Magical Altyn Emel

Magical Altyn Emel, tours in Kazakhstan

Tour's name: Magical Altyn Emel

The tour route: Almaty-Tamgaly-Altyn Emel-Charyn Canyon

Day 1: Almaty
Today you will drive from the airport to sightseeing. In the tour you will visit the popular landmark of the city the Green Bazaar, where you will have the opportunity to purchase various goods, bargain with the merchant and walk along the colorful rows. The tour route will take you to fascinating attraction one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park, whch was erected in honor of 28 soldiers. After you will observe the mesmerizing wooden building Zenkov Cathedral, which was built by unique technology. Today you will also explore the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame. In the second part of the tour you will direct to the Medeo Gorge, this high-mountain complex is known all over the world for the highest skating rink, where athletes hold all-round sports games and a dam. After you will go to the Kok-Tobe hill where is one of the unique attractions of the city high TV tower, which is depicted on gift cards. You will get there the breathtaking winding mountain road. There you will also meander along the winding paths of the park and impress by the fabulous charm of the panorama of the city. You will end your tour with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway, while riding you will observe the life of Almaty and admire the landscapes. Night will be in the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Tamgaly - Altyn Emel
After breakfast you will move to to Altyn Emel national park, on the way you will stop over at Tamgaly Tas. Today you will drive near artificial Kapshagai water reservoir, this is one of the largest reservoirs in the Republic, with a length of 180 kilometers. It was created in 1960 to regulate the flow of the Ili river. After you will arrive to fascinating Tamgaly Tas, where many petroglyphs, images of mysterious deities, and late Buddhist inscriptions have been preserved on the rocks. The most famous are images of the Buddha, as well as sacred inscriptions in the Tibetan language. Then you will have a transfer to Basshi village, which is located at the territory of Altyn Emel National Park, upon arrival you will discover the Singing Dune. The mountain is made of light-colored sand, has a length of up to 3 km and a height of 150 m.The singing dune is a natural phenomenon, famous for the fact that in dry weather the Sands emit a sound similar to the melody of a ringing organ. For many centuries and centuries, a powerful sand mountain has risen, which remains motionless for about 3-5 thousand years. The n you will drive to Basshi village for overnight.

Day 3: Altyn Emel
This day you will have a journey to the Aktau Mountains. You will drive today on unpaved park roads over 80 km (approx. 2 hours). Aktau Mountains (White Mountains) the colored mountains of Aktau are the best attraction of the Altyn Emel Park. Despite the fact that they are called white mountains (translated from Kazakh), there are sedimentary rocks of reddish, brown, yellow, lilac and gray shades. But the main part of the mountains is white and gray. This is one of the largest paleontological localities with deposits of the Cenozoic era. As a result of the excavations, numerous remains of ancient animals that lived in different geological epochs were discovered, such as marsh rhinos - crocodiles, shellfish, turtles, giant rhinoceros, and deer. Then you will drive to Basshi village for overnight.

Day 4: Altyn Emel - Charyn - Almaty 
Today you will transfer to Ash-tree Grove on the Temerlik River. Relict forest is the only one of its kind located in the Charyn canyon. This is a real fairy-tale forest, the trees themselves can live 300-400 years. And the territory is included in the UNESCO list. Relict vegetation grows in the forests: Sogdian (Charyn) ash, willow, poplar. It looks like open-air museum.  Then you will drive to Charyn Canyon. On arrival you will observe the fascinating views and go down to walk in amazing the Castles Valley about 2 km, the water eroded the clay, and then formed an unusual relief in the form of castles, which can now be seen. Charyn canyon is a natural monument made up of sedimentary rocks that are about 12 million years old. The height of the steep mountains of the canyon reaches 150-300 m. Here you can spend hours exploring the amazing terrain and landscapes that nature itself has created. After you will drive to Almaty andyou will spend the night in the hotel.

Day 5: Flight
Transfer to Almaty International airport.

02 pax - Sedan
04-10 pax - Sprinter

Price per person:
02 pax - 700 $
04 pax - 495 $
06 pax - 470 $
08 pax - 385 $
10 pax - 345 $
Single - 85 $

Half board -100 $
Full board -180$

English speaking guide - 500 $ per group

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Almaty - "Kazakhstan" Hotel 3*
Altyn Emel - "Aigai Kum" Hotel
- 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
- English speaking guide