Welcome to Western Kazakhstan


Kazakhstan’s biggest oil and gas fields – Tengiz (oil), Karachaganak (gas) and the offshore oil of Kashagan beneath the Caspian Sea – and a glut of other mineral resources have brought boom times to the west’s main cities, but elsewhere the human population is sparse and the landscape is chiefly desert and steppe. The region is one hour behind Astana time.


Top experiences in Western Kazakhstan

Western Kazakhstan activities

$7.41 Transfers & Ground Transport

TSE Astana Airport to Hotel Arrival Transfer by Private Car

When booking this private arrival transfer from your hotel to Astana International Airport, you will need to advise your flight details and your hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Transfer services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Choose from a luxury sedan transfer for three people, or a sport utility vehicle transfer that carries up to five passengers. All vehicles feature stylish and spacious interiors and you will be met and escorted by a professional chauffeur.Price is per person, based on three passengers per sedan or five per minivan.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

City tour in Astana

I am going to make Old-To-New conceptual tour.We will start at 9AM at Duman aquarium parking and go to old part of city. Depending on number of people we go either by car (up to 3 persons) or by minibus (up to 10).There we learn about medieval, Soviet and post-Soviet developments of Kazakhstan in general and Astana in particular. In old part we can see former Delegatskaya street, monument to Kerei and Zhanibek khans, first office of President, former office of KGB, Ishim river, monument to Tomiris queen, catholic church, sinagogue. Lunch is not included, so we are free to choose, where to have it. Up to your taste, kazakh, russian, ukrainian, korean, georgian, uzbek cookery are available with cost/person $6-35.Following ahead, we will see russian orthodox church, palace for schoolchildren, new mosque, Pyramid by Norman Foster and National museum. Depending on weekday, we may visit Presidential square. Of course, it is absolutely new part of the city that never existed before relocation of capital to Astana. Whatever you'll see in the new part of city, didn't exist 14 years ago, all of it was literally empthy space, flat ground. Here we will see Baiterek tower, World EXPO 2017 site, Asiada 2011 site, new opera hall and another creature of Norman Foster, Khan Shatyr. This will be our last point.Please, prepare good questions. Being journalist I used to write about finance, economy, international politics, history, I love history of Soviet period.See you in Astana!Yerlan.

$48 Cultural & Theme Tours

A meal with local family, Kazakh food, direct talk to locals in their house

Timing is flexible and adjusted up to convenience of visitors. Most typically lunch starts at 1PM, dinner starts about 7PM.Because of being nomads for many centuries, kazakh cookery is mostly about meat. Usually, we have a cup of kymyz before it. Kymyz  is fermented horse milk. Don't be afraid of trying it :-)Vegetables and salades are mostly a tribute to european taste. Usually, 1 or 2 salads are offered before main dish.Another staple of kazakh meal is strong black tea with milk with nomadic sweets. Again, according to nomadic lifestyle all "candies" are very simple but very.... original. Up to guests' taste green team may be served.A meal may be held in three different settings:1. Young local family. They married recently, both are newcomers to Astana. Both are young and active, and managed to buy new flat for themselves - success for such a young people. They have 2 years daughter. This is regular option.2. Rural family that recently migrated to Astana. They bought small house in a village near the city and after moving capital to Astana this place is almost in the center of the capital. Four sons, who repair cars and run retail outlets, built new house for their parents and now whole family of three generations lives in new big house. Old one is given for rent. The family is very talented, there are singers, dancers, grandfather is writer, grandmother was journalist. This family needs longer time ahead for booking, at least a week.3. Family of local jeweller. This meal is extended with visiting his private museum of nomadic arts - jewelry, souvenirs made out of wood, leather, felt, national costumes, shoes, painting, antiquities. This meal also requires early booking.All families live within the city and do not nee special transport cost. A bus comes near, taxi is also very cheap ($3-5 per a ride).The price includes meal itself and a guide/translator. No tickets are required.Depending on a person of a guide, different stories may be told - history, culture, architecture, economy, finance, global politics, healthcare, education, science, housekeeping etc.

$1270 Cultural & Theme Tours

Visiting Baikonur Cosmodrome

Day 1 On arrival to Baikonur – accommodation in hotelOvernight in hotelDay 2 Breakfast in hotelToday you will explore the city of Baikonur. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby to start touring around the area full of living history. Visit the Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History, memorial to rocketeers, Yuri Gagarin monument and local squares. Stop at Soyuz rocket model.Overnight in hotelDay 3 Breakfast in hotel.Today you will see off spacemen coming out of the Cosmos Hotel and follow the crew to Baikonur Cosmodrome (40 min, 30 km). Visit memorial houses of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, and Sergei Korolev, pillar of practical astronautics and lead Soviet rocket engineer during 1950-1966.Visit Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum and Buran spacecraft where you can try the cosmonaut’s seat. We will then move to assembly complex to watch the space crew reporting to the State Commission. The highlight of this day will be watching the launch of space craft Soyuz from legendary “Gagarin Start” also known as Site №1 (observation deck is located 1 km from the launch site).Overnight in hotel  Baikonur Spaceport Museum with more than 13,000 various displays space shuttles (from the oldest ones to the most recent ones)Buran spaceship: tourists will have a guided tour inside the Buran spaceship rocket and see all the equipment inside the spaceship. While listening to the enthusiastic narrative from one of the Buran guides, tourists feel themselves like real cosmonauts;Day 4Breakfast in hotel. Check-out from the hotel.

$150 Kid Friendly

Private Tour to Kolsay, Kaindy lakes and Charyn Canyon, 2 days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Charyn Canyon, Almaty RegionDay 1: Almaty-Charyn Canyon-Kaindy Lake-Saty villageYour adventure will start in Almaty in your hotel. After meeting with your guide you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 3 hours. On the way, you will stop at the road market in the Baiseit village and see locals live in the roadside villages. You can also walk through the market and taste fruits and bread. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes. In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch. Returning back to parking you will go to the Kaindy Lake.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Lake Kaindy, South Kazakhstan ProvinceNext you visit the youngest and mysterious lake in Kazakhstan. Road from Charyn Canyon will take approximately 3 hours. Kaindy Lake enchants with its appearance and color of the water, the flooded forest looks impressive from a panorama. To reach the lake, you will need to walk through the Tien Shan coniferous forest about 30 minutes, where you will be filled with fresh air and will be able to pick berries. Your guide will take you to the lake and tell the story of the origin of this natural wonder of nature.After Kaindy Lake, you will take about 40 minutes along the mountain road to the Saty village, where you will check in to the guest house and can enjoy a traditional homemade dinner at the house of local residents. Also you can see the life of local residents.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kolsai Lakes, AlmatyDay 2-Saty village-Kolsay 1-Kolsay 2-Saty village-AlmatyYour second day starts with a breakfast in the guest house. After eating breakfast, you will go to Lake Kolsai 1, where you will start the walk to Lake Kolsay 2. The length of the road is 7 kilometers in one direction (you can also take a horse ride to Lake Kolsay 2, paid additionally) You will have about 3 hours walk among coniferous forest trees, Alpine meadows, along a mountain river and wildlife. At Lake Kolsay 2, you can take a lunch with an unforgettable view of the mountain lake and spend your free time. You will be given lunch boxes, please prepare backpacks to carry them with you. After enjoying the lake you will return to the parking and go to Almaty, approximately 5 hours. Route: Almaty, Baiseit village, Charyn Canyon, Saty village, Kaindy Lake, Saty village, Kolsay Lake, second Kolsay lake, Saty village, Almaty.Road length: 600 km Program, approximate schedule:Day one:07-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty09-00 stop in a road market in Baiseit village11-00 arrival to Charyn canyon (walking inside canyon, lunch)14-30 departure Charyn canyon16-30 arrival to Kaindy lake (walking near the lake)18-00 departure from Kaindy lake19-00 arrival to local home residence in Saty village 12 km from Kolsay lake (traditional homemade dinner), Night in guest houseDay two:07-00 breakfast08-00 departure from Saty village09-00 arrival to Kolsay Lake (walking/horse riding to Lake Kolsay 2, lunch boxes)18-00 departure from Kolsay Lake22-00 arrival to AlmatyDuration: 8 hours

$190 Kid Friendly

Private tour to Charyn Canyon and Hot Springs via Moon Canyon, 2 days

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Charyn National Park, Almaty RegionYour adventure will start in Almaty in your hotel. After meeting with your guide you will go to the Charyn canyon, road will take approximately 3 hours. On the way, you will stop at the road market in the Baiseit village and see locals live in the roadside villages. You can also walk through the market and taste fruits and bread. Throughout the road you will see picturesque landscapes. In the Canyon, your guide will show you the best view points and take you deep into the Charyn Canyon. After 3 km walk you can relax near the Charyn River and have lunch. Returning back to parking you will go to the Hot Springs. In the second part of adventure you visit the Hot Springs in Chundja region, a great place to relax and pleasures. There you will stay overnight in a hotel with open area swimming pools. This is really a mini oasis in the middle of the steppe!It's nice to sit in a warm outdoor jacuzzi in the open air after a hike in the Charyn Canyon! This area you will spend a rest of your time. You will have a dinner, breakfast and lunch there. After lunch you will visit the Moon Canyon and start your come back road to Almaty (approximate 4 hours) Highlights of the tour: Barbecue in open air, relaxation after off-road near Charyn river, Eco Park visiting, walk inside the Charyn canyon, hiking in Charyn canyon, visit a road market in Baiseit village, relax in Hot Springs open area swimming pools, walking inside Moon Canyon.Route: Almaty, Baiseit village, Charyn canyon, Hot Springs Chundja, Moon Canyon, Almaty.Road length: 510 km Approximate schedule:Day 1:08-00 departure from your hotel in Almaty09-30 stop at the road market in Baiseit village11-30 arrival to Charyn canyon (hiking and barbecue inside canyon)15-00 departure from Charyn canyon16-00 arrival to Hot Springs (check in to hotel, lunch)16-30 Swimming and free timeDay 2:09-00 breakfast 10-00 Swimming and free time13-00 Lunch14-00 Departure from Hot Springs16-00 arrivel to the Moon Canyon (wallking)17-00 departure from Moon Canyon21-00 arrival to AlmatyDuration: 2 days

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