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Tour Packages Details

Price Per Person

USD 500
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Almaty
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

The most economical and most convenient program for the first acquaintance with Kazakhstan is its colorful traditions, amazing nature, and also with the main sights of Astana and Almaty!

Route: Astana-Almaty (Kazakhstan)

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Astana, Arrival
Arrival to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Meeting and greeting at Astana International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.

Days 2. Astana
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Astana-Baiterek Monument, the meeting point for 3-hour Astana sightseeing group tour. The tour departs at 10:00.
After meeting your guide at the central entrance to Astana-Baiterek monument you will start a walk through the Millennium Axis, where you will see the buildings and skyscrapers, overwhelming with their non-standard shapes and forms. After acquaintance with the buildings on the Water Green Boulevard, you will visit the world's largest building of the tent structure "Khan Shatyr" and continue the tour with a walk along the embankment of the Yesil River, where the history of the city was started in the 19th century. The circle route will be completed by the observation of the architectural ensemble of Tauelsizdik Square, where your guide will reveal the symbolism of the grandiose structure - the mosque of Khazret Sultan, and you will be told about the peculiarities of the unique creation of the British architect Norman Foster - the Palace of Peace and Accord. Having returned to the starting point of the route, you will go up with a guide to the observation platform of the "tree of life" - the Astana-Baiterek monument.
Lunch in the city and transfer to the hotel. Free time in Astana. Overnight in the hotel.
In this day you can also book additional sightseeing tours (for surcharge).

Day 3. Astana-Borovoe-Astana, Departure to Almaty
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Astana-Baiterek Monument, the meeting point for Burabai National Park group day tour. The tour departs at 09:00. 
Having met with the guide at the main entrance to the Astana-Baiterek monument, you will begin your journey to the mirror-like lakes of Borovoe resort area. Before the tour, you will be provided with 1,5L of bottled water and packed lunch consisting of main dish, salad, bread, drink, seasonal fruit, biscuit or pastry to enjoy along the tour. You are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.
On the way to the resort, which is 270 km away from Astana, the professional guide will give you an introduction to history of this region. Burabai National park (Borovoe) 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 arrival you will visit the Khan’s pass and see "Burabay" mountain. On Abylai Khan Glade 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. During the tour you will have about an hour of free time to walk in the wood or lake shore and enjoy your lunch. Further you will have an easy hiking on “Bolektau” mountain, on the top of which the tremendous view of 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 in the middle of the Kazakhstan steppe, where the century pine woods hide a set of secrets and riddles, attracting by its beauty and greatness.

The approximate time of arrival to the original meeting point at Astana-Baiterek monument is around 19:00. Transfer to Astana railway station to the evening train to Almaty. Overnight in the train.

Day 4. Almaty 
Morning arrival to Almaty, the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. Meeting and greeting at Almaty railway station and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Free time in Almaty. In this day you can book additional sightseeing tours (for surcharge).

Day 5. Almaty
Breakfast at the hotel. 6-hour Almaty sightseeing group tour. The tour departs at 10:00 from your hotel.
After meeting your guide at the main entrance to the hotel no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time and boarding a comfortable car or minivan you will start your Almaty exploration. The enthusiastic guide will begin the excursion in central part of Almaty, with a short stop at the Monument of Independence. Passing by the Central Library, the Abay State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, with a glimpse on a new walking Panfilov street you will know more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan from ancient time till nowadays.
Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. You will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.
Next point of interest is a popular place for townspeople - the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous oriental sweets, dried fruits, buy local products and souvenirs, but don't forget to bargain. In the market they accept cash in tenge (local currency), so it would be good to have some with you or there is an exchange point just nearby to the market area.
Then, after the exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city, in half an hour you will get to the Medeo Gorge (1690 m above sea level), well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. During a brief walk around you will have time to take your mountain-view pictures and to breath the fresh pine-tree air. On the way back to the town you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».

Lunch in the one of the restaurants of the city.

After the lunch, the tour will be continued at 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 on the park eco-cars. 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, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain 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 and the dropping you off at your hotel around 16:00. 

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6. Almaty
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time in Almaty. In this day you can book additional sightseeing tours (for surcharge).

Day 7. Almaty, Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Hotel check-out before 12:00. Free time in Almaty. Transfer to the airport. Departure.
In this day you can book additional sightseeing tours (for surcharge).


Group Tour Price: 500 USD Per Person


Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. Standard Double/Twin accommodation in Astana in Tengri Hotel 3* (2 nights)  
2. Standard Double/Twin accommodation in Almaty in Astana International Hotel 3* (3 nights)
3. Transfers to/from airport/railway station in Astana and Almaty
4. Transfers to/from the hotels in Astana and Almaty according to the program
5. Meals: standard hotel breakfasts, lunch in Days 2 and 5, packed lunch in Day 3
6. Group sightseeing tours according to the program in Days 2, 3, 5
7. Train tickets Astana-Almaty (shared sleeping cabin for 4 passengers)

 

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:
1. Single accommodation supplement (118 USD)
2. Surcharge for early hotel check-in in Astana (48 USD per Twin/Double room, 42 USD per Single room)
3. Surcharge for late hotel check-out in Almaty (59 USD per Twin/Double room, 53 USD per Single room)
4. Meals not included into the tour price    
5. Additional sightseeing tours and services not indicated in the program
6. International flight ticket
7. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
8. Insurance policy
9. Personal and other expenses not indicated in the program

 

Tour reservation requires full payment, which is refundable in case of tour cancellation more than 8 days before the tour.
50% of the tour price is refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 8 days before the tour.
Tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 4 days before the tour.

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