The ninth-largest country in the world, Kazakhstan, has truly diverse landscapes, a gripping history and a culture rich enough to rival any destination worldwide. Its largest city, Almaty, is the cultural heartbeat of the country. Zenkov Cathedral is well worth a visit – completed in 1907 and constructed entirely from wood and without using a single nail! Meanwhile, Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan is full of futuristic architecture in a variety of styles.
Kazakhstan’s diverse landscapes are simply beautiful with an abundance of beautiful lakes such as the brilliantly turquoise Big Almaty Lake and Kaindy Lake which remarkably has submerged trees that jut out ghost-like from its waters. There are also mountains, canyons and even Mangistau Desert which hides an underground Sufi mosque – Beket-Ata.
Apples are believed to originate from Kazakhstan, the last remaining wild apple forests of the country can be found in the slopes of the Tian Shan mountains. Sadly, these wild apple forests are under threat, disappearing due to agricultural expansion and development. Much like the Aral Sea which was used to irrigate cotton fields during the Soviet era and is now almost dry, rusting fishing boats lay waste in the desert, miles from where the shore has retreated to.
I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!
Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!
Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.