Travel around Kazakhstan: Tour 4

Travel around Kazakhstan: Tour 4 

Travel around Kazakhstan: Tour 4
Duration: 5 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Altyn Emel - Charyn - Almaty

Day 1: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty  
The driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to Issyk gorge. We will drive along the Kuldja tract where we can visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK". It is a great chance to see remains devoted to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. Drive to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to see the beautiful mountain lake Issyk. The lake is appeared about 10,000 years ago because of landslide, caused in development of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake you will enjoy a beauty of its turquoise water surface. Night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Altyn Emel
In the morning we will travel to Altyn Emel National Park and visit the Singing Dune. Singing Dune scopes a height of 120 meters and a length of about 3 km and is situated in one of the corners of the Altyn Emel National Park. This sandy mount has pure sand, which began to "sing" in windy weather. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. From the top of the Dune you can detect the celestial panorama of the environs. In the south - thin strip of the Ili River is noticeable as well as purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty, looking out from the white peaks of the Ketmen ridge. On the west the horizon is congested by the steep slope of the Big Kalkan and the Small Kalkan - from the east. In the north - violet-blue ridge of Jungar Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn Emel are evident. If the weather is dry and windy, the sand-dune will "sing" you its song. Transfer to Altyn Emel hotel. Dinner. Overnight is in a hotel.

Day 3: Altyn Emel
Today we will have a sightseeing tour to Katutau and Aktau mountains. Katutau Mountains (Harsh Mountains) are very ancient tumble-down mountains with conserved volcanic outputs. The breed is very brittle and breaks down under the physical impression. Water, time and wind carved complicated shapes in the rock. Sedimentary rock of the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean is conserved there. From the effects of environmental factors, it took the form of complicated figures and lands. Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) are world-renowned paleontological field. In the layers of Paleogene lacustrine deposits can be found remains of ancient animals of 25-30 million years old. The remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles are also found there. We will return to Altyn Emel hotel.

Day 4: Altyn Emel - Charyn - Almaty
In the morning is transfer to Ash tree Grove on the Temerlik River. In the lower scopes of the Charyn River and its branch Temirlik there is an exclusive place, where rare species of Sogdian Ash tree are rising. Then we will drive to Charyn Canyon. See the "Valley of Castles". It is a natural complex and famous worldwide. It was appeared in Paleogene period and prompts the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America. The height of the sheer slopes of the canyon reaches to 150-300 meters. It is a unique architecture of magnificent castles. We are sure you will be amazed. Arrival to Almaty. Night is in a hotel.

Day 5: Flight
Transfer to the airport and departure.


02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person:
02 pax - 675 $
04 pax - 490 $
06 pax - 450 $
08 pax - 375 $
10 pax - 335 $
Single - 90 $

Early check-in - 25 $
Single early check-in - 50 $ 

Half board - 100 $
Full board - 180 $ 

English speaking guide - 500 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
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