16 days in Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan Itinerary

16 days in Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan Itinerary

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16 days in Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City, Kuwait
Fly + Drive:  16​h
1
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
8
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Kuwait City, Kuwait


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1
day
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

Tokmok ©
Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Tokmok Mosque, take in the awesome beauty at Ratsek Cabin, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Burana Tower.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tokmok route planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Tokmok is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kuwait City to Tokmok. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Tokmok

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ratsek Cabin
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Tokmok Mosque ©
Tokmok Mosque
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower

1
night
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
On the 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum of Petroglyphs, stroll the grounds of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, make a trip to Abandoned Runway, then have fun at The Equestrian Hippodrome, then delve into the mystery of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, and finally head outdoors with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Cholpon Ata trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tokmok to Cholpon Ata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Museums Outdoors Fun & Games
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Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum

3
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
On the 21st (Sat), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Karakol road trip app .

You can take a bus from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Dungan Mosque ©
Dungan Mosque

1
day
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
On the 24th (Tue), examine the collection at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Naryn trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Osh.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Museums
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

1
day
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Lenin Peak, then admire the verdant scenery at Alay Valley, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Osh journey builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Naryn to Osh takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Khujand.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Alay Valley ©
Alay Valley

2
nights
Khujand, Tajikistan

Khujand ©
For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
On the 26th (Thu), explore the activities along Kayrakkum Reservoir, learn more about the world around you at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, then stroll around Somoni park, and finally stop by Panjshanbe Bozor. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjidi Jami Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, walk around Park Kamal Khudzhandi, then see the interesting displays at House Museum Kamal Khuzhandi, then admire the striking features of Arbob Cultural Palace, and finally pause for some photo ops at Kamal Khujandi Statue.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Khujand trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Osh to Khujand takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osh to Khujand. In September, daily temperatures in Khujand can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kayrakkum Reservoir ©
Kayrakkum Reservoir
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor

2
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), make a trip to National Library, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, then view the masterpieces at NOOR ART GALLERY, then don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, and finally don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, walk around Rudaki Park, then appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and finally make a trip to Anzob Tunnel (Tunnel of Death).

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe day trip planning site .

You can fly from Khujand to Dushanbe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Khujand in September, Dushanbe is slightly colder at night with lows of 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan ©

4
nights
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.
Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, walk around Panfilov Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Flagstaff With Country Flag.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bishkek trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to Kirgizstan Time (KGT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dushanbe in September: highs in Bishkek hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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