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Though characterised by its bitter, windy winters and hot, dusty summers, Astana is a pleasant city with a young, forward-looking vibe. Kazakhstan's ambitious and talented youth are increasingly drawn here, and if you spend a few days, the capital will really begin to get under your skin, too.


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$95 Day Trips & Excursions

City tour in Astana

I am going to make Old-To-New conceptual tour. We will start at 9AM at Duman aquarium parking and go to old part of city. Depending on number of people we go either by car (up to 3 persons) or by minibus (up to 10). There we learn about medieval, Soviet and post-Soviet developments of Kazakhstan in general and Astana in particular. In old part we can see former Delegatskaya street, monument to Kerei and Zhanibek khans, first office of President, former office of KGB, Ishim river, monument to Tomiris queen, catholic church, sinagogue. Lunch is not included, so we are free to choose, where to have it. Up to your taste, kazakh, russian, ukrainian, korean, georgian, uzbek cookery are available with cost/person $6-35. Following ahead, we will see russian orthodox church, palace for schoolchildren, new mosque, Pyramid by Norman Foster and National museum. Depending on weekday, we may visit Presidential square. Of course, it is absolutely new part of the city that never existed before relocation of capital to Astana. Whatever you'll see in the new part of city, didn't exist 14 years ago, all of it was literally empthy space, flat ground. Here we will see Baiterek tower, World EXPO 2017 site, Asiada 2011 site, new opera hall and another creature of Norman Foster, Khan Shatyr. This will be our last point. Please, prepare good questions. Being journalist I used to write about finance, economy, international politics, history, I love history of Soviet period. See you in Astana! Yerlan.

$48 Cultural & Theme Tours

A meal with local family, Kazakh food, direct talk to locals in their house

Timing is flexible and adjusted up to convenience of visitors. Most typically lunch starts at 1PM, dinner starts about 7PM. Because of being nomads for many centuries, kazakh cookery is mostly about meat. Usually, we have a cup of kymyz before it. Kymyz  is fermented horse milk. Don't be afraid of trying it :-) Vegetables and salades are mostly a tribute to european taste. Usually, 1 or 2 salads are offered before main dish. Another staple of kazakh meal is strong black tea with milk with nomadic sweets. Again, according to nomadic lifestyle all "candies" are very simple but very.... original. Up to guests' taste green team may be served. A meal may be held in three different settings: 1. Young local family. They married recently, both are newcomers to Astana. Both are young and active, and managed to buy new flat for themselves - success for such a young people. They have 2 years daughter. This is regular option. 2. Rural family that recently migrated to Astana. They bought small house in a village near the city and after moving capital to Astana this place is almost in the center of the capital. Four sons, who repair cars and run retail outlets, built new house for their parents and now whole family of three generations lives in new big house. Old one is given for rent. The family is very talented, there are singers, dancers, grandfather is writer, grandmother was journalist. This family needs longer time ahead for booking, at least a week. 3. Family of local jeweller. This meal is extended with visiting his private museum of nomadic arts - jewelry, souvenirs made out of wood, leather, felt, national costumes, shoes, painting, antiquities. This meal also requires early booking. All families live within the city and do not nee special transport cost. A bus comes near, taxi is also very cheap ($3-5 per a ride). The price includes meal itself and a guide/translator. No tickets are required. Depending on a person of a guide, different stories may be told - history, culture, architecture, economy, finance, global politics, healthcare, education, science, housekeeping etc.

$71 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ethno-Cultural Experience in Astana

Your exciting ethno-cultural experience in Astana will start with pickup from your hotel. Recommended time to start the tour is from 9:00am till 3:00pm.As you know, familiarity with the culture and traditions of a country begins with an introduction to its national cuisine. The same holds for Kazakhstan: there is no better way of understanding the Kazakh traditional culture, than a gastronomic experience, consisting of cooking  traditional dishes yourself and get acquainted with the secrets of traditional culinary arts, that you will acquire during this 3-hour tour.You will also have unique opportunity to participate in the process of manufacturing of a very ancient Kazakh musical instrument, an authentic value and heritage of the Great Steppe - ‘sazsyrnay’.Neither of stories about the Great Kazakh steppe and nomadic people do without the yurt - a traditional dwelling of the nomads. Since ancient times methods and secrets of yurt construction, requiring special skills and knowledge passed down from generation to generation. And during this program you will be able personally touch the construction process of wooden walls – ‘kerege’, the traditional raising of the dome – ‘Shanyrak’, as well as the strengthening of wooden poles – ‘uyk’.And, finally, you will be offered to try on the Kazakh national clothes and dance the national dance "Kara zhorga". The tour ends with dropping you off at your hotel.

$119 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Burabai National Park Private Day Tour from Astana

You unforgettable journey to Burabai National Park is started from the pickup from your hotel at 9:00am. On a way to the resort area which is in 270 km from Astana, the professional guide will give you an introduction to history of this region. On arrival you will visit the Khan’s pass and see "Burabai" mountain.   On Abylaykhan Valley you will feast your eyes upon “Ush-kyz”, “Ok-Zhetpes”, “Zhumbaktas” rocks and “Kokshetau” mountain, each having the surprising legends reflecting history and identity of the Kazakh people. During the tour you will have lunch in a local cafe and 30-minute free time to walk in the wood. Further you will have an easy hiking on “Bolektau” mountain, on the top of which the tremendous view of the “Borovoe” lake and its surroundings opens. Excursion to Borovoe allows to remove not only physical, but also psychological fatigue, and also to enjoy marvelous views of an unusual oasis on the middle of the Kazakhstan steppe. The century pine woods hide a set of secrets and riddles, attracting by beauty and greatness. The average time of arrival at your hotel is between 7:00 and 8:00pm.

$150 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Astana 3-Day Group Tour Package

Day 1. Astana, ArrivalThis day of your arrival to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. After the meeting with the guide at Astana International airport or railway station, you will be taken to the hotel for accommodation. Please note, that standard hotel check-in time is 2:00pm. If you need earlier check-in, surcharge is applicable. Overnight in the hotel.Day 2. AstanaAfter the breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to Astana-Baiterek monument, the meeting point for 3-hour Astana sightseeing group tour, which departs at 10:00am. After meeting your guide at the central entrance to the monument, you will start a walk through the Millennium Axis, where you will see the buildings and skyscrapers, overwhelming with their non-standard shapes and forms. After acquaintance with the buildings on the Water Green Boulevard, you will visit the world's largest building of the tent structure "Khan Shatyr" and continue the tour with a walk along the embankment of the Yesil River, where the history of the city was started in the 19th century. The circle route will be completed by the observation of the architectural ensemble of Tauelsizdik Square, where your guide will reveal the symbolism of the grandiose structure - the mosque of Khazret Sultan, and you will be told about the peculiarities of the unique creation of the British architect Norman Foster - the Palace of Peace and Accord. Having returned to the starting point of the route, you will take the elevator to the top of the “Astana-Baiterek” monument, where you can admire the magnificent panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation deck.After the tour you will have lunch in the city and will be delivered to the hotel. Afternoon is a free time in Astana, but you can also take additional sightseeing tour (for surcharge). Overnight in the hotel.Meals: B, L Day 3. Astana, DepartureThis day of your departure from Astana. You have to check-out from the hotel until 12:00 noon. If you want to check-out later, surcharge is applicable. During free time you can also take additional sightseeing tour (for surcharge). Then you will be transferred to Astana International airport or railway station for your departure home or to another Kazakhstan city you wish to explore.Meals: B

$280 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Astana 4-Day Group Tour Package

Day 1. Astana, ArrivalThis day of your arrival to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. After the meeting with the guide at Astana International airport or railway station, you will be taken to the hotel for accommodation. Please note, that standard hotel check-in time is 2:00pm. If you need earlier check-in, surcharge is applicable. Overnight in the hotel.Day 2. AstanaAfter the breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to Astana-Baiterek monument, the meeting point for 3-hour Astana sightseeing group tour, which departs at 10:00am. After meeting your guide at the central entrance to the monument, you will start a walk through the Millennium Axis. During the tour you will see the buildings and skyscrapers of non-standard shapes and forms, visit the world's largest building of the tent structure "Khan Shatyr", have a walk along the embankment of the Yesil River, and in the end of the tour will take the elevator to the top of the Astana-Baiterek monument, where you can admire the magnificent panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation deck.After the tour you will have lunch in the city and will be delivered to the hotel. Afternoon is a free time in Astana, but you can also take additional sightseeing tour (for surcharge). Overnight in the hotel.Meals: B, LDay 3. Astana - Borovoye - AstanaAfter the breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to Astana-Baiterek monument, the meeting point for Burabai National Park (Borovoye) group day tour, which departs at 9:00am. Having met with your guide at the main entrance to the Astana-Baiterek monument, you will begin your journey to the mirror-like lakes of Borovoye resort area. Before the tour, you will be provided with 1,5L of bottled water and packed lunch consisting of main dish, salad, bread, drink, seasonal fruit, biscuit or pastry to enjoy along the tour. You are welcome to bring your personal snack, tea or coffee in a container with a lid on it. Tour to Borovoye allows to enjoy marvelous views of an unusual oasis in the middle of the Kazakhstan steppe, where the century pine woods hide a set of secrets and riddles, attracting by its beauty and greatness. The approximate time of arrival to the original meeting point is around 7:00pm, from where you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.Meals: B, LDay 4. Astana, DepartureThis day of your departure from Astana. You have to check-out from the hotel until 12:00 noon. If you want to check-out later, surcharge is applicable. During free time you can also take additional sightseeing tour (for surcharge). Then you will be transferred to Astana International airport or railway station for your departure home or to another Kazakhstan city you wish to explore.Meals: B