Ancient Ghost Cities Otrar & Sauran In The Steppe Near Turkestan From Shymkent, Archeological Tour, 2 Days

Dear guest!

Welcome to South Kazakhstan!

I would like to present my private tour, where I'll be your individual English-Russian-Kazakh speaking guide and driver with my own car. During the tour I am responsible for your personal safety.

This tour is available from April to November.

Please, see the program below . 


First day

  • Arrival in Shymkent city

  • Short city tour.

  • Transfer to ancient Otrar settlement (130 km).

  • Ancient Otrar city was the oldest city in Kazakhstan. Previous name of Otrar is Farab city. Farab is the birthplace of great scientist Alpharabius (Al Farabi) (8-9 centuries A.C.). Al-Farabi was called as Second Master, after Aristotle. Mongol invasion and Genghis Khan five months siege was tragic history of the city. Otrar was large ancient trade center on the Silk Way.

  • Walking tour around archeological settlement.

  • Visiting other objects of archeological complex.

  • Currently Otrar is ghost town where nobody lives. There is no any trade or city infrastructure, therefore food and water is needed. 

  • Visiting medieval mausoleum of Arystan Bab - spiritual mentor of K.A. Yasawi.

  • Evening transfer to Turkestan  city.

  • Accommodation. 

  • Evening walking tour near K.A. Yasawi Mausoleum.

  • Overnight in Turkistan city.


Second day

  • Morning tour in H.A. Yasawi Mausoleum.

  • Visiting other objects of the complex: ancient Sufi underground Mosque, medieval pilgrimage bath, mausoleum of Rabia Sultan Begim- great-granddaughter of Tamerlane. 

  • Mausoleum in Turkistan is UNESCO and World heritage site.

  • Departure to Sauran settlement (40 km).

  • Ancient lost city Sauran, which is located near Turkestan city. Sauran is one of the lost cities in South Kazakhstan and now is archeological sight. Sauran was one of the main cities for Kazakh tribes during Kazakh Khanate. Unique system of underground wells in ancient city. Good panorama of lost city in the desert.

  • Evening transfer to Shymkent.

  • Arrival to Shymkent city. 


On preliminarily request we can help to  book accommodation and buy transport tickets. The stories of the guide are based on historical, cultural and ethnographical information. They include also expert's personal view and alternative resources. The guide can adjust the program of the tour or you can propose your own personal program.


  • The price for one person is US$ 224 for 2 days.

  • The price for a group of two people is US$ 192 per person for 2 days.

  • The price for a group of three people is US$ 166 per person for 2 days. 


Price includes: 

  • guide services,

  • car with driver and fuel. 

Price does not include:

  • accommodation,

  • food,

  • entrance fees. 

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