Kazakhstan sits atop a unique intersection: modern space exploration technology, ancient Silk Road history and former U.S.S.R influence all meet and meld, and the result is a country packed full of wonders.
Perhaps not the first country you would think of when you ponder modern space exploration, Kazakhstan is the site of a thriving space programme and should be high on bucket lists for those interested in the cosmos. In southern Kazakhstan, Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest space launch facility. 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.
It's not all about what's over our heads, though. We’ll take you deeper into Kazakhstan on a 'journey through time', delving into the country's ancient past. 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 mediaeval fortress at Sauran, once a massive walled city that was a major trade and cultural hub along the Silk Road.
Bringing you back to more modern times, we will end this tour in Almaty. Kazakhstan's former capital boasts a wealth of Soviet Era architecture and beautiful buildings. Take a day trip to the countryside around the city and witness the stunning beauty of the mountains and lakes, and learn about traditional Kazakh hunting at a falcon farm.
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