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5-day tour to the Aral Sea or rather to what that has left from it. To the place where the sand is filling the shores of once the largest region of the lake. To the place where the abandoned settlements live out their remaining days. To the place where as back as fifty years ago things were humming and fishing flotillas were prowling the blue vast stretches.

Tour itinerary
Day 1
Almaty to Aralsk via Kyzylorda

The tour starts in Almaty. In the morning transfer to the airport, to take a flight № KC975, departing to Kyzylorda at 08:25 and arriving at 11:00. Meet with your guide and driver at Kyzylorda airport. Drive to Aralsk via Kyzylorda, Shagan village, Baykonur, Kazalinsk (Aiteke-Bi). Arrive in Aralsk, check in to Aral hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Aralsk, Bogen village, Karateren village

After breakfast start sightseeing Aralsk. Visit Aralsk’s museum, old port, monument to four ships, local market and the city square. In the afternoon drive to Kombash lake via Aralkum and Kombash villages (75km, 1h). Stop to view the lake. Continue drive to Bogen village (68km, 1h). Arrive in Bogen village. Take a walk along the village and visit local mosque and school. Continue driving to the village Karateren, en route visit Aklak hydro unit on Syr-Darya river. Arrive in Karateren village. Accommodation and overnight in the guest house.

Day 3
Karateren village, Kokaral dike, Akbasty, Karateren village

After breakfast depart Karateren village and drive to Akbasty village (130 km). En route visit Kokaral dam which is 13 km long and separates the two parts of the Aral Sea. See sluices of the dam through which blue water from the Small Aral sea flows into the Big Aral. The dam aims to increase the sea level of the Northern Aral Sea and save it from further devastation. The dam has caused the small Aral's sea level to rise up to a level of 42m from a low of less than 30m. Water salinity in the Northern Aral has also decreased. The sea, which had receded almost 100 km south of the port-city of Aralsk, is now a mere 25 km away. Continue to the settlement Akbasty, located among sands of the Priaralie. Local people are engaged in fishing and camel breeding. The most interesting place in Акbasty, is a local cemetery among barchans. Drive back to Karateren village. Overnight in the guest house.

Day 4
Karateren village to Kyzylorda city

After breakfast drive to Kyzylorda via Karateren, Bogen, Amanotkel, Kazalinsk villages, Baikonur town and Shagan village (572km). En route visit Korkyt-Ata architectural complex. Arrive in Kyzylorda. Check in to “Asetan” hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3
Kyzylorda to Almaty

After breakfast transfer to the airport, to take a flight №KC976, departing to Almaty at 11:30 and arriving at 12:20. Pick-up from the airport and transfer to hotel/private residence. End of the tour.

Tour route
Day 1
Almaty > Kyzylorda

Distance: 1000 km, Time: 2 hours

Day 1

Distance: 460 km, Time: 5 hours

Day 2

Distance: 150km, Time: 2 hours

Day 2

Distance: 30km, Time: 1 hours

Day 3

Distance: 50km, Time: 1 hours

Day 3

Distance: 55km, Time: 1 hours

Day 4

Distance: 480km, Time: 5 hours

Day 5
Kyzylorda> Almaty

Distance: 1000km, Time: 2 hours

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