Day 1: Almaty - Chimkent. Arrival in Almaty. Accommodation. Breakfast. Sightseeing tour: Panfilov Park, the Cathedral, the museum of national musical instruments. Explore Medeo gorge. Transfer by car to railway-station of Almaty and take the train to Chimkent city. Night on the train.
Day 2: Chimkent - Turkestan. Arrival in Chimkent. Breakfast. Sightseeing drive to Shaulder village – Otrar ruins. Discover the Otrar ruins and visit Arstanbab mausoleum (XII c.). Drive to Turkestan city (64 km). Accommodation at the hotel. Dinner at the national home with folklore show.
Day 3: Turkestan - Kzyl-Orda. Breakfast. Visit Akhmed Yassavi complex which includes mausoleums, mosques and Turkish hammams. Drive to Kzyl-Orda city (296 km) through ancient fortress of Turkestan. Photo opportunities in Sairan which was once the capital of White Orda. Accommodation. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 4: Kzyl-Orda - Baikonur. Breakfast. Visit railway-station tour and explore Kzyl-Orda ancient city located in the heart of Silk Road. From 1925 to 1929 years Kzyl-Orda was the capital of Kazakhstan. Sightseeing drive to Baikonur (267 km). Through the ancient settlement Korkyt-Ata, the museum city. This architectural complex is dedicated to philosopher and thinker of Kazakh people, founder of Kazakh stringed and bow music, Korkyt-Ata. Arrival in Baikonur. Accommodation. Dinner at the national house.
Day 5: Baikonur. Discover Baikonur cosmodrome including the complex “Proton”, “Energia” (Energy) rocket and space ship “Buran”. Transfer by car to the test complex of carrier-rocket “Soyuz”. Drive to Gagarin's start, named after the famous cosmonaut. Sightseeing tour: the museum, the memorial house of Gagarin and memorial house of general constructor Sergey Korolev. Dinner.
Day 6: Baikonur. Walking along the alley of cosmonauts, visit to the sports center of cosmonauts. Contunue the sightseeing tour around Baikonur city. Visit the museum of cosmodrome history, monuments to pioneers, Yuriy Gagarin, General Shubnikov (head of Baikonur city construction), General Nedelin. Visit the international space school, City Square and Gagarin's summerhouse near Syr-Darya river.
Day 7: Baikonur - Turkestan. Drive back to Turkestan city (563 km). Picnic. Opportunity to photograph the beautiful values of Kazakhstan. Arrival.
Day 8: Departure.
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