Holy Ancient Turkestan & Sayram From Shymkent City. 2 Days
Welcome to South Kazakhstan!
I would like to present my private tour, where I’ll be your individual English speaking guide and driver with my own car. During the tour I am responsible for your security. Please, see below the program.
Shymkent – Sayram – Turkestan – Shymkent
1 day – Arrival in Shymkent city and pick up. Accommodation. City tour. Shymkent means the city of sward roofs. Upper Bazaar is the heart of the city. Koshkar Ata River is unique and sacral place of the city. Old Citadel and Old city. Transfer to ancient Sayram city (20 km). Sayram is the burial place of ancient saints. Sayram is ancient city on Silk Road. Visiting medieval Mausoleum of Ibrahim Ata Saint father of legendary H.A. Yassavi. Visiting local historical museum. Abd-al Aziz Bab one of the first Muslims who brought Islam to South Kazakhstan and his mausoleum. Walking tour in the centre of the city. Sayram is the city of unique Uzbek culture. Try ancient Uzbek cuisine in Sayram. Dinner in Sayram city. Tandur is father of modern stoves and ovens. Transfer to Shymkent. Overnight in Shymkent city.
2 day – Departure to Turkestan city (180 km). Visiting medieval mausoleums of Arystan Bab and Hodja Akhmed Yassavi. Arystan Bab is spiritual mentor of H.A. Yassavi. Saint Akhmed is king of Sufi mystics and dervishes. Mausoleum in Turkestan is UNESCO and World heritage. Visiting other architectural objects of the complex: ancient Sufi underground Mosque, medieval pilgrimage bath, mausoleum of Rabia Sultan Begim – great-granddaughter of Tamerlane. H.A. Yassavi Mausoleum is medieval pantheon of ancient rulers of Turkistan. Great ruler Tamerlane was architecture of the Mausoleum. Turkistan is the capital of medieval Kazakh khanates. Ancient lost cities Otyrar and Sauran, which are located near Turkestan city can be an option. Transfer to Shymkent city. End of the tour.
On preliminarily request I can help to book accommodation and transportation tickets. I can adjust the program of the tour or you can propose your own personal program.
Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees.
For one person the price is US$ 224 for 2 days. For a group of two people the price is US$ 192 per person for 2 days. For a group of three people the price is US$ 166 per person for 2 days.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.