Discover Kazakhstan Tour 6

Discover Kazakhstan: Tour 6, Kazakhstan tours 

Discover Kazakhstan: Tour 6
Destination: Kazakhstan 
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Almaty - Kaindy Lake - Saty - Kolsai Lakes - Charyn Canyon - Issyk lake - Almaty

Day 1: Almaty - Kaindy Lake - Saty
Welcome to Almaty! On arrival you will get a comfortable minivan to start your journey to Kolsai Lakes. We will stop in a village to feel the atmosphere of a local market. In the afternoon, you will change the vehicle to one of AWD local cars, such as "UAZ" or "PAZ" (Russian car models). They are capable to cover rough mountain road (12 km) to Kaindy Lake. Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is located amongst superb pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level and is famous for its origin. It was formed in 1911 due to earthquake that caused the landslide blocked the valley by the natural dam, and the water has flooded the valley. The water of the lake is very cold and transparent. Overnight is in a guest house.

Day 2: Kolsai Lakes - Saty
Kolsai Lakes or so called "Pearls of the Northern Tien Shan" signify a flow of three lakes. The largest lake is available for all visitors. It is the most attractive lake full of mushrooms. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. The lowest lake can be got by car. You can walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. On arrical to Kolsay 3 Lake you will start the trekking. The route is located on the bank of the lake and lasts with the path through the pine forest, alpine meadows along pure mountain river flowing all the way down from Kolsai 2 Lake. The distance between two lakes is about 7 km and usually takes 3-3,5 hours one way. In the second part of day we will walk back to Kolsai 3 Lake and drive back to Saty settlement. Night is in a guest house.

Day 3: Saty - Charyn Canyon -Almaty     
In the morning we will travel to Charyn Canyon. It will take about 2 hours. On the way we will visit the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. On Charyn Canyon, you will find the wonderful panorama and go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km over the warren of the Castles Valley with its walls of peculiar forms. The bottom of the Canyon has minor incline to the end of the walk, where you will see the bank of icy cold Charyn river with eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working only in summer. Transfer to a city. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 4: Almaty - Issyk lake - Almaty
On this tour we will drive to the most beautiful gorges of Trans Ili Alatau as Issyk Gorge, placed along the Kuldja tract. Then we will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK", 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, model of Saka burial mound and so on. The next destination is driving to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the gorgeous mountain lake Issyk. On arrival you will enjoy the imposing beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 5: Almaty
The day will start by visiting Almaty Museum, where you can learn more about the history of the southern capital of Kazakhstan. The tour will be continued to the architecture and history of Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre. Then you will visit one of the oldest of Almaty parks as Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen and see beautiful Zenkov Cathedral. We will walk to the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame and admire the beauty of the Museum of Musical Instruments. The next destination is visiting the Green Bazaar and find best oriental goods for shopping. In the second part of day we will travel to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level) and see the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam. We will have a cable car to Shymbulak ski resort area. Driving for about 20-25 minutes above superb fur-trees up to the altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, you will get to the 1st level of ski resort, engaged by fancy restaurants, ski, snowboarding school and mountain hotel. Later on we will travel to the top of Kok Tobe hill, where the tallest TV tower in the world is located. Travelers will enjoy scenic winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. The tour will end by the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 6: Flight
Have a safe flight!

02 pax - Sedan economy
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Minibus

Price per person:
02 pax - 980 $
04 pax - 715 $
06 pax - 530 $
08 pax - 445 $
10 pax - 410 $
Single - 130 $

Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in - 65 $

Half board - 130 $
Full board - 230 $ 

English speaking guide - 675 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Saty village - Home stays
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour

Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide