13 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

13 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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13 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Almaty
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saty
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  6​h
3
Karaganda
— 2 nights
4
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Bring the kids along to Almaty Central Park and Interactive-Entertainment Park EVRIKUM. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Kok-Tobe Hill, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, and meet the residents at Almaty Zoo.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Almaty trip itinerary maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Almaty is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, things will get colder in Almaty: highs are around 36°F and lows about 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Alakol
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
On the 26th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saty trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Almaty to Saty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov, then explore the fascinating underground world of Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, then see the interesting displays at Geological Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Archangel Michael Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monument Mining Glory, delve into the lush surroundings at Qarqaraly National Park, and then contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Karaganda visit planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Karaganda takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Karaganda can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Qarqaraly National Park
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Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park

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.
Kids will enjoy Family Rest Center Ailand and Duman Entertainment Centre. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, have fun at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, and take in the exciting artwork at Kulanshi.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan online tour itinerary maker .

Getting from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach 21°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

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