25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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25 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Newark, United States
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
6
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  20 h 15 min
End: Newark, United States

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at House Museum of Pumpkin, take an in-depth tour of Yunus Rajabi House Museum, then admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, and finally explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. On your second day here, hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, then get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, and finally make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip builder website .

Newark, USA to Tashkent is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Newark to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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 27th (Mon): admire the striking features of Palace of Bukhara Emirs, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, 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 next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosh Madrasah, examine the collection at Avicenna Museum, Afsona, admire the landmark architecture of Centre Culturel Isteza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Bukhara online travel route builder .

Getting from Tashkent to Bukhara by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chasma Ayub Mausoleum ©
Chasma Ayub Mausoleum

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 29th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Regional Studies Museum, shop like a local with Art Gallery Happy Bird, then don't miss a visit to Registan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazrat Khizr Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, then see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand planning website .

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Khujand.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

1
night
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 31st (Fri), appreciate the history behind Kamal Khujandi Statue, look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, then see the interesting displays at House Museum Kamal Khuzhandi, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, and finally make a trip to Khujand Fortress.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Khujand travel route planner.

Drive from Samarkand to Khujand in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Samarkand in January, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Khujand: temperatures range from 41°F by day to 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor
Kamal Khujandi Statue ©
Kamal Khujandi Statue
Monument to Ismoil Somoni ©
Monument to Ismoil Somoni

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY, have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, stroll around Rudaki Park, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally make a trip to Ismaili Centre. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Abu Ali Ibn Sino (Avicenna), cruise along Karatag Gorge, then take in the awesome beauty at Fann Mountains, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Sadriddin Aini and Maxim Gorky.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dushanbe trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Khujand to Dushanbe in an hour. Another option is to drive. When traveling from Khujand in January, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 52°F by day to 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Fann Mountains ©
Fann Mountains

3
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.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, appreciate the history behind Manas Statue, browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borborduk Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bishkek road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to Kirgizstan Time (KGT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Dushanbe, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Bishkek, ranging from highs of 31°F to lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ski resort Too-Ashuu ©
Ski resort Too-Ashuu
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

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.
categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_a_day_exploring_the_natural_beauty_of Altyn Arashan. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop, stroll around Tsentralny Skver, and don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Karakol trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Karakol takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

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

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, gear up at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and make a trip to Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Almaty trip maker.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Almaty takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In February, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

5
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, get great views at Quay Astana, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Almaty to Nur-Sultan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, Nur-Sultan is cooler than Almaty - with highs of 16°F and lows of -1°F. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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