Through the steppes
Tour name: Through the steppes
Highlights of tour: Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Big Almaty Lake.
Day 1: Almaty
Almaty is an ex-capital city of Kazakhstan. The city is situated on the south of the country and even now Kazakh people call it south capital of Kazakhstan. You will land in the airport of Almaty and meet you guide and driver. In Almaty we will have a full day tour exploring the main sight of this wonderful city. First of all we will visit the soul of the city Green Bazaar. This bazaar is a lovely place to do shopping and feel an Asian atmosphere. From the bazaar we will walk to the oldest park of Almaty, Panfilovs Park. This park is wonderfully ordinated and there is Zenkov Cathedral inside the park. It's a wooden church which was built in 1907. After a nice lunch in one of the restaurants of the city we will drive outside the city to Medeu Gorge. This gorge is well-known because of the highest mountain skating rink in the world. We will take a cable car to arrive to the ski resort Shymbulak, where we can enjoy the nice view to the gorge. Then we will return to the city to take another cable car to the Kok Tobe hill, a nice area on the top of the hill. We can have some free time and walk in the small chilling area of Kok Tobe hill. The night is in the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - BAO - Almaty
The second day of your tour in Kazakhstan we will drive to Big Almaty lake, which is 20km away from the city. The lake is located in Trans-Ili Alatau on the altitude 2 510m. The road to the lake lies on the altitude 3 300m, so we can enjoy a wonderful view to the lake and take many nice pictures. Big Almaty lake is surrounded by the mountaims with white tops and by the Tian Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. The water in the lake is always cold and it's a source of potable water for Almaty. That's why it's prohibited to swim in this lake. We will return to Almaty. The night is in the hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
We will drive from Almaty to Charyn Canyon, the road will take 4 hours. This canyon is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. This canyon has 12 million years and it has an incredible formations. The water, wind and time made a wonderful work. You will be surprised by the various forms of the canyon. We will walk along the canyon until the end and will have some rest on the riverside. The lunch will be in the open-air café near the river. We will walk back to the parking area and enjoy a beautiful view to the canyon from the top. Return to Almaty. The night is in the hotel.
Day 4: Almaty - Nur Sultan
Today we will move from the ex-capital to the recent capital. We will take a local flight from Almaty to Nur-Sultan. In the capital city we will have a full day city tour. The tour will start from Constitution Square, the place where the first president of the Republic have announced the decision to move the capital of the country to the north. In 1998 the capital of Kazakhstan became Astana now Nur-Sultan. Then we will visit Centre of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Then we will visit a museum where we will see a Golden Man, famous not just in Kazakhstan but also in whole Central Asia. In Nur-Sultan people very like shopping and they do it in the biggest shopping center called Khan Shatyr. The symbol of Nur-Sultan is Astana Baiterek monument, we will take a lift to reach the top of the monument and will enjoy the view to the capital city. Then we will go to see Kazakh Eli Square which is on the other side of the river Ishym. Also we will see a wonderful Khazret Sultan mosque. And the final sight in this tour will be the Palace of Independence. In the Palace we will learn a lot about the history of Kazakh people. The night is in the hotel.
Day 5: Nur Sultan - Airport
In the morning is transfer to the airport.