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The Kazakhstan Adventure, Day Four: How to Miss a 15km Long Canyon

My fourth day in Kazakhstan took in the area surrounding Shymkent, and a delightful dinner provided at the home of a welcoming local family.


Hop aboard the Talgo trains, better known for operating in countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. Talgo have made their first step in to Russia by providing the trains for the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod route.

Day three continues, with the journey taking me from Turkestan to Shymkent via a ruin, a mausoleum and an eerie cave!

One of our longest days on the tour, taking in stunning location after stunning location, and two blog posts!

The day I ticked ‘witness a rocket launch’ from my bucket list at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The slightly delayed first day of my Kazakh adventure, and what I could have done if that delay had never happened!