Name of trip: Eastern Fairy Tale
Tour’s destinations: Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Altyn Emel, Kaindy, Kolsai lakes
Arrival to: Nur-Sultan
Departure from: Almaty
Day 1: Nur-Sultan
Today you will arrive to the spectacular Kazakhstan! After arrival you will be picked up by the driver at the airport and transfer to the capital Nur- Sultan. After that you will departure from the hotel at 10:00. This day you will have a full day city tour where you will explore the fascinating sites, discover the information, immerse into the history of country as well as explore the fascinating modern sites. This day you will start the tour with exploring the Constitution Square where the first President of the country indicated the change of the capital from Almaty to Nur- Sultan. Further you will explore one of the most beautiful structures in the city as Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan* with the Golden man. We promise you will like the interesting tours in Kazakhstan. After that you will get acquainted with the modern city life and discover unique shopping center Khan Shatyr. Then you will transfer to the top of the amazing Astana-Baiterek monument by elevator. You will have a chance to be amazed by the fabulous and enchanting views of the magnificent panorama views of the city. After that you will cross Ishym river and get to the Kazakh Eli Square. This day you will have a chance to discover the fabulous Palace of Peace and Reconciliation. This day you will also have a chance to discover the vivid Khazret Sultan mosque. Then you will continue the tour with exploring the next spot National Museum of History of Kazakhstan*. There you will discover the history and the development of Nur-Sultan. This day you will have a chance to discover the interesting facts about the development of Kazakhstan, learn the history and cultural heritage of the country. After that you will travel to the hotel around 17:00.
*Note: Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and National Museum of History of Kazakhstan don’t work on Mondays. You can visit another attraction according to your request.
Day 2: Nur-Sultan – Borovoe – Nur-Sultan
After breakfast you will travel to Burabai National park (Borovoe). During the tour you will discover that Burabay attracts tourists with its magnificent trees, clean air and an abundance of medicinal herbs. It is considered one of the best places to relax. Being here you will have a chance to discover the amazing views and be inspired by the fascinating 14 lakes in the park with area of more than 1 sq.km as well as small lakes. We promise you will like it! This day you will see the real Paradise on earth because of the huge mountains and nature of charming beauty. Today you will explore that people come here to restore the respiratory system, test the theory of treatment with koumiss and enjoy the magnificent scenery. Today you will also see Burabay is an amazing place: among the yellow lifeless steppes there is a real oasis, surrounded by mountains and dense coniferous-deciduous forest. Upon arrival you will be inspired by Khan’s pass and observe Burabay and Zheke-Batyr mountains. Today you will also explore Abylaykhan Valley and be inspired by Ush-kyz, Ok-Zhetpes rocks and Kokshetau mountain. This day you will have a great tour exploring the fascinating sites. During the tour you will also have time to explore the nature and have hiking trip on Bolektau mountain. This day you will be inspired by the landscapes of Borovoe lake and fabulous Zhumbaktas rock. This day you will see that tourists will be inspired by the beauty of Kazakhstan and will be able to enjoy the great steppes of the country.
Day 3: Nur-Sultan – morning flight Almaty
In the morning you will you will have a flight to Almaty city. After arrival you will have a city tour where you will discover the fascinating attractions and plunged into the history and development of the southern capital. Today you will discover the enchanting attractions in the tour. This day you will explore the first attraction called Green Bazaar! Today you will also see the place full of people. Today you will love this site for its beautiful and colorful rows full of goods. Today you will observe the national ones and buy them. During the tour you will have a chance to bargain and get a discount. Then you will get to the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park. This day you will have a wonderful chance to explore the majestic wooden building Zenkov Cathedral that is one of the most beautiful in the world. We promise you will like this tour and discover the amazing places. After that you will discover the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame which were built in honor of the soldiers and warriors who fought for the freedom of the Motherland. Further you will lead to the Medeo Gorge where you will discover the highest skating rink and enjoy the views. Today you will discover the fascinating beauty of nature, beautiful and majestic mountains. After that you will discover the Kok-Tobe hill where you will admire the tallest TV tower in the world! This day you will also have a chance to discover the enchanting mountain road. You are going to stroll along the park of Kok Tobe and visit the shops. Today you will discover the fascinating panorama of the city from the special observation desk. This day you will finish the tour with discovering Almaty cableway where you will have ride from the top to the center of the city. Then you will transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
This day you will have a wonderful trip to the amazing Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge. Today you will discover the wonderful Kuldja tract. In the ancient times caravans of the Great Silk Road passed here. This day you will also discover the ancient history and admire the fabulous nature. This day you will be amazed the burial mounds of Saka period. You will discover that there was explored popular "Golden Man" that became the significant symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan became. This day you will also explore the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. Today you will explore ancient attributes of the Saka period as well as a copy of Golden Man. There are golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound are placed. Further you will continue the tour with visiting Issyk Lake at the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level. Today you will explore the stunning lake Issyk. Lake was formed about 8-10 thousand years ago as a result of a powerful mountain collapse. Initially, the depth of Issyk was 50-79 m, length - 1850 m, and width - about 500 m. The water in the lake had a green-blue color. But in 1963, a natural disaster occurred on the lake. Being here you will definitely impressed by the amazing views and discover the fascinating views. You will make a picnic and admire fresh air. Then you will travel to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5: Almaty – Tamgaly Tas – Altyn Emel
Today you will start the tour at 08:00 and transfer to Tamgaly Tas that is situated on Ili River. You will discover Tamgaly Tas (translated as ”stone with drawings”). The Tamgaly-Tas tract, which means "stones with signs", is located in Kazakhstan, 170 kilometers northwest of the city of Almaty, on the right bank of the Ili River, which is 20 km northwest of the Kapchagai dam. The tract consists of huge (up to 60 m) steep cliffs.This picturesque place attracts many tourists for a reason! After all, it was here, on the rocks, that incredibly beautiful images of the Buddha and Burhans (Bodhisattvas) were found. During your journey, you will notice that the cave paintings are accompanied by elegant Tibetan inscriptions. The unique style of the image is achieved through the fine technique of stone carving and elegant contour lines. In the tour you will be able to explore that the drawings date back to the XIV – XVI centuries. A total of 18 rocks with signs, including three images of the Buddha on one rock and two on the other. Together, the images in the Tamgaly-Tas tract represent a Buddhist sanctuary under the open sky. After that you will travel to the village of Baschi. You will continue the tour with exploring Altyn Emel National Park and the Singing Dune. It is a unique natural wonder. Here you will be impressed that it is located on the right Bank of the Ili river is famous for the fact that in dry weather the Sands emit a sound similar to the melody of an organ. This is a wonderful natural attraction that dune reaches a height of 100 meters and stretches for a distance of 3 kilometers. This day you will like and have a chance to capture it! You will spend the night in the hotel.
Day 6: Altyn Emel – Saty – Kaindy
Today you will travel to Kolsai Lakes at about 12:00. This day you will have a chance to discover the fascinating lakes. During the your you will discover that it is a young lake in Kazakhstan with turquoise water and fir trees, as if grown into it. 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. The water itself changes color regularly and is often a very beautiful blue color. This strange color is caused by lime and other minerals that were in the water a hundred years ago. But as soon as you get closer to the lake, the water becomes crystal clear. After that you will travel to Saty, and rest the night in guest house.
Day 7: Saty – Kolsai Lakes
Today you will wake up at 7:00. In the morning you will start the tour to the wonderful Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2 and have trekking there. You will explore that it is the wonderful site and a great place for travelers. During the tour you will explore that the water temperature is 10 degrees Celsius. You will see that the lakes are connected by the Kolsai river, which originates on the Kungei-Alatau ridge. The Kolsai Lakes are one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Kolsai lakes are rightly called the blue pearl of the Tien Shan. Translated from the Kazakh language, "kolsay" means "lake in the gorge". The name is absolutely logical, because all three lakes are located in the same picturesque Kolsai gorge in the eastern part of the Kungei Alatau range, which is 300 kilometers from Almaty.The lakes themselves were formed as a result of the descent of giant landslides to the bottom of the gorge. Landslides formed natural dams, river waters filled the gorge and now we have three beautiful lakes. Here you can see all the beauty of Nature with your own eyes and enjoy the charm. Here you will also have a chance to observe marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears being in mountains. After that you will rest the night in the guest house.
Day 8: Saty – Charyn Canyon – Almaty
In the morning you will start the tour with amazing natural attraction Charyn Canyon. This day you will discover the views of the canyon. During the tour, you will be able to explore that the Tutu Mountains were formed about 12 million years ago. The canyon itself stretches for 154 kam along the Charyn River. The height of the rocks reaches about 150-300 meters. On the tour you will be enchanted by the beautiful views, explore the fairy tales and also enjoy the views of the towers and castles. During the tour, you will also be able to see that the natural park has a rich flora and fauna. You can also see that there is a relict ash tree of Sogdiana growing there. Today, during the tour, you can walk about 2 km along the Valley of the Castles and enjoy the views. Locals are proud of this natural beauty and call it the little brother of the American Grand Canyon for its scenery. We are sure that you will be amazed. After that you will travel to the hotel for overnight.
Day 9: Flight
Breakfast in the hotel. Check – out till 12:00. Airport transfer. Departure.
02 pax – Sedan
04 pax – Minivan
06-10 pax – Mercedes Sprinter
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 645 $
04 pax – 1 050 $
06 pax – 810 $
08 pax – 680 $
10 pax – 610 $
Single – 170 $
Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 65 $
Half board – 160 $
Full board – 255 $
English speaking guide – 905 $ per group
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Nur-Sultan – “Come Inn” Hotel 3*
Saty – Homestay
Altyn Emel – Guesthouse
- Mineral water supply
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide