Price: Subject to Size of Party

Trip Length: 2 Days

Trip Origin: Almaty

Dates: March – November

Group: Individuals + Groups

Difficulty: All Ages

Guided Tour of Almaty

Almaty is an beautiful city. It is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of 1.8 million people, about 8% of the country’s total population. It served as capital of the Kazakh state in its various forms from 1929 to 1997, under the influence of the then Soviet Union.

The former capital has become the financial hub of Central Asia as it has adapted to the changing times faster than any other city. The city is decorated with many parks and gardens, fountains and flowerbeds. Almaty stretches along the foothills of the Tian Shan’s emerald mountain range in southern Kazakhstan where the Large and Small Almatinka rivers run into the Trans-Ili Alatau Plain.

It hosts various international events as the most convenient city of the republic with a well-developed infrastructure, and it remains the largest industrial and cultural center of Kazakhstan.

  • Former capital of Kazakhstan; Largest city
  • Largest industrial and cultural center
  • Green city – home to many parks and gardens
  • Hosts many international events

Day 1

Full day city tour

We spend the whole day (6+ hours) touring the city. We’ll visit the park of the 28th Panfilov Guards, named in honor of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, Zenkov Cathedral, a wooden structure built without a nail, the Green Market, the old central market called “Green Bazaar” where the first greens are traded, and Republic Square, the main square in Almaty and the largest and most beautiful park in the city with its magnificent ensemble of modern architecture, location, holiday parades, festivals, sporting events, and the State Museum.

  • Visit some of city’s historical and cultural sites
  • Zenkov Cathedral built without nails

Day 2

Half day city tour

We spend half the day touring Almaty including Kok-Tobe, located on a hilltop-viewing platform that provides a beautiful panorama of the city, as well as the endless steppe stretching to the horizon.

We’ll visit Medeo, located in the mountains 25 km (16 mi) from Almaty, which is home to the speed ice skating rink that serves as the venue for many cultural events including the International Folk Music Festival. Above Medeo is a three level dam, built to protect Almaty from mudslides. A local custom is climbing the 842 step concrete staircase up the face of the dam.

  • Get panoramic view of city and steppe
  • Visit site of International Folk Music Festival
  • Climb 842 step concrete dam


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