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"Culinary Tour in Kyrgyzstan"    

Country: Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 8 days, 8 nights

Level of difficulty:

Best Season:
June - September  
Group Size:
maximum 9 persons (Guide and vehicle for every confirmed group)
Trip Features:
Central Asian cuisine, overland travel, history, culture, sightseeing, walking.
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 Meals Accomodation
19 of August


Korean cuisine
Arrival to Bishkek city. Transfer airport hotel in the city (30 km., 30 min.)

Meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check in. Free time. After a short rest and breakfast you meet with the guide. Short introduction and details of the tour. Transfer to the city center for a walking tour around Ala Too square to see the White House, Parliament, Lenin Statue, Manas Monument, etc.
Transfer to a local cafe for learning about Korean cuisine and culture.

You taste one of the main dishes of the Korean cuisine Kuksi - and before that you can participate in the master class. Transfer to the hotel after the dinner.

Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch in a local cafe
Dinner in a local cafe
Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*
2 Sunday.
20 of August
Uzbek cuisine
Full day in Bishkek city

After breakfast you leave for the house of Dinara Chochunbaeva. She is the leader of CACSA - the association of women who do various handicrafts. You meet the women, see their products, talk about the Kyrgyz culture and try summer dessert ice cream and fruit. After the visit you leave for an oriental market where you purchase the ingredients necessary for cooking our dinner. You learn how to make Uzbek pilov (rice with meat and spices).

Uzbeks used to live in the southern-western part of Fergana valley before Kokand Khanate. They settled at the territory on the border with Osh and Jalal Abad regions. The Uzbeks in the Northern part of Kyrgyzstan are decendands of Kokand Khanate fortress citizens.

After the masterclass you taste the dish. Dinner together with the Uzbek family in their usual style, and transfer to the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch - in CACSA house
Dinner in a Uzbek family
Shah Palace/Asia Mountains/Baikhan 3*
21 of August

Kyrgyz cuisine
Bishkek city Chon Kemin valley (150 km., 3 hrs.)

After breakfast you leave for the National Nature park Chon Kemin. It lies at the altitude of 1400-2800 m and covers about 500hectars. En route you stop for an excursion at Burana tower  cal complex. It is enlisted to the World Heritage list of UNESCO. The lunch is set on the territory of the complex with the veiw of the tower. It is a fish lunch today. The fish is cooked on the open fire. After the lunch you are transferred to Chon Kemin valley. There is a special procedure of sheep preparation that you watch here. You also participate in the master-class of bread baking (boorsoks, Kattama, and Chak-Chak). We taste it with herbal tea gathered on the territory of the park.

Kuurdak the traditional Kyrgyz dish is cooked on the open fire. You taste it and have dinner with the local Kyrgyz family. You also try the national drinks: Kumis and Bozo.
Return to the guest house for overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch in the park
Dinner in a Kyrgyz family
Ashuu Tor guest house/home stay 
4 Tuesday.
22 of August
Russian cuisine
Chon Kemin valley Cholpon Ata town at Issyk Kul Lake (160 km., 3,5 hrs.)

Morning departure to Issyk Kul lake through Boom gorge. In the town you visit open air museum of Petroglyphs that dates back to the 8th century BC. You drive to a Russian family to try the national dishes, home-made wine and honey.k

You go to a bazaar for purchasing berries and watch jam cooking. Accommodation in a hotel on the lake shore some 10-15km from Cholpon Ata town. You have some free time to walk down to the beach.
It is possible to organize a short boat cruise on the lake. Please consult your guide in advance.

Breakfast in the guest house or home stay
Lunch in a Russian family
Dinner in the hotel
Karven / Ak Maral/ Caprice 4* 
5  Wednesday.
23 of August

Dungan cuisine
Cholpon Ata town Karakol town (150 km., 3 hrs.)

Morning transfer to Karakol town the largest town at Issyk Kul region. En route you visit Grigorievskoe gorge. After a short easy hike you have a lunch picnic with barbeque. Before entering Karakol town you visit Przhevalskii museum, grave and memorial complex.  It is located 10km from the town. Upon arrival to Karakol town you get accommodated in the guest house. Check in and rest. Transfer to the main sights of the town: Dungan mosque and Orthodox church, central bazaar and Victory park.
Transfer to Dungan family house where you watch the master class - cooking traditional Dungan dishes.

You learn how to cook lagman. The procedure consists of sauce and noodle cooking. You have dinner with the family who tell about their roots and ancsestors. Return to the guest house.
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch - picnic
Dinner in a Dungan family
Green Yard / Tagaitai/ Altamira Guest house
6 Thursday.
24 of August

Uighur cuisine
Karakol town Kochkor village (260 km., 5,5 hrs.)

In the morning we leave for Uighur family house. You watch Manty cooking (similar to dumplings or raviolli). This dish is called the food of djigits, who are young and strong men. There are many variations of the dish depending on the stuffing. You also try Laza sauce and tasty home made pie.

After lunch in the Uighur family we leave for Kochkor village along the Southern shore of Issyk Kul lake. En route we stop in Djety Oguz gorge to watch Golden Eagle hunting demonstration and to see the famouse red rock formations Broken Heart and Seven Bulls.

Upon arrival in Kochkor village you visit the local handicraft museum and see felt making master class. You stay overnight in the houses of the local people (very basic facilities).
Breakfast in the hotel
Lunch in a Uighur family
Dinner in a Kyrgyz family
Home stay in Kochkor village
7 Friday.
25 of August
Kazakh cuisine
Kochkor village Bishkek city (230 km., 5 hrs.)

Transfer to Bishkek city. We pass by Orto Tokoi water reservoir and through narrow Boom gorge. Lunch is in Tokmok town in a local Kazakh family. You taste their traditional dishes. The main one is Beshbarmak which means five fingers. The nomad did not use any cutlery and ate with their hands.

Upon arrival to Bishkek city we can visit Bishkek Wine-Champaign Factory and Shoro and Toitalkan factories to taste their products. The visit depends on the factories administration. The factories might be closed for visits and there is no possibility to know in advance.  A shopping tour in ZUM department store, where you can purchase souvenirs. Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant in Bishkek city. Return to the hotel.
Breakfast at home stay
Lunch in a Kazakh family
D in a local restaurant
Shah Palace /Asia Mountains /Baikhan 3*
 8  Saturday. 26 of August
Bishkek city - airport (30 km., 30 min.)

After breakfast you are transferred to the international airport Manas.
Breakfast in the hotel  
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