We invite you to visit the oldest cities in Kazakhstan – Otrar, the birth place of medieval philosopher and scientist Al-Farabi, and Turkistan, the burial place of the poet and preacher Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. His mausoleum, built by Emir Timur, is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, which has become one of the main worship places of Muslims.
Meeting with the guide and transfer to ancient commercial oasis Otrar also known as Farab (1BC-15AD)
Otrar was an important trading center of the Great Silk Road and the capital of the Great Tamerlan in 15th century AD;
It was a very advanced city with its own irrigation and waterpipe system. Otrar was famous all over Central Asia for its pottery workshops and glass vases. In 2001 during the excavation works new sorts of silver coins were found. They thought to be originated from Bukhara, China and other Silk Road destinations.
In 2001-2004 UNESCO, Kazakhstan and Japan conducted a joint project on conservation and preservation of the ancient city of Otrar: its mosque, bathes, pottery workshops. Right now Otrar is known as a city-museum included in the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage.
During the excursion at Otrar tourists will find excavations on the site of an ancient city that helped researchers to learn a lot about the infrastructure of the city. Tourists will be able to see that Otrar had a clear layout of the streets, quarters, which could be accessed through three fortress gates, equipped with throw-over bridges across the moat.
Excursion at Shaulder museum where gathered most of Otrar’s excavational findings; on the way to museum visit Arystan Bab mausoleum.
Departure to Turkestan city (95 km)
Turkestan visit starts with the main sightseeing of the city, the most well-known in Kazakhstan UNESCO world heritage – The complex of Hodja Ahmed Yassawi (14th century). This complex includes mausoleum, citadel, the ancient bath complex, the fortress wall, Juma mosque. The mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui is an unsurpassed masterpiece of medieval architecture. This is an amazing complex of palaces and temples from 30 different rooms and halls.
After excursion in Turkestan city, transfer back to Shymkent city.
Transport: There are five times per week late evening flight from Shymkent to Almaty. There is also an option to take evening fast train from Shymkent with an early arrival to Almaty.
Late evening flights from Shymkent to Astana are 3 times per week & daytime flights 5 times per week.
1 pax: 190$/pp
2 pax: 120$/pp
3 pax: 95$/pp
4 pax: 80$/pp
1. Shuttle service (from and to hotel)
2. Transfer service for 1 day tour route Shymkent-Otrar-Turkestan-Shymkent (4×4 jeep)
3. English speaking guide service during the tour
4. Entrance fees during the tour
5. Drinking water 1L per person per day
1. Domestic flight or train tickets
4. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required
5. All personal and other expenses
Note: The accommodation and meal can be offered upon the guest’s preference for additional charge
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