Almaty City & Issyk Lake Tour
25 Ratings
Explore Issyk Lake, taste Kazakh cuisine, stroll Arbat Street, and discover Almaty's vibrant culture on this unforgettable city tour.
Duration: 9 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lake Issyk - Walking, enjoying the scenery, photo
  • Almaty - Lunch and tasting of Kazakh national cuisine (min. 2 dishes);
    Drive through the old city center;
    Tasting of local wines;
    Walking along the Arbat pedestrian street;
    Visiting of the Almaty Subway;
    28 Panfilov’s Guardsmen park: excursion to the Ascension Cathedral;
    Green Bazaar: tasting and buying various products;
    Almaty Chocolate factory brand shop.
What's Included
  • Comfortable minibus with A/C
  • Bottled water
  • National park entrance fee
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Wine tasting is not included and paid on the spot (~$10/person)
  • Special meals/drinks on request are paid separately
Additional Information

TOUR SIGHTS you will visit:
Issyk Lake
Ile-Alatau National Park
Restaurant of Kazakh national cuisine
Local wine tasting (not included and paid on the spot ~$10/person)
Arbat pedestrian street
Almaty Subway
Ascension Cathedral
Green Bazaar
Almaty Chocolate factory brand shop

You will have the opportunity:

  • to visit the most stunning mountain Lake near Almaty;
  • to taste Kazakh national dishes and local wines;
  • to buy mountain honey and taste a horse milk at the Green Bazaar;
  • to walk along the pedestrian street and feel the vibe of the city;
  • to get a lot of interesting information from the guide to know the city better.
    Welcome to Almaty and have an exciting tour!
Shevchenko St 28
Shevchenko Street
The meeting point is located at the square in front of the yellow building of the Archeology Museum.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(25 Ratings)
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Sep 23, 2023
Mountain/lake/park/ bazaar tour - Our tour guide was Aika. She kindly made sure the group introduced themselves and was commenting on each segment of the tour. She provided local history facts, a guide on the Kazakh language , and clearly identified the itinerary. At the lake she was very helpful in assisting us down the slippery path and made sure everyone had their photo opportunity. She continued to provide more information about the mountains and the lake . We then moved on to a small river for more photos where she was helpful again with photo opportunities . Next was a park but on the way commented on the health properties of tea made with the leaves from some of the autumnal trees. At the park we were given a detailed insight of the history of Kazakhstan in the last and current centuries. Then moved on to lunch at a Kazakh restaurant where Aika made an excellent choice of local dishes for us all to enjoy. It was a very convivial lunch and she made us all feel at ease. Then it was on to a wine tasting session where Aika explained the history of the vineyard and how wine making was reintroduced to the country after the policies of Gorbachev . Next was another park where we received a fulsome explanation of the impressive war memorial . After which we made our way to the Green Market , where we purchased tea made from the tree leaves noted earlier, drank horse and goat milk and tried various cheese types. Then we went for a walk around the bazaar before our final destination of a chocolate and confectionary factory shop. All in all a very pleasant day and I would say our guide Aika was the main contributor to that
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Sep 21, 2023
Stunning views & tastes galore ! - The lake is a must see, with it's stunning blue water amongst the mountains. Just amazing scenery. Guide & van driver very professional. Ika our guide was very knowledgeable & great fun. Wine tasting was surprisingly good !!.. and lunch was tasty & abundant..a real feast! And the tasting continued into the markets.. Definitely recommend this tour. I had a fabulous time!
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Sep 10, 2023
Stunning lake! - Wonderful day with a great group! Aika is a joy and ensured everyone had an enjoyable time as well as insight into Kazakh history and culture. The lake is stunning and well worth the trip alone. Lunch was delicious and it was great to try some local dishes. My only feedback is that the van is quite cramped and there was very little space when full.
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Sep 3, 2023
Big Almaty lake tour and tour of Almaty with wine tasting. - The tour was great. Lake was beautiful Tour guide Aika was thorough, thoughtful and knowledgeable as well as accommodating. She’s the best tour guide in Almaty!
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Aug 18, 2023
Fantastic tour! - Fantastic day with a wonderful guide and a wonderful group of people from all over the world! The tour was a nice combination of beautiful nature and urban exploration. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable about the history of Almaty. Would definitely recommend.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 14, 2023
Well-organized tour with great guide - It was a very well-organized tour, and our tour guide Aya was great, so cheerful. Many thanks to her! The food was delicious. Overall, I had a great time.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 13, 2023
Packed and diverse one day tour - One of the best tours I have ever done! Excellent guide. Diversity of mountains and city. What a wonderful day.
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Aug 2, 2023
Awesome experience - Booked for a group tour and what a great experience, worth it to see the big almaty lake and wonderful weather though we got some rain, the experience was wonderful. Hats off to Madina our tour guide, she was awesome! Took us to taste local cuisine, great food since i am not very comfortable trying different food but the local cusines from different countries she ordered were excellent, and also the city tour. She carried rain jackets as well with her so all of us in the tour could protect ourselves from rain! definitely recommended for all who would want to see almaty in a day!
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Jul 23, 2023
Beautiful views and culinary discoveries. - The Big Lake was incredibly beautiful, with a short walk giving us the opportunity to take it all in. The city tour was nice, though the real highlight was the wine tasting and local cuisine element - a great chance to try foodstuffs one would not normally get to try back home.
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Jul 19, 2023
Amazing - our tour guide was the best. she was very approachable and very informative..We had an amazing time.
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up to 5 guests
1 Adult
June 2024