34 days in Kazakhstan & Istanbul Itinerary

34 days in Kazakhstan & Istanbul Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
2
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
3
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
4
Borovoe, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 15 nights

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park, take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Almaty route builder site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Almaty is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Almaty, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Almaty hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Left Talgar Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

4
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, see the interesting displays at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Oskemen holiday website.

You can fly from Almaty to Oskemen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Almaty in February, plan for little chillier days in Oskemen, with highs around °C, while nights are much colder with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists ©
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists

4
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.
Make the 20th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Qarqaraly National Park. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression, and make a trip to Eternal Flame.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Karaganda route maker site.

Getting from Oskemen to Karaganda by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Karaganda can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

1
night
Borovoe, Kazakhstan

Borovoe ©
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
On the 24th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Zhumbaktas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Museum of Nature, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Bolektau, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Kenesary Cave.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Borovoe trip itinerary website.

Drive from Karaganda to Borovoe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. Traveling from Karaganda in February, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Borovoe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas

4
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.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Arai. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, ponder the design of Monument of Friendship of Peoples, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nur-Sultan road trip planner.

Getting from Borovoe to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. February in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
Arai ©
Arai
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower

15
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Istanbul: Delmece Yaylasi (in Cinarcik) and Ulu Cami (in Bursa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hagia Sophia Museum, explore the world behind art at Istanbul Modern, admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Nur-Sultan to Istanbul with the Route module. Traveling from Nur-Sultan to Istanbul, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in February, expect Istanbul to be much hotter, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Delmece Yaylasi, Ulu Cami
Highlights from your plan
Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque

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