Map Almaty - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiwa:

Wednesday 2005-09-07

After arrival we took a taxi to hotel "Kazakhstan". To get a LOI (letter of invitation, which was required for a double-entry visa) we had to book some nights at a "real" hotel, so we had a more comfortable accomodation than that we were used to from our previous trip.

After check-in we had a great breakfast, as this was - surprisingly to us - also included on the day of arrival.

View from the hotel's breakfast room to the Bolshoj Almatinskij Pik:

After that we had a sightseeing walk in Almaty:

Zenkov cathedrale in the Panfilov park:

The biggest mosque in Central Asia:

Our hotel for the first two nights - Hotel Kazakhstan:

In the evening we meet Aizhana, she is from Almaty, but lives in my hometown Graz. The summer holidays she spends in Akmaty, so we decided to meet on our trip: