Day 1 : Arrival into Astana
Arrive in Astana where you will be met by a Travel The Unknown representative and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Astana.
Meal plan: n/a
Vast steppe landscapes, traditional culture and eagle hunters!
The most economically advanced of the Stans, Kazakhstan is an enigmatic amalgamation of modernity and tradition. Discover the world’s largest landlocked country, beginning in the glittering capital of Astana. Marvel at its futuristic architecture, including the spectacular Astana-Baiterek Monument. Pay your respects at Alzhir’s memorial complex and museum, reflecting on Stalin’s repressive reign. Take a boat ride along the Ishim River. Travel the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains to Almaty to visit the Central State Museum. The highest skating rink in the world boasts panoramic views of the city and the mountains from Kok-Tobe hill. Descend the red sandstone cliffs of Sharyn Canyon and immerse yourself in traditional Kazakh culture with the golden eagle breeders of Nura Village. This tour is a truly fascinating insight into an ever-developing, yet little-visited, landscape in the heart of Central Asia.
Astana - Almaty - Sharyn Canyon