Ancient Ghost Cities In The Steppe Near Turkestan, 2 Days

Ancient Ghost Cities Otyrar & Sauran In The Steppe Near Turkestan From Shymkent, Archeological Tour, 2 Days

Dear guest, 

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 – 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. 

On you request I can help to book accommodation and transport tickets. On your request this program could be changed or you could propose your own program.


Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees.


The price for one person is US$ 220 for 2 days. For a group of two people the price is US$ 150 per person for 2 days. For a group of three people the price is US$ 112 per person for 2 days.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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