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The Beauty of Kazakhstan

9 days

≈ $201 per day

$1 812

COUNTRY

Kazakhstan

STARTS / ENDS IN

Almaty / Astana

DESTINATIONS

9 (Almaty, Charyn Canyon, Kolsai lake, Kaindy lake, Almaty, Astana, Borovoe, Alzhir, Astana)

TOUR TYPE

Adventure

TOUR GROUP

Any day

START DATE

31 October 2018

END DATE

08 November 2018

SEATS LEFT

7+

AGE RANGE

7 to 75 year olds

Other Services

  • “Kazakhstan” Early check-in

    $24
  • “Kazakhstan” Single early check-in

    $35
  • “Tengry” Early check-in

    $29
  • “Tengry” Single early check-in

    $41
  • Upgraid 4*

    $176
  • Half Board (6 dinners)

    $153
  • Full Board (5 lunches + 6 dinners)

    $241
  • Single

    $218

Guide's Language

  • English
  • Russian

Available Months

  • January
  • February
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  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Almaty

    Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Almaty. You will visit the Green
    Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. Then the tour will continue in one of the
    oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the
    world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the
    city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the
    world and Shymbulak resort. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in
    the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque
    winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park,
    admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop
    of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of
    the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 2
    Charyn Canyon

    Today you will have a day trip to Charyn Cabyons. It is one of the unique natural monuments of
    Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years old and surprises with its vertical cliffs,
    reminding the ancient castles, created by wind, sun and rain. It will take about 3 hours to reach
    the canyon. Meanwhile, you will hear a lot of interesting about the history and nature of the
    region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions as well as have a lunch in a local cafe. And
    as soon as you see Charyn Canyon you will forget about this long way at once - so much you
    will be impressed with the beauty and splendor of the canyon. You can admire the grand
    panorama and then have a walk through the maze of the Castles Valley with its inaccessible
    walls overhanging you. In the evening is transfer to Saty village.

  • Day 3
    Kolsai lake

    In the morning you will have a trekking from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. Lunch is on
    the way. Kolsai Lakes are "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" - represent a cascade of three
    lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of
    civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this
    place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows
    and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between
    the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk
    few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. n the around mountains
    you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. Return to the guest house. Dinner.
    Overnight.

  • Day 4
    Kaindy lake

    In the morning is transfer to Kaindy Lake. Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among
    magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin.
    It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the
    alley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold,
    that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the
    transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the
    masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor
    of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes. Arrival to Almaty is at
    19:00. Overnight is in a hotel.

  • Day 5
    Almaty

    Today you will have ethno tour by visiting the ethno village. From young years Kazakh people
    firmly respects customs and traditions, which came from their ancestries. The base of national
    character is hospitality – in Kazakh society it is sacred duty. For all time steppes made
    everything possible to please their guests. That’s why every wayfarer knew that he will be
    warmly greeted in each corner of Kazakh lands. Excursion “Kazakh Village” gives possibility to
    all guests to see life, culture and customs of Kazakh people. During the excursion you will
    participate to the ancient rite “Shashu”, which means “Shedding”. When a child is born, bride
    enters the house of her groom, housewarming, respectable guests arrive and other happy
    moments then sweets and coins are shedding. Adults and children love this tradition and collect
    scattered sweets with happy emotions, because believe that it is good sign and brings luck. You
    will see the performance and show. In the evening transfer to the railway station. Departure to
    Astana. Overnight is in the train.

  • Day 6
    Astana

    In early morning arrival to Astana. Meeting with the guide and transfer to the city (early check-in
    and breakfast are not included in the cost). Today you will see the Constitution Square, and the
    Presidential Centre of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. At the museum you will see the
    Golden man, well known not only in the Kazakh steppe but also in all Central Asia. In order to
    better understand today’s life of the city, you will enter the largest and unique shopping center
    Khan Shatyr. Then you take the elevator to the top of the “Astana-Baiterek” monument, where
    you can admire the magnificent panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation
    deck. After lunch you will cross Ishym river and get to the Kazakh Eli Square. There you will
    visit another unique project - the Palace of Peace and Accord, and also see the extraordinary
    beauty of Khazret Sultan mosque. Final point of the excursion will be the Palace of
    Independence, where you can look at the far-reaching plans of the development of Astana in the
    hall "Layout Astana until 2030". Transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 7
    Borovoe

    Full day guided tour to Burabai National park (Borovoe), which occupies 85000 hectares of
    northeastern part of Kokshetau elevation. There are 14 lakes in the park, each having surface
    area of more than 1 sq.km, and a large number of small lakes. On a way to the resort area which
    is in 270 km from Astana, the professional guide will give you an introduction to history of this
    region. On arrival you will visit the Khan’s pass and see "Burabay" mountain.  On Abylaykhan
    Valley you will feast your eyes upon “Ush-kyz”, “Ok-Zhetpes”, “Zhumbaktas” rocks and
    “Kokshetau” mountain, each having the surprising legends reflecting history and identity of the
    Kazakh people. During the tour you will have lunch in a local cafe and 30-minute free time to
    walk in the wood. Further you wil have an easy hiking on “Bolektau” mountain, on the top of
    which the tremendous view of the “Borovoe” lake and its surroundings opens. In the evening is
    transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 8
    Alzhir

    It is an Akmola camp for the wives of traitors of Motherland - one of the largest camps of Soviet
    Union and one of the three "islands" of the "Gulag Archipelago". The exposition of the museum
    is located on hall perimeter, that involves the visitor in a vicious circle and immerses in the
    historical past of Kazakhstan. At the end of excursion you will watch 20-minute documentary
    film. After lunch you will see the hunting with birds of prey is traditional for all Central Asian
    nomads. A rider with a golden eagle sitting on the wrist has always been a symbol of the Asian
    steppes. Falconry is practiced in many countries, but hunting with eagles on hares and foxes is an
    exceptional attraction of Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, hunters with eagles are called «Berkutchi». 
    After demonstration of hunting you will get a complete picture of the traditional hunting with
    eagles, which has far-historical roots. In the evening is transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 9
    Astana

    Transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Breakfast

  • Excursions

  • Guide

  • Hotel

    Accommodation: Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3* / “Kazzhol” Hotel 4* Kolsai lakes – homestay (W/C outside the house) Astana - “Tengry” Hotel 3* / “Kazzhol” Hotel 4*

  • Medical Insurance

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Visa

  • Train ticket

    Almaty –Astana (1 compartment for 4 pax)

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