Kazakhstan Tour 13 Days | Almaty, Altyn-Emel Reserve, Charyn Canyon

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3-day tour to Kazakhstan will introduce you to amazing natural sites of Almaty vicinities. You will enjoy wonderful and different views of the biggest Kazakh natural reserve – Altyn-Emel, walk along the Aktau mountains, and listen to the Singing Barchan (singing-dune) song – a unique occurrence of the nature that has many related legends. You will also see the necropolis of Bes-Shatir, the oldest burial place of ancient Scythians surrounded by huge rocky rings of menhirs – big structures similar to the famous Stonehenge in the Great Britain. You will also have a trip to Charyn Canyon, a beautiful valley of red rocked ‘castles’ as if erected by unknown giants. Positive emotions and exceptional selfie photos are guaranteed!

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Almaty – Altyn-Emel
Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby at 07:00. Depart Almaty and drive to Altyn-Emel national Park. Arrive in Altyn-Emel National Park at 10:00. Upon arrival walk around the park to see Kyzylauyz petroglyphs. After some time for picnic and rest continue sightseeing Bes-Shatir burial mounds. In the afternoon transfer to Altyn-Emel hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Altyn-Emel
After breakfast leave hotel for sightseeing tour to the Singing Barchan – a unique phenomenon of nature. At noon return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon continue sightseeing. Enjoy time at Katutau and Aktau mountains. Late in the afternoon return to Altyn-Emel hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Altyn-Emel – Charyn Canyon – Almaty
After breakfast depart Altyn-Emel and drive to Charyn Canyon. En route stop to see the old ash-tree grove on the Temerlik River. After some time for picnic and rest continue drive to Charyn Canyon. Arrive in Canyon. Walk along Canyon and enjoy its beautiful views, one of which is the so-called “The Valley of Castles”. It is thought to be one of the sights of the Canyon – these rock deposits resembling a tower by its form seemed to be created by unknown giants.The Valley of Castles is over 2 km in length and its width reaches from 20 to 80 m at some places. Late in the afternoon return to Almaty (4hrs). Transfer to the hotel. End of the tour.
  • Transport throughout the tour;
  • Accommodation at hotel based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • English speaking tour leader to accompany the travellers for the whole period of the tour;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Full board (3 lunches and 2 dinners).
  • Accommodation in Almaty;
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Consular fees, visa support for Kazakhstan tourist visa;
  • Registration;
  • Personal travel insurance.


Altyn-Emel - 2 nights

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