Route & dates
11 days in Central Asia Itinerary
Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly: 10 h 15 min
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan— 1 day
Fly: 4 h 15 min
Almaty, Kazakhstan— 2 nights
Drive: 3 h 15 min
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan— 2 nights
Bus + Fly: 4 h 45 min
Tashkent, Uzbekistan— 1 night
Fly: 2 h 30 min
Bukhara, Uzbekistan— 2 nights
Train: 2 h 15 min
Samarkand, Uzbekistan— 2 nights
Fly: 11 h 15 min
End: London, United Kingdom
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, then browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and finally make a trip to The Baiterek Tower.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Astana road trip tool .
London, UK to Astana is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Astana, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Astana reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.
Things to do in Nur-Sultan
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.On the 19th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and then get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, then see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, then walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, and finally have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort.
To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Almaty route maker tool .
Traveling by flight from Astana to Almaty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Astana in October; daily highs in Almaty reach 19°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bishkek.
Things to do in Almaty
Wandering the grid-like, tree-lined streets of Bishkek, you'll discover the friendly atmosphere, vibrant nightlife, and Soviet-era architecture of the country's political center.On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, then appreciate the history behind Manas Statue, then take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, and finally walk around Panfilov Park.
For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bishkek online route planner .
You can drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bishkek: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.
Things to do in Bishkek
City of Bread
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, then make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan.
To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tashkent online vacation planner .
Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Tashkent takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.
Things to do in Tashkent
City of Museums
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.On the 24th (Thu), make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, admire the striking features of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, then steep yourself in history at Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Poi Kalyan Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bukhara travel route builder site .
Fly from Tashkent to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Samarkand.
Things to do in Bukhara
Rome of the East
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, then make a trip to Registan, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, take an in-depth tour of Afrasiyab Museum, then explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, then explore the ancient world of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah.
For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Samarkand holiday planning site .
Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Samarkand are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
Things to do in Samarkand
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