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The Name of tour: Golden Altyn Emel tour
Duration: 7 days
Visiting landmarks: Almaty, Altyn Emel, Kaindy, Kolsai Lakes
Day 1: Almaty
This day you will meet the local driver. After that you will drive to the southern capital Almaty. This day you will have a wonderful city tour and discover the best sites in the city. You are going to immerse in the ancient history of the country, city and the future plans. Guests of the country will explore the colorful site Green Bazaar. You will have an opportunity to buy something interesting; you will discover the fascinating souvenirs for you and your family. Today you will observe a truly interesting Oriental Bazaar and plunge in the national atmosphere, where you can bargain with hospitable sellers. Further you will direct to Panfilov park, you are going to observe the oldest parks in Almaty. Being here you will discover the masterpiece of art and enjoy the beautiful wooden building Zenkov Cathedral. After that you will continue the tour with discovering Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame dedicated to those who died defending their homeland. Then you will get to the next spot of the tour - Medeo Gorge. Upon arrival you will discover the highest mountain skating rink and dam. Moreover you will explore the stunning hill of Kok-Tobe by the fascinating mountain road. Inaddition you will discover the tallest TV tower in the world. Today you will have a chance to wander in Kok Tobe Park, experience the fascinating views and buy souvenirs and enjoy the national atmosphere. You are going to admire the fabulous panorama view of the city from a special observation desk. You will have a chance to visit souvenir shop. You will finish the tour with riding by the amazing Almaty cableway. This night you will spend in the hotel.
Day 2: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
After breakfast you will discover the interesting place where the trade caravans of the Great Silk Road passed for many years. This day you will have a chance to discover the spectacular gorge on Trans-Ili Alatau - Issyk Gorge that is situated along the Kuldja tract. In course of the tour you will get some interesting facts, ancient history of the country and admire the cultural heritage. During the trip don’t miss a chance to discover the burial mounds of Sakas tribe, where was excavated the famous "Golden Man". During the tour, you will be able to explore that this is a priceless artifact that has become an incredible state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. During the tour you will be able to explore beautiful places like the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. Here you will have a chance to discover the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Sakas period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Sakas burial mound. This day you will continue the tour you will explore the beautiful mountain Lake Issyk that is situated on the height of 1756 meters above sea level. There you will be enchanted by a picnic and spend your free time. During the tour, you will be able to explore beautiful landscapes, charming views and attractions. This lake is located in the Issyk Gorge. Our customers will be able to learn that the lake was formed about 10,000 years ago and as a result of an extensive mountain collapse, which was able to create a natural dam 300 meters high, and was able to fill the valley. Customers of the company will be able to see the beautiful panorama of the emerald lake, explore junipers and beautiful places. In the tour, you can also learn about the history of the 1963 natural disaster. You will rest the night in the hotel.
Day 3: Almaty – Tamgaly Tas – Altyn Emel
After breakfast you will discover the fascinating attraction Tamgaly Tas that is situated on the Ili River. During the tour you will also be able to explore that Tamgaly Tas is an interesting place with huge boulders. So you will be able to explore that many of these places are known for rock paintings that tell about rock paintings that show a way of life. Also about the beliefs of the people who lived at that time. You can also explore interesting scenes, animals, and hunting that can tell you about the past. There are also rock paintings of the Buddha, which occupy a special place. After arrival you will have a chance to explore to the history, observe many interesting petroglyphs and learn how life was born in this place. After that the tour route will take you to Baschi village. After that you will transfer to fascinating Altyn Emel National Park where you will have a chance to discover the fascinating Singing Dune. Singing dune-a mountain of light-colored sand, has a length of up to 3 km and a height of 150 m. The dune is located in the corridor between the ridges of the Dzungarian Alatau — the Big and Small Kalkans on the territory of the Altyn-Emel National Park in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan, 183 km northeast of Almaty. The singing dune is a natural phenomenon, famous for the fact that in dry weather the sands emit a sound similar to the melody of a ringing organ. The sand created by the Singing Dune arises from the sandbanks of the Ili River. In both directions, peculiar dune tails stretch to the river, which can be seen with the naked eye. The layers are formed due to the fact that at the Big and Small Kalkans, standing at a slight angle to each other, the sand, driven by the winds, hits the stone ridge, thereby settling. The overnight will be in the hotel.
Day 4: Altyn Emel – Saty – Kaindy
Today you will travel from Altyn Emel to Kolsai Lakes. This day you arrive at 12:00. Today you will be fascinated by the real beauty of the lake and discover the nature. Kaindy lake one of the mysterious places of the foothills at an altitude of 2000 m above sea level among the fir trees, surrounded by mountain peaks. It arose about 100 years ago as a result of the collapse of a huge mass of rock that blocked the gorge with a natural dam. The lake is located 12 km east of the first Kolsai lake. The lake is about 400 m long and reaches a depth of almost 30 m. On all sides, Lake Kaindy is surrounded by scree rocky slopes and steep rock rises. Above it is a rocky cul-de-sac, and only on one side can you drive to the water by car. From the rocky ridge, you can enjoy stunning views of the Saty Gorge, the Chilik River Valley, and the Kainda Gorge. There are rich mushroom forests around, where you can pick strawberries in July and August, and mountain raspberries in the last month of summer. The dry trunks of the fir trees rise above the water surface like the masts of submerged ships. Kaindy is an amazingly beautiful lake. And every year Kaindy gradually increases the number of his fans. This day you will transfer to Saty and the night will be in the guest house.
Day 5: Saty – Kolsai Lakes
In the morning you will start the tour at 7 o’clock. This day you will have a breakfast and then direct to do trekking from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. In course of the tour you will observe the lake that is called the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan. One of the most beautiful places of Kazakh nature, the lakes are called the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan. They are located at altitudes of 1800, 2250 and 2700 meters above sea level. The warm season lasts from April to the end of September. Kolsai is a great place for camping, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The first lake is 1 km long. and a width of about 300 m. it is located at an altitude of 1818 m.. The middle lake is located at an altitude of 2552 m, 5 km higher from the first one. It is large and extremely picturesque, like a bowl of turquoise crystal in the palms of the mountains. The lower and middle lakes are "boiling" with trout playing at sunset. Upper Kolsai is located from the second lake 4 km further and 600m higher. Beyond it, the border with Kyrgyzstan is 6 km away. The Sary-Bulak pass (3278m) offers a view of the blue Issyk-kul. Anyone who has ever been lucky enough to visit these places will never forget their splendor, peace and tranquility around. When the water surface is absolutely calm, it reflects the sky and the enchanting panorama of the mountain landscape. Travelling here you will have a chance see deer, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. This night you will rest in the guest house.
Day 6: Saty – Charyn Canyon – Almaty
Today you will transfer back to Almaty at 09:00am. This day you will visit Charyn Canyon on the way. You can take a walk through the canyon and take photos. You will be able to explore that these canyons are a natural complex that is very unique and interesting, and is located in Kazakhstan. In the tour you will be able to explore that this is a truly picturesque place. It stretches for 154 km. In Kazakhstan, he was called the younger brother of the Grand Canyon. During the tour you will be able to see the Valley of Castles and there you will be attracted by the towers and castles, and the height of the rocks reaches about 150-300 meters. During the tour, you can learn that the canyon is about 12 million years old, and attracts many visitors. Customers of the company will be able to explore the views of the Sogdian ash tree and the beautiful views from the panorama. After that you will return to Almaty and arrive at 19:00.
Day 7: Flight
After breakfast you will do check – out till 12:00 and then transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 305 $
04 pax – 835 $
06 pax – 640 $
08 pax – 535 $
10 pax – 475 $
Single – 140 $
Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 45 $
Half board – 105 $
Full board – 170 $
English speaking guide – 675 $ per group
Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
Saty – Homestay
Altyn Emel – Guesthouse
- Museum admissions
- Mineral water supply
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide