Title of tour: Kazakhstan’s gems
Days / Nights: 9/8
Overnights: Almaty, Shymkent, Saty, Kolsai
Day 1: Almaty
Today you will transfer to the city Almaty. You will have a highlight tour. You will have a chance to plunge into the history and discover the amazing sights of Almaty. You will discover amazing attraction Green Bazaar where you will have a chance to buy anything you desire, see the vivid souvenirs and bargain. Don’t miss chance to take photos. Then you will see the oldest park of Almaty- Panfilov Park where you will explore one of the most charming wooden temple Zenkov Cathedral. During the tour you will experience the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. The tour continues with exploring the Medeo Gorge where you will see the highest skating rink. Then you will get to the Kok-Tobe hill. You will find the tallest TV tower in the world. You will walk in Kok-Tobe Park where you will see the amazing views of the city, buy souvenirs and discover the mountain path. You will have amazing photos today. This day you will finish with the ride from the fascinating cableway of Almaty. This night will be in the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty – Shymkent
This day you will have a wonderful trip to Shymkent by flight. You will meet today your guide. You are going to have a city tour and explore such attractions as park named after Sh.Kaldayakov “Zher Ana” monument, Ordabasy square Park “20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, Museum of Victims of Political Repression (30 minutes), Obelisk of Glory, Eternal Flame to the fallen in The great Patriotic War, Walk of Fame, Arboretum, Regional Museum and others. Night will be in the hotel.
Day 3: Shymkent – Turkestan – Shymkent
Today you will transfer from Shymkent to Otrar region, Shaulder Settlement. This day you are going to explore the Local History Museum "Otyrar", Arystan-Bab Mausoleum, archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar. Otrar is the motherland of feudal philosopher and scientist Al-Farabi. After that you will get to the next point Turkestan. This city was formed about 500 AD at crossroads of caravan roads from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva to northern Kazakhstan. For two thousand years, cities have existed and flourished in the fertile valley between the Syr Darya and the Karatau mountains. Only around Turkestan, archaeologists have discovered a dozen settlements and settlements. In ancient times it was the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. In course of the tour you will explore "Azret-Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan ancient settlement, Necropolis, a fragment of the fortress wall, Citadel with gates, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque. You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 4: Shymkent – Almaty
Today you will transfer to the airport, but before you will have a delicious breakfast and check out till 12:00. After that you will departure Almaty. After arrival to Almaty you will start the city tour exploring the amazing attractions. You are going to explore Panfilov’s alley and Arbat, President Park. You are going to see amazing works of art of the local artists and admire the most visits site of Almaty. There you will have a chance to observe the works with local landscapes of Kazakhstan. During the tour you will explore TSUM. This is a big shopping mall. There you will have a chance to buy amazing goods and souvenirs. The Park has a charming mountain backdrop and is located on the South side of the city. There is also held music festival named as “Almaty – my first love”. The concert takes place in front of a curved track, as in the pictures. The ambiance of the amphitheater is highlighted by fountains and water items at the rear of the building. You will see today amazing trees and flowers.
Day 5: Almaty – Issyk Lake – Almaty
Today you will have a trip to wonderful gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau − Issyk Gorge. The locarion of the gorge is on the Kuldja tract. Many years ago there were passed the caravans of the Great Silk Road. In course of the tour you will have a chance to plunge into the history and discover the the burial mounds of Saka period. Don’t miss a chance to explore the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK. Then you will lead to the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level where you will find the gorgeous mountain lake Issyk. This lake is situated in Issyk Valley and originated about 10,000 years ago. There was the magnificent landslide of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. You are going to admire the fabulous beauty of the lake and enjoy the fascinating views of Issyk Gorge. This day you will have enchanting photos. This night will be in the hotel.
Day 6: Almaty – Kaindy – Saty
This day you will transfer from Almaty at 07:00 to Kolsai Lakes. This beautiful lake translates as birch lake and has beautiful views. It is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and was formed in 1911 due to a huge earthquake. Water filled the valley. The water in the lake is very clear and transparent through which you can see the needles of fir trees, well preserved under the water. The lake has beautiful scenery and views. The lake is rich in flora and fauna. Don't miss the opportunity to take charming photos. The tour you will complete with transferring to Saty settlement. You will rest the night in the guesthouse.
Day 7: Saty – Kolsai
Today you will start at 07:00 and have hearty breakfast. You are going to have a trip from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. You are going to explore "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan"- Kolsai Lakes. These are a cascade of three lakes. The most frequently visited the largest lake. This is the fabulous lake with green color. You can find here abundance of mushrooms. Don’t miss chance to have a horse tour. You will also explore the amazing landscapes and the alpine meadows. You will be amazed by the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. You will drive the car and wander a few kilometers to get to the lowest lake by along mountain trails where you will fascinate the second and the third lake. There you will enjoy the gorgeous scenery and can fishing. The place is inhabited by Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. Then you will drive to the guest house. Overnight.
Day 8: Kolsai – Charyn – Almaty
This day you will transfer to Almaty at 09:00am. This day you are going to transfer to Charyn Canyon where you will observe the natural Park. This natural site amazes people from all over the world. It was formed more than 12 million years ago by water, wind, and the sun. The canyon is located 154 km from Almaty, and the height of the rocks reaches 150-300 meters. The canyon is called the younger brother of the Grand canyon which is located in America. The flora and fauna of the canyon is unique, with a beautiful relict ash tree growing here. Here you can enjoy a walk through the "Valley of castles", which stretches for 2 km and has fabulous views of towers and castles. The width is from 20-80 meters. Don’t miss chance to capture it! We sure you will remember this tour for a long time. Then you will complete the tour with driving to Almaty. Night will be in the hotel.
Day 9: Flight
Breakfast. Check – out till 12:00. Transfer to the airport.
Price per person 3*:
02 pax – 1 685 $
04 pax – 1 200 $
06 pax – 905 $
08 pax – 755 $
10 pax – 695 $
Single – 175 $
Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Price per person 4*:
02 pax – 1 760 $
04 pax – 1 285 $
06 pax – 990 $
08 pax – 835 $
10 pax – 770 $
Single – 220 $
Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 70 $
Half board – 125 $ (7 dinners, 2 dinners are included to the accommodation price)
Full board – 200 $ (7 dinners + 7 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 lunches are included to the accommodation price)
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3* / “Kazzhol” Hotel 4*
Shymkent – “Megapolis” Hotel 3*/ “Aidana Plaza” Hotel 4*
Saty – Homestays
- English speaking guide
- 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