Bishkek, the charming capital of Kyrgyzstan, is relatively young. It started as a Russian garrison named “Pishpek” in the late 19th century, and it was only during the Soviet period that it grew into a city. It is a very green place, with tree-lined boulevards and many parks.
In the morning we will visit Ala Archa National Park, located in the Tien Shan mountains, around 30km to the south of the city. We will have a light walk and enjoy the mountain scenery. On the way back to the city we will have lunch at the beautiful ethno-yurt complex Supara with a folklore show.
Afternoon city tour of Bishkek. During the city tour, we will learn the history of both Bishkek and Kyrgyzstan, as part of the Great Silk Road, and the more recent Soviet Union, and get a glimpse of how it is shaping today. We will explore main sights such as the Ala-Too square, the White House, and the old square, but also discover interesting places off-the-beaten path.
Cooking workshop of a traditional central Asian bread “kattama” and dinner with a local family. The special recipes include natural ingredients which provided nomads with the necessary energy in harsh environments.
Hotel Orion 5* or similar