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Tour Aral Sea Kazakhstan.

Archeologic tours at bottom of Aral Sea.

«Do not speak,
That the way is narrow and difficult,
Who - does not go-
To that it is even more difficult»

Igor Zheglov.

«On the dried up bottom  of the sea, thick-sown white salt, outlines of ancient city are visible, the rests of the mausoleums, necropolises and settlements well differ. Many for fun spoke, that in Kazakhstan is found forgotten Atlanta»

The short description of the tour route to Aral Sea:

Aralsk – village Aralkum - lake Kombash – village Amanotkel – village Bogen - Aklak hydrounit - village Karateren – site of ancient settlement Aral-Asar - mausoleum Kerderi  - Kok-Aral dam on Berg's isthmus - village Karateren - village Zhanakurylys - lake Katankol - village Kazaly - village Orkendeu - site of ancient settlement Zhankent – village Aiteke-Bi (Kazalinsk).

Distance of route: 420 km
Season: from May, 1st till September, 15th.
 The best time for travel: May - August.
Duration tour: 3 days, 2 nights.

Detailed the program day by day around Small Aral Sea:

Private Tour on Aral Sea in Kazakhstan.

1 Day. Aralsk - village Amanotkel - village Bogen - village Karateren (184 km)
The beginning of excursion on Aralsk, visiting of railway station, visit of building of station, visit of sailing vessel and monument to victims of reprisals being on the area at railway station. Visiting of city museum. Continuation of excursion on city: visiting of museum to fishermen, museum of the ships of the Aral flotilla open-air, the city area with monuments to khan Abulkhair, monument Zhibek and Tulegen, stella "Kazakhstan", walk on the area at office block akimat and visit of monuments - to the fisherman and horse Przhevalskii, avenues of heroes.
Lunch in cafe "Chinson".
Transfer: Aralsk - Aralkum village - lake Kombash - village Amanotkel - village Bogen (154 km). Arrival in village Bogen. Visiting of village of fishermen Bogen, visiting of beautiful local mosque, visiting of vicinities of local school constructed in 1954 which is in an environment of sandy barchans.
Further transfer: village Bogen - Aklak hydrounit - village Karateren (30 km). On way stop at Aklak hydrounit on the river Syrdarya which has been constructed for filling lakes which are above, before dam of hydrounit and filling flood-lands the rivers water, visit of hydrounit. Arrival in village Karateren, accommodation in the house at countryman, dinner, overnight.
2 Day. Settlement Karateren - settlement Aral-Asar - mausoleum Kerderi - Kook-Aral dam - settlement Karateren (101 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: Karateren - ancient settlement Aral-Asar (66 km). Walk in vicinities of settlement, visit of settlement. Transfer to mausoleum Kerderi (2 km), visiting of archeological excavations of the mausoleum. Lunch on the way. Returning in settlement Karateren (68 km).
A trip on the Kook-Aral dam (33 km). Visit the Kook-Aral of dam. The dam has separated Small Арал from Big Aral sea. Length of dam of 13 kilometers, owing to dam, the water level in Small Aral sea has risen up to level of 42 meter. Sluices of dam regulate level of Small Aral sea and surpluses of water are level in dried up Big Арал, the distance up to which every year increases.
Returning in Karateren (30 km).  Accommodation in the house at countryman, dinner, overnight.  
3 Day. Settlement Karateren - settlement Aiteke Bi (Kazalinsk) - site ancient settlement Zhankent (162 km).
Breakfast. Transfer: settlement Karateren - settlement Zhanakurylys - lake Katankol - settlement Shomashkol - settlement Kazaly - ancient settlement Zhanknt (128 km). On way visiting of monument Asan on coast of river Syrdarya. Arrival on sites of ancient settlement Zhankent (Yangikent) (XV century).
Walk on site of ancient settlement Zhankent. According to medieval written sources, the city of Zhankent (Yangikent) in lower reaches of Syr-Darya was residence «Tsar Guzov». Lunch on the way. Transfer to settlement Aiteke Bi (34 km), arrival in settlement Aiteke-Bi.
Excursion on settlement, visiting of memorial museum Gani Mutratbaev (end XIX - beginning of XX centuries), visit of monuments to Soviet statesmen in small park at museum, visiting of mausoleum Karasakala Erimbeta (1850 - 1911) .
Visiting house Ganibay (XIX century), buildings of city library (former mosque Ganibay, XIX century), mosque Nogay (mosque Nraly, XIX centuries), building of regional house of culture of name of Rosa Baglanova (former church, 1904).
The Sightseeing tour on settlement, visiting of city area of settlement. Dinner. Accompanying service at departure to railway station, departure from train station Kazalinsk.

Distances on route «Tour Aral sea in Kazakhstan».

Aralsk - settlement Karateren - 184 km.
Settlement Karateren - mausoleum Kerderi - 68 km.
Settlement Karateren - Kook-Aral dam - 30 km.
Settlement Karateren - settlement Orkendeu (site of ancient settlement Zhankent) - 128 km.
Site of ancient settlement Zhankent - settlement Aiteke-Bi (Kazalinsk) - 34 km.

Train schedule from station Kazalinsk - Almaty:

The train 24 «Aktobe - Almaty», daily, from Kazalinsk, at 8.59.
The train 377 «Mangyshlak - Almaty», daily, from Kazalinsk, at 04.58.
The train 34 «Aktobe - Almaty», daily, from Kazalinsk, at 10.08.
The train 41 «Atyrau - Almaty», daily, from Kazalinsk, at 14.41
The train 38 «Uralsk - Almaty», daily, from Kazalinsk, at 13.49.

All trains from Kazalinsk to Almaty and on other directions passing.

Notes and recommendations to Aral Sea.

1. Quantity the person in group no more than 12 person.
2. The toilet in the guest house is in settlement Karateren outside of the house. The soul in the house is not present, there is a bath in which it is possible to be washed by hot water. For overnight in the guest house to you will suggest to be placed on floor in the house on mattresses with bed linen in separate room. The guest house, is the house in which there live also owners of this house.

Note:
Author program of Alexander Petrov. Copying and introduction -  from the sanction of the author  petrovsra@mail.ru

Alexander Petrov
photos.