32 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

32 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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32 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Aktau
1
Almaty
— 6 nights
Drive:  14​h 30​min
2
Karaganda
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Borovoe
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nur-Sultan
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
5
Pavlodar
— 2 nights
6
Oskemen
— 5 nights
Drive:  18​h 45​min
7
Saty
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Rakhat
— 3 nights
Drive:  41​h 45​min
End: Aktau

6
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Change things up with a short trip to Plateau Assy in Batan (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Almaty trip planner .

Aktau to Almaty is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Aqtau Time to Alma-Ata Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Almaty, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Plateau Assy
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 27:
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

4
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: explore the stunning scenery at Qarqaraly National Park, see the interesting displays at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Victims of Political Repression, and make a trip to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Karaganda online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Karaganda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Almaty in April, with highs in Karaganda at 14°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Qarqaraly National Park
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 2:
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

1
night
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Kenesary Cave, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Museum of Nature, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rock Zhumbaktas.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Borovoe route planner.

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Borovoe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Karaganda in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Borovoe. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay May 2 — 3:
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Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas

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.
Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Arai. There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, walk around City Park, and have fun at Sport Complex Kazakhstan.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nur-Sultan trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Borovoe to Nur-Sultan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

2
nights
Pavlodar

Pavlodar ©
One of the country's main industrial, commercial, and cultural hubs, Pavlodar also ranks as one of the oldest cities in the north of the country, founded in 1720 as an Imperial Russian outpost.
On the 8th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Annunciation, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Batyr Mall. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at The Roman Catholic Church of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, get in on the excitement at Ice Arena, and then browse the exhibits of Regional History Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pavlodar trip builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nur-Sultan to Pavlodar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Pavlodar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Pavlodar

Shopping Historic Sites Fun & Games
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Cathedral of the Annunciation ©
Cathedral of the Annunciation
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque ©
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque
Ice Arena ©
Ice Arena

5
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, historic sites, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, take in breathtaking views at Kiin Kirish Canyon, and walk around Sauletai Recreation Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oskemen road trip app .

You can fly from Pavlodar to Oskemen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Oskemen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay May 9 — 14:
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

1
night
Saty

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saty trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Oskemen to Saty takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Saty

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

3
nights
Rakhat

Rakhat ©
Get out of town with these interesting Rakhat side-trips: Zharkent (Architecture and Art Museum Zharkentskaya Mechet & Zharkent Mosque). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Altyn Emel National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rakhat trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Saty to Rakhat takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rakhat

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Almaty Region, Zharkent
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Charyn Canyon ©
Charyn Canyon
Altyn Emel National Park ©
Altyn Emel National Park
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park

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