22 days in Asia Itinerary

22 days in Asia Itinerary

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22 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad, India
Fly:  15 h
1
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h
6
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Hyderabad, India

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary builder website .

Hyderabad, India to Samarkand is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Hyderabad in February: high temperatures in Samarkand hover around 10°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

3
nights
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.
Step out of Bukhara with an excursion to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bukhara online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. February in Bukhara sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palace of Bukhara Emirs, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill, walk around First President's Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Bukhara to Almaty in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bukhara to Almaty. Traveling from Bukhara in February, expect Almaty to be a bit cooler, temps between 2°C and -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, hit the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, and steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Bishkek trip planner .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Bishkek takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Almaty in February, things will get little chillier in Bishkek: highs are around 0°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort ©
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort
Ski resort Too-Ashuu ©
Ski resort Too-Ashuu

3
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan road trip planning website .

You can fly from Bishkek to Nur-Sultan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bishkek in February, with highs in Nur-Sultan at -10°C and lows at -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Baku.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

4
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Baku is known for historic sites, museums, nature, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower, make a trip to Flame Towers, and explore the historical opulence of Palace of the Shirvanshahs.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Baku driving holiday planning website .

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Baku in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Azerbaijan Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in February: high temperatures in Baku hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Highlights from your plan
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Walking tours
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center

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