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Travel itinerary: Homeland – Almaty – Altyn Emel Dune – Katutau mountains –Aktau mountains- Charyn Canyon - Almaty – Issyk lake – Almaty - BAL - Almaty – Astana - Homeland
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Accommodation: Double /Twin accommodations in hotels
- Dates and prices
- Aug 01, SatDec 31, ThuavailableUS$ 1189
Arrival in Almaty. Meeting a guide. Transfer from the airport. Almaty Grand tour (6 hours). The tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will know more about the Southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions. You will visit a popular place for townpeople - the Green Bazaar*, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park, where Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Then you will visit the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs.
The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Overnight is at the hotel.
*does not work on Monday.
Almaty – Altyn Emel Dune
After hiking up to the 150-meter dune, you will return to Basshi village for dinner and overnight in one of the villages' guest houses or cozy local hotel.
Altyn Emel – Katutau and Aktau mountains
Return to Basshi village. Overnight is in the village.
Altyn Emel – Charyn Canyon – Almaty
After it is transfer to the city of Almaty. Overnight is at the hotel.
Almaty – Issyk Lake – Almaty
Back to the city. Overnight is in the hotel.
Almaty – BAL – Almaty
Afterwards is return to the city. Overnight is in the hotel.
Almaty – Astana
Overnight is in the hotel.
Meeting a guide. 10:00 Astana Grand Tour (7 hours). The tour starts with visiting historical center of the city. You will see the Constitution Square, where the president of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbayev announced the decision of transferring the capital of the country from Almaty to Astana. You will make a step back in time while visiting one of the most beautiful buildings in the city's architecture - Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan**. At the museum you will see the Golden man, well known not only in the Kazakh steppe but also in all Central Asia. In order to better understand today’s life of the city, you will enter the largest and unique shopping center Khan Shatyr.
Then you take the elevator to the top of the “Astana-Baiterek” monument, where you can admire the magnificent panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation deck. Then you will cross Ishym river and get to the Kazakh Eli Square. There you will visit another unique project - the Palace of Peace and Accord, and also see the extraordinary beauty of Khazret Sultan mosque. Final point of the excursion will be the Palace of Independence, where you can look at the far-reaching plans of the development of Astana in the hall "Layout Astana until 2030". Thus, having made the way from the past to the future through the present, you will understand the fate of this unique city - the pride of modern Kazakhstan.
Overnight is in the hotel. Astana.
Meeting a guide. 09:00 Burabai National Park (10 hours). Full day guided tour to Burabai National park (Borovoe), which occupies 85000 hectares of northeastern part of Kokshetau elevation. There are 14 lakes in the park, each having surface area of more than 1 sq.km, and a large number of small lakes. There are no monuments of material heritage in Borovoe. But the nature itself has created the unique natural landscapes of extraordinary beauty with combination of majestic mountain scenery, blue mirror lakes, coniferous and deciduous groves. On a way to the resort area which is in 270 km from Astana, the professional guide will give you an introduction to history of this region. On arrival you will visit the Khan’s pass and see "Burabay" mountain. On Abylaykhan Valley you will feast your eyes upon “Ush-kyz”, “Ok-Zhetpes”, “Zhumbaktas” rocks and “Kokshetau” mountain, each having the surprising legends reflecting history and identity of the Kazakh people. Further you wil have an easy hiking on “Bolektau” mountain, on the top of which the tremendous view of the “Borovoe” lake and its surroundings opens. Excursion to Borovoe allows to remove not only physical, but also psychological fatigue, and also to enjoy marvelous views of an unusual oasis on the middle of the Kazakhstan steppe. The century pine woods hide a set of secrets and riddles, attracting by beauty and greatness.
Back to Astana. Overnight is in the hotel.
Meeting a guide. 10:00 Visiting Expo area, the Nur Alem Pavilion. The architectural symbol of the Astana EXPO-2017 Exhibition is the central element of the Exhibition Complex: Nur Alem. Its size allow us to think, this is the world's largest spherical building with the diameter of 80 and height of 100 meters. At the first floor of the building, the Pavilion of Kazakhstan was placed where visitors could be able to acquaint themselves with the history, culture, traditions, places of interest and also recent achievements of Kazakhstan. ‘Nur Alem’ is culture center after the Exhibition, more than just a museum, as an innovational hub. 13:00 Time for lunch.
14:00 Astana city tour on the right bank. Overnight is in the hotel.