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My name is Cholpon. I grew up in a small town of Naryn in the south-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan. From the early ages my passion was to travel and discover new places. I enjoyed showing around to my friends and teachers who came from abroad to teach English. Further I entered the University to study linguistics but to connect my life with tourism it was not enough. Therefore I went through special courses of guiding by local mentors in Bishkek who run tourist agencies. This is how I got involved into this world of adventures and new experiences.
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Tour in the Footsteps of History

Tour in the Footsteps of History

Tour 3: Tour in the Footsteps of History
Duration: 9 days
In short: Almaty − Shymkent − Turkestan − Issyk Lake − Kaindy − Saty − Kolsai − Charyn − Almaty

Day 1: Almaty
You will be transferred to the city for sightseeing. It is the best idea to learn more about history and development of the Southern capital of Kazakhstan. Don’t miss to see main attractions. The tour will start from visiting the famous Green Bazaar where you can buy anything you want. Later we will visit the oldest Almaty parks − Panfilov Park and the most beautiful wooden buildings in the world − Zenkov Cathedral. Visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. After that you will get to the Medeo Gorge. Next destination is the Kok-Tobe hill. There is the tallest TV tower in the world. In Kok-Tobe Park you will be admired by the wonderful panoramic views and take outstanding photos. The tour will end with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Night is in hotel.

Day 2: Almaty – Shymkent
You will be transferred from hotel to airport. Next destination is Shymkent. The guide will meet you. Visit the following attractions as park named after Sh.Kaldayakov “Zher Ana” monument, Ordabasy square Park “20 years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, Museum of Victims of Political Repression (30 minutes), Obelisk of Glory, Eternal Flame to the fallen in The great Patriotic War, Walk of Fame, Arboretum, Regional Museum and others. Overnight is in hotel.

Day 3: Shymkent – Turkestan – Shymkent
The day will start with departure from Shymkent to Otrar region, Shaulder Settlement. You will visit the Local History Museum "Otyrar", Arystan-Bab Mausoleum, archaeological site of the ancient settlement of Otrar. Talking about Otrar, it is the city where feudal philosopher and scientist Al-Farabi was born and lived. The next destination is the city of Turkestan, which was founded about 500 AD at the intersection of caravan roads from Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva to northern Kazakhstan. It is the spiritual and political center of the Turkic-speaking people in the XVI-XVIII centuries. Before it was the capital of the Kazakh Khanate. Being in Turkestan you will visit "Azret-Sultan" historical and architectural complex, Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan ancient settlement, Necropolis, a fragment of the fortress wall, Citadel with gates, Hammam, Hilvet underground mosque. This night is in a hotel.

Day 4: Shymkent – Almaty
After having a hearty breakfast, you will check out till 12:00 and transfer to airport. The next destination is Almaty. When you arrive in Almaty you will check in and start the tour of visiting the next places. Visit the Panfilov’s alley and Arbat, President Park. The Arbat Market is one of the most visited places in Almaty where you can find artists selling their works of art, local landscapes and everything about Kazakhstan. You will have the opportunity to visit TSUM. It is a shopping mall. Perfect place to buy and sell goods. The Park is sited in the southern part of Almaty and has a remarkable mountain background. In this park is usually held the annual music festival called “Almaty – my first love”. The concert is held in front of the curved walkway a sin images. The amphitheater atmosphere is emphasized by the fountains and water features to the rear.  The park area takes about 1.5 km from one end to the other. There are  a lot green trees and grass.

Day 5: Almaty – Issyk Lake – Almaty
The day will start visiting one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau − Issyk Gorge which lies along the Kuldja tract. It is important to note that hundreds of years ago the trade caravans journeyed. In tour you will learn more about its history and see the burial mounds of Saka period. Visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK. The route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name which was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. Being there you will enjoy stunning beauty of its blue water surface and the Issyk Gorge. Don’t miss to take wonderful photos. Your night is in hotel.

Day 6: Almaty – Kaindy – Saty
You will have departure from Almaty at 07:00 and arrive to Kolsai Lakes at about 12:00. You will have lunch and travel to Kaindy Lake. Kaindy Lake (birch lake) is situated among wonderful pine forest at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. It was formed in 1911 due to the earthquake which blocked the alley by the natural dam. Later the water has flooded the valley. Its waters are very cold and transparent. You will enjoy by its surface. Don’t miss to take awesome photos. Afterwards you will have transfer to Saty settlement. Dinner and night is in guesthouse.

Day 7: Saty – Kolsai
You will wake up at 07:00 and have breakfast. Today you will trek from the lake Kolsai-1 to the lake Kolsai-2. Lunch is on the way. Kolsai Lakes − "Pearls of the Northern Tien-Shan" - has waterfall of three lakes. The largest lake is very popular among travelers. You will find it green. There are a lot of mushrooms. You can have a horse tour there. The highest lake is small which is located on the border of fir-wood and the alpine meadows. The rich flora and fauna will inspire you. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. You can reach to the lowest lake by car but you must walk few kilometers along mountain trails to see the second and the third lake. For sure you can fishing there and enjoy stunning landscapes of berries. You can see Marals, mountain goats, wolves and even bears. Afterwards you will return to the guest house. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Kolsai – Charyn – Almaty
After having a hearty breakfast you will departure to Almaty at 09:00am. You will drive to Charyn Canyon.  Charyn Canyon is one of the most beautiful complexes in Kazakhstan which attracts travelers from around the world. It was formed during Paleogene and reminds the Grand Canyon of Colorado River in North America. The height of canyon is about 150-300 meters. This canyon was made due to wind and water and named it as "Valley of Castles" with lots of rocks. The length of the valley is more than 2 km, width is 20-80 meters. You will enjoy walking among the strange towers and columns and take wonderful photos. Afterwards you will transfer to Almaty at 19:00.

Day 9: Flight
Breakfast. Check – out till 12:00. Airport transfer.

Price per person 3*:
02 pax – 1 685 $
04 pax – 1 200 $
06 pax – 905 $
08 pax – 755 $
10 pax – 695 $
Single – 175 $ 

Early check-in – 25 $
Single early check-in – 45 $ 

Price per person 4*:
02 pax – 1 760 $
04 pax – 1 285 $
06 pax – 990 $
08 pax – 835 $
10 pax – 770 $
Single – 220 $ 

Early check-in – 40 $
Single early check-in – 70 $  

Half board – 125 $ (7 dinners, 2 dinners are included to the accommodation price)
Full board – 200 $ (7 dinners + 7 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 lunches are included to the accommodation price)


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
     Almaty – “Kazakhstan” Hotel 3* / “Kazzhol” Hotel 4*
     Shymkent – “Megapolis” Hotel 3*/ “Aidana Plaza” Hotel 4*
     Saty – Homestays
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour            

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

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