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Cultural Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan - 8 Days

Day 1. Airport – Bishkek city. Korean cuisine.

Day 1. Arrival at the International airport “Manas”. Meeting the guide and transfer to the hotel. After some rest and a good breakfast the group meets in the lobby.

A walking tour around the main square Ala Too, the House of Parliament, White House, Change of Guard of Honor, Lenin Statue, Manas Monument, Oak park, Marx and Engels monument. After the city tour we are going to meet the first culture – representatives of Korean nation.

We meet the chief of a Korean cafe in Bishkek city. You try one of the main dishes of this cuisine – Kuksi. But before, of course we will take a master class in cooking it!

After dinner we return to the hotel.

Day 2. Bishkek city. Uzbek cuisine.

We will dedicate this morning to an interesting visit – the house of CACSA. This is an Association of women involved in handicrafts. We will meet some famous designers who combine felt, silk, cotton and mix traditional ornaments with modern designs in their masterpieces. We will cook our lunch from organic products. After lunch we have a dessert – ice cream and seasonal fruits and enjoy the fashion show – a demonstration of the products of the Association.

Excursion to Oriental Bazaar (all bazaars are closed on Monday) where we choose and buy the ingredients for our evening meal. We will join the members of an Uzbek family in the evening and cook Pilaf for the dinner.

After dinner with the family we return to our hotel.

Day 3. Bishkek – Chon Kemin Valley. Kyrgyz cuisine.

After breakfast we drive to Chon Kemin National Park (150 km/ 3 hrs). In the road we visit the archaeological and historical complex “Burana Tower", located on the territory of the ancient Balasagyn, a city related to UNESCO world heritage list.We arrange our lunch directly at the territory of the historical complex, near its main attraction – the Burana Tower. Today, you will have a wonderful opportunity to taste fish lunch, specially cooked for you on the open fire.

After lunch, transfer to Chon Kemin valley. Today, you will learn the process of traditional Kyrgyz holiday lunch with lamb butchering. The host will demonstrate all stages of preparation and cooking of various delicacies, such as biji, jorogom, as well as tea from herbs, collected in the park.

At the end of all activities we return to the guest house.

Day 4. Chon Kemin Valley - Cholpon Ata town. Russian cuisine.

We drive in the morning to Cholpon Ata town. Our way pass through the narrow Boom canyon and then goes along the north shore of the Issyk Kul lake. We will have an excursion to the Petroglyph Site on the proximities of Cholpon Ata town. The site is one of the most relevant accumulation of millenary carved stones found on the Kyrgyz territory, which dates approximately from 8 century BC. Lunch in Cholpon Ata town.

We will have lunch in a local Russian family house, test various dishes of the Russian cuisine, honey and homemade wine.Then, we have a Master Class on jam making. In order to buy fruits, berries and ingredients, we firstly make a visit to the local bazaar.

Accommodation in a hotel located 15 km from the city.

Day 5. Cholpon Ata - Karakol city. Dungan cuisine.

Morning transfer to Karakol city. Karakol, located at eastern shore of the lake, is the largest city in the Issyk Kul region. We make an excursion to the Grigorevski gorge and have a picnic lunch consisting of grilled vegetables and meat. Then, we continue driving and make a stop at the memorial and museum dedicated to the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevaslki. We visit the Dungan Mosque, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Victory Park and the local bazaar.

Master Class on traditional Dungan dish – lagman (thick noodles served with spicy sauce, onion, tomatoes and cabbages), chuchpara or pelmeni (small pieces of dough stuffed with mince and onion, accompanied with broth).

Return to the Guest House. Overnight.

Day 6. Karakol – Kochkor village. Uygur cuisine.

This morning we are going to visit an Uygyr family and learn how do they prepare and cook one of the most appreciated dishes in Kyrgyzstan – the manty. We will also learn how to prepare the sauce “Lazy” and a testy pie.

Day 7. Kochkor village - Bishkek city. Kazakh cuisine.

Transfer to Bishkek passing near the Orto Tokoi Water Reservoir and then, driving along the Boom canyon. Lunch in Tokmok city. We will visit a local Kazakh family to learn about the Kazakh cuisine and test one of their national dishes – “Beshbarmak”.

Accommodation in hotel in Bishkek upon arrival.After lunch we visit Bishkek’s Wine and Champagne Factory. It is possible to visit also the "Shoro" and "Toitalkan" factories. (tasting of Kyrgyz wines, champagne and traditional beverage “Shoro”.

We make a short shopping-tour to the Central Store “ZUM”

Day 8. Bishkek city – Airport.

After breakfast transfer to the airport to take your flight home.

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tourism Board of Kyrgyz Republic
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): No
Guide Languages:
Experience Level: Easy
Tour operator name: Ak Sai Travel
Min group size: 1
Max group size: 9
Duration: 8
Provided Accommodation: Hotel
Included in service: Accommodation 7 days. Meals-full board. Transfer: airport-airport. English speaking guide. Entrance tickets.Bottled water.
Not included in Service: air tickets
Recommended Season:
Guaranteed departure dates: Guaranteed departure date: 20th of August, 2016
Terms and Conditions: tbd
Listing created Apr 28, 2015

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