60 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

60 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Almaty
— 19 nights
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Kapchagay
— 3 nights
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Saty
— 2 nights
Drive
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Esik
— 1 night
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Oskemen
— 5 nights
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Nur-Sultan
— 11 nights
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Burabay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karaganda
— 7 nights
Drive
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Malinovka
— 1 night
Fly to Shimkent, Train to Turkistan
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Turkistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baikonur
— 2 nights
Train to Kzyl-Orda, Fly to Oral
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Oral
— 4 nights
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Almaty

— 19 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Altyn-Emel National Park and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Almaty: Batyr Babalar Memorial Complex (in Kyrgauyldy), Temple of the Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalia (in Otegen Batyra) and Plateau Assy (in Batan). Spend the 5th (Sat) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Ile-Alatau National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Kok-Tobe Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Almatinskiy Terrenkur.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Almaty itinerary builder site.

Stockholm, Sweden to Almaty is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in June, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 32°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kapchagay.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kapchagay

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tamgaly Tas and River Ili Petroglyphs.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kapchagay trip planner.

Getting from Almaty to Kapchagay by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June in Kapchagay, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Kapchagay

Casinos · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature

Saty

— 2 nights
On the 24th (Thu), explore the activities along Kolsai Lake. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Upper Kolsai Lake, explore the activities along Lake Kaindy, and then explore the activities along Lower Kolsai Lake.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Saty trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kapchagay to Saty in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Esik.

Things to do in Saty

Nature · Parks

Esik

— 1 night
Esik is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Turgen Waterfalls and then explore the activities along Lake Issyk.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Esik trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saty to Esik takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Oskemen.

Things to do in Esik

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Oskemen

— 5 nights
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve and Eastern-Kazakhstan Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Regional Local Lore and History Museum and Roman-Catholic Church. There's much more to do: walk around Zhastar Park, make a trip to Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, and head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Oskemen trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Esik to Oskemen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. June in Oskemen sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Nur-Sultan

— 11 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nur-Astana Mosque and Hazret Sultan Mosque. Discover out-of-the-way places like Assumption Cathedral and Nurzhol Boulevard. Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, examine the collection at Saken Seifullin Museum, ponder the design of Fountain Circus, and make a trip to River Ishim Embankment.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Burabay.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Burabay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Burabay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Museum of Nature, and then explore the striking landscape at Rock Zhumbaktas.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Burabay road trip planner.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Burabay by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Burabay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Burabay

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Karaganda

— 7 nights
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda Regional Museum and Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement and Regional Central Mosque. Change things up with these side-trips from Karaganda: Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa (in Shakhtinsk) and Temirtau (City Park of Culture and Leisure & Central Mosque). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, get engrossed in the history at Academician E. Buketov's Memorial Museum, see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Karaganda using our trip planner.

Getting from Burabay to Karaganda by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Burabay in July, plan for little chillier nights in Karaganda, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Malinovka.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Malinovka

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Malinovka journey builder website.

You can drive from Karaganda to Malinovka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Karaganda in July, you will find days in Malinovka are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are a bit warmer (16°C). On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turkistan.

Things to do in Malinovka

Museums

Turkistan

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Mausoleum of Rabigi Sultan Begim, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque, admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, then steep yourself in history at Juma Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical Culture Ethnographic Center. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Esim Khan Mausoleum, then explore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, then don't miss a visit to Oriental Bath, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Railway Station Building.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turkistan trip itinerary builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Malinovka to Turkistan in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Baikonur.

Things to do in Turkistan

Historic Sites · Museums

Baikonur

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Baikonur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turkistan to Baikonur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 26th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oral.

Things to do in Baikonur

Museums

Oral

— 4 nights
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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva and Pushkin Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Regional History State Museum GKKP and Christ The Savior Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Manshuk Mametova House-Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Artist Saken Gumarov, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Oral day trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Baikonur to Oral in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to West Kazakhstan Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oral

Museums · Historic Sites

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.