Kazakhstan: From The Silk Road to Sir Norman Foster
1 Jun — 15 Jun 2020 | Tour Director: Steve Mastin
• Trace the span of Kazakhstan’s history from Bronze Age carvings to futuristic city landmarks
• Explore Silk Road connections at the UNESCO site of Turkistan, home to a famous Timurid Imperial mausoleum
• Discover Kazakhstan’s remarkable landscape and geology, including the awe-inspiring ‘Valley of the Castles’ at Charyn Canyon
MA, PGCE, FHA
Steve studied history and classics before becoming a teacher and is Fellow of the Historical Association
Depart London Heathrow 2125 via Astana.
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.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Almaty (Kazakhstan’s former capital): Ascension Cathedral, WWII Memorial, Museum of Musical Instruments, Central Mosque, and Geological Museum.
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.
Return to Almaty via Lake Issyk (stunning scenery), and transfer to Mercure Hotel Almaty City Centre for three nights.
Further visits in Almaty: Green Bazaar and Apple Monument followed by Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.
Whole day excursion to UNESCO site of Tamgaly, archaeological lanscape in the Chu-Ili Mountains, site of 5000 Bronze Age petroglyphs.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Alzhir Memorial Museum. Free afternoon.
Architecture of Astana, including Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (famous pyramid shape, designed by Sir Norman Foster) and Nazarbayev Centre.
Morning visit to Khan Shatyr, the enormous entertainment centre designed by Sir Norman Foster. Depart Astana 1440 via Moscow, arriving Heathrow 1645.
1 Jun — 15 Jun 2020
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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
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
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.