Lakes worth seeing in Kazakhstan
Best time to travel: April-May-June-July-August-September-October
Day 1: Nur-Sultan
Guide will welcome you International airport of Nur-Sultan. Nur-Sultan is the capital city of Kazakhstan. You will start you city tour from Constitution Square. It is the place where N.A. Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan declared the move of the capital from Almaty to Astana. Then you will travel further to visit the Presidential Centre of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan which has a large collection of exhibits. You will have an opportunity to see the unique Golden Man, the most valuable archeological heritage of Central Asia. Next stop will be at the Khan Shatyr shopping center. It is an extraordinary architectural work and largest shopping mall. Here you will understand the city's life better. Further will be entertaining part of the day, you take a lift to the top of monumental tower "Astana-Baiterek". This building provides the greatest view to the city. After lunch at local restaurant, you will visit Kazakh Eli Square. It is on the other side of Ishym River. Nur-Sultan proud of many modern architectural monuments, one of them is the Palace of Peace and Accord. Later it is worth to see the glorious beauty of the Khazret Sultan mosque. Palace of Independence will complete the sightseeing. There is an exhibition of long-term plans of Nur-Sultan called "Layout Astana until 2030". Night in a hotel.
Day 2: Nur-Sultan - Almaty
Today you have a Nur-Sultan-Almaty flight. After arrival, you will start guided tour in Almaty, one of the biggest cities of Kazakhstan. First, travel to famous Green Bazaar. It seems like big universal shop, you can find different things. Later you will take a short walk to Panfilov Park. There are many monuments to the most important dates of the country's history. The highlight of the park is fantastic Zenkov Cathedral. It is the most beautiful and tallest wooden building in the world. Following the other cultural sites of the city, you will be transferred to Medeo Gorge. This gorge is 30 minutes' drive from the city and boasts with its ice skating rink and ski resort. Medeo ice skating rink is the highest mountain skating rink in the world. This place popular among the post-soviet countries. After returning to the city, you can go up to Kok-Tobe hill. It has amazing view of the city. On the top, there are TV tower, monument to a legendary Beatles band and other places of entertainment. Here you ca meet many locals, spending free time with their children. Go down to the city on the famous Almaty cableway.
Day 3: Almaty - Kolsai Lakes
In the morning, you start you tours to the nature. Kolsai lakes are the most wonderful lakes of Northern Tien Shan located on the territory of Kazakhstan. They include three beautiful lakes. It is possible to drive to the first Kolsai Lake. It is a place of completely calmness and rich in variety of plants. You like riding; you can order a horseback trek to this lake. The last lake is the highest; located in the lush meadow terrain and its mesmerizing beauty will charm every visitor. While the altitude difference between lakes is about 700 m, the distance on track is about 2-3 km. From the first lake there are path going to second and third lake. This place is popular among travelers; here you can find different nature activities starting from berries ending with fishing. There is a special kind of trout-"rainbow trout" in the river. Furthermore, you can just find you spot and look for Marals, Mountains goats and bears grazing on the top of mountain. Stay in Saty village, in a guesthouse.
Day 4: Kolsai Lakes - Kaindy Lake
Today you will visit another incredible lake Kaindy, one of the beautiful lakes in Kazakhstan. The way to Kaindy gorge goes on mountain road. In translation Kaindy means "birch", this lake is located on the altitude 2000 meters. The story of the lakes goes back to 1911, when the strong earthquake happened in this area. Due to cascading during the earthquake, side lands blocked mountain water and make turquoise lake. Even in hot summer days, the water of the lake is cold, making needles of flooded trees well preserved. The dried-out trunks of the trees rise above the surface of the water, looking like the masts of sunken ships. When the sun is out the beautiful environment mirrored in the water. This marvelous view will stay in your memory for a long time. We will have our picnic with view of the lake. Come back to the Saty settlement and take a walk to see the village life. It is possible to request a horse riding around the village (for extra charge). End of today's tour. Overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 5: Kolsai Lakes - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
After having breakfast, we will travel to another surprisingly beautiful place of Kazakhstan for a day tour. It is famous Charyn Canyons, popular all over in Kazakhstan. This extraordinary monument of nature was formed millions of years ago by the erosion of wind, water and the sun. While we drive from Kaindy Lake, you will have a chance to listen and know more about the life of Kazakh people, about the history of this area. Later you will stop at local restaurant to have a lunch. When you will arrive to the Canyon Charyn, you will forget about long way. The high cliffs, magical forms, and different colors are unbelievable. Here you can see the beauty from observatory or walk down to maze leading to the famous part: Valley of Castles. After enjoying the charming beauty, you will drive back to Almaty. Overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 6: Flight
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick up you to the airport.