Gastronomic tour in Kyrgyzstan

Best season:
June-September

Kyrgyzstan is a very interesting country on Great Silk Road where nomads traditions connected with settled way of life, Kyrgyz cuisine has absorbed all tastes of the central Asian people. Modern national cuisine is represented by dishes of Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Uighurs, Dundgangs. Meat is the main ingredient of national dishes such as beef, mutton and even horse. 

During this tour we will taste most popular national dishes and drinks.

 

Scheme of the program

1st Day. Bishkek

Meeting at the airport. Short sightseeing after taking a rest you need. On this day we are going to prepare the most popular dish of all holidays which is called Plov. 

Plov is a traditional Asian dish, originally from the Fergana Valley. This dish is common in southern Kyrgyzstan.

The basis of the dish is rice, carrots and meat, first fried and then cooked. There are a lot of variations of preparing this dish, each village has its own recipes and secrets. Meals are going to be taken for Lunch and dinner

2nd Day. Bishkek – Cholpon-Ata

Transfer to Cholpon-Ata (260km), driving time is about 4-5 hours. On our way there, we are going to offer you a little excursion to the Burana Tower. Also, we are going to have a stop in the small Issyk-Kul village Tamchy for boorsok show. Boorsok is a dough of different shapes fried in oil. We will  also offer you to participate in making and cooking this dish and later taste it with tea and kaimak (greasy cream).

Our next national dish is kuurdak (fried meat with onion and spices). Overnight in a guest house. Meal: Full board

3rd Day. Cholpon-Ata –Karakol

 We will continue our trip and after the breakfast transfer to a small cozy town Karakol. Short hiking in Semenov gorge and a small excursion around the city, tasting the most popular dish of Karakol – ash-lyanfu (cold soup with vegetable souse, noodles and starch). Dinner in local Dundgangs' family   with various national dishes and salads. Overnight in a hotel. Meals: Full board

 

4th Day. Karakol – Kochkor

 Breakfast. Transfer to Kochkor village, visit Skazka (Fairytale) canyon on the way. On this day, we are going to make the favorite traditional dish – besh barmak. 

 Beshbarmak is chopped meat, which is served with noodles, onions and strong meat broth. It is noteworthy that traditionally beshbarmak is eaten by hand (as an option for you, of course)

 Translation from Kyrgyz, “beshbarmak” means “five fingers”. Beshbarmak is widespread mainly in the north of Kyrgyzstan, in the Chui, Talas and Naryn regions. Overnight in a guest house. Meals: Full board

5th Day. Kochkor – Son-Kul Lake

Next place to discover is Son-Kul Lake where we will meet nomads and try the traditional drink kumyz (made of mare’s milk by thoroughly whipping) and Dym-Dama (stewed vegetables with meat).

Dinner and overnight in Yurt Inn. Meals: Full board

 

6th Day. Son-Kul – Bishkek

Breakfast. A walk around or horse riding. Transfer to Bishkek (360 km). Farewell dinner in the ethno complex Supara with folklore show and tasting the best national dishes of Kyrgyz cuisine.

Meals: Full board

 

7th Day. Departure

Check-out. Morning airport transfer. Departure. Meals: breakfast

 

 

Price for 2021                     

Group of 2 people = USD 1110 per person

Group of 3 people = USD 915 per person

Group of 5 people = USD 715 per person

Group of 7 people = USD 625 per person

Group of 8 people = USD 600 per person

 

Price includes following service:

  •  Accommodation in twin standard room in hotels and guest houses
  •  Service of English speaking guide  
  •  Master classes of cooking national dishes
  •  Meals according to the programme scheme.
  • All land transfers mentioned in the programme.   
  • Folklore show in Bishkek
     

 

Price does not include:

  • International air fare
  • Early check-in in the Bishkek hotel – USD 40 per person
  • Kyrgyz visa fee
  • Felt show in Kochkor
  • Boating in Issyk-Kul Lake
  • Photo fee in museums
  • Horse riding in Son-Kul
  • Alcohol and beverages in restaurants and cafe

 

Payment
To guarantee the booking, full payment for confirmed trips should be made 21 days prior the 1st day of the trip. Border permits should be paid 6 weeks prior. Different  terms of payment may apply to particular trips. Failure to pay on time may result in full cancellation.

All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by the sender.

Cancellations and charges

  •  There is no fee for changes or cancellations when made more than 21 days prior to arrival, but any actual expenses incurred relating to documents such as visa support, permits, or any other necessary official paperwork  have to be paid by the client;
  • There is a fee of '10% of ordered services' for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee of '50% of ordered services' for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.

 

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