27 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

27 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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27 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Almaty
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Rakhat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Saty
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6​h
4
Karaganda
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Nur-Sultan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Oskemen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Kostanay
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

5
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Almaty itinerary maker app .

Valletta, Malta to Almaty is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Valletta to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Valletta in July since evenings lows in Almaty dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Almaty

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

3
nights
Rakhat

Rakhat ©
Explore Rakhat's surroundings by going to Zharkent (Architecture and Art Museum Zharkentskaya Mechet & Zharkent Mosque). Spend the 13th (Mon) exploring nature at Altyn Emel National Park.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rakhat online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Almaty to Rakhat in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Saty.

Things to do in Rakhat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Almaty Region, Zharkent
Highlights from your plan
Charyn Canyon ©
Charyn Canyon
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park
Altyn Emel National Park ©
Altyn Emel National Park

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Saty holiday tool .

You can drive from Rakhat to Saty in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Saty

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

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.
Go for a jaunt from Karaganda to Temirtau to see Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum about 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Qarqaraly National Park, examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and head outdoors with Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Karaganda trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Karaganda in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. July in Karaganda sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Qarqaraly National Park, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

5
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, try out the rides at Family Rest Center Ailand, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nur-Sultan, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

3
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, historic sites, outdoors, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, and don't miss a visit to Muhamadi City Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oskemen attractions tool .

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kostanay.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque

4
nights
Kostanay

Kostanay ©
Kostanay is a city located on the Tobol River in northern Kazakhstan. Kostanay is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, nightlife, and childrens museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the history at Execution Wall, appreciate the history behind Monument to Ahmet Baitursynov, admire the striking features of Kostanay Clock Tower, and take in the pleasant sights at Embankment of the 25th Anniversary of Independence.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kostanay journey maker website .

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Kostanay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kostanay

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
TSUM ©
TSUM
Victory Park ©
Victory Park

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