Almaty and Turkistan area tour /6 days/

Short description

Discover Kazakhstan’s scenery and history on this 6-day Kazakhstan Classic Tour. Explore major natural sights like the picturesque mountain lake, Issyk, the vast Charyn Canyon, and the waterfalls of the Turgen Gorge. Learn about the country’s history as you journey to the home of the “Golden Man”, the famous symbol of Kazakhstan, and explore the Mausoleum of Khoja Akhmed Yassavi in Turkestan, one of Central Asia’s oldest cities. Visit villages and traditional pilgrimage sites, and tour the cosmopolitan southern capital of Almaty.

Tour itinerary
Day 1
Arrival in Almaty

Arrive in Almaty and transfer to the hotel to leave your luggage. At 09:00, meet your guide and driver in the hotel lobby to start a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit Panfilov ParkZenkov CathedralRepublic Square, and the Almaty City Museum. After a welcome lunch, take a short drive to Shimbulak, where you’ll visit the ski resort and ride the cable car to enjoy amazing views of the snowy peaks of the Tian Shan Mountains. The last stop for the day will be the Sunkar Falcon Farm, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular show with specially-trained hawks – hunting with these magnificent birds is a distinguishing feature of the traditional Kazakh way of life. Return to the hotel by 18:00 and check in. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Almaty – Issyk Lake – Turgen Gorge – Almaty

Breakfast. Drive to Issyk Lake, a picturesque, alpine lake surrounded by thick forests and wide fields covered in flowers. Visit the Issyk Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve and discover burial mounds from the Saka period. The remains of a Saka warrior, dressed in armour and golden clothing, were found here in 1969. This famous “Golden Man” is now the symbol of Kazakhstan. In the museum, see the exhibitions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of the Golden Man, as well as other golden items, ancient ceramics, weapons, horse-riding equipment, and a model of a Saka burial mound. Continue to the Turgen Gorge, which is located in the Ili-Alatau National Park and is famous for its forests, alpine meadows, lakes and springs, and medicinal herbs and berries. See the Golden Man and snow leopard statues, before taking an easy walk to the waterfall. Enjoy a short break surrounded by beautiful scenery, then return to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Almaty – Charyn Сanyon – Almaty

After breakfast, drive to the Charyn Canyon. This 154m-long canyon is in eastern Kazakhstan, part of the Charyn National Park. In addition to unforgettable views of the enormous canyon with its multi-coloured tower formations (“Castle Valley”), the National Park offers the opportunity to see an ancient ash-tree grove. After arriving at the canyon, take some time for a picnic lunch and a rest. Then, walk along the canyon and enjoy the views. In the afternoon, return to Almaty. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4
Almaty – Shymkent – Turkestan

Breakfast, then transfer to the airport to take the morning flight to Shymkent. Upon arrival, transfer to Turkestan. Explore the Azret-Sultan State Historical and Cultural Reserve, including the Khoja Ahmed Yasawi Mausoleum. Then visit the Turkestan Necropolis, the Hilvet Semi underground mosque, and a hammam, as well as seeing a fragment of the fortress wall and the gates of the old citadel. Continue to Otrar. In addition to exploring the archaeological site of this ancient oasis settlement, visit the local history museum and the Mausoleum of Arystan-Bab (Khoja Ahmed Yasawi’s teacher and spiritual mentor). Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Turkestan.

Day 5
Turkestan – Shymkent – Almaty

After breakfast, drive to Sayram village. Visit the mausoleums of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi's father, Ibrahim-Ata, and mother, Kharashash-Ana, and see the remains of the old Hyzyr minaret. Then explore Kemekalgan village, including the “Adam and Eve” rock. Follow in the footsteps of numerous pilgrims as you try to squeeze through the gap between the rocks, to seek forgiveness for your sins. See the place where Noah’s Ark is said to have landed, and then transfer to Shymkent Airport to take the evening flight to Almaty. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 6
Home sweet Home

After breakfast, check out of the hotel (by 12:00). Free time until your transfer to Almaty International Airport. Departure. End of the tour.

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Tour route
Day 1
Almaty city

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

Day 2
Almaty>issyk lake

Distance: 70km, Time: 1 hours

Day 2
Issyk lake>Turgen Gorge

Distance: 30km, Time: 1 hours

Day 2
Turgen Gorge>Almaty

Distance: 30km, Time: 1 hours

Day 3
Charyn Canyon > Almaty

Distance: 200km, Time: 3 hours

Day 4
Almaty>Shimkent

Distance: 600km, Time: 2 hours

Day 4
Shymkent>Turkistan

Distance: 165km, Time: 2 hours

Day 6
Home sweet Home

Distance: n/a, Time: n/a

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