Transfer in Almaty
Almaty is the city of contrasts, middle-eastern traditions and soviet past coexist with modern european tendencies. This southern capital of Kazakhstan offers oriental markets, modern malls, russian baths, traditional tea-rooms, and futuristic night clubs.
The International Airport of Almaty is only 16 km away from the city. You can get there by 79 bus or shuttle. While planning a trip you have an option of hiring a car with a chauffeur in advance. This will make the trip from the airport faster and will save a lot of energy after the long flight. The type of vehicle is chosen in accordance with your needs.
Whether you want a taste of ethnic culture or just relax for a few days, the city has a lot to offer. Central State Museum of Kazakhstan gives an overview of local history and culture, State Academical Opera and Ballet Theatre offers a variety of entertainment. There are a lot of cathedrals and mosques of historical and architectural significance, and architectural landmarks, this place has a rich history, since it was a stop along The Silk Road. Zelenyy bazar represents local asian heritage affected by the recent soviet past.
For those who are seeking recreation in a more natural environment Almaty has a lot to offer. The view from the surrounding mountains at the Zhetsu valley(the seven river valley) is breathtaking. You can reach the nearest peaks using the cableway or the serpentine road. The Shymbulak ski resort offers all kind of winter sports, and other activities like paragliding, helicopter rides, off-road rides in an SUV, and Mountain Biking. Hiking and horseback riding are always available, it’s a perfect way to experience the beauty of Tian Shan mountains.
The Kok tobe recreational park is located on top of the mountain after which it was named. You can enjoy the views of the city and the iconic 372-meter television broadcasting tower while riding the other cableway. For those who want to go even higher, there is a Ferris wheel in the park. For family fun type activities there are rope courses, various attractions, and restaurants offering local and european cuisine as well as dishes from the Caucasus.
To get around the city you can use anything from the subway system to bikesharing. Local taxis are inexpensive so it’s the optimal way to travel except for the rush hour since the infrastructure was built mainly for cars.
The best trips leave long-lasting pleasant memories. Planning and preparing for your travels could help improve the experience. Seasoned tourists know that small details can dramatically affect the whole journey.