Beginning in the futuristic cityscapes of Nur-Sultan (until recently, Astana), join us on this exploration from mighty Kazakhstan to mountainous Kyrgyzstan. From the space port of Baikonur to the ancient city of Turkistan, the Silk Road ruins of Sayram and Otrar, and the majestic, surreal landscapes of Altyn-Emel National Park and Charyon Canyon, the sights along the way are unlike anywhere else on earth. Continue your journey to the seldom visited Kyrgyzstan, skirt the vast waters of Issyk-Kul and end in the relaxed capital of Bishkek.
- Nur-Sultan – City tour
- Baikonur – Yuri Gagarin Museum & House
- Baikonur – Cosmodrome
- Baikonur – Space Museum
- Otrar – Ancient settlement
- Turkistan – Yasui Mausoleum
- Almaty – Central State Museum
- Almaty – Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments
- Almaty – Kok Tobe Hill
- Almaty – Panfilov Park
- Almaty – Medeu
- Almaty – Zenkov Cathedral
- Charyn Canyon – National Park
- Karakol – Dungan Mosque
- Karakol – Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral
- Karakol – Przhevalskiy Museum
- Karakol – Jeti Orghuz Canyon Hike
- Cholpan Ata – Petroglyphs
- Bishkek – City Tour
- Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan are truly off the beaten track and sees few foreign travellers, especially outside Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Bishkek, and for much of this trip you will truly feel the remoteness of Central Asia.
- Unveil the mysteries of space explorations in Baikonur, where the Russian Cosmodrome is located and launches to the International Space Station take off.
- Discover the history and architecture of the Silk Road, visiting ancient mausoleums and mosques on guided tours in the cities of Turkistan, Sayram and Otrar.
- Travel alongside locals and admire wild, sweeping vistas on epic train rides across the Kazakh steppe.
- Surround yourself with the surreal landscapes of the Altyn-Emel National Park, including the mysterious singing sand dunes, then visit Grand Canyon’s ‘little brother’, Charyn Canyon.
- Stroll through the peaceful Russian town of Karakol and hike in the picturesque Jety Oguz Valley.
Turkistan – Shymkent/Overnight train
Altyn-Emel National Park
Altyn-Emel National Park – Almaty
Almaty – KAZ/KGZ Border Crossing – Karakol