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Kazakhstan Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

The ninth largest country in the world (it is twice the size of other four former Soviet Central Asian republics put together), Kazakhstan lies at the heart of the Eurasian steppe, at the cross-roads of some of the world’s most ancient civilisations. To its south lie monuments that tell of its long history with the great trading routes of the Silk Road, whilst its northern landscapes offer up vast sweeping steppes that cover one-third of the entire country. One of its most striking natural ...

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GROUP TOUR

Silk Road - Kazakhstan: Across The Kazakh Steppe

Explore the ancient and modern highlights of Kazakhstan's booming cities, Almaty and Nur-Sultan, towering mountains, green steppes and desert including Kaindy Lake and Charyn Canyon on this journey into the biggest stan.
10 days from $3,325
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia

Explore the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, enjoy homestays in the mountains of Tajikistan, the breathtaking scenery of Kyrgyzstan, ancient sites in Turkmenistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
29 days from $8,533

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Complete 'Stans of Central Asia

Travel to all five 'Stans' of Central Asia in this epic journey through these neighbouring countries that share so much of their culture and history; and be pleasantly surprised by the different experiences they offer
24 days from $8,232
TAILOR-MADE

Wild Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Tour these neighbouring countries that share many similarities including a breathtaking mountainous geography, and a shared history and nomadic culture. The itinerary blends energetic activities with cultural tours
13 days from $3,115
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan

The 15-day trip explores three of Central Asia’s most alluring countries and their most emblematic cities, towns and landscapes, providing a mixture of cultural, historical and natural insights and attractions
15 days from $3,486

HIGHLIGHTS OF KAZAKHSTAN

BEST EXPERIENCES

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Arkabi Guesthouse, Saty

This guesthouse in Saty Village has basic facilities but compensates for its friendly atmosphere and remote village location. There are four shared dormitory rooms, accommodating 12 persons. The…

Kazzhol Hotel Almaty, Almaty

The hotel Kazzhol is a three-star property located in the centre of Almaty.  A very welcoming hotel for international travellers, you will enjoy good service with an authentic Kazakh ambience. All…

Ritz-Carlton, Almaty

A luxurious option within the city of Almaty, the Ritz-Carlton stands tall within the cityscape, allowing for great views of the surrounding mountains from your room. The rooms are elegantly designed…

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

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In this short film Wild Frontiers founder and MD explains the ethos behind the award-winning travel company.

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Central Asia expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Lake Kaindy is a must if venturing to the southeast, remote and well-hidden but all part of the adventure. The nearby Kolsai Lakes allow you to make the journey extra worthwhile with some great hiking routes.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Kazakhstan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.

Currency

In Kazakhstan, the official unit of currency is the Tenge.

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.

Cultural Sensitivity

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.

The first thing to say about travelling in Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, have a much more laid-back approach to Islam than their neighbours to the south in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, as a technically Muslim region a little bit of caution and modesty should be applied in certain places. When visiting active mosques, women should cover their shoulders and wear trousers or skirts that fall below the knee, and men should not wear shorts.

Language & Religion

The Kazakh language is the state language, although Russian is also widely spoken.

Kazakhstan practices freedom of religion and is around two thirds Islamic, with the bulk of the remainder being Christian Orthodox.

Time

Uzbekistan is 5 hours ahead of GMT A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.

Food and drink

Kazakhstan’s staple food is lamb and rice. Shashlik (kebab) can be found everywhere, as can plov, a rice dish prepared with onion, carrots, and lamb. Many variations of plov exist, with sultanas, apricots, or pumpkin amongst others. Other popular dishes include laghman (noodles), manty (large meat ravioli) and samsa (a meat pastry similar to samosa). In Kazakhstan you will also come across kazy, a smoked horsemeat sausage, while the national dish is beshbarmak, boiled beef and mutton served on pasta squares. Much use is made of seasonal vegetables, fruit, and fresh herbs.

The national drink is fermented mares milk, kymys, but tea is the main drink, either green or black. Alcoholic drinks are widely available too and there is local beer as well as imported Russian beer (Baltika is quite popular with 16% alcohol). Vodka is usually drunk with meals in preference to wine.

KAZAKHSTAN REVIEWS