60 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

60 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Start: Bugbug, Bali
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  21 h 45 min
1
Saty
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Esik
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Shymkent
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Taraz
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h
5
Turkestan
— 3 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
6
Baikonur
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
7
Atyrau
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
8
Oral
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
9
Kostanay
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
10
Oskemen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
11
Pavlodar
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  2 h 45 min
12
Nur-Sultan
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
13
Borovoe
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
14
Karaganda
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
15
Almaty
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
16
Kapchagay
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h 15 min
End: Bugbug, Bali

2
nights
Saty

Saty ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Charyn National Park and Lake Kaindy.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Saty sightseeing planner.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Saty is an approximately 22- hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bugbug to Saty, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Esik.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Charyn National Park
Highlights from your plan
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake

3
nights
Esik

Esik ©
Esik is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Issyk and Turgen Waterfalls.

Discover how to plan a Esik trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Saty to Esik takes 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Shymkent.

Things to do in Esik

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Turgen Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
Turgen Waterfalls ©
Turgen Waterfalls

3
nights
Shymkent

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Park Abaya and Independence Park. Take a break from Shymkent with a short trip to Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve in Zhabagly, about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskiy Oblastnoy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Victims of Political Repressions, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Shymkent Zoo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Shymkent Plaza.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Esik to Shymkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Shymkent are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 10th (Fri), you're off to Taraz.

Things to do in Shymkent

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Park Abaya ©
Park Abaya
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve

3
nights
Taraz

Taraz ©
One of the oldest cities in the country, Taraz has changed hands many times since it became one of the wealthiest stops on the old Silk Road trade route.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aisha Bibi Mausoleum and Karahan Mausoleum. Step out of Taraz with an excursion to Arastynbaba's Mausoleum in Talapty--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Akyrtas Palace Complex and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum of Tekturmas.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taraz online trip maker.

Getting from Shymkent to Taraz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Taraz can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Taraz

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Arastynbaba's Mausoleum
Highlights from your plan
Mausoleum of Tekturmas ©
Mausoleum of Tekturmas
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum ©
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum
Akyrtas Palace Complex ©
Akyrtas Palace Complex

3
nights
Turkestan

Turkestan ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi and The Intimate Ruins of Sauran. Change things up with these side-trips from Turkestan: Archaeological Site of Otrar (in Otrar) and Arystan Bab Mausoleum (in Bayaldyr). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Historical Culture Ethnographic Center and make a trip to Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turkestan trip planning app.

Drive from Taraz to Turkestan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Baikonur on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Otrar, Arystan Bab Mausoleum
Highlights from your plan
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Archaeological Site of Otrar ©
Archaeological Site of Otrar
Arystan Bab Mausoleum ©
Arystan Bab Mausoleum

2
nights
Baikonur

Baikonur ©
Baikonur is known for museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Baikonur road trip website.

Traveling by car from Turkestan to Baikonur takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Atyrau on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Baikonur

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History ©
Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History

3
nights
Atyrau

Atyrau ©
Located on the delta of the Ural River, 20 m (66 ft) below sea level, Atyrau sits on the border between Europe and Asia.
Step off the beaten path and head to Imangali Mosque and Leisure Park. There's much more to do: walk around Retro Park, don't miss a visit to Isatay and Makhambet Square, buy something for everyone on your list at Baizaar Mall, and see the interesting displays at Atyrau National History Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Atyrau road trip website.

Getting from Baikonur to Atyrau by combination of train and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Baikonur to Atyrau, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. You will leave for Oral on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Atyrau

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Retro Park ©
Retro Park
Imangali Mosque ©
Imangali Mosque
Isatay and Makhambet Square ©
Isatay and Makhambet Square

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva and Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Cemetery Transfiguration Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ The Savior Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Old Mosque, and examine the collection at Regional History State Museum GKKP.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Oral travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Atyrau to Oral takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Atyrau in April: high temperatures in Oral hover around 17°C and lows are around 2°C. On the 25th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kostanay.

Things to do in Oral

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

2
nights
Kostanay

Kostanay ©
Kostanay is a city located on the Tobol River in northern Kazakhstan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victory Park and Embankment of the 25th Anniversary of Independence. The adventure continues: take in the history at Execution Wall, pause for some serene contemplation at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, examine the collection at Kostanay Regional Memorial Museum of Altynsarin, and explore the engaging exhibits at Toy Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kostanay online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Oral to Kostanay takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from West Kazakhstan Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 1 hour. In April, Kostanay is slightly colder than Oral - with highs of 13°C and lows of 0°C. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Oskemen.

Things to do in Kostanay

Shopping Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
TSUM ©
TSUM
Victory Park ©
Victory Park
Monument to the Conquerors of Virgin Land ©
Monument to the Conquerors of Virgin Land

4
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Explore hidden gems such as Zhastar Park and Altaiskiye Alpy. Change things up with these side-trips from Oskemen: Ridder (St. Nicholas Church & Ridder Museum of History and Local Lore). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, and head outdoors with Ski Complex Izumrudny.

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Traveling by flight from Kostanay to Oskemen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kostanay in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Oskemen, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Ridder
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Holy Trinity Monastery ©
Holy Trinity Monastery

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of the Annunciation and Ertic. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas, explore the galleries of Regional History Museum, and have fun at Laser Club.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pavlodar attractions planner.

You can fly from Oskemen to Pavlodar in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Pavlodar

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Pavlodar Regional Art Museum ©
Pavlodar Regional Art Museum
Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque ©
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

7
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nur-Astana Mosque and Assumption Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, look for gifts at Astana Allee, pause for some photo ops at Park of Lovers, and browse the different shops at MEGA Silk Way.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan holiday planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Pavlodar to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
Astana Allee ©
Astana Allee
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral

3
nights
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
Borovoe reveals a landscape of rocky hilltops, crystal-clear lakes, forested lakeshores, and rolling steppe.
Explore hidden gems such as National Park Burabay and Museum of Nature. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Borovoe: Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain (in Shhuchinsk) and Shalkar Lake (in Kokshetau). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Rock Zhumbaktas, try to win big at CashVille, and Head underground at Kenesary Cave.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Borovoe holiday site.

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Borovoe, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for Karaganda.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trips

National Park Burabay, Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain, Shalkar Lake
Highlights from your plan
National Park Burabay ©
National Park Burabay
Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas
Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain
Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain

5
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 off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Regional Central Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Karaganda side-trips: City Park of Culture and Leisure (in Temirtau) and Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa (in Shakhtinsk). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, go for a walk through Sculpture Gorkiy and Lenin, and appreciate the history behind Monument Mining Glory.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Karaganda tour planner.

You can drive from Borovoe to Karaganda in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Borovoe in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Karaganda, with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temirtau, Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©
Independence Stele ©
Independence Stele
Regional Central Mosque ©
Regional Central Mosque

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nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and The Central Mosque of Almaty. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Almaty: Boralday Church (in Boraldai) and Mountain the Centre of the Universe (in Ungurtas). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll around Eight Lakes Park Resort, and head outdoors with Almatinskiy Terrenkur.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Almaty itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Karaganda in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Almaty: highs are around 27°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kapchagay.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Boralday Church, Lake Alakol, Mountain the Centre of the Universe
Highlights from your plan
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
The Central Mosque of Almaty ©
The Central Mosque of Almaty

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nights
Kapchagay

Kapchagay ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tamgaly Tas and Kapchagay Reservoir.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Kapchagay journey planner.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Kapchagay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Kapchagay can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kapchagay

Casinos Fun & Games Nature
Highlights from your plan
Astoria Casino ©
Astoria Casino
Tamgaly Tas ©
Tamgaly Tas
Bombay Casino ©
Bombay Casino

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