23 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

23 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

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23 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Start: St. John's
Fly:  23​h 15​min
Astana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Karaganda
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
Almaty
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Shymkent
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Turkestan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Taraz
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Pavlodar
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Oskemen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Aktobe
— 2 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: St. John's

4
nights
Astana

Astana ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Astana is known for nightlife, shopping, historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, pause for some photo ops at Independence Square and Kazak Eli Monument, get great views at Quay Astana, and steep yourself in history at Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Astana online tour itinerary maker .

St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda to Astana is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from St. John's to Astana, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from St. John's in June, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Astana: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Karaganda.

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#Shopping, #Historic Sites, #Parks
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The Baiterek Tower ©
The Baiterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana 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: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, learn more about the world around you at Geological Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and don't miss a visit to Regional Central Mosque.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Karaganda journey builder .

Traveling by car from Astana to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Astana in June, Karaganda is slightly colder at night with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Historic Sites

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Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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Vvedenskiy Cathedral ©
Vvedenskiy Cathedral
Independence Stele ©
Independence Stele

4
nights
Almaty

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for nature, parks, historic sites, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip builder app .

Getting from Karaganda to Almaty by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, Almaty is a bit warmer than Karaganda - with highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shymkent.

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#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Nature
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

1
night
Shymkent

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): browse the different shops at Mega Planet and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Abaya.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Shymkent trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Shymkent in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Turkestan.

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#Shopping, #Parks
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Mega Planet ©
Mega Planet
Park Abaya ©
Park Abaya

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turkestan tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shymkent to Turkestan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Tue) before leaving for Taraz.
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The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Wed), make a trip to Babaji Khatun Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Karahan Mausoleum, and then make a trip to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Taraz trip planner .

Getting from Turkestan to Taraz by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pavlodar.
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Aisha Bibi Mausoleum ©
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum
Karahan Mausoleum ©
Karahan Mausoleum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): have fun at Laser Club and then don't miss a visit to Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pavlodar travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Taraz to Pavlodar in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, Pavlodar is little chillier than Taraz - with highs of 32°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oskemen.

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#Fun & Games, #Parks
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Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque ©
Mashkhur-Jusup Mosque

3
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 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial, get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, then make a trip to Svyato-Zinovjevskij Temple, and finally stroll through Zhastar Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Knyazhy Gory, don't miss a visit to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, and then examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oskemen online day trip planner .

Getting from Pavlodar to Oskemen by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Aktobe.

Things to do in Oskemen

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

2
nights
Aktobe

Aktobe ©
Aktobe is a city on the Ilek River in Kazakhstan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Monument Abul Khair Khan.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aktobe planner .

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Aktobe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) to Aqtobe Time (AQTT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oskemen in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 18°C in Aktobe. You'll set off for home on the 10th (Tue).
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Monument Abul Khair Khan ©
Monument Abul Khair Khan

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