Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

30th August 2019
  • Arrival at Almaty – City Tour (D)

    Upon your arrival at Almaty international airport, you will be met by a Rahhalah representative and transferred to the hotel (check-in in your room before 2:00pm is subject to availability).

    You will then enjoy a half-day tour around the most famous landmarks of the city. Almaty means 'city of apple trees', and, because of its relatively mild climate, it has a wide range of apple trees. The Almaty area is said to be the ancestral home for many varieties of apples and is often visited by researchers and scientists in search of the real beginnings of this domesticated fruit. A folktale suggests that Eve tasted the famous apple (in the old testament) in Almaty. Also, the Turkic name for apple is Alma, and Ata means forefather, indirectly connecting Almaty with the Garden of Eden. The city certainly has a spectacular beauty, in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau in the extreme southeast of Kazakhstan. The backdrop of mountains against the taller buildings makes a dramatic and impressive sight.

    Welcome dinner at the Central Asian Restaurant, where you will also enjoy traditional Central Asian performances.

    Overnight in Almaty:Novotel Almaty or similar.

    Recommended arrival flight:

    FlyDubai FZ 735 arriving at Almaty (ALA) airport on 30th Aug at 03:30 am.

Day 02

31st August 2019
  • Shymbulak Ski Resort: Hiking and Eagle Show (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will head towards the Shymbulak ski resort (at an altitude of 2,000m). There, a cable car will take you even higher, to the snow-cappedpeaks (over 3,000m altitude), for a 3-hour scenic hike above the clouds.
    Lunch at the ski resort. Depending on the weather, you may even see some snow.
    In the afternoon, you will watch a 1-hour Eagle and Falcon show, one of the most traditional activities of the nomad Kazakhs.
    Dinner in Almaty, and overnight stay in the hotel.

    Approx. driving: 2-3 hours in total.

Day 03

1st September 2019
  • Silk Road – Hiking in the Bear Waterfall – Night under the stars (B, L, D)

    After breakfast, you will jump on the 4x4 cars and leave Almaty for the true Kazakhstan adventure on the ancient “Silk Road” path. On the way, you will stop at a place locally known as‘Bear Waterfall’. A medium-level hike takes you across a rapid, limestone-infused river that flows through the dense foliage and into the lush green hills, reaching, in the end, a grand waterfall.
    You will then continue on the Silk Road, heading towards the vast plains of the Djaylau Valley (3000m+ altitude). There, you will be introduced to the traditional Kazakh lifestyle: you will meet the local nomads, witness their daily routine, and live for a while like them, surrounded all the time by stunning landscapes. You may even help them chop firewood and prepare the meal.
    For lunch we will organize a picnic; traditional Kazakh dinner will be cooked at the camp.
    Overnight camping under the stars.

    Approx. driving: 2-3 hours in total.

Day 04

2nd September 2019
  • Charyn Canyon (B, L, D)

    Start your day marveling at the beautiful sunrise across the plains. After breakfast, you will hop again on the 4x4 cars and head for the wilderness. Don’t expect much human interaction for the next several hours; this landscape is vast beyond belief. The vehicles will take you through riverbeds and across rugged landscapes, while you will probably see several wild horses and herds of animals.
    You will soon reach Charyn Canyon: Asia’s version of Grand Canyon, and a stunning natural wonder. The photos you will take there will capture the essence of your time in Kazakhstan.
    Lunch at the National Park.
    In the evening, you will sleep in a quaint accommodation without door scenic views and wildlife. Dinner will be organized by the owners.

    Approx. driving: 2-3 hours in total.

Day 05

3rd September 2019
  • The Magical Lake (B, L, D)

    After a traditional breakfast prepared at the homestay, you will head to Kayindi Lake. It is known for its scenery, especially its trunks of submerged birch trees that rise above the surface of the lake. The area is often referred to as a "sunken forest".

    Picnic Lunch.

    In the afternoon, you will return to Almaty for relaxation and dinner.

    Overnight in Almaty:Novotel Almaty or similar.

    Approx. driving: 2-3 hours in total.

Day 06

4th September 2019
  • Departure Almaty (B, L, D)

    Today, you will enjoy some free time, exploring the city at your own pace, maybe do some shopping, visit the wild apple forests or spend time next to the Almaty lake.
    In the evening, you will regroup for a farewell dinner to share memories and laughs before bidding goodbye to Kazakhstan.
    Airport transfer for departure.

    Recommended Departure flight:
    FlyDubai FZ 736 departing from Almaty (ALA) airport on 5th Sep at 04:30 am