29 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

29 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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29 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Almaty
1
Almaty
— 7 nights
Bus + Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Oskemen
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Karaganda
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  8​h 30​min
5
Turkestan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Taraz
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Almaty

7
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ascension Cathedral and Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. On the 2nd (Sun), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Kara Dala. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and enjoy breathtaking views from Almaty Television Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Almaty road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Almaty. In November in Almaty, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan ©
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

5
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque and St. Nicholas Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Oskemen with a short trip to Ridder Museum of History and Local Lore in Ridder, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Zhastar Park, admire all the interesting features of Konnyi Dvor, pause for some serene contemplation at Roman-Catholic Church, and head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oskemen tour website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Oskemen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Almaty in December, with highs in Oskemen at -4°C and lows at -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ridder
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

4
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hazret Sultan Mosque and Nur-Astana Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, appreciate the history behind Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, and look for gifts at Astana Allee.

Before you visit Astana, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Astana takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Eternal Flame. On the 13th (Thu), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Qarqaraly National Park. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, admire all the interesting features of Shakhtyor Stadium, and appreciate the history behind Monument Mining Glory.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Karaganda attractions app .

Traveling by car from Astana to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qarqaraly National Park, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi and Archaeological Site of Otrar. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Historical Culture Ethnographic Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Arystan Bab Mausoleum, and explore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Turkestan trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Karaganda to Turkestan in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. On the 19th (Wed), you'll travel to Taraz.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Archaeological Site of Otrar, Arystan Bab Mausoleum
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The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
Archaeological Site of Otrar ©
Archaeological Site of Otrar

4
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.
Step out of Taraz with an excursion to Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve in Zhabagly--about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum of Tekturmas.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Taraz road trip planning website .

You can drive from Turkestan to Taraz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Taraz

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve
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Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve
Mausoleum of Tekturmas ©
Mausoleum of Tekturmas
Akyrtas Palace Complex ©
Akyrtas Palace Complex

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