Treasures of Kazakhstan

Treasures of Kazakhstan

Name of trip: Treasures of Kazakhstan 

Tour’s destinations: Almaty, Altyn Emel, Saty 

Arrival to:  Almaty

Departure from: Almaty

Day 1: Almaty
This day you will arrive to Almaty city, where you will have a wonderful highlight tour.  This day you will start with discovering the Almaty Museum, where you will have a chance to discover the history of the southern capital of Kazakhstan. After that you will observe the fascinating beauty of Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre. During the tour you will discover fascinating architecture and interesting history. Further you will wander along the oldest park in the city – Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen. Being here you will be amazed by the charming architecture of wooden Zenkov Cathedral and Museum of Musical Instruments. Then you will also get to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, which was built in memory of soldiers who died in the Great Patriotic War. Then you will also discover the Green Bazaar.You will experience that it is very amazing site for shopping among the local people. During the tour you will have a chance to have a discount and here it is possible to bargain! In the second part of the day you will travel to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level). You are going to explore that it is the amazing highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam. Further you will transfer to Shymbulak ski resort area by a cable car. After that you will return by a cable car. The tour roie will take you today to the Kok-Tobe hill, where you will observe the highest (above sea level) TV tower in the world. Today you are going to transfer along the wonderful mountain road on the park eco-cars. Then you will transfer back to the city by the famous Almaty cableway.  On Tuesdays in the tour departing at 10 a.m. cableway does not work. Instead of it, we can use park eco-cars. This night you will spend in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty – Altyn Emel
In the morning you will direct to Altyn Emel. After that you will arrive at Altyn Emel National Park.  During the tour you will explore the fascinating views of the highlight Singing Dune. Not far from the Ili River, in the desert between the two ridges of the Dzungarian Alatau rises a lonely sand hill, the height of which reaches 150 meters, and the length is about 3 kilometers. The view opens up an amazing picture-an exceptional rocky desert, where you can find only bushes and saxauls. During the tour, you will also be able to explore that the Singing Dune is located in Kazakhstan in the National State Natural Park “Altyn-Emel". At the moment, this amazing dune is one of the seven wonders of Kazakhstan and is officially recognized as a state natural monument of national significance. This night you will spend in the hotel.

Day 3: Altyn Emel
This day you will transfer to Katutau and Aktau mountains. The Aktau Mountains are the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean, which raged here during the time of the dinosaurs. These mountains, resembling a multi-colored multi-layered pie, were formed many millions of years ago from sedimentary rocks of the Cenozoic era. During the excavations, the remains of many prehistoric animals were found here. Katutau-Gloomy Mountains. They are also called Hard, Dead, Harsh, Empty Mountains. Volcanic mountains located in the center of the national park. The main rock is lava spewed from ancient volcanoes. In the distant past, on the border of the Paleozoic and Mesozoic, there were two volcanoes in this place, which were part of the volcanic belt. There have diverse shapes and colors. This day you will have a chance to discover the fantastic views and capture it! This night will be in the hotel.

Day 4: Altyn Emel – Charyn Canyon – Kolsai Lakes
After breakfast you will start the tour with travelling to Charyn Canyon Ash-tree Grove on the Temerlik River. The length of the canyon is 154 kilometers. The height of the rocks in the canyon reaches 150-300 meters. About 200 kilometers east of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan, there is absolutely not inferior to the Grand Canyon in beauty and natural wonders of the Charyn Canyon.The formation of the canyon, judging by the exposed rock deposits, began not so long ago by historical standards - only some 12 million years ago. At that time, most of the territory that we now call Charyn was occupied by the large Ili lake. After it dried up, the stormy mountain river Charyn remained in its place, which carried its waters among the limestone rocks to the confluence with the Ili. Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the charming canyon, walk about 2 km through the Valley of the Castles and also explore the scenery. You will be able to enjoy the incredible scenery, take photos and also see many natural attractions. This day you will complete with travelling to the guest house in Saty village.  

Day 5: Kolsai – Kaindy lake – Almaty
This day you will have a charming tour that is dedicated to visiting Kaindy Lake. During the tour you will discover that Kaindy Lake (translated as “Birch Lake”) is located at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and it is surrounding by wonderful pine forest. Lake Kaindy was formed as a result of a mountain collapse in 1911. As a result of the earthquake, the river was blocked by a natural dam, after which the area between the high rocks was filled with water. The perennial Tien Shan fir trees that grew along the riverbed were suddenly flooded. However, over time, the trunks of the mighty trees did not rot, but remained standing, majestically towering over the water surface of the lake. It was they who earned Kaindy wide fame. You will have a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery, see many charming views, get some fresh air and also take a lot of photos. After that you will travel back to Almaty city. This night you will rest in the hotel.

Day 6: Flight
After breakfast, you will leave the hotel and transfer will take you to the airport.

02 pax – Sedan
04 pax – Minivan
06-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter

Price per person:
02 pax – 1 045 $
04 pax – 735 $
06 pax – 660 $
08 pax – 545 $
10 pax – 500 $
Single – 125 $

Early check-in – 35 $
Single early check-in – 60 $ 

Half board – 130 $
Full board – 230 $ 

English speaking guide – 730 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
      Altyn Emel – “Aigaikum” Guesthouse
      Saty village – Home stays
- 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

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