Kazakhstan Tour 5

Kazakhstan: Tour 5, Kazakhstan tours 

Kazakhstan: Tour 5
Days of tour: 7
Country: Kazakhstan
Places: Almaty - Taraz - Sairam - Shymkent - Otrar Settlement - Turkestan - Shymkent - Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve - Shymkent - Almaty - Issyk - Almaty     

Day 1: Almaty
Upon arrival to Almaty you will start your Amazing Kazakhstan Tour 5. Driver will pick you up and accompany to the center of the city for guided city tour. The first sight for visiting will be  Almaty Museum, where you can get to know the history of the southern capital of Kazakhstan. Then the route of the tour goes to the Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre where you will admire the architecture of it. After it you will visit the one of the oldest Almaty parks that I know as Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen and on the territory of which you will witness Zenkov Cathedral. Next to visit will be the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame as well as the Museum of Musical Instruments. Then is the place that is popular even among the locals the Green Bazaar. Here you will see the interesting staffs and also can try to bargain. Later on you will be transferred on the altitude of the 1690 meters above sea level where you will see famed Medeo Gorge. Tours to this place will show you the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam that protects the city from dangerous mudflow. After it you will be transferred to the Shymbulak ski resort area. Upon arrival to the 1st level you will see fancy restaurants, ski & snowboarding school and mountain hotel. Next is the Kok-Tobe hill where you can enjoy the tallest TV tower in the world with the breathtaking view of winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. Road back will be on the famous Almaty cableway*. On Tuesdays, in the tour departing at 10:00, cableway is not available. Night is in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Taraz - Sairam - Shymkent
Today you will have a morning train to Taraz. Upon arrival you will see the History Museum, Karakhan and Dautbek Mausoleum, Tekturmas Historical Complex, Akyrtas ancient palace complex. During the travel you will learn that this city is one of the oldest in Kazakhstan the remains of which are under the buildings of the modern city. Then you will be transferred to Sairam district of Shymkent (160 km). Here you will visit the Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum, and medieval minaret. Sairam nowadays is located at the territory of former Ispidzhab, which is known as one of the largest centers of the Great Silk Road of the Middle Ages. This city is famed for being the birthplace of the great enlightener of XII century - Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Moreover you will visit mausoleums of his father and mother, Ibrahim-Ata and Karashash-Ana. Transfer to Shymkent for overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Shymkent - Otrar Settlement - Turkestan - Shymkent
In course of the Amazing Kazakhstan Tour 5 you will head on to Otrar region to visit the Arystan-Bab Mausoleum who was teacher and spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.  Then you will travel to Turkestan city where you will see Azret-Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (Necropolis, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque). It is interesting to note that the city appeared in 500 AD and was situated at the crossroads of caravan that passed from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva to northern Kazakhstan. Moreover this sight used to be the spiritual and political center of the Turkic-speaking people in the XVI-XVIII centuries. The one of the most interesting facts of this city is that it used to be the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. At the end of the tour is transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 4: Shymkent - Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve - Shymkent
In the morning you will have to travel to Aksu-Jabagly natural reserve. On the way to it you will visit the Aksu canyon.  Aksu-Zhabagly is considered to be the oldest natural reserve in Kazakhstan. You will find it on the spurs of the Western Tien-Shan Mountains the attitude of which is 1000 to 4280 meters above sea level. The high zone of this reserve is a semi-deserts substitute with dry motley grass of steppes, luxurious plots of meadows give way to thickets of creeping juniper. The alpine flowers with background of the crystal glaciers will mesmerize you. This area is the home for rare, endangered and endemic species of animals and plants. This is area inhabited by argali and ibex, deer and roe deer, lynx and snow leopards, wolves, foxes, bears, porcupines and ermines. Bearded vultures, griffons and golden eagles are flying high in the sky. Return to the hotel.

Day 5: Shymkent
In course of the tour you will explore the third megalopolis of Kazakhstan. In terms of population it is the first one of occupied space. Shymkent used to be one of the cities of Great Silk Road with such important cities as Otrar, Turkestan, Syganak, Sauran, and others. Here you will be impressed to see 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, walking on pedestrian street "Arbat". At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Day 6: Shymkent - Almaty - Issyk - Almaty
The tour will start with domestic flight to Almaty. Upon arrival to Almaty you will be transferred to Issyk Lake. This gorge is located in Trans-Ili Alatau that lays along the Kuldja tract. Here many centuries ago endless caravans passed. On the way to it you will have an excursion in the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK". Here you will be able to see the exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, such as a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. After it you will continue your drive to the alpine lake Issyk that is located on the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level. Here you will be able to admire the breathtaking view of the surface and the magnificent area of Issyk Gorge. Guide will tell you the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 7: Flight
Breakfast in the hotel and check-out. Transfer to airport.


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


Price per person: 
02 pax - 1 200 $
04 pax - 885 $
06 pax - 675 $
08 pax - 670 $
10 pax - 585 $
Single - 80 $

Half board - 150 $ per person
Full board - 270 $ per person

English speaking guide - 830 $ per group

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

Flight Shymkent - Almaty - from 75 $ per person

Accommodation in Almaty in Day1 (if required):
Standard Double/Twin room - 30 $ per person
Standard Single room - 50 $


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
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 in Day1
- Domestic flight Shymkent - Almaty
- Domestic train ticket: Almaty - Taraz