A three–day tour to Turkestan – one of the most ancient cities of Kazakhstan and the whole of Central Asia - will introduce you to the architecture and rich history of this region. The pearl of Turkestan is the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mausoleum over the grave of the saint – almost 250 years after his death – was erected by Amir Timur himself. Not far from Turkestan is the medieval settlement of Otrar, which existed in the X-XII centuries. You will also visit the mausoleum of the Central Asian saint Arystan-Bab, the mausoleum of the daughter of Yassavi – Gauhar Ana, see the ancient settlement of Kultobe and the mausoleum of the companion of the Prophet Muhammad – Ukasha-ata.
Book a three-day tour to Turkestan and you will see the genuine East.
Departure to Otrar (172 km). You will visit the medieval city of the X-XII centuries, which was considered one of the largest cities in Central Asia. You will see an ancient settlement with the remains of several blocks, a bathhouse and a mosque.
Then you will visit the mausoleum of the Central Asian saint Arystan Bab, located near Otrar, 55 kilometers from Turkestan. According to legend, the saint lived 340 years and was buried in the XII century. Among Muslims, this place is considered one of the main stages of pilgrimage to the mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Arystan-Bab was a spiritual teacher and mentor of Ahmed Yassawi and an associate of the Prophet Muhammad.
After that, you will visit the mausoleum of Gauhar Ana. The daughter of the thinker and poet Khoja Ahmed Yassawi is buried here. She lived in the second half of the XII century and was known for the gift of healing. Residents of nearby areas came to Gauhar for help in getting rid of various bodily ailments. There is a legend that says that an underground passage was laid from the cell of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi to the tomb of Gauhar-Ana.
Arrival in Turkestan. Visit to the park or the children's entertainment center "Sikyrly Keruen".
Entertainment program – water performance Kyz-Zhibek. Overnight at the hotel.
Then you will visit the ancient settlement of Kultobe (XII century). Four most important periods of the history of Kazakhstan are presented here: Kangyu (IV century), early Medieval (VIII-IX century), medieval (X-XII century) and the period of the Kazakh Khanate (XVI-XIX century). You will also visit the historical and cultural center "Uly Dala Eli" (the Country of the Great Steppe) and take part in a pottery master class.
If you want, you can ride camels and take part in an ethnic photo shoot for an additional fee.
Then you will visit the memorial to the 21st Kazakh Khan and the Altyn Samruk flying theater on the territory of the caravanserai, which has no analogues in Central Asian countries. You will also have a sightseeing tour of the caravanserai, which is located on an area of 206 thousand square meters.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
- Transfer hotel-airport;
- Hotel accommodation, breakfast included;
- Transportation during the tour;
- Local English-speaking guide;
- Entrance tickets to sightseeing sites.
- Personal expenses;
- Medical insurance;
- Air tickets.