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ACE Cultural Tours is delighted to announce a newly created tour for 2020 – Kazakhstan.

A vast country harbouring immense cultural wealth, Kazakhstan is a land of crystal lakes and soaring mountains, ancient Silk Road monuments and 20th century cathedrals. To visit is to experience a staggeringly rich geological landscape, some of the most stunning scenery in the world, and a historical and cultural heritage that stretches from the Bronze Age petroglyphs at Tamgaly to Norman Foster’s futuristic creations in Astana.

Our tour will begin in the former capital of Almaty, named after the region’s famous apples, before moving to the southern city of Shymkent. From here we will discover Kazakhstan’s Silk Road heritage with a visit to the UNESCO site of Turkistan. Finally we will make the journey to Kazakhstan’s current capital of Astana, site of several astonishing buildings built by Norman Foster, including his pyramid-shaped Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

Tour Director Steve Mastin, who spent seven years living and working in Astana, will lead us through three key stages of Kazakhstan’s evolution: its ancient history, its more recent Soviet-era past, and its vision for the future – mirroring our journey from Almaty and Shymkent to the modern capital. You can read more about Steve’s background by visiting his Tour Director page.