32 days in Kazakhstan, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

32 days in Kazakhstan, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 6 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kazan, Russia
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 5 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel National Park. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, make a trip to Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Almaty online tour itinerary builder.

Ahmedabad, India to Almaty is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 0.5 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in September, you will find days in Almaty are slightly colder (29°C), and nights are much colder (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Gandantegchenling Monastery, see Off-Road Tours, take an in-depth tour of Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, and explore the world behind art at Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar travel site.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Ulaanbaatar takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Almaty to Ulaanbaatar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Almaty in September, things will get slightly colder in Ulaanbaatar: highs are around 19°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Monument to Aliya Moldagulova, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, see the interesting displays at Saken Seifullin Museum, then don't miss a visit to Zashhitnikov Otechestva Square, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and finally take some stellar pictures from Quay Astana.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan travel route builder website.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Nur-Sultan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Nur-Sultan due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in September, Nur-Sultan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Karaganda, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, examine the collection at Ecomuseum, pause for some photo ops at A.S. Pushkin Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Karaganda tour planner.

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in September, Karaganda is a bit cooler at night with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

St. Petersburg, Russia

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress, and explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg vacation site.

Explore your travel options from Karaganda to St. Petersburg with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Karaganda in September, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be somewhat warmer, around 9°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can fly to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 4:

Moscow, Russia

— 5 nights

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Kazan, Russia

— 4 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: Raifa (Trinity Cathedral, Raifa Monastery, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kazan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Kazan can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Sochi, Russia

— 2 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): hit the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Sochi day trip planning app.

You can fly from Kazan to Sochi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in October, you will find days in Sochi are much warmer (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Kazakhstan travel guide

4.1
Mountains · Parks · Observation Decks
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Russia travel guide

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Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.