ASTANA – Free walking tours with a help of audio guide were recently launched at the Nurzhol Boulevard and the embankment of the Yessil River, according to the Astana administration’s press service. Audio tours about the main sights of the capital are available in six languages.
According to the Deputy Director of Astana Convention Bureau Askar Adambekov, two walking tours with audio guides have been launched in Astana. The first route is at Nurzhol Boulevard, which includes 30 sites, and the second one is on the embankment of the Yessil River close to the Central Park with 15 sites.
Users can become acquainted with the main attractions using audio guides in Kazakh, Russian, English, Chinese, German and Turkish languages. They can get an audio tour and a map guide for 500 tenge (US$1.5) as a deposit in special tents near the Khan Shatyr shopping centre, in front of Baiterek monument and on the embankment of the Yessil River. The user’s deposit is returned at the end of the route.
“This year we integrated the audio guided walking tours with the help of the Izi.Travel international network, which provides walking tours for a number of states. We will no longer issue audio guides at the second stage of the project,” explained Adambekov.
The main difference of Izi.Travel is users do not need to purchase audio guides for the deposit. Everyone who wants to use the mobile application can visit the Izi.Travel’s website and listen to information about the sights of the capital.
Professional guides, historians, announcers, editors and studio managers prepared the audio guided walking tours.
Another sightseeing activity prepared for tourists is the trip on the Hop-on, Hop-off double-decker buses. Buses are equipped with audio guides in six available languages, including Kazakh, Russian, English, Chinese, Turkish and German.
The starting and ending point of the route is a place in front of the Duman entertainment centre along the Kurgaldzhin Highway. The route includes Duman entertainment centre, Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre, Mangilik Yel Arch, Mega Silk Way Shopping Mall, National Museum of Kazakhstan and Baiterek monument.