17 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

17 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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17 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Almaty
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saty
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Oskemen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Karaganda
— 3 nights
5
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, don't miss a visit to Big Almaty Lake, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip app .

Washington DC, USA to Almaty is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Washington DC to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in February, things will get slightly colder in Almaty: highs are around 36°F and lows about 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saty online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Saty

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

2
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, stroll around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, and finally head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment. On your second day here, walk around Sauletai Recreation Park, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, then walk around Zhastar Park, and finally ski along the peaceful trails at Altaiskiye Alpy.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oskemen travel planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Oskemen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°F in February, and nighttime lows around -5°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque

3
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Qarqaraly National Park, examine the collection at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, refer to the Karaganda online visit planner .

You can fly from Oskemen to Karaganda in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. February in Karaganda sees daily highs of 16°F and lows of -4°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qarqaraly National Park, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

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nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
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, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan journey planner .

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 16°F and lows of -1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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