13 days in Asia Itinerary

13 days in Asia Itinerary

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13 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Fly:  17​h
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  3​h
4
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
+3
Train + Foot + Taxi + Fly:  10​h 30​min
8
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

1
day
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, then learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan travel route planner .

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan to Nur-Sultan, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bandar Seri Begawan in October, things will get cooler in Nur-Sultan: highs are around 8°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, and then stroll around First President's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, then have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, then see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Almaty travel planner .

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in October: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

1
night
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Victory Square and then explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bishkek tour itinerary tool .

Drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Almaty in October, expect nights in Bishkek to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Victory Square ©
Victory Square

1
night
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
Little more than a small town at the turn of the 20th century, Dushanbe grew rapidly during the Soviet era and now serves as the national capital and home to nearly 800,000 people.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stroll around Victory Park, then walk around Rudaki Park, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bishkek, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Victory Park ©
Victory Park

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Tashkent takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, make a trip to Registan, and then steep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Samarkand are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

1
night
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, and finally make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Bukhara are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

3
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and head outdoors with Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Bukhara to Ashgabat takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ashgabat when traveling from Bukhara in October, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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