Tour itinerary: Almaty - Almaty Big lake – Tyulkubas - Zhabagly village - Aksu-Zhabagly reserve - Kshi-Kaindy field - Zhabagly village - Sairam village - Shymkent – Shaulder village – ruins Otrar – mausoleum Arystan Baba – Turkestan - Shymkent - Almaty
Season: Spring - Summer - Fall
Days: 7 | Nights: 6
We invite you to visit the most beautiful places of Kazakhstan. During the tour you can stay in the mountain camp, ride horses, make beautiful pictures and have a break from the bustling city.
Arrival in Almaty. Transfer to the hotel, accommodation. Rest.
After short rest start city tour with visiting 28 Panfilov's guardsmen park, Cathedral, Museum of national musical instruments, National museum, Medeo gorge, Republic square. Visit to mountain “Kok-Tyube” by cable way.
Overnight in the hotel.
Excursion to Big Amaty lake (H-2527) (28 km) that consider as one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. Walking around lake. Free time. Return back to Almaty.
17:30 Transfer to the railway station “Almaty – II”
18:42 transfer from Almaty to Tyulkubas – “Otrar” train (720 km, 13 hours).
Night in the train.
06:57 Arrival in Tyulkubas
Transfer to Zhabagly village (Aksu-Zhabagly reserve) (18 km). Accommodation in guest house. Breakfast.
After short rest start excursion to Aksu-Dzhabagly reserve. Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve is located in the north western part of the Tien Shan mountain range in Southern Kazakhstan, it is one of the richest populated nature reserves in the world. Established on 14 july 1926, it is the oldest nature reserve of Central Asia.
For those interested, in an almost inaccessible part of the reserve ancient rock carvings can be found from the Kaskabulak primitive people. The uniqueness of the nature reserve was also recognized by others. The reserve is therefore candidate to be placed on the world heritage list of the UNESCO.
Excursion to Aksu canyon. Transfer: Zhabagly village – Raevka village – Dadabay cordon (H-1620) (24 km). Descending to canyon – 20-30 min, ascent – 1-1,5 hours. Canyon of Aksu canyon is very beautiful and picturesque.
Return back to Zhabagly village. Overnight in the guest house.
Transfer by bus to start place of horseriding. Horseriding: camp – Kshi-Kaindy field base (H- 1800 m) (7 km). Excursion to waterfall on Kshi-Kaindy river. Walking at field base environs. Back to Zhabagly village.
Overnight in the guest house.
Transfer: Aksu-Dzhabagly preserve – Sairam village - Shymkent – Shaulder village – ruins Otrar – mausoleum of Arystan Baba – Turkestan (300 km). On the way – visit to Sairam village (Sairam (the ancient city of Isfidzhab) is Mohammed Yassawi's native land, its parents Ibragim-Ata and Karashash-Ata here are buried, in city it is a lot of mausoleums, mazars, as ancient and modern), museum “Otrar” in Shaulder village, excursion to Arystan-Baba Mausoleum (XIX c), Otrar ruins (XI-XII c). Accommodation in “Yassy” hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Start Turkestan city tour with visiting Akhmed Yassawi maussoleum complex: gallery of stone statues, cultural-historical museum, historical (cultural reserve) museum “Azaret-Sultan”, gates (Darvaza) (XIX c.), Esimkhan mausoleum (XVI c.), Rabia Sultan Begim mausoleum (XV c.), Akhmed Yassawi mausoleum (XII-XIV c.c.), “Zhuma” mosque (1878 year), underground mosque Khilovat (XII-XV c.c.), oriental baths (XV-XVI c.c.).
Start driving to Almaty via Shymkent city.
Arrival in Almaty. Night in the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
End of the tour.
- Accommodation based on shared yurt (incl. sleeping mat, sleeping bag, and pillow);
- Accommodation in standard double/twin rooms;
- All transfers as per program by comfortable tourist class transport as per road conditions including transfers to-from airports /borders;
- English-speaking escorting guide in Kazakhstan;
- Meals: breakfast at hotels;
- Single entry tickets to the sites, museums, mausoleums and natural fees as per program;
- Tourist tax per person.
- International flights to-from Almaty;
- Internal flights Almaty – Shymkent – Almaty (by request, price subject to change);
- Kazakhstan e/visa (if required);
- Photo/video fees (professional camera);
- Meals: lunches and dinners except those specified in the included section;
- Personal/travel insurance; portage, tips, personal expenses, and other services not specified under “Tour Price Includes”.