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Kazakhstan Expedition

From £2574 for 14 days
Trip Overview
Beginning in the futuristic cityscapes of Nur-Sultan (until recently, Astana), join us on this exploration from mighty Kazakhstan to mountainous Kyrgyzstan. From the space port of Baikonur to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road ruins of Sayram and Otrar, and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park and Charyon Canyon, the sights along the way are unlike anywhere else on earth. Continue your journey to the seldom visited Kyrgyzstan, skirt the vast waters of Issyk-Kul and end in the relaxed capital of Bishkek.
Essential Info
Starts: Nur-Sultan (Astana)
Ends: Bishkek
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Expedition
Trip Code: IKFSK
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Kazakhstan
What's Included

Meals

13 Breakfasts included
1 Lunches included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Private vehicle,Plane,Train,Overnight Sleeper Train

Accommodation

Hotel (9 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: 29th Aug 2019
Returning: 11th Sep 2019
£2,710pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 26th Sep 2019
Returning: 9th Oct 2019
£2,710pp
£2,574pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 15th Apr 2020
Returning: 28th Apr 2020
£2,845pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 20th May 2020
Returning: 2nd Jun 2020
£2,845pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 9th Sep 2020
Returning: 22nd Sep 2020
£2,845pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 23rd Sep 2020
Returning: 6th Oct 2020
£2,845pp
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Availability: Good
Itinerary & Notes
Welcome to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm in the hotel lobby. Please look for a note in the lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be checking your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details ready for your leader. Recently renamed Nur-Sultan in honour of the long serving first president, the city was purpose built to become th capital city of Kazakhstan in 1997. Similar to Washington D.C. in the US or Canberra in Australia, Nur-Sultan is a planned city with the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa as its master mind. Now, Nur-Sultan is one of the most vibrant cities in Central Asia. If you arrive early, take the time explore and admire the futuristic city skyline. Join your leader in the evening for an included local dinner tonight.
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