Ancient Ghost Cities in The Steppe Near Turkestan. 2 Days

Ancient ghost cities Otyrar & Sauran in the steppe near Turkestan from Shymkent city. Archeological tour, 2 Days


Services to provide:

- English speaking guide;

- Driver with car

Duration of tour: 2 days


Shymkent – Otyrar – Turkestan – Sauran – Shymkent

1 day – Arrival in Shymkent city. Short city tour. Transfer to ancient Otyrar settlement (130 km). Ancient Otyrar city was the oldest city in Kazakhstan. Previous name of Otyrar is Farab city. Farab is the birthplace of great scientist Alpharabius (Al Farabi) (8-9 centuries A.C.). Al-Farabi was called as Second Master, after Aristotle. Mongol invasion and Genghis Khan five months siege was tragic history of the city. Otyrar was large ancient trade center on the Silk Way. Walking tour around archeological settlement. Visiting other objects of archeological complex. Currently Otyrar is ghost town where nobody lives. There is no any trade or city infrastructure, therefore food and water is needed. Visiting medieval mausoleum of Arystan Bab - spiritual mentor of H.A. Yassavi. Evening transfer to Turkestan  city. Accommodation. Evening walking tour near H.A. Yassavi Mausoleum. Overnight in Turkistan city.

2 day – Morning tour in H.A. Yassavi Mausoleum and visiting other objects of the complex: ancient Sufi underground Mosque, medieval pilgrimage bath, mausoleum of Rabia Sultan Begim- great-granddaughter of Tamerlane. Mausoleum in Turkistan is UNESCO and World heritage site. Departure to Sauran settlement (40 km). Ancient lost city Sauran, which is located near Turkestan city. Sauran is one of the lost cities in South Kazakhstan and now is archeological sight. Sauran was one of the main cities for Kazakh tribes during Kazakh Khanate. Unique system of underground wells in ancient city. Good panorama of lost city in the desert. Evening transfer to Shymkent. Arrival to Shymkent city. End of the tour. 

Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees.

The price for one person 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.


Included services:
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: Food, accommodation, entrance tickets
What to bring: Good mood
Transport: Limousine
Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.