices, and tandoor bread. Finish the day by enjoying your plov with a traditional Kyrgyz table spread.
In the morning head to the ancient city of Uzgen, the origins of which are believed to date to the 4th century. At the height of the Silk Road, Uzgen was a major hub for merchants and craftsmen to sell their wares. Start the day by exploring the museum and archaeological complex to get a picture of what this bustling trade town once looked like. For lunch dig into some delicious tandoor shashlik, Kyrgyz kebobs. End your time in Uzgen with a visit to the Orom Street Rice Mill. This ancient wooden mill is one of the few that still actively processes Uzgen’s famous red rice. Learn about processing techniques and the importance of rice cultivation to the region, from the experts. Return to Osh for dinner at a traditional tea house where you can enjoy one of your new favorite foods from the tour or try something entirely new. Head back to Bishkek on the evening flight. End tour.
During the tour meals will be provided per the itinerary.
Please inform Tenti of any food allerigies or dietary restrictions when booking your tour, so we can ensure your meal is prepared properly.
Your tour includes two nights hotel accomodation in Osh. Rates are based on double occupancy. If you are interested in upgrading your accomadations to single occupany please contact your Tenti representative for information and rates.
We recommend carrying the equivalent of $100 in Som with you on your tour to cover miscellaneous expenses, including drinks other than water and souvenirs. Along the route there are several ATMs if needed. Please remember to inform your bank you are travelling internationally before you depart or you may be unable to use your cards.