Discover Kazakhstan Almaty-Shymkent-Turkestan-Aksu-Dzhabagly National Park-Taraz-Astana 11 days/10 nights

Day 1 Almaty

Arrival in Almaty, Transfer to the hotel of Kazzhol 4*.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, overnight in the Hotel. (F).

Day 2. Almaty – Sharyn canyon (200 km)

09:00 a day trip to the Sharyn canyon which is compared by the locals to the Grand canyon. (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 Lunch either as a lunch box or in a café on the way. Against 16:00 return to the town. Overnight (F.M).

Day 3. Almaty - Jesik-lake (65 km.)

10:00 a day trip to on 1760 m situated Jesik-lake . On the way back near the village Issyk excursion to the ethnographic museum where you can see a copy of the „golden man”. Drive to the village Turgen. Overnight stay in the trekking club in Turgen valley (tent) (F.M.A).

Day 4. Turgen- Almaty – Shymkent (735 km.)

In the morning free time. In the afternoon excursion to the waterfall "Turgenskije Wodopadie", Return to Almaty. Night train to Chimkent. (approx. 11 hrs). (F.M).

Day 5. Day Chimkent – Turkestan (202 km)

09:05 arrival in Chimkent. Excursion to the ruins of the ancient city
Otrar, tomb-mosque of Arystan Bab.(teacher of Khodja Ahmed Yasawi) .
Arrival in Turkestan, a settlement from 7 cent. which 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 ***.

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 Akhmed Yassawi 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.
Accommodation in Aksu-Dzhabagly in the guest house ** (F, M, A)

Day 7. 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 (F M, A).

Day 8. 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. At the evening transfer to the airport and flight to Astana. Arrival in Astana, transfer to the hotel „Arthotel “-3* (F M)

Day 9. 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, Ethno-memorial Complex “Atameken”, 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 . (F).

Day 10. Astana

Excursion to the new sport complexes of the city.( Indoorfootball stadium, indoor skating stadium, Republican cycle track, ski-biathlon stadium, the International Ski Jump Complex) .Free time Overnight in the Hotel . (F)

Day 11. transfer to the airport. Home flight.

Tour price per person in Dbl, Euro:

2Pax - 1633
3Pax - 1373
4Pax - 1212
5Pax - 1119

In the price included:

Hotel „Arthotel” Astana-3*
Hotel "Kazzhol" Almaty -4*
Trekking Club camp-1 N
Htl "Turkestan", 1 N
Guest house in Aksu-Jabagly park - 2 N
Excursions per program
Entrance fees
Transfers according to the program
German / English speaking guides in the towns
Meal: according to the program
Train tickets Almaty-Chimkent (1place in 4 berth compartment)

Not included:
Flight ticket Taraz-Astana (130 Euro)
Single supplement 130 EUR