Discover Kazakhstan (Silk Road tour)-8 Almaty-Kyzylorda-Aralsk-Turkestan-Aksu-Dzhabagly National Park-Taraz-Astana 11 days/10 nights
Day 1 Almaty
Arrival in Almaty, Transfer to the hotel Astra 3*.Accommodation, rest.
In the afternoon city tour from 14:00-18:00 with visiting of Central museum of history, Panfilov memorial park, Zenkov cathedral , memorial complex, central square, monument of independence etc. Excursion to the mountain area, visit of Medeo ice-skating rink, 1691m, (F).
Day 2. Almaty-Kyzylorda (flight)
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Flight to Kyzylorda .Transfer to the train station. Train to Aralsk (6 hours) Arrival in Aralsk, meeting at the train station .Overnight in host family. (B,D)
Day 3Aral Sea- Zhalanash ship graveyard-local museum
Aral-ship graveyard- seashore-Aral (180 km from Aralsk, up & down).
Above written route is close way to get to the North Aral Sea. The pictures of the stranded fishing vessels in the desert, which was formerly the bottom of the Aral Sea, have been printed, broadcast and distributed world wide through a couple of decades. Visit the once-so-great vessels in the “ship graveyard” outside the village Zhalanash. Excursion to the local museum. Town museum is located not far from the central town square, in front of the House of Culture. There you get acquainted with a history of Aralsk and the former situation in the Aral Sea, get information about its flora and fauna.
Overnight in guest house (B,L,D).
Day 4. Aralsk-Kokaral dyke, 220 km
Drive Kokaral dyke (The World Bank project)
The Kokaral dyke (2005) is located 220 km far from Aralsk. Due to construction of Kokaral dyke and floodgates on Syrdarya river North Aral sea is recovering. Overnight in host family .(B,L,D).
Day 5. Aralsk – Turkestan,(train)
Departure from Aralsk to Turkestan by train.
Late arrival in Turkestan, a settlement from 7 cent. This was known earlier under the name Jassy. From 16. to 19. Cent. was the town seat of the Kazakh Khans.
Overnight at the hotel of Turkestan **. (B, D).
Day 6.Turkestan- Aksu-Dzhabagly national park (245 km)
Main attraction in Turkestan is the grave mosque Khodja Ahmed Yasawis, one of the best known Islamic pilgrim's sites. The complex of buildings was established to honor of the prophet Khodja Yasawi and today is one of the nicest and important buildings of the Timuridenepoch. Moreover, on the area there are a Friday mosque and a bath house.
In the afternoon drive to the National Park Aksu-Dzhabagly.
The oldest Central Asian reserve, which saves splendid nature of Western Tien-Shan during 75 years. There are luxuriant mountain fields and steppes, magnificent juniper forest, amazing affluent springs and rivers, flinty rocks and snows. There grows 1400 species of flowers including rare and really beautiful Tulipa greigii – king of tulips, the beautiful Juno orchioides and coerulea, Morina kokanika, Tulipa kaufmanniana, Allium pskemense and Allium karataviense, Korolkovia sewerzovii and a lot of other pretty flowers. This diversity of plants amounts 25 percent of Kazakhstan’s flora. 27 species of plants are not found in other places over the world. Flora of reserve has 16 species of plants included in the Red Data Book of former Soviet Union and 36 species included in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan. The reserve is inhabited by 238 species of birds, 9 of them are in the Red Data Book (Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Lammergeyer, Black Stork, Blue Whistling-Thrush, Paradise Flycatcher and others). 24 species of Aksu-Jabagly’s mammals fauna are included in the Red Data Book of Kazakhstan (Arkhar, Isabelline Brown Bear, Snow Leopard, Centralasian Lynx).
Accommodation in Aksu-Dzhabagly in the guest house ** (B,L,D)
Day 8. Aksu-Dzhabagly – Aksu Canyn (35 km)
Excursion to Aksu canyon, 76km long, 600-metre high rock walls. Picnic
lunch, Dinner in guest house. Overnight in the guest house (B,L,D).
Day 9. Aksu-Dzhabagly – Taraz 100 (km) - Astana
After the breakfast transfer to Taraz city, a former key centre on the Great Silk Road). A city tour announces you with the most important places of interest.Excursion to the Aisha Bibi and Babadji Khatym mausoleum , Karakhaniden mausoleum At the evening transfer to the airport and flight to Astana. Arrival in Astana, transfer to the hotel „Arthotel Astana “-3* (B,L)
Day 10 Astana
City tour from10:00-1400. Excursion to 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, Museum of the Presidential Cultural Centre from the Emir of Qatar donated biggest mosque, open-air museum of "Atameken" on a surface of 1.7 hectares etc . (B).
Day 11. Transfer to the airport. Home flight.
Tour price per person in Dbl, Euro:
2Pax - 1539
4Pax - 1261
6Pax - 1141
8 Pax -1074
Single supplement -+21 EUR per night
In the price included:
3 * Hotels in Astana and Almaty
2* Hotel in Turkestan (best available)
Guest houses in Aralsk and Aksu-Dzhabagly Park
train tickets (1place in 4 berth compartment)
Excursions per program
Transfers according to the program
German / English speaking guides in the towns
Meal: according to the program
International tickets, visa fee.