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Reviewed June 25, 2018

We booked a 3-Day Altyn Emel National Park, Charyn Canyon, Kaindy and Kolasai Lakes with Friendly Tours. Olya was very responsive and flexible in terms of making the arrangements for us.

The tour was fantastic. Our guide Asel and driver Dranian took really good care of us throughout the whole trip. Many of the attractions are remote and a long ride to reach, but that’s the beauty of these places. We hiked around Aktau Mountain and we had a great view of the national park and the rich colours of the rock formation. The terrain of Kolsai Lakes was tough for us at some points (as we were not very strong hikers), however, they always made sure we were alright and safe. And the views of the pristine lake and flowing rivers was breath-taking.

The guests houses we stayed in both Villages (Basshi Village and Satty Village) were comfortable, and the home-cooked meals were delicious. Every day was packed with activities. Even when we reached the guest houses, the day didn't end. We explored and took photos of the beautiful fields and sunset at the back of our guest house. Both nights, we enjoyed the views of the skies filled with stars (we even spotted a couple of shooting stars) and chatted over a campfire during our second night. Asel even made sure we try out Russian Banya on our second night! She is a sweet, fun and enthusiastic guide who always made sure we experience and try out as many local experiences and food, and she shared a lot with us about Kazakh culture. And Dranian is not just a skilled driver (the roads to the attractions were really rough) he is also an amazing photographer and very knowledgeable about nature. One of the highlights was our outdoor lunches where we bond over good food and coffee (they have a portable stove so that we can have hot drinks!) with our new friends.

Thank you so much Asel, Dranian and Olya!! Рахмет!! :) I would definitely recommend my friends and anyone to Friendly Tours for a personalised and memorable tour!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kazakhguide, Owner at Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words, Henry & Melissa! It was a pleasure to show you our country!

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Reviewed June 21, 2018 via mobile

Extremely recommended! We are a group of five who joined the Friendly Tour to play around the Almaty region. The representative of the company was keen on providing all the information we need which made them trustworthy. Our tour guide Dina and the driver are so amazing. I can say they are more than being responsible, they really made ourselves home. All the sites are stunning. We really had a fascinating experience around the region. With such a high quality of service they provide, the price they charged is definitely worth paying

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kazakhguide, Owner at Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2018

Thank you so much, Michelle!!! We are so happy that you liked our tour! Always welcome back to Kazakhstan!!! ;)

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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

We booked a three week tour of Central Asia with AdvanTour who then contracted out to Friendly Tours for for our day tour of Alamaty. We had the pleasure of having Ola as our tour guide for a 5 hour tour. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, and happy to answer any and all of our questions about Kazakhstan. It felt like we were spending the day with a new friend! If anyone is looking for a great tour of the city with a delightful guide, book with Friendly Tours and ask for Ola!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kazakhguide, Owner at Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thank you so much Keven and Elisabeth for your kind words!!!

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Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

Nature lovers will enjoy this 2 days tour among charyn canyon, kaindy lake and kolsai lakes.. the tour is a very good deal cuz you r paying not just for the guide tour but also for transportation, accommodation and food. Apart the breathless views, our guide Konst was amazing: knowing everything about the places we were to, very friendly, patient and kind. I loved it!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Kazakhguide, Owner at Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 2018

Thank you Cassiana!!! We are happy that you liked the tour and our guide!!!

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

I did multiple trips with Friendly Tours: a city walk, a hike in the mountains and a trip to the national park. I can only recommend them, they were super friendly and always eager to make the experience as great as possible. Evgenia was a great driver as well (which you need considering the state of the roads). Also, the guides speak English really well which helps a lot.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Kazakhguide, Owner at Friendly Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2018

Thank you Christoph!

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