Altyn tour 2
Duration of tour: 7 days
Highlights: Almaty - Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Kolsai Lakes - Issyk Lake - BAO - Sunkar - Almaty
Day 1: Almaty
Welcome to Altyn tour 2! Our dear guests arriving to the airport will be met by us and travel to the city. The first day of The day will start by transferring you for a city tour where you can visit the central part of Almaty. Make your vacation from the Green Bazaar. This market allows travelers to see the real life of nomads and buy oriental goods. Don't miss to bargain. After that, visit Panfilov Park and magnificent wooden complex - Zenkov Cathedral. Continue your route to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame and get inspiration of brave heroes who fought for independence of their country. In the second half of the day, we will travel to the Medeo Gorge and enjoy on mountain skating rink. Afterwards we will visit the Kok-Tobe hill in order to see the tallest TV tower in the world. We are sure, the landscape will not leave anyone indifferent. Later on, you can visit shopping domes and get gifts. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - Altyn Emel
The guide will meet you at 08:00 and transfer you in Zhetisu. It will take over an hour on a highway of 120 km. On the way, you will see artificial Kapshagai water reservoir which is considered to be biggest in Almaty with the casinos of "Kazakh Las-Vegas" on its bank. On reaching to Tamgaly Tas you will have a break to see its sights on the bank of Ili River. Tamgaly Tas is the national heritage of Kazakhstan where you can see images of Buddha's and texts in Tibetan, Kalmyk and other languages on the old rocks. Inscriptions are still unknown and cannot be opened for over 150 years. The guide will share some interesting facts about its history. Then you will see the landscape of medieval Kazakhstan. It is important to note that, there was the filming "The Nomad" movie along it. Afterwards we will travel to Basshi village (185 km), located at the territory of Altyn Emel National Park. The next destination of our tour is the Singing Dune (80 km) with the height of 150 meters and a length of 3 km. You will find it located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park. It is few kilometers from the Ili river amid the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. Get amazing views by fine pure sand singing in wind and sounds like the organ music. See the amazing panorama and take vibrant photos. Travelling to the south of the Ili River you will see mountains of Sogety and Boguty and the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon you can see the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan from the east and of course Altyn Emel. Hiking up to the 150-meter dune, you will reach to Basshi village. Your night is in a guesthouse.
Day 3: Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Kolsai Lakes
In the morning you will travel to Charyn Canyon at 08:00. It will take It is 115 km (2 hours). On the route, you can enjoy the stunning panorama and have hiking tour. You will walk about 2 km over the labyrinth of the Castles Valley. Talking of Charyn Canyon, it is a natural park and considered to be famous. The sight was appeared in the period of Paleogene and prompts the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America the height of about 150-300 meters. You will be impressed by amazing shapes of its forms created by wind and water - "Valley of Castles". The length of the valley is more than 2 km and width is about 20-80 meters. For sure you will be impressed by this amazing valley on tours. In the end of day, you will be transferred to Saty village. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 4: Kolsai Lakes
Having a hearty breakfast, you will take the vehicle to one of 4WD local cars, such as "UAZ" or "PAZ" (Russian) and drive to the mountain road of 12 km to the famous Kaindy Lake, located among wonderful pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The sight appeared in 1911 because of an earthquake. You will be impressed by cool and transparent water and take stunning photos. After walking you will return to Saty settlement. Overnight is in a guest house.
Day 5: Kolsai Lakes - Issyk Lake - Almaty
We are glad to present the next day of our tour is travelling to the Issyk Lake. Passing the unique gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge, you will see located at the Kuldja tract. It was the main key for the Great Silk Road caravans. On arrival, you will see the burial mounds of Saka period, as well as the famous "Golden Man". Today, it is the national heritage of Kazakhstan. Later on, we will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK", where you can inspire by the items of past times as the history and culture of the Saka period, a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, horse equipment and of course the model of Saka burial mound. You will pass to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level and find the outstanding mountain lake Issyk, formed about 10,000 years ago due to avalanche. Its height is about 300 meters in height. We have no doubt you will be impressed by the great tours like that. Night will be spent is in a hotel.
Day 6: Almaty - BAO - Sunkar - Almaty
The last day of our tour will start by driving to the Big Almaty gorge, located at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level. The Big Almaty Lake is defined to be one of the most visited sights among travelers and lies in Trans-Ili Alatau. The lake is very clean and emerald. It is surrounded by the celestial mountains. The Big Almaty Lake appeared due to distraction of an old glacier. The temperature of its waters is cool. Don't miss to take vibrant photos. On the way, you will be impressed by the unique panorama views The lake is bounded by the mountain peaks and enclosed with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. In the second part of our tour, we will visit the Falcon Farm and see hawks. Afterwards, we will return to hotel.
Day 7: Flight
Altyn tour 2 is over. Thank you for the best choice!
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 470 $
04 pax - 920 $
06 pax - 710 $
08 pax - 590 $
10 pax - 520 $
Single - 140 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 110 $
Full board - 185 $
English speaking guide - 650 $ per group
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Altyn Emel - "Aigaikum" Guesthouse
Saty village - Home stays
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide