13 days in Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

13 days in Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

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Fly to Manas International Airport, Drive to Tokmok
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Tokmok
— 1 day
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Karakol
— 4 nights
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Cholpon Ata
— 1 night
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Bishkek
— 5 nights
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Tokmok

Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. On the 22nd (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Burana Tower.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Tokmok trip itinerary maker app.

San Francisco, USA to Tokmok is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Kyrgyzstan Time is 14 hours. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Tokmok

Historic Sites
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Karakol

Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
Kids will enjoy Issyk-Kul Lake and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Step out of Karakol to go to Tosor and see Canyon Fairy Tale, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), contemplate the waterfront views at Ala Kul Lake, get to know the resident critters at Bugu-Ene Zoo, and stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Karakol day trip website.

Drive from Tokmok to Karakol in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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Cholpon Ata

A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
On the 27th (Fri), get outside with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, see the interesting displays at Museum of Petroglyphs, then see the interesting displays at Historical Museum, then delve into the mystery of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, and finally enjoy some diversion at The Equestrian Hippodrome.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Cholpon Ata travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Karakol to Cholpon Ata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games
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Bishkek

Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ala-Archa Gorge and Ala-Too Square. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Ski resort Too-Ashuu, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Baatyr Kaba Uulu Kozhomkul, and steep yourself in history at Monument to Manas the Great.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bishkek tour itinerary app.

Getting from Cholpon Ata to Bishkek by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
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Kyrgyzstan travel guide

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Bodies of Water · National Parks · Flea Markets
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.