Train Journey to South Kazakhstan
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Day 1. Almaty
Arrival in Almaty. City tour visit of Central square, Central State museum, Panfilov park, Zenkov Cathedral, Mountain skate rink ‘Medeo’, lunch in national restaurant ‘Kazakh Aul’, Chimbuiak, ascent by chair lift to Talgar pass (3300 meters above sea level), visit of Kok Tube mount, Central Bazaar.Departure by train to Taraz. Dinner in the train.
Day 2. Taraz
Arrival in the morning in Taraz, breakfast in the train. City tour, visit of Karakhan Mausoleum (XI c.), Davudbek Mausoleum (XIII c.), Aisha Bibi and Babadji Khatun Mausoleums (XI-XII cc.), historical museum, lunch in local restaurant. After lunch visit of Akyr Tas ruins, Kos Tobe excavations (ancient city Hamukat). After dinner departure to train.
Day 3. Turkestan
Breakfast in the train. Arrival in Turkestan. Excursion to Hodja Akhmed Yassavi mausoleum, Otrar excavation, lunch in local restaurant. Visit of Yassavi museum in Shaulder village. Dinner in the hotel, overnight in the hotel.
Day 4. Kyzyl-Orda
Breakfast in the hotel. Departure in Kyzyl-Orda. City tour with visit of memorial ‘Korkyt Ata’ (was build in memory of local philosopher, story teller and founder of Kazakh stringed-bow music. Lunch. National games show: horse rases, horse riders wrestling. Camel riding. Folklore show. Dinner and overnight in yurts or in the hotel in Baikonur.
Day 5. Baikonur
Breakfast, coach by bus to Baikonur, camel riding till check point Baikonur (1 km). City tour. Excursion to launch points of Baikonur. Lunch on the territory of Baikonur, excursion to launch points, museums of Gagarin and Korolev, dinner in the city. Departure by train to Aralsk from the train station Turatam.
Day 6. Aralsk
Arrival in the morning in Aralsk. Breakfast in the train. Excursion to local museum. Excursion to salt producing factory ‘Aralsol’. Visit of Ship's cemetery. Dinner in the local restaurant. Transfer to the train.
Day 7. Aralsk—Shymkent
Departure by train to Shymkent breakfast lunch, dinner in the train, overnight in the train.
Day 8. Shymkent
Night arrival in Shymkent, breakfast, city tour, excursion to the city Sairam. Karakul museum, full board. Departure to Almaty by train.
Day 9. Almaty
Arrival in Almaty. Free time. Galadinner. Departure.