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Cheap flights from Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan - more officially, the Republic of Kazakhstan - is a landlocked country situated in Central Asia bordered by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. It is considered the 9th largest country in the world (with an area of more than 2 million square kilometres) and was once part of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union before declaring independence in 1991. Today the country - with its plentiful oil and natural gas reserves - is thriving; it is considered the richest and most economically developed of the Central Asian nations.

Kazakhstan is not just another soulless country run by oil and gas; it boasts a vast expanse of untouched, pristine wilderness that calls out for exploration, but only the savvy traveller will heed this call. Discover breathtaking scenes of nature at Almaty - the country’s largest city and beating heart - a bustling metropolis set up against a dreamy backdrop of misty snowcapped mountains and green hills. Surrounded by fertile steppes, entire forests of apple trees, clear blue lakes and much more, one can go from sitting in a roadside café sipping coffee to hiking up a mountain in a flash. And with so much to see all around Almaty, few places on Earth are more worth the hike.

For a short weekend trip, the Republic of Azerbaijan is less than 4 hours away by flight. Head there for a visit to the Walled City of Baku, built on land that has seen human inhabitation since the Palaeolithic era. The inner city is renowned for ancient architecture that reveals a diverse tapestry of influences left behind by the city’s historic invaders – this includes the Ottomans, Arabians, Persians, Russians and others. Many of the buildings have stood since the 12th century, withstanding the relentless test of time; notable must-see structures include the iconic Maiden Tower, Shirvanshahs' Palace and Hajji Gayyib bathhouse.

If you’re after a charming nordic holiday, though, a long-haul flight can get you over to Oslo, Norway’s capital. This lively city - besides being the economic engine of Norway and one of the best cities in Europe quality-of-life wise - is nestled amidst some of the greatest natural wonders on the planet, including great mountain ranges like the Hallingskarvet, Norway’s highest waterfall Vøringsfossen, stunning fjords filled with crystal clear water, Europe’s highest mountain plateau Hardangervidda, spectacular glaciers and much more. With so much beauty surrounding the city, its no surprise that Oslo is considered the perfect gateway for nature-lovers to get in touch with the great outdoors. Go hiking around the mountains and forests in summer, fish, kayak or sail in the fjords, then switch your shoes for ski boots and embark on a cross-country ski trail or alpine skiing in winter.

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