13 days in Almaty & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

13 days in Almaty & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

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13 days in Almaty & Kyrgyzstan Itinerary

Start: Malmo, Sweden
+2
train + foot + Fly:  19​h 15​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
3
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Malmo, Sweden

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Baiken Mosque and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts. Change things up with a short trip to Turgen Waterfalls in Turgen (about 1h 30 min away). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ the Savior Cathedral, see the interesting displays at D.A. Kunayev Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Almaty trip tool .

Malmo, Sweden to Almaty is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Malmo to Almaty. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Malmo in July: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Turgen Waterfalls
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Turgen Waterfalls ©
Turgen Waterfalls
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

2
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, take in the dramatic natural features at Chon-Kurchak Gorge, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, and finally explore the striking landscape at Alamedin Gorge.

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Drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature Parks Outdoors
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Holy Resurrection Cathedral ©
Holy Resurrection Cathedral

1
night
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): examine the collection at Museum of Petroglyphs, take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, make a trip to Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, then enjoy some diversion at The Equestrian Hippodrome, then admire the landmark architecture of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, and finally get outside with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cholpon Ata trip planner .

You can drive from Bishkek to Cholpon Ata in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ferris Wheel
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Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum
Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum ©
Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum

2
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
On the 7th (Sun), explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Karakol Gorge, then examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Here are some ideas for day two: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ala Kul Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Karakol road trip planner.

Take a bus from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tosor.

Things to do in Karakol

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

1
night
Tosor, Kyrgyzstan

Tosor ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Barskoon Waterfall, then take in breathtaking views at Canyon Fairy Tale, and finally take in breathtaking views at Tosor Pass.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tosor trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Tosor takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kochkor.

Things to do in Tosor

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Barskoon
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Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Barskoon Waterfall ©
Barskoon Waterfall

1
night
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kol-Ukok Lake and then see Multi-day Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kochkor trip builder .

You can drive from Tosor to Kochkor in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Osh.

Things to do in Kochkor

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tours
Kol-Ukok Lake ©
Kol-Ukok Lake

1
night
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
On the 11th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Lenin Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom Babura Mosque, view the masterpieces at SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Osh New Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Sulaiman Too, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Osh holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kochkor to Osh in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osh

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Osh New Mosque ©
Osh New Mosque

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