On this 6 day tour we’ll visit the cities of Astana, Shymkent, Turkistan, and Almaty. Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan and is an important industrial and cultural center for the republic, as well as rail and vehicle transport interchange. Industry of the town is agro-industrial engineering, food industry, processing of agricultural materials, and transport. At present, Astana attracts a large number of tourists as a major center of the development of Kazakhstan in the 20th century.
From Astana we head to Shymkent, the regional center of south Kazakhstan and the third largest city of the republic. It is one of the largest industrial, commercial and cultural center of the country. Settlements in the Shymkent territory existed at the turn of the XI-XII centuries, where over time the city often passed from one conquerer to another.
We then head to the southern Kazakh city of Turkistan, one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan. It is located near the Syr Darya river about 160 km (100 mi) northwest of Shymkent on the Trans-Aral Railway. The city was first settled around 500 AD, where it was a fortified city in the Middle Ages. Today, it is a major industrial, educational, and cultural center, as well as center for domestic and foreign tourism.
We end our adventure by touring Almaty and surrounding areas. Almaty has adapted to changing times faster than any other city in Central Asia. Stretching along the foothills of the Zailiysky Alatau, it is a beautiful city decorated with many parks and gardens.