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Flights to Shymkent, Kazakhstan


The third largest city in the country, Shymkent is a fascinating place situated in South Kazakhstan, famous for its rich history and ancient architecture stretching back as far as the 11th century. Its history includes dramatic historical events involving Genghis Khan, Timur, the Dzungar conquerors, the khanates of Kokand and Bukhara and incursions by the Russian Empire. Nowadays, Shymkent is a charming, vibrant city with leafy green streets, bustling bazaars, and a lively nightlife, as well as being one of the country’s major industrial and cultural centres. You can explore the ancient cities of Otrar, Sayram and Turkestan, visit historical museums and theatres, local parks and mosques, go to the horse races or enjoy the nightlife.

Book your flight to Shymkent with Air Astana and explore this amazing city’s rich history.