After meeting of your guide at the Meeting Point no later than 10 minutes before the tour departure time, you will start the tour with a ride to Medeo Gorge (1690 meters above sea level) well known due to the highest mountain skating rink in the world and the dam, protecting the city from dangerous mudflow. Brief walk around with a chance to take your mountain-view pictures and breath the fresh pine-tree air.
Located in the Medeo Gorge at an altitude of 1691 meters above sea level, the Medeo sports complex is the world's largest mountain skating rink with the largest artificial ice field area - 10.5 thousand square meters. High mountains and the purest mountain water for ice filling contribute to the achievement of high results in speed skating, over 200 world records have been set here for all the time at all distances among men and women. Almaty skating rink was nicknamed the "factory of records" and is not only a state monument of city planning and architecture of the Republican importance, but also a favorite place of rest for citizens and guests of the southern capital.
From Medeo you will take a cable car to Shymbulak ski resort area. Having ridden about 20-25 minutes above magnificent fur-trees up to the altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, you will get to the 1st level of ski resort, occupied by fancy restaurants, ski & snowboarding school and mountain hotel. The resort is very popular for its mild climate, large quantity of sunny days and snow through the winter, and remarkable scenery of mountain ranges. You will have a quick chance to walk there and take pictures with breathtaking mountain peaks around. Then you will go down the same way by cable car and drive to the city. Meanwhile you will be told an interesting story why Almaty is actually called «the Apple city».
Shymbulak Ski Resort is located in the picturesque gorge of Zailiyskiy Alatau at an altitude of 2260 meters above sea level, in 15-minute drive from the center of Almaty. The resort was founded in 1954 and from the middle of the 50s was a training base for Soviet skiers, championships of the USSR and Kazakhstan were held on its slopes. In 2017, the resort hosted the international ski, freestyle and snowboard competitions of the 28th World Winter Universiade. And Russian Forbes included Shymbulak in the top ten ski resorts for Russians.
Further your mountain adventure continues at the top of Kok-Tobe hill, where the tallest TV tower in the world is located (if to count from the sea level) and where you will get by the picturesque winding mountain road on the park eco-cars. In Kok-Tobe Park you can stroll along the winding paths of the park, admire the magnificent panorama of the city from the special observation deck, throw a coin in the "apple" fountain and visit the shop of national souvenirs. The first part of the tour ends with the short ride from the top of the hill to the center of the city by the famous Almaty cableway and the dropping you off at the Meeting Point, where you will be given time for a short rest and lunch in one of the nearby cafes or restaurants, which your guide could recommend. You also can order the lunch in advance while booking the tour.
Kok-Tobe Hill is located in the immediate vicinity of the city, its height is 1130 meters above sea level. It is possible to get to the top of the hill both by a winding road and a cable car built in 1967 and originating from the Palace of the Republic. On the slope of the hill there is the famous 372-meter Almaty TV tower - one of the unique symbols of the city and its highest structure. A magnificent panorama of the city and Zailiyskiy Alatau Ridge opens from the top of Kok-Tobe Hill.
After the lunch, your will start the second part of the tour with a visit to Almaty Museum.
Being one of the interesting museums and equipped with multimedia tools, Museum of Almaty will captivate you with rich museum collections and a variety of ancient exhibits, allowing to study in a short time the history of the region since the Great Silk Road till nowadays.
Having left the museum, you will make a short stop for acquaintance with architecture and history of Abai Opera and Ballet Theatre. Then you will visit one of the oldest of Almaty parks - Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, where one of the most beautiful wooden building in the world - Zenkov Cathedral is located. In the park you will also see the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, listen to the stories of the guide and admire the beauty of the Museum of Folk Instruments. A leisurely walk under the crowns of old trees will take about 40 minutes.
This park is named after 28 Panfilov Guardsmen in memory of the heroic deed committed during the Second World War by 28 soldiers while the defense of Moscow. There are three objects in this park included in the list of historical and cultural monuments of Kazakhstan: the building of the Museum of Folk Instruments, Ascension Cathedral and the Memorial of Glory.
Next point of interest is a popular place for townspeople - the Green Bazaar, where it is impossible to refrain from shopping. It is the great chance to experience an atmosphere of the real eastern market, its colors, smells and crowds. There you can obtain famous oriental sweets, dried fruits, buy local products and souvenirs, but don't forget to bargain. In the market they accept cash in tenge (local currency), so it would be good to have some with you or there is an exchange point just nearby to the market area. The tour ends with dropping you off at the Meeting Point at about 17:00.
The Green Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Almaty, which has existed since 1868. At that time, the bazaar was not inferior to the best markets of Turkestan in terms of its trade and other qualities. Foreign merchants put their mansions around the perimeter of the bazaar square and from the Green Bazaar the city began to grow to the south-west.
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