DISCOVERING Kazakhstan

Do you know that apples and tulips originate from Kazakhstan? Did you know that the first cosmonaut in a manned rocket was launched from Kazakhstan then part of the USSR?

Kazakhstan is one of the world’s largest countries, the size of Western Europe, and probably unknown to most people.

We will be happy to arrange a bespoke tour for you to discover this beautiful country with careful consideration given to all your preferences or you may wish to join a group tour. We will arrange tours of Nur-Sultan (formely Astana), the capital of Kazakhstan, and Almaty (old capital), the biggest city at the foot of Tien Shan Mountains on the historic Silk Road offering many opportunities for hiking, climbing, birdwatching, mountain biking and skiing. You will explore the heritage of the Kazakh nomadic civilisation, immense landscapes, fantastic nature wonders, amazing culture and gastronomic traditions of Central Asia. A visit to the legendary cosmodrome Baikonur is also possible.

Kazakhstan offers visa free entry for UK citizens (up to 30 days) as well as for citizens of other more than 70 countries.

We are based in London ready to answer all your questions and send you a personalised itinerary based on your requirements and interests, with our unmatched experience and local partners you are guaranteed a first class experience.

 
 

SOme facts

  • Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world.

  • Kazakhstan is home to more than 100 ethnic groups.

  • Horses were first domesticated in the steppe of Kazakhstan some 5,500 years ago.

  • The apple originates from Kazakhstan, this was proved after the first complete sequencing of the genome.

  • The outdoor Medeu skating rink is the highest skating rink in the world (5,548 feet above sea level) and is just 30 minutes drive from Almaty city.

  • The Caspian sea is a largest inland body of the water in the world.

  • Out of the 110 elements from periodic table of chemical elements, 99 have been found in Kazakhstan

  • There are 10 national parks and reserves in Kazakhstan and 5 UNESCO heritage sites.

  • Baikonur Cosmodome is the world’s first and largest space launch facility.

  • No, Borat Sagdiyev does not live in Kazakhstan.

 

FROm Ice-Glaciers to Deserts

The variety of landscapes in Kazakhstan are stunning. It is possible to travel from snow peaks to the deserts in several hours. The highest peak in Kazakhstan Kan-Tengri is 7010 m high attracting expert climbers from around the world. The lowest point in Kazakhstan in the bottom of the Caspian sea at 443 feet below sea level, it is one of the lowest elevations on Earth.

The biggest city Almaty is only 30 minutes drive from several ski resorts where you can easily spend a few hours and come back to explore the city life.

The beauty of travelling in Kazakhstan is that you can go for miles seeing no signs of civilisation - only natural beauty. You will see turquoise lakes, endless steppes, canyons (Kazakhstan has its own smaller version of the Grand Canyon) and singing sandy dunes. You will discover prehistoric rock carvings and old mausoleums.

 

Silk road tours

The Silk Road was an ancient network of routes connecting Asia with Europe. It was central to trade and cultural interaction between the regions for many centuries. Kazakhstan was an important part of the Silk route. You have a chance to follow in the foot steps of Marco Polo and the first explorers and see the stunning beauty of this multicultural region. You will be impressed by the legendary hospitality of the Kazakh people stemming from centuries of welcoming strangers.

It is also possible to visit neighbouring country Uzbekistan, as an extension of the route and see the magical ancient cities of Bukhara and Samarkand.