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$60 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.

$53 Cultural & Theme Tours

Astana City tour

Astana grand tour starts from the right bank river of Ishim, where all historical buildings of the city gathered together. In this sightseeing tour, you find out where the largest collection of gold is stored, will see Astana from above. Also will be able to learn how different religions peacefully coexist and why more than 130 nationalities like living in Kazakhstan. During the tour you will see: 19th century building; Presidential Center of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Religious churches including the only synagogue of the capital; the largest cathedral mosque in Central Asia Hazret Sultan; a Catholic church where in 2002 Pope John Paul II served; The Palace of Peace of Harmony (pyramid); The biggest tent in Central Asia and much more; And also you will have the opportunity to see Astana from a bird’s eye view;

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Legends of Borovoe nature reserve

Morning transfer for tour at Burabai (Borovoe) national park (about 270 km from Astana). Borovoe occupies 85000 hectares of northeastern part of Kokshetau elevation. There are 14 lakes in the park, each having surface area of more than 1 sq.km, and a large number of small lakes. Despite that there are no monuments of material heritage in Borovoe, you will be definitely amazed by the unique nature and atmosphere created there. The majestic mountain scenery, pure mirror lakes and stunning coniferous trees will form a wonderful ambiance for your trip. 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. One of the rocks, the most majestic one, is “Ok-zhetpes”. It is located near the lake Auliekol (Borovoe), being the symbol of the national park. Kazakh folklore contains many legends and stories about this rock. One of them, collected by Kazakh famous researchist Shokan Ualihanov says that in XVIII century, when there was a war between kazakh and zhungar folks, Kazakh han Abilay’s headquarters were there, in Borovoe. After the successful campaign against zhungars, Abilay and his warriors started to divide the trophies there. The problem started because of the captive zhungar beautiful girl – nobody could decide who will marry her. Then Abilay decided to give a choise to her. The young beauty tied her shawl on the top of the highest rock near the Auliekol, and the one whose arrow could reach it would take her as the bride. However, nobody could fire that far. After a moment, she jumped into the lake, so no one could marry her. That is why the lake is called “Ok-zhetpes” – in Kazakh it means “arrow-cannot-reach”. There are also many options to make your experience more colorful, for example horseback riding, trekking or travelling by boat. Lunch during excursion. in the evening - Departure back to Astana.

$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.

$121 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.