23 days in Chisinau, Moscow & Khujand Itinerary

23 days in Chisinau, Moscow & Khujand Itinerary

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23 days in Chisinau, Moscow & Khujand Itinerary

Start: Bender, Moldova
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Chisinau, Moldova
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
3
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 18 nights
End: Khujand, Tajikistan

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night
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau ©
Chișinău Etymology and namesThe origin of the city's name is unclear, but in one version, the name comes from the archaic Romanian word chișla (meaning "spring", "source of water") and nouă ("new"), because it was built around a small spring, at the corner of Pușkin and Albișoara streets.The other version, formulated by Ștefan Ciobanu, Romanian historian and academician, holds that the name was formed the same way as the name of Chișineu (alternative spelling: Chișinău) in Western Romania, near the border with Hungary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): stroll around Stefan cel Mare Park, then walk around Dendrarium Park, and then do a tasting at Cricova Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): learn about winemaking at Milestii Mici, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Metropolitan Cathedral “Nativity of the Lord”, then admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch, and finally don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial and Eternal Flame.

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Bender to Chisinau is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Chisinau

Wineries Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Cricova Winery
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Cricova Winery ©
Cricova Winery
Stefan cel Mare Park ©
Stefan cel Mare Park
Dendrarium Park ©
Dendrarium Park

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of Kremlin Walls and Towers, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Armoury Chamber.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Chisinau to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chisinau to Moscow. In August, daytime highs in Moscow are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Khujand.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Khujand: Istaravshan (Fortress Mug Teppe & Bust of Lenin). There's lots more to do: stop by Panjshanbe Bozor, make a trip to Kamal Khujandi Statue, walk around Park Kamal Khudzhandi, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kayrakkum Reservoir.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Khujand road trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Moscow to Khujand with the Route module. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in August: high temperatures in Khujand hover around 39°C and lows are around 23°C. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Khujand

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Istaravshan
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Kayrakkum Reservoir ©
Kayrakkum Reservoir
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor
Kamal Khujandi Statue ©
Kamal Khujandi Statue