58 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

58 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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58 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  18​h 15​min
1
Kostanay
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Petropavlovsk
— 1 night
3
Borovoe
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Karaganda
— 6 nights
5
Nur-Sultan
— 8 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Pavlodar
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Semey
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Oskemen
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 30​min
9
Almaty
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Rakhat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Saty
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + train:  6​h 45​min
12
Zhabagly
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
13
Turkestan
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
14
Baikonur
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  12​h 45​min
15
Oral
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Amsterdam

1
night
Kostanay

Kostanay ©
Kostanay is a city located on the Tobol River in northern Kazakhstan. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, browse the different shops at TSUM, admire the striking features of Kostanay Clock Tower, witness the site of a historic battle at Execution Wall, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Conquerors of Virgin Land, and finally walk around Victory Park. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Shopping-Entertainment Center Mart, pause for some serene contemplation at Maral Ishan Mosque, examine the collection at Kostanay Regional Memorial Museum of Altynsarin, appreciate the history behind Monument to Ahmet Baitursynov, then explore the engaging exhibits at Toy Museum, and finally go for a walk through Embankment of the 25th Anniversary of Independence.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kostanay day trip website .

Amsterdam, Holland to Kostanay is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Alma-Ata Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in January, expect Kostanay to be cooler, temps between -13°C and -24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Petropavlovsk.

Things to do in Kostanay

Shopping Museums Parks
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TSUM ©
TSUM
Maral Ishan Mosque ©
Maral Ishan Mosque
Victory Park ©
Victory Park

1
night
Petropavlovsk

Petropavlovsk ©
On the 4th (Sat), appreciate the history behind Memorial to the Victims of Political Repressions, see the interesting displays at The Museum Complex Residence Abylai Khan, then take an in-depth tour of North Kazakhstan Regional History and Local Lore Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Pushkin and Abai.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Petropavlovsk trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Kostanay to Petropavlovsk in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Alma-Ata Time to Aqtobe Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to -16°C, and evening lows to -25°C. You'll set off for Borovoe on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Petropavlovsk

Museums
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Monument to Pushkin and Abai ©
Monument to Pushkin and Abai

2
nights
Borovoe

Borovoe ©
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain and then try to win big at CashVille. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Rock Zhumbaktas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Museum of Nature, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Kenesary Cave.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Borovoe itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Petropavlovsk to Borovoe by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Petropavlovsk to Borovoe, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around -15°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain
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Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas
Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain
Kokshetau (Sinyukha) Mountain

6
nights
Karaganda

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
You'll explore and learn at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum and Karaganda Regional Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement and Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karaganda: Temirtau (Metallurg & City Park of Culture and Leisure) and Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa (in Shakhtinsk). On the 11th (Sat), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Qarqaraly National Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum, learn more about the world around you at Geological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Karaganda trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Borovoe to Karaganda takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. January in Karaganda sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Astana.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Temirtau, Karagandy, Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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8
nights
Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
The Baiterek Tower and Nur-Astana Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Kazakhstan and Hazret Sultan Mosque. When in Astana, make a side trip to see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka, approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Arai. Spend the 20th (Mon) exploring nature at Gashyktar. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Kulanshi, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Has Sanat.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Astana travel planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Astana in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Astana, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Pavlodar.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

3
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.
Regional History Museum and D.P. Bagayev Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Annunciation and Military Glory Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Pavlodar Regional Art Museum, enjoy some diversion at Ice Arena, let the kids burn off some steam at Laser Club, and fly down the slopes at Ertic.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pavlodar road trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Astana to Pavlodar in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Pavlodar can reach -14°C, while at night they dip to -25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Semey.

Things to do in Pavlodar

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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1
night
Semey

Semey
Semey, until 2007 known as Semipalatinsk and in 1917–1920 as Alash-kala, is a city in Kazakhstan, in East Kazakhstan Region, and in the Kazakhstan part of Siberia, near the border with Russia, around 1000km north of Almaty, and 700km southeast of the Russian city of Omsk, along the Irtysh River. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at National Museum of Abai, examine the collection at Museum F.M. Dostoyevskogo, and then see the interesting displays at Art Museum Nevzorovyh.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Semey road trip planner.

You can drive from Pavlodar to Semey in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 27th (Mon), you're off toOskemen.

Things to do in Semey

Museums
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5
nights
Oskemen

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Appreciate the collections at Regional Local Lore and History Museum and Ridder Museum of History and Local Lore. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve and Eastern-Kazakhstan Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Nicholas Church (in Ridder) and Nurtau (in Bobrovka). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Church, and examine the collection at A. Volkov Children's Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Oskemen road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Semey to Oskemen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Oskemen sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ridder, Nurtau
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Nurtau ©
Nurtau
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

9
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll explore and learn at Ascension Cathedral and Kok-Tobe Hill. Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Almaty: Turgen Waterfalls (in Turgen), Kapchagay (Kapchagay Reservoir & Tamgaly Tas) and Tabagan (in Besqaynar). On the 9th (Sun), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Kara Dala. There's still lots to do: enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, stroll around First President's Park, see the interesting displays at Archeology Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Almaty travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Oskemen to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Oskemen, expect somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapchagay, Tabagan, Lake Alakol, Turgen Waterfalls
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan ©

2
nights
Rakhat

Rakhat
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): examine the collection at Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rakhat road trip planning website .

Getting from Almaty to Rakhat by car takes about 3.5 hours. You will leave for Saty on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Rakhat

Museums
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3
nights
Saty

Saty ©
You'll explore and learn at Kolsai Lake and Charyn National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saty, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rakhat to Saty takes 3 hours. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zhabagly.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Charyn National Park
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Charyn National Park ©
Charyn National Park
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

1
night
Zhabagly

Zhabagly ©
On the 16th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zhabagly visit planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saty to Zhabagly. February in Zhabagly sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -8°C at night. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Zhabagly

Wildlife Parks
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Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve ©
Aksu-Zhabagly Reserve

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi and Historical Culture Ethnographic Center. Get some historical perspective at Arystan Bab Mausoleum and Archaeological Site of Otrar. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at The Intimate Ruins of Sauran.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turkestan travel route site .

Traveling by car from Zhabagly to Turkestan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel to Baikonur.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

1
night
Baikonur

Baikonur ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): examine the collection at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Baikonur trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Turkestan to Baikonur in 7.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off toOral.

Things to do in Baikonur

Museums
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Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History ©

3
nights
Oral

Oral ©
Orál, Ural'sk in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk, is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan rivers close to the Russian border. Get some historical perspective at Museum Old Oral and House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva. Let the collections at Christ The Savior Cathedral and Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail capture your imagination. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Regional History State Museum GKKP, explore the world behind art at Museum of Artist Saken Gumarov, stroll the grounds of Cemetery Transfiguration Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Oral online holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Baikonur to Oral takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Aqtau Time is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Oral can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Oral

Museums Historic Sites
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House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva ©
House-Museum of E.I. Pugacheva
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail ©
Cathedral of Archangel Mikhail
Christ The Savior Cathedral ©
Christ The Savior Cathedral

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