Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

The Ultimate Kazakhstan Adventure (18 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Almaty, Kazakhstan To Astana, Kazakhstan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2020


Day 1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Dinner

Your adventure in Kazakhstan begins in Almaty, the capital city. After you settle in at your hotel, embark on a walking tour, checking out a commemorative park and the city's Central Mosque, before heading into the mountains to the famous Medeo skating rink. Enjoy lunch before returning to the city to visit the Central Historical Museum and a falcon show. Finally, head up Kok-Tobe mountain for dinner with a view of the city.

Day 2
Tamgaly, Kazakhstan
Almaty, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head 105 miles out of the city to check out the ancient petroglyphs of Tamgaly Tas, many of which are symbols of Buddha. Enjoy lunch in Ili river, then head back to Almaty where you’ll have dinner in an Indian restaurant and an optional excursion to a nightclub.

Day 3
Kolsay Lake, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll travel 170 miles to Kolsay Lake, making a stop at Nura village to check out the sites and see falcons and special hunting dogs. After arriving at Kolsay, you’ll settle into your guesthouse before enjoying dinner.

Day 4
Kolsay Lake, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore two of the spectacular Kolsay Lakes by trekking, walking the trails or even horseback riding. After a day outside, enjoy dinner and then an overnight stay either in a local guesthouse (without facilities) or a local hotel (with facilities).

Day 5
Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning exploring the nearby Kaindy Lake before driving to Charyn Canyon - considered the largest canyon in the world after the famous American Grand Canyon - about 125 miles away. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the canyon before dinner and an overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 6
Emel , Kazakhstan
Altyndy, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you'll head to the Altyn-Emel National Park, where you'll discover the deserted mountains of Katutau and the multi-coloured mountains of Aktau. After spending the day exploring these spectacular sites, you'll return to your guesthouse at Charyn Canyon for the night.

Day 7
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Emel , Kazakhstan
Ritz Carlton Almaty Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head back to Altyn-Emel National Park for another adventure, this time checking out the “Singing Dunes.” In the afternoon, you’ll return to Almaty to catch an overnight train to Taraz, a city in the Jambyl Province.

Day 8
Akyrtas , Kazakhstan
Taraz, Kazakhstan
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Alnur Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will arrive in Taraz very early in the morning and head straight to your hotel to rest. Later on, after breakfast, you will meet with a local archaeologist to begin your tour of Taraz City, from the Regional Museum to the mausoleums and the catacombs. After lunch, you’ll explore Akyrtobe – local ruins of ancient stone settlements – and then head 50 miles to the Berikara Gorge, located in the mountains, where you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 9
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day exploring the Berikara Gorge, from its diverse flora and fauna to its hundreds of ancient mounds. Enjoy hiking, horse riding or fishing in the wildlife preserve before heading to Shymkent, where you will spend the night.

Day 10
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From your base in Shymkent, the capital of the South Kazakhstan Province, head less than 25 miles to Kazygurt Mount, the place where - legend has it – Noah’s Ark was stopped and is still visible today. Enjoy a trek to the Zhylak ata waterfall before heading further out of town to observe shamans performing unique rituals. Return to Shymkent for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 11
Aksu, Kazakhstan
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll head to the Aksu Canyon, visiting Saira City – an old stop on the Great Silk Road – and several mausoleums along the way. At the canyon, discover the “Valley of a Thousand Eyes” – a wall stone with caves resembling eyes – as well as the Aksu river and the “Black Hole.” Enjoy lunch and dinner at the canyon before heading back to Shymkent for the night.

Day 12
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
The Turkestan Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way to Turkestan, you’ll stop at a museum in Shaulder village, the ruins of Otrar and the Mausoleum of Arystan-bab, a major Muslim shrine in Central Asia. After arriving in Turkestan and settling in at your hotel, you’ll take an excursion of less than 25 miles to see the ancient city of Sauran before returning for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 13
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
The Turkestan Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore an architectural complex in Turkestan, which includes an underground mosque, a bath and a history museum, before heading back to Almaty to catch an overnight train to Aralsk.

Day 14
Aralsk, Kazakhstan
Aral Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to Aralsk, a former seaport. After arriving and settling into your guesthouse, you’ll discover the history of this unique city, from a tour of a ship graveyard to a salty desert where you may even be able to ride a camel. Take in a dombra show and swim in the Aral sea before returning to Aralsk for the night.

Day 15
Aralsk, Kazakhstan
Aral Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover two World Bank project sites – the Kokaral dam and the Aklak spillway on the Syrdarya river – where you’ll learn about the projects and watch they are doing for the natural environment. Later, head back to Aralsk for dinner before a late-night transfer to Kzyl Orda.

Day 16
Astana, Kazakhstan
Kzyl-orda, Kazakhstan
Radisson Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After arriving in Kzyl Orda, you’ll head to the airport for a flight to Astana, the largest city in Kazakhstan, where you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 17
Astana, Kazakhstan
Radisson Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the last full day of your tour, you’ll get to explore Astana, the largest city in Kazakhstan. Starting with a city tour, you’ll see the Museum of the First President, a central mosque and synagogue and a large entertainment complex while also taking an excursion to a local outdoor museum, “Map of Kazakhstan-Atameken.” In the evening, enjoy dinner and a view from the rotating restaurant on the 23rd story of the Solaze hotel.

Day 18
Astana, Kazakhstan
None Breakfast

Today you bid Kazakhstan adieu, as you check out of your hotel. You will be transferred to the Astana airport to catch your flight home or the connection to your next exciting destination.

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Explore all sides of Kazakhstan during the epic 18-day tour through the country's most iconic and fascinating sites. From the modern Medeo skating rink to the ancient city of Sauran, the majestic Charyn Canyon to a mausoleum and Muslim shrine, this itinerary brings you to all the hotspots of Kazakhstan, allowing you to spend time living in local guesthouses to soak up Kazakh culture while discovering the natural beauty around you.


  • Enjoy dinner at the top of Kok-Tobe mountain, overlooking Almaty

  • Trek and horseback ride around the spectacular Kolsay Lakes and stay in a local guesthouse

  • Discover the deserted mountains of Katutau and the multi-coloured mountains of Aktau in Altyn-Emel National Park

  • Explore an underground mosque in an architectural complex in Turkestan

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Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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By: Mike

Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2018

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Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2018

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Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

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Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

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Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2019

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Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2019

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Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2019

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Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2019

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