20 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

20 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Almaty
— 3 nights
2
Karaganda
— 2 nights
3
Oskemen
— 2 nights
4
Pavlodar
— 1 night
5
Nur-Sultan
— 1 night
6
Turkestan
— 2 nights
7
Taraz
— 2 nights
8
Shymkent
— 2 nights

3
nights
Almaty

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, walk around First President's Park, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and find something for the whole family at Almaty Central Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty sightseeing planning website.

Cairo, Egypt to Almaty is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Cairo to Almaty. Traveling from Cairo in May, expect Almaty to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

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

2
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
On the 19th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov, thenappreciate the history behind Bust Gogol, thensee the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Monument to Expression Gde-Gde? V Karagande!. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Building of Karaganda Regional Executive Committee, make a trip to Independence Stele, make a trip to Monument Mining Glory, thenpause for some photo ops at Monument to Bukhar Zhyrau, thenexamine the collection at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Cosmonautics.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Karaganda online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Almaty to Karaganda in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Almaty in May; daily highs in Karaganda reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial, thenhead outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, thenwalk around Zhastar Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, stroll around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, thenexamine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, and finally make a trip to Holy Trinity Monastery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Oskemen trip planning app.

Getting from Karaganda to Oskemen by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Oskemen, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists ©
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists

1
night
Pavlodar

Pavlodar ©
One of the country's main industrial, commercial, and cultural hubs, Pavlodar also ranks as one of the oldest cities in the north of the country, founded in 1720 as an Imperial Russian outpost.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the galleries of Pavlodar Regional Art Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Hunger-extermination, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Annunciation, and finally make a trip to Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at Batyr Mall, browse the exhibits of Regional History Museum, and then go for a walk through Embankment of the Irtysh.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pavlodar trip planner.

You can fly from Oskemen to Pavlodar in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pavlodar are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Pavlodar

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Batyr Mall ©
Batyr Mall
Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque ©
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

1
night
Nur-Sultan

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 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, thenlearn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, thentake in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Duman Entertainment Centre, walk around City Park, thenpause for some photo ops at Zhanibek and Kerei Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Pavlodar to Nur-Sultan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

2
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Archaeological Site of Otrar (in Otrar) and Arystan Bab Mausoleum (in Bayaldyr). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, make a trip to Esim Khan Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mausoleum of Rabigi Sultan Begim, and explore the ancient world of Kultobe Hillfort.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turkestan trip maker website.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Turkestan in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Taraz.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Otrar, Arystan Bab Mausoleum
Highlights from your plan
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Arystan Bab Mausoleum ©
Arystan Bab Mausoleum

2
nights
Taraz

Taraz ©
One of the oldest cities in the country, Taraz has changed hands many times since it became one of the wealthiest stops on the old Silk Road trade route.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Mosque, thendon't miss a visit to Karahan Mausoleum, thenmake a trip to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Babaji Khatun Mausoleum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Taraz online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Turkestan to Taraz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Taraz can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Shymkent.

Things to do in Taraz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum ©
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum
Karahan Mausoleum ©
Karahan Mausoleum

2
nights
Shymkent

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Step out of Shymkent with an excursion to Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve in Zhabagly--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: walk around Park Abaya, examine the collection at Museum of Victims of Political Repressions, browse the different shops at Mega Planet, and take an in-depth tour of Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskiy Oblastnoy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shymkent trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Taraz to Shymkent in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shymkent

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Park Abaya ©
Park Abaya
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve
Central Park ©
Central Park

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