Astana-Almaty and National Park Altyn Emel
Day 1 -Astana
Arrival in Astana. Transfer to the Arthotel Astana (3*)
Breakfast. City tour on the Left bank of the city ( 97 meters-tall tower Baiterek-“tree of life” the Symbol of the capital, Central Boulevard, Presidential Palace , Norman Fosters Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, Central mosque, the circus, Ethno-memorial Complex “Atameken”, Museum of the Presidential Cultural Centre, (B).
Day 2- Astana-Almaty by flight
City tour on the right bank of the city (old town) Museum of the First President, Old Square, Congress Hall, “Khan-Shatyr”. Transfer to the airport.Flight to Almaty. Transfer and Hotel accommodation.(B).
City tour with visiting of Central museum of history, Panfilov memorial park, Zenkov cathedral , memorial complex, central square, monument of independence and other sights. (B)
Almaty-AltynEmel National Park
After breakfast departure to Altyn Emel national park - steppe and semi-desert area with rich wildlife, wandering dunes, Scytian barrows/timuli and rock carvings. On 130 km- excursion to the most important kurgans -31 mounds of Beshshatyr (Five Tents), erected by the Sak between the 6th and 3rd centuries BC. Excursion to Singing Dunes, 150 meters high, 180 meters broad, more than 3 kilometers long in the middle of the steppe. Overnight in the village Basshy in guest house.
260 kmGuest house B,L,D
Altyn Emel –Kolsai lake (Satty village)
Excursion to Aktau (“white mountains” composed from white gypsum crystals) and Katutau (red-violet) mountains. Lunch in Basshy. Excursion to “Relic Forest”. (Ash-trees, which have been there since before the last Ice Age and survive only here. The ecosystem of this 48-square-kilometre primeval forest, which consists of Sogdianian ash and Turanga poplar,is more than 10,000 years old. Overnight in guest house in the village Saty. 240 km GH B,L,D
Hiking to Kolsai lake-1-2, Lunch boxes. Overnight in guest house in the village Saty.8 km GH,B,L,D
After breakfasts drive to Canyon Charyn. (The canyon extends 154 km along the Charyn River, one of the deepest rivers of the northern Tien-Shan (200 km east of Almaty).The Charyn Canyon is a long narrow gorge featuring steep sheer rocks with a rushing river flowing between them. Under the influence of wind and water the sandstone rocks have assumed fanciful shapes reminiscent of exotic figures and fairy-tale characters. That is why the canyons are also called the Valley of Castles, the Devil's Gorge and the Ghosts Gorge Picknick. Return to Almaty , overnight in Almaty 90+200 B,L
Free time , shopping , gala dinner GH B, D
Transfer to the airport , flight home