Astana

Astana Extension Trip Notes

Destinations:
Kazakhstan
Programmes:
Trip Extensions
Trip Code:
XXK
Days Flight Inclusive
Days Land only
Min age:

Trip Overview

Rising out of the Central Asian steppe, Kazakhstan’s glitzy capital city is unlike any other. Built from scratch by President Nazarbayev, and paid for by gas and oil money, the city is a surreal modernist dream. Skyscrapers vie for your attention and the bright coloured lights are reminiscent of a futuristic sci-fi movie. 

At a Glance

  • 2  / 3 days land only, depending when your flights are
  • 2 nights hotel
  • Price - from GBP439
  • Single supplement GBP42
  • Sole traveller supplement £150
  • Countries visited: Kazakhstan

Trip Highlights

  • Magnificent panoramic views from the top of the “Astana-Baiterek” monument.
  • Presidential Centre of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Kazakh Eli Square.
  • The Palace of Peace and Accord.

Is This Trip for You?

This is a great way to finish off your trip after exploring the stans. Finishing in Kazahkstan this extension provides you with the opportunity to explore it's new capital city Astana (now officially renamed Nur-Sultan). 

The extension operators without a leader.  However, you do have a guide for the city tour on day 1. He or she will also be contactable by phone if a problem were to arise. On arrival and departure, you will be met by a local driver. 

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Day 1 (day 23 of AXK)

    Fly from Almaty, Kazakhstan's former capital, to Astana, its new capital. Upon arrival, we transfer to the hotel and check-in. This afternoon we head out on a guided city tour (the tour lasts approx. 3 hours) taking in some of the most interesting and fascinating buildings.

    Our city tour starts with a visit to Constitution Square where President N.A.Nazarbayev announced the transferring of the capital of Kazakhstan from Almaty to Astana. From here visit the Presidential Centre of Culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a museum which features various works including a large collection of artefacts including the 4th century ‘Golden Man’ reputed throughout Central Asia.

    Following the exploration of Kazakh history, we delve into modern Kazakh culture. We visit one of its many impressive buildings, the Khan Shatyr shopping centre. We continue to the Astana Baiterek and take the lift up to the top. From here we get panoramic views of the city.

    Later, we cross the Ishym River to Kazakh Eli Square. Here we can admire the pyramidal Palace of Peace and Accord and the beautiful Khazret Sultan Mosque. Our last stop is the Palace of Independence where you can get a glimpse of what the future holds for the city with the far reaching plans for the development of Astana. In the hall, we find the “Layout of Astana Until 2030” completing our journey from the creation of the city to its future. 

  • Day 2

    Day 2 (day 24 of AXK)

    Today is a free day to explore the city further at your own pace until it’s time to head to the airport for the flight home. Depending on your flights these are likely to depart late tonight. The hotel room is included for tonight as well. 

    Please note that this free day usually falls on a Monday, when many sights and museums are closed. There is howveer, still plenty to see and do. It is possible to visit the Bayterek Monument and Observation Tower, which stands 97m tall and is immediately recognisable by the large glass ball at its top - the observation deck offers fine views across Astana. The Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex is also open on Mondays, and displays minatures depicting Kazakhstan. You may wish to visit the Hazret Sultan Mosque - the largest in Central Asia. The mosque dome is 51 meters in height and 28 meters in diameter. The main dome is surrounded by eight small ones, at the mosque corners there are four 77 meter-high minarets. Another bright attraction is the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, a transparent elliptical tent covering an area larger than ten football stadiums. Inside there are shops, entertainment venues, a boating river, minigolf and even an indoor beach resort!

  • Day 3

    Day 3 (day 25 of AXK)

    Most flights leave in the very early hours of the morning. Otherwise you can store bags at the hotel until it’s time to be taken to the airport

Extend Your Trip

Astana Extension

Extend your adventure in Kazakhstan and explore it's relatively new capital city. 

Rising out of the Central Asian steppe, Kazakhstan’s glitzy capital city is unlike any other. Built from scratch by President Nazarbayev, and paid for by gas and oil money, the city is a surreal modernist dream. Skyscrapers vie for your attention and the bright coloured lights are reminiscent of a futuristic sci-fi movie. 

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Accommodation

Kazzhol Astana Hotel

You will spend 2 nights in the comfortable 4-star Kazzhol Astana Hotel, located not far from the business centre of the city. All rooms are en-suite and breakfast is included for the duration of your stay. 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Accommodation - Pre trip

It is possible to add extra days to explore Astana further. 

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included however lunch and dinner are not included leaving you to explore the eateries which Astana has to offer. The cuisine here is very varied, being a new city which has grown rapidly there are restaurants with traditional, European or Asian influence for you to discover. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Astana has a cold and temperate climate. The average annual temperature is 2.2oC. January tends to be the coldest month with temperatures dropping as low as -21oC (average -14oC) and July is the warmest month with an average temperature of 20oC. Rain can be expected any time of year, July is also the wettest month. 

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

All transfers are included in the extension.

Location start:
Astana
Location end:
Astana

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Comfortable shoes for exploring the city

Waterproof Jacket

 Suncream

Practical Information

Visa

Kazakhstan

A number of countries including the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand Germany, Belgium and France can enter Kazakhstan for up to 30 days without a visa.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Kazakhstan

No vaccinations are compulsory, but vaccination against typhoid, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A and Diptheria are recommended.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Kazakhstan's Timezone:
Asia/Almaty +06 (GMT +06:00)

Electricity

Kazakhstan's Electricity:

Kazakstan uses Continental European style 2-prong plugs type C/F.

Money

Kazakhstan's Currency

The national currency of Kazakhstan is the Kazak Tenge (KZT), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 450 to the UK£ and 338 to the US$.

ATM Availability

It is possible to withdraw money from ATMs in Astana on most major streets in the city. Most cards are widely accepted but the occasional refusal of your card is to be expected. Most cash machines will provide Tenge, however, at a select few you might be able to withdraw US$. 

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Important Information

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

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TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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How to Book

1. Check availability

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.