Things to Do in Kazakhstan

As a land of contrasts Kazakhstan has a variety of different experiences on offer depending on what you would like to get out of this country. The infamous Silk Road weaves its way through the country so get under the skin of this vital trading route and understand the inner workings of this historical and vitally important road.

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If exploring the natural countryside of Kazakhstan is top of your list then a visit to the azure Issyk lake, at an altitude of 1760 m the lake is nestled within the snow-capped mountains and the range of contrasting colours really makes it a photographer’s paradise. Charyn Canyon by contrast is arid, relatively barren apart from at the base of the canyon but also a breath-taking site to explore while you are in Kazakhstan. Within the country they are promoting ethno-tourism so a perfect Kazakhstan experience would be engaging and experience local ways of life and traditions, our experts can certainly weave this into your itinerary. For those looking for the ultimate unique experience in Kazakhstan then head to the space station, which may include a once in a lifetime sighting of a rocket being shot into space.

Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

Aksu-Zhabagly Nature Reserve

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Aksu Zhabagly Reserve offers a stunningly diverse landscapes from semi-deserts to snow-capped peaks. It is also home for argali, deer, lynx, snow leopards, bears and many wildlife.

Baikonur Town & Space History

Baikonur Town & Space History

Baikonur, Southern Desert, Kazakhstan

Glimpse into the past and future of space history at the Museum of History of Space Travels, Memorials of Outdated Spaceships and Protons, International Space School, Memorials of the Airplanes AN-12, I1-14 and where Yuri Gagarin and Korolev once lived.

Borovoe: Kazakhstan’s Switzerland

Borovoe: Kazakhstan’s Switzerland

Astana, Kazakhstan

Blessed with 14 crystal clear lakes surrounded by rocks, pinewood and coniferous forests, enjoy a short walk and take a boat trip as you learn about the famous Kazakh legends in this nature reserve.

Charyn Canyon

Charyn Canyon

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Known as the little brother of Grand Canyon, Kazakhstan’s Charyn Canyon is spectacular at 154km long and 300m deep. Visit the famous Valley of Castles with its unique towering structures.

Highlights of Astana

Highlights of Astana

Astana, Kazakhstan

As essential Astana city tour taking in Central Asia's largest mosque, a local museum to see the “Golden Man”, panoramic views from top of Baiterek Tower alongside other highlights including Constitution Square, and Kazakh Eli Square.

Issyk Lake & Gorge

Issyk Lake & Gorge

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Today, you will visit Issyk Gorge, one of the most beautiful gorges on Trans-Ili Alatau region, including a visit to the State Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve “ISSYK”.

Noah's Ark Day Trip

Noah's Ark Day Trip

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Believed to be the final landing site of Noah’s Ark during the Great Flood, you will visit Kazygurt mountain where the sacred stones of “Adam & Eve”, “Noah’s Breakfast Ark”, “Dastarkan” and animal stones can be found.

Sayram Mausoleums

Sayram Mausoleums

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Discover Sayram, one of Kazakh’s oldest settlements including a visit to the Local History Museum, Ibrahim-Ata Mausoleum, Karashash-Ana Mausoleum and medieval minaret.

Sofievka Ethno Village

Sofievka Ethno Village

Astana, Kazakhstan

Get a glimpse into the nomadic life of traditional Kazakhs. Visit a yurt to sample local delicacies alongside Kazakh music, witness an eagle hunting demonstrations, learn how to make Kazakh cheese and gain an insight into a variety of Kazakh traditions.

Twin Silk Road Cities: Turkestan & Otrar

Twin Silk Road Cities: Turkestan & Otrar

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Discover Silk Road history with a visit to Otrar including the Local History Museum, Arystan-Bab Mausoleum and Otrar archaeological site before exploring the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, Hilvet underground mosque and Necropolis in Turkestan.

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