8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kazakhstan attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Almaty
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saty
— 1 night
Taxi to Almaty, Fly to Nur-Sultan
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Nur-Sultan
— 3 nights
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Almaty

— 3 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, stroll through Shymbulak Mountain Resort, and stroll around First President's Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Almaty is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In May, Almaty is much colder than Dammam - with highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Saty

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy, explore the activities along Upper Kolsai Lake, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Saty trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Saty

Parks · Nature

Nur-Sultan

— 3 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: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, get great views at Quay Astana, stroll around City Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Nur-Sultan takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. May in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks

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.