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Kazakhstan Expedition

From £1960 for 14 days
Trip Overview
Beginning in cosmopolitan Almaty, join us on this exploration through Kazakhstan, from the shrunken Aral Sea to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road portals of Sayram and Otrar and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park. Get ready for a rare, fascinating adventure through one of the least-explored corners of the earth. 2018 TRIP CHANGES: We were recently informed that Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency responsible for the Baikonur Cosmodrome, has decided to increase the cost of visiting the space port over 300% from previous years. Given that this activity already made up a significant part of our total trip costs and that the Cosmodrome is the main reason for visiting Baikonur, unfortunately this means it is no longer viable to Baikonur in our itinerary. From April 2018 we will instead be visiting Altyn-Emel National Park. All other destinations and inclusions remain the same. Please see below for a detailed itinerary.
Essential Info
Starts: Almaty
Ends: Almaty
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Expedition
Trip Code: IKFSK
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Kazakhstan
What's Included

Meals

9 Breakfasts included
3 Lunches included
5 Dinners included

Transport

Private vehicle,Plane,4WD,Train,Overnight Sleeper Train

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights),Overnight Train (1 night),Homestay/Guesthouse (3 nights)

Trip Highlights

•   Truly off the beaten track, Kazakhstan sees few travellers, especially outside Almaty and capital Astana. Feel the remoteness of Central Asia on this one-of-a-kind expedition

•   Visit dusty Baikonur, the hub of the Soviet – and now Russian – space program. Check out the Cosmodrome, the world’s oldest and largest spaceport, and witness a manned rocket launch

•   Explore the Aral Sea, which suffered environmental and humanitarian devastation in the 60s due to Soviet irrigation projects. Enjoy a homestay with local friends and meet those working with an NGO to restore the area

•   Discover the history and architecture of the Silk Road, visiting ancient mausoleums and mosques on guided tours in the cities of Turkistan, Sayram and Shymkent

•   Travel alongside locals and admire wild, sweeping vistas on epic train rides across the Kazakh steppe

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Price
Availability
Departing: 21st Apr 2019
Returning: 30th Apr 2019
£1,960pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 29th Aug 2019
Returning: 11th Sep 2019
£2,710pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 14th Sep 2019
Returning: 27th Sep 2019
£2,710pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 26th Sep 2019
Returning: 9th Oct 2019
£2,710pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Your expedition begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm in your centrally-located hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early, perhaps get your bearings with a walk around town. Until the recent transfer of the capital to Astana, Almaty was Kazakhstan's foremost city. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Tian Shan Mountains, it is still very much the country’s commercial and cultural centre and perhaps Central Asia’s most cosmopolitan city.
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