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Kazakhstan

As well as the Silk Road monuments in the south and vast steppe lands to the north, a real attraction of Kazakhstan is the mountains along its southern fringes, with their icy peaks, clear lakes, swift rivers, and forested valleys. This is not the country recently made famous in the West by inimitable Borat - the Kazakhstan you will visit is pure adventure.

The ninth largest country in the world - it is twice the size of other four former Soviet Central Asian republics put together - Kazakhstan lies at the heart of the Euroasian steppe and at the cross-roads of ancient civilizations.

Despite early colonisation by the tsars, the Kazaks remained largely nomadic well into the 20th century - most people being just two or three generations from nomadism as is shown by their wild horseback sports and the lingering custom of bride-stealing. The Kazakh, a Turkic people distantly related to Genghis Khan's hordes, emerged as a distinct nationality in the 15th century.

Since then, the country has been colonised by the Russians, before becoming part of the Soviet Union and finally gaining independence in 1991. Nowadays it is potentially the richest of all the Central Asian countries with huge mineral and oil reserves, and its rarely-visited landscapes provide the perfect wilderness for a true adventure.

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Kazakhstan Tour Itineraries

All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.

Multi-Country Tour Itineraries with Kazakhstan

All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.

Silk Road Explorer

16 Days, from AU $4,547

The Silk Road cities of Kashgar, Samarkand and Bukhara were famed trading centres in ancient times. Discover magnificent architecture and bustling bazaars on this spectacular journey to the heart of Central Asia.

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Central Asia - Multi-Stan Adventure

23 Days, from AU $4,099

Travel along the ancient Silk Road, bargain at Kashgar's Sunday bazaar, stay in a yurt with a Kyrgyz family, marvel at the sights in Bukhara and Samarkand.

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