from$ 75
Duration 1 day
Category GASTROAGRO
Season May - October

During the tour you will visit amazingly beautiful mountain lake Issyk, the used to be a popular resort during the Soviet time. Taste organic local homemade cheese and wine there. Also you will visit unique burial mounds of Saka tribes, dated VI-IV centuries B.C.


Your guide will pick you up at 09 a.m. and you will be transferred to Issyk Historical and Cultural museum.We will start our tour with visit of unique burial mounds of Sacae tribes, dated VI-IV centuries B.C. (Today more than 80 burial mounds are included in the conservation zone of the reserve-museum). Issyk Historical and Cultural museum and reserve where you can see the famous Golden Man, the Sacae prince and the symbol of sovereign Kazakhstan. Together with us you will go deep into the centuries, the time of great Scythian Queen Tomiris and learn about the history of Great Steppe

1 Day

09:00 departure from the hotel Almaty

10:30 Your guide will pick you up at 09 a.m. and you will be transferred to Issyk Historical and Cultural museum.We will start our tour with visit of unique burial mounds of Sacae tribes, dated VI-IV centuries B.C. (Today more than 80 burial mounds are included in the conservation zone of the reserve-museum). Issyk Historical and Cultural museum and reserve where you can see the famous Golden Man, the Sacae prince and the symbol of sovereign Kazakhstan. Together with us you will go deep into the centuries, the time of great Scythian Queen Tomiris and learn about the history of Great Steppe

12:00 organic local homemade cheese and wine tasting: 4 types of local cheese and wine tasting – white rkatsiteli, rose Pinot noir, red saperavi (2 hours). Lunch (homemade tandoori chicken).

14:45 Issyk Lake.During the tour you will visit amazingly beautiful mountain lake Issyk, that used to be a popular resort during the Soviet time. The lake is located at the territory of Ile -Alatau National Park. The age of this lake is 8000 years.

15:45 departure to Almaty

17:30 arrival and transfer to the hotel

  • Transport with professional driver per itinerary
  • English Speaking guide services
  • Wine and cheese tasting
  • Lunch
  • Ticket to museum
  • Entrance (eco)fees (except photo and video charges)
  • Photo and video charges
  • Beverages
  • Portages at airports and hotels
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

Cancellation policy

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The standard cancellation policy for Customers is:

  1. a 90 % refund for cancellations made at least 15 days  in advance of the start date of the experience. (Except for the tours to Baikonur Cosmodrome, see point 5)
  2. a 60% refund for cancellations made later than at least 15 days in advance of the start date of experience. Unless the Customer could not inform the Steppe and Sky travel due to the force-majeure reasons.
  3. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the start date of the experience will receive no refund.
  4. In case of no-show the Customer will receive no refund.
  5. For the tours to Baikonur Cosmodrome the following penalties apply:

5.1 a 90% refund for cancellations made after the payment is made before the permission from Roscosmos State Corporation is received.

5.2. a 80% refund in case of cancellation of the tour after receiving permission to visit the Cosmodrome  Baikonur by Roscosmos , regardless of the time.

5.3. a 0% refund for cancellations made 14 days prior to the tour start.

5.4. a 80% refund in case when Roscosmos refuses the Customer  in permission to visit the spaceport (Cosmodrome Baikonur),

5.5. a 80% refund is applicable when Roscosmos either transfers or cancels the launch of the spacecraft, unless  the Customer chooses to use  the tour package of ‘between launches’ period, in this case the cost of the tour is recalculated and the difference is transferred to the account of the Customer.

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