Dear guest welcome to South Kazakhstan!
I would like to present my private tour, where I’d like to be your individual English speaking guide. Because of the tight program I will stay with you at least 8 hours a day during the whole tour – or less as you like. I am also responsible for your security. Because of the frequent transfers I will transport you with my own car. Please, see below the program.
Shymkent – Otrar – Turkistan – Sauran – Shymkent
1 day – Arrival in Shymkent city and pick up. Short city tour. Transfer to ancient Otrar settlement (130 km). Visiting medieval mausoleum of Arystan Bab - spiritual mentor of H.A. Yassavi. 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. Otrar was large ancient trade center on the Silk Way. Walking tour around archeological settlement. Visiting other objects of archeological complex. Currently Otrar is ghost town where nobody lives. There is no any trade or city infrastructure, therefore food and water is needed. Evening transfer to Turkistan 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. Departure to Sauran settlement (40 km). Ancient lost city Sauran, which is located near Turkistan 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 preliminarily request I can help to book accommodation and buy transport tickets. My stories are based on historical, cultural and ethnographical information. They include also my personal view and alternative resources. 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.
Price with personal English speaking guide is US$ 220 for one person. For group of two persons price is US$ 150 per person. For group of three persons price is US$ 112 per person.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.