21 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

21 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Almaty
— 4 nights
2
Turkestan
— 2 nights
3
Zhabagly
— 1 night
4
Oral
— 3 nights
5
Karaganda
— 4 nights
6
Borovoe
— 1 night
7
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get outdoors at Kok-Tobe Hill and Shymbulak Ski Resort. Appreciate the collections at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Arvest Art Gallery, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Almaty journey builder site.

New York City, USA to Almaty is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from New York City to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Almaty to be slightly colder, temps between °F and °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

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.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ukash Ata Maosoleum, get engrossed in the history at Historical Culture Ethnographic Center, admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mausoleum of Rabigi Sultan Begim, thenexplore the ancient world of Kultobe Hillfort, and finally contemplate the long history of Oriental Bath. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Railway Station Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque, delve into the distant past at The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Esim Khan Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Juma Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Turkestan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Turkestan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zhabagly.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums
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
Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque ©
Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque

1
night
Zhabagly

Zhabagly ©
A small village on the rim of the eponymous national park, Zhabagly attracts adventurous visitors from afar who come here to see where the steppes end and the mountains begin.
On the 3rd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve.

To find out how to plan a trip to Zhabagly, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turkestan to Zhabagly takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oral.

Things to do in Zhabagly

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve

3
nights
Oral

Oral ©
Orál, Ural'sk in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk, is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan rivers close to the Russian border. On the 4th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, thensee the interesting displays at House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail, and finally examine the collection at Regional History State Museum GKKP. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Museum Old Oral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ The Savior Cathedral, thenexamine the collection at Manshuk Mametova House-Museum, thenexamine the collection at Nature and Ecology Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Gabdulla Tuqay Museum.

To plan Oral vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Zhabagly to Oral takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zhabagly to Oral, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Oral is a bit cooler than Zhabagly - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Oral

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva ©
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva
Christ The Savior Cathedral ©
Christ The Savior Cathedral
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail ©
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail

4
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Take a break from the city and head to Bektau-Ata Mountain Area and Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Holy Cross Church will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Karaganda side-trips: Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum (in Temirtau) and Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa (in Shakhtinsk). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Karaganda Regional Museum of the Fine Arts, and make a trip to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Karaganda journey builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Oral to Karaganda in 9 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from West Kazakhstan Time (AQTT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Oral in December, plan for little chillier nights in Karaganda, with lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Borovoe.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral

1
night
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
On the 11th (Fri), step off the mainland to explore Rock Zhumbaktas, thenappreciate the views at Polyana Abylai Khana, thenHead underground at Kenesary Cave, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Bolektau.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Borovoe day trip planning site.

You can drive from Karaganda to Borovoe in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Borovoe are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Borovoe

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Polyana Abylai Khana
Highlights from your plan
Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Kazakhstan and Saken Seifullin Museum. Nur-Astana Mosque and Hazret Sultan Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nur-Sultan with an excursion to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka--about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, shop like a local with Kulanshi, take in the exciting artwork at Has Sanat, and pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan planning tool.

Getting from Borovoe to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Nur-Sultan, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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