Take a brief look into the history of Kyrgyzstan as you drive around lake Issyk-kul in soviet era vehicles. This tour will provide participants with insight into Kyrgyz culture, while allowing them to fulfill their dream of driving these unique antique cars. Participants of this tour will learn how to build a yurt, cook traditional cuisine, watch a folk music concert, and be introduced to Salburuun by a fourth generation eagle hunter. Enjoy your journey through Kyrgyz history as you drive classic Soviet cars, adventure on horseback through picturesque mountain ranges, kick-back and relax in yurts, and revel in the beauty of Kyrgyzstan. Every tour is personalized when you choose from our range of soviet period cars, including: Jigulis, UAZs, Nivas, Buhankas, and Volgas. Swap cars as you go, so you can experience the unique design of each one. Let’s wander!
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Begin your journey through Kyrgyz history in Bishkek. Hop aboard the Soviet-period train to Balykchy. Before your departure, make sure to check out the restored soviet murals in the train station! When you arrive in Balykchy, your cars will be waiting for you. Drive on to the day’s destination, your yurt camp. Once everyone is settled in, you can relax on the beach. End the day with a traditional Kyrgyz dinner and a folk concert, performed by a local family of musicians.
Start your morning relaxing at the yurt camp or on the beach. In the afternoon, you will meet with fourth generation eagle handlers, hear their stories, and watch a demonstration of Salburuun. Make sure to get your picture taken with one of their majestic golden eagles. Next you’ll depart for an hour long hike to the panoramic viewpoint where you will watch the sunset over the lake.
Depart from the South Shore and head toward Karakol with a few exciting stops along the way. First stop: Fairy Tale Canyons. Hike through this magnificent space and marvel at the formations created by millennia of wind and water erosion. Next you’ll depart for Barskoon Village. A short walk into the gorge and you’ll be transfixed by this stunning series of waterfalls, with fun names like, Tears of a Bars, Oldman Beard, Splashes of Champagne and Cup of Manas. Don’t forget to check out the Soviet-era Cosmonaut sculpture at the entrance to the falls. Your next destination is Jeti-Oguz Valley. Stop at broken heart rock then walk over to the Jeti-Oguz bluffs. Take some time to explore and soak-in this amazing example of Mother Nature’s power and beauty. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the Kok-Dzhayyk pastures, also known as the “Valley of the Flowers” for its May poppy bloom, before heading to Karakol. Take advantage of some independent exploration time by visiting the Dungan Mosque and the Russian Orthodox Church. Meet back up with your group again in the evening for dinner at a local café.
Depart in the morning for Jyrgalan Valley. The village here was established in 1964 to house the employees of the local coal mine. In the morning head to the Kok-Boru fields and watch a demonstration of this traditional Kyrgyz horseback game. Kok-Boru is often lovingly described by foreigners as dead goat polo. The game combines various elements of rugby, polo, and football as each team tries to carry a goat carcass weighing about 75lbs to their goal in an effort to score. After your introduction to the game, saddle up your own horse for a much more leisurely ride through the valley. In the afternoon, return to the village and take sometime to relax in a Russian sauna. Once you're suitably relaxed, join the rest of your group and learn how to prepare traditional Kyrgyz snacks with some of the local residents.
Today you will head to Issyk-kul’s famous resort town, Cholpon-Ata. Take the day to relax and soak-in the sun at the beach. Finish the day, with a sunset cruise and a dinner party, hosted by our friends at a local restaurant.
Start your day with a visit to Cholpon-Ata’s open air petroglyph museum then travel to Kemin National Park. Your motorcade will stop for lunch in Boom-Gorge. After lunch prepare for an adventure as you begin your 2-hour white-water rafting excursion on Naryn River. Afterward, head to your guesthouse where local artisans will teach you how to make traditional Kyrgyz felt products.
In the morning leave your guesthouse and head back to Bishkek. On your way, stop at Burana Tower, all that remains of the once powerful, 11th century city, Balasagun. Your motorcade will arrive in Bishkek at noon. Join your group for one last lunch together before heading to Osh Bazaar for souvenir shopping.
All accommodations for the duration of the tour will be provided. (3 nights in guesthouse, 1 nights yurt camp, 1 night hotel)
Prices based on multiple occupany rooms.
During the tour all of your meals will be provided. Most meals will be prepared specially for the group by each destination's host.
Please inform Tenti of any food allerigies or dietary restriction when booking your tour, so we can ensure your meal is prepared properly.
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Anyone wishing to drive during the course of the tour must be legally licensed to operate a motor vehicle in their naturalized country and be able to provide documentation to that affect.