Day 1. Almaty
Arrival to Almaty. Your driver will be waiting at Almaty (ALA) airport to take you directly to your hotel in Almaty – a 30-minute drive. There are no activities planned for today.
Please keep in mind that hotel check-in time is typically after 2.00pm. Early check in is not guaranteed, but if you do arrive early luggage storage is available at the hotel.
Overnight at a hotel in Almaty
Day 2. Almaty - Aktau
Today and after breakfast you will start your tour by transfer to the airport to take domestic flight to the beautiful Aktau city (2 hr. 30 min flight).
Aktau is a city in Kazakhstan, located on the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea. Its current name means "white mountain" in Kazakh, which may be due to its cliffs that overlook the Caspian. After arrival and transfer to the hotel, you will continue with Aktau City Tour (3 hours). Then your driver will drop you at the hotel.
Overnight at a hotel in Aktau
Day 3. Aktau city – Kapamsay Canyon – Shakpak Ata Underground Mosque – Mount Sherkala – Ethnic Aul "Kogez"
After breakfast,morning drive from Aktau city towards chalk Canyon of Kapamsay. Panoramic view of the steep slopes, a short walk among the bottom of the canyon. Then drive to Shakpak Ata Underground Mosque. You will go inside the Mosque – historical and cultural monument of the 10th century. Gloomy, squeezed by thick walls, covered with drawings and signs, the sanctuary is hidden from the expanses of earth and sky, from human voices. The Mosque makes you feel the breath of antiquity, marvel at the skill of the ancient builders, their ability to link into one the formidable nature and the grandeur of the temple.
Transfer towards Torysh Valley – valley of spherical stone concretions. Arrival to a mystery valley dotted with huge stone spheres, having various fantastic shapes. Walking along the valley, taking photos among bizarre shapes of stone concretions.
Lunch at the local café.
Further visit natural monument covered by different legends – Mount Sherkala. Mount Sherkala unique natural object, which is look like a giant yurt from one side. Excursion around the mount.
Evening arrival to a cozy and welcoming ethnic yurt camping, which is located in a picturesque mountain part of Mangystau, where you will have a short excursion "Under the dome of Kazakh yurt", dinner at the café, cozy evening tea near the fire place and overnight stay in a natural felt yurt (accommodation 5 person in 1 yurt).
Overnight at a yurt camp
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4. Shomanay Valley – Airakty (The Valley of Castle) – Tuzbair.
Breakfast at the ethnic aul "Kogez". Then transfer to Shomanay Valley. Excursion among the Shomanay – Airakty (Valley of Castles), in the center of which mountain remnants rise like majestic castles of the Middle Ages and behind every turn a new transformation of rock masses. The grandiosity of the scale and unique coloring awakens the imagination and causes delight. Along the sides of Mount Airakty, on blocks of chalk, you can see scratched drawings, called by one of the researchers "Steppe Symphonies".
Lunch at the ethnic aul "Kogez".
Further transfer to Tuzbair. Tuzbair – Western ledge of Ustyurt with steep slopes and cascades of clay-limestone scurfs at the foot of which lies an endless saline wasteland dazzlingly shining in the rays of the sun.
Dinner at the camp. Overnight at the camp.
Overnight at a yurt camp
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5. Tuzbair – Beket Ata Underground Mosque – Bozzhyra Valley – Aktau city.
After breakfast at the camp, we are heading towards Beket Ata Underground Mosque.
The Beket Ata underground mosque occupies a special position in the Muslim world. This is a holy place, which in importance is on a par with the burial places of Mohammad and Kozhakhmet. Descent along a long winding staircase to the underground mosque of the Saint, where pilgrims can read prayers to receive the blessings of the Saint, as well as visit the sacred spring, where water, according to legend, has holy power. Acquaintance with rituals in a holy place.
Lunch at the camp or Beket Ata guesthouse.
Further transfer to Bozzhyra Valley. Bozzhyra – this is a picturesque cliff of the Ustyurt plateau, decorated with chalk mountains and spiers of remnant origin. These are dazzling white rock remnants, among which limestone peaks stretch to the sky, resembling the shape of two fangs. Surrounded by dazzling white fantastic landscapes, you can fully experience the greatness of nature.
Evening transfer to Aktau city.
Overnight at a hotel in Aktau
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Day 6. Aktau – Almaty
Morning check out from the hotel, transfer to airport to take flight to Almaty city (2 hr. 30 min flight). Arrival to Almaty. Transfer to a hotel.
This day you have 2 options (depending on a time of arrival to Almaty)
Option 1. Almaty City Tour (includes visit to the National Central Museum, Green Oriental Market, Panfilov Park with Russian Orthodox Cathedral). After City Tour your driver will drop you at the hotel. Free time.
Option 2. Excursion to Northern Tien Shan Mountains.
Transfer to Ile – Alatau National Park (15 km) to the high-altitude skating rink "Medeo" (1600 m a.s.l.). Take a cable car lift to Shymbulak Ski Resort and further up to Talgarsky Pass (3128 m.) Panoramic view to the Zailiskiy Alatau chain of mountains and Almaty City. Couple of hours hiking around and enjoying the views. Descent by cabin to Medeo. Drive to Almaty. Free time.
Overnight at a hotel in Almaty.
Day 7. Departure.
A transfer will be provided from your hotel to ALA Airport - a 30-minute drive. We wish you a safe homeward journey and hope to see you again in Kazakhstan soon.
All transport services according to the program in an Air-conditioned tourist transport – tourist bus / Van or 4WD car.
Double\ Twin sharing accommodation: 4* hotel in Almaty – 2 nights, 4* hotel in Aktau – 2 nights, Yurt Camp – 2 nights
English speaking guide throughout the tour
Meals according to the program
Entrance fees for the tourist sites as specified in the program (Museums, fee for the National Parks)
Mineral water for the entire itinerary
International / domestic air tickets
Visa to Kazakhstan (if required)
Meals that are not included above
Single supplement charge
Drinks that are not included above