14 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

14 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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14 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Almaty
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saty
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Karaganda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Kok-Tobe Hill, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baiken Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Almaty holiday site .

San Francisco, USA to Almaty is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 14 hours traveling from San Francisco to Almaty. May in Almaty sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saty sightseeing planner .

Drive from Almaty to Saty in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

3
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Change things up with a short trip to Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum in Temirtau (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Qarqaraly National Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and don't miss a visit to Monument to Victims of Political Repression.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Karaganda travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Karaganda takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Karaganda can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Qarqaraly National Park
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park

4
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nur-Sultan, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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