31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Athens, Greece

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turkmen Carpet Museum and Ashgabat National Museum of History. Take a break from the city and head to Kow Ata Underground Lake and Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and try to win big at Ashgabat hippodrome.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Ashgabat is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Turkmenistan Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Athens in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ashgabat, with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

1
night
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.
On the 5th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, then contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, then steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally see the interesting displays at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Khiva trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in March; daily highs in Khiva reach 15°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Appreciate the collections at Ulugh Beg Observatory and Art Gallery Happy Bird. Your inner history buff will appreciate Shah-i-Zinda and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Change things up with a short trip to Dorut Tilovat in Shahrisabz (about 2 hours away). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Registan, contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and examine the collection at Regional Studies Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand trip maker site .

You can fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Dorut Tilovat
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Registan ©
Registan

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Great Minaret of the Kalon and Poi Kalyan Mosque are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and Avicenna Museum, Afsona capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Gijduvan (Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs & Ulugbek Madrasah). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, and take an in-depth tour of Fayzulla Khujayev House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara trip builder website .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Bukhara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Gijduvan
Highlights from your plan
Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

4
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Visiting Lake Charvak and Chimgon will get you outdoors. Kukeldash Madrasah and Teleshayakh Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History, admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, and explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tashkent trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
Highlights from your plan
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Hisor Fortress and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Tajikistan and Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum Bibikhonum (in Qurghonteppa), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, cruise along Karatag Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Fann Mountains, and make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dushanbe driving holiday planner .

Fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hisor, Nurek Dam, Iskanderkul Lake, Museum Bibikhonum, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
Highlights from your plan
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Ala-Archa Gorge and Too-Ashu Pass. Popular historic sites such as Ala-Too Square and Monument to Manas the Great are in your itinerary. Step out of Bishkek with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, and learn about all things military at Mikhail Frunze Museum.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek travel route planner.

Getting from Dushanbe to Bishkek by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Too-Ashu Pass ©
Too-Ashu Pass
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ascension Cathedral and Baiken Mosque. Visiting Kok-Tobe Hill and Food Tours will get you outdoors. Step out of Almaty to go to Rakhat and see Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and take a stroll through Yesentai Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Almaty trip planner.

You can drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek in March, expect nights in Almaty to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are slightly colder, around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

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