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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


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


Lunch – lunch box

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

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


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


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


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


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


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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