ALMATY /ALMATY REGION - ALL INCLUSIVE
1 person - 2815$
2 persons - 1 450$ per person
3 persons - 1 199$ per person
4 persons - 1 040$ per person
5 persons - 880$ per person
6 persons - 810$ per persons
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We have new cars / professional guides and drivers
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1. ALMATY CITY TOUR (full day), which includes a visit: high mountain ski resort “SHYMBULK” /high mountain ice rink “MEDEO”/ panoramic hill “KOK TOBE”/ PARK OF PANFILOV’S 28 GUARDSMEN/ HOLY ASCENSION CATHEDRAL / oriental market “GREEN BAZAR” / central MOSQUE
2. BUDDHA’S petroglyphs "TAMBALY"
3. Singing dune «AIGAI KUM»
4. White and Tiger mountains of “AK TAU”
5. Frozen dead lava mountains “Katu Tau”
6. 700-year-old “WILLOW” tree
7. “MOONY” mountains
8. 133-year-old mosque built in Chinese style in “Zharkent” town
9. 137-year-old Orthodox Church in the “Zharkent” town
10. “KAINDY” lake
11. “KOLSAY 1”
12. Horseback riding to the “KOLSAI 2nd”
13. “CHARYN” canyon via “BLACK” canyon
In general, we will drive 1,500 kilometers.
Accommodation at the hotel (**** hotel in Almaty city center)
10:00 Departure from the hotel to the ski resort “Shymbulak”
10:30 A trip by cable car to the pass "Talgar" at 3,200 meters above sea level (47 min one way)
Lunch 1:30 2:30 in a cafe by the river/menu of your choice / Kazakh national and European cuisine
3:00 Trip by cable car to the panoramic hill “Kok Tobe” 1 100 meters above sea level (7 min one way), where is waiting for you: a beautiful view of the old/new centers of the city/view of the apple orchards and the mountains of the Trans-Ili Alatau + amusement rides.
4:30 We will visit Park of Panfilov's 28 Guardsmen- there you will see the monuments of the Great Patriotic War/ visit the Holy Trinity Cathedral built without a single nail
5:30 You will visit our oriental (international) market - where they sell such things as - horse sausage / dried frogs and much more interesting/ in our 75-year old candy factory "Rakhat" you can buy high-quality chocolate at the lowest price
6:30 You will see our central city mosque and learn a lot about the religious culture of post-Soviet countries
7:30-8:30 Dinner in the Caucasian style + local beer /wine
Overnight in the Hotel****
At the end of the tour, you will have free time to visit beautiful places near your hotel: Almaty metro pedestrian walking street Arbat /shopping center/Gorky Central Park of Culture and Rest
“Altyn Emel” national park June 15, 2017, was included UNESCO World Heritage.
Altyn Emel is also rich in unique plants and animals: among 634 species of plants growing in the park, 41 are rare and 27 are endemic, i.e. grow only in this region. An enormous-sized elm tree grows there, which is more than 700 years old. Eight people need to join their hands in order to fully embrace the tree. It is so old, that it probably witnessed Genghis Khan’s warriors, drinking water from a nearby water spring. There is also a tree with extremely hard bark, which was used by people to cut arrows in ancient times. This tree is called ‘stone tree’.56 species of animals and 40 species of birds that live in the Park are listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan. These are snow leopard (Panthera uncial), wild Pallas’s cat, also known as Manul (Felis manul), Middle Asian river otter (Lutra lutra),
Stone marten (Martes foina), etc.
Moreover, about 700 Turkmen koulans live in Altyn Emel. Ili river and Kapshagai are rich in fishes such as grass carp, sheat-fish, bream, etc. J
7:30 Breakfast at the Hotel in Almaty
8:00 Check Out / departure to “Altyn Emel” national park 300km
8:30 on 69 km - we pass Kazakhstan «KazVegas» 8 years ago, all the casinos in the city moved to this area (now this city looks futuristic - huge lake/factory/farm/windmills/)
9:30on 135 km - an excursion on BUDDHA petroglyphs (XII centuries)
10:30 trip to the "Castle of Nomads" on the boat by ILI river – (was built for the filming of the movie "Nomads", which became a landmark in the cinema of Kazakhstan. The film was held in cinemas "with a bang," the scenery was left and maintained in good condition. After the “Nomads” they appeared, for example, in the popular blockbuster “Day Watch”.)
1:00- 2:00 Picnic on the shore of the Ili river (the lunch box menu is individually negotiated in advance)
2:00 Departure to the national park
2:40 Sanitary stop at the pass "Mountain sheep" (on this pass, the locals sell - nomad cheese/horse milk/meat feathers straight from the clay oven and / Mountain spring green onions)
5:00 Arrival in the village “BASSHY” on the territory of the national park “Altyn Emel”
check in the best guest house “Aigai Kum” (accommodation in suites with shower and toilet in the room)
5:30 Walking around the village/meeting with local people / visiting a local mosque
7:00 Dinner in the guest house “Aigai Kum” + local beer (the menu of food is varied - this is Kazakh / Russian / Uzbek cuisine)
In your free time, you can - watch satellite TV / sit on the Internet/play billiards or just talk with your guide.
Overnight in the guest house “Aigai Kum”
Departure to the «Singing Dune» 40 km one way
08:00-8:30 Breakfast/coffee in the guest house - departure
09:00 on 6 km We visit the first house of the ranger (there is a small farm where temporarily there are wild Asian horses that are known under the name "Prozhivalskiy horses")
9:40 on 30 we visit the second house of the ranger (there is a small oasis - a spring that comes from under the ground, it has formed a small lake where lives’ fish and 400 summer willows grow nearby.)
10:20 on 35 km We walk through the ga grove «Asian poplar» this is a unique grove - it grows in a pinch area only in 2 countries of the world / there are 2 different types of leaves on a tree / there is a spring in this grove - where our famous geographer and cartographer Chokan Valikhanov spend his last days in this world.
12:00 – 2:00 Arrival at the "Singing dune" – Amazing natural phenomenon, dune formed in the middle of the Kazakh steppe, in height from 150 meters in length of 3 kilometers- from the height of the dune, an amazing view of the river ILI, in hot weather the sand dunes emit a vibration and a deafening hum (in the world there are only 5 dunes that sing - because they have high-pressure sand). On the territory of a singing dune frequent round-cute lizards and hares - You will make many beautiful photos of animals/flowers and shrubs listed in the Red Book of Kazakhstan / in summer - enjoy the sound of the dune/ in the spring, you will see the amazing parasite flowers - which grow right out of the sand J
2:00-3:00 Linch/Picnic near the dune under a canopy(the lunch box menu is individually negotiated in advance)
3:00 Return to the village of Basshi
3:30-4:00 We will visit another historical monument is the stone steles "Oshaktas" located on the open foothill plain of the Kalkan mountains. Steles have the appearance of several stone blocks about 2 meters high, installed vertically in the ground. According to legend, in 1219, during the march to the conquest of Central Asia, the great Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan settled here for a vacation with his army. To feed the army, a giant cauldron was installed on the stone boulders, where food was prepared. According to another version, “Oshaktas” is a signal tower, on which a fire was kindled and smoke started when the enemy approached. J
5:00 Arrival at the guest house - free time
7:00 Dinner at the guest house “Aigaikum” + local beer (the menu of food is varied - this is Kazakh / Russian / Uzbek cuisine)
Overnight in the guest house “Aigai Kum”
(Tiger and White Mountains “Ak Tau”/ Frozen dead lava mountains “Katu Tau” ) 70 km one way
08:00– 8:40 Breakfast / coffee in the guest house – departure
10:00-10:40 on 55 km - arrival to the territory of the lava “mountains or frozen dead mountains” - The former is famous for its unique appearance, which was probably created by small volcanoes, erupted and immediately cooled down several thousand years ago. Today its unique shapes are well preserved and remain the same. These shapes include holes of all forms and sizes, grooves, cracks, gyrus, which sometimes resemble shelves, sometimes cups or royal throne, just let your imagination guide you.
11:30 -2:00 on 55 km - arrival on the territory of "Tiger and White Mountains" -Aktau mountains could surprise you by its red, green, pink or even pale blue colored stony slopes. The mountains are likely to rise from the place where there used to be sea, which left its traces on the surface of the mountains. Archaeologists have discovered dinosaur bones in the mountains of Aktau, and remains of other species are being found even today.
02:00 – 03:00 Lunch/Picnic near the dune under a canopy(the lunch box menu is individually negotiated in advance) - departure to 700-year-old willow
04:30- 5:30We will arrive in an abandoned village/ there is located 3 ty house of a ranger whose family is caring for 700-year-old willow tree nearby the tree is another oasis, but the lake is bigger than on the way to the dune/ we walk through the village and you will learn some interesting stories about what’s happened there during USSR time and why here still live 3 families isolated from civilization and really enjoying it J
6:00 - Arrival in the village of "Basshi" – free time
7:00 – Dinner in the guest house“Aigai Kum”+ local beer (the menu of food is varied - this is Kazakh / Russian / Uzbek cuisine)
Overnight in the guest house “Aigai Kum”
DAY 5 “Kolsai Lake’s” via Moony mountains/Mosque/Church
7:00 -8:00 Breakfast
8:00 - Check out from guest house “Aigai Kum” departure to the “Kolsai Lakes” national park 330km
09:00 – 9:30 – on 40 km We will visit an unusual area on the way to China - it resembles the lunar landscape, we can easily reach that’s little hills and is not scary to run on them coz they have soft structure J. On territory of the moony mountains lives really beautiful lizards and unusual flowers - This is my favorite place where I take very beautiful photos of the flora and fauna of the steppe massif. ;)
11:30 Arrival in the city of “Zharkent” -this city is located 40 kilometers from the Chinese border, population 33000 - Kazakhs / Russians / Uigurs / Dungans /.
12:00- 01:00 - Excursion to the “Mosque” museum “Zharkent” town - The mosque is an architectural monument of the XIX century «Zharkent mosque» Architectural and Art Museum is located in the center of Zharkent, Almaty region. The mosque is an architectural monument of the XIX century. The world’s only wooden mosque Zharkent was built without nails or cement. In 1886, at one of the Muslim community meetings, it was decided to collect money for the construction of the mosque and the well-known merchant Ualibay-Akhun was the main sponsor and organizer.
01:00 – 02:00 - Orthodox Church in the “Zharkent” town– The Orthodox temple has been constructed in 1882 with the assistance of clergyman Poul Beloyarov who headed orthodox church in the town of the Kuldzha in China and this church kept ancient icons which in 1926 wanted to destroy by supporters of atheism.
02:00 – 03:00 Lunch- oriental style lunch where you can taste traditional Dunganian noodles – departure to the “Saty” village on the territory of Kolsai Lakes national park
05:30 arrival in the village “Saty” accommodation in one of the best and clean guest houses in the village (internet/shower bath)
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner in the traditional Kazakh style
Usually, in the evening we make a fire on the on the shore of a river bank near the guest and enjoy a beautiful view of the stars very romantic J
Overnight in the guest house
Kolsai lake 1th and Kolsay Lakt 2nd
The two lower lakes are surrounded by fir trees, alpine meadows, and mountain pastures. The upper lake is situated among rocks. The shortest and least difficult path to Lake Issyk-Kul runs through the Kolsay lakes. The Kolsay Lakes is the goal of many visitors.
The system of lakes is situated approximately 300 km to the east of Almaty on the Kungei Alatau ridge. The road leads from Almaty to Chilik, then to Kegen and proceeds to Saty, a small village (it is possible to reach Saty by bus from Almaly).
The route begins from the lower Kolsay Lake (1,100 m), then the path to the middle Kolsay Lake (2,250 m), up to the upper Kolsay Lake (2,700 m) and further, through the Sarybulak Crossing (3,275 m) to the Sarybulak village valley. The landscape is, mainly, of forests, lake valleys, and grassy slopes.
7:00 -8:00 Breakfast/departure to the first lake
9:00 Horseback riding to the second lake- travel time is 8 kilometers through the forest where we will pass hills and rivers.
12:00 - arrival to the second lake / free time for walking and relaxation
01:00-02:00 - Picnic on the shore of the lake (the lunch box menu is individually negotiated in advance)
02:30 – 5:00 Horseback riding back to the parking
05:30 - Arrival at the guest house - for you will be prepared our lovely Russian bath (sauna) - this is a local detox/ your muscles relax / hot steam cleanses your pores/after the Russian bath you will feel reborn J
Free time for resting near the outside fire
Overnight in the guest house
Kaindy Lake/ back to Almaty via Charyn Canyon
7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast in the guest house
09:30 11:30 - Arrival at the parking site and walk to the Kaindy Lake ( min one way by normal road)
The lake is famous for the number of dead and bleached spruce trees that stick out of the water – remnants of the trees that were flooded when the lake was formed. The trees, together with the improbable turquoise water of the lake, make an incredibly scenic sight. Underwater, the imagery is even more stunning, as the trees have not decomposed and created the surreal vision of an underwater forest.
Surprisingly, the lake sees few visitors, partly because Kaindy Lake is overshadowed by the more famous Bolshoe Almatinskoe Lake and the Kolsay Lakes, all of which are close by, but far easier to reach from Almaty. Thus, despite its proximity to a city with a population of more than one million, the lake retains a peaceful atmosphere.
12:30 - Return to the guest house / check out
01:00 - Lunch in the guest house/departure to Almaty
01:40 – 02:00 -Stop on the “Black Canyon” this is a deep black canyon where flows one of the beautiful river “Sharyn” - sometimes there you can see mountain goats who live in this area.
02:40 - Arrival on the territory of the national park “Charyn”
The Charyn Canyon is located in the Charyn National Park about 215km east of Almaty and approximately a 3-hour drive via the A 351 and A 352. The Canyon has been described as the Grand Canyon’s little brother. This is not to detract from the sheer splendor of the canyon itself. The vista of dramatic erosion made by the river Charyn below and the elements has created a dramatic and impressive landscape.
The Canyon itself is approximately 150 km long, and, in places up to 300 meters deep.
One area of particular interest is an area of 2km called the Valley of Castles, due to the pillars and rock formations forming imposing, almost man-made structures.
The story of the Canyon is that it was formed about 3 million years ago as the land around the canyon started to rise. A very large lake existed in the area around the top of the canyon and it started to empty. Over the next million years the canyon was formed by the Charyn river. Approximately 2 million years ago a large earthquake disturbed the flow of the river by blocking it with a land-slip. The visitor part of the canyon then has suffered from the elements forming the rock sculptures. The Charyn River still flows at the bottom of the canyon forming the next great canyon. Because the area used to be a large inland sea, the deposits revealed on the sides of the canyon are relatively soft and are a geologists dream, revealing hundreds of millions of years of the earth’s history at this location.
03:00 – 05:00we will walk along the canyon until Sharyn river where we will have lunch in the Eco Park of the national park (this is a beautiful gazebo by the river)
05:00 - Departure to Almaty
07:00 - Arrival in Almaty / accommodation in the hotel**** where you lived on the first day
08:00 - Dinner at a cool local pub (rock performers on weekends)
END OF THE TOUR
Þ Accommodation at the hotel until 12:00 the next day
Þ The tour program includes transfer to the Airport (without the guide)- just tell us when and what time