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Available tour dates:
14-28 August, 2022 (available)
This is our first-ever tour of only one Central Asian “stan” - Kyrgyzstan! Kyrgyzstan is the most welcoming, most diverse and most interesting of all the Central Asian countries. It has dramatic landscapes, curious communities and so many places off the beaten trail. We do a circle, visiting both north and south, east and west, and the nomadic heartland of the country. All lodgings are cosy and comfortable, food is great, and every day is a terrific adventure. This is a journey of a lifetime.
15 days, 14 nights

BISHKEK/1 night - CHUNKURCHAK/1 night - CHON KEMIN/1 night - KARAKOL/2 nights - TAMGA/1 night - NARYN/2 nights - JALAL-ABAD/1 night - OSH/2 nights - KERBEN/1 night - TALAS/1 night - BiISHKEK/1 night
Day 1, Sunday
We will do a tour of Bishkek in the afternoon, including the central Ala Too square, the Lenin statue, the Parliament and White House, Oak Park, some of the modernist architecture including the wedding palace and the circus, and the Fine Arts museum. Dinner in a good local Thai restaurant (Baan Baan) and perhaps a beer at the Save the Ales microbrewery next door. 

Overnight in Bishkek, Navat hotel, one night. Dinner. 

Day 2, Monday
We are heading to the outskirts of Bishkek, visiting and learning about the Soviet microdistricts, and then off to the mountains, only stopping at the Ata Beyit cemetery. We are staying at the Supara lodge, enjoying a light traditional Kyrgyz lunch. Afternoon is free to rest, walk the woods, listen to a Manaschi (reciter of the world’s longest oral epic), or take a Russian banya. The first three days are slower and more relaxing, because you need to be well rested, and get over your jet lag. We will have a very traditional Kyrgyz dinner tonight. Get some good sleep in the clean mountain air. 

Overnight in Chunkurchak, Supara lodge, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday
After breakfast we head east, driving some quiet roads in the foothills of the Tian Shan. We will stop to explore Silk Road ruins of ancient cities on the way, and an old German Mennonite village named Bergtal/Rot Front. Picnic lunch. We will stay the night at a comfortable guesthouse (with a large swimming pool) in the wide Chon Kemin valley. We will watch a game of Kok Boru, sort of a nomadic horse polo, in the afternoon. Some time to rest, and a cooking lesson. Dinner with what we cooked. 

Overnight in Chon Kemin, Kemin guesthouse, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4, Wednesday
We cross the Boom Gorge to lake Issyk Kul. We will have a look at Balykchy, one of the former industrial towns in Kyrgyzstan, with ruins of large Soviet-era industry. Then we are off driving the north coast of lake Issyk Kul. We will stop for lunch in the resort town of Cholpon Ata. We will have a look at the grounds of the Aurora sanatorium, once reserved for the Soviet Politburo elite. In the afternoon we will head to Karakol, the former town of Przhevalsk, an imperial outposts on the border with China. Check in at our comfortable and cosy hotel. Dinner at an Uyghur or Dungan home, sampling dozens of different dishes. Their hospitality is overwhelming - you will see it. Both Uyghurs and Dungans have been living here since the mid-nineteenth century. They fled after a failed anti-Chinese rebellion in Xinjiang. The Russian empire gave them land to cultivate and pay tax. The Dungans speak a very archaic Chinese, and write it with Cyrillic (Russian) letters.

Overnight in Karakol, Green Yard hotel, two nights. Breakfast, dinner. 
Day 5, Thursday
An early breakfast, and we head to the abandoned Soviet mining town of Inylchek, deep in the Tian Shan and actually not far from the Chinese border. This area is rich in many minerals and metals. The Chinese will soon start mining - so enjoy this area while it remains wild. There are some fantastic wild mineral springs in the open. Say if you want to take a dip - the hotel will provide towels. Picnic lunch. We will stop at the old meteorological station and the road maintenance station on top of the Chon Ashu pass. Watch out for snow leopards, wolves, ibex and Marco Polo sheep. Back to Karakol just in time for dinner. Dinner at the hotel - the hotel has terrific food.

Overnight in Karakol, Green Yard hotel, second night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Day 6, Friday
We will explore Karakol and nearby Teploklyuchenka today, including two old Russian wooden churches, the old wooden Dungan (Chinese Muslim) mosque, and an old working water mill. Lunch at a cosy cafe in Karakol. If you are interested, we can also visit the Przhevalsky museum - Przhevalsky was a famous Russian/Great Game explorer and spy. He died here in 1888 on his way to exploring Tibet, after drinking water from a river. Lunch in a cafe in Karakol, and in the afternoon we take a convoy of old cars to drive us to the village of Barskoon, where we will visit the workshop of a local yurt maker, and learn how to build a yurt. An opportunity for a walk in a wild canyon in the afternoon. Overnight at a guesthouse on the shores of lake Issyk Kul. 

Overnight in Tamga or Kaji Say, one night. Breakfast, dinner. 

Day 7, Saturday
Today we continue our pretty drive along lake Issyk Kul’s shores. We head to Naryn, a small town (and region) in central Kyrgyzstan. We will have lunch in the town of Kochkor with Naryn’s famous pizza. In the afternoon we will make a detour to see lake Son Kul. Check in at the new and comfortable Khan Tengri hotel in Naryn, and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant (which is the best in the region). 

Overnight in Naryn, Grand Khan Tengri, two nights. Breakfast.

Day 8, Sunday
If you are interested and have the energy to wake up early, we can have a look before breakfast at the animal market. They sell horses, sheep and cows. It runs at night on Saturday to Sunday, and pretty much dies within two hours of sunrise on Sunday. It’s a massive market. Horses sell on average for a thousand $, sometimes up to thirty thousand. There is lots of cash that changes hands at this market. Breakfast at our hotel. We will have a tour of the brand new University of Central Asia campus. UCA has three campuses - one in rural Tajikistan, one in rural Kyrgyzstan, and one in rural Kazakhstan. The Naryn opened three years ago, with the core of buildings built, the rest still under construction. It’s a massive investment funded by the Aga Khan, billionaire and leader of the Ismaili Muslims. We will then get a packed lunch to enjoy out in nature. In the afternoon we will drive on the new, fast road to China, to see the Tash Rabat caravanserai. Dinner at a cosy cafe in Naryn.

Overnight in Naryn, Grand Khan Tengri, second night. Breakfast.

Day 9, Monday
An early breakfast. We will have the bumpiest ride on our tour today, driving to Kazarman and then Jalal-Abad. We will pass some of the most isolated communities in Central Asia, and pass a couple of wild mountain passes, only open for a short while in summer. The Chinese are building a new, year-round road with tunnels and bridges. We will see how far they’ve reached. Stunning nature on the drive today: high passes, pastures and badlands. We drop to the Ferghana valley. If the north is culturally Russian and very ethnically diverse, the south is culturally Uzbek. And much more conservative. We will stay at a comfortable local hotel. There are very few food options in Jalal-Abad. This is the least touristy town in the country. We will probably opt for a Turkish-owned pizza place. Or we may visit one of those crazy popular Uzbek kebab places, where people drink tea and watch the world go by. For hours. The south is very different from the north. 

Overnight in Jalal-Abad, KokArt hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch.

Day 10, Tuesday
Today we drive to Osh. On the way we will stop in Uzgen to see the remains of another ancient Silk Road city, and to see one of the old rice processing factories. Uzgen rice has been cultivated for more than two thousand years. This is Central Asia’s most expensive and most sought-after rice. We may stay for lunch, or push another 45 minutes to Osh. There is only one type of lunch you can have in Uzgen, and that’s with plov - rice pilau. Only men cook the rice in Uzgen. And men here are never in a rush. They will take all the time in the world to make this meal. In Osh we will check in at the Ethno hotel. A little walk to see the modern part of Osh, with the giant Lenin statue. Dinner in a good new restaurant in town.

Overnight in Osh, Ethno or Classic hotel, two nights. Breakfast.

Day 11, Wednesday
Morning walk to the Suleiman Too mountain, a sacred mountain in the heart of the city. We will visit the small museum, then can have a look at the little Fine Arts museum, walk the oldest street in town, see a tandoor maker, and perhaps see how they make the local specialty, samsa (a bit like Indian samosas). In fact, the Indian tandoor and samosas came from here. Babur and his Mughal dynasty were Central Asians. This is why Hindi language has a lot of Turkic words. We will have a stroll through Osh bazaar, and then head for a modern lunch. A bit of time in the afternoon to rest, and enjoy a good dinner in town. If you are curious, we can go and see the old airplane graveyard near the airport. The name Osh translates to plov, or a cooked rice meal. This is how big food was here.

Overnight in Osh, Ethno or Classic hotel, second night. Breakfast.

Day 12, Thursday
We start our drive skirting the Ferghana valley (the bulk of which is in Uzbekistan). We will stop at the hill town of Arslanbob, famous for its walnut forests (largest in the world), lake and waterfalls. Overnight in a small hotel in the town of Kerben (translates to Caravan). This is super off the beaten trail. The hotel is clean and new, has private bathrooms with hot and cold water and wifi, but do not expect luxury. 

Overnight in Kerben, Khan Tengri hotel, one night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. 

Day 13, Friday
An early start - this is our second long drive on this tour. We will drive through the Chatkal valley. A part of this is in Uzbekistan, but sadly there are no border checkpoints here. The Uzbeks took the foothills of the mountains, the Kyrgyz took the high parts. Some stunning mountain roads which are only open for the short summer, and that probably get no foreign visitors at all. After crossing a high mountain pass, we will descent to the region of Talas, the absolutely least touristy region of Kyrgyzstan. It’s main attraction is a giant Lenin head on a dam wall, a surprising museum dedicated to the German Theodore Herzen, one of the Soviet Union’s most famous painters and sculptors who was born here. Dinner and check in at a local hotel in Talas. 

Overnight in Talas, one night. Breakfast, lunch.

Day 14, Saturday
We cross a high mountain pass, and we are in the Suusamyr valley. In Soviet days, this valley supported over two million heads of livestock. Now significantly less, but you will see many shepherds who sell dried cheese (a nomadic specialty - as it was one way of conserving the milk and cheese). During winter, Suusamyr gets the most snow in Kyrgyzstan. From here, it’s three hours to Bishkek over the high and scary (in winter) Too Ashu pass. We may do a little detour to see the tomb of Kojumkul, a famous nineteenth century Kyrgyz, who was thought to be a super human. Lunch in Bishkek at an Italian or French place. Some free time to rest, grab a coffee or explore the city. Farewell dinner. 

Overnight at Sheraton or Navat hotel, Bishkek.
Day 14, Sunday
End of tour.
We will get you to the airport for your flights out. 
€2760 per person, sharing double or twin room, €430 single supplement.
Maximum number of travelers is 10.
Price includes
  • Accommodation in carefully selected hotels.
  • All meals according to programme.
  • Transportation with an air-conditioned minibus and Kyrgyzstan's best driver.
  • Airport transfers on first and last day.
  • Guide throughout the tour.
  • Mineral water on the bus and during activities.
  • A welcome package including a booklet, maps, postcards, etc.
Price does not include
  • Personal medical/travel insurance.
  • Tips for driver and guide.
  • Any other additional personal costs: laundry, phone calls, etc.
Important information and booking conditions
Reservations and payment

Please fill in the Reservation Form with all details needed and submit electronically. You can also request a pdf form which you can fill in and send to or A deposit, upon booking, at the amount of €500 per person is required to assure your place. The final payment is to be made no later than three months prior to the start of the tour.

Extra nights in Sofia and transfers

If you want to spend an extra night or two or more prior or after the tour, we can make a reservation for you or you can make a direct arrangement with the hotel. We can also recommend a nearby hotel which may be cheaper. Please note that we have included transfers in the price - advice us of your arrival and departure times. Which brings us to...

... flights

We love arranging flights, but in this case, we won't.You are responsible for booking your flight ticket. We can always help you with an advice.

Tour information

Once we get your deposit, us folks at Lyuba Tours will immediately send a confirmation of space by e-mail. We will also send reading materials, music and more information about the country: what to bring, what to expect, money, weather, food and other wise. We will send all this by snail mail or email. About a month before the tour, we will send you hotel and rooming lists, emergency numbers and any last-minute notes. We will be happy if you meet payment and document submittal deadlines to insure we have time to post your materials. Upon arrival in Kyrgyzstan, you will find even more stuff awaiting you: maps, phrasebooks, postcards, and more.

Customs and entry requirements

For this trip you require a passport with at least six months validity following the last day of the tour. That passport should have a blank page for a stamp. No visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Kyrgyzstan for fewer than 90 days. If you don't happen to be a U.S. citizen, please make sure you have whatever documents are necessary to enter (and exit) Kyrgyzstan. We can help with this as well. Regulations are subject to change, and we will try to inform you of the latest changes.

Travel insurance

We strongly advise you to have a travel insurance for the trip. Situations may arise, voluntarily or involuntarily, in which the traveler cancels. We can recommend a comprehensive travel insurance plan, if you don't have one already. Insurance should cover trip cancellation, lost or damaged baggage, medical needs, and certain travel-related accidents. We highly recommend trip-cancellation insurance. Although please do read the insurance company's fine print, especially the section on 'pre-existing conditions'.

Ground transportation

We will travel across Kyrgyzstan in a comfortable, air-conditioned private minibus. Smoking is NOT permitted on the vehicle.

Health regulations

No inoculations are required. Please see the CDC's website for recommendations: We suggest you check with your doctor for medical advice regarding the trip and your health. It is also suggested you discuss updating your tetanus and diphtheria booster. We strongly recommend having a Covid-19 vaccine during this tour.

Health considerations

To get the most out of a tour, a traveler should be in good physical and mental health, able and willing to walk, climb steps, and participate in group events. This trip requires moderate walking, sometimes over uneven or cobbled streets or paths. If assistance is needed, a participant should travel with a companion. You must also be able to carry your own hand luggage, so please go light! Any physical or mental disability requiring special help or assistance must be noted in writing on the reservation form.

Opportunities for adventure

This tour is designed for those interested in learning everything about Kyrgyzstan. We will present you with all sorts of perspectives, and you will see many shades of Kyrgyzstan.

Also, this is a moderately active program ('soft' adventure). Since some of the travel will be in remote areas, travel participants need to be flexible concerning time schedules, food and weather. Roads may be bumpy. Don't expect to find things exactly as they are at home! If that were the case, why travel? Occasionally, we may experience delays, alterations in the plans, some discomforts and inconveniences. But we will also experience a different culture and our minds and souls will be expanded! A spirit of adventure and tolerance is absolutely fundamental to participation in any of our tours.

Wandering Policy

We encourage everyone to partake in all the sightseeing and special activities. We've spent months researching and preparing a full and exciting program. However, if you would like to venture out on your own, or take personal time for rest or shopping, you may do so. This is your trip! We only ask that you alert our group leader and guide when you will be separating and rejoining the group. Please take extra security precautions with your belongings and yourself.

Changes in itinerary

Every effort will be made to operate this tour in accordance with the itinerary shown, including all activities as advertised. Museums and features are subject to scheduling. Occasionally, changes are made to improve an itinerary or enhance a certain feature. Unforeseen local conditions beyond our control may prevent the completion of an itinerary or require alterations in an itinerary. These local conditions can include inclement weather, seasonal variations in climate, changes in airline schedules and equipment, government appropriation of hotel space, and other events beyond our control that would jeopardise the traveler's comfort, safety, health, or enjoyment. In these cases, the right is reserved to substitute hotels, and to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the travellers. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure.

Cancellations and refunds

Should Lyuba Tours cancel a departure for the reason of insufficient number of participants to operate the tour with no increase in cost, a full refund of all monies paid will be made. On the participant's part, cancellation or change of date will result in a per person cancellation fee of €500, irrespective of reason up to 90 days before the tour. Cancellation made 89 days to 30 days before the tour will result in a cancellation fee of €750. From 29 days before the tour, the cancellation fee will be at the amount of the tour.

Should your cancellation cause the number of participants to fall below the required number to operate the trip, and a replacement member cannot be found, the full portion of the trip will be forfeited. If a person requests a room share to avoid the single supplement and then cancels after final payment is made and a roommate has been assigned, then the person canceling forfeits the single supplement if a share cannot be found. Should a person cancel a trip voluntarily, and if payment was made by a bank wire, the amount of bank wire expense charged to Lyuba Tours will be deducted from the refund amount.

Once the tour begins, no refund may be claimed for all or any part of the tour fee. Unused or changed hotel accommodations, transportation, or other services or features of the tour are neither refundable nor exchangeable.

Cancellations will only be accepted via e-mail, at or
Questions and answers
What clothes should we pack? What will the weather be like?
Weather will be pleasant: this is the best time to travel the region, not too warm, not too cold. Rain and sudden drops in temperatures are still possible, though. Make sure you dress in layers, with a water and wind proof outer layer, and good sturdy walking shoes.
Meet your guide
Yuri is Lyuba's son. Travel is in his blood. He's been on the road since 28 days old. Ever since, he's visited 130 countries on all continents. He is enormously passionate about the world, about art, architecture and history. He is eager to show you some of the Caucasus' and Central Asia's most splendid and least known corners, which he has explored for years. Yuri has a PhD in History.