DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1. Almaty arrival
Meeting at the airport, transfer to a group excursion Big Almaty Lake (4.5 hours) - at 14:00.
Having arrived to the meeting point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, you will meet your guide and board a comfortable vehicle to start your trip to the Big Almaty Lake. Before the tour, we provide 1L of bottled water and you are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.
You will be taken from the city center to its south-western part. Passing by the city's newest Al-Farabi Avenue you will observe the ski jumping complex "Sunkar", park of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan and listen to the stories of your guide about Almaty city and its history. After a short stop at the entrance to the Ile-Alatau National Park for completing necessary entry procedure, you will start your journey to the Big Almaty Gorge. Upon the way you will know how one of the oldest water pipes of Almaty was constructed, what is preserved in the territory of the national park and how Japanese influenced the development of this area.
After 40 minutes of driving in the gorge through the winding mountain paved road with breathtaking views, you will see the the glorious panorama of the Big Almaty Lake, color of which is always different depending on the weather. The lake is a source of drinking water supply of Almaty city. Because of this reason the access of the tourists to the lake is limited, so the excursion route leads little bit higher above the Big Almaty Lake. There you will have around an hour to admire the scenery and make a walk on the banks of the lake half-way to the water surface which is about 300 meters down from the road. Descend to the lake is stony and covered with seasonal shrubs and herbs so comfortable shoes or boots will make the walking more enjoyable.
On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks, falcons and eagles - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life. Show is open-air and takes around 30-40 minutes. If you are very impressionable and sensitive, please take into account that real chicks (lifeless) are used for feeding the birds during the training and the show. After visiting the Falcon Farm you will have your ride back to the original meeting point with estimated arrival time around 18:30.
Day 2. Almaty – Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Breakfast at the hotel, group excursion to the Charyn Canyon (10 hours) - at 09:00.
Having arrived to the meeting point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, you will board a comfortable car or minivan to start your unforgettable journey to Charyn Canyon. Before the tour, we provide 1,5L of bottled water. You are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it.
It will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the history and nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions. On the way you will have an opportunity to stop in a village to feel the atmosphere of a local market. For a full immersion in the national flavor, you will also have a lunch at the local cafe an hour before arriving in the canyon.
Upon arrival to Charyn Canyon, you will admire the grand panorama and go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon, then walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of bizarre shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the fresh oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn river, and where also located eco-park with several yurts (traditional dwellings) and a small open air café, working in the summer time.
After some rest, walking back the same path to the stairs, then car transfer to one of the observation points for another breathtaking panoramic view. After 3 hours spent in the canyon you will have your back ride to Almaty. The average time of arrival at the original meeting point is between 18:00 and 19:00.
Day 3. Almaty
Breakfast at the hotel, group tour Best Places of Almaty II route (3 hours) - at 14:00.
After meeting of your guide at the meeting point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, your will start the tour with a ride to the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of the Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.
Then, after the park, you will get to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level), well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air, then driving back to the downtown. On the way you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».
Next destination of the tour is the Kok-Tobe hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and the dropping you off at the original meeting point.
Day 4. Almaty departure
Breakfast at the hotel, check-out till 12:00, transfer to the airport.
Almaty International airport
1. Accommodation in a standard single room (3 nights)
2. Transfers to/from airport
3. Meals: standard breakfasts in hotel, lunch in day 2
4. Group sightseeing according to program in days 1, 2 and 3
1. Surcharge for early hotel check-in or late hotel check-out
2. Meals not included into the tour price
3. Additional sightseeing tours and services not indicated in the program
4. International flight ticket
5. Insurance policy
6. Personal and other expenses not indicated in the program
For cancellation of the tour after making payment - 10% of the total price is not refundable.
Tour reservation requires full payment, which is refundable in case of tour cancellation more than 1 day before tour start date.
Tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation 1 day or less before tour start date, as well as in case of no-show.
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