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$87 Cultural & Theme Tours

Otrar And Turkestan - historical sites of Central Asia

Shymkent – Otrar – TurkestanArrival in Shymkent by plane or train in the morningMeeting with the guide and transfer to ancient commercial oasis Otrar also known as Farab (1BC-15AD)During the excursion at Otrar tourists will find excavations on the site of an ancient city that helped researchers to learn a lot about the infrastructure of the city. Tourists will be able to see that Otrar had a clear layout of the streets, quarters, which could be accessed through three fortress gates, equipped with throw-over bridges across the moat.Excursion at Shaulder museum where gathered most of Otrar’s excavational findings; on the way to museum visit Arystan Bab mausoleum.After visiting Arystan-Bab mausoleum we will depart to Turkestan city (95 km).Turkestan visit starts with the main sightseeing of the city, the most well-known in Kazakhstan UNESCO world heritage – The complex of Hodja Ahmed Yassawi (14th century). This complex includes mausoleum, citadel, the ancient bath complex, the fortress wall, Juma mosque. The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui is an unsurpassed masterpiece of medieval architecture. This is an amazing complex of palaces and temples from 30 different rooms and halls. After excursion in Turkestan city, transfer back to Shymkent city

$139 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Silk Road tour of Kazakhstan

ItineraryDay 1: Shymkent – Otrar – TurkestanStop At: Mosque'Arrival to Shymkent by plane or train in the morning.Meeting with the guide and transfer to Shymkent for city tour.The third largest city in Kazakhstan in terms of number of inhabitants Shymkent is one of the most ancient cities in Kazakhstan – founded in XII century at the intersection of the trade ways to European Russia, Central Asia, West Siberia and China. City sightseeing starting from Historical museum – one of the best in Central Asia, which tells the ancient and cultural history of South Kazakhstan.During the city tour, we visit the biggest mosque in Southern Kazakhstan with its unusual architectural style and one of the most beautiful buildings of the city of Shymkent. Shymkent is also well-known for its booming Southern market where you can find various local goods and feel the vibe of Eastern bazaar.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ayna Bazaar, Shymkent, South Kazakhstan ProvinceShymkent is also well-known for its booming Southern market where you can find various local goods and feel the vibe of Eastern bazaar.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Archaeological Site of Otrar, Otrar, South Kazakhstan ProvinceIn the afternoon, departure to archeological site of ancient commercial oasis Otrar also known as Farab (1BC-15AD). Otrar was an important trading center of the Great Silk Road and the capital of the Great Tamerlan in 15th century AD;It was a very advanced city with its own irrigation and waterpipe system. Otrar was famous all over Central Asia for its pottery workshops and glass vases. In 2001 during the excavation works new sorts of silver coins were found. They thought to be originated from Bukhara, China and other Silk Road destinations. In 2001-2004 UNESCO, Kazakhstan and Japan conducted a joint project on conservation and preservation of the ancient city of Otrar: its mosque, bathes, pottery workshops. Right now Otrar is known as a city-museum included in the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage.During the excursion at Otrar tourists will find excavations on the site of an ancient city that helped researchers to learn a lot about the infrastructure of the city. Tourists will be able to see that Otrar had a clear layout of the streets, quarters, which could be accessed through three fortress gates, equipped with throw-over bridges across the moat.Excursion at Shaulder museum where gathered most of Otrar’s excavational findings; on the way to museum visit Arystan Bab mausoleum.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation in Turkestan city.Day 2: Turkestan – Sauran – ShymkentStop At: The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan, South Kazakhstan ProvinceMeeting with the guide and start of our Turkestan city excursion.Turkestan visit starts with the main sightseeing of the city, the most well-known in Kazakhstan UNESCO world heritage – The complex of Hodja Ahmed Yassawi (14th century). This complex includes mausoleum, citadel, the ancient bath complex, the fortress wall, Juma mosque. The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui is an unsurpassed masterpiece of medieval architecture. This is an amazing complex of palaces and temples from 30 different rooms and halls. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, Turkestan, South Kazakhstan ProvinceIn the afternoon, we transfer to ancient city-fortress Sauran.Sauran (12-18.cc) used to be a strategic and trading city and from 12th c.c to 16th c.c. capital of Kazakh-mongol khanate – Ak Horde. In 14th c.c Sauran became a military fortress, its location on the Silk way promoted prosperity; The most interesting part of Sauran – iunderground channels of water.Interesting fact is that Sauran in arab language means “Which is big”. Indeed it lies on a territory of 33 hectares.Duration: 1 hourStop At: ShymkentTransfer back to Shymkent city.Duration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$740 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Classical Kazakhstan Tour

Day1-AlmatyArrival to Almaty with night flight,meeting at the airport.Transfer to hotel for have a rest.After breakfast we will transfer to Almaty city tour:you will visit:28 Panfilovtzev Park;Vosnesensky orthodox Cathedral;Central Mosque;Central Historical Museum;the Green Bazaar,the Republic Square.Next stop-Medeo Gorge.At the end of the tour-Kok-Tobe hill–the highest point of the city.From the top of the hill opens the surprising panorama on the city. Day2-Almaty–Tamgaly TasVisit the world’s largest rock paintings’ park–Tamgaly Tas,which was included to the UNESCO world heritage list(over 4000 rock carvings dated back to the Bronze age).On the way to Tamgaly-tas,we can make a stop for excursion at one of the largest camel farms in Kazakhstan,which is well known for its camel milk called Shubat.After excursion we will directly drive to Almaty railway station for departure to Tulkubas village (Overnight at train)Day3-Aksu Zhabagly Nature ReserveEarly morning arrival at Tulkubas station.Transfer to Aksu Zhabagly Nature Reserve.Spreading from the western part of the Tien Shan Mountains,the oldest reserve in the territory of Kazakhstan–Aksu Zhabagly.(In 2015 was included in the list of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO).Visit of Kishi Kayindy gorge.Day4-Aksu Zhabagly–Sairam–ShymkentExcursion to Aksu canyon.Next stop-Sairam(with ancient name Ispidjab) was part of Great Silk Road-city of 1000 mausoleumsDay5-Shymkent–Turkestan–Sauran–ShymkentDeparture to Turkestan city,visit The complex of Hodja Ahmed Yassawi.The complex contains Necropolis,Citadel with fortress wall,Hilvet underground mosque,the ancient bath complex and was included in the UNESCO world heritage list.Next stop-ancient city Sauran(13-18.cc) used to be a strategic and trading center and its location on the Silk way promoted prosperity. Day6-Shymkent–AstanaFlight from Shymkent to Astana.On arrival to Astana-starts sightseeing tour:the old part of the capital,where through the streets of old city.Then new part of the city:Cathedral Mosque Hazrat Sultan;National historical museum famous for its gold found collection of Scythian tribes;Palace of Peace and Accord,Bayterek Monument and others sightseeing spots.Day7-Astana–EXPO site-Kazakh villageVisit the “Museum of Future Energy”(EXPO-2017 museum).Next stop-We will invite you to Kazakh traditional house(yurta) for tasting traditional meal and get acquaintance with modern nomad’s everyday life:show of hunting with eagles,Kazakh traditions and customs,Kazakh archery art and folk music Day8-Astana-HomelandFlight from Astana to Homeland