from$ 62
Duration 1 day
Category AGROSCIENTIFIC
Season May - September

During the tour you will see orchards of semi-wild famous aport apple, the heritage of Soviet agriculture and see the difference in growing of aport, modern varieties and wild Asian apples.


As it known, the apples has irs origins in Central Asia where the wild-growing ancestor of the homemade apple tree, the Sivers apple tree, still grows. To date, there are many varieties of this type of apple growing in different climatic conditions. By the time of ripening, summer, autumn and winter varieties are distinguished: later vareties are distinguished by good persistence.

The ancestor of modern man always ate wild apples. Aplles have been growing for almost 5 thousand years. The homeland of a domesticated apple tree is the territory of modern southern Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (the Alatau foothills), where the Sivers apple tree is still found in the wild, from which the home apple tree is originated. Presumably, from there, in the times of Alexander the Great or during other migrations, the apple came to Europe.

During the tour you will see orchards of semi-wild famous aport apple, the heritage of Soviet agriculture and see the difference in growing of aport, modern varieties and wild Asian apples.

1 Day

09:00 departure from Almaty

10:20 arrival to mountain valley, where the wild-growing ancestor of the homemade apple tree, the Sivers apple tree still grows. To date, there are many varieties of this type of apple growing in different climatic conditions. By the time of ripening, summer, autumn and winter varieties are distinguished; later varieties are distinguished by good persistence. Asian wild apple orchard (Malus siversii). Free time.

11:00 Garden of aport apples (Issyk village). Meet with agronomist. Free time.

12:30 Gardens of other apple varieties (golden, american, rashida).

12:45 Apples storehouse (near the gardens) (Issyk and Turgen regions);

13:30 lunch (is not included)

14:30 departure to greenhouses

15:00 arrival (raspberries, strawberries) and free time.

16:00 departure to Almaty. Om the way back we can try some national drinks (kumys, shubat).

17:00 arrival and transfer to the hotel. 

  • Transport per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned gardens
  • Meals
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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