One Week Explore Almaty and take four or five days to explore Kolsai Lakes, the Charyn Canyon and the Altyn-Emel National Park.

Two Weeks Extend the week-long itinerary with time in southern Kazakhstan – Shymkent, lovely Aksu-Zhabagyly Nature Reserve, the splendour of Turkestan and the spectacular arid scenery and eerie Soviet boat wrecks on the bank of the Aral Sea.

One Month You can get round the whole country, taking in more adventurous and remote destinations such as the ancient underground mosques of Mangistau in the dramatic deserts outside Aktau, the pristine, beautiful Altay Mountains in the northeast and the glitz of 21st-century architecture in Nur-Sultan, the capital.