29 days in Central Asia Itinerary

29 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Esik, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 5 nights
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.
Explore Dushanbe's surroundings by going to Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, appreciate the history behind Monument to Abu Ali Ibn Sino (Avicenna), walk around Rudaki Park, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe online trip itinerary maker.

Vienna, Austria to Dushanbe is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Dushanbe is 4 hours. When traveling from Vienna in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 5 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, head outdoors with Lake Charvak, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Teleshayakh Mosque.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Dushanbe to Tashkent by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 5 nights
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.
Take a break from Bishkek with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, take a memorable tour with Tours, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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

Fly from Tashkent to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek. In July, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 5 nights
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, don't miss a visit to Iversky Seraphimovskiy Nunnery, stroll through Big Almaty Lake, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Almaty road trip website.

You can fly from Bishkek to Almaty in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saty, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lower Kolsai Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Kaindy, then explore the activities along Upper Kolsai Lake, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Saty trip planner.

Getting from Almaty to Saty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Esik.

Things to do in Saty

Parks · Nature

Esik, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Esik is a town in Almaty Region of Kazakhstan, the administrative center of Enbekshikazakh District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Turgen Waterfalls and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Issyk.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Esik driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Saty to Esik in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Oskemen.

Things to do in Esik

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Oskemen, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
On the 24th (Sat), head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, then walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, and finally make a trip to Muhamadi City Mosque. On the 25th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Sauletai Recreation Park, then make a trip to Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, then stroll around Zhastar Park, and finally examine the collection at Regional Local Lore and History Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Oskemen day trip app.

You can fly from Esik to Oskemen in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. July in Oskemen sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 4 nights
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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral.

Plan trip to Nur-Sultan with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Theme Parks

Kazakhstan travel guide

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Lookouts · Parks · Churches
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.