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EXPO 2017: The youngest capital of the world (Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon)

 

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The youngest capital of the world (Altyn Emel — Charyn Canyon)

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights.

Route: Astana — Almaty -Altyn Emel

Itinerary:

Day 1. Astana

Early morning arrival in Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan.

Transfer to the hotel. Breakfast. Free time.

11:00 -15:00 pm: City tour in Astana.

During the city tour you will visit the new National Museum, the new Mosque, the Palace of Peace and the Reconciliation («Pyramid») and Baiterek Tower. Overnight in Astana. (B)

Day 2.Astana

Breakfast in the hotel.

Free day to visit EXPO.

Overnight in Astana. (B)

Day 3. Astana — Almaty

Breakfast in the hotel.

Free day to visit EXPO.

19:00 — Transfer from the hotel to the train station.

20:43 — train No. 702 from Astana to Almaty in the 4-bed compartment.

Overnight on the train. (B.)

Day 4. Almaty

09:39 — Arrival in Almaty.

Transfer from train station to the hotel. Breakfast and time to rest

12:00 hrs — 16:00 city tour: Today you will discover Almaty, the former «Alma-Ata”. You see Central museum, Residence of President, the Republic Square with Monument of Independence, Opera and Ballet Theater, Astana Square, Central Mosque, Green Bazar, Park of the 28 Panfilov soldiers, and other sights of the city. Overnight in Almaty. (B.)

Day 5. Almaty — Altyn-Emel National Park — Basshi

Breakfast in the hotel.depart to Altyn-Emel

In the heart of Central Asia, 250 km from Almaty and south of the Great Jungar Tau there is the largest national park of Kazakhstan, Altyn-Emel.

There are about 70 species of mammals in the National Park and the dunes, such as Siberian ibex, desert deer, gazelles, Tien Shan mountain sheep, Argali, Saiga antelopes, red wolves, foxes, Tien-Shan brown bears and the magnificent Turkmen Kulan, a genus of steppe horses. Lunch is served in the village of Basshi. In the afternoon, take a trip to the Singing Dunes.

»Singing Dunes" — A hundred years ago, world travelers were talking about «singing dunes», from sandbergs, which the wind elicited loud noises. In the 12th century, Marco Polo listened to strange music or drums in the Gobi desert, which he thought to be the sounds of «desert spirits». Charles Darwin also described clear tones in 1889, which came from a sand deposit of a mountain in Chile. Even today there are such singing dunes in almost all the deserts of the earth. The sound generated by them can reach a volume of up to 100 decibels and can be heard over several kilometers.

But how do these mysterious sounds arise? For a long time it was believed that wind induced vibrations of the entire dune produced these tones. But in 2006, an international team of scientists went back to the root of the problem and refuted this theory. Through field studies and controlled experiments in the laboratory they proved that the sounds are triggered by the synchronized movements of sandworms of a certain size. While small sandwashes do not produce any perceptible sound and produce large avalanche noise of such a frequency range that it simply sounds like loud rumbling and noise, there are avalanches that have the right size and speed: they produce sounds of a pure frequency with just enough overtones, in order to give «singing» of a certain sound color.

Accommodation and dinner in a small hotel (guest house) in the village of Basshi. (B.L.D.)

Day 6. Altyn-Emel National Park — Charyn Canyon — Almaty

Breakfast

Departure to the Charyn Canyon, 80 km from the Altyn-Emel National Park, one of the most exotic resorts. Often called as a little brother of the Grand Canyon in America. The Charyn Canyon stretches 154 km along the river of the same name and is located about 195 km east from the border with China.

Gigantic rock formations delight the visitors every day. The national park was founded on 23.02.2004. The age of the canyon is estimated to be over 12 million years. The gorge reaches a height between 150 and 300 m. The most interesting part is the "Valley of the castles”, which length is about 2 km and whose width is between 20 and 80 m.

The Charyn Gorge has a huge variety of flora and fauna. There are more than 1,500 plant species, 17 of which are almost extinct. We also include more than 60 mammalian species, over 100 breeding birds and 25 species of reptiles.

Upon arrival, take a hike through the canyon.

17:00–18:00 — Return to Almaty. Overnight in Almaty.

Day 7. Return home

Transfer to the airport. Flight home.

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