Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Highlights of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Shymkent & Turkestan (9 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Almaty, Kazakhstan To Almaty, Kazakhstan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019


Day 1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Dinner

On the first day of your exciting trip through Kazakhstan, you’ll arrive in the country’s largest city, Almaty, and transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight, in preparation for the action-packed week ahead.

Day 2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kick off your trip bright and early with a city tour of Almaty, where you’ll visit sites including the Central Historical Museum, the central mosque and Kok-Tobe mountain, the highest point in the city. Enjoy dinner with the spectacular view of the city from Kok-Tobe while also undertaking a master class in jewelry making, before returning to your hotel for the night.    

Day 3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll head just under 50 miles outside of Almaty to visit the stunning Issyk lake and explore the many archaeological monuments and burial grounds surrounding the area. After a visit to Issyk museum and lunch, you’ll get to explore a trout farm and an ostrich farm, as well as hike the Turgen River Gorge to a stunning waterfall. After visiting Sunkar farm for a falcon show, you’ll return to Almaty for dinner and overnight.      

Day 4
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the fourth day of your journey, you’ll transfer to Tamgaly Tas, an incredible petroglyph site known for its rock carving of the three Buddhas. After lunch and a day of exploration, you’ll head back to Almaty for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Almaty, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, you’ll take a short flight to Shymkent, from where you will be able to explore the Aksu canyon in Sairam Ugam National Park, featuring “The Valley of a Thousand Eyes”. After lunch, you’ll head back to Shymkent to explore the city’s underground mosque and take a ceramic master class, before enjoying dinner and staying overnight.

Day 6
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
The Turkestan Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you will transfer to the city of Turkestan, stopping at a museum in a small village of Shaulder, the ruins of Otrar and the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab along the way. After lunch in Turkestan, you will explore the nearby ancient city of Sauran in the afternoon, before returning to the city for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will explore some of the best sites of Turkestan, including an underground mosque, a bath and the ruins of the citadel's fortress. After lunch, you'll head back to Shymkent for the short flight back to Almaty, where you'll stay overnight.

Day 8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your final full day, enjoy a trip to Medeo skating rink – the highest mountain skating rink in the world with a great view of Almaty – where you'll enjoy lunch and a trip to the Green Bazar. Afterward, settle in at the Shymbulak Ski Resort before taking in dinner and a show for your final night!

Day 9
Almaty, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast

On your final day, you’ll check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport, where you may head home or catch a flight to another exciting destination in Central Asia.

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VIP Arrival

Upon arrival and disembarkation of your flight a Remote Lands representative assist you with your luggage, escort you through immigration and customs formalities and introduce you to your private guide.

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For a quick trip to Kazakhstan, this action-packed itinerary will ensure you hit all the hotspots. Starting and ending the trip in Almaty, the country’s largest city, you will explore all the city sights but also nearby gems, including Kok-Tobe mountain, Issyk lake, and the petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas. Mix in a trip to Shymkent to visit Sairam Ugam National Park, as well as Turkestan to see the ruins of Otrar and the ancient city of Sauran, and you’ve got a whirlwind week that you won’t soon forget!


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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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