Kazakhstan Heritage Journeys

Adoption Travel






Kazakhstan Ties- Our Flagship Program
July 2-12, 2016

Kazakhstan Ties Lite
July 2-9, 2016

Private or Semi-Private Travel




  • Offers a comprehensive, meaningful, fun itinerary where all activities are optional so you can do the things important to YOUR family.
  • Is staffed by:
    • A Ties group leader who creates community, builds bridges and deals with details. This enables you to focus on your family and the profound meaning of the journey
    • An adoption professional who is available to support your family as you discover the message of the journey, prepare to connect with significant people and places important to your family, and explore how you can weave the experiences you’ve enjoyed into your life story.
    • An English-speaking Kazakh guide who will share lifestyle, customs, humor and warmth.
  • Includes our signature “Connect & Chat” for kids and “Talk Times” for parents, both of which are optional. These informal gatherings give you a chance to reflect on the journey as the journey unfolds.
  • Gives you opportunities to visit people and places important to your family, in a supportive environment.
  • Prepares your family logistically and emotionally for the journey.
  • Invites your participation in Project Kindness—Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan ItineraryKazakhstan Ties Adoption Homeland Journey Video

  • Arrive in Almaty, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Kazakhstan Ties families stay in moderate, clean hotels, where after a day of experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Tour Almaty, where you will visit Almaty Cathedral, ride a gondola up Koktobe Mountain, shop in bustling local markets, and eat scrumptious Kazakh cuisine!
  • Visit an SOS Children’s Village, where you will see children being cared for with dignity. Most SOS children LOVE to play soccer. Game on!
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery in the Tyan Shan Mountains, home to the famous Medeo Skating Rink, the highest skating rink in the world
  • Play for an afternoon at a children’s summer camp outside of Almaty.   We’ll play Kazakhstan national games, like Sokyrteke (Blind Wild Goat), Khan or Asyk—games still played in villages around Kazakhstan. And maybe a little soccer.
  • For most families, Almaty will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey.” Families will visit places like Rudney, Nezabudka, Aktobe, and Ust-Kamenogorsk. If your adoption connections are elsewhere in Kazakhstan, The Ties Program will help with those arrangements too.
  • While on adoption visits, families will:
    • Travel by airplane, train or car to destination and be met by car, driver and English speaking guide.
    • Visit orphanages, hospitals, caregivers, and other special people related to their adoption.
    • Some families will meet birth family.

Kazakhstan adoptive family travelKazakhstan Ties Lite families will leave from their province visits to the United States or their country of origin.

Kazakhstan Ties families will rendezvous in the futuristic city of Astana, with time to process adoption visits together.

  • In Astana, you will stroll along the Ishim River to see our-of-this-world buildings as well as the symbol of Astana, Bayterek. You can make a wish for good luck as you put your hand in the large, gold handprint of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
  • Astana is a beautiful city, alive with activity, filled with flowers and high technology–amazing in its own right.
  • Back together again, the group will take time to process the wonderful experiences Kazakhstan has given us. 

Relax. Savor. Reflect.



Many of our programs (Kazakhstan included), include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the advantages of traveling with a Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. When you request information, both Kazakhstan Ties and Kazakhstan Ties Lite will be sent to you.


While we believe strongly in the support a group provides, we know there are times when individual family travel is a better fit. We are happy to work with individual families or small groups of families. Please email us your request.

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