From  £3830
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the futuristic architecture in Astana
  • Hike Bolektau Mountain
  • See Almaty's underground metro
  • Marvel at the breathtaking alpine beauty of Kolsai Lakes
  • Experience traditional customs in Hunns Ethno Village
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Discover Kazakhstan

11 Day Tour, from £3830 per person

On this amazing tour, you'll take a riveting journey through Kazakhstan's varied landscapes and rich cultural history. Begin in Astana, a vibrant capital with contemporary architecture and historic landmarks. Then, travel to Borovoye, a peaceful resort area surrounded by woods and lakes that offer outdoor activities amidst a breathtaking natural landscape. Continue to Almaty, a dynamic metropolis set against a background of stunning mountains, where you can immerse yourself in local culture and food. Explore the alpine splendour of Kolsai Lakes, with their crystal-clear waters and snow-capped summits, before taking in the stunning rock formations of Charyn Canyon. Finally, explore Kazakhstan's nomadic past in Hunns Ethno Village, where traditional practices and antique artefacts provide insight into the country's rich legacy.

Tour Itinerary


Upon arrival in Astana, transfer to the hotel with early check-in provided. The day is free for you to explore Astana at your leisure. (B)

Kazzhol Hotel Astana
Bayterek Tower

The sightseeing tour around Astana includes visits to Khan Shatyr mall and the New Mosque. Stroll along Water-green Boulevard and admire the architecture of the newly-built city. The tour also includes a visit to the Bayterek Tower, a symbol deeply rooted in Kazakh folklore. According to legend, the Bayterek represents the Tree of Life, where the holy bird of happiness, Samruk, lays a golden egg in its nest atop the tower, symbolising the sun and granting life and hope. However, beneath the tower lurks Aydakhar, a wicked dragon seeking to devour the egg, symbolising the eternal struggle between good and evil in Kazakh mythology. The Bayterek Tower, opened in 2002, stands as a monumental embodiment of this folklore, marking a new stage in the capital city's development. (B)

Kazzhol Hotel Astana
Khazret Sultan Mosque

Following breakfast, take a full sightseeing tour of Astana. The tour includes visits to notable monuments such as the Astana Opera House, the Presidential Palace, and the Triumphal Arch "Mangilik El." Walking along the scenic embankment of the Ishim River provides a serene view of the city's shoreline. In the afternoon, the tour continues with visits to important cultural institutions, including the National Museum, which provides insights into Kazakhstan's rich history and traditions. The journey also includes a visit to the grand Khazret Sultan Mosque, one of Central Asia's largest mosques, as well as a stop to Kazakhstan's Palace of Peace and Accord, a remarkable architectural marvel that symbolises the country's devotion to harmony and unity. (B)

Kazzhol Hotel Astana
Borovoe National Park

Borovoe National Park, a breathtaking natural sanctuary known for its crystal blue lakes, pine woods, and gentle slopes, is only a four-hour journey from Astana. This pristine region, which is government-protected, is known for its extraordinarily pure air and the aroma of coniferous trees. Borovoe is a great getaway for relaxation and renewal, with a peaceful setting favourable to meditation and tranquillity.


Depart Astana in the morning for Burabai National Park, commonly known as Borovoe, to see the region's natural splendour. Borovoe is one of Central Asia's most attractive mountain resorts, including 14 major lakes and countless smaller ones. Enjoy leisurely hikes through towering fir trees and distinctive rock formations, each with its own name and personality. A hike to Bolektau Mountain provides panoramic views of the National Park's stunning scenery. After a day of exploring, return to Astana. (B)

Kazzhol Hotel Astana
Green Bazaar

In the morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Almaty. Upon arrival, a local guide and driver will meet you and take you to Almaty City. Following an independent lunch, the trip continues with a visit to the Green Bazaar (closed on Mondays), which has a lively atmosphere and a diverse selection of local items. Then take a leisurely stroll to Panfilov Park to see the renowned Zenkov Cathedral, one of the world's most unusual wooden structures. Visit the Memorial of Glory and Eternal Flame, as well as the Museum of National Musical Instruments (closed on Mondays). The journey culminates with a visit to Kok Tobe Hill, which houses the 372-meter-tall TV Tower. Enjoy panoramic views of Almaty from the viewing deck, browse souvenir shops, and discover a bronze monument dedicated to the Beatles. (B)

Kazzhol Park Hotel Almaty
Medeo Dam

Meet your guide and transfer to Medeo Dam, which protects the city from mudslides from the western Tien Shan. Next, take the Medeo to Shymbulak cable car for stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks and the beautiful Tien-Shan Mountains. The Shymbulak Ski Resort, located in the picturesque Zailiyskiy Alatau valley at 2260 metres above sea level, provides an unforgettable mountain experience approximately 25 kilometres from downtown Almaty.


After returning to Almaty, tour the city's underground metro system, known for its cleanliness, marble flooring and artwork. With trains coming every 10-15 minutes and temperatures regulated below 20 degrees Celsius, the metro is a convenient mode of transit, especially during the hot summer months when temperatures skyrocket. Finish the day with a leisurely stroll down Arbat and Panfilov streets, teeming with local artists selling their works. (B)

Kazzhol Park Hotel Almaty
Lake Kaindy

At 7:30 a.m., we'll drive 280km to the lovely lakes of Kolsai, one of Kazakhstan's most beautiful spots. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. In the afternoon, visit the lovely Lake Kaindy. This lake, which has a depth of 30 metres, is situated 2000 metres above sea level in the Kung Alatau mountains, part of the Tien-Shan range. Lake Kaindy is well-known for its gorgeous underwater forest, where the tops of spruce trees peek above the water's surface, creating a stunning vista. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake to thoroughly appreciate its natural beauty before returning to Saty village. (B,L,D)

Charyn canyon

Following breakfast at the hotel, the day begins with a visit to Kolsai Lake, one of Kazakhstan's most beautiful natural beauties. The Kolsai lakes, located at elevations of 1800, 2250, and 2700 metres above sea level, form a unique mountain watershed with three separate natural zones and a diverse range of unusual flora and animals. After taking in the splendour of the lake, the drive continues to the stunning Charyn Canyon. The Red Canyon is roughly 3 km long, with widths ranging from 20 to 130 metres and depths of up to 100 metres. Despite its smaller size, this spectacular natural creation is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon in the United States. Continue your drive to Almaty where you'll spend the night. (B,L)

Kazzhol Park Hotel Almaty
DAY 10
Kazakh national dish

Take a full-day tour of Kazakh nomadic culture with a visit to the Huns Ethno Village. This immersive experience includes a variety of educational discussions, demonstrations, folkloric acts, and hands-on activities for all ages. Dive into the daily lives of Kazakh nomads by seeing traditional occupations such as spinning yarn and grinding grain. Learn about the role of the yurt in nomadic culture and see a vibrant folklore performance with music and horse games. Immerse yourself in Kazakh culinary traditions with a masterclass on Baursaks, a type of puffy bread, followed by a delectable national cuisine meal. Test your talents with a lesson in national archery then take some free time to explore the village on your own before returning to Almaty. (B,L)

Kazzhol Park Hotel Almaty
DAY 11

After check-out, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

11 day tour, from £3830 per person
(Single person supplement + £435)

Price Includes

  • Return International flights as per the itinerary
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Transfers as specified
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • All entrance fees on sightseeing tours as specified

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Optional excursions

Tour Route Map

  1. Kazakhstan, Astana
  2. Kazakhstan, Almaty
  3. Kazakhstan, Almaty

Tour Accommodation

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