Kazakhstan miracle: Tour 6 Destination: Kazakhstan Duration: 5 days Places to visit: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Shymkent - Turkestan - Aksu Jabagly - Chernyaevka
Day 1: Almaty - Issyk Lake - Almaty Welcome to Kazakhstan! On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to the city tour. It is better to start from the Green Bazaar. Here you will see one of the oldest Almaty parks as Panfilov Park as well as Zenkov Cathedral. Visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. In the afternoon you will drive to the south-western part of the city, passing by the Park of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Today you will have a trip to the Big Almaty Gorge and then travel to Issyk gorge. The road lies along the Kuldja tract where caravans travelled. On the way you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum Reserve "ISSYK" dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period. Then you drive to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the magnificent mountain lake Issyk and enjoy the grand beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge. Transfer to a hotel.
Day 2: Almaty - Shymkent Today we will travel to the Almaty International airport and departure to Shymkent by local flight (1h 40 min one way). On arrival to Shymkent you will have a sightseeing tour (3 h). During the tour you will see the following objects: Walk of Fame (park named after Sh. Kaldayakov), "Zher Ana" monument, Ordabasy square, Park "20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan", Museum of Victims of Political Repression (30 minutes), Obelisk of Glory, Eternal Flame to the fallen in The Great Patriotic War, Arboretum (stop for 20 minutes), Regional Museum (40-60 minutes). Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 3: Shymkent - Turkestan - Shymkent In the morning we will travel from Shymkent to Otrar region, Shaulder Settlement. On arrival you will have a sightseeing tour at Local History Museum "Otyrar", Arystan Bab Mausoleum, archaeological building of the antique settlement of Otrar dedicated to the IV century BC. On arrival you will have a sightseeing tour in Otrar you to the city of Turkestan, which was founded around 500 AD at the junction of caravan way from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva to northern Kazakhstan. The city was recognized as the mystical and political center of the Turkic-speaking people in the XVI-XVIII centuries, and was the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. In Turkestan you will visit "Azret Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan ancient settlement, Necropolis, a fragment of the fortress wall, Citadel with gates, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque. Overnight is in hotel.
Day 4: Shymkent - Aksu Jabagly - Shymkent Today you will have a tour to Aksu Jabagly natural reserve (125 km). Aksu Zhabagly is an ancient natural reserve in Kazakhstan, located at the branches of the Western Tien Shan Mountains at an altitude from 1000 to 4280 meters above sea level. The basic high-altitude zones are signified here: semi-deserts standby dry motley grass of steppes, comfortable plots of meadows give way to thickets of juniper. Jerry-rigged of colorful alpine flowers decorates the base of severe peaks with stunning snow. The reserve is an amusing reserves of rare, scarce and widespread species of animals and plants. It is home for argali and ibex, deer and roe deer, lynx and snow leopards, wolves, foxes, bears, porcupines and ermines as well as bearded vultures, griffons and golden eagles are flying high in the sky. Return to a hotel for sleep.
Day 5: Chernyaevka Transfer to Chernyaevka to cross the border.