I have now gone on 3 tours: Central Bishkek, Byrana Tower and the Al-Archa Gorge. All have been wonderful and my guide each time has been Asema. Andrei also drove us on the last two tours. This is a new company and they really care about giving the best service an the prices are a bargain! I hope that you will use their service. I can't wait until the fall when I can do and see more without snow on the ground.
Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We used Show Me Bishkek for a one day Beshkek City Day tour and one day Al Archa National Park tour. The our guides for the city tour were Aigerim and Evgenia. Both spoke great English, very knowledgeable about the history of Kyrgyzstan and Bishkek, and adaptable to our needs i.e. stopping for coffee, etc. Our guides for the one day Al Archa National Park were Andrey and Aigerim. Wow, how lucky were we to have Andrey as our guide to the National Park His passion for the mountains was so infectious there is no way you could not enjoy the day out. We were lucky the day we went as there was a fine dropping of snow which made it even more memorable coming out of a Dubai summer. If you are looking for a team of young, passionate and enthusiastic people to help you explore Kyrgyzstan, based on our experience, I would recommend contacting the team at Show Me Bishkek.
One of the best experiences in Bishkek! Usually, the tours will take you out of town into the mountains, but the city tour (which is actually quite hard to find in Bishkek) tells you a lot more about the history and development of the country.
The communication with the organisers went very smooth. They were very helpful and fast to answer my request on Facebook. The tour took us longer than the stated 3 hours, but our tour guide made sure we saw everything that was on the list and gave us enough time to go around the museums and "inspect" the artefacts.
One more advantage to mention is that you can join a group even if you are a solo traveller.
A big thank you to our guide Asema for a great experience. :)
We had a great time visiting this beautiful place about 130 km from Bishkek. Our guide knew his way around very well and we got to know a lot about life in KG as well.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
I was looking online for things to do in Bishkek and immediately saw their website. They have an online chat and Andrei replied immediately with suggestions on what I can do. Since I was a solo traveller visiting Kyrgyzstan for the first time, I wanted to book an organised tour. On the first day I did a walking tour of Bishkek with Asema who is a very knowledgeable tour guide. We saw pretty much the whole city. On the 2nd day Andrei organised a custom made 14 hour tour to the best sights around the Issyk Kul lake which included the Fairytale Canyon and the seven oxes mountain. We also enjoyed fantastic food in a wonderful restaurant that Andrei carefully selected. I highly recommend this team of friendly and fun professionals who know and love their country so very much!
Something that, for me, adds value to anything is enthusiastic and knowledgeable good company. A weekend during a work trip stretched ahead. At short notice I was able to book a walking trip of Bishkek that day and a trip to walk in Ala Archa the next day.
The walking trip of Bishkek brought to life the beauty and tragedy of the city and country in recent centuries. Also the powerful artistic spirit of the place. It was an evening tour (my choice) so the museums weren't open but wondering through the well lit fascinating parts of the city on a cold snowy evening held its own magic. My guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share the amazing story that the city has to tell. She told the story well and was engaging in her response to questions. The tour rounded off with a lovely cup of tea and chat in a cafe (all included). I'm really looking forward to repeating the tour in the day time.
The next day was the walk in Ala Achar. We left grey Bishkek and drove to the sun bathed highlands past cattle herders on horseback and all the fascination of ordinary life in an extraordinary place. The views filled my soul. It was snowy and since this was an impromptu decision didn't really have the right gear for any sort of a walk up the sides of the valley so we strolled along its winding enchanting floor. As is to be expected in a dramatic and beautiful winding valley, every bend brought another bend into view that begged to be explored. The simple knowledge of the presence of the glaciers above added to the magical power of the experience. Added to all that was Andrei's company. As his colleague had done the night before, his enthusiasm for and knowledge of the place magnified the experience (he was married under trees in the valley!). He clearly got pleasure from others enjoying the place. We talked and learned from one another the whole way. Did we see snow leopard prints? What we saw were certainly bigger than anything else we could think of. For my next trip to Ala Achar we talked about arranging an overnight camping trip so that we could walk further up the valley. And I'll bring the right boots next time. When the snow clears there will be beautiful flowers and as Autumn comes the dazzling colours of the birch trees which gives the valley its name will burst forth, only to return to these magical snowy scenes. I can't wait to come back.
And if I have thoughts of other things I would like to do, they made it clear they would be delighted to help make it happen; either arranging or advising.
I have had a one day excursion to the Ala-Archa National Park. It was a great tour and very good experience. The team, Andrei and his colleague, are very friendly, competent and helpful. If you have time in Bishkek, you have to book a tour with them. It's worthwhile.
Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Solo traveler; first timer in Kyrgzstan, I booked thru their FB account. Tour guide Andrei responded quickly. I spent my birthday on their stunning ALA ARCHA National Park with a cool and very accommodating guide. Trip was on-time and informative. My guide was very patient and the most memorable thing was he surprised me with a bday cake slice.
I couldn't ask for a better guide. Thanks again and more power to your team! :)
Went on the Ala Archa walk and felt making workshop with my guide, Evgenia. She was very warm, friendly and knowledgeable. It felt like I was traveling with a friend. Pick Show Me Bishkek for an unforgettable experience!
Very nice, light and accurate city tour in Bishkek together with nice walking. A good combination of ancient with Soviet and post-Soviet insights. Guide was really well prepared.
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Veta and Eugenia showed me around in Bishkek. You can really see that they like their city and they told me why. Besides the historical and monumental places and information about culture, politics and art they also added a personal touch. For example: one of the art statues in the park is made by a family member :). They are very friendly and helpfull people with a lot of knowledge, not only about Bishkek, but about the whole country. Even after my tour in Bishkek they offered me help. It was great! Thanks a lot!
Belfast, United Kingdom
I booked with this company as I didn't have much free time in Bishkek, and this company offered tours to suit any timeframe. We were collected at our hotel by Evgenia- an amazing tour guide. She was able to tell us a lot about Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek and the mountains we were going to.
The trip to the gorge involves quite a bit of climbing, which in the snow and ice was a fun challenge, but the views were spectacular, and we were able to enjoy a picnic, with hot tea and local honey, at the top. We also encountered some small wildlife, and due to the recent snow turning to ice, we had to slide back down part of the mountain, but we had a lot of fun in doing so.
I would love to come back to Kyrgyzstan in the summer, and see more of the outdoors, and I would happily use this company again.
I went on a trip to Ala Archa National Park, Konorchek Canyon as well as Burana tower - it was amazing! All of them are great for a 1-day trip and the views simply breathtaking. Andrei is a great guide and always happy to go (and drive) extra miles to customize your tour and make sure that his guests get the most out of it - Kyrgyz hospitality at its best. Recommend 100%.
Заказывали тур в национальный парк Ала-Арча. Начиная с этапа бронирования все прошло очень гладко, Асема и Андрей отвечают очень быстро на имэйлы, несмотря на то, что у нас было очень много вопросов и мы были не уверены, стоит ли ехать в парк, когда там лежит снег. Поездка удалась на славу, Андрей и Асема выбрали отличный маршрут, и много и увлекательно рассказывали о Кыргызстане и парке во время нашей поездки. Отличная комбинация профессионализма и душевности. Очень рекомендую!
Решили съездить на выходные в Бишкек,посмотреть город и по началу были сомнения стоит ли брать экскурсию,если все можно прочесть,а в случае чего спросить,но все таки решились.
Нашли Show me Bishkek и через сайт забронировали экскурсию по городу и на Ошский рынок.
Нам весьма оперативно ответил Андрей за что ему огромное спасибо,быстро и вовремя отвечал на все письма.
В назначенный день и время прямо в отеле нас встретила гид Асема.
Асема нам понравилась,впрочем,как и экскурсия с ней.
В целом она была предельна мила и тактична.
Рассказывала все просто и в тоже время интересно.
Мы ни капли не пожалели,что взяли экскурсию,потому что на многие вопросы,которые у нас были по приезду в Бишкек Асема нам ответила и рассказала,про быт и жизнь людей в частности.
Советуем,берите Экскурсии-это познавательно и куда интереснее,чем ходить просто так по улицам.
From the first electronic contact with Show Me Bishkek I knew I was dealing with a professional group. The response was timely, courteous and alway punctual. The first trip I booked was a a half-day adventure to Ala Archa. My guide was Andrei. His passion for the mountains was dripping from his face. He was not only knowledgeable but also patient when I was having difficulty descending the slippery slopes. My second tour was a two-day trip to Burana and Karakol where we spend the night. On this trip I was accompanied again by Andrei and Asema . Both speak excellent English. I would recommend this company in a heartbeat. Btw, Kyrgyzstan is a gem. Too bad not more people know what it has to offer.
I had a wonderful trip to the national park about 45 minutes drive from Bishkek. Andrei responded and organized the trip with less than 24 hours notice (booked through their internet site). I was offered a choice between real hiking (going up) or walking in the valley. I chose the hike and was not disappointed. It’s breathtaking scenery (see photo of me and Andrei). It was also pretty wet and slippery in my Nike running shoes and the walking sticks Andrei provided were a big help. Andrei is a capable, friendly and conscientious guide who I would strongly recommend. I plan to use his services again when I return to Bishkek.