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Kazakhstan: From The Silk Road to Sir Norman Foster

1 Jun — 15 Jun 2020 | Tour Director: Steve Mastin

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Tour Director

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Steve Mastin,

MA, PGCE, FHA

Steve studied history and classics before becoming a teacher and is Fellow of the Historical Association

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 2125 via Astana.

Day

2

Arrive Alamty 1130. Transfer to Mercure Hotel Almaty City Centre, for two nights. Afternoon visit to the Museum of the Arts of the Republic of Kazakhstan followed by welcome and introduction.

Day

3

Morning lecture followed by visits in Almaty (Kazakhstan’s former capital): Ascension Cathedral, WWII Memorial, Museum of Musical Instruments, Central Mosque, and Geological Museum.

Day

4

Two day excursion from Almaty: Charyn Canyon National Park via Issyk Museum (site of the discovery of the ‘Golden Man’, whose remains are now displayed in Astana) and Turgen Gorge (beautiful waterfalls). Overnight in yurts at Charyn Canyon.

Day

5

Return to Almaty via Lake Issyk (stunning scenery), and transfer to Mercure Hotel Almaty City Centre for three nights.

Day

6

Further visits in Almaty: Green Bazaar and Apple Monument followed by Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

Day

7

Whole day excursion to UNESCO site of Tamgaly, archaeological lanscape in the Chu-Ili Mountains, site of 5000 Bronze Age petroglyphs.

Day

8

Transfer by air to Shymkent and continue to the Rixos Hotel, Shymkent, for overnight. Afternoon visit to ruins of the ancient Silk Road city of Sayram (subject to confirmation). Evening lecture.

Day

9

Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage site of Turkistan, via Otrar (ancient Silk Road city, now in ruins) and Arystan Bab Mausoleum. Overnight Hotel Khanaka, Turkistan.

Day

10

Whole day exploring the UNESCO site of Turkistan, including the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, erected by Timur. Return to Shymkent for overnight at Rixos Hotel.

Day

11

Transfer by air to Astana and continue to Best Western Plus Astana Hotel for four nights. Orientation walk followed by cruise through central Astana (Kazakhstan’s modern capital, now known as Nur-Sultan in honour of its former president).

Day

12

Cultural visits in Astana including National Museum of Kazakhstan (extensive new museum complex with spaces dedicated to history, ethnography, art and more), Hazret Sultan Mosque and Assumption Cathedral.

Day

13

Morning lecture followed by excursion to Alzhir Memorial Museum. Free afternoon.

Day

14

Architecture of Astana, including Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (famous pyramid shape, designed by Sir Norman Foster) and Nazarbayev Centre.

Day

15

Morning visit to Khan Shatyr, the enormous entertainment centre designed by Sir Norman Foster. Depart Astana 1440, arriving Heathrow 1645.

Tour Dates

1 Jun — 15 Jun 2020

Days

15

Cost

£3545

Tour Code

KAZA-20

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FITNESS

Please note this tour will involve a significant amount of walking, frequently over uneven ground, particularly at Tamgaly and Charyn Canyon. Many of Kazakhstan’s most important sites are spread out from one another and participants should expect some long overland journeys by coach in addition to two internal flights. Some visits will involve heights, including the Baiterek Tower in Astana

 

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£400.00

Cost of £3545 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, ten lunches (one packed), thirteen dinners with water & tea, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £365.

 
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