A trip to visit the cities, towns and villages in the vicinity of Aktau will afford you a deeper insight into the diverse people and landscapes of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is graced with a rich religious history; so take the time to visit the area's many mosques.
If you're not the kind of traveler to take a break from work merely to relax, the Aktau area offers plenty of action-packed activities such as horse riding and hiking.
Food is an integral part of any culture and an excellent way to get a feel for a place. You will discover that sour milk and rice are commonly used ingredients in local dishes. Typical menu items include pelmani (meat dumplings) and basturma (mutton), but there are many more tasty meal options to choose from. Finish with шек-шек (fried unleavened dough balls), a popular dessert. To finish your meal, try a shubat (camel milk). It is a frequently consumed drink here.
Should you be lucky enough to be in Kazakhstan on the 16th of December, join the party during the national Independence Day celebrations.
Sadly, vacations can't go on forever, so when it's time go home, head to the nearest major airport in Aktau, 16 miles (26 kilometers) to the north.