25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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25 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  10​h
1
Yerevan, Armenia
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
2
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  13​h 45​min
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
8
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yerevan: The Monastery of Geghard (in Geghard), Garni Temple (in Garni) and Khor Virap (in Lusarat). Dedicate the 2nd (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, pause for some photo ops at Smoking Woman, browse the exhibits of Armenian Genocide Museum, and examine the collection at Parajanov Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yerevan trip itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to Yerevan is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, car, and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from London to Yerevan. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Yerevan to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Baku.

Things to do in Yerevan

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Garni, The Monastery of Geghard, Khor Virap
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
The Monastery of Geghard ©
The Monastery of Geghard
Republic Square ©
Republic Square

4
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Baku is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, enjoy breathtaking views from Maiden Tower, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah - Fire Temple, and see the interesting displays at Azerbaijan Carpet Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yerevan to Baku takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Yerevan in August, you will find days in Baku are a bit cooler (38°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Baku Boulevard ©
Baku Boulevard

1
night
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and finally make a trip to Gypjak Mosque. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try your luck at Ashgabat hippodrome, then make a trip to Ashgabat Train Station, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip planning tool .

You can fly from Baku to Ashgabat in 5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Baku to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Baku in August, you will find days in Ashgabat are somewhat warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (27°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ashgabat hippodrome ©
Ashgabat hippodrome
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah, make a trip to Registan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Saint Daniel's Tomb, get engrossed in the history at Afrasiyab Museum, delve into the distant past at Afrasiab, then hunt for treasures at Central Bazaar, and finally stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Samarkand planner .

You can drive from Ashgabat to Samarkand in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in August; daily highs in Samarkand reach 39°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
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 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ark Fortress, don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then contemplate the long history of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Kosh Madrasah, admire the landmark architecture of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, enjoy breathtaking views from Water Tower Shukhova, make a trip to Trading Domes, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

3
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.
Step out of Dushanbe with an excursion to Hisor Fortress in Hisor--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Varzob, don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and stroll through Rudaki Park.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bukhara in August, Dushanbe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Varzob ©
Varzob

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at First President's Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Almaty trip planner .

Getting from Dushanbe to Almaty by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dushanbe to Almaty is 1 hour. When traveling from Dushanbe in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Almaty: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
On the 23rd (Fri), get in on the family fun at Hong Kong Disneyland. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Hong Kong Museum of History, then make a trip to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and then take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hong Kong road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Hong Kong takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Almaty to Hong Kong due to the time zone difference. In August, Hong Kong is somewhat warmer than Almaty - with highs of 38°C and lows of 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Hong Kong Skyline ©
Hong Kong Skyline

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