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).

Day 3-Almaty

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)

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

Satty-Kolsai

Hiking to Kolsai lake-1-2, Lunch boxes. Overnight in guest house in the village Saty.8 km GH,B,L,D

Day 7

Canyon Charyn-Almaty

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

8

Free time , shopping , gala dinner  GH B, D

9

Transfer  to the airport , flight home