21 days in Kazakhstan & Russia Itinerary

21 days in Kazakhstan & Russia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  20 h 30 min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
4
Kazan, Russia
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  5 h
5
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
6
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 9th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Glory Memorial, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, then walk around First President's Park, and finally get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Kazakhstan National Science Academy and then hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Almaty is an approximately 20.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in April; daily highs in Almaty reach 20°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

2
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at A.S. Pushkin Monument, make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, appreciate the history behind Independence Stele, then examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, then appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Abai Kunanbayev. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Monument to Expression Gde-Gde? V Karagande!, admire the striking features of Building of Karaganda Regional Executive Committee, pause for some photo ops at Bust Gogol, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Mining Glory, and finally steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Karaganda road trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Karaganda in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Almaty in April; daily highs in Karaganda reach 14°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower. On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Quay Astana, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, pause for some photo ops at Zhanibek and Kerei Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Saken Seyfullin, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan itinerary planner.

Drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

3
nights
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): examine the collection at Chai Museum, examine the collection at Mardzhani Museum, don't miss a visit to Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally shop like a local with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kazan sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Nur-Sultan to Kazan. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in April, expect nights in Kazan to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

3
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Kazan to Moscow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Moscow are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

6
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, and see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg tour itinerary maker app.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In April in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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