28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Moscow, Russia
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 45 min
6
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
Fly:  6 h 15 min
7
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
8
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 15 min
10
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6 h 15 min
11
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Moscow, Russia

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 24th (Wed), look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda, make a trip to Registan, and then stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

Make your Samarkand itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Moscow, Russia to Samarkand is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Samarkand. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Moscow in July; daily highs in Samarkand reach 40°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mir-i Arab Madrasah and Fayzulla Khujayev House. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, admire all the interesting features of Gaukushan Madrasah, get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bukhara visit planner .

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

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
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

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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 30th (Tue): make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, contemplate the waterfront views at Varzob, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, then walk around Rudaki Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Statue of Ismoil Somoni. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Karatag Gorge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Dushanbe tour planner .

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Bukhara in July, plan for little chillier nights in Dushanbe, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Charvak Reservoir and World War II Memorial. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Chimgon, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), pause for some photo ops at Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tashkent trip planner .

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Khiva journey planning website .

Fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

1
day
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat travel planning tool .

Traveling by car from Khiva to Ashgabat takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Khiva in August, expect Ashgabat to be somewhat warmer, temps between 43°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Gypjak Mosque ©
Gypjak Mosque
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Issyk and Kazakhstan National Science Academy. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, don't miss a visit to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Almaty online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Ashgabat to Almaty in 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Time (TMT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, Almaty is little chillier than Ashgabat - with highs of 34°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake Issyk
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altyn Arashan and Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque, look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop, and immerse yourself in nature at Karakol Peak.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Karakol tour itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Karakol takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum ©
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

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day
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake and then explore the ancient world of Shyrdakbek Korgon.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Naryn trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shyrdakbek Korgon
Highlights from your plan
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ala-Too Square and Victory Square. Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. Spend the 17th (Sat) among lush scenery at Korona Peak. There's much more to do: walk around Panfilov Park, get engrossed in the history at State History Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Naryn to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. August in Bishkek sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Astana.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Victory Square ©
Victory Square

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Assumption Cathedral and Nurzhol Boulevard. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, and buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Astana online route builder .

Getting from Bishkek to Astana by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bishkek in August: high temperatures in Astana hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Nurzhol Boulevard ©
Nurzhol Boulevard
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral