Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
This nine-day itinerary is full of surprises: from the Central Historical Museum in Almaty to the burial grounds of Issyk Kul Lake, the petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas to the underground mosque of Shymkent, the Kazygurt Mount where Noah’s ark came to rest to the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab, a Muslim shrine, you will explore all the history, culture and spirituality this incredible country has to offer – mixing in waterfalls, stunning vistas and a falcon show, of course.
Your journey truly begins today, starting with a city tour of Almaty highlighting the Central Historical Museum, the Republic Square and Monument of Independence and Panfilovtzev Park, which commemorates the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War. In the afternoon, enjoy an excursion to the Kok-Tobe mountain, where you will enjoy dinner overlooking the city and take a traditional jewelry making class.
Today, you will head out of town to Issyk Kul Lake, located 46 miles from the city. Explore archaeological monuments and burial grounds, visit the Issyk museum and discover the beauty of the Turgen Gorge, where you will have the chance to hike to a waterfall. On your return to Almaty, enjoy a falcon show at Sunkar farm before dinner and your overnight stay.
Today, you will take a short flight to the South Kazakhstan Province to the city of Shymkent. After settling in at Canvas hotel, you will take a tour of the Aksu canyon, known as the “Valley of a Thousand Eyes” for the distinct look of its caves. Spend the morning exploring the natural scenery before returning to the city after lunch, where you will visit an underground mosque and take a ceramics class.
You will travel over 100 miles/3 hours to Turkestan today, stopping to visit a museum in the village of Shaulder, the ruins of Otrar and the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab, one of the Muslim shrines of Central Asia. After lunch in Turkestan, you will head out of town to the ancient city of Sauran, before returning to Turkestan for your overnight stay.