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About Kazakhstan

 

The Republic of Kazakhstan - is the ninth largest country in the world situated in the heart of Eurasian continent, sharing its borders with Russia, China and a number of Central Asian countries including Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

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 a modern and prosperous state with a booming economy rich in natural resources. Kazakhstan government 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-tourism, 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

  • Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan - is a brand new tourist destination that 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 also offers amazing travel experiences for adventure travelers, sports enthusiasts, and leisure holiday seekers unparalleled to none.

    It is important to note that Kazakhstan can be seen as a family oriented destination with many tourist activities suitable for families with kids.

     

  • Astana

    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

    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 megalopolis appearence made Almaty the most popular tourist destination in Kazakhstan.  

  • Silk Road

    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.

    Explore the Ancient Silk Road with a modern twist by traveling with Aveneer DMC. Enquire with us today.

THINGS TO DO

Go on a breathtaking hike
Go on a breathtaking hike

Kazakhstan has many beautiful trails but one breathtaking trail one should embark on and conquer is the Big Almaty Peak trail. This trail is a must see for hiking enthusiasts when visiting Almaty, Kazakhstan. Tick this trail off your bucket list this summer!

Glamping on the Great Steppe of Kazakhstan
Glamping on the Great Steppe of Kazakhstan

Kick back and relax as we pamper you with a luxurious glamping experience. Soak up the essence of the valleys, mountains and deserts in the comfort of a tent we have pitched for you and enjoy a barbecued dinner by a bond fire. Be in awe by a sky full of stars when night falls, a glamping experience that you will never forget.

Go horse back riding
Go horse back riding

Kazakhstan is a unique country of unsurpassed geographical and human diversity, with forest, desert, steppe and lake lands populated by over 120 different ethnic groups. Join us on a horseback riding adventure in Kazakhstan to experience this culture first hand and from the saddle.

Stay in a yurt
Stay in a yurt

What better way to experience life like a true Kazakh Nomad than staying in a yurt? While yurts may sound too exotic or rugged for some people, the truth is they are extremely convenient to stay in. Yurts connect you with nature - although one might love sleeping under the stars, there are times when a roof over your head is needed. You get all the benefits of a solid roof above you, but the thin walls allow you to hear wildlife and feel the wind.

Play golf at one of the most scenic greens in the world
Play golf at one of the most scenic greens in the world

Situated on the foothills of the Trans Alatau Mountain range, the beautiful golf clubs in Almaty, Kazakhstan lie just above the city, being only a 15 minute drive from the city. Be stunned by the scenery as you indulge in your 18 hole course.

Visit Shymbulak Ski Resort
Visit Shymbulak Ski Resort

Although Shymbulak Ski Resort is a seasonal resort, one will be surprised with the amount of activities offered 3200 meters above sea level during the Spring and Summer months. You may take a hike up to the mountain peak, something that is not offered during the winter months. After your hike, settle down and have a cup of tea at one of the many cafes and restaurants which are open year round and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains.

Visit the farmers market for seasonal produce
Visit the farmers market for seasonal produce

Visit Almaty’s largest farmers market and taste seasonal produce. Awaken your taste buds by tasting the many variety of apples and fruits on display.

Visit Kazakhstan’s wellness retreats
Visit Kazakhstan’s wellness retreats

To the East of Kazakhstan lies Lake Alakol. It has been established that the water of Lake Alakol has high level of radon - a chemical element which has a curing effect in joint, skin and blood circulation diseases.

Quad Biking
Quad Biking

Experience the excitement of riding our powerful All-Terrain Vehicles in stunning mountains, steppes and valleys. Quad biking is available all year round. Tailor-made trips are also available.

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, Istanbul, 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 the following countries can travel to Kazakhstan visa-free:

  • Up to 14 days: Hong Kong
  • Up to 30 days: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, USA
  • Up to 90 days: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine

If your country is not stated above, you will need to obtain a visa to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Please 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 vegetarian 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 compared 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 Kazakhstan. Archeologists have found here traces of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Tengrism. 

Today, Kazakhstan is a modern, secular state promoting ethnical 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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