DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ALMATAY
Arrival in Almaty, the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. Meeting and greeting at Almaty International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: ALMATAY
The tour starts with sightseeing in central part of Almaty. You will visit the Green Bazaar, where you have a great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real Central Asian market, its colors, smells and crowds. Then the tour will continue in one of the oldest Almaty park – Panfilov Park, where you will see one of the unique wooden buildings in the world – Zenkov Cathedral and also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. You will go to the Medeo Gorge, where the highest mountain skating rink in the world is located, as well as the dam, protecting the city
from dangerous mudflow. 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 go by the picturesque winding mountain road. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway.
Return to the hotel. MEALS B
DAY 3: ALMATAY – CHARYN CANYON – ALMATAY – TARAZ
Drive to the Charyn Canyon - 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 4 hours to reach 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. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Taraz (DV765 8:20pm 9:10pm). Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. MEALS B
DAY 4: ALMATAY – ISSYK LAKE – ALMATAY
Drive to the Issyk Lake Tour.The tour route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous "Golden Man" was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics. Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Also at the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature. Drive back to Almaty. Transfer to railway station for train to Taraz. Night in the train.
DAY 5: TARAZ- SHYMKENT
Taraz - one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan, the remains of which are hidden under the buildings of the modern city. Taraz, the ancient and the largest commercial and administrative center on the Silk Way in VII - VIII centuries tour of the city: Aisha Bibi Mausoleum - the only monument not only in Kazakhstan, but in the Central Asia, which is entirely decorated by terracotta and included in the UNESCO list and Babaja-Hatum Mausoleum. Drive to Shymkent. MEALS B
DAY 6: SHYMKENT – TURKENSTAN – SHYMKENT
Departure to Otrar Region Shaulder Settlement. Sightseeing at Local History Museum "Otyrar", Arystan-Bab Mausoleum (teacher and spiritual mentor of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi), archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar. Drive to Turkestan. Sightseeing at "Azret-Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi , Turkestan ancient settlement, a fragment of the fortress wall, citadel with gates, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque. Drive back to Shymkent. MEALS B
DAY 7: SHYMKENT –ALMATY
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Sairam Settlement - the place of Ispidzhab - one of the largest centers of the Great Silk Road in the Middle Ages. But this is not the only reason of Sairam's fame, it is also known as the birthplace of the great enlightener of XII century - Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Mausoleums of his father and mother, Ibrahim-Ata and Karashash-Ana, are also located here. SS tour: Local History Museum "Sairam", Mar-Tobe, Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum, medieval minaret.
Transfer to the foot of Kazygurt mountains - mountain massif having altitude of 1776 meters above sea level, located in the northern spurs of Talas Alatau. Sightseeing at Kamekalgan sacred place, Kazygurt mountain, "Noah's Ark", sanctifying rocks "Adam and Eve", stone statues of animals, the magic stone "Dastarkhan". Drive back to Shymkent and transfer to airport for flight DV-706 Shymkent 18h30 – Almaty 19.30. Overnight at hotel. MEALS B
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Transfer to Almaty airport.