50 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

50 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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50 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  29 h
1
Oral
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  12 h 45 min
2
Baikonur
— 1 day
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
3
Almaty
— 10 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Rakhat
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Saty
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Oskemen
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
7
Karaganda
— 7 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Borovoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Nur-Sultan
— 11 nights
Bus + Fly:  2 h 45 min
10
Pavlodar
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Toronto

3
nights
Oral

Oral ©
Orál, Ural'sk in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk, is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan rivers close to the Russian border. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum Old Oral and House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail and Christ The Savior Cathedral. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Regional History State Museum GKKP, make a trip to Old Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Artist Saken Gumarov.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Oral trip itinerary builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Oral is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Oral is 10 hours. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Oral: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baikonur.

Things to do in Oral

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva ©
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva
Christ The Savior Cathedral ©
Christ The Savior Cathedral
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail ©
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail

1
day
Baikonur

Baikonur ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Baikonur road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Oral to Baikonur in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Aqtau Time (AQTT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Baikonur

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History ©

10
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Take a break from the city and head to Kok-Tobe Hill and Lake Issyk. Get some cultural insight at Ascension Cathedral and Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. Explore Almaty's surroundings by going to Bombay Casino (in Kapchagay), Plateau Assy (in Batan) and Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, wander the streets of Yesentai Park, and browse the fresh offerings at Zelenyy Bazar.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Almaty vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Baikonur to Almaty by combination of train and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In August in Almaty, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Plateau Assy, Bombay Casino, Turgen Waterfalls, Lake Issyk
Highlights from your plan
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

3
nights
Rakhat

Rakhat ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Architecture and Art Museum Zharkentskaya Mechet and Zharkent Mosque. Get outdoors at Charyn Canyon and Altyn Emel National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rakhat trip builder .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Rakhat takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saty online route planner .

Traveling by car from Rakhat to Saty takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Saty

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

5
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Visit Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque and Roman-Catholic Church for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Regional Local Lore and History Museum and Eastern-Kazakhstan Art Museum. Explore Oskemen's surroundings by going to Ridder Museum of History and Local Lore (in Ridder) and Nurtau (in Bobrovka). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, make a trip to Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists, stroll around Zhastar Park, and get outside with Slavskogo Embankment.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oskemen online holiday planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Oskemen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Oskemen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nurtau, Ridder Museum of History and Local Lore
Highlights from your plan
Nurtau ©
Nurtau
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park

7
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Step out of the city life by going to Qarqaraly National Park and Bektau-Ata Mountain Area. Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum and Geological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. When in Karaganda, make a side trip to see Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa in Shakhtinsk, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, admire the striking features of Eternal Flame, and explore the world behind art at Karaganda Regional Museum of the Fine Arts.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Karaganda online route builder .

You can fly from Oskemen to Karaganda in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In September in Karaganda, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Borovoe.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

2
nights
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Rock Zhumbaktas and then try your luck at CashVille. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of National Park Burabay and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kenesary Cave.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Borovoe travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Borovoe in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Karaganda in September since evenings lows in Borovoe dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

11
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan Military History Museum. Get some cultural insight at Hazret Sultan Mosque and Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Go for a jaunt from Nur-Sultan to Malinovka to see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Duman Entertainment Centre.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Borovoe to Nur-Sultan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Pavlodar

Pavlodar ©
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Regional History Museum and Cathedral of the Annunciation. You'll explore and learn at D.P. Bagayev Museum and Military Glory Museum. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Pavlodar Regional Art Museum, don't miss a visit to Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Batyr Mall, and hit the slopes at Zelenaya Roshha.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pavlodar online travel route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nur-Sultan to Pavlodar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Pavlodar

Museums Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pavlodar Regional Art Museum ©
Pavlodar Regional Art Museum
Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Batyr Mall ©
Batyr Mall

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