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Discover Lakes and Mountains

5 Days / Discover Noyruz with us!

5 Days / Discover Noyruz with us!

From €820 / per person
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Nauryz – feast of spring renewal. In Kazakhstan spring arrives fully on 21 March – on the special day when Nauryz is celebrated, signifying not only the spring equinox but also renewal of nature. Nauryz in Kazakhstan symbolizes fertility, friendship and love. On this special day people dress up, visit close people and keep wishing well. For eastern nations, Nauryz is the same as New Year, as both holidays are messengers of a new life. Even the name of the holiday “Nauryz” is translated from Farsi as “new day”.

On Nauryz it is a must to have a traditional festive dish nauryz-koje on the table. Kazakhs believe that one should eat much of this dish on Nauryz, then your year will be in prosperity. Nauryz-koje is a nutritional rich soup that is cooked from 7 ingredients: meat, water, flour, butter, millet (could be replaced with rice or corn), salt and milk. Each component of the dish symbolizes one of the seven life beginnings: growth, luck, happiness, wealth, health, wisdom and sky auspices. Nauryz is full of symbols. So, the number 7 has its special meaning in celebrating Nauryz – seven ingredients in nauryz-koje, that is afterwards poured into seven bowls and is laid in front of wise old men-aksakals. Each person should invite seven guests and should visit other seven houses.

On Nauryz they drink kumys – dairy product made of horse milk. Traditionally on this day they congratulate by saying “Koktem tudi!” Also there are many contests of wit-poets held on this holiday, that are called “akins” in Kazakhstan; the feast cannot be without national contests among which is national wrestling “kazaksha-gures”, logic game called “toguz kumalak” and of course horse games “kyz-kuu” and “bayga”. Theatrical staged performances are played in the streets. Another old Nauryz tradition is “altybakan”, where girls and boys gather together to socialize and ride on the swings.



 

 

Tour Price per person with English speaking guide:
1 person:2100 €  /  2 people: 1.300 €  /  3 people: 900 €  /  4-15 people: 820 €

 

*Guide in Italian, French, Spanish, German availability and price on request with at least one month’s notice.

 


*Our tours are customisable based on your need and budgets.
For any other informations and for booking your tour please contact us at info@qazaqstan.tours

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What is included:

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners ( except where is indicated ), transportation by Jeep / off-road car/duster (depending on road conditions), half bottled water a day, museums fees, park fees, english speaking guide, driver, gas, pick up from 8 am to 21 pm and drop off in same time ( pickup and drop off from 21 to 8 am can in night and early morning time is possible with extra fee ).

 

What is not included:

Personal expenses, tips, airfare (only internal airfare where included), travel insurance, visa expenses, extra beverage ( during meals is included only water or tea ).


  • Destination
  • Departure
    Main Square, Old Town
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8.30AM
  • Return Time
    Approximately 7.30PM
  • Dress Code
    Casual, comfortable and light

Tour Plan

1

1 Day / Food tasting Experience in Esentai and Big Almaty Lake

We will arrive in Almaty in late morning and after pick up you at airport we will drive until the wonderful Almaty Lake 30 Km out from the city.
The big Almaty Lake is at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, before you arrive there, you can admire the natural beauty of the Trans-Ili Alatau Mountains.
From the main road all start to change compare with the city, road climbs higher and higher, the landscape is changing, more and more huge mossy stones appear on the slopes. According to scientists, more than 2,000 years ago there was a strong earthquake in these places, literally moving mountains.

After the lake we will drive back to the city to the Esentai Mall.
Not a single holiday is complete without an entertainment program from Esentai Mall, and Nauryz is no exception.
From March 21 to March 25, on the Esentai Square alley, you will enjoy skiing on the Altybakan national swing, the opportunity to feel the spirit of ancestors in a traditional Kazakh yurt, and everyone can take part in folk games for adults and children.

March 22, there will be a culinary battle. Part of the proceeds from the sale of snacks will be allocated for charitable purposes to the "Together Against Cancer" Public Fund, with which Esentai Mall is working not for the first time.
During the festive week, the Nauryz Esentai Fair will be held at Esentai Square, where they will be treating guests with aromatic pilaf and drinks.

2

2-3 Days / Kolsai, Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon

The magnificent cascade of Kolsai lakes are located 290 kilometers south-east of Almaty. That area is surrounded by three amazing alpine lakes, which are called Kolsai-1, Kolsai-2 and Kolsai-3, located respectively at an altitude of 1700, 2252 and 2650 meters above sea level. A lot of people consider them the pearl of the Northern Tien Shan mountains.
Kaindy lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kazakhstan, and still not really touristic place. The lake is located at an altitude of 2000m, 26 kilometers far from the Kaindy river with the same name, near the Kolsai lake.
Translated from the Kazakh “Kaindy” means “abundant in birch”, the meaning of the name is because is full of large birch groves, located near the area and inside the lake in a spectacular way.

The first day we will hike around Kolsai lake and we can arrive to the second lake ( is possible do the road by horses also ) and the second day we will go to the second lake and to the Charyn Canyon.

Accommodation: Homestay in Yurt in local guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

3

4 Day / Taste nomadic culture, Eagle show in Yurt

Today we will move in another place when we will see an hunting show and in afternoon we can ride horse and enjoy the landscape near us. Today we will stay in the nature and we will relax in the countryside.
We will go back to Almaty in late afternoon before lunch, drop off to the hotel.

Accommodation: Yurt Camp
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

4

5 Day / Taste Kazakh traditional games and hospitality

Today we will drive 1.5 - 2 hours outside Almaty and we will arrive in the first place, here we will stay in the yurt and we will try some traditional food and our guide will also explain and show the difference between a normal Yurt and the Kazakh Yurt, we will see one inside and we will have some snacks.

Here the detailed program:
11.00 – 11.10 – We will meet in the Ger camp with two warriors in Saks period with armor and on horses and we will attend the ceremony calling “Shashu” and you will have the opportunity to try baursaks.
11.10 – 12.20 – We will discover a Kazakh yurt, the kazakh national customs and traditions. During the program they will be explaining about each part of the yurt; the philosophy and sacred meaning of the yurt to Kazakh people.
Guests also get used to know about previous centuries’ life of Kazakh people (cleaning and whipping wool, making yarn with a spindle, receiving flour and talcan in a derma, ritual laying a child in “Besik”, ritual “Tusau kesu” and “Atka otyrgyzu”).
12.20 – 12.30 – Levada playground exibition
12.30 – 13.10 – Performance of the “Sarbaz” group ( various programs, theatrical legend performance and national horse games).
13.10 – 14.00 – Lunch (pilaf, salad, baursaks, tea).
14.00 – 15.00 – Master-classes in your choice depends on interests:
I. cooking national treat “ Zhent”;
II. making “Belbau” on a loom;
III. making cup holder by the method of work “Syrmak”;
IV. archery;
V. dzhigitovka (from the word “dzhigit” – horse rider) master-class.
15.00 – 16.00 – Free time (walk in the ethno-aul, riding on a swing "Altybakan")

Accommodation: Yurt Camp
Meals: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

How to Book The tour


1- Read our Terms and Conditions HERE

2-Fill in the form that you find HERE for the reservation of the tour with your data

3- We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm the availability, then you will receive information about the payment (30% for the booking and 70% to be paid upon arrival).

4- After the deposit you will receive all the information on your trip and a copy of the itinerary. Remember to give us precise Instructions on where you arrive!

5- For any questions or information you can always contact us by mail to info@qazaqstan.tours

All tours are customised, if you want to add more days in one place or less in another, ask for a different itinerary o for insurance package, local flight + tour contact us at info@qazaqstan.tours

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