Weekend Tour - 42 Days | Altyn - Emel Park, Kyzyl Auyz petroglyphs, Bes Shatyr necropolis, singing barkhan (dune), Katutau and Aktau mountains

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Take a weekend trip to the Altyn-Emel National Nature Park located in the Ili River Valley. You will see the unique natural beauty of Kazakhstan – singing sand. You will also visit burial place of Saka kings – necropolis of Bes-Shatyr dating to the VII-IV B.C.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Almaty – Altyn-Emel
Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby early in the morning. 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 picnic and some rest continue sightseeing to Bes-Shatir burial mounds. The necropolis of Bes-Shatir (Five Tents) used to be a place of worship for the ancient Scythians dwelling on the territory of the nowadays Kazakhstan in the 1st century BC. On the territory of 2 sq. km, 18 there are imperial mounds of about 9 m. in diameter and about 2.5 m. in altitude. Under the mounds one can see crypts made of logs of the Tyan-Shan fur-tree. In the afternoon transfer to Altyn-Emel hotel. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Altyn-Emel – Almaty
After breakfast leave hotel for sightseeing tour to the Singing Barchan – a unique phenomenon of nature. The barchan reaches almost 3 km in length and 150m in height. This is the largest one among the known barchans. It stretches several kilometers perpendicular to the Big and Small Kalkan ranges. 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 Almaty. Transfer to the hotel. End of the tour.


  • Transport throughout the tour;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local English speaking guide;
  • Full board;
  • Environmental and entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Bottled water 1.5l per person a day.
  • Accommodation in Almaty;
  • Transfers and transportation in Almaty;
  • Consular fees for Kazakhstan tourist visa;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Alcohol and soft drinks.

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