KAZAKHSTAN TOUR Astana-Kyzylorda-Aralsk -Baikonur -Turkestan-Almaty 10 Days/9 nights

Day 1. Astana

Arrival in Astana, transfer to the hotel „Arthotel Astana “-3*.Rest till lunch time.
14:00-1600. City tour- history, architecture and new buildings of the Capital city. 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 2. Astana-Kyzylorda (flight)

Transfer to the airport , flight to Kyzylorda. Transfer to the train station . Departure by train to Aralsk city . (B)

Day 3. Aral Sea- Zhalanash ship graveyard- Aralsk

Early arrival in Aralsk . Meeting at the train station , accommodation at host family .
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.
Overnight in guest house (B,L,).

Day 4. Aralsk– Baikonur by train

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.
Transfer to the railway station. Departure to Baikonur- 4 hours (Turatam station) (B,L).

Day 5. Baikonur

Early arrival in Baikonur , transfer and accommodation at the hotel of “Studencheskaja”.
Monuments and obelisks for space exploration pioneers, Excursion to the museum of history of space travel, to Hotel “Kosmonaut”, Lunch. Transfer to the Soyuz space launch complex, visit to launching site “Gagarinski”, Museum of Cosmodrome Baikonur, modest cottages of Yuri Gagarin and J.Korolev. Assembly test block of “Buran.”Launch vehicle “Buran”, Transfer back to the city Baikonur .Dinner.Overnight (B,L,D)

Day 6. Baikonur-Turkestan

09:30 transfer to the railway station.
09:56 departure of the train to Turkestan
18:31 arrival in Turkestan. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel of Turkestan. (B,D)
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 7. Turkestan - Almaty

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
Late evening transfer to the railway station, departure by train to Almaty .(B)

Day 8. Almaty

14:08 arrival in Almaty. Transfer to the hotel "Astra".
Today you discover Almaty, former Alma Ata, city tour with visiting of Central museum of history, Panfilov memorial park, Zenkov cathedral, memorial complex, Central Square, monument of independence etc. (B)

Day 9. Almaty-mountain area , Medeo ice skating rink , 17 km

1000-1300 Excursion to the high mountain ice skating rink Medeo, situated on 1,700 m. (B).

Day 10

Transfer to the airport. Home flight.

Tour cost:

2Pax – 1679 EUR PP in Dbl
4Pax - 1379 EUR PP in Dbl

Single supplement:

Astana –“Arthotel”- 23 EUR per night
Aralsk-guest house- 20 EUR per night
Baikonur –“Studencheskaja”-38 EUR per night
Almaty –“Kazzhol” – 88 EUR per night

Tour price includes:

Transport service reg the itinerary
3* Hotel accommodation in Astana, Almaty
2* Hotel accommodation in Baikonur, Turkestan
Guest house in Aralsk
Excursion program per iti
Flight ticket Astana-Kyzylorda
Train tickets Kyzylorda-Aralsk-Baikonur-Turkestan (1place in the 4-bed compartment)
Guide service per iti
Entrance fees to the museums
Permit to Cosmodrom Baikonur