Kazakhstan tours can take you from the new metropolitan centers to the wide-open steppe, from the cities of today to the centuries-old heritage. In Central Asia, the cities of Almaty and Astana are unparalleled, while the many national parks of Kazakhstan hold gems like rugged mountains and pristine lakes. We’ll ensure that you see the best of this vast and fascinating country, whether you join one of our small group tours or ask us to plan a private trip or holiday package just for you.
In Almaty, the southern capital and a bustling city full of cosy cafes and interesting museums with your Kazakhstan tour. Medeu, a popular ice-skating rink open to professionals and beginners alike, is in the mountains above Almaty, and Shymbulak, Central Asia’s largest ski resort-or go deeper into the mountains to spend some time away from civilization. Turkestan, a famous Sufi religious centre which is home to some of Kazakhstan’s most monumental ancient buildings, is not far away. Astana is a perfect choice for those who love cities, with its beautiful architecture, wide boulevards, and regular events and exhibitions.
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Make your visit to Kazakhstan with guided tours to off-the-beaten-track locations much more memorable. With its space station used to launch spaceships and satellites from around the world, Baikonur is a fascinating destination for space lovers. Or spend a night in a yurt, a traditional Kazakh home that has been serving nomads for centuries as they and their herds travel from pasture to pasture. Be sure to try some fresh kumis (made from fermented mare’s milk) or beshbarmakk for a true taste of nomadic culture (chopped meat with noodles and onion sauce).
We worked hard with years of experience and connections in the country to bring together the best escorted Kazakhstan tour packages. Our small group tours are suitable for those who want to cut costs and share their experience of Kazakhstan with like-minded travelers from all over the world, thus leaving us with the entire organization. If you want to tailor-make a travel plan that lets you travel where, how, and when you want at your own pace, private trips are perfect.
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This is Kazakhstan’s national dish and a meat lover’s delight. Chunks of boiled mutton served on flat squares of pasta.
Get ready for sausage, Kazakh-style. Made with horsemeat, the sausage is cooked for two hours before being served with generous servings of onion.
Wash down your main course with a glass of fermented mare’s milk. It’s mildly alcoholic and has a fizzy sensation. Shubat is another version made with camel’s milk.
Try these fried, doughy balls of goodness alongside soup.
Make new friends wherever you go by sitting down and sharing a cup of shay. This black or green tea is a Kazakh staple.
Kazakhstan has a continental climate, which lends itself to extreme temperatures. In summer (June to August) it can climb above 36 degrees C (96°F) and in winter (December to February) you can expect temperatures to be as low as -26 degrees C (-10°F). Snow stays on the ground for almost half the year. The best time to travel is during spring (May to June) and autumn (September to November) when temperatures are mild. While it can rain at any time of year, the amount varies across the country. In the desert you’ll get very little, while in the mountains it’s best not to leave home without a rain jacket.
Samarkand Tours takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
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Many nationalities, including Australia, Germany, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand do not require a visa for stays of up to 30 days. Please check with your local consulate for the most up to date requirements. For more information please click here
A service charge of 10% is usually included at most restaurants so tipping isn’t necessary.
There is internet access available in the main cities, including at many hotels and cafes.
Reception is good in the main towns but sketchy elsewhere. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Toilet facilities may be very basic. Expect drop toilets outside of hotels and bring your own toilet paper as there may not be any.
Bottle of soft drink = 120 KZT
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 400 KZT
Simple lunch = 800 KZT
Three-course meal = 3500 KZT
Short taxi ride = 500 KZT
Drinking tap water in Kazakhstan isn’t recommended. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. It’s also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
Credit cards are accepted in major shops and hotels in Almaty and Astana, but eslewhere you will need to rely on cash.
ATMs are widespread in larger towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Samarkand Tours are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For a current list of public holidays in Kazakhstan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/kazakhstan/public-holidays