Travel to Kazakhstan: Tour 3
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Astana - Almaty - Tamgaly - Issyk Lake - BAO - Sunkar - Altyn Emel -Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Day 1: Astana
Kazakhstan awaits you! We will have a city tour and visit Constitution Square, where the president of Kazakhstan N.A. Nazarbayev proclaimed the verdict of relocating the capital of the country from Almaty to Nur Sultan (Astana). Later on, visit the Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the Golden man. Enjoy seeing the biggest and wonderful shopping center Khan Shatyr. There is the elevator to the top of the "Astana Baiterek" monument, where you can find the perfect panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation deck. Next you will cross Ishym river and get to the Kazakh Eli Square. The next destination is the Palace of Peace and Accord as well as Khazret Sultan mosque. Travelers will visit the National Museum of History of Kazakhstan. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Astana - Almaty
In the morning is departure to Almaty. On arrival we will visit the Green Bazaar. Guests will have an opportunity to get national goods and adore the colorful bazaar. We visit Almaty parks as Panfilov Park and find one of the most stunning wooden buildings in the world as Zenkov Cathedral. The next destination is the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. It is enthusiastic to the reminiscence of the battalions who expired for freedom and liberation of the country. We can visit the Medeo Gorge. It is the highest mountain skating rink in the world. Afterwards we will visit the Kok Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located. In Kok Tobe Park you will appreciate perfect nature and visit shops. After productive day you will have a short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Afterwards is transfer to a hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Tamgaly - Almaty
We are glad to impress you by the exclusive landscape of Almaty region. Tamgaly petroglyphs are one of the aged and most arresting monuments of rock art of Zhetisu. It is under protection of UNESCO since 2004. Tamgaly Gorge is situated 170 km north-west of Almaty city. This is an ancient art gallery where positioned specific animals and people as well as the whole scenes from the life of ancient people. There about 2,000 paintings over there. In the course of a tour you will find images of solar deities, clowns, soldiers, married couples, pregnant women, multi-figure compositions, scenes of hunting and sacrifice belonging to the Bronze Age and are made in "animal" style of Sakas. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty
You will drive to Trans Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge. This magnificent gorge is located along the Kuldja tract. On the way you will learn more about its history and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found. Nowadays it is a symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The tour will be continued to the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK". Find out traces devoted to the history and culture of the Saka period as well as a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound. We will drive to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level where you can see remarkable mountain Lake Issyk. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago because of landslide. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 5: Almaty - BAO - Sunkar - Almaty
Today we will travel to the Big Almaty gorge. It is located at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level. Travelers will be enthralled by the one of the most attractive lakes in Trans Ili Alatau. The lake is bounded by mountains and deliberated to be very famous in Kazakhstan. The Big Almaty Lake was molded as a result of movement of an ancient glacier. We will walk higher the Big Almaty Lake to the altitude of 3300 meters above sea level and see one of the most gorgeous panoramic views bordered by mountain peaks covered with Tian Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. Have an opportunity to visit the Falcon Farm. In the end of day is transfer to a hotel.
Day 6: Almaty - Altyn Emel
We will have a journey to Zhetisu. We will drive for about an hour on a highway (120 km) and see artificial Kapshagai water reservoir. It is the biggest in Almaty region, with the casinos of "Kazakh Las Vegas" on its bank. Afterwards we will drive to Basshi village (185 km). It is situated at the territory of Altyn Emel National Park. We will walk to the Singing Dune (80 km). The height is about 150 meters and a length of about 3 km located on the corners of the Altyn Emel National Park. From the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. There is pure sand, which starts to "sing" in windy weather as the organ music. You can see panorama views and adore remaining landscape. On the way you will see purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty which looks from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan from the east. In the north see violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn Emel. We will return to Basshi village for overnight.
Day 7: Altyn Emel
In the morning we will drive on unpaved park roads over 80 km (2 hours) to the Aktau Mountains. Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are well-known paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine you will find ancient animals of 25-30 million years. In addition, you can see the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. It reminds the Egyptian pyramids of dissimilar shapes and colors. On the route you will see goats and gazelles living there. Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very primeval tumble-down mountains with preserved volcanic outputs. They are very fragile and can be destroyed under the physical impact. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 8: Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
The tour will start by travelling to Charyn Canyon for about 2 hours to reach the canyon. Travelers will have a chance to see panorama and walk for about 2 km over the labyrinth of the Castles Valley. Charyn Canyon is an environmental complex and renowned around the world. It was appeared during Paleogene and seems as the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America. The height of the canyon is up to 150-300 meters. It has altered shapes and colors. It is important to note that wind and water gave the stunning "Valley of Castles" with sedimentary rocks. The length of the valley is more than 2 km, width - 20-80 meters. You will have the chance to spend hours walking amid the exclusive towers and columns. The nature is brilliant there! The bottom of the Canyon has minor descend to the end of the walk, so that you will see icy cold Charyn River. There is eco-park with several yurts - dwellings as small open-air café. Night is in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
Transfer to airport.
02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 640 $
04 pax - 1 050 $
06 pax - 820 $
08 pax - 690 $
10 pax - 615 $
Single - 150 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 180 $
Full board - 290 $
English speaking guide - 860 $ per group
Flight Astana - Almaty - from 100 $ per person
Astana - "Ibis" Hotel 3*
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Altyn Emel - "Aigaikum" Guesthouse
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide