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In this full of beauty trip you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culinary culture of seven different nationalities. You will get a comprehensive look at Kyrgyz culture by visiting national monuments, unforgettable natural landscapes, and historical places. You will treasure magical moments and flavors, take home a piece of this little known culture and warmly share it with your family and friends by cooking new recipes while you bring to life pleasant memories.
In Bishkek and in Cholpon Ata, you will be accommodated in hotels, while in Chong Kemin Valley, Karakol, and Kochkor, you will be staying in guesthouses.
After your arrival at Manas International Airport (FRU), you will meet up with your guide and then transfer to a hotel in the city. After you have taken some time to freshen up, sit down for a nice breakfast and then the group will meet up in the lobby. Your guide will hand out some printed materials (detailed tour itinerary), answer questions, and discuss any expectations or concerns the group might have.
Afterwards, leave for a tour of Bihskek. You will visit destinations such as the main square, Ala Too, the National History Museum, Parliament building, the White House, changing of the guard, Lenin Statue, Manas Monument, Oak Park, Marx and Engels Monument, and more. After your tour of Bishkek, you will start your culinary education by visiting a Korean caf where you will take your first master class. You will meet with the chef of a Korean caf in Bishkek. There, you will try a Korean dish, kuksi, and then learn how to make it yourself. After dinner, you will return to your hotel.
Spend the morning at the house of CACSA, association of women involved in handcrafts. You will meet some famous designers who incorporate felt, silk, and cotton into their works as well as mix traditional ornaments with modern designs. These ladies will tell you about their work during the class. For lunch, you will cook a meal using organic vegetables and meat.
After lunch, you will enjoy some ice cream and seasonal fruits, then enjoy a showcase, or fashion show, of the products made by the association. It is possible to participate in this if desired. Afterwards, head to an oriental bazaar to buy the ingredients for your evening meal. You will join the members of an Uzbek family in the evening and cook pilaf for the dinner. After your delighting dinner with the Uzbek family, you will return to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will head to Chon Kemin National Park. This park occupies a territory with an area of 500 hectares. Its altitude gradually increases from 1400 to 2800 meters above sea level. On the way, you will see an ancient Silk Road minaret, Burana Tower, located on what was once the territory of ancient Balasagyn, a UNESCO world heritage site. You will eat a special lunch of fish cooked over an open fire at Burana Tower.
After lunch, you will transfer to the Chong Kemin Valley, where you will learn how to butcher a lamb for a traditional Kyrgyz holiday meal. The host will demonstrate how to prepare and cook various delicacies such as biji, jorogom, as well as tea made from herbs that were collected in the park. Start by cooking a national dish over an open fire, kuurdak. Along with dinner, try the national drinks kymyz and bozo. After this traditional dinner, you will spend the night at a guest house.
You will drive to Cholpon Ata in the morning, passing through Boom Gorge on the way and following the northern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. On the way, you will make a stop to visit an open air petroglyph site near Cholpon Ata. The rock carvings at this site date back as far as the eighth century B.C. Continue on to Cholpon Ata where you will have lunch with a local Russian family.
There, you will be able to try a variety of Russian dishes as well as honey and homemade wine. Next, you will have a master class on how to make jam. For this, you will be making a trip to the local bazaar to buy fresh fruits and berries. You accommodation will be in a hotel located 15 kilometers from the city on the shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Once you arrive at the hotel, enjoy some free time walk around and relax next to the lake.
Transfer to Karakol in the morning. Karakol, located on the eastern shore of the lake, is the largest city in the Issyk Kul province. On the way, you will visit Grigorevski Gorge and have a picnic lunch of grilled vegetables and meat. Continue driving and make a stop at the memorial and museum dedicated to the Russian explorer N.M. Przhevaslki. Upon arrival in Karakol, get settled in at a guesthouse where you can rest for a bit. Next, you will go on a tour of the city, visiting the Dungan Mosque, the Russian Orthodox Church, Victory Park, and the local bazaar. Attend a master class on how to cook the traditional Dungan dish, lagman, chuchpara, or pelmeni .Then, you will return to your guesthouse.
Visit a Uygyr family and learn how to make one of the most popular dishes in Kyrgyzstan: manti. Manti is known as jigits (horseman or rider) lunch. This dish is steamed in a multi-level dish set on top of a stove / fire. You will also learn how to make a spicy sauce called laza that can be eaten with manti. After having a hearty lunch, you will drive to the village of Kochkor where you can watch how women make different traditional handcrafts out of felt.
On the way, stop at Jeti Oguz Gorge to watch an eagle hunting demonstration. Continue driving along the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake. Stop for a picnic lunch by the lake and maybe some swimming. The accommodation will be in a guesthouse upon arrival. Today, you will learn how to make boorsok, kattama, and chak chak. Sometimes nuts and raisins are added. Afterwards, you will have a unique opportunity to watch a demonstration on how to make felt handcrafts. You dinner will be with traditional breads and drinks.
Drive back to Bishkek, passing Orto Tokoi water reservoir and Boom Gorge on the way.Your lunch will be in the city of Tokmok. There, you will visit a local Kazakh family and try one of their national dishes: beshbarmak. Your accommodation will be in a hotel available upon arrival. After lunch, you will visit Bishkeks wine and champagne factory. If time allows, you will also visit the Shoro and Toitalkan factories. Make a short stop at the multi-level shopping mall, ZUM, where you can buy souvenirs and much more. You will have dinner at a traditional restaurant in Bishkek.
After a tasty breakfast, you will be transferred to the Manas International Airport (FRU) for your departure.
This holiday will take place in Bishkek, Cholpon Ata, Karakol, and Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan.
During your cultural and culinary tour in Kyrgyzstan you will enjoy three daily appetizing meals, including fish, organic vegetables, meat, lamb, homemade honey, ice cream, fruit, and traditional breads. Also, you will try the national drinks kymyz (the most popular drink with nomads that live in jailoos or summer pastures), bozo (a brewed, creamy drink made of millet and is slightly carbonated), and Russian homemade wine. Tastings will be available at the wine and champagne factory.
You will have the chance to eat traditional dishes like: kuksi, pilaf, biji, jorogom, kuurdak (pieces of grilled mutton or beef cooked with spices and served with fresh herbs), lagman (thick noodles served in a spicy sauce with onions, tomatoes, and cabbage), chuchpara, or pelmeni (small pieces of dough stuffed with meat and onion served with a broth), manti (steamed, stuffed dumplings), boorsok (pieces of dough fried in oil), kattama (puff pastry with lard and onions), and chak chak (a dessert food made of deep-fried dough drenched in a hot honey syrup), Beshmarmak (a shaved, boiled meat mixed with noodles).
Please book your flight to arrive at Manas International Airport (FRU). Silk Road Explore will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.