9 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

9 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Almaty
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Karaganda
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nur-Sultan
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
4
Zhabagly
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Zelenyy Bazar. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiken Mosque, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty tour planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Almaty is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Almaty. In November, Almaty is cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Fun & Games
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan ©
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan
Zelenyy Bazar ©
Zelenyy Bazar

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.
On the 4th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and finally make a trip to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, then examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, and finally examine the collection at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Karaganda driving holiday website.

Getting from Almaty to Karaganda by combination of bus and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Almaty in November, with highs in Karaganda at -1°C and lows at -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral

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 6th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally look for gifts at Astana Allee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, shop like a local with Kulanshi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Zhabagly.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

2
nights
Zhabagly

Zhabagly ©
A small village on the rim of the eponymous national park, Zhabagly attracts adventurous visitors from afar who come here to see where the steppes end and the mountains begin.
On the 8th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zhabagly trip app.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Zhabagly by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in November, expect Zhabagly to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and -1°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zhabagly

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve

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