On summer 2016 after working in different hotels of Almaty a beautiful idea came to our mind - what if we could create some friendly helper for all tourists and expats who are coming to our city? Idea became real pretty fast - at August 2016 we issued first edition of our Friendly Map of Almaty and we continue working on that project every day!
As addition to our map we decided to provide tours in and around Almaty - unforgettable travel adventures in a laid-back ambiance with friendly knowledgeable guides.
These intimate, limited trip itineraries are built on the insights, experience, and relationships we built with our partners.
"Let's wander where the wifi is weak"
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Gaukhar, co-founder & tour-guide:
"I am very lucky - I do what I really love: meet new people from all over the world and share with them the best what my country has to offer such as astounded nature, finger-licking cuisine and, of course, people - the most valuable part of any trip. During my own travels (mostly US & Europe) I understood that the long-lasting memories are created not by sights you visited, but by personal connections you made. So, almost all of our clients we meet during the tours somehow become our friends - and that is my favourite part of the work. I live and work in Kazakhstan all my life and still get excited by new places, new stories and new routes I can show to travellers! So, I very much look forward to meeting and perhaps hosting you on a Friendly Tours adventure in the near future."
Sabina, Friendly Tours' tour-guide:
“Hello, my name is Sabina and I will be your tour guide today! Nice to meet you!”
It all started with one trip to Serbia and Macedonia in 2016, it was like summer camp for Youngers. There I met many people from different countries. Locals were giving us a city, wine and party tours. At that moment, I did not realize that it would affect my life unconsciously. After one year, my friend from Netherlands, Gwen, came to Kazakhstan. I was so excited and decided to make a personal tour for her. We visited Expo exhibition in Astana, held a steppe eagle in Borovoe national reserve, spent a night with sky full of stars in Charyn canyon, and had a local dinner with my family in my hometown Karagandy, traveled by train for many hours. Then I participated in AIESEC Global Volunteer project in Ankara. For 6 months, I dived in Turkish culture by living with wonderful local family, by tasting delicious Turkish cuisine, by speaking a little bit Turkish with my new friends, by exploring Ankara, Istanbul and Bursa.
When you far away from your motherland you are having a homesick. It was culture exchange, which give an opportunity to spread knowledge about Kazakhstan to foreigners. It had been two years and I had not become working as a tour guide yet. One day, I started working as an administrator in one hostel in Astana. I liked my job because I had opportunity to meet new people and “travel” without leaving my country by hearing stories form travelers and adventure seekers. In one of my night shift, guest named Bill came to our hostel, we started to talk, and I told him stories about Kazakh culture and traditions. At the same time, Gauhar was visiting our hostel and she heard our conversation. On the next morning, she offered me to try tour guiding in Astana. First thing, that came to my mind “Why not?” From getting degree in economics and some travel experience, I have become a tour guide. By the way, Bill should not have to stay in our hostel at first place; it was just an unexpected transit in Astana. In this case, one accident led to another accident and here I am writing about how I became a tour guide. Accidents are not accidental. From this moment, it became my profession, but more likely “dream job”.