14 days in Mongolia & Kazakhstan Itinerary

14 days in Mongolia & Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Washington DC, United States
Fly:  21 h
1
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
2
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h 45 min
End: Washington DC, United States

4
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Ulaanbaatar is known for museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Square, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, and admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar trip builder tool.

Washington DC, USA to Ulaanbaatar is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In November, Ulaanbaatar is much colder than Washington DC - with highs of 22°F and lows of -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square

3
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, see where the action happens at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and don't miss a visit to Monument to Aliya Moldagulova.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Nur-Sultan by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in November, expect Nur-Sultan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°F and 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Almaty online itinerary builder.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nur-Sultan in November, with highs in Almaty at 45°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

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