Running on a hybrid engine of unbridled enthusiasm and youthful charm, Olya and Gaukhar are 2 of the most knowledgeable young guides of Almaty. No boring numbers or Soviet drones here. Instead, expect original city tours with easy-going guides, coming at modern-day Almaty from all possible angles.
Bonus: affordable prices!
Besides the 3 tours listed below, tours to Altyn Emel, Kolsai Lakes, Big Almaty lake, Charyn Canyon and the Tamgaly petroglyphs can also be arranged. Price on request.
Please note: Guides need at least a 48-hour notice before the tour!
1. Introduction to Almaty – City tour
Introduction to Almaty. Duration: 3/4 hours
Price: 20 USD per person for 3 hours or 30 USD for a 4-hour tour including Medeo and Shymbulak ski resort.
It will start in front of the magnificent building of Central mosque then we will stroll along the streets to Green Market, try some local delicacies. After the market, we will introduce you to the best examples of Vernyi architecture around Green Market & 28 Panfilov Heroes Memorial Park. Then we can continue with three options: see examples of monumental Soviet architecture, or go on with Vernyi architecture, or meet creative people at one of the city`s workshops.
We can extend the tour by taking a cable-car from Medeo ice-skating rink to Shymbulak ski resort to see beautiful nature of Almaty from above.
2. Dinner with locals
30 USD per person. Year-round. Duration: 3-4 hours
Dinner with locals is the unique chance to step beyond the realm of the average tourist and experience the local culture by going inside a real Kazakh’s home for a night of delicious home-made meal! Make new friends, enjoy Kazakh hospitality and share stories.
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- See how real Almaty people live by spending an evening in a local’s apartment
- Family friendly
- Indulge in a delicious three-course Kazakh national meal
- Get inside tips from a local
- Vegetarian meal option available
3. Apple orchards tour
55 USD per person – for 3 guests. From June to October. Duration: 1 day
Travel from Almaty to the mountains valley of Turgen on a full-day relaxed trip to the local apple orchards and discover stunning scenery and vibrant traditional cultures. Easy hiking to the Medvezhii waterfall, then head to the village near to meet farmers at their home and have a hearty lunch altogether; after a good food walk through a landscape etched with apple orchards. On the way, you will see famous Scythian burial mounds.
- Taste famous apples from Almaty region
- Meet and talk with farmer family at their home over the shared meal
- English-speaking guide
- Enjoy relaxed hiking to the waterfall