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Price Per Person

USD 850
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Almaty
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Route: Almaty - Astana (Kazakhstan)

Season: March - November  

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Almaty, Arrival

Arrival to Almaty, the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. Meeting and greeting at Almaty International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2. Almaty

Breakfast at the hotel. Almaty Grand Tour (6 hours):  
The tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will know more about history and development of the South 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. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real Central Asian market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous Asian sweets, but don't forget to bargain...Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty park – Panfilov Park, where you will see one of the unique wooden building in the world – Zenkov Cathedral and also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom and independence of the country. After the park you will continue to explore sport, cultural and business areas of the city. You will go to the Medeo Gorge, where the highest mountain skating rink in the world is located, as well as the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Next destination is 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 go by the picturesque winding mountain road. You can stroll along the winding paths of the Kok-Tobe park, admire the magnificient 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.  
Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3. Almaty Region

Breakfast at the hotel. The Big Almaty Lake Tour (6 hours, at 13:00) or The Issyk Lake Tour (7 hours, at 11:00) depending on season:

The Big Almaty Lake Tour (7 hours): 
The tour starts with driving to the Big Almaty gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level located the Big Almaty lake - one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. The lake is very beautiful, especially when its blue surface is absolutely calm, and it reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. The Big Almaty lake was formed as a result of movement of an ancient glacier.  Thanks to high-mountain location the water in the lake is always cool - even in July the water temperature does not exceed 10 degrees.The lake is a source of potable water for Almaty city, that is why the access of tourists to the lake is limited. The tour route lies higher the Big Almaty lake to the altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, where scientific premises for astronomical and space researches have settled down. Here, at the basis of the Big Almaty peak, you can enjoy a fascinating panorama of mountains and the Big Almaty lake, surrounded by the picturesque mountain peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

The Issyk Lake Tour (7 hours): 
The tour route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide, resulted in formation of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Also at the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature.

Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4. Almaty - Astana 

Breakfast in the hotel. Free day in Almaty. 
During this day you can visit shopping malls and trade centers of the city, for example, TSUM (Central Department Store), MEGA Almaty, Esentai Mall.
Check-out from the hotel before 12:00 noon, transfer to the railway station for evening train to Astana. Overnight in the train.

Day 5. Astana

Arrival to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, by morning train from Almaty. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Breakfast. "Steppe Flower Astana" sightseeing tour (5 hours):
Steppe flower Astana was founded on the right side of Ishim river, where the tour begins. Constitution Square, Museum of the First President, Congress Hall will be starting points of excursion. You will walk along the riverside of Ishim with its specific romantic atmosphere and see the city in dynamics, and how it is developing. After the lunch in one of the numerous restaurants of the capital, you will visit “Millennium Axis” on the left side of the river, where you will see significant architectural constructions: Round Square, shopping and entertainment center "Khan Shatyr", Main Square. And afterwards you will go up to the observation deck of “Astana-Baiterek” monument to admire the magnificent panorama of the Kazakhstan capital.  
Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6. Astana

Breakfast at the hotel. Free day in Astana. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 7. Astana, Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out before 12:00 noon. Transfer to the airport for the departure flight.

 

Tour Price for 2018: 850 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together  

Group discounts available

Tour Price INCLUSIONS: 

1. Double accommodation in Almaty and Astana in the hotel of tourist class 
2. Transfers to/from airport/railway station and transportation as per program  
3. Railway ticket Almaty-Astana (shared sleeping cabin for 4 passengers)  
4. Meals: Standard Hotel Breakfasts, Lunch/Picnic in Days 2,3,5 
5. Sightseeing tours according to the program in Days 2,3,5 with English-speaking guide  
6. Environmental and admission fees and tickets

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included into the tour price 
2. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required   
3. Surcharge for hotel early check-in and/or late check-out 
4. Single accommodation supplement (88 USD) 

5. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

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