16 days in Kazakhstan & Ukraine Itinerary

16 days in Kazakhstan & Ukraine Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
2
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
3
Lviv, Ukraine
— 3 nights
4
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine
— 3 nights
5
Odessa, Ukraine
— 2 nights

3
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: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, get to know the resident critters at Almaty Zoo, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Abdi Travel, and make a trip to Big Almaty Lake.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip builder tool.

Doha, Qatar to Almaty is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Doha in March, things will get cooler in Almaty: highs are around 12°C and lows about 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Left Talgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Kazakh Eli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to River Ishim Embankment, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, then walk around City Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan vacation maker site.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Nur-Sultan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Almaty in March, plan for much colder days and slightly colder nights in Nur-Sultan: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -11°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lviv.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv ©
Instead of Soviet buildings typical of Ukraine, Lviv boasts a charming Central European-style old town with World Heritage Site status.
Lviv is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Rynok Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dominican Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Armenian Virgin Mary's Dormition Church, and examine the collection at Insomnia - The Haunted House.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lviv driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Nur-Sultan to Lviv with the Route module. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in March, expect Lviv to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kyiv (Kiev).

Things to do in Lviv

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Insomnia - The Haunted House ©
Insomnia - The Haunted House
Rynok Square ©
Rynok Square
Old Town ©
Old Town

3
nights
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine

Kyiv (Kiev) ©
The center of East Slavic culture, Kiev boasts centuries of eclectic art, architecture, and history.
Kyiv (Kiev) is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Sophia's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Maidan Nezalezhnosti, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Volodymyr's Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kyiv (Kiev) trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Lviv to Kyiv (Kiev) takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Odessa.

Things to do in Kyiv (Kiev)

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
Highlights from your plan
St. Sophia's Cathedral ©
St. Sophia's Cathedral
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra ©
Kyivo-Pechers'ka Lavra
Photography Tours

2
nights
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa ©
Though most famous for the Potemkin Steps leading down the Black Sea coast, Odessa welcomes visitors with several other attractions, including beaches and an ornate opera house.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): get a dose of the wild on Ukraine by Locals, make a trip to Deribasovskaya Street, then see the interesting displays at Insomnia- The Haunted House, then don't miss a visit to Potemkin Stairs, and finally make a trip to Primorsky Boulevard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum, then examine the collection at Museum of Interesting Science, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Nemo Odessa Dolphinarium, and finally explore the activities along The Odessa Port.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Odessa route builder.

Getting from Kyiv (Kiev) to Odessa by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C.

Things to do in Odessa

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum ©
Secrets of Underground Odessa Museum
Deribasovskaya Street ©
Deribasovskaya Street
Potemkin Stairs ©
Potemkin Stairs

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