10 days from
INCLUDING FLIGHTS FROM MADRID OR BARCELONA. PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANCE BY COUNTRY OR CITY OF DEPARTURE
Accommodation Category Hotels 4 & 5* & guest houses
Departure according to flights to Astana. Arrival at Astana airport. Transfer to the hotel.
After brekfast we will go for a city tour to Astana, focusing on its history, architecture and new buildings. After lunch we will visit Alzhir, a memorial modern museum. Overnight.
After breakfast we will visit Astana Baiterek tower, cultural center.
Lunch and later we will take our flight to Taraz. On arrival to Taraz we will be transfered to hotel. Overnight.
After breakfast we will discover Taraz, celebrated in the year 2002 its 2,000 year of existance. There we will visit Taraz’s museum, the Karakhan and Aishi Bibi Mausuleums.
After lunch we will be droven to the village of Jabagly (258 km). Jabagly accommodation will be in a comfortable guesthouse where we will enjoy dinner. Overnight.
After breakfast we will go fo a hike in the natural reserve. Depending on the season we can enjoy blooming trees, flowers and wild tulips. We might see brown bears, eagles and many more interesting mammals. Dinner and accommodation in he Jabagly guesthouse.
Guests can choose to hike or ride a horse in the reserve. (Cost of renting a horse is not included).
Another day in the Aksu-Jabagly natural reserve, hiking or riding a horse. One of the natural highlights is the Aksu canyon that we will visit. After dinner in the guesthouse we will continue by car to Turkestan (6 hours) where we will be accommodated in a hotel. On the way we will enjoy excursions to the ruines of Otrar and the Aristan Bab Mausoleum.
After breakfast we will visit Khodja Ahmed Yassawi’s Mausuleum, the largest building constructed under the reign of Timur, built between 1389 and 1405 in honor of the prophet Khodja Ahmed Yassawi. After lunch will be at leisure, followed by a train ride to Almaty (18 hours, including a night) or flight from the nearest airport.
Arrival in Almaty, and transfer to our hotel and breakfast. We will go for a city excursion and will visit Panfilov Park, Zenkov Cathedrale, Independence Square and ascend (by car) the panomaric hill Kok-Tube. There we will have a lunch. After lunch we will visit the National Museum, Green Bazar and other places.
After breakfast we will go to The snowcapped mountains. We will be droven almost 20 kms. There we can see The famous skating rink Medeo; at almost 1,700 meter. After that we will go further up to reach the Shymbulaq’s ski-resort; 2,300 meter. The lifts are working all year round and we can go up to 3,200 meter and hike from there. Later we will go back to our hotel in Almaty y rest of the day will be on leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the scheduled time, transfer to Almaty airport. Departure according to plan return flights. Arrival home. End of services.