Kazakhstan may be the world’s ninth-largest country, yet it is a hidden gem in Central Asia. With its vast landscapes ranging from the majestic Tien Shan Mountains to the pristine lakes and sweeping steppe, it offers a unique blend of opulence, natural beauty, and cultural richness.
Astana, which until recently was known as Nur-Sultan, is the quirky capital city that holds the Guinness World Record for the most name changes. The city, full of futuristic architecture like the iconic Bayterek Tower and Astana Opera House, seemingly rises out of nowhere; flat, empty grasslands surround it for miles, save a few sparsely populated towns.
Further south, near the border of Kyrgyzstan, you’ll find the former capital city of Almaty, the most ethnically and culturally diverse city in the country. The sophisticated city is a haven for luxury travelers, with its picturesque landscapes and exclusive retreats. Adventure sits right at the city’s doorstep as well. Enjoy heli-skiing in the Tien Shan Mountains, go horseback riding through the enchanting Charyn Canyon, or relax in the natural hot springs of Almaty. For a truly unique experience, immerse yourself in the traditional nomadic culture by staying in a luxurious yurt camp in the vast Kazakh steppe, where you can partake in horseback riding, falconry, and authentic Kazakh cuisine. Of course, there are several cultural experiences to take in as well, such as a visit to the Kazakh Eli National Cultural Center or witness a grand performance at the Astana Opera, showcasing the nation's vibrant arts scene.
Travel to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan's combination of breathtaking landscapes, modern luxury, and rich cultural experiences make it an exceptional choice for those seeking an exclusive and off-the-beaten-path destination. Contact a Ker & Downey travel expert today to begin planning your journey to Kazakhstan.