Kazakhstan Tour 2

 Kazakhstan Tour 2, Tours in Kazakhstan

Tour structure:
Day 1: Almaty
Day 2: Almaty - Issyk lake - Almaty
Day 3: Almaty - Kaindy Lake
Day 4: Kaindy Lake - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Day 5: Flight

Day 1: Almaty
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and travel to the city. Almaty is the biggest city in Kazakhstan and financial center in the south. City tour will start from vibrant Green Bazaar, where kind traders offer to taste natural dried fruits and nuts. After shopping, you will continue to the central park-Panfilov Park, for the honor of the Panfilov division in World War II. In addition to the memorial monuments, there is a beautiful building of the Zenkov Orthodox Cathedral in the center of the park. It was listed among the wooden wanders of the world. Furthermore, it is the  highest wooden building and its colorful architectural design will charm you. Then you will be transferred to the world's highest mountain skating rink located in the Medeo Gorge. There is a famous ski resort Shymbulak  in this gorge. When you will come down to the city, we will take you to the Kok-Tobe hill. It offers amazing panoramic view to whole city. Moreover, it has the tallest TV tower in the world (if to count from the sea level), monument to legendary rock group Beatles will draw your attention. Then you can find some national souvenirs at small boutiques. On the way back, you will take a cable car to the city center. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Issyk lake - Almaty
Today will be dedicated to the day tour to Issyk Gorge in the Trans-Ili Alatau, one of the largest mountain ranges in Kazakhstan, it located along the Kuldja tract. Thousands of years ago these land was one of the ways of Great Silk Road where travellers stopped. En route, we will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve "ISSYK". This museum is rich in the history of Saka-Scythisan tribe - the first nomadic tribe in the Central Asian territory. Even it has a large permanent exposition specially the Sakas civilization. Moreover, it is possible to see the copy of the Golden Man. And other valuable artefacts from this area: golden items, ancient ceramics pots, weapon, elements of horse equipment, the model of Saka burial mound. Further, you will drive to mountain lake Issyk in the gorge with the same name. This lake has incredible color of turquoise. You can learn more about natural disasters happened during 1963 from your guide. We will make a picnic at the lake and fully enjoy the time in the arms of the nature. After return back to Almaty and rest in a hotel.

Day 3: Almaty - Kaindy Lake
After breakfast at the hotel we will travel to Kaindy Gorge, have a hiking tour to the Kaindy lake will take the way among the mildly spruce forest, one of the most famous in Kazakhstan. In translation from local language, Kaindy Lake means Birch Lake. The story of the lake goes back to the century ago; in the result of the huge earthquake, mountain water was blocked by cascading slide land.  Nowadays the water of the lake is freezing cold in summers and when the sun is out snow-capped mountains and evergreen fir trees are mirrored in the water. The dried-out trunks of the trees rise above the surface of the water, looking like the masts of sunken ships. This charming scenery cannot be fully described by words; you will see on your own and enjoy it in calm environment. Then we will have a picnic with the view of the lake and think about the meaning of the life. Come back to the Saty settlement, where you can walk around or just enjoy the cup of tea. It is possible to ride a horse upon request (for extra charge).  Overnight you spend in a guesthouse.

Day 4: Kaindy Lake - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Next most exciting destination in our tours will be Charyn Canyons, which is known as a little brother of Great Canyons, one of the best highlights of Kazakhstan. While you are driving to canyons, you will listen to the story the historical and cultural history of the nomadic Kazakh people in this area and stop at the local restaurant for a lunch. These magnificent creatures in Charyn were formed 12 million years ago by the eternal forces of the nature- rain, wind and the sun. The most beautiful site is Valley of Castles, massive silhouette feels like grandiose castle, some of the formations similar to giant warriors. If you go down and follow the maze track to the river, you can imagine and see fantastic towers, sky bridges, fossilized dinosaurs and other interesting creatures. You can also enjoy the great panoramic view without going down, where it seems endless. After this you will travel back to Almaty. Overnight in a hotel in Almaty.

Day 5: Flight
Today you will finish your trip and say bye Kazakhstan. Transfer to the airport.