60 days in Kazakhstan & Finland Itinerary

60 days in Kazakhstan & Finland Itinerary

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 8 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 8 nights
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Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Drive to Almaty Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka, Finland
— 6 nights
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Lappeenranta, Finland
— 4 nights
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Koli National Park, Finland
— 5 nights
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Vaasa, Finland
— 5 nights
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Tampere, Finland
— 6 nights
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Turku, Finland
— 6 nights
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Helsinki, Finland
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 8 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan road trip tool.

Kaliningrad, Russia to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 4 hours. While traveling from Kaliningrad, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nur-Sultan, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can fly to Almaty.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan — 8 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get out of town with these interesting Almaty side-trips: Plateau Assy (in Batan) and Lake Issyk (in Esik). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty online trip maker.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Saty.
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Saty, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

On the 19th (Mon), explore the activities along Lower Kolsai Lake, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saty trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.
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Kotka, Finland — 6 nights

Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Riverside Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael Church, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kotka road trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saty to Kotka. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -4 hour difference. In June in Kotka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.
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Lappeenranta, Finland — 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna), Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, examine the collection at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park, Finland — 5 nights

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

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You can drive from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park in 4 hours. In June, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vaasa.
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Vaasa, Finland — 5 nights

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Powerpark (in Harma), Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko (in Isokyro). Spend the 6th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret, wander the wide-open spaces of Aava Kertun Kotitila, examine the collection at Terranova, and stroll around Aspegrens Rosenlund.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tampere.
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Tampere, Finland — 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Hameenlinna (Linna Golf & Hameenlinna Art Museum), The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.
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Turku, Finland — 6 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Uusikaupunki Old Church (in Uusikaupunki) and Rauma (Old Rauma & Rauma Water Tower). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku online attractions planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.
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Helsinki, Finland — 8 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night.
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Kazakhstan travel guide

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Lookouts · Parks · Bodies of Water
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.
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Finland travel guide

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Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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