Charyn tour 3
Duration of tour: 9 days
Highlights: Astana - Almaty - Tamgaly - Issyk Lake - BAO - Sunkar - Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Day 1: Astana
We are glad to see you in Astana and present Charyn tour 3. On arrival, you will have a city tour and visit the Constitution Square, where the president of Kazakhstan N.A.Nazarbayev proclaimed the verdict of relocating the capital of the country from Almaty to Nur-Sultan (Astana). Afterwards we will visit the Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan* with the Golden man and continue to shopping center Khan Shatyr. On reaching, you will be impressed by the top of the "Astana-Baiterek" monument. It is the great idea to see panorama views of the Nur-Sultan from the observation deck. In the second half of day, we will cross Ishym river and reach to the Kazakh Eli Square. The next destination of our tour is the Palace of Peace and Accord and Khazret Sultan mosque. Then visit the National Museum of History of Kazakhstan*. You will see the development of Nur-Sultan and historical education. Note: the * Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and National Museum of History of Kazakhstan is not available on Mondays. Afterwards is transfer to hotel for rest.
Day 2: Astana - Almaty
In the morning you will have flight to Almaty city. On arrival, you will have a city tour. Start from visiting the Green Bazaar. We have no doubt you will like it. The oriental style and local life will not leave anyone indifferent. You can buy anything you want. Afterwards visit the Panfilov Park and see the national heritage as Zenkov Cathedral. The next destination of our tours is the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, built to the memory of the fighters who died for freedom of Kazakhstan. We will continue our travels to the Medeo Gorge and see the highest mountain skating rink in the world. After entertainment you will visit the Kok-Tobe hill and amaze by the tallest TV tower in the world. In Kok-Tobe Park you will have an opportunity to walk among shopping malls and get oriental goods. Your day will end by seeing the whole city with the help of the famous Almaty cableway. Hotel.
Day 3: Almaty - Tamgaly - Almaty
Today you will have a pleasant day of exploring the landscape of Almaty region. We will travel to Tamgaly in order to see petroglyphs of rock art of Zhetisu (UNESCO since 2004). Tamgaly Gorge is located 170 km north-west of Almaty city. You will have an opportunity to see individual animals and people as the real scenes of ancient people. There are 2,000 images as solar deities, clowns, soldiers, married couples, pregnant women, multi-figure compositions, scenes of hunting and sacrifice. All of them are part of the Bronze Age made in style of Sakas. After the productive day, you will return to hotel.
Day 4: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty
The morning will start by travelling to Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge, lies on the Kuldja tract. It was one if the ways crossing of caravans. After that, you can see the burial mounds of Saka period and the famous "Golden Man". Nowadays it is the primarily heritage of Kazakhstan. Then, we will move on to visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK" where visitors can find a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, horse equipment and the model of Saka burial mound. Afterwards you will drive to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level and see the unique mountain Lake Issyk. It is about 10,000 years old. For sure you will fell in love! In the evening we will return to hotel for sleep.
Day 5: Almaty- BAO - Sunkar - Almaty
After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to the Big Almaty gorge, located at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level. You will see amazing lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau, surrounded by mountains. The Big Almaty Lake was shaped due to movement of an ancient glacier. It is important to note that, this lake under protection of government. Hiking to the altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, you will see panoramic views surrounded by mountain peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir-tree, aspen and juniper. You will have a wonderful day full of experiences. Afterwards visit the Falcon Farm and see hawk show. Night is in a hotel.
Day 6: Almaty - Altyn Emel
Be ready at 08:00, your guide will transfer you to Zhetisu. It will take 1 hour (120 km). On the way you will artificial Kapshagai water reservoir as the biggest in Almaty. In addition, you will find the casinos of "Kazakh Las-Vegas" located on its bank. On arrival to Tamgaly Tas, you will be impressed by the wonderful monument and see images of Buddha's and texts in Tibetan, Kalmyk and other languages carved on rocks. These inscriptions are still unknown for over 150 years. You will be told more about it by guide on tours. The style of medieval Kazakhstan where was filming of the movie "The Nomad" will not leave anyone indifferent. The tour will be continued to Basshi village (185 km), located on Altyn Emel National Park. You will have a guide tour to the Singing Dune (80 km). Its height is about 150 meters and a length of about 3 km. It is located on the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park, near the Ili river between the mountains of Big and Small Kalkan. The pure singing sand on windy, will impress you. In addition, you will see amazing panorama views. Discover the purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty located on white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. If you turn to the west the horizon, you will find the Big Kalkan, and the Small Kalkan from the east as well as in the north, violet-blue ridge of Djungarian Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel. In the end of day, you will back to Basshi village for sleeping.
Day 7: Altyn Emel
Breakfast will start at 08:00, then you will travel via unpaved park roads over 80 km (2 hours) to the Aktau Mountains. Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are known paleontological area. In this area you will see ancient animals of 25-30 million years as the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles. They look like the Egyptian pyramids of dissimilar shapes and colors. The wonderful area of various landscape will catch attention of our dear travelers. Don't miss to take photos! There are wild shy goats and gazelles living there. Talking of Mountains (Harsh Mountains) you will see them covered by volcanic productions. We are sure you will be amazed. Today, your night is in a hotel.
Day 8: Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
The last of our tour will be unforgettable. You will travel to Charyn Canyon at 08:00. In 2 hours you will reach the sight. You can walk 2 km via the maze of the Castles Valley and see the special landscape of park and capture it. It appeared during Paleogene and seems like the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America in size. The height of the sight is about 150-300 meters. The second name of the sight is "Valley of Castles" covered by rocks. The length of the valley is more than 2 km; width is about 20-80 meters. Walking among gorges, you will see icy cold Charyn River as well as nomadic yurts - dwellings. There are small cafes working in summer time. The time you passed on tours will be unforgettable. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 9: Flight
Morning transfer to airport. Thank you for Charyn tour 3!
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 640 $
04 pax - 1 050 $
06 pax - 820 $
08 pax - 690 $
10 pax - 615 $
Single - 150 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 180 $
Full board - 290 $
English speaking guide - 860 $ per group
Flight Astana - Almaty - from 100 $ per person
02 pax - Sedan, Sprinter in Altyn Emel
04-10 pax - Sprinter
Astana - "Ibis" Hotel 3*
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Altyn Emel - "Aigaikum" Guesthouse
- 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