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ALMATY SIGHTSEEING GROUP DAY TOUR (7-HOURS)

 

 

 

Meeting Point: Astana International Hotel, in front of the main entrance (113, Baitursynov Street)

Tour Description:

After meeting of your guide at the Meeting Point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, your will start the tour with a ride to the Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level) well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air, then you will take a cable car to Shymbulak ski resort area.

Having ridden about 20-25 minutes above magnificent fur-trees up to the altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, you will get to the 1st level of ski resort, occupied by fancy restaurants, ski & snowboarding school and mountain hotel. The resort is very popular for its mild climate, large quantity of sunny days and snow through the winter, and remarkable scenery of mountain ranges. You will have a quick chance to walk there and take pictures with breathtaking mountain peaks around. Then you will go down the same way by cable car and drive to the city. Meanwhile you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».

Further your mountain adventure continues at the top of Kok-Tobe hill, where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs.

The tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and dropping you off at the Meeting Point, where you will be given time for a short rest and lunch in one of the nearby cafes or restaurants, which your guide could recommend. You also can order the lunch in advance while booking the tour.

After the lunch, your will start the second part of the tour with a visit to Almaty Museum. Equipped with multimedia tools, the museum will captivate you with its rich collections, a variety of ancient exhibits and will allow to study in a short time the history of the region since the Great Silk Road.

After the museum, you will have a short stop for the detailed acquaintance with architecture and history of Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre. And further, you will visit the oldest Almaty park - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will see the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of the building of the Museum of Musical Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.

And the last point of interest is a popular place for townspeople - the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous oriental sweets, dried fruits, buy local products and souvenirs, but don't forget to bargain. In the market they accept cash in tenge (local currency), so it would be good to have some with you or there is an exchange point just nearby to the market area. The tour ends with dropping you off at the original Meeting Point.

Tour rates include 0,5L bottled water per person, all admission fees and tickets, hotel pickup/drop-off

 

50% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour

100% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 12 hours before the tour or in case of tourists are fail to appear at the appointed time.

Safety:

  • Theft, pickpocketing, bag-snatching, assaults, drink spiking and carjacking occur. The risk of crime increases at night. Avoid walking alone at night. Monitor the media for new safety risks. Never leave your drink or food unattended.

  • Expats have been the victims of violent attacks and muggings. Criminals have targeted expat communities in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan.

  • Thieves posing as police officers or 'meet-and-greet' drivers at airports have robbed travellers. Pre-arrange your transport if you can. If approached by a police officer, driver or official, ask to see their ID

Health:
 

  • Ticks are common in forested areas, especially from spring to autumn. Tick bites can expose you to disease. Regularly check your body for ticks during and after visits to forest areas.

  • Declare all prescription medication and other restricted items on arrival. You could face charges if you don't declare medication or if you exceed the legal limit.

  • HIV/AIDS is prevalent. Take precautions if engaging in activities that expose you to the virus.

  • Other infectious diseases include typhoid, hepatitis, haemorrhagic fever, tuberculosis, brucellosis, leishmaniasis and rabies. Drink only boiled or bottled water. Avoid ice cubes in rural areas. Avoid unpasteurised dairy products and raw or undercooked food. If an animal bites or scratches you, get immediate medical help.

  • Medical facilities in Kazakhstan are below international standards. You may need to pay up-front for treatment, including for emergency care.

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave. Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation.

 

Crime targeting expats and travellers:

Criminals have targeted the expat community in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan in the past. Expats have been the victims of violent attacks and muggings.

Thieves posing as police officers or 'meet-and-greet' drivers at airports have robbed travellers. Official taxi drivers and police officers have ID.
 

To stay safe when using cars and taxis:

  • pre-arrange your transport if you can

  • avoid taking unofficial taxis or taxis that have other passengers

  • always keep car doors locked, windows up and valuables out of sight, even when moving

  • if a police officer, taxi driver or official approaches you, ask to see their ID.

The price includes:

-Tour rates include 0,5L bottled water per person

-transport according to the program: within tour itinerary 

-all admission fees and tickets, meeting up pickup/drop-off

-special areas entry fees and permissions
-English-speaking guide

 Price does not include:
- international flights (to/from Almaty)
- accommodation/entertainment in Almaty
- airport meetings and transfers
- rent of personal clothes/shoes, hiking gear (like backpacks)
- personal expenses like souvenirs, calls etc.
- menu does not include soft and alcohol drinks, snacks

50% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour

100% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 12 hours before the tour or in case of tourists are fail to appear at the appointed time

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