Historical aspects

Historical aspects

Historical aspects, Kazakhstan tours.

Title of tour: Historical aspects 

Days / Nights: 6 days, 5 nights 

Overnights: Almaty, Shymkent

Day 1: Almaty
As soon  as you arrive, we will drive to the southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. There will be a guided city tour. Firstly you will visit Almaty Museum, one of the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is situated. Aftherwards you will go to the Green Bazaar where you can find everything according your wishes and wallet. You will have a lunch and then we will transfer you to Medeo Gorge which height is 1690 meters. It is also prominent as a the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam. It will be great relaxation walk around the area, breath fresh air and take a lot of photos in Shymbulak ski resort. Then we will continue our tour at the top of Kok Tobe hill. There is located the tallest TV tower in the world surrounding by wonderful mountains. You are free to stroll and enjoy panorama view. You will be impressed when we will make a short ride from the top of the hill by cableway. You will spend the night in the train Almaty – Taraz. Train #379T 20:16 – 08:11(This is subject to change.) 

Day 2: Almaty – Taraz – Sairam – Shymkent
Our team will wait at the railway station after arrival in Taraz from Almaty. You will see important places as History Museum, Karakhan and Dautbek Mausoleum, Tekturmas Historical Complex, Akyrtas antient palace complex. Taraz is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan, the remains of which are hidden under the buildings of the modern city. Later on we will drive to Sairam, it is district of Shymkent. You will visit Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum, and medieval minaret. Sairam is the place where in the past was a Ispidzhab - one of the largest centers of the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages. Moreover this place known as the birthplace of the great enlightener of XII century - Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Mausoleums of his father and mother, Ibrahim-Ata and Karashash-Ana. Then we will keep travelling to Symkent. Accommodation is in a hotel. The night is in a Shymkent. 

Day 3: Shymkent – Otrar Settlement – Turkestan – Shymkent
In the morning we will drive to Otrar Settlement which is far away about 220 km. The day is dedicated to a trip to the cities of the Great Silk Road – Turkestan and Otrar. In Turkestan is the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a UNESCO world heritage site, as well as the small Mausoleum of Rabiga Sultan Begim Mausoleum Arystan Bab. Here you will also see ancient baths and other structures. The Muslim community considers Turkestan a Holy place, and visiting the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi 3 times is equivalent to a pilgrimage to Mecca. The city of Otrar was destroyed by the army of Genghis Khan in 1219 after 5 months of siege. Despite this, the city was able to grow again and maintain its position as an economic center until the 17th century. The Otrar excavations are still accessible to the public today. Accommodation is in Shymkent. 

Day 4: Shymkent – Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve – Shymkent
In the morning you will have a breakfast and further we will travel to Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve. The Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve is one of oldest and largest in the territory of Central Asia. Having visited it you can get familiar with rare species of fauna and flora, which cannot be found in the other places. The central place in the Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve is occupied by the Aksu canyon with depth of about 1800m. The Aksu canyon is not only a part of natural reserve but also a Paleontological сamp with ancient petroglyphic drawings. The Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve represents a natural zone where about 173 plant species are growing. They are not only trees, but also mushrooms, over 63 species of lichen and algae and nearly 1400 species of seed plants. Aksu-Zhabagly is am amazing place where the nature has collected the most unique creatures. It is not without reason that the emblem of the Reserve is a Greig’s giant tulip which petals are of rare purple color and 15cm long. The largest species of the fauna inhabited the Reserve are birds. One hundred and thirty bird species out of 267 are nesting in the territory of the Reserve, while 11 species are entered to the Red Book. A rare species of apodal lizard - grass lizard out of 11 species of reptiles inhabiting in the territory of the Reserve is entered to the Red Book. In the evening we will drive back to Shymkent. The neight is in a hotel. 

Day 5: Shymkent
During the tour, you will visit the city center with its attractions. The city seems to be in the blockade of the oldest monuments of architecture. According to scientists, Shymkent is more than 2000 years old. This is an ancient city that emerged at the crossroads of the great silk road 10 km to the East. Initially, the city of Shymkent developed as a trade center between nomads and citizens. There is a special atmosphere here, which is manifested in the generous hospitality, openness of soul and emotional temperament of southerners. And all taken together creates a certain energy that permeates the air of the city. And this city has something to show its dear guests. You will visit park named after Sh. Kaldayakov, Monument "Jer Ana", Ordabasy Square, Park “20th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, Obelisk of Glory, Eternal Fire to the Fallen in WWII, Dendropark – optionally, the regional historical – museum, the ruins of the citadel of ancient Shymkent, pedestrian street "Arbat".  Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 6: Chernyaevka
There will be a breakfast at the hotel. Then transportation from Shymkent to Zhibek Zholy, Chernyaevka border.


02 pax – Sedan
04 pax – Minivan
06-10 pax – Sprinter in Almaty / Toyota Hiace in Shymkent

Price per person:
02 pax – 1 070 $
04 pax – 770 $
06 pax – 590 $
08 pax – 600 $
10 pax – 525 $
Single – 60 $

Half board – 125 $ per person
Full board – 225 $ per person 

English speaking guide – 665 $ per group

Train Almaty – Taraz (4 berths per compartment) – from 40 $ per person 

Accommodation in Almaty ( if required):
Standard Double/Twin room – 30 $ per person
Standard Single room – 50 $


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation: 
     Shymkent – “Shymkent” Hotel 3*
- 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
- Accommodation in Almaty
- Domestic train ticket: Almaty – Taraz

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