Sapphire Tour

 Sapphire Tour, Kazakhstan

Sapphire Tour
Starts: Almaty
Ends: Nur-Sultan
Best time to travel: April-May-June-July-August-September-October 

Day 1: Almaty
Welcome to Kazakhstan for your "Sapphire Tour"! The day starts with transferring from the airport to the sightseeing. You will start your tour with discovering the best sites of Almaty.  Alma-Ata - «a sun city», «a green oasis», which got lost in the middle of severe deserts of Kazakhstan. It is drowned in verdure numerous squares, gardens and parks. In course of the tour you will discover - the Green Bazaar, here sell everything that it is necessary for soul: from meat, spices and fruit to textiles and furniture.After your destination will be one of the oldest Almaty parks - Panfilov Park. It is one of the main sights of Kazakhstan, Almaty, storing set of surprising legends and stories.in the centre of the park located of the most beautiful wooden buildings in the world - Zenkov Cathedral. En route you will discover the Memorial of Glory -the vacation spot of townspeople and the city visitors, many of them visit the memorial located in park and Eternal Flame. Further you will move to the Medeo Gorge that is pride of Kazakhstan. The high-mountainous sports complex located in high-mountainous natural boundary Medeo at height 1691 metre above sea level.This place is a really wonderful highlight which is known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflows. High mountains and the cleanest water for ice pouring promote achievement of good results in skating sports. Next remarkable spot will be the Kok-Tobe. At mountain top settles down teletower that the well-known symbol of southern capital and seen in all postcards. You will end your tour with the short ride from by the famous Almaty cable railroad. Head on to the hotel.

Day 2: Almaty - Kolsai lakes
Good morning wild nature fans! In the tour today you will have a journey 300 km from Almaty to Saty settlement. In course of the tour you will stopover in a village and observe rural life of local people. Then you will change the vehicle to one of AWD local cars, such as "UAZ" or "PAZ" (Russian car models), as the given cars are capable to pass almost impassable mountain road (12 km) to Kaindy Lake. The name of natural lake has gone from a word combination «abounding with birches» that on the Kazakh sounds «Kaindy Lake», after all all in 5 kilometres from a place there is a huge birchwood. Kaindy Lake is young lake in Kazakhstan with turquoise water and fur-trees, as it grown into lake. It was formed during a landslip of limestone and procorfs of the ground which has happened as a result of Kemin earthquake in 1911. The reservoir has dark blue or turquoise colour which changes depending on weather. After rains it is changes into the brown. Under water is possible to see fur-tree branches which have not decayed only because all-the-year-round in lake remains low water temperature. Kolsai lakes - one of the most beautiful places of the Kazakh nature. They  have name a blue necklace of Northern Tyan-Shan. Vertical drop between the three lakes is about 700 meters. Night will be the guest house.

Day 3: Kolsai lakes - Charyn Canyon - Almaty
Early in the morning you start your tour with discovering the areas of Charyn Canyon. It is picturesque natural district which amazes with the unearthly landscapes. Nowadays the canyon is very popular among tourists, annually the canyon visits a large quantity of people, after all here it is possible not only to descend on excursion, but also to have a rest or to be engaged in active sports. En route of the tour you will explore amazing place the local museum of traditional decorative and applied arts and crafts. When you will arrive to Charyn canyon you will observe the impressive grand panorama. You will have a chance go down stairs to the bottom of the canyon and walk around 2 km through the maze of the Castles Valley with its walls of weird shapes overhanging you. The bottom of the Canyon has slight descend to the end of the walk, where you will get to the green oasis on the bank of icy cold Charyn river, which is large inflow of the river Ili, proceeds in the east of Almaty area. This river has rough temper, as well as the majority of the mountain rivers of Kazakhstan.  Then walking back the same way to the stairs, then car transfer the next outstanding panoramic view. Transfer back to Almaty.

Day 4: Almaty - Nur-Sultan
Today you will transfer to Almaty International airport, and then have flight to Nur-Sultan. Nur-Sultan - capital of Kazakhstan and a modern city which is attractive to tourists and is comfortable for residing of inhabitants and visitors of capital of Kazakhstan, with favorable environment. Nur-Sultan - a city which is directed forward, bright, strong, prospering.  You will visit historical center of the city as well as its modern part. In course of the tour you will explore  Constitution Square. Also you will make a step back in time while marveling at one of the most beautiful buildings in the city's architecture - Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan* with the Golden man, one of the most remarkable and interesting museums of the Kazakh capital . A building executed in mixture of the Soviet monumental and Muslim styles. You will have a chance to enter the largest and unique shopping center Khan Shatyr. Then you will take the elevator to the top of the Astana-Baiterek monument, a unique construction in capital of Kazakhstan.There you can observe the great panorama of the Kazakhstan capital from the special observation deck. In tour you will cross Ishym river and get to the Kazakh Eli Square. In this area you will explore another unique project - the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and also see the unique  masterpiece Khazret Sultan mosque. The highlight of the tour will be National Museum of History of Kazakhstan. Driving to the hotel.

Day 5: Nur-Sultan - Borovoe - Nur-Sultan
Today you are expecting to have a full day tour to Burabai National park (Borovoe). The resort Borovoe is considered a unique place of Kazakhstan where annually there come thousand tourists. It is famous for natural sights and lake. But the nature itself has created the unique natural landscapes of extraordinary beauty with combination of majestic mountain scenery, huge century trees, stone  mountain ridges, fantastic bends of rocks, the silent "bewitched" lakes full of fish. Upon arrival you will visit the Khan's pass and observe Burabay and Zheke-Batyr mountains. On Abylaykhan Valley you will admire with the beauty of Ush-kyz, Ok-Zhetpes rocks and Kokshetau mountain, each having the surprising legends reflecting history and identity of the Kazakh people. In the end of the tour  you will have an easy hiking on Bolektau mountain, on the top of which the exciting view of the Borovoe lake and Zhumbaktas rock. Tranfer to Nur-Sultan and  night in the local hotel.

Day 6: Flight
Transfer to airport and departure.