Wonders of Altyn Emel

Wonders of Altyn Emel

Wonders of Altyn Emel, Kazakhstan tours.

Name of tour: Wonders of Altyn Emel 

Length: 8 days 

Places of interest: Almaty, Issyk, Altyn Emel, Saty, Kaindy, Kolsai, Charyn 

Day 1: Almaty
Our company is glad to meet you in Kazakhstan and provide you the best tour. You will explore the southern part of Kazakhstan, especially in the southern capital – Almaty. This day you will get a lot of information and details about the southern capital, history and cultural heritage. We are going to explore the first and significant site of the city the Green Bazaar. You can have a chance to take a colorful photo here, roam in the rows, and buy some interesting souvenirs. After we will continue tour with exploring the capital’s attraction, it will take about 6 hours. You will explore the magnificent building that is one of the most structures in the world Zenkov Cathedral in Panfilov Park. Then the visitors will transfer to the Kok-Tobe hill by the picturesque mountain road driving to the Kok-Tobe Park. In the park people can walk, buy souvenirs and observe the stunning views of the city. The overnight is in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty
After breakfast the group will start the tour.  Explore the territories and at 11:00 the group travel about 7 hours. Along the way the visitors can listen to the interesting stories of the guide, explore the history, the details of the fabulous gorges of the Trans-Ili Alatau as the Issyk Gorge is right on the Kuldja tract. Driving here people can think how the routes of the Silk Road went here. Then we will explore the breathtaking views of Issyk Lake. There are located the important find and the main symbol of Kazakhstan the “Golden Man” of the Saka period. During the tour we can discover the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”. We can explore here the various elements of the weapon and horse equipment, also the remarkable artifacts. We will lead after to the altitude of 1756m above sea level. The views of the lake are wonderful. The lake was forms about 10000 years ago, and the earthquake made a dam of 300m. Here travelers canrelax from the civilization and bustling cities. The night will be spent in the hotel.

Day 3: Almaty – Altyn Emel
This day is dedicated for traveling to the Tamgaly Tas. We will start early in the morning at 8:00. This national park is located on the Ili River being the important site that can explore the important details of the ancient times, where are depicted some pictures of the Buddha and scriptures of the text in Tibetan, Kalmyk and all other languages. Looking at unique drawings, you can get acquainted with the customs of our ancestors, their beliefs and see scenes from everyday life. You will be able to get in touch with ancient history by looking at these drawings. After that we continue tour to the Baschi River with a lunch in the hotel. In the second part of the day we will get to the amazing Altyn Emel National Park with the popular the Singing Dune. The loudest and most inexplicable voice on our planet. It is able to fascinate tourists not only with magic music, but also with an unimaginable pattern of sand waves. The mountain of light-colored sand has a length of up to 3 km, and its height reaches 150 m. The dune is located between the ridges of the Dzungarian Alatau. There is option to get to the top of the dune and slide down. We will end the tour with dinner and night will be in the boarding house.

Day 4: Altyn Emel
We will start the tour early in the morning at 7:30. After that the group will travel to the fascinating Aktau and Katutau mountains. You will have a picnic and the get acquainted with the views of the harsh mountains Katutau Mountains. These amazing beauties of the Chalk Mountains, conquering with its grandeur and its lifelessness, with fantastic canyons and colorful slopes that resemble a multi-layered pie, were formed many millions of years ago. It surprises with various shapes and forms. Aktau Mountains, located on the site of the ancient sea that once filled the Ili basin. As soon as the sea began to disappear, there were gorges and canyons of sheer walls made up of multi-colored layers of rocks. This is Paleogene zone where animal remains were found dating back 25-30 million years ago. These mountains look like Egyptian pyramids. After we will transfer to the guest house, the dinner is served there.

Day 5: Altyn Emel – Saty – Kaindy
This day we will have a wonderful tour, but before we will have breakfast. We will travel to the Saty village, the Kolsai Lakes as well. The group will arrive there at 12:00 a.m. already. We will see the trunks of fir trees in the water, resembling the masts of submerged ships. The lake was formed about 100 years ago as a result of the collapse of a huge mass of rock that blocked the gorge with a natural dam. There are rich mushroom forests and flower glades all around. We are sure you will not remain indifferent to such a beautiful prettiness. The lake translated as Birch Lake. Such beauty cannot be described in words, it is better to see it with your own eyes. Then we drive to the Saty, have dinner and night in the guest house.

Day 6: Saty – Kolsai 2
This day is dedicated to a trip to the picturesque lakes Kolsai, but before we will have breakfast that will be at 07:00 a.m. And after we will have trekking tour to the Kolsai-1 and Kolsai-2 lakes. After arrival the group will have a lunch and get information about the lakes. These lakes are proudly called as "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan". There spread the meadows of mushrooms and berries. We also have a chance to request the horse-riding. They have a dark blue color of water, they are surrounded by Alpine meadows, rocks and huge coniferous forests of Tien Shan spruce, which are located in a cascade, one after the other, in one huge and amazing mountain gorge. Having seen them at least once, it is impossible to forget this splendor. There are also possible to see with their own eyes such animals as marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. The tour will be completed with transferring to the guesthouse.

Day 7: Saty – Charyn – Almaty
In the 7th day of the tour you will have breakfast and then at 09:00 a.m. we will transfer to the wonderful Charyn Canyon. The group will have a chance to reveal the secrets and mysteries of the natural landmark.  People usually call the canyon as the younger brother of Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America. Although the size is smaller it can present you the fabulous panoramic views. The Canyon was created due to the sun, wind and rain about 12 million years ago. There are also located the fabulous maze the "Valley of Castles" where we can marvel and see the bizarre shapes resembles the animas and towers. It is about 2 km long and 80m wide. We will finish the tour at 19:00 p.m. and drive to Almaty.

Day 8: Flight
The members of the trip are going to have breakfast and then they need to make a check-out before 12:00. They are taken to the airport.


Price per person:
02 pax – 1 680 $
04 pax – 1 030 $
06 pax – 770 $
08 pax – 640 $
10 pax – 565 $
Single – 175 $

Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 45 $  

Half board – 135 $
Full board – 210 $

English speaking guide – 780 $ per group


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
        Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3*
         Saty – Homestay
        Altyn Emel – Guest house
- Mineral water supply
- 2 dinners and 2 lunches
- Admission tickets to all museums
- English speaking escort (takes care of organizational questions)           

Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa support
- English speaking guide

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