Almaty – Taraz – Shymkent – Sayram – Turkistan –Shymkent – Astana
1 day – Arrival in Almaty city and pick up at the airport. Accommodation. City tour (Russian Tsarist Military Fort Vernyi (“Trusty”), Soviet Alma-Ata and modern Almaty). Main attractions of Almaty city. Architectural and cultural City center. Medeo mountain skating rink. Ski resort Shymbulak. Visiting the Central Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2 day – Continuation of the Almaty City tour in the downtown. Visiting of the Museum of Folk Instruments after Yhlas. Green Bazaar as a barometer of the city. Walking along Almaty Arbat - Silk road street. Park of the 28 Panfilov Guardsmen – history of Great Patriotic War. Visiting the Historical Museum of Almaty city. City panorama view from Kok Tobe Park.
3 day – Mountain landscapes of Almaty city surroundings. Trip to the nearby mountains. Ile- Alatau National Park. Northern Tien Shan, Trans Ile Alatau. Big Almaty Lake Gorge. Return to city. Trip to Sharyn Canyon and Kolsai Lakes can be an option.
4 day – Boraldai Saki (Scythian) Mounds near Almaty city. Valley of Saki Kings. Ancient burial mounds of Arians. History of Saka, Scythians, Huns tribes during Tengry period (3-5 century BC). Pre-Islamic teaching. Return to city. Evening departure to Taraz city by train (10 hours) or by vehicle (8 hours).
5 day – Arrival in Taraz city. Hotel accomodation. City tour. Visiting local Historical Museum. Visiting medieval mausoleums and historical spiritual places: Aisha Bibi, Karakhan Baba, Tek Turmas, Josef’s Baths, archaeological excavations of Kone (Ancient) Taraz. Akyr Tas settlement outside of Taraz can be an option. 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 Turkistan 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 Turkistan 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 day – Astana city tour. Centre 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 Exhibition. Overnight in Astana.
11 day – Trip to Burabai resort. Tour on historical and naturel places. Visiting famous lakes – Burabai, Shortandy. Okzhetpes peak of Blue Mountains. Burabai was residence of great Ablaikhan – famous Kazak Khan (18 century). Overnight in Burabai.
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.
Price does not include accommodation, food and entrance fees.
Price with personal English-speaking guide is US$ 1350 for one person. For group of two persons price is US$ 900 per person. For group of three persons price is US$ 675 per person.