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MIGHTY ALMATY

Day 1

Arrive Almaty
Welcome to Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan and a sublime city in the foothills of Alatu Mountains. It is a perfect blend of distinctive nomadic traditions, specific characteristic of soviet culture and modern European glamour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Experience the sparkling and extravagant nightlife of Almaty. Overnight in Almaty.

Day 2

Almaty
After breakfast, proceed for a city tour of Almaty. Your guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby to start the sightseeing tour in Almaty. Visit Panfilov Park, named after the 28 heroes, who died for freedom and independence of the country. See Zenkov Cathedral, the oldest building of the city, which is entirely wooden and built without any metal nails and a Memorial complex devoted to the World War Two with eternal flame. Later, proceed towards The Park of 1st President. On the way, see the Opera House, Central Stadium, Circus, stop at the Republic Square to see the Independence Monument and make a wish on the Book which represents the constitution of Kazakhstan. After lunch, drive to Medeo Gorge through apple orchards and enjoy view of the highest mountain skating rink in the world – Medeo. From Medeo, take a ride to the mountain ski resort Shymbulak and then up to the Big Talgar pass (3200 m above sea level) by the cable car. Enjoy amazing views of the snow peaks and the Tian Shan Mountains.
Overnight in Almaty. (B)

Day 3

Almaty
After breakfast, visit the Museum of Art. Kasteev Art Museum has the best art collection in the country, with Kazakh, Russian, Western European art and some exquisite modern Kazakh handicrafts. The history of Kazakhstan’s art of jewelry is represented in the museum of gold and precious metals. The collections in the museum depositories are divided according to storage: paintings by old masters, Old Russian art (icons), paintings of Kazakhstan. Graphics, jewelry, leather, weaving, felt, tapestry, contemporary decorative and applied arts, the orient collection and sculptures. The excursion ends with a Felt Master Class in Kazakh national style and you can keep your handmade felt souvenirs. In the later half of the day, proceed for an excursion to “Koktobe” Hill where the tallest TV tower in the world is located. From the top of the hill you can admire the magnificent panorama of the city, stroll along the winding paths of the Kok-Tobe Park, visit the shop of national souvenirs, see the monument devoted to “The Beatles” – the only one in CIS countries. The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway. Later, visit the Astrophysical Observatory, located on the top of the plateau and observe the stars through a telescope.
Overnight in Almaty (B)

Day 4

Almaty
After breakfast, proceed on the most awaited Shopping Tour. Visit the Green Bazaar, or Zelionyj Bazar. It is called the ‘Green Bazar, because in the past it was the traditional place to buy and sell local produce like vegetables. This is a great place to feel the real atmosphere of central Asia and to get involved with a bit of ‘haggling’ and sampling of local produce and try some of the freshly baked goods. After Green Bazaar visit a modern “MEGA PARK” shopping mall with a lot of international brands. After lunch, you will be transferred to Hunting Birds Show in Alma-Arasan Valley. You will be driven to Big Almaty Gorge on the borders of the Ile Alatau National Park to the falcon nursery – “Sunkar”.
Here you can admire the beautiful birds of prey, learn about their biological characteristics, as well as watch falcon show. The show involves the trained birds that demonstrate how to hunt with a bird, how the birds gather food from the water and much more.
Overnight in Almaty (B)

Day 5

Depart Almaty
Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the for your flight back home. (B)

      Highlights

  • 04 nights’ accommodation in Almaty.
  • Daily breakfast except on day 1.
  • Return transfers on seat in coach basis.
  • City Tour of Almaty on seat in coach basis.
  • Tour of Shymbulak with cable car tickets on seat in coach basis.
  • Museum of Art with Felt master class on seat in coach basis.
  • Excursion to Koktobe Hill on seat in coach basis.
  • Entry Tickets to Astrophysical Observatory and transfers on seat in coach basis.
  • Almaty Shopping Tour on seat in coach basis.
  • Hunting Bird show on seat in coach basis.
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