Our day begins at 10 am with a journey into the history and development of the southern capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. The colors, smells, and bustling atmosphere of the Green Bazaar, an Eastern market popular with local townspeople, will draw us in and make it impossible to refrain from shopping. You will find beautiful fabrics as well as Oriental sweets for sale, but do not forget to haggle.
From there, we will continue to one of Almatys oldest parks, Panfilov Park, with its tree-lined paths and famous monuments dedicated to Panifilovs brave guardsmen. Zenkov Cathedral, also located in the park, will be our next destination. The cathedrals five domes tower over the surrounding greenery and house dozens of Khludovs works. We will also visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, dedicated to the memory of the fighters who died for the freedom and independence of the country.
After exploration of the sport, cultural, and business areas of the city we will be awed by Medeo Gorge, well known for having the highest mountain skating rink in the world and its dam which protects the city.
Awaiting us at our next destination are the stunning views from KokTobe Hill, where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if counted from the sea level). In KokTobe Park, you can stroll along the winding paths, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, and visit the shop of national souvenirs.
The evening ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty Cableway. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.
Transfer to the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border at Kegen (116 km) and meet with your Kyrgyz driver and guide at the border for the drive to Karakol via the Karkara Valley (110 km). Overnight at the hotel in Karakol.