15 days in Kazakhstan Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Kazakhstan holiday maker
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Almaty
— 5 nights
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Oskemen
— 2 nights
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Astana
— 3 nights
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Karaganda
— 4 nights
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Almaty — 5 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for sightseeing, parks, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, get to know the resident critters at Almaty Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Big Almaty Lake.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty online travel route planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Almaty is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Singapore to Almaty, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Almaty at 2°C and lows at -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Oskemen.
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Oskemen — 2 nights

A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, then examine the collection at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, then walk around Zhastar Park, and finally make a trip to Muhamadi City Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, then make a trip to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Oskemen trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Oskemen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Almaty in December: high temperatures in Oskemen hover around -4°C and lows are around -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can fly to Astana.
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Astana — 3 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Astana is known for sightseeing, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, and look for gifts at Astana Allee.

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Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Astana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Karaganda.
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Karaganda — 4 nights

Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
When in Karaganda, make a side trip to see Central Mosque in Temirtau, approximately Temirtau away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and don't miss a visit to Independence Stele.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Karaganda trip planner.

Drive from Astana to Karaganda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Kazakhstan travel guide

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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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