Travel to Kazakhstan: Tour 5
Day 1: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty
Upon arrival to airport you will start your tour by heading to the Issyk gorge. This breathtaking place can be seen along the Kuldja tract which is famous for being the road of trade caravans many years ago. During the travel you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK" to see exhibits that represent the history and culture of the Saka period, as well as a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound. After it you will continue to drive to the altitude of 1756 meters above sea level where the breathtaking mountain lake Issyk is located. The reason for formation of this sight is the colossal landslide about 10 000 years ago. This landslide also made a natural dam of 300 meters high. This lake will mesmerize you by its bewitching surface and the Issyk Gorge. Here you will learn additional information about the natural disaster of 1963. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Almaty - Altyn Emel
Altyn Emel National Park is your destination today. In course of the tour you will explore the famous Singing Dune that located here. Tours to this sight are very popular among tourists and locals as well. The height of this prominent sight is 120 meters and a length of about 3 km and is located in one of the corners of the Altyn-Emel National Park. You will be mesmerized by the ability to sing of this sight with the help of pure sand in windy weather and its sound reminds the organ music. Before a sandy storm the dune sounds like a drum. On the top of it you will enjoy the beauty of the grand panorama and its surroundings like strip of the Ili River, purple mountains of Sogety and Boguty in the south. On the west is the Big Kalkan and the Small Kalkan - from the east. In the north - violet-blue ridge of Jungar Alatau mountains, Chulak mountain, Matai and Altyn-Emel are visible. If you be lucky enough the sand-dune will "sing" you its song. Transfer to Altyn Emel hotel. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 3: Altyn Emel
The day is dedicated to explore the Katutau and Aktau mountains. You will learn that Katutau Mountains or Harsh Mountains are very old but have preserved volcanic outputs. You will see that the breed is very fragile and can be break by the physical impact. Water, time and wind shaped this rock that used to be in the bottom of the ancient Tethys Ocean. From the effects of environmental factors it took the form of intricate figures and landscapes. Aktau Mountains or so called White Mountains are paleontological field where can be found well-preserved remains of ancient animals whose age is estimated at 25-30 million years ago in the layers of Paleogene. You will be impressed to learn that the remains the giant rhinos, crocodiles, turtles were found here. The huge conical mountains remind the Egyptian pyramids will bewitch you by its variety of shapes and colors. Return to Altyn Emel hotel. Overnight is in the hotel.
Day 4: Altyn Emel - Charyn Canyon - Kolsai Lakes
Today you will enjoy the beauty of Ash-tree Grove that can be seen on the Temerlik River. In the lower reaches of the Charyn River and its tributary Temirlik there is a unique place, where relict species of Sogdian Ash-tree are growing. It is considered to be that trees are over a thousand years old. After it you will head on to the famous Charyn Canyon. This breathtaking sight is known as a natural complex which is unique for world. You will see the resembles to the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America, but the size of it is smaller. You will be impressed by the work of wind and water which made "Valley of Castles". Here you will be encircled by the towers composed of sedimentary rocks. Departure to Saty village. Overnight is in a guest house
Day 5: Kolsai - Kaindy Lake - Almaty
Morning drive to Kaindy lake. Kaindy Lake or birch lake is situated among magnificent pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The history of formation will amaze you. It appeared due to the powerful earthquake was formed in 1911, the landslide blocked the valley by the natural dam due to which the water has flooded the valley. The needles of the tress are still in perfect condition due to the cold water of the lake. The view of these trees resembles the masts of the submarine squadron. You need to see it by yourself to feel this mysterious atmosphere. Return to Almaty. Night is in a hotel.
Day 6: Flight
In the morning is transfer to the airport.
02 pax - Sedan
04 pax - Minivan
06-10 pax - Sprinter
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Altyn Emel - "Aigaikum" Guesthouse
Saty village - Home stay
- 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