Most tourists on the Trans-Siberian Railway travel across Russia before continuing to Mongolia and further into China. However, the possibility to take a detour to Kazakhstan is often overlooked.
The final day of the Kazakh adventure was a trip to the most beautiful location of the tour, Charyn Canyon.
Day seven took in a tour of Aktau, its primary museum and the Caspian Sea.
Day six took us more than 450km around Mangystau, from depression low, to mountain high.
Day five took me west, to the Mangystau region of Kazakhstan, along the coast of the Caspian Sea.