32 days in Kazakhstan, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

32 days in Kazakhstan, Mongolia & Russia Itinerary

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 6 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 4 nights
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Sochi, Russia
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill, go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, and make a trip to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Almaty road trip planning website.

Ahmedabad, India to Almaty is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ahmedabad in May; daily highs in Almaty reach 27°C and lows reach 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 6th (Sun) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, appreciate the history behind Zaisan Memorial, don't miss a visit to Genghis Khan Square, and head outdoors with Cheketours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar trip planner.

You can fly from Almaty to Ulaanbaatar in 10 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Almaty to Ulaanbaatar due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Almaty in June, expect Ulaanbaatar to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
On the 12th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Monument to Aliya Moldagulova, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, and finally appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, examine the collection at Saken Seifullin Museum, then don't miss a visit to Zashhitnikov Otechestva Square, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and finally don't miss a visit to Quay Astana.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Nur-Sultan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ulaanbaatar to Nur-Sultan. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ulaanbaatar in June, with highs in Nur-Sultan at 30°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
On the 14th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, examine the collection at Ecomuseum, then appreciate the history behind A.S. Pushkin Monument, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Karaganda day trip website.

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Nur-Sultan in June since evenings lows in Karaganda dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, head off the coast to Yelagin Island, and take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Karaganda to St. Petersburg with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Karaganda to St. Petersburg. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Karaganda in June: highs in St. Petersburg hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Red Square, walk around Patriarch's Pond, contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, and take in nature's colorful creations at Lilac Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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Kazan, Russia

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: Raifa (Trinity Cathedral, Raifa Monastery, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Apanayevskaya Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kazan trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Moscow to Kazan by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Sochi, Russia

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
On the 30th (Wed), get outside with Rosa Khutor Ski Resort.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sochi trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Kazan to Sochi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in June, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sochi, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Highlights from your trip

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Parks · Lookouts · Churches
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.

Mongolia travel guide

4.2
Monuments · National Parks · History Museums
Land of the Blue Sky
An active outdoor vacation in Mongolia lets you get away from the modern world and explore a lifestyle long forgotten almost everywhere else on the planet. This sprawling "Land of the Blue Sky" extends between Russia and China, with a vast steppe populated by a just few hardy nomadic tribes. Remote and isolated for most of the 20th century, Mongolia now represents one of the world's burgeoning travel destinations, appealing to hikers, campers, and nature lovers of all ages. Used to the nomadic life, locals easily bond with foreign visitors and proudly gush about their country's awe-inspiring landscapes of steppes, mountains, and lakes, all with a wealth of wildlife and exotic plants.

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.