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Treasures of Kazakhstan

Duration of this Trip 7 Days Priced From $3,399 per person

In Kazakhstan stunning landscapes and ancient architecture conjure images of nomads and warriors, falconry and poetry, silk-robed equestrians and exotic beauty. Thrill to displays of traditional horsemanship or immerse yourself in opulent ornamentation created by skilled artisans. The city of Almaty is situated at the foot of the Zaili Alatau Mountain Range. Its gardens, parks, and remarkable promenades are perfect for daydreams and evening strolls. Turkestan features other Central Asian wonders that hearken back to the Muslim and Russian influences in the area: mosques, Russian Orthodox churches, and the architectural complex Appak-lshan.

At a Glance

Duration

7 Days

Priced From

$3,399 per person

Departures

The tour can be provided from May till November


Itinerary

Days 01-02: Almaty
Day 03: Shymkent
Day 04: Sayram-Turkistan
Day 05: Almaty
Day 06: Charyn Canyon

Itinerary

Day 01. Almaty.

Arrival at Almaty International Airport. You will be met by your guide and driver, and transferred to the hotel. Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan, which itself is the biggest country in Central Asia. The name Almaty comes from the Kazakh word for apple: the area around Almaty is thought to be the origin of the apple.

Day 02. Almaty

Discover Kazakhstan. Sightseeing tour: Visit Panfilov Park, named after the 28 Panfilov guards from Almaty, who died heroically defending Moscow against the Nazi invasion in 1941; the magnificent Zenkov Cathedral, built from wood in 1904 (without the use of any nails); and the Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments. Enjoy Almaty's Green Bazaar. This evening, you will take a train to go to Shymkent, one of the ancient cities of Kazakhstan.

Day 03. Shymkent-Sayram-Turkistan

Arrival in Shymkent. Sightseeing tour in Shymkent and the nearby Sayram settlement. Sightseeing drive to Turkistan, one of the most famous cities in southern Kazakhstan, which today still attracts a significant number of pilgrims and travelers.

Day 04. Turkistan-Almaty

Explore ancient Turkistan: Visit the mausoleums of Hodja Ahmed Yassavi and Rabiya Sultan Begim, the granddaughter of Tamerlane, as well as a medieval bath house. Wander the Turkistan bazaar, and shop in the handicraft center. Enjoy walks through pristine natural surroundings in this unspoiled and remote area while visiting Kazakh villages, in which you will see the traditional way of local life. Overnight train to Almaty.

Day 05. Almaty

Drive to Medeo. Medeo is a picturesque valley located 15 km above Almaty. It is one of the world's largest speed skating rinks. Enjoy the beauty of the ski resort Chimbulak, situated at an altitude of 2,200 m above sea level. Photo Opportunities. Visit to Big Almaty Lake.

Day 06. Almaty-Charyn Canyon-Almaty

One-day tour of the Charyn Canyon Gorge (200 km). Enjoy the wonders of the picturesque "Valley of Castles" (Dolina Zamkov in Russian). It is sometimes called the younger brother of the USA's Grand Canyon. The walls of the Charyn Canyon are carved with deep fissures, forming caves, grottos, and shady niches of different shapes and sizes. During many centuries, the rains and winds have carved gorgeous sculptures on the Canyon's sides. At the bottom of the dry gorge, the Charyn River refreshes travelers and adds extra beauty to the place. Return to Almaty. Farewell Dinner.

Day 07. Almaty

Departure

Land Tour Costs

From $3,399 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

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Scheduled Departures

The tour can be provided from May till November

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the spectacular views of Charyn Canyon
  • Discover the mysterious, historical Silk Road stories, see the ruins, the classical Yassaviy Mausoleum architecture
  • Explore the ancient routes of the camel's trail from Shymkent to Turkistan
  • Appreciate many graceful scenes of the deserts and hike at the spectacular Tiyanshan mountains

Visited Countries

Kazakhstan

Visited Cities & Places

Almaty, Shymkent,Turkestan, Charyn Canyon

Suggested Extensions

Uzbekistan Cultural Tour

Reading Lists

Paul Brummell: Kazakhstan, 2nd (Bradt Travel Guide Kazakhstan) 2012
Bradley Mayhew, Greg Bloom, Paul Clammer: Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood: "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"

What's Included

  • Visa support
  • Ground Transportation (air-conditioned coach bus)
  • Train tickets
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation in double room
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Entrance fees to museums, monuments and parks
  • Enjoy classical Kazakh steppe music during live folk performances!

What's Not Included

International Flights

Visited Countries

Kazakhstan

Visited Cities & Places

Almaty, Shymkent,Turkestan, Charyn Canyon

Suggested Extentions

Uzbekistan Cultural Tour

Reading Lists

Paul Brummell: Kazakhstan, 2nd (Bradt Travel Guide Kazakhstan) 2012
Bradley Mayhew, Greg Bloom, Paul Clammer: Lonely Planet Central Asia (2010)
Frances Wood: "The Silk Road, Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia"

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Treasures of Kazakhstan Tour

A 7 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

The tour can be provided from May till November

Land Tour Costs

From $3,399 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

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