A Relaxing Trip to Kazakhstan – Seven Days in Almaty and Around


Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth-biggest country and part of the former USSR. Due to substantial natural oil reserves, the country is economically advanced and offers good vibes for anyone wanting to visit the country.

Almaty, the leafy city with a backdrop of the snowcapped Altai Mountain range, is a place to visit for any travellers. Almaty offers friendly accommodations, good restaurants, chic cafes and an abundance of natural beauties around the central city.

Almaty is a unique place to experience mixed cultures due to the presence of Russian, Kazakh and a mix of Mongolians. The city is also famous for its variety of Apples and natural berries. A must-visit to ‘Green Bazar’ will give you the essence of local markets and food habits and introduce you to various wild berries.

If you are interested in ancient history, Almaty is one place for you. You will see the Saka Burial Grounds outside Almaty and en route to Lake Issyk. It’s a great place to learn more about the ancient Saka Community, their lifestyle, and the “Golden Man” discovery.

Above all, Kazakhstan is famous for Kazakh food. No wonder anyone will fall in love with the local delicacies offered by the city or regional areas.

Here is an idea of Susmita’s Itinerary: how easy and convenient it is to visit Almaty and spend a few relaxing days. Good food, good views and the good life are all you will remember from this trip.


  • Day 1: Arrival in Almaty

    Arrival at Almaty International Airport. Meet our representative in Kazakhstan. Transfer to the hotel. Enjoy your welcome dinner. Overnight stay in Almaty.

  • Day 2: Almaty City Touring

    After breakfast, the tour starts with sightseeing in the central part of Almaty. You will learn more about the history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan and see its major attractions: Central State Museum, Palace of President, Republic Square and Monument of Independence, Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre, Astana Square, Almaty Railway Station, Central Mosque, Green Bazaar, Panfilov Park, Abai Square and Palace of Republic.

    Lunch at a local cafe and enjoy some local Kazakh delicacies.

    After that, you will explore sports, cultural and business areas: Sports Palace, Central Stadium, Kazakh Circus, Wedding Palace, Auezov Drama Theatre, Almaty Towers, Nurlytau Business Center, and Financial Center.

    Have a nice dinner in a lively restaurant and transfer to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.

  • Day 3: Almaty – BAO – Almaty

    After breakfast, your guided tour starts. On this day you will visit The Big Almaty Lake.

    Your time starts with the tour to Big Almaty gorge, situated at 2,510 m above sea level. The Big Almaty lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ilitau Ala. The lake is beautiful, mainly when its blue surface reflects the sky and surrounding mountains. The Big Almaty lake was formed due to the movement of an ancient glacier. Thanks to the high-mountain location, the water in the lake are always cold. The lake is a source of potable water for Almaty city, which is why the access of tourists to the lake is limited. The tour route lies higher than the Big Almaty lake to an altitude of 3300 meters above sea level, where scientific premises for astronomical and space research have settled down. Here, at the base of the Big Almaty peak, you can enjoy a fascinating panorama of mountains and the Big Almaty lake, surrounded by the picturesque mountain peaks covered with Tian-Shan fir trees, aspen and Juniper.

    After visiting Big Almaty Lake, you will see the Falcon Farm. You will enjoy a spectacular show at the Falcon Farm with specially trained hawks. Hunting with hawks is one of the unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

  • Day 4: Excursion to Charyn Canyon

    After breakfast, your guided tour starts. Charyn Canyon is one of the unique natural wonders of Kazakhstan. It surprises with its vertical cliffs, reminding of ancient castles created by wind and sun. It will take about 3 hours to reach the canyon. Meanwhile, you will hear a lot of enjoyable history about the nature of the region, about Kazakh people, their life and traditions, and lunch in a local cafe. You can admire the grand panorama and then walk through the Castles Valley maze with its inaccessible walls overhanging.

    After the exciting Charyn Canyon tour, have lunch in a local cafe.

    Return to the city by evening. Transfer to dinner and return to the hotel.

  • Day 5: Almaty – Issyk – Almaty

    After breakfast, your guided tour starts. On this day you will visit “ISSYK”. The journey en route to one of the most beautiful gorges of Trans-Ili Alatau. Issyk Gorge lies along the Kuldja tract, where the trade caravans travelled hundreds of years ago. On the way, you will learn about the nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of the Saka period, where the famous “Golden Man” was found. “Golden Man” has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Also, you will visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period. Here you will all see a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapons, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of the Saka burial mound. Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. The lake formed 10,000 years ago due to a colossal landslide, which resulted in the formation of a natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake, you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Also, at the lake, you will have a picnic and free time for recreation in nature.

  • Day 6: Almaty City and Around

    After breakfast, at around 10.00 AM, your guided tour will start. On this day, you will visit Almaty Mountain Surroundings. This tour provides the best opportunity to see the beautiful mountain surroundings of Almaty city. The first stop of the tour awaits you in the Medeo Gorge. In the beautiful mountains of TransIli Alatau, the world’s largest high-mountain skating rink is located. Also, a massive dam protecting the city from destructive mudflows formed on the tops of the western Tien Shan. The next destination is Shymbulak ski resort, located at an altitude of 2230 meters above sea level. It is prevalent for its mild climate, many sunny days, snow through the winter, and remarkable scenery of mountain ranges. Then your mountain adventure continues at the top of Kok-Tobe hill, which offers an unforgettable panorama of Almaty near the city. At the foot of the tallest TV tower in the world, you can stroll along the winding paths of Kok-Tobe park. A must-see option is a monument devoted to “The Beatles” (the only one in CIS countries), visiting the shop for national souvenirs and many other exciting things. The tour ends with a short ride from the top of the hill to the city’s centre by the famous Almaty cableway.

    Lunch at a local cafe. Free time for you.

    Dinner at a local restaurant and then transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 7: Rest Day in Almaty

    This is a Free day for you. Spend your time at leisure—dinner at a restaurant in the city centre of Almaty.

  • Day 8: Departure

    After breakfast, Hotel Check-out and transfer to the airport.

A Relaxing Trip to Kazakhstan – Seven Days in Almaty and Around

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Country Kazakhstan
Tour length 8 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Solo Traveller, Senior Citizen, Family with Kids, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Road Trips, Cultural Trips
Travel Style Fully Guided, Susmita’s Itinerary
Journey Start & End Points Almaty International Airport to Airport.
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    • Pick-up and drop at Almaty International Airport.
    • Welcome Dinner
    • Accommodation
    • Cab service during the Sightseeing Tours.
    • Fully Guided Service - English-speaking Guide (Day 1 till Day 6)
    • Mineral water during the trip.
    • Entrance fees for national parks, museums, historic places, and other places that require entrance fees or additional ticket fees.
    • Transportation in an Air-conditioned van (no of seats will depend on the size of the group) from arrival to departure
    • Food Included: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 7 Dinners.


    • Train Tickets.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Your toiletries and medicines.
    • Early check-in in any accommodation.
    • Personal beverages. (Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic)
    • Personal entertainment equipment. (music system, etc.)
    • Personal guide fees if you are hiring during the trip for any activities.
    • Trip costs do not ensure the supply of local SIM cards and paying bills for your usage.
    • The cost does not include any recreational activities or tours before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • Entrance fees for national parks, museums, historic places, and other places that require entrance fees or additional ticket fees.
    • The cost does not include international airport departure taxes, transportation or ticket costs (airfare or train fare) before and after the scheduled trip as per the itinerary.
    • Trip cost is non-inclusive of any extracurricular activities mentioned or not mentioned in the itinerary.
    Service on request: (extra cost applicable)
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    • icon Travel Insurance. (for Indian Citizens)
    • icon VISA application. (for Indian Citizens)
    Fitness Level
    • icon A Moderate fitness level is required.
    What to wear and bring for this trip
    • icon Passport.
    • icon Travel Insurance Copy.
    • icon Medicines, Painkillers, Insect Repellent.
    • icon Raincoat for unpredictable weather changes.
    • icon Scarf, Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion for hot sunny days.
    • icon Woolen Caps, Balaclava, Woolen Socks. Gloves or Mittens - for winter days.
    • icon Cool cotton clothes, a light jacket, soft trousers, leggings, and cotton socks for cities and towns for summertime travelling.
    • icon Inner thermals, fleece jackets, woollen hoodies, or down jackets for cold nights and wintertime travel.
    • icon Comfortable walking shoes, flip-flops for rooms and beach sandals for the beach areas.
    • icon Water bottle, Universal adapter, Camera and Extra Batteries for your camera.
    Code of Ethics
    • icon Be a Responsible Traveller.
    • icon Walking off roads in protected areas is prohibited.
    • icon Be respectful to the locals and their cultures and religious belief.
    • icon Collecting, handling, or keeping specimens/any wildlife matter is strictly prohibited.
    Sustainable Tourism Initiative
    • icon Animal Welfare.
    • icon Supporting Locals.
    • icon Zero-tolerance on plastic pollution.
    • icon Encouraging Environmental Protection.