Kazakhstan Explorer

Duration of this Trip 9 Days Priced From $4,799 per person

Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world with a welcome just as wide! At over a million square miles, Kazakhstan has it all: mountains and glaciers, vast steppes and desert, new urban centers and remote villages, and over a hundred and twenty nationalities. Stunning landscapes and ancient architecture conjure images of nomads and warriors, falconry and poetry, silk-robed horsemen and exotic beauty, while the new capital of Astana sets new standards in architecture. Discover the unexpected and unexplored on our Kazakhstan Explorer Tour!

At a Glance


9 Days

Priced From

$4,799 per person


The tour can be provided from May till November


Day 1: Almaty
Day 2-3 : Shymkent-Turkestan
Day 4: Kzyl-Orda
Day 5-7: Baikanur
Day 8: Kzyl-Orda
Day 9: Astana
Day 10: Departure


Day 1 Almaty

Arrival in Almaty. Breakfast. Sightseeing tour: Panfilov Park, the Cathedral, Museum of National Musical Instruments. Explore Medeo valley, with its high altitude sports complext and stunning mountain views over Big Almaty Lake reservoir. Transfer by car to Almaty rail station and take an overnight train to Shymkent City.

Day 2-3 Shymkent  - Turkestan

Arrival in Shymkent. Breakfast. Sightseeing drive to Shaulder Village and the  Otrar ruins. Visit the 12th c. Arstanbab mausoleum. Drive to Turkestan City. Accommodation at the hotel. Visit the Akhmed Yassavi complex which includes mausoleums, mosques and Turkish hammams.

Day 4 Turkestan - Kzyl-Orda

Breakfast. Scenic drive to Kzyl-Orda city through ancient fortress of Turkestan. Photo opportunities in Sairan which was once the capital of White Orda. Accommodation. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 5 Kzyl-Orda - Baikonur

Breakfast. Tour the railway-station and explore ancient Kzyl-Orda, in the heart of Silk Road. Sightseeing day drive to Baikonur through the ancient settlement of Korkyt-Ata, the museum city. This architectural complex is dedicated to the Kazakh philosopher and founder of Kazakh stringed and bow music, Korkyt-Ata. Arrival in Baikonur. Accommodation. Dinner at the National House.

Day 6 Baikonur

Discover the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the world's first launch site complex, now leased to Russia until 20150. This is where Sputnik was launched! See the Proton and Energia rockets and the Buran space ship. Transfer by car to the Soyuz carrier rocket test complex, then to Gagarin's Start, named after the famous cosmonaut. Tour the museum, and the memorial houses of Gagarin Korolev . Dinner.

Day 7 Baikonur

Walk along the alley of cosmonauts to contunue the sightseeing tour around Baikonur. Visit the museum of Cosmodrome History, the monuments to pioneers, Yuriy Gagarin, General Shubnikov, and General Nedelin. Visit the International Space School, City Square and Gagarin's summerhouse near the Syr-Darya river

Day 8 Baikonur - Kzyl Orda

Drive to Kzyl Orda. Photo opportunities in the beautiful valleys of Kazakhstan. Arrival. Take a flight to Astana.

Day 9 Astana

Astana became the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997. Purpose-built, it rises from the surrounding steppe almost magically. Its architecture is modern, but with strong Kazakh themes. Visit administrative center of Astana on the left bank of Esil River, the Presidents Residence "Oq Orda", the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, and the futuristic Bayterek tower, the new landmark symbol of Astana. Farewell dinner.

Day 10  Departure from Astana

Land Tour Costs

From $4,799 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

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Scheduled Departures

The tour can be provided from May till November

Trip Highlights

  • Visit Sairam, the old capital of the Mongolian White Horde and Kzyl-Orda, the old capital of Kazakhstan!
  • Explore Soviet Kazakh culture as you tour Baikonur's Cosmodrome and space museums!
  • Astana, once an oasis in the steppe, now a vibrant, ultramodern capital city.

Visited Countries


Visited Cities & Places

Almaty, Shymkent, Turkestan, Kyzyl-Orda, Baikonur, Kzyl Orda, Astana

Suggested Extensions

The jewels of three Central Asia Stans

Reading Lists

The Jewels of Three Central Asia Stans, Gems of Kyrgyzstan, Wonders of the China Silk Road

What's Included

  • Visa support
  • Ground Transportation (air-conditioned coach bus)
  • English-speaking guide/escort
  • Hotel accommodation in double room
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • Permits to enter Cosmodrome Baykonur

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Some meals
  • Consulare visa fees

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Kazakhstan Explorer Tour

A 9 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

The tour can be provided from May till November

Land Tour Costs

From $4,799 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

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