31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  6​h 15​min
6
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, make a trip to Big Almaty Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and walk around First President's Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Almaty is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Melbourne to Almaty, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get a bit warmer in Almaty: highs are around 29°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saty trip itinerary site .

Getting from Almaty to Saty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

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.
Karakol is known for nature, historic sites, museums, winter sports, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, witness a stunning natural landmark at Altyn Arashan, don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque, and walk around River Park.

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Traveling by car from Saty to Karakol takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

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

1
night
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 5th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Naryn road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

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.
Go for a jaunt from Bishkek to Tokmok to see Burana Tower about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, appreciate the views at Ak-Sai Glacier, browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, and trek along Bir-Bulak Gorge.

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You can drive from Naryn to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

4
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, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, walk around City Park, and explore the striking landscape of Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nur-Sultan route maker app .

You can fly from Bishkek to Nur-Sultan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bishkek in October, you will find days in Nur-Sultan are colder (8°C), and nights are slightly colder (-1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, and explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bukhara day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Bukhara in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nur-Sultan to Bukhara. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in October, you will find days in Bukhara are warmer (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (8°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand visit site .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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 19th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, then contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, don't miss a visit to Ota Darvoza, admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Khiva tour planner.

You can fly from Samarkand to Khiva in 5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Samarkand in October, with highs in Khiva at 20°C and lows at 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

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

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
When in Tashkent, make a side trip to see Charvak Reservoir in Yusufhona, approximately 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque, don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tashkent tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar