THE LAND OF NOMADS - ALMATY+TARAZ+SHYMKENT

We invite you to one of our guaranteed tours, The Land of Nomads, which includes visiting the most interesting natural and historical places of Kazakhstan. Amazing nature and mysterious ancient cities are waiting for you. You have a unique opportunity to walk through the cities of the Great Silk Road and found out all its secrets with Transavia Tour.

Dates of arrival: 28.04, 19.05, 26.05, 02.06, 15.09, 29.09, 13.10, 27.10.

DAY 1
•Welcome to Kazakhstan!•

• 15:15 - arrival to Almaty (the tour is adapted for Aeroflot flights, but could be changed according to your choice), meeting with a guide in the arrivals hall.
• 16:00 - short Panoramic Tour, visiting Kok-Tobe hill (where located the tallest TV tower in the world and opens a magnificent panoramic view of the city)
• 18:30 – dinner at the national restaurant “Abay”
• transfer to the hotel.

DAY 2
•The Icy Breath of Medeo•
Feel the free spirit of Kazakhstan, the scope of its territories and the beauty of these lands, climbing the Chimbulak glacier and the modern ski resort of the same name. It is surrounded by snowy peaks, centuries-old forests and mountain lakes. Just a bit below the ski resort located one of the most favorite places of Almaty citizens – Medeo ice rink, which square is equal to 3 Vatican cities!
After you will learn more about the history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan from ancient times to the present day passing by the Independence Square of Kazakhstan, the Central Library and the Abai State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, and having a look at the new pedestrian Panfilov’s street, the Park of 28 heroes-panfilovtsy, visiting the Ascension Cathedral, and much more.

• 08:00 - breakfast
• 09:00 - trip to Medeo and Chimbulak (tickets for the aerial lift are included)
• 13:00 - lunch at a restaurant 
• 14:30 - city tour 
• 19:00 - dinner
• 20:30 - transfer to the hotel, rest

DAY 3
•The Majesty and Force of Nature•
Charyn Canyon, carved by the Charyn River, flowing from the slopes of the Tien Shan, is one of the most magnificent canyons in the world: its length is 150 km, and the height of the walls reaches 200 meters, the age is 12 million years. It is a paradise for fans of hiking and lovers of wild nature.

• 08:00 - breakfast
• 09:00 - transfer to the Charyn Canyon
• 13:00 - lunch
• 14:00 - a trip around the Charyn Canyon and the Valley of Castles
• 17:00 - transfer to Almaty
• 20:00 - accommodation in a hotel
• 20:30 - dinner, overnight

DAY 4
•Country Club ‘Chamberlain’ or Ethno-aul ‘Nomad’•
We invite you to the Country club "Chamberlain“. You will enjoy the singular atmosphere of sophisticated country Natural Horsemanship gateway and picturesque mountain panoramas of Almaty. Chamberlain Country Club is not just riding, or sports facility, it is a place of peace and friendship for horses and humans. We suggest you the master class “Communication with a free horse”.

• 09:00 - breakfast & rest
• 12:00 - check out, excursion to the Country club "Chamberlain”
• 15:00 - master class upon your choice: wine grisaille, art club, a master class with leather, culinary master class for cooking the national dishes, archery.
• 19:00 - dinner
• 21:50 - departure from Almaty by train, night on the train

DAY 5
•Taraz•
Taraz - one of the oldest cities of Kazakhstan, which is located on the Great Silk Road. The city is more than 2000 years old. The ruins of the ancient city are found near the central city square. 
Excursion at the palace complex "Akyrtas" and the Mausoleum of Aisha will plunge you into the atmosphere of the 8th-12th centuries full of secrets and historical mysteries.

• 07:30 - arrival to Taraz city, meeting with a guide, breakfast
• 08:30 - excursion at the complex “Akyrtas” 
• 11:00 - excursion to Taraz city, mausoleum Karakhan, Dautibek&Taraz city museum
• 13:00 - lunch
• 14:40 - excursion to the Mausoleum of Aisha Bibi
• 16:00 - transfer to Shymkent city
• 18:30 - arrival to hotel, check in, dinner at the restaurant, rest & overnight

DAY 6
•Testament of Tamerlane•
Otrar is one of the oldest cities in Central Asia, known in Arab sources as Farab. The first settlements on the site of the city arose in the VIII century and began to develop actively, forming one of the main points on the Great Silk Road. In the XII century, Otrar was already a noisy shopping center, a meeting place for artisans and merchants of various kinds, palaces of well-to-do merchants grew here, typical city quarters grew and caravan - Sarai with travelers from different countries, carrying jewelry, furs, silk and weapons. Near the Otrar city located the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, a grandiose structure erected in honor of the well-known ancient Turkic thinker and preacher of Sufism, and also the mausoleum of Arystan-Baba - a teacher and spiritual mentor of Kh.A.Yassawi.

• 08:00 - breakfast
• 09:00 - check out, meeting with a guide
• 09:30 - transfer to the World Heritage Site "Otrar“
• 14:00 - lunch
• 15:00 - visit of the Mausoleum Arystan-Baba, transfer to the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
• 19:00 - dinner 
• 20:00 - transfer to hotel, rest

DAY 7
•Islamic History •
You will visit a unique place called the Holy White Mosque or just "Ak-mosque" surrounded by many legends, the mausoleum of the Holy Kazakh mother Domalak Ana, who lived in the middle ages. Sightseeing tour of Shymkent will show you how old the city is, you will go to the territory of the ancient citadel, where the city was born more than 2200 years ago!

• 08:00 - breakfast, meeting with a guide
• 09:10 - excursion to the "Ak-mosque" 
• 14:00 - lunch
• 15:00 - city tour Shymkent 
• 18:30 - dinner at the national restaurant 
• 20:00 - transfer to hotel, rest

DAY 8
•The Trip Back Home •

• early check-out
• transfer to the airport 
• 05:40 - a departure from Shymkent to Moscow

Number of days: 8
Start Date: Mar 13, 2019
End Date: Mar 13, 2019
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flights; Medical insurance; Additional meals; Personal expenses; Additional excursions. Beverages;
Transport: Bus/Minibus
Start in (City): Almaty
End in (City): Shymkent
Languages:
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