8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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8 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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

3
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Almaty Central Park and Almaty Zoo. There's still lots to do: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, make a splash at Aqua Park, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Almaty holiday builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Almaty is an approximately 8-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Almaty, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Almaty is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

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Almaty Central Park ©
Almaty Central Park
Almaty Zoo ©
Almaty Zoo
Aqua Park ©
Aqua Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): make a trip to Monument to Victims of Political Repression, then explore the stunning scenery at Qarqaraly National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, admire the landmark architecture of Eternal Flame, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Geological Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Karaganda route builder app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Karaganda in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Almaty in August; daily highs in Karaganda reach 29°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

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Side Trip

Qarqaraly National Park
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), get in on the family fun at Family Rest Center Ailand, then pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally appreciate the history behind Zhanibek and Kerei Monument. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at National Museum of Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Duman Entertainment Centre, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan visit planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in August, Nur-Sultan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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