21 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

21 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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21 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Naples
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Turkestan
— 1 day
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
2
Almaty
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Saty
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rakhat
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Balkhash
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Karaganda
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Borovoe
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Naples

1
day
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 11th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Historical Culture Ethnographic Center and then admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turkestan sightseeing planner .

Naples, Italy to Turkestan is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Naples to Turkestan is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Turkestan

Museums
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Historical Culture Ethnographic Center ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get some historical perspective at St. Nicholas Cathedral and Ancient Town Talgar. Get outdoors at Altyn-Emel and Food Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Almaty: Kapchagay (Astoria Casino & Tamgaly Tas). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Lake Alakol, pause for some photo ops at The Beatles Monument, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the masterpieces at A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Turkestan to Almaty in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Almaty are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapchagay, Ancient Town Talgar, Lake Alakol
Highlights from your plan
Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
On the 17th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake and then explore the activities along Lake Kaindy.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Saty day trip app .

You can drive from Almaty to Saty in 4.5 hours. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake

3
nights
Rakhat

Rakhat ©
Step out of the city life by going to Altyn Emel National Park and Charyn National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Zharkent Mosque and Architecture and Art Museum Zharkentskaya Mechet.

Plan a Rakhat trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saty to Rakhat in 3 hours. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Balkhash.

Things to do in Rakhat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Almaty Region, Zharkent
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Altyn Emel National Park ©
Altyn Emel National Park
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park
Charyn Canyon ©
Charyn Canyon

1
night
Balkhash

Balkhash ©
Known as a center of metallurgy, the industrial city of Balkhash sits on the northern shore of the lake of the same name.
On the 21st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Space Station Orbita, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Dead Soldiers Who Died During the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, then explore the activities along Lake Balkhash, and finally appreciate the history behind Locomotive № 48-80.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Balkhash trip planner .

Getting from Rakhat to Balkhash by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Balkhash

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lake Balkhash ©
Lake Balkhash

3
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement. Discover out-of-the-way places like Karaganda Regional Museum and Monument Mining Glory. Take a break from Karaganda with a short trip to City Park of Culture and Leisure in Temirtau, about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Qarqaraly National Park, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Soldiers-Internationalists, make a trip to Nativity Convent, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Karaganda State Zoo.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Karaganda trip planning tool .

You can drive from Balkhash to Karaganda in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Karagandy, City Park of Culture and Leisure, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

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 inner history buff will appreciate Nur-Astana Mosque and Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex. Explore hidden gems such as Assumption Cathedral and Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism. The adventure continues: go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, admire the local landmark of Fountain Circus, look for gifts at Astana Allee, and identify plant and animal life at Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan trip planning website .

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nur-Sultan when traveling from Karaganda in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral
Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve ©
Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve

2
nights
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
On the 29th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Burabay, then Head underground at Kenesary Cave, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Zhumbaktas.

Discover how to plan a Borovoe trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Borovoe sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will leave for home on the 30th (Sun).

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

National Park Burabay
Highlights from your plan
Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas
National Park Burabay ©
National Park Burabay

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