Across the Kazakh Steppe

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  • City sightseeing
  • National parks
  • Train tour
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Ends Astana, Kazakhstan
  • +4
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Almaty Discover this leafy city nestled in the foothills of the Alatau Mountain range
  • Altyn Emel National Park Explore wide open landscapes and colourful mountains
  • Turkestan Uncover UNESCO World Heritage monuments in this ancient Silk Road city
  • Baikonur Visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome, explore a decommissioned spacecraft and sit in a cosmonaut's seat.
The "Across The Kazakh Steppe" trip starts from Almaty and ends in Astana. It is a train trip that takes 14 days taking you through Aralsk, Astana, Baikonur and 3 other destinations in Kazakhstan. "Across The Kazakh Steppe" is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

On this adventure through the wealthiest of the 'Stans, we travel vast swathes of the Kazak steppe, from the foothills of the Tien Shen Mountains in the south, through Silk Road cities and past Russian cosmodromes to Astana in the dusty north. Aralsk- Uncover eerie ships rusting in the desert where the Aral Sea once was. Baikonur - Visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome, explore a decommissioned spacecraft and sit in a cosmonaut's seat. Nur-Sultan - Explore Kazakhstan's uber-modern capital with its glittering skyscrapers and bizarre architecture.
5 - Excellent
Based on 295 reviews
  • Charles
  • On Oct 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Charles' review for another Explore tour
“This is a wonderful trip with an inspired itinerary, something I would like to shout from the rafters. I had been to Myanmar before in 2002, but I gained so much more from this second visit and the chance to see parts of Myanmar that were off limits in 2002. My only regret is that there were only four of us on this remarkable trip. ”
  • Geoff
  • On Nov 01 2020
4 - Very Good
Geoff's review for another Explore tour
“Over all enjoyable trip, just hope we are compensated for our taxi fare”
  • Sheila
  • On Feb 25 2020
5 - Excellent
Sheila's review for another Explore tour
“Thanks for a great trip!!! ”
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Almaty
  • Day 2 : Full day exploring the old capital of Almaty
  • Day 3 : Morning drive to Altyn Emel National Park, afternoon visit to 'Singing Dune'
  • Day 4 : Full day exploring the hills and gorges of Altyn Emel National Park
  • Day 5 : Morning visit to Charyn Canyon, walk along the rim before returning to Almaty and overnight train to Turkestan
  • Day 6 : Explore the old Silk Road trading post of Turkestan
  • Day 7 : Catch the day train to Aral Sea, travelling across the vast Kazakh Steppe
  • Day 8 : Explore the stricken village of Aralsk, a once-busy trading port on the Aral Sea
  • Day 9 : Travel by train to Baikonur, afternoon exploring Baikonur museum and International Space School
  • Day 10 : Explore Baikonur Cosmodrome, and sit in a cosmonaut's seat
  • Day 11 : Drive to Kyzlorda and fly to Kazakhstan's gleaming capital
  • Day 12 : Full day to explore the modern city of Nur-Sultan (Astana)
  • Day 13 : Morning visit to Alzhir gulag. Free afternoon in Nur-Sultan
  • Day 14 : Trip ends in Nur-Sultan
  • 13 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Kazzhol Hotel (2 nights)
  • Altyn Emel Guest House (2 nights)
  • Overnight Train from Almaty to Turkestan (1 night)
  • Khanaka Hotel (1 night)
  • Nur Guest House (2 nights)
  • Central hotel (2 nights)
  • Best Western Plus Astana (3 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Flight
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Almaty and from Astana are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Across the Kazakh Steppe tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Across the Kazakh Steppe tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 18 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 18 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Across the Kazakh Steppe tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Across the Kazakh Steppe tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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