28 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

28 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
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Borovoe
— 2 nights
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Karaganda
— 5 nights
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Pavlodar
— 3 nights
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Oskemen
— 4 nights
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Almaty
— 8 nights
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Nur-Sultan

— 4 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Arai. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan online holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 11 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Nur-Sultan at 16°F and lows at -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Borovoe

— 2 nights
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): try your luck at CashVille, then get to know the resident critters at Museum of Nature, and then explore the striking landscape at Rock Zhumbaktas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Burabay.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Borovoe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in February, and nighttime lows around 2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks · Nature · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

Karaganda

— 5 nights
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Step out of Karaganda to go to Temirtau and see Central Mosque, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, and make a trip to Monument Mining Glory.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Karaganda online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Borovoe to Karaganda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Borovoe in February since evenings lows in Karaganda dip to -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pavlodar

— 3 nights
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.
Pavlodar is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Embankment of the Irtysh, explore the world behind art at Pavlodar Regional Art Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Batyr Mall, and stroll through Zelenaya Roshha.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pavlodar trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Karaganda to Pavlodar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Pavlodar can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to -3°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Oskemen.

Things to do in Pavlodar

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Oskemen

— 4 nights
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, stroll around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, and make a trip to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oskemen tour planning website.

Getting from Pavlodar to Oskemen by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 19°F, and evening lows to -5°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Almaty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Almaty

— 8 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, get a taste of the local shopping with Zeleny Bazar, and have fun at Master of Keys.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Almaty attractions planner.

Fly from Oskemen to Almaty in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Oskemen in February: highs in Almaty hover around 36°F, while lows dip to 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Mountains · Parks · Observation Decks
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.