22 days in Central Asia Itinerary

22 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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22 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  14​h
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
4
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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 3rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, then take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, then wander the streets of Old Tashkent, then admire the striking features of Palace of the Romanovs, and finally head outdoors with Lake Charvak.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip app .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Tashkent is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Tashkent. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan ©
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Central Bazaar and Siab Bazaar. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Registan, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Happy Bird, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and admire the striking features of Ulugbek Madrasah.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand online trip maker .

You can fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Samarkand are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Central Bazaar ©
Central Bazaar
Art Gallery Happy Bird ©
Art Gallery Happy Bird

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stop by History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, then pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and finally contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, don't miss a visit to Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, then admire the landmark architecture of Samanids Mausoleum, then admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, and finally take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara road trip tool .

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Spas Museums
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre ©
History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre
Spas

1
night
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 10th (Sat): meet the residents at Duman Entertainment Centre, don't miss a visit to The Baiterek Tower, then browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and finally stop by Astana Allee. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, then take in the exciting artwork at Kulanshi, and finally browse the different shops at Mega Silk Way.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Astana road trip site .

Getting from Bukhara to Astana by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bukhara to Astana is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bukhara in August; daily highs in Astana reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Astana Allee ©
Astana Allee

2
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.
Get outdoors at Ala-Archa Gorge and Too-Ashu Pass. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, perfect your strike at COSMOPARK, don't miss a visit to Victory Square, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bishkek trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Astana to Bishkek takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Astana in August, expect Bishkek to be somewhat warmer, temps between 37°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to At-Bashi.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Too-Ashu Pass ©
Too-Ashu Pass
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

1
night
At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan

At-Bashi ©
At-Bashy is a village in the Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan, about 35km southwest of Naryn on the main highway to the Torugart Pass. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Koshoy Korgon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chatyr-Kul Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the At-Bashi online route planner .

Traveling by car from Bishkek to At-Bashi takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in At-Bashi

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Koshoy Korgon
Highlights from your plan
Chatyr-Kul Lake ©
Chatyr-Kul Lake
Koshoy Korgon ©
Koshoy Korgon

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Altyn Arashan and Ala Kul Lake. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, stroll around Tsentralny Skver, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Karakol trip website .

Getting from At-Bashi to Karakol by car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Head to Zelyony Bazaar and DOSTYK PLAZAfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Kok-Tobe Hill and Plateau Assy. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Alakol, take a stroll through Yesentai Park, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Almaty takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August in Almaty, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Alakol, Plateau Assy
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake