Welcome to Turkestan


Turkestan was already an important trade and religious centre when the revered Sufi teacher and mystical poet Kozha Akhmed Yasaui came to live here in the 12th century. Yasaui was born at Sayram, probably in 1103, underwent ascetic Sufi training in Bukhara, then lived in Turkestan, dying here about 1166. He founded the Yasauia Sufi order and had the gift of communicating his understanding to ordinary people through poems and sermons in a Turkic vernacular, a major reason for his enduring popularity.

Turkestan makes an ideal base for day trips to Sauran and Otrar.


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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

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Asian Patagonia Trekking Tour

Day 1. Arrival to Kyrgyzstan 35km/40 min, 950m Meet at the Manas International Airport, transfer to the hotel, early check-in included. Rest and late breakfast. City tour around Bishkek. Visit the State History museum, Ala-Too square, Manas Monument, Victory Square, State Memorial museum of M.Frunze. Free time & dinnerDay 2. Bishkek – Osh – Uzgurush 340km/8-9 h., 1450m (+500m)At early morning transfer to airport “Manas”, flight to Osh at 07:35 (ZM193), meet in airport, transfer to Uzgurush village. Trekking preparationDay 3. Uzgurush – Ak-Tash 17 km/7-8 h., 2500m (+1444m/-394m) The first trekking day starts from the views of wild pistachio tree and walnut orchards. Wild trail stretches along Buldzhuma river and goes up to the pass with the same name – Buldzhuma 2894m. Enjoy the wonderful view of the nearest gorges and the Western face of the peak Piramidalnyi and the peak Orto Chashma. Descending to the valley of Ak-Tash riverDay 4. Ak-Tash – Orto Chashma 16km/6-7 h., 2700m (+1274m/-974m)Traverse along Ak-Tash river on screen up to Dzhalgychy pass 3774m. Enjoy the panoramic view of Turkestan mountain range. Descend along a trail down along Dzhalgychy river till confluences with Orto Chashma riverDay 5. Orto Chashma  – Kara-Suu 16 km/7-8 h., 2800m (+960m/-960m) Crossing Orto-Chashma river on horses, ascent to Kosh Moinok pass 3700m. The serpentine trail goes through juniper forest, passing by a cool spring and finishes at the saddle of Kara Suu pass 3760m. Peaks Kotin 4521m and 1000-anniversary of Kreshenie Rusi 4507mDay 6. Radial hike to the foot of Slesov peak 10km/6 h., (+200m/-200m) Peaks Slevov 4240m, Orto-Tubek 4774m & Ptiza 4810 mDay 7. Radial hike to the foot of peaks Asan Usan and Piramidalnyi 8 km/5 hours, (+300m/-300m) Along Kara Suu gorge to the foot of peak Piramidalnyi 5509m, Asan Usen 4378m Day 8. Kara Suu – Orto Chashma 16km/8 h., (+960m/-960m) Over Kara Suu 3760m and Kosh Moinok 3260m passes to Orto ChashmaDay 9. Orto Chashme - Ak-Suu 15km/8-10 h., 2800m (+1590m/-1590m) Ascent along Orto Chashma river, traverse up to Ak-Tubek pass 4390m, panoramic view over Iskander peak 5120mDay 10. Radial hike to the foot of Ak-Suu peak 14km/5 h., (+600m/-600m) The very heart of Pamir-Alai – to peak Ak-Suu 5355m Day 11. Radial hike to Uryam pass 12km/6 h., 3760m (+960m/-960m) A beautiful view opens from Uryam pass over Peak Parus 5035m, Dostoevskii 4974m & Sabakh 5300mDay 12. Ak-Suu – Uzgurush 18km/6 h., (-1350m) Day 13. Uzgurush – Osh – Bishkek Day 14. Home flight Airport transfer&farewellAccommodation: nights 1 and 13 in 3* hotel in Bishkek, 2 and 12 in a local Kyrgyz family house, other nights in tents.

$150 Cultural & Theme Tours

World Famous Mausoleum in Turkestan City, 1 Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Turkestan, South Kazakhstan ProvinceThe Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi inside and outside, as well as medieval Bathhouse, Underground Ancient Sufi Mosque, City Citadel, other Ancient Historical Burial Mausoleums. Duration: 3 hours

$75.70 Cultural & Theme Tours

Putrajaya Tour with Lake Cruise and Set Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah PersekutuanPass ByStop At: Putrajaya Lake, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanPutrajaya Lake CruiseDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Putrajaya Botanical Garden, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanSet Lunch At Restaurant By LakeDuration: 1 hourStop At: Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanVisit StopDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Putrajaya Bridge, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanPhoto StopDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Perdana Putra, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanVisit Stop at Dataran Pahlawan Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Seri Perdana, Putrajaya, Wilayah PersekutuanPhoto Stop for Prime Ministers OfficeDuration: 15 minutes