28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
6
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
+3
Bus + Drive + Bus + Fly:  13​h
8
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kalta Minor Minaret and Nurullaboy Saroyi. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tomb of Sayid Allauddin and Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Ota Darvoza, contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and enjoy breathtaking views from Chodra Hovli.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Khiva holiday planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Khiva is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Khiva is 4 hours. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect nights in Khiva to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are warmer, around 41°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ota Darvoza ©
Ota Darvoza
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Tomb of Sayid Allauddin ©
Tomb of Sayid Allauddin

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hazrat Khizr Mosque and Sher Dor Madrasah. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Imam Bokhari Mausoleum and Art Gallery Happy Bird. Change things up with these side-trips from Samarkand: Shahrisabz (The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray & Dorut Tilovat). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, look for gifts at Hovrenko Wine Factory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ulugbek Madrasah, and delve into the distant past at Saint Daniel's Tomb.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand holiday planning website .

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Samarkand takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shahrisabz
Highlights from your plan
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum
Art Gallery Happy Bird ©
Art Gallery Happy Bird

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah and Ulugbek Medressa. Get some historical perspective at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum and Zindan. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosh Madrasah, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), delve into the distant past at Maghak-i 'Attari Mosque, and steep yourself in history at Mir-i Arab Madrasah.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara online road trip planner .

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yusufhona.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah ©
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah
Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum ©
Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum
Kosh Madrasah ©
Kosh Madrasah

1
night
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan

Yusufhona ©
On the 29th (Wed), stroll through Chimgan Ski Resort, then identify plant and animal life at Pulatkhan Plateau, and then explore the activities along Charvak Reservoir.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yusufhona travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Bukhara to Yusufhona in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Osh.

Things to do in Yusufhona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Chimgan
Highlights from your plan
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chimgan Ski Resort ©
Chimgan Ski Resort
Pulatkhan Plateau ©
Pulatkhan Plateau

1
night
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): stroll around Enenin Koz Zhashy Park, get engrossed in the history at Museum Sulaiman Too, don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiy, then take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, and finally contemplate the long history of Dom Babura Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Lenin Peak.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Osh itinerary planner .

Getting from Yusufhona to Osh by car takes about 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Yusufhona to Osh is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Naryn.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Museum Sulaiman Too ©
Museum Sulaiman Too

4
nights
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Escape the urban bustle at Tash Rabat and Eki-Naryn Valley. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Horseback Riding Tours and Shyrdakbek Korgon. There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Naryn National Reserve and explore the activities along Song Kol Lake.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Naryn online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Osh to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Naryn Province, Horseback Riding Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Tash Rabat ©
Tash Rabat
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) and Karakol Gorge. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum. Take a break from Karakol with a short trip to Canyon Fairy Tale in Tosor, about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing, contemplate the waterfront views at Ala Kul Lake, stroll around Tsentralny Skver, and look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

To find out how to plan a trip to Karakol, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Naryn to Karakol in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Canyon Fairy Tale, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Assumption Cathedral and Nurzhol Boulevard. Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex and Nur-Astana Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nur-Sultan to go to Malinovka and see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Quay Astana, walk around Park of Lovers, admire the landmark architecture of Triumphal Arch Mangilik El, and browse the different shops at MEGA Silk Way.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan road trip website .

You can do a combination of bus, car, and flight from Karakol to Nur-Sultan in 13 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Nur-Sultan sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
Astana Allee ©
Astana Allee
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral
Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex ©
Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex