The largest country in Central Asia - and the ninth largest in the world - Kazakhstan features so many incredible landscapes and landmarks. This exciting 11-day itinerary includes the best that this country has to offer, from its historic metropolises to its sacred scenery. You will start the trip in Nur-Sultan, current capital of Kazakhstan, visit Kazygurt Holy Mount, explore the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve by horseback, and wind down in the largest city, Almaty, for several days of sightseeing. A whirlwind trip to remember, this Kazakhstan itinerary has it all.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Biblical Legacy: Kazygurt Holy Mount is the site where Noah’s ark is said to have come to rest.
• Modern History: Reflect on the dark side of history at Alzhir, a memorial to wives of Stalin regime prisoners, who were deemed "guilty by association" and forced into internment camps.
• Spirituality: A popular Muslim pilgrimage destination, the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab was built on the grave of a religious mystic and saint of Islam.
• Charyn Canyon: Explore the "Valley of Castles," known for its incredible landforms, similar in style to the Grand Canyon in the US.
Your exciting 11-day trip through Kazakhstan begins in Nur-Sultan, formerly known as Astana, the second-largest city and current capital of the country, located in the northern region. Your day begins with a transfer to your hotel, where you will meet your guide to take an exciting city tour, visiting sites including the Museum of the First President, the Astana-Baiterek monument, the Temple of Peace and Accord, and the city’s central mosque. Enjoy lunch and dinner in a local restaurant and an overnight at your four-star hotel.
On your second day, you will take a morning trip to Alzhir, which stands for “Akmolinskiy internment camp for the wives of the betrayers of the homeland” – a memorial to the wives of Stalin regime prisoners, who were deemed “guilty by association.” After you return to Nur-Sultan in the afternoon, you will visit a local entertainment complex where you can explore an oceanarium and the Kupol common room, which features models of famous sites from around the world including the Great Wall of China and the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant before taking a quick flight to Shymkent, where you will stay overnight.
After an early breakfast in Shymkent, you will visit Kazygurt Holy Mount – located in the western ridge of the UNESCO-designated Tien Shan mountains and said to be the place where Noah’s ark came to rest. In the afternoon, you will head back to Shymkent and explore its underground mosque and local pottery workshop before exploring the Aksu canyon in the nearby Sairam Ugam National Park.
Today, you will transfer to the city of Turkestan (around 3 hours) – literally meaning “city of Turks.” Along the way, you will visit a museum in the village of Shaulder, explore the ruins of Otrar, and the mausoleum of Arystan-bab, a popular Muslim pilgrimage destination. After settling in at your hotel in Turkestan, you will spend the afternoon exploring the ancient city of Sauran, about 25 miles from Turkestan, where you will return for dinner and overnight.
Head out early this morning to transfer to the ancient site of Suzak, stopping along the way at several mausoleums. After enjoying lunch in Suzak, you will transfer to the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve, the oldest nature reserve in Central Asia, where you will stay overnight in a guesthouse. Total driving time today is around 4 hours.
Spend the day on horseback, exploring the beautiful mountain refuges, waterfalls and fields of the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve, located at the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains. Enjoy a picnic lunch and head back to your guesthouse for dinner and a sound night’s sleep.
Enjoy a second day in the Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve, exploring the Taldubylak – Kazanchykyr Natural boundary, the shore of river Zhabagly, and the local Museum of Nature. After an early dinner, you will transfer to Tulkubas to catch an overnight train to Almaty.
Welcome to Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan and the country’s largest city. After settling in at your hotel, you’ll meet with a guide for lunch and a city tour, visiting sites including the Central Square and Monument of Independence, the Central Historical Museum, the central mosque, and the Medeo skating rink, located at a high altitude with a stunning view of the surrounding city and mountains.
Today, you’ll visit some of the great sites surrounding Almaty, including the Charyn Canyon - the valley of Castles - and several small villages, where you’ll be able to experience local life and sport, including eagle hunting. In the evening, you will head back to Almaty for dinner and overnight in your hotel.
Today, you’ll head 17 miles south of Almaty to Big Almaty Lake, a stunning mountain lake located 8,238 feet above sea level, in the gorge of the Bolshaya Almatinka River. Enjoy a visit and lunch in the nearby observatory, before visiting a falcon farm for its “Golden Eagle show.” Finally, you’ll head back to Almaty for dinner, where you’ll spend your final night in Kazakhstan.
Today is the final day of your action-packed 11-day tour of Kazakhstan. You’ll be transferred to the airport, from where you may be heading home or onto your next exciting destination in Central Asia.
Classic sophistication and elegant, modern flair unite in a five-star luxury setting at the St. Regis in Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana. Located in the heart of the city on the banks of the Ishim River in Astana Central Park, the St. Regis Astana carries on a longstanding tradition of excellence and luxury that began more than a century ago with the original St. Regis hotel in New York City. Guests who wish to explore the capital of Kazakhstan will find easy access to all of the best attractions the city has to offer. For those who would prefer to stay in and relax, the St. Regis Astana boasts a spa and athletic club, two restaurants, and a bar offering an exclusive selection of the world’s finest champagnes, rare vintage wines, and hand-crafted cocktails. Guests may also enjoy the unique 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service – a treasured hallmark of the St. Regis tradition. The hotel offers a range of room types, from the spacious, functional deluxe room to the opulent presidential suite.
A prominent work of contemporary architecture and a top-tier luxury hotel setting a new standard in chic, high-end living and hospitality, the Ritz-Carlton in Kazakhstan’s capital of Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, stands as an emblem of the city’s growing prominence and sophistication. Guests at the Ritz-Carlton Astana enjoy unparalleled service and hospitality in this five star hotel elevated above the glowing urban landscape and have an array of services and facilities at their disposal. Three unique restaurants beckon with everything from decadent protein entrées to fresh, organic produce, teas, and other lighter options. There is also a cutting-edge spa and fitness center that cater to activity- and wellness-seeking guests of all kinds. For families, the Ritz-Carlton Astana offers a variety of child-oriented activities such as storytelling, cooking classes, baby cribs, and more. An array of room and suite options are available for guests, as is the exclusive Club Level Experience, reserved for those seeking true excellence in their stay. With its panoramic views, artfully decorated accommodations, and industry-leading amenities and services, the Ritz-Carlton Astana is an elite-level hospitality experience.
For class, style, and a dash of opulence, the Rixos Khadisha Hotel is the perfect luxury-home-away-from-home in Shymkent. This world-class hotel, located in the business district of the city, features a grand staircase, a spacious entry, and a full-featured spa, including an indoor pool and fitness area, a sauna, and a Turkish hammam - the perfect way to relax after a busy day. Dining options abound: Kazakhasia restaurant, which serves a variety of Asian cuisine; Olivia restaurant, offering traditional Italian; a cocktail at one of the on-site bars; or room service delivered straight to the guest’s luxurious room or suite. At this hotel, guests should prepare to be treated like royalty.
This boutique hotel in Shymkent, Kazakhstan is the perfect base from which to explore this vibrant city in the south of the country. With its world-class service and intricate design, Orbita Hotel is setting the standard for hotels in Shymkent. Located inside a historic two-storey house built by Japanese prisoners-of-war in the 1950s, the hotel combines Kazakhstan flair with traditional Japanese design, including the counter-clockwise numbering of the hotel’s seven rooms, each uniquely decorated. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar, the quiet location, just outside of the busting city, and most importantly, the top-quality service.
Throughout Kazakhstan’s remote corners, from the Aral Sea to Berikara Gorge, lies beauty and adventure, as well as a number of cozy guesthouses which happily host travelers. All rooms are compact, and simply and pleasantly furnished with comfortable beds, fresh linens. Although amenities and services are kept to a minimum, the guesthouse does provide hot water and homecooked meals, and some of the more modern rooms are fitted with TVs and other modern conveniences. Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and sample the tasty, home-cooked meals featuring local dishes.
Occupying the top ten floors of the Esentai Tower, the Ritz Carlton enjoys unrivalled views of Almaty and the sweeping, jagged, snow-peaked Ile-Alatau mountain range. Guests choosing to stay here have the best of both worlds with easy access to the city and all its famous historic sights as well as the ski slopes in the national park to the south. After a long day on the piste or exploring the city, guests can ascend the escalator into the luxurious surroundings and enjoy all that the hotel has to offer. With restaurants and bars decorated with the latest works from the hottest modern artists in the country, from cocktails with a view to sumptuous dishes prepared with expertise, dining and drinking at the Ritz Carlton is a feast for the senses. Rooms and suites boast stunning panoramas and are fitted with every modern convenience and comfort. Meanwhile, the acclaimed Six Senses Spa offers a retreat from the stresses of everyday life.
The InterContinental in Almaty is a luxury hotel sitting opposite the famous Presidential Palace in Republic Square. It’s the perfect location to see this popular attraction, as well as the city’s many others in this central area. The InterContinental’s rooms are big, bright and fresh with a whole list of facilities and services right on hand. The dining options are impressive too, with an excellent international breakfast buffet, Asian café, rooftop grill, Turkish restaurant and jazz bar. In the evening guests can enjoy relaxing in one of three bars, including a jazz bar and beer garden with light music and boardgames to wind down summer evenings. Elsewhere there is an indoor pool, children’s play area and tennis courts.
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Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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