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About Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan - is a 9th largest country in the World sutuated in the heart of Eurasian continent. Kazakhstan's geographical and geopolitical position played a vital role in the development of the country; being located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Kazakhstan has always been a melting pot of various cultures, religions and ancient civilizations since the sixth and seventh centuries A.D. The overland corridors of the Silk Road that were passing through the territory of Kazakhstan stimulated the development of trade and helped to facilitate social, economic and cultural exchange between East and West, North and South.

Today, Kazakhstan is modern, prosperous state with a booming economy rich in natural resources and exhibits great ambitions to be part of top 30 most developed nations in the World by 2030. 

Kazakhstan is well known for its array of landscapes, from magnificent mountains to green pastures, dry desserts and turquoise lakes. It's unspoiled nature, great seasonal activities and truly unique sights offer a diverse travel experience that involve eco-tourim, leisure and recreational holidays, sports and adventure tourism. An exotic destination for many, Kazakhstan attracts tourists from all over the world.

Enjoy your unforgettable trip to Kazakhstan with AVENEER DMC.

 

Overview

  • The Republic of Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country on the planet situated in the center of Eurasian continent. Being located at the cross roads of the the ancient civilizations Kazakhstan played a significant role in trade-related cross-cultural exchange between East and West due to major caravan routes of the Great Silk Road going through the region.

    Kazakhstan features beautiful, pristine nature, breathtaking sights, rich culture and traditions that attract tourist from all over the world. Kazakhstan boasts a diverse set of landscapes from plain lands, parched deserts and vast highlands to high peak mountains covered with snow, majestic forests, rivers and lakes. 

    While eco-tourism is becoming very popular, the country can also offer travel experiences for adventure travelers, sports enthusiasts, and leisure holiday seekers unparalleled to none.

  • Astana - which literally means “the capital” in the Kazakh language, became the new capital of Kazakhstan in 1998. It is a modern city located in the North of Kazakhstan, right in the center of the Eurasian continent. Moving the capital from Almaty to Astana was a strategic decision as the government aimed to develop the vast lands of Kazakhstan and to provide job opportunities for the locals. Since then, the city has grown exponentially with billions of dollars invested in the city, Astana became the second major city in Kazakhstan. 

    Astana features a grandiose architecture with many "one of a kind" buildings such as the biggest tent in the world, or the largest sphere. Some of the greatest architects participated in the development of the city to make Astana what it is today, including the world-renowned Norman Foster and Kisho Kurokawa. Recent major international events such as the World Expo 2017 and the Syrian Peace Talks that were held in Astana made this city recognised in the world arena. Astana was even listed by the New York Times in its "52 Places to Visit in 2017".

  • Almaty - the largest metropolis is the former capital of Kazakhstan with an estimated population of two million people. Almaty is the cultural, historic and economic centre of Kazakhstan located at the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. A scenic backdrop of the mountains against the taller buildings makes a dramatic and unique sight. It's convenient location, developed infrastructure with world-class facilities and favorable climate for winter sports allowed Almaty to host the 7th Asian Winter Games in 2011 and the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017. 

    The impressive history of Almaty city dates back thousands of years since the first trade routes of the Great Silk Road. The name Almaty that literally means 'The Grandfather of Apples' in Kazakh, and rightfully belongs to the place where scientists have traced the origin of apples and wild tulips. 

    The city's spectacular beauty, rich historical and cultural background coupled with a modern megapolis apearence made Almaty the most popular tourist destination in Kazakhstan.  

  • The Silk Road is an ancient network of trade routes connecting East and West, which for centuries has been the center of cultural interaction, where the exchange of goods, ideas and religion took place. Trade which took place along the Silk Road was vital to the development of the civilizations of China, India, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia fueling the growth of political and economic relations between them.

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10THINGSTODO

Winter is here and with it comes an abundance of activities for everyone at any age. Here are the top 10 winter activities for an all new, all exotic experience in Kazakhstan.

 

Go skiing at Shymbulak

Shymbulak is the most prominent ski resort in Kazakhstan and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region. It is famous for its beautiful slopes, modern facilities and convenient location near Almaty, favored by both locals as well as tourists.

Ice Skating

The largest ice rink in Central Asia “Medeu” is also the highest skating rink in the world. Medeu rink is open for ice skating from November to April. People of all ages congregate to have a joyous time on the ice.

Husky Sledding

Doesn’t it sound magical? Being pulled through a winter wonderland by the most magnificent dogs of the North. Huskys love interacting with people thrilled by this unique winter entertainment.

Snowshoe tours

Snowshoeing tours or snow stepping can help diversify and experience new sensations of the mountainous terrain. Go on uncharted trails and significantly expand the geography of ascents. Tours are carried out by experienced guides and all routes are unequivocally safe in terms of avalanches and other hazards.

Enjoy Spa Centre in the mountains

Visit a unique place for a relaxation, where you can indulge yourself with Spa treatment, stroll around the park, admire the views of the mountains and just enjoy the frosty mountain air. There are also indoor pools with warm waters of the Dead and Mediterranean seas.

Stay among the breathtaking nature

Enjoy the stunning view of the mountains, beautiful skies and clean air while feeling on top of the Wolrd soaking in nature.

8-Lakes Resort

8 Lakes Resort is located in a beautiful and tranquil country club near Almaty surrounded by lakes. Here one can go snowmobiling and enjoy the winter scenery. For those who seek interesting winter activities the resort can offer ski jogging, snowtubing or horse riding.

Ski Resort Ak-Bulak

Ak Bulak Ski Resort has a lot to offer; from sledding and horse back riding to ice skating and of course skiing. Ak Bulak is known for its "black tracks” - the most advanced slopes for those willing to take a risk and feel the adrenaline rush. If it is your first time trying skiing or snowboarding, instructors are on call and ready to take you on your first slope adventure!

Ride a snowmobile

Snowmobiling has recently become a popular recreational winter activity in Kazakhstan.
Experience the thrill of coming down a hill with the excitement and adrenaline rush. Snowmobiling does not require prior experience and with a professional instructor, anyone can enjoy this winter activity.

Ice fishing

You can do fishing year round; most people prefer traditional fishing, but there are some, who patiently wait till lakes or rivers freeze so they can go fishing. You will never know unless you try and believe us your preferences may not be the same after you ice fish in Kazakhstan.

Travel tips

Getting in

The most convenient way to get to Kazakhstan is to take a flight to one of the two largest cities, Almaty or Astana.  Kazakhstan's national airline "AirAstana" offers direct flights from the follwoing cities: Urumqi, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Dubai, Tehran, Baku, Tbilisi, Antalya, Istambul, Kiev and Moscow.

For guests traveling form South East Asia we suggest the quickest route via Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. 

Please contact us and one of our travel consultants will be glad to assist you with planning your journey.

Visa to Kazakhstan

Citizens of 45 countries may travel visa-free for 30 days.

Passport holders of the EU states, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, South Korea, Turkey, the UAE and the United States of America can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days. Likewise, no visa is needed for visits up to 14 days for Hong Kong citizens and 90 days for CIS or Georgian citizens.

If your country was not listed above, please do contact us for visa support and assistance with your visa application.

Currency and Credit Cards

The local currency is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT). Currency exchange in Kazakhstan is very well developed - it is easy to exchange most popular currencies like USD, EUR, GBP in bank branches, airports and exchange points as the latter is opened 7 days a week.

VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country in most shopping malls and restaurants. For withdrawing cash, one can turn to nearest ATMs located all around the city.

Weather

Climate in Kazakhstan is continental. You will experience a vast difference in temperatures and climate while traveling through the country.

Summers in Kazakhstan are warm with average temperature at around 30 *C (86 *F). During winters the average temperature drops down to -20 *C (-4.0 *F).

The best time to travel is from April to October when temperatures are moderately warm, as well as the period from December to March for winter enthusiasts.

Kazakhstan is a sunny country, some regions enjoy the sun up to 330 days a year.

Local Cuisine

Kazakh traditional cuisine is based on a few main ingredients such as meat, bread/dough and some dairy products.  Due to the challenging weather conditions and nomadic lifestyle food had to be easy to prepare, very nutritious and contain a lot of fat to provide energy.

Kazakhstan boasts its organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally, delicious natural honey with numerous health benefits, finest caviar as well as the signature chocolate products. 

The tea culture is very prominent, Kazakhstan is believed to be among the top countries in the world for tea consumption; almost every meal is followed by tea in Kazakh families.

Apart from a regional cuisine a wide range of restaurants is also available for tourists with cosmopolitan appetite for Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, French, Korean, South East Asian and Indian cuisine with some vegeterian options.

 

Language

The national language is Kazakh as well as Russian language as both of them have the same status. More than 70% of Kazakh citizens speak Russian fluently thanks to the Soviet Union times. 

Kazakh language however is very different from Russian in its nature, and is not as widely practiced by the city dwellers as comparet to the rural and country dwellers. Although the Russian language is more common, local people will react extremely well if you speak even a little Kazakh.

Religion in Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is often called the crossroads of civilizations. Since ancient times various religions were formed and developed on the territory of modern Kazakhstean. Archeologists have found here traces of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Tengrism. 

Today, Kazakhstan is a modern, secular state promoting ethnica and religious diversity and tolerance. A multinational country with a long history of ethnic groups living together, Kazakhstan is peaceful country where Kazakhstani citizens of different religious backgrounds live in harmony.

The majority of population in Kazakhstan practices Islam. Muslim population is largely made up of the ethnic Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Tatars. The second most practiced religion is Russian Orthodox Christianity, with the majority of adherents being ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians.

Stay

Aveneer has carefully selected accommodation options to provide our guests with the greatest level of comfort, facilities and service, allowing you to fully enjoy your stay. You may choose from the list below, or contact us so we can help you pick accommodation that suits you best.

 

  • Luxury Hotels
    Indulge yourself with the highest level of comfort and superb services offered by the high-end hotels in Kazakhstan.
  • Premium & Boutique Hotels
    Our premium hotels selection include boutique hotels offering a cozy and comfortable stay with necessary amenities available to all guests.
  • Service Apartments
    Stay in a fully-furnished serviced apartment - a great alternative to hotels which provides you with more space, comfort and flexibility.
  • Chalets & Villas
    Traveling with a group of friends or family? Try staying in our Luxury Villas and VIP Chalets that are ready to accommodate all our guests.
  • Traditional Yurts
    Experience nomadic culture by staying in the traditional Yurt house executed in a luxury style.

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