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5-Day Active Tour provided by Friendly Tours - Dostar Trips

5-Day Active Tour
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About
Hello! My name is Gaukhar, I am a co-owner and guide of small local company based in Almaty. We as a team do what we really love: meet new people and share with them the best what Kazakhstan has to offer such as astounded nature, finger-licking cuisine and, of course, people - the most valuable part of any trip. During my own travels (mostly US & Europe) I understood that the long-lasting memories are created not by sights you visited, but by personal connections you make. I live and work in Kazakhstan all my life and still get excited by new places, new stories and new routes I can show to travellers! We look forward meeting you here! Highlights: - Open the mystery of Singing Dunes; hike the fantastic “lunar” Aktau mountains; - Enjoy a breathtaking scenery and take spectacular photographs while hiking around the lakes; visit a sunken forest of Kaindy lake; experience Kazakh cuisine and culture in a carefully selected homestay family; - See Charyn Canyon National Park
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Russian, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Russian, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 76292P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accomodation
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • National Paks fees and tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn-Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn-Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Charyn National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kolsai Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Kaindy
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Duration
5 days
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We do pick-up from all centrally located hotels in Almaty
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accomodation
  • Bottled water
  • Local guide
  • National Paks fees and tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn-Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Altyn-Emel National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Charyn National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kolsai Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Kaindy
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We do pick-up from all centrally located hotels in Almaty
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
5 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
6 stops
Day 1
Almaty - Basshi village -...
Day 2
Basshi village - Aktau Mountains...
Day 3
Basshi village - Charyn Canyon:...
Day 4
Satty village - Kolsay Lake #1 -...
Day 5
Satty village - Kaindy Lake -...
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David j
15 contributions
Incredible Service
Jul 2019
Freindly Tours play in their own league. Right from the beginning the contact was very pleasant and the booking absolutely flawless. Marina from the office was always very helpful and could even help us out by providing the address of a laundry service in Almaty prior to our trip.
The trip itself was simply perfect; You couldn`t imagine a better guide than Dima. Very friendly, savy and highly competent. I really appreciated all his stories about and perspective on life in Kazachstan - we had very interesting conversations.
He was totally customer focused and did everything he could to take care of us: from checking we always had enough water to resupplying late in the evening to picking herbs for tea on our excursions. He also made sure we get across the border to Kirgistan and didn`t leave before he was sure we made it to the other side.
It was simply an incredible trip at a reasonable price, compared to the service provided. I`d get back to Kazakhstan anytime - definately again with Friendly Tours. Thanks for the great experience!
Written January 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Culture793546
Thank you so much for your time spent to write such a detailed review! We were happy to arrange this tour for you and it is great to see that you have liked it! We hope you'll come back and we'll meet you like a friend again! ;)
Written November 4, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

iamlulu
Kathmandu, Nepal50 contributions
Fantastic Driver (Ruslan) and Guide (Sabina).
Sep 2019
Excellent service and helpful advice and easy communication with Friendly Tours (Marina).

Driver Ruslan and Guide, Sabina, were both knowledgable, professional, competent and fun during our 5 Tour. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it, and when I asked for the itinerary to be changed slightly, my wish was easily accommodated. As a result, I saw the Pagoda Mosque, which was a highlight for me!

On thing to note, is that I had very little Wifi and no phone reception in Almaty, and became a little anxious when I hadn't heard from Friendly Tours. I sent emails to which I got no reply (I was subsequently told that they were never received. Wifi can be quite a problem). Might I suggest to them that they perhaps look at emailing their clients when they know they have arrived in Almaty.... simply to reassure them that all is on track and to confirm arrangements. This would have alleviated any anxiety I felt at making a booking, from overseas, with a travel company I had never used, and to whom I had paid quite a sum of money.

All of this aside, they were excellent and the trip was wonderful. The 'home stays' were also enjoyable, and I particularly loved Saty Village. I have no hesitation in recommending Friendly Tours.
Written October 20, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Lynette, Thank you so much for your detailed review! We are happy that you and Benjamin liked our tour! We will pass your kind words to your guide Sabina and driver Ruslan! Regarding issues with emails - thank you so much for pointing this out, we will definetly make some changes into our email system! That's very important to hear honest feedback from our guests! Lynette, always welcome back to Kazakhstan, there is still so much to see! ;)
Written November 17, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

33provence16
Aix-en-Provence, France7 contributions
A 5 star rating doesn't do this tour justice
Jul 2019 • Couples
We don't offen write reviews but this one is up there. The tour is a great way to see some of this very large country in a short space of time. The scenery is awe-inspiring and the people are warm and genuine. see for yourself.
Vladimir our tour guide par excellence, whose attention to detail, politeness, friendliness and insight made the trip a real pleasure oh and he's is not a bad driver either. It's best to do this trip in the week to avoid the crowds 5 people instead of 30.
Bring factor +50, a hat, good boots and an empty stomach they fed us until we nearly ex........!
Written July 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello Marion! Thank you a lot for writing such a detailed review! It means so much for us! We are happy to hear that you liked the tour with Vladimir! We hope David's birthday was memorable and full of joy! ;) Thank you for choosing us! Always welcome back to Kazakhstan!
Written July 23, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travelers have to say about the operator.

By: Friendly Tours - Dostar Trips
BramD385
BramD385
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Name of company no coincide
Gaukhar really lives up to the name of her business. It was truly a pleasure getting to know a "local" who is so pr
780petrat
780petrat
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Strongly recommend! Excellent and friendly care!
We only had 1 free day, so we took the Charyn Canyon trip and we do not regret! It is an amazing place and our nice
Y9940KZtomaszb
Y9940KZtomaszb
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I strongly recommend!
A great guide! Commitment, knowledge, preparation, friendly atmosphere. The program of the trip goes far beyond wha
Born2BK
Born2BK
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Great and Friendly Experience - Highly Recommended !!!
Review of: Almaty City Tour & Hiking around Almaty I had several wonderful days with the very professional and fri
JaneEbinger
JaneEbinger
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Charyn canyon day trip
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city this is an excellent day trip from Almaty to the Cha
bethesdabe
bethesdabe
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Wonderful experience
It was a great experience. My guide was very knowledgeable, and the driver was great. Communication with me was g
Anniexxoo
Anniexxoo
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Excellent Experience ! Highly Recommended !
Wonderful 1-Day Trip! We met very professional, experienced tour guide, and driver. A lot of attractions were intr
gravesrants
gravesrants
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Interesting insights on Almaty city tour
I went to Almaty for what was supposed to be a girls weekend, but COVID19 made it a solo trip. Luckily, I had frien
M1489
M1489
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A great experience tailored to our interests
We did a walking tour of Almaty with Olya, and then met her again for an amazing “Dinner With Locals” home dining e
19vsc
19vsc
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SClark-Voller
A delightful visit. Olya was friendly and informative and spoke excellent English. We visited the Nur Mabarak Unive
santiagodebar
santiagodebar
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Excellent experience with Friendly Tours in Southeast Kazakhstan.
I usually travel by myself, without guided tours, but I had little time to visit the area and in Friendly Tours the
chrisraushanb
chrisraushanb
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Best your guides in Kazakhstan!!!
I've known the owner for more than 7 years now and I highly recommend to all tourist if you really want to see Kaza
dogyui
dogyui
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Great place Great guide
The place is very beautiful and if you are lucky , you will see something special animals that you haven't seen it
aa x
aa x
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Great tour
Wonderful scenery, knowledgable guide, everything was absolutely great.Had to change itinerary due to bad weather,
hdhobart
hdhobart
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6-8 hours trip to Big Almaty Lake and surroundings
This day trip was wonderful in so many ways. Dima is a generous guide, truly caring about the land and future of K
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