In the footsteps of The Great silk road

In the footsteps of The Great silk road
Duration : 8 days /7 nights
Start point: Almaty
End of tour: Аlmaty
Price : from 36 300 ₽/ 450 €/ 513 $
from 10 persons

TOUR PROGRAM

Day 1 

Arrival in Almaty, meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Check-in (after 15.00). Free time.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 

Breakfast in hotel

Sightseeing tour + Kok-tobe hill

Starting point of excursion – hotel of stay. The excursion starts from the center of Almaty. You will get acquainted with the history of the origin and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan, and you will see its main attractions as well: The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Presidential Residence, the Republic Square and the Independence Monument, the Theater of Opera and Ballet named after Abai, Astana Square, Abai Square and the Palace of the Republic. Kok-Tobe is the highest TV tower in the world, if you count from the sea level. A special viewing platform located on the mountain will allow you to admire the magnificent panorama of the city, as well as you can stroll along the winding paths of Kok-Tobe Park and visit souvenir shops. Our guide will tell the meaning of souvenirs and help to buy the best one.

Lunch at a local cafe.

Excursion to Medeo and Shymbulak ski resort

Excursion gives you a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the most beautiful mountains of Zailiyskiy Alatau, surrounding the city of Almaty.

The first stop awaits you in the Medeo natural boundary, where you see the dam that protects the city from the devastating mudflows that form on the tops of the Western Tien Shan.  Further, the tour route will take you to a height of 2200 meters above sea level, where the ski resort Shymbulak is located, and which is considered to be one of the best ski bases in the territory of the CIS.

Dinner in Museum-restaurant “Tandyr”

From ancient time kazakh people were famous of cooking delicious meat dishes. You can make acquaintance with national cuisine of nomads at at restaurant-museum «Tandyr». This is a unique institution where you can see the decoration of the XVIII-XX centuries. Guests are surrounded by Antiques: rugs and coasters, saddles and tools, works of applied art. You will feel the atmosphere and comfort of the Kazakh Yurt and appreciate the Eastern hospitality.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 

Breakfast in hotel

Issyk Lake with visiting of The State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum “Issyk”

Issyk is a picturesque, alpine lake surrounded by beautiful nature. The lake is located at an altitude of 1760 meters above sea level, in the Issyk gorge of Trans-Ili Alatau, about 70 km east of Almaty.

Then you will visit museum in Issyk. The State historical-cultural reserve-museum «Issyk» is created on the territory of the Issyk necropolis, in one of the burial mounds of which in 1970 the famous burial of the Saki Prince was found. In this foothill zone of Trans-Ili Alatau two thousand year ago there lived tribes, whom the Persians called «Saki», and the Greeks «Scythians». The burial of the Saki prince «Golden Man», which astonishes with its richness and content, is unique due to the fact that it is the only unrubbed burial in Central Asia that came to us intact.

Lunch at a local cafe.

 Transfer to hotel. Free time.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast in hotel

Excursion to Charyn Canyon

The Charyn Canyon is called the younger brother of the Grand Canyon. Fantasy encouraged by the nature helps tourist visualize among rocky formations Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, a giant penguin, the duck in the nest. To see this beauty, it is necessary to drive 200 км by the speedway in a comfortable minibus and together with the guide descend into the canyon. Comfortable tables are waiting for you on the river bank in the shade of ash-trees.

The tumultuous river at the bottom of the deep canyon slows down turning around the spacious meadow dominated by magnificent yellow cliffs. This is the Valley of Castles – the most picturesque place on the Charyn river, located 200 kilometers east of Almaty.

Transfer to the hotel.

Free time.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Breakfast in hotel

Check out

Day in entho – village «Hunny» (it is a group program that is available from 15 April till 15 October- another dates upon request)

Today we invite you to visit ethnoaul «Hunny», located in a picturesque place 35 km from Almaty. You will have unique opportunity to see the lifestyle of the nomadic people, to fell national flavor and get closer acquainted with culture and tradition of the Kazakhs.

The horse plays a special role for the Kazakh people, children are taught riding at the age of 3 years. For your attention will be shown the national horse games, the ancient rite «Shashu», furthermore you will be introduced to the Kazakh yurt and its sacred role for each nomad.

Lunch (plov, salad, bauyrsaki, tea). Are you ready to be a real nomad? After lunch, you will have the opportunity to participate in fascinating master-classes on interests (you can choose): cooking national treats, archery, dzhigitovka (trick riding) and others.

Time to rest after an active day (photo session in national costumes, riding on a swing «Altybakan», walk through the territory).

Transfer to the railway station. Night at the train.

Day 6 

Early arrival to Taraz by morning train from Almaty.

Meeting at the railway station and transfer to Taraz.

Sightseeing at History Museum, Karakhan and Dautbek Mausoleum, Tekturmas Historical Complex. etc.

Transfer to Sairam Settlement (200km). Sightseeing at Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum, medieval minaret.

Transfer to the foot of Kazygurt mountains. To Kamekalgan natural sacred stones, sanctifying rocks “Adam and Eve”, stone statues of animals, “Noah’s Ark”, the magic stone “Dastarkhan”.

Transfer to Shymkent (40 km).

Accommodation in the hotel. Overnight in Shymkent.

Day 7 

Breakfast in hotel

Departure to Otrar Settlement (220 km).

Sightseeing at Arystan-Bab Mausoleum (teacher and spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi), archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar.

Transfer to Turkestan (70 km).

Sightseeing at “Azret-Sultan” historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi (Necropolis, a fragment of the fortress wall, citadel with gates, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque).

Dinner in local restaurant. Transfer to Shymkent (170 km). Overnight in Shymkent.

Day 8 

Breakfast in hotel 

Check out

Transfer to Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve (125 km).

The Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve is the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia. It is located in the southern province of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It covers the north-western mountain chains of the Tian Shan. Horseback tour in the reserve.

Tranfser to the airport to the next destination.

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