Between Tradition and Modernity

Do you wish for modernity? Then this tour from Astana to Almaty will enchant you. Though Kazakhstan was historically the land of nomads, including the Mongols in the 13th century, however, nowadays it is economically one of the most important countries in Central Asia. Being at the crossroads of the Silk Road, Kazakhstan has rich cultural heritage, as well as architectural and natural treasures. Travelling in a week through the cities where the future is mixed with the wild landscapes, means to take the first steps into the world of modernity adapted itself to traditions.

ITINERARY

 

Day 1         Astana
Arrival at Astana Airport. Transfer to the hotel, leisure time.

Day 2         Astana City Tour
At 09:00 meeting with the guide in the hotel’s lobby.
The day will be dedicated to the modern Capital of Astana. Whereas, we will visit the Peace and Reconciliation Palace, the Atameken Ethnographic Complex, the Bayterek Tower, as well as Akorda Presidential Palace and the Hazret Sultan Mosque.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3         Free day in Astana – Shymkent 
Free day for the individual discoveries of the capital. Domestic flight to Shymkent.
Transfer to the hotel, check-in and leisure time.

Day 4         Shymkent – Turkistan – Shymkent – Almaty
Today we will go to Turkistan, one of the most ancient cities of Kazakhstan. Also, it was known as Yasi, and later as Shavgar in the 10th century. This city-fortress became as a commercial and administrative center in the medieval period, as well as a religious center of worlds’ Muslims, to be considered as the second Mecca. The famous Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi (12th century) is among the architectural treasures of the country and it is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. This Mausoleum has made Turkistan as a major pilgrimage site in Central Asia.
Return to Shymkent and domestic flight to Almaty. Transfer to the hotel, check-in, dinner and leisure time.

Day 5         Almaty City Tour 
After the tasty breakfast, we will have a city tour in Almaty: we will start from Panfilovets’ Park dating back to the 19th century. Next, we will continue to the Ascension Orthodox Cathedral, which was built entirely from wood at the beginning of the 20th century. Later, we will discover the Green Market, which offers a great variety of tasty fruits and vegetables; passing through the Republic Square - the main square of the city with its magnificent modern architectural constructions. Afterwards, we will visit Medeu - the outdoor famous ski rink, also, we will explore its dam, which protects the city from the flood.
In the evening, we will return to the hotel, to have dinner and leisure time.

Day 6        Almaty - Sharyn Canyon – Almaty
In the morning, we will discover the Sharyn Canyon. The beauty of this canyon is often compared to the Grand Canyon of Colorado. As a result of the erosion and alteration, this canyon has its unique shape, which will deeply impress and transfer us to the surreal world. The canyon stretches for 154 km along the Sharyn River, which is an ideal place for rafting. Also, here, we can find rare plant species that survived from the last Ice Age.
In the evening, return to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7       Almaty – Issyk-Kul Lake – Almaty
On this day, we will explore the Issyk-Kul Lake. It is a picturesque alpine lake surrounded by beautiful nature, dense forests and flower fields. The lake is situated at an altitude of 1760 meters above sea level, in the Issyk Gorge, about 70 km on the east of Almaty. We will have a free time to relax at the lake.
In the evening, return to Almaty, preparations for departure.

Day 8       Return flight 

Transfer to the airport. End of our services.

PRICES / SERVICES

Price per person:

1690 €

Extra charge for single room:

200 €

Small group:

4-12 people

Included Services

  • Transport
  • • All transfers and transportation to the visiting places during the tour
  • • Domestic flight: Shymkent – Almaty
  • Accompaniment
  • • English-speaking local guide
  • Accommodation, meals and drinks
  • • 7 nights (comfortable hotels in double rooms, guest house)
  • • Full board (breakfast and dinner from the 2nd day of the tour to the 7th day (excluding drinks))
  • • Mineral water
  • Visits
  • • All entrance tickets
  • Travel preparation
  • • Travel documentation
  • • Visa Fees

Excluded Services

  • Flight tickets
  • • International flight

DATES

STATUSDEPARTRETURNPRICE P/PEXTRA SGLNOTES
Available for inscriptions 04.06.18 11.06.18 € 1690 € 200  
Available for inscriptions 23.09.18 30.09.18 € 1690 € 200  

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