Itinerary tour Discover the country of modern nomads
Tour route: Almaty – Ile river – Camel farm – Shymkent – Turkestan -Sauran- Astana – Kazakh village – Astana
DURATION: 7 days, 6 nights
Travelers: adults, children of elder age category.
Quality of person: 20 persons as maximum
Placement: single, twin
Arrive in Almaty airport
Meeting with a guide, holding signboard and transfer to the hotel
Almaty – walking city tour
10.00 – Meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby and transfer to the city tour.
Almaty sightseeing starts with the historical center of Almaty when the city was called Verny and where architecture from 19th and early 20th is well preserved and mixed with modern architecture. We will visit the well-known central square called Panfilov Park, where the second tallest wooden church in the world located. Visit Museum of Kazakh folk instruments, where you can see 300 years old Narkobyz – musical intruments and Central Mosque of Almaty – the second biggest in Central Asia. Then we head to the Independence square -where tourists can take lots of picturesque photos while the Guide will be telling the history behind this Square and will show you the monument of Independence that depicts the Golden Man – symbol of Kazakhstan.
13.00 – Transfer to Kazakh family for lunch, where the tourists can taste traditional meal of Kazakh cuisine and learn some of Kazakh traditions during the lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our tour by heading to Medeo stadium in Gorge. Medeo is the most high-mountainous complex in the world for winter sports.
Continue tour with visit Kok-Tobe hill.
Kok – tobe (translated Green Hill) is the highest point of the city, located at height of 1100 meters above sea level. From top the surprising panorama on mountains and the city opens, where TV-tower is located.
20.00 – Dinner at traditional restaurant on Koktobe hill, where you enjoy the view of Almaty city at sunset time
After dinner transfer to the hotel. Overnight
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Almaty – Ile river – Camel farm – Shymkent
Check out from the hotel.
08.00 – Meeting at the hotel lobby with the guide.
Today from Almaty city we will drive to Ili river. (111 km) to see sightseeing spot called Tamgaly Tas located along the Ili river. Tamgaly tas – rocks with unique pictures of Buddhas engraved on (dated back to 14th -16th century). In total, there are 18 rocks with engraved on it signs, including three Buddha images on one rock and two images – on the others.
The people have a legend about the origin of the Buddhist petroglyphs. Legend has it that a caravan was moving to the river along the natural boundary when a strong earthquake took place. The witnesses saw huge boulders rolling from incredibly high cliffs into the water, forming a kind of river crossing. The pilgrims took it as a blessing and help from the Gods. You can still see the traces left by this earthquake, and that very river crossing created by nature itself.
The Tamgaly Tas complex is an outstanding monument of art, history and culture of Kazakhtan.
12.00 – After exploring this area, transfer to Camel Farm (approx. 115 km), where on your way we will make a stopover at film decorations of the historical movie “Nomads”
Arrival to Camel farm and lunch at Camel Farm.
This camel farm is the largest camel farms in Kazakhstan which is well known for its camel milk called in Kazakh language Shubat. There you will have a lunch at Kazakh nomadic house “yurta. During the excursion at camel farm, you will know more interesting facts about camel breeding in Kazakhstan. Upon the wish to feed the camles with hands and take a ride.
16.00 – From the camel farm, tourists will transfer to Almaty airport for flight to Shymkent.
Dinner on the way to the airport
20.35 – Flight to Shymkent (subject might change)
21.40 – Arrival to Shymkent
Transfer to the hotel
Shymkent – Turkestan -Sauran-Shymkent
08.30 – After breakfast, we’ll drive to Turkestan this morning. (approx. 170 km)
Excursion to the UNESCO site of the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, commissioned by Timur in 1389 and intended to replace an earlier 12th century mausoleum. In spite of its unfinished status, it still draws pilgrims from across Central Asia and is considered one of the best-preserved of all the Timurid constructions
The complex consists, necropolises, citadel city gates, hamam banya and hilvet underground building
13.00 – Lunch at family of local Kazakh handicrafts, where tourists will have a master class of making Kazakh homemade salty butter; You will learn the whole process of butter making starting from milking domestic cows, production of “Airan” and then butter. After the procedure, you will have tea with homemade small pastry “baursak” which is eaten with the salty butter. You will learn recipes while learning about the life of ordinary Kazakh
Golden collection Scythian tribes
10.00 – Transfer to Shymkent airport for flight to Astana
12.00 – Flight to Astana
13.40 – Arrival to Astana. Meeting with the guide at the airport and transfer to the restaurant for lunch before the tour start.
15.00 – Transfer to the city tour.
Astana sightseeing tour starts from the old part of the capital, where through the streets of old city, you will learn the history of Astana when it was still a town under the reign of Russian tsar, many building of local merchants have been preserved in its original state;
Then the tour takes you to the unique buildings of new capital, during the tour you will visit the top attractions of new part of the city, like
- Cathedral Mosque Hazrat Sultan – the largest mosque in Central Asia made from white marble which is considered as a small version of Mosque in Medina.
- National historical museum famous for its Golden room with the gold found during the excavations of tombs of Scythian tribes.
- With the shape of Pyramid the Palace of Peace and Accord
- Independence Square Kazak Eli
Dinner at local restaurant with Eastern Cuisine
Transfer to the hotel and check in
Berkutshi (Eagle keepers) in Astana
Astana- Kazakh village – Astana
10.00 – Transfer to the village (30 km) to visit Kazakh Berkutchi (hunting eagle keeper) family.
Descendants of steppe nomads – Kazakhs, have their own amazing culture and way of life, which is unique. During the tour to the village, you get acquaintance with the life of the Kazakh family, as well as learn the customs and secrets of traditional cuisine. Here you will be greeted by the villagers with a greeting tradition of shashu and will taste traditional Baursak bread, also learn how to make Kazakh cheese called Irimshik. Well, most importantly, you can see the traditional show with eagles. The breeding the eagles for hunting is an inalienable part history of the Kazakh people. During the tour the hereditary berkutchi (eagle keeper) will tell not only about hunting, but also about how to prepare birds, how they are brought up and much more. Moreover, you will try Kazakh archery while riding the horse. And at the end of the tour you can enjoy the stunning Kazakh cuisine in the national house of Kazakhs – yurta. While dining you will be presented folk music show and dance.
15.00 – In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Astana. We continue to discover exclusive new areas of the city – called millennium axis which is erected in XXI century and the visit of Astana Bayterek Monument with observation platform.
19.00 – Dinner at one of the restaurants with central Asian cuisine and traditional interior. Transfer to the hotel.
Astana – Expo visit -Homeland
10.00 – Check out from the hotel. Meeting with the guide at the hotel lobby and transfer for city tour.
Today we visit EXPO 2017 museum – one of the largest in the world sphere, where the latest findings in production of Green energy are presented in the Sphere museum called “NurAlem”.
13.00 – Lunch at local restaurant
14.00 – After lunch, transfer to airport to catch a flight home