8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dubai
Fly + Bus:  8 h
1
Nur-Sultan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Karaganda
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
3
Almaty
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, then learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, appreciate the history behind Zhanibek and Kerei Monument, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and finally take some stellar pictures from Quay Astana.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 8.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. In January, Nur-Sultan is much colder than Dubai - with highs of -13°C and lows of -23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

2
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, then contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, and finally make a trip to Monument to Victims of Political Repression. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, then appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church.

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Getting from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev

3
nights
Almaty

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: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Almaty day trip 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 January, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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