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EXPO 2017: Discover Kazakhstan

 

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Discover Kazakhstan


Duration: 14 days / 13 nights.


Route: Astana — Aksu Jabagly — Almaty -Altyn Emel -Kolsai Lakes


Itinerary:


Day 1 Astana


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


City tour in Astana. Today you see Museum of the First President of the Republic of


Kazakhstan with a collection of weapons, medals and awards, Ak-Orda Presidential


Residence, the Nurzhol Boulevard on the left bank of the Ishim River, Baiterek Tower


symbol of the capital (by the British architect Norman Foster), the entertainment


center Khan Shatyr (the biggest tent in the world, 150 m high, with shops, white


water, spa center, restaurants, cinema and much more), the opera, the complex


Atameken and other sights. Return to the hotel.


Day 2 Expo 2017


Breakfast in the hotel.


Visit of the world exhibition Expo. Return to the hotel.


Day 3 Astana — Shymkent (flight)


Breakfast in the hotel. Free time.


Transfer to the airport


Flight Astana — Shymkent.


Transfer and overnight at hotel "Shymkent" in Shymkent


Day 4 Shykmkent — Turkestan


Breakfast in the hotel.


0830 Drive Shimkent — Turkestan — Aksu Jabagly


Visit to the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, who spent 61 years in isolation and


meditation underground cell. In 1390, Timur Lenk erected a mausoleum at the tomb,


which is still one of the most important monuments of Kazakhstan. Before the


mausoleum could be completed, Timur died and the construction work remained


unfinished: the remains of the scaffolding are still visible today. Nevertheless, the


complex is one of the most beautiful buildings of the Timuriden epoch.


After the sightseeing, drive to Aksu-Dzhabagly National Park.


Dinner and overnight at the guest house in Aksu Dzhabagly National Park (B,D)


Day 5 Nature Reserve Aksu Dzhabagly — Aksu Canyon


Breakfast in the guest house.


Today, a scenic highlight of the trip awaits you: you will get to know the impressive


Aksu Canyon on a hike. This canyon was formed by the Aksu River, which has formed


east of Shymkent. The river partly disappears under the rocks of the canyon up to 400


meters wide, in order to bubble up again in another place. Up to 600 meters high


stone walls, breakthroughs, caves and waterfalls form fascinating natural scenery,


which is best explored on hikes.


Lunch- lunchbox.


Dinner and overnight at the guest house in Aksu Dzhabagly National Park (B, L, D)


Day 6 Nature reserve Aksu Zhabagly — Tulkubas — Almaty


Breakfast in the guest house.


After breakfast, you will hike through the nature reserve Aksu-Zhabagly. It is the


oldest reserve in all of Central Asia with a unique flora and fauna – there are more


than 1400 plants, 27 with extinction. Numerous prototypes of known garden plants are


from here. 238 birds live in the reserve, nine of them are listed as threatened with


extinction in the Red Lists.


Lunch — lunchbox.


1800 Transfer to the station in Tulkubas


1932 Train ride to Almaty.


Overnight in the night train in 4-bed compartments (2-bed compartments for extra


charge is available).


Overnight in the night train (B,L,D)


Day 7 Almaty


08:18 Arrival in Almaty in the morning and transfer to the hotel. Breakfast and time


to relax.


1200 -1600, discover Almaty, the former Alma Ata, on a city tour. Immerse yourself in


the busy streets and courtyards of the city, stroll through the beautiful Panfilov


Park, where young and old meet. In the center of the park there is the Ortodox


Cathedral, built by the architect Zenkov, further Republic square with Monument of


Independence, Astana square and other sights of the city.


Overnight in the hotel in Almaty (B)


Day 8 Almaty — Altyn-Emel National Park


Breakfast in the hotel.


09:00 Departure to the national park Altyn-Emel. In the heart of Central Asia, 250 km


from Almaty and south of the Great Jungar Tau the largest national park Kazakhstan,


the Altyn-Emel is located. The territory of the National Park covers the bare


mountains Katutau, Aktau, Ulken and Kschi-Kalkany. One of the highlights is the


Singing Dune, a sand dune that rises from nowhere out of the flat steppe landscape.


Here the unique flora and fauna of the region was preserved. There are about 70


mammals in the national park and the dunes, such as the Siberian ibex, desert deer,


gazelles, Tien-Shan mountain sheep, Argali, Saiga antelopes, red wolves, foxes, Tien-


Shan brown bears and the magnificent Turkmen Kulane horse.


Lunch, dinner and overnight at the Guesthouse in Basshi (B, L, D)


Day 9 Altyn-Emel National Park


Breakfast in guest house.


You will spend the day in the national park on a hike through the beautiful natural


scenery of the Aktau and Katutau mountain chains. Not far from this dune there are


Aktau mountains. These are majestic chalky mountains. The uninhabited blue, red,


white, pink and green slopes, which are peculiarly marked by erosion and which are


reminiscent of a lunar landscape, are so unusual that it is difficult to turn their


eyes away from them. The reason for the amazing mountain landscape lies in the fact


that these mountains once rose from the sea bottom. They are over 400 million years


old, 30 kilometers long, forming an impressive natural drama that you will meet this


afternoon.


Lunch – lunch box


Dinner and overnight at the Guesthouse in Basshi (B, L, D)


Day 10 Altyn-Emel National Park — Zharkent – Kolsay lakes


Breakfast


After breakfast, depart to Zharkent (118 km). Here, in 1882, the Russian land


conquests ended with the Chinese. The city was at the direct border between Russia


and China, which can still be seen today in numerous buildings. Visit of the mosque,


which impressively unites elements of Chinese and Middle Asian architecture, built by


Chinese builders without a single nail. Lunch in Zharkent. Then continue to Kolsay


lakes in the northern Tien-Shan mountains.


Dinner and overnight at Saty Guesthouse (B, L, D)


Day 11 High mountain lake in the Tien-Shan mountains


Breakfast


Today you visit Kolsay lakes, the three high mountain lakes in the northern Tien-Shan


mountains.


The area of ​​the three mountain lakes is particularly suitable for hiking. You will


only walk to the first of the three lakes. The lakes lie at different heights and are


among the treasures of northern Tien Shan. At 1818 m above sea level one can find the


lowest of all three lakes, the Sata. The largest and at the same time the most


beautiful is at 2250 m altitude, the Mynzhylgy, it is the middle of the three lakes.


The highest Kolsai Lake is only 600 m higher. You have enough time for a little walk,


to relax and enjoy the nature before you continue to the next village.


Lunch on the way lunch box.


Dinner and overnight at Saty Guesthouse (B, L, D)


Day 12 Kolsay lakes — Charyn Canyon — Almaty


Breakfast


On return way to lmaty visit Charyn Canyon (200km). The ride from Saty to Charyn


Canyon takes about 4 hours. From the entrance of the canyon you will start a small


hike through the canyon. The Charyn Canyon, also known as the little brother of the


Grand Canyon in America, stretches 154 km along the river of the same name and awaits


its visitors with gigantic rock formations. The age of the canyon, which is up to 300


meters high, is estimated to be over 12 million years. 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, more than 60 mammals, over 100 breeding birds and 25 reptiles. You


have about two hours to hike the canyon on your own, before you return to Almaty


(trip takes about 3 hours).


Lunch-lunch box


Overnight at the hotel in Almaty (B, L)


Day 13 Almaty — Medeo


Breakfast


1000 — 1400 excursion to Medeo ice skating rink. It is located about 16 km from


Almaty. Surrounded by mountain peaks of up to 2200 meters, this is one of the most


famous ice skating rinks in the world. More than 190 world records have been set up


in the speed skating market.


Free time in the afternoon.


Overnight in Almaty (B)


Day 14 Flight home


Today is the day to say farewell. Transfer to the airport. Flight home.


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