Sat at the meeting point of modern space exploration technology, ancient Silk Road history and former U.S.S.R roots, Kazakhstan’s culture is as varied as its landscapes. For the most part, Central Asia’s vast Republic of Kazakhstan is shrouded in mystery, known mostly for its association with the former USSR, for its endless landscapes of desert steppe, and sometimes for Borat. But this country also provides a dramatic backdrop for many pioneering and modern space exploration missions.
In June 2016 Kazakhstan made the world news, warding off its fictional character-led reputation by welcoming an inter-planetary visitor back to earth. After launching from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome – the world’s first and largest space launch facility – British Astronaut, Tim Peake, returned to terra firma safely having spent six months on the International Space Station. Indulge the curiosity of your inner cosmonaut and visit Baikonur with us. Here you’ll have the opportunity to tour the Integration and Test Facility complex, visit the Space and Spaceport History Museums and see cottages inhabited by astronauts Gagarin and Korolev.
But when Kazakhstan is dotted with Silk Road trading towns and intriguing remnants of its place in Soviet-era history, there are so much more to explore. We’ll also take you deeper into the country on a journey almost through time; spend a few days in bustling Almaty, admire the huge lakes that sit cradled by snow-capped mountains and visit the archaeological sites at 12th-century Aisha-Bibi and Karakhan Mausoleum. Head on to Turkestan, where you’ll tour the impressive medieval fortress at Sauran – once the largest civilisation in the country.
Bringing you back to the modern day, this tour ends in Astana. Kazakhstan’s futuristic capital city boasts an eclectic skyline dominated by the domed Bayterek Tower and flashy glass buildings.
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