24 days in Kazakhstan & Tashkent Itinerary

24 days in Kazakhstan & Tashkent Itinerary

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24 days in Kazakhstan & Tashkent Itinerary

Start: Budapest, Hungary
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Rakhat, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 9 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Budapest, Hungary

3
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Monument Kazakh Eli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, then stroll around City Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Khan Kenesary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to The Baiterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally pause for some photo ops at Fountain Circus.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Astana vacation planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Astana is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Budapest to Astana due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Budapest in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Astana, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
City Park ©
City Park
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

1
night
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, then don't miss a visit to The Central Mosque of Almaty, then take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Astana to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Astana in July, with highs in Almaty at 36°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rakhat.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
The Central Mosque of Almaty ©
The Central Mosque of Almaty

4
nights
Rakhat, Kazakhstan

Rakhat ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in breathtaking views at Charyn Canyon.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rakhat tour itinerary app .

Getting from Almaty to Rakhat by car takes about 3.5 hours. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Rakhat

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Charyn Canyon
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Charyn Canyon ©
Charyn Canyon

1
day
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 26th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saty day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rakhat to Saty takes 3 hours. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Saty

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

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at DOSTYK PLAZA and then hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Almaty trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Saty to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Almaty

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Photography Tours
DOSTYK PLAZA ©
DOSTYK PLAZA

9
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chimgon and Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, head outdoors with Lake Charvak, explore the activities along Urungach Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online trip builder .

Getting from Almaty to Tashkent by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) to Uzbekistan Time (UZT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Minor Mosque ©
Minor Mosque

2
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arai. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Astana day trip planning site .

You can fly from Tashkent to Astana in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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Arai ©
Arai
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park

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