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The Issyk Lake Private Tour (7 hours)

November 1, 2019

Private Day Tours & Activities in Almaty | Welcome to the Issyk Gorge - one of the most interesting places of Trans-Ili Alatau! During this tour you will know about archaeological monuments of the Saka culture and meet the fantastic beauty of the Issyk Lake...

Availability: January-December, daily at 11:00 

Attention: Since this tour is held in a mountainous area, it is subject to cancellation in case of adverse weather conditions, such as mudflow or avalanche danger, high snow cover or road icing

Tour Description:

After pickup from your hotel, you will start your trip to the Issyk Gorge along the Kuldja tract, where hundreds of years ago the trade caravans travelled. On the way you will learn a lot about nature and history of this region and see the burial mounds of Saka period, where the famous Golden Man was found, which has become the state symbol of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

You will also visit the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”, where you will see the expositions dedicated to the history and culture of the Saka period, including a copy of Golden Man and golden items, ancient ceramics, weapon, elements of horse equipment, as well as the model of Saka burial mound.  For a full immersion in the national flavor, you will have a lunch in a local cafe being accompanied by your guide, who will reveal some secrets of national cuisine. 

Then the tour route will take you to an altitude of 1756 meters above sea level, to the beautiful mountain lake Issyk, located in the valley with the same name. The lake was formed about 10,000 years ago due to colossal landslide, resulted in formation of the natural dam of 300 meters in height. On the lake you will enjoy the majestic beauty of its turquoise water surface and the Issyk Gorge, as well as listen to the details of the natural disaster of 1963. Estimated arrival time to your hotel is around 6:00pm.

Private Tour Rates for November-February:  
200 USD for one person
224 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together
303 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together
Private Tour Rates for March-October:  
220 USD for one person
250 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together
333 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together
* Tour rates include bottled water, lunch, all environmental and admission fees and tickets, hotel pickup/drop-off
Total tour price should be paid no later than 24 hours before the tour. Accepted methods of payment: cash in local currency, wire transfer, bank card
50% of the tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour departure time
100% of the tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 12 hours before the tour departure time, as well as in case of no-show

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