34 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

34 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kazakhstan journey planner

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Fly to Shymkent Airport, Drive to Turkistan
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Turkistan
— 3 nights
Train to Shymkent, Fly to Almaty
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Almaty
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kapchagay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saty
— 1 night
Drive
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Esik
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oskemen
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nur-Sultan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Borovoe
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karaganda
— 5 nights
Fly

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Turkistan

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turkistan: Archaeological Site of Otrar (in Otrar) and Arystan Bab Mausoleum (in Bayaldyr). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, explore the ancient world of Kultobe Hillfort, contemplate the long history of Juma Mosque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ukash Ata Maosoleum.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Turkistan trip itinerary builder tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Turkistan is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Turkistan. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Turkistan

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Almaty

— 8 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Almaty: Plateau Assy (in Batan) and Ray Pool Club (in Pervomay). The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Big Almaty Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Almaty day trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Turkistan to Almaty takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Almaty, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kapchagay.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Kapchagay

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the activities along Kapchagay Reservoir and then try your luck at Astoria Casino. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Nomad Fortress, don't miss a visit to Tamgaly Tas, and then contemplate the long history of River Ili Petroglyphs.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kapchagay trip planner.

You can drive from Almaty to Kapchagay in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kapchagay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Kapchagay

Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites · Nature

Saty

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lower Kolsai Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy, then explore the activities along Upper Kolsai Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Saty trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Kapchagay to Saty in 4.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Esik.

Things to do in Saty

Nature · Parks

Esik

— 2 nights
Esik is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Kairakskiy Waterfall and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Issyk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Turgen Waterfalls and then explore the striking landscape at Turgenskoye Gorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Esik vacation planner.

Drive from Saty to Esik in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to fly to Oskemen.

Things to do in Esik

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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: head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, make a trip to Muhamadi City Mosque, stroll around Sauletai Recreation Park, and examine the collection at Regional Local Lore and History Museum.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oskemen road trip app.

Getting from Esik to Oskemen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Oskemen are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Nur-Sultan

— 6 nights
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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, get great views at Quay Astana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan attractions planner.

Getting from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Oskemen in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nur-Sultan, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Borovoe

— 2 nights
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
On the 21st (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Museum of Nature and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rock Zhumbaktas. Keep things going the next day: try your luck at CashVille and then make a trip to Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain.

Start your trip to Borovoe by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Karaganda.

Things to do in Borovoe

Fun & Games · Casinos · Parks · Wildlife

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.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

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

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. Traveling from Borovoe in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Karaganda, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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.