Almaty travel guide

Almaty, the name was derived from medieval settlement Almatu that existed near the present-day city. A very common theory holds that the name is derived from the Kazakh word for apple and is often translated, as full of apples. Originally it was Almatau which means Apple Mountain.

Almaty is the largest city in Kazakh as well as large commercial and cultural area of Kazakhstan. It is also known as Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis, is set, in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. It is the city whereas the high proportion of Russians and Ukrainians. It has a relatively mild climate with warm summers and quite cold winters.

Attractions Of Almaty

Almaty, the gorgeous placeto travel and it is one of the largest cities in central Asia. It is very easy to navigate. Mainly, it is highlighted by its beautiful lakes, parks, buildings, and cars.

Kolsai Lakes

Kolsai Lakes is a must visit place near Almaty. It is mainly a combination of three lakes.

It is the right place to feel serene and natural beauty of that place. It is an extraordinary place to explore, as commuting to the first lake can be done by car, but from there, you need to walk to reach the second lake, or you can even use horseback.

Kolsai lakes is a scheme of three lakes located in the northern Tian Shan in Kolsai Gorge, atRaiymbek district of the Almaty region.

The lakes, surrounded by pine forests, are known as “the pearl of the Northern Tian Shan.”

Medeu Skating Rink

It is also one of the most travelled places near Almaty.

If you love skating, then this is the right place for you. It is an ideal place for young stars.

It is located, in a mountain valley on the south-eastern outskirts of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

This place is a resort as well as skating rink.

Panfilov Park

Panfilovpark is one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Almaty. It is located, in the center of Almaty and it is open for people of any age.

This park itself a very popular as the local green area in the city of Almaty.

It is one of the special places because it was named after a group of strong soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting, during WWII. A total of 28 soldiers died, and today they are known as the Panfilov Heroes.

Kok-Tobe Hill

The hill must stand on the highest point of the city of Almaty at 1100 meters.

The position from Kok-tobe is a panoramic view of the city in all directions.

A cable car ride is the best way to the top of Kok-tobe Hill and to see the view of close mountains.

First President’s Park

Looking for a great day out with your friends and family then, this place is a must for you.

You can enjoy some of the stunning attractions here, as well as watch some of the entertainment programs, such as a concert at the amphitheater.For more information about Kazakhstan,Follow us/ visit us/ contact us.

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Trips to Almaty

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            [1_wpeditor] => Journey overland to ever-young and beautiful Tashkent and further to Tamerlane's capital, Samarkand, to admire the splendour of its monuments and ancient blue-tiled mosaics of minarets. Visit UNESCO listed Shakhrisabze - Green City and ancient "Dome of science and education". Appreciate the ancient interlocking brickworks and unique wall- paintings of mystery Bukhara with its fabulous covered bazaar and explore the winding alleys of ancient museum-town Khiva. Drive through the Kara Kum Desert to listen to the legends of sand and visit the astonishing Savitsky Museum in faraway Nukus.

Cross into Turkmenistan and once there explore Kunya Urgench, the ruins of the Parthian city of Nisa and those of mythical Merv, all three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Get a final taste of Turkmen culture as you browse the Altyn Asyr Oriental Market, one of the largest markets in Central Asia, admiring deep red carpets, embroideries and handcrafted jewelry.

Discover Central Asia for yourself and come in touch with the history of ancient civilizations by joining a modern day caravan on an epic journey to five exotic oriental countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Tours to Central Asia starts from Almaty in Kazakhstan, driving into the majestic and topped with snow Tien Shan mountain range. Proceed on your journey to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, enjoying a demonstration of traditional nomadic horse games along the way. Fly to the fabled and charming Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan, and visit villages renowned for their silk and ceramics. Cross the border into Tajikistan for an overnight in historic Khujand where you may visit not only ancient muslim mosques and mausoleums but also, the oldest church in Tadjikistan, the Church of Maria Magdalena.

What is included (throughout the tour. See detailed descriptions under "INCLUDE / EXCLUDE" for each country)

Transport as per program per AC regular road vehicle(s) or 4WD vehicles, as terrain requires, as per table below
Accommodation based on shared double/twin hotel room, including breakfast: Hotel 3* / 24 nights
English Speaking guide-interpreter
Entrances to all museums
Air tickets between Bishkek - Osh, Urgench - Tashkent (economic class )
All train tickets during the whole tour
Horse riding in Chon Kemin gorge
Visa support if applied

What is extra

Tips to guides and drivers
Half board $ 550.00 Per person / during  23 days  
Full board $ 910.00 Per person / during  23 days
Visa consular fee in each country  
PCR test in case you don’t have vaccination certificate
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Transfer to hotel Check in to the hotel Free day in Almaty! Overnight in Almaty [2] => Breakfast in the hotel Meeting and transfer to the city for sightseeing tour. You will start acquaintance with the wonderful city of Almaty from its sports center, where the Central Stadium and Baluan Sholak Sports Palace is located. Further along the route you will see the Mukhtar Auezov Kazakh Drama Theater and the Kazakh State Circus. Then the tour continues with a ride to the Medeu Gorge (1690 meters above sea level) well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air, then you will take a cable car to Shymbulak ski resort area. Having ridden about 20-25 minutes above magnificent fur-trees up to the altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, you will get to the 1st level of ski resort, occupied by fancy restaurants, ski & snowboarding school and mountain hotel. Then you will go down the back way by cable car. Meanwhile you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city». Overnight in Almaty [3] => Today you will have a trip to the Charyn Canyon. This is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years old and amazes with its vertical cliffs, reminiscent of ancient castles, created under the influence of wind, sun and rain. It will take you about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, you will be told a lot of interesting things about the history and nature of this region, the Kazakh people as well as their life and traditions. As soon as you see the Charyn Canyon, you will immediately forget about the long distance you traveled and be amazed by the beauty and magnificence of the canyon. You can admire the grandiose panorama and then walk through the labyrinth of the Valley of Castles with its inaccessible walls hanging over you. Then transfer to the village of Saty. Overnight at the guest house. [4] => In the morning we will drive 15 km to Kaindy lake. It is located among a magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. The lake was formed in 1911 as a result of a powerful earthquake, which caused a landslide that blocked the valley with a natural dam. Thus, the water flooded this valley. The water in the lake is very cold, so the needle tops of the flooded trees are well preserved and visible through the transparent surface of the water, and the dry stalks of fir trees come to the surface, like the masts of an underwater squadron. Then you will return to Saty village for lunch. Afterwards you will go 15 km to Kolsai Lake. This is a very beautiful lake with an abundance of mushrooms and located far from civilization. After the walk return to Saty village. Overnight is at the guest house. [5] => After breakfast you will go to Almaty. The journey takes about 4-5 hours. The city of Almaty was the capital of independent Kazakhstan from 1991 to 1997. In 1997, the capital was moved to Nur-Sultan, and since then Almaty has been called the southern capital of Kazakhstan. Almaty remains the main commercial center of the country. The city is located in the mountainous region of southern Kazakhstan. Almaty is the largest and the most developed city, with ethnic and cultural diversity of Kazakhstan. You will visit Historical Museum. In the evening we will go to Kok-Tobe mountains to look at the panorama of the city. The tour ends with a trip from the top of the hill to the city center on the famous cable car. Overnight is at hotel [6] => Breakfast in the hotel In the morning is transfer to Kyrgyz border. After meeting with your Kyrgyz guide you will transfer to Bishkek. Bishkek city is the capital and the largest city of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek is situated at about 800 meters (2,600 ft) altitude near the northern range of the Kyrgyz Ala Too range. This range is an extension of the Tian Shan mountains, which rises up to 4,855 meters (15,928 ft) and provides a spectacular backdrop to the city. This entire day is dedicated to a city tour of Bishkek. It includes visiting Pobeda Square (Victory Square), Duboviy Park (Oak Park), Central Ala-Too Square, the National Museum, National Philharmonic, and others places of interest. Night is in a hotel. [7] => Breakfast in the hotel Today you will be transferred to Chon Kemin gorge. On route to the gorge you will visit Burana Tower (an 11th century minaret) and an open air museum of Balbals (stone warriors). After an interesting excursion and climbing on the top of the tower is transfer to Chon Kemin gorge. Here you will meet a nice family that will prepare a traditional lunch for you. In the afternoon we will have 3 hours of horse riding. Your route will go high in the mountains and you will even ride horses through a mountain forest. On the top you will see the panorama view of the gorge. The night will be in a guest house. [8] => Breakfast in the hotel Today you will be transferred to the celestial Issyk Kul Lake, the second largest alpine lake in the world (1608 m above sea level). The lake is called "the pearl of Central Asia". For more than 1 500 years local people considered the lake to be a sacred one. You can come up to the lake and to see mountains all around it. Today you will drive along the whole northern shore and arrive to Karakol town. Also we will visit today a place with ancient stone patterns – petroglyphs. In Karakol we will visit the Dungan mosque. It was built in Chinese style without using a single metal nail. This will be followed by the visit of an old wooden Orthodox Church. Night is in a hotel. [9] => Today we will drive to Jeti Oguz gorge. It’s famous for its red rocks formations that have a name Seven Bulls – Jeti Oguz. Also you will see there the Broken Heart Mountain. If you want it is possible to go on a top of a mountain (20 minutes) to see a panorama view of the gorge. Then we continue our trip, breaking in Bokonbaeva village, where we will meet a local eagle-hunter. He hunts hares and foxes with the help of eagles (a traditional way of nomadic hunting). Night is in a guest house. [10] => Today we start our drive to the second largest lake in Kyrgyzstan – Son Kul Lake. This lake is surrounded by mountains and it is the highest alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, situated at an altitude of 3013 meters above sea level. Kyrgyz nomads started to come to this wonderful area with their families for rest and relaxation. Herders of the Naryn region come to the lake to use it as a pastureland. After our arrival, you will have lunch and then drive to Moldo Ashuu Pass (3201 m). It is considered one of the most beautiful passes in Kyrgyzstan. From the top of Moldo Ashu Pass, you can see almost the entire road winding up to the pass. It also affords spectacular views of the Naryn Valley and some stunning mountain ranges to the south. Overnight is in nomadic collapsible dwellings – yurts. They are made of a wooden skeleton, covered with felt coverings. [11] => After meeting with locals, we will drive to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. The road to the city goes through 33 parrots pass (3 133 m). In Kochkor village you will spend some time with a family that will show you the way our national felt carpets are produced. Also you will visit a small handicraft museum there. They have many examples of silver decorations, coats made of wolves, horse saddle decorations, carpets and more. Afterwards you will be transferred to the capital of Kyrgyzstan – Bishkek city. Night is in a hotel. [12] => 09.00 Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we will transfer you to the airport for a flight to the city of Osh. In Osh city you will have a walk and will get to visit a famous and special place – Suleiman Mountain. Suleiman Too (Solomon’s Mountain) is situated in the city center and it is considered a place of pilgrimage for local Muslims, because according to the legend, biblical prophet Solomon (Suleiman, in the Koran) was buried at the foot of it. It is not a real city tour without visiting our Asian Bazaar. We will show it to you today and you will be able to take a lot of photos there. Night is in a hotel. [13] => In the morning is transfer to Uzbek border. Osh-Ferghana-Tashkent by car Night in a hotel in Tashkent [14] => Breakfast at the hotel Oibek border – Khujand Tajik guide will meet you on the border and drive to Khujand city. It is the second largest city of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Syr Darya River at the mouth of the Fergana Valley. The population of the city is 149,000. It is also the capital of the northernmost province of Tajikistan, now called Sughd. You will visit in the afternoon a Cultural Palace of Khujant. At this place the first president of Tajikistan was chosen. Also we will go to see Central Mosque that is situated in the middle of the city. Night is in a hotel. [15] => Breakfast at the hotel Our trip today is to high Mountain lake – Iskanderkul (2 255 m. a. s. l.). It is situated in the famous Fann Mountains. This fabulous area is one of the best places of Central Asia. After arrival to the lake you will go for a walk along it beaches. Also we will hike to see the hugest waterfall known as Niagara of Fann Mountains. Tajikistan takes the second place among the CIS countries for volume of water resources: it has the highest water reserves of all Central Asian countries with more than 1 000 rivers, 2 000 lakes and 8000 glaciers. After having the rest near the lake we will have a night in a guest house. Overnight at guesthouse [16] => In the morning is drive to Dushanbe via Anzob pass (3 372 m) and tunnel of Isticlol. The road will go over a mountain passes and you will have many photo stops. The second half of the day is dedicated to a guided city tour. First of we will visit Rudake Park, National library, White House, National state seal, and House of parliament. After it we will walk in National park to make photos of Ministry of Inner Affairs and the biggest National Flag in the world – 165 m high pole, 30 m wide, 60 m long. After excursion in Central Museum you will have lunch. Then you will visit to Gurminj Museum of traditional musical instruments. Night is in a hotel. [17] => Today we will drive to Norak city. You will see Norak water reservoir that is called Tajik Sea. We will drive over Chormahzak and Shar – Shar passes including the tunnels. Nurek is a city in the Khatlon province of Tajikistan. It is situated on the Vakhsh River, 885m above sea level, and is 70km southeast of Dushanbe, the capital. It has a population of 19,000. The city was founded on the site of the former village of Nurek, whose name means «pomegranate» in tajik language the modern city was established in 1960 to support the construction of nearby Nurek Dam, which was completed in 1980. The Nurek Dam is the world highest dam, 300m (984ft) on Vakhsh River in Tajikistan. The Dam is located in a deep gorge along the Vakhsh River in western Tajikistan. You will have stop for the photos. You can make a lot of pictures. After sightseeing in Nurek you will drive back to Dushanbe. Overnight at Hotel. [18] => Today you will do a day trip from Dushanbe to the Seven Lakes (Marquzor Lakes), about 60 km south of Panjakent. At this place you will have time to go for short hiking. There road goes along a gorge where 7 lakes are located. They are situated on different altitudes and have different colors. Also you will meet local people that live at that area. It will be very interesting to see their way of life. After hiking we will drive to Penjakent. Quite possibly the five villages started the history of this remarkable city which originated in the 5th-8th centuries AD. Penjikent of that time was one of the most important cultural and crafts centers of Sogd. It was even named "Central Asian Pompeii". It was a superbly fortified well-organized city with a ruler's palace, two temples, markets, rich dwelling houses decorated with numerous paintings, wooden and clay statues of ancient gods. Night is in a hotel. [19] => In the morning is transfer to Uzbek border 11:00 Excursion program in Samarkand Visit to the famous Mausoleum of Amir Timur - "Gur Emir" and his family tomb - a masterpiece of architecture of the 14th century. Visiting the legendary Registan Square, Madrassah of Ulugbek - the 15th century, Sher-Dor-17th century medrese (1619-1636), Tilya Kori 17th century (1646-1660) - Madrasah and Mosque. Dinner The Bibi-Khanum Mosque (1399-1404), erected in honor of the wife of Amir Timur. Famous Samarkand Sieb Bazaar. where you can buy dried fruits and national sweets. During the tour you will visit the Shahi Zinda Necropolis of the Timurid times Visiting the Ulugbek Observatory is a unique 15th century building for studying astronomy. The duration of the excursion program is 5 - 6 hours. 18:00 Master class on cooking national bread Check in at Hotel Additional Activities in Samarkand on request: Wine Faktory “Filatov” You will taste about 12 Uzbek wines and learn the history of wine in Uzbekistan. Theater of of historical national clothes (performance) Night in the hotel of Samarkand [20] => 09.00 Breakfast at the hotel. 10:00 Country excursion 30 km from Samarkand: The paper factory of Cunha Meros (a re-created manual production of ancient paper from the mulberry tree, here you will see the entire process of paper production) The Ulugbek Observatory is a unique structure of the 15th century, at the moment there is a fragment of the measuring instrument "Sulce Fakhri" The Mausoleum of the Prophet Daniel is a holy place of worship for the three religions of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish Museum Afrosiyeb - Ancient city of Samarkand. Lunch in Chayhana The duration of the excursion program is 3-4 hours. 20:00 Transfer to railway station 21:03 Departure from Samarkand to Bukhara 22:34 Arrival in Bukhara Transfer to hotel Overnight in Bukhara [21] => Breakfast in the hotel 10:00 Start of the excursion program in Bukhara. Visit to the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani The mausoleum of Chashma Ayub (the well of Job), is located near the Samanid Mausoleum. Visit the Bolo House mosque of the 18-20th century. Fortress Ark-Citadel of Emir of Bukhara. Lunch in the local teahouse Continuation of the sightseeing tour: The Poi Kalyan complex includes the Kalon Mosque and the Kalyan Minaret, the Mir-Arab Madrassah, Madrasah of Ulugbek and Abdulazizhan, Ancient trading domes, The Magoki-Attori Mosque of the 12th century Lyabi Hauz Complex, consisting of three architectural monuments: Kukeldash Madrasah, Nodir Divan-Begi and Khanaka Madrasah of the 17th century. Duration of the excursion program: 5 - 6 hours Night in the hotel of Bukhara [22] => Breakfast in the hotel 10:00 Excursion program outside the city: A trip to the summer palace of Emir of Bukhara "Sitorai Mohi Hosa". The mausoleum of Bakhouddin Naqshbandi, the founder of the Sufi order of Nashbandi, "Chor Bakr" - Necropolis, Unique Monument of "Chor Minor" 1807 -1809. Lunch in the local teahouse, where they cook the most delicious shish kebab in Uzbekistan 14:00 Departure to Khiva The road to Khiva through the Kyzylkum Desert (Red Sands) is the 11th largest desert in the world. 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Classic tour of Kazakhstan

Tour in Kazakhstan will introduce you to the amazing natural sites of Almaty's surroundings. You will enjoy magnificent and varied views.
Take a trip to Charyn Canyon, a beautiful red stone valley, as if erected by unknown giants. You are guaranteed positive emotions and great selfies!

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After exploration of sport, cultural and business areas of the city you will get to the Medeo Gorge, well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and Shymbulak resort. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road. In Kok-Tobe you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to the hotel. [2] => Tour route provides you a great opportunity not only to enjoy the beautiful natural landscapes of Almaty region, but also see the one of the unique monuments of the past – Tamgaly petroglyphs - one of the oldest and most striking monuments of rock art of Zhetisu, which is protected by UNESCO since 2004. Tamgaly Gorge located 170 km north-west of Almaty city. This is virtually an ancient art gallery, where are depicted individual animals and people as well as the whole scenes from the life of ancient people. The total number of drawings in the main gorge - about 2,000. There are images of solar deities, clowns, soldiers, married couples, pregnant women, multi-figure compositions, scenes of hunting and sacrifice. Most of the petroglyphs date back to the Bronze Age and are made in "animal" style of Sakas. For centuries the rocks of this canyon and narrow valley of Tamgaly retained value of the sanctuary - the place where ritual ceremonies were hold, magic rituals were performed, worship of the gods and the spirits of ancestors took place. Return to the hotel and overnight. [3] => In the morning is transfer to Kaindy Gorge. Sightseeing at Kaindy Lake. Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to the powerful earthquake that triggered the landslide blocked the valley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold, that is why the needles of the flooded trees are well preserved and clearly visible through the transparent surface of the water, and dry stems of fir trees overlook the water surface, like the masts of the submarine squadron. It is impossible to describe in words all this mystical splendor of the lake – it is necessary to go there and see everything with own eyes. Return to Saty settlement. Free time. Walking, trekking in the vicinity. Horse riding on request (for surcharge). Overnight is in a home stay. [4] => Today you will have a walk from Kolsai lake 1 to Kolsai lake 2. Kolsai Lakes – "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" – represent a cascade of three lakes. The largest lake is accessible for all visitors. It is the most beautiful lake, having a lack of civilization and the abundance of mushrooms. Horse lovers can order horseback tour to this place. The highest lake is small. It is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows and amazes by its harsh alpine beauty, as well as the rich flora and fauna. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be reached by car. But you should walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. Without doubts the tourists are expected to have a wonderful vacation in these places - berries, mushrooms and fishing. The water in the lakes is cold and clean and is home for the rainbow trout - a fish that lives only in the running or spring water. In the around mountains you can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. Return to Saty settlement. Overnight is in a home stay. [5] => Today you will have a day trip to Charyn Canyons. It is one of the unique natural monuments of Kazakhstan. The canyon is about 12 million years old and surprises with its vertical cliffs, reminding the ancient castles, created by wind, sun and rain. It will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, you will hear a lot of interesting about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions as well as have a lunch in a local cafe. And as soon as you see Charyn Canyon you will forget about this long way at once - so much you will be impressed with the beauty and splendor of the canyon. You can admire the grand panorama and then have a walk through the maze of the Castles Valley with its inaccessible walls overhanging you. In the evening is transfer to Almaty. Overnight is in the hotel. [6] => The tour route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Also at the lake you will have a picnic and free time for recreation at nature. In the evening is transfer back to the city. Night is in the hotel. 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