Amazing Kazakhstan Tour 4

Kazakhstan: Tour 4, Kazakhstan tours 

Kazakhstan: Tour 4
Days of tour: 6
Country: Kazakhstan
Places: Almaty - Taraz - Sairam - Shymkent - Otrar Settlement - Turkestan - Shymkent - Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve - Shymkent - Chernyaevka

Day 1: Almaty
Driver will meet and accompany you to the Southern capital for sightseeing tour. In course of the Amazing Kazakhstan Tour 4 you will visit the major sights of the city. You will enjoy the breathtaking view of the famous and one of the oldest park in Almaty, the Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen. Moreover you will enjoy the view of wonderful wooden building that is known as the Zenkov Cathedral. After it you will see the sight tours to which are very popular among the local people the Green Bazaar. Here you won't refrain yourself from bargain. Later on you will drive to the Medeo Gorge tae altitude of which is 1,690 m. You will enjoy the breathtaking view of the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam. Here you will enjoy wonderful nature and fresh air. Shymbulak ski resort area is next destination of the tour as well as the Kok-Tobe hill. Here you will enjoy the tallest TV tower in the world and the magnificent panorama of the city. You will  return to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Overnight is in night train Almaty - Taraz.  Train #379T 20:16 - 08:11(This is subject to change.)

Day 2: Almaty - Taraz - Sairam - Shymkent
Today you will arrive to Taraz by morning train from Almaty. Upon arrival you will enjoy the to see such interesting places as History Museum, Karakhan and Dautbek Mausoleum, Tekturmas Historical Complex, Akyrtas antient palace complex. During the Amazing Kazakhstan Tour 4 you will learn that the city is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan. Its remains nowadays are under the buildings of the modern city. Then you will drive to Sairam district of Shymkent (160 km). Here you will explore Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum, and medieval minaret. Sairam is located on the area of the Ispidzhab that used to be one of the main and largest cities of the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages. This sight is also famed for being the birthplace of the great enlightener of XII century - Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Mausoleums of his father and mother, Ibrahim-Ata and Karashash-Ana, are also located here. Transfer to Shymkent. Overnight is in in the hotel of Shymkent. .

Day 3: Shymkent - Otrar Settlement - Turkestan - Shymkent
The travel will start with driving to Otrar Settlement (220 km). You will visit the Arystan-Bab Mausoleum that was erected in honor of teacher and spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar. After it you will head on to Turkestan (70 km) where you will investigate the "Azret-Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (Necropolis, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque). In the tour you will learn that Turkestan was founded around 500 AD at the crossroads of trading caravans that went from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in northern Kazakhstan. Moreover it was the spiritual and political center of the Turkic-speaking people during the XVI-XVIII centuries as well as being the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Transfer to Shymkent for overnight in the hotel.

Day 4: Shymkent - Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve - Shymkent
Today you will be glad to see the Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve on the way to which you will visit Aksu canyon. During the tour you will know that is one of the oldest natural reserve in Kazakhstan that can be found at the spurs of the Western Tien-Shan Mountains at an altitude from 1000 to 4280 meters above sea level. Here you can see semi-deserts substitute dry motley grass of steppes, luxurious plots of meadows give way to thickets of creeping juniper. The carpet of alpine flowers will captivate you as well as the crystal glaciers. Moreover it is famous place of living rare, endangered and endemic species of animals and plants. This area is a home for such animals as argali and ibex, deer and roe deer, lynx and snow leopards, wolves, foxes, bears, porcupines and ermines and bearded vultures, griffons and golden eagles are flying high in the sky. Transfer to Shymkent for overnight in the hotel.

Day 5: Shymkent
Today you will explore the third largest city in Kazakhstan but in terms of population it is a first one. This is a very old city where the Great Silk Road passed like other famous cities of Central Asia like Otrar, Turkestan, Syganak, Sauran, and others. Here you will explore the Walk of Fame (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". Night is in the hotel.

Day 6: Chernyaevka
Transfer 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