15 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

15 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
2
Borovoe
— 1 night
3
Turkestan
— 1 night
4
Almaty
— 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism and National Museum of Kazakhstan. Step off the beaten path and head to Nur-Astana Mosque and Assumption Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, ponder the design of Fountain Circus, look for gifts at Astana Allee, and look for all kinds of wild species at Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan holiday planner.

Washington DC, USA to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 11 hour difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Nur-Sultan, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral

1
night
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): Head underground at Kenesary Cave, thenstep off the mainland to explore Rock Zhumbaktas, and then explore the striking landscape of National Park Burabay.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Borovoe tour website.

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Borovoe

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

National Park Burabay
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Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas
National Park Burabay ©
National Park Burabay

1
night
Turkestan

Turkestan ©
A small and historic city, Turkistan has become a major place of pilgrimage, with thousands of Muslims arriving each year to visit its main religious monument.
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque, thentake an in-depth tour of Historical Culture Ethnographic Center, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turkestan road trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Borovoe to Turkestan takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums
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The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Historical Culture Ethnographic Center ©
Historical Culture Ethnographic Center

5
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Altyn-Emel and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts. Museum-lovers will appreciate Archeology Museum and D.A. Kunayev Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Almaty: Ancient Town Talgar (in Talgar), Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum (in Rakhat) and Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, and take a stroll through Yesentai Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Almaty itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Turkestan to Almaty takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Almaty, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ancient Town Talgar, Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum, Turgen Waterfalls
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A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur
Archeology Museum ©
Archeology Museum

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