Almaty - Shymkent - Taraz - Turkestan - Astana Tour, 12 Days

Almaty - Shymkent - Taraz - Turkestan - Astana Tour, 12 Days

Dear guest, 

Welcome to Kazakhstan!

I would like to present a multi-day tour, where I’ll be your individual English speaking guide and driver with my own car. During the tour I am responsible for your personal safety. Please, see below the program.

Program 

Almaty – Taraz – Shymkent – Sayram – Turkestan –Shymkent – Astana  

1 day – Arrival in Almaty city and pick up at the airport. Accommodation. City tour. Almaty in the past was Russian tsarist military fort and capital of Soviet Kazakhstan. Main attractions of modern Almaty city.  Architectural and cultural city center. Visiting Central Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Walking around the central part of the city. Park of the 28 Panfilov Guardsmen is the history of Great Patriotic War. Russian Orthodox Ascension Cathedral. Visiting Museum of folk instruments. Green market is the barometer of the city. Walking along Silk Road street - main pedestrian street of the city. City panorama view from the Blue Hill Park.  

2 day – Morning departure to the mountains of Ile-Alatau National Park. Trip to famous Medeo mountain skating rink. Walking around the health footway. Further hiking to Shymbulak ski resort by path (2 hours). Lovely spruce forest on the way to ski resort. Alpine views of the surrounding mountains.  

3 day – Morning departure to Big Almaty Lake. Mountain landscapes of Ile- Alatau National Park. Big Almaty Lake is one of the picturesque places in the mountains of Almaty region and very popular among citizens and tourists to enjoy weekend and stay in the nature. Evening return to the city. 

4 day – Issyk ancient Scythian burial mounds near Almaty. Valley of Scythian kings.  Ancient burial barrows of arians. The valley is the burial place of the legendary Golden man - Scythian warrior, discovered in 1969. Golden man is sacred symbol of modern Kazakhstan. VIsiting local historical museum of Issyl barrows. History of Scythian, Hun tribes in pre-Islamic period (3-5 centuries BC). Trip to Issyk town and mountain lake. Evening return to the city.

Evening departure to Taraz city by train (10 hours) or by bus (8 hours).

5 day – Arrival in Taraz city. Hotel accomodation. City tour. Taraz with its more than 2000 history was real trading pearl on the ancient Silk Way. Medieval mausoleum of Karakhan in the center of the the city. Karakhan was the leader of local nomadic tribes who first accepted Islam. Archeological open air excavations of Ancient Taraz. Overnight in Taraz. Departure to Shymkent (160 km).

6 day – Morning arrival in Shymkent city.  Accommodation.  City tour.  Shymkent is the city of sward roofs.  Old Citadel and Old city.  Green Bazaar is heart of the city.  Koshkar Ata river is unique and sacral place of the city. Park of Independency is symbol of modern Shymkent. Building of former St. Nicolas Russian Orthodox Church.  Transfer to ancient Sayram city. Sayram is the ancient city on Silk Road. Visiting medieval mausoleums and local historical museum. Walking tour in the centre. Try ancient Uzbek cuisine in Sayram. Transfer to Shymkent city. Overnight in Shymkent city.

7 day – Departure to Turkestan city (180 km). Accomodation. Visiting medieval mausoleums of Arystan Bab and Khodja Akhmed Yassevi. Saint Akhmed as king of Sufi mystics and dervishes. Mausoleum in Turkestan is UNESCO and World heritage.  Overnight in Turkistan city. 

Ancient lost cities in desert Otrar and Sauran can be an option. Famous natural parks of South Kazakhstan in Western Tein Shan mountains can be an option.

8 day – Morning departure to Shymkent city.  Having rest. Excursions in the city. Departure to Astana (20 hours by train). Transfer to Astana city by plane can be an option.

9 day – Evening arrival in Astana city. Hotel accommodation. Overnight in Astana city

10 dayAstana city tourCentre of the City. Baiterek tree is symbol of Astana. Water Green boulevard on the left bank. Palace of Peace and Harmony by Norman Foster. EXPO- 2017 ExhibitionOvernight in Astana.

11 day – Morning arrival to Burabay National Park by train (3 hours). Tour on historical and natural places of the park. Visiting famous lakes – Burabay, Shortandy. Country of Blue Mountains. Burabay was the residence of great Kazakh khans in the past.  Overnight in Burabay.

12 day – departure to Astana city and excursion in Old Astana, Right Bank. Excursion in Ak-Orda President ‘s Residence. Overnight. Transfer to airport. Departure. End of the tour. 

On preliminary request I can help you to book accommodation and transport tickets. I can change the program of the tour or you can offer your own program.  

Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees. 

Price for one person is US$ 1350. For a group of two persons the price is US$ 900 per person. For a group of three persons the price is US$ 675 per person.

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

Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
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: Accommodation, food, train tickets.
What to bring: Warm clothes, raincoat
Transport: Limousine
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