45 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

45 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

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45 days in Europe & Asia Itinerary

Start: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Nukus, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Urgench, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
5
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Tram + Foot + Train:  8 h
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
9
Qarshi, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
10
Termiz, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  6 h
11
Kokand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
12
Margilan, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
13
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 45 min
14
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h
15
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
16
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
17
Taraz, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
18
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
19
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
20
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Almaty, Kazakhstan

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uspensky Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Red Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Kazan Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, get to know the fascinating history of Cathedral Square, then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor), then look for gifts at Skazka, and finally explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary tool .

Almaty, Kazakhstan to Moscow is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Almaty to Moscow is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Almaty in September, things will get slightly colder in Moscow: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. You will leave for Tashkent on the 3rd (Thu).

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Cathedral Square ©
Cathedral Square

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, take an in-depth tour of State Museum "In Memory of the Victims of Repression", then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Khoja Akhrar Mosque, examine the collection at Museum of Communication History, admire the masterpieces at O'zbekiston davlat sa'nat muzeyi, then see Off-Road Tours, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tashkent vacation planning site .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Tashkent takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Tashkent is 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nukus.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Nukus, Uzbekistan

Nukus ©
Serving as a popular base to explore the ruins and nature around the Aral Sea, Nukus also boasts its fair share of attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Nukus Museum of Art and then delve into the distant past at Mizdakhan Necropolis.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nukus road trip app .

Fly from Tashkent to Nukus in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Urgench.

Things to do in Nukus

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nukus Museum of Art ©
Nukus Museum of Art

2
nights
Urgench, Uzbekistan

Urgench
Urgench is a city in western Uzbekistan. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Urgench Youth Lake Complex.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Urgench day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nukus to Urgench takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Urgench can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will leave for Khiva on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Urgench

Theme Parks

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 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah and then see the interesting displays at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Chodra Hovli, delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Khiva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Urgench to Khiva takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

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

2
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.
History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre and Fayzulla Khujayev House will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Great Minaret of the Kalon and Poi Kalyan Mosque. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, steep yourself in history at Complex Khodzha-Zainutdin, admire the striking features of Balyand Mosque, and make a trip to Chor-Minor.

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

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Khiva to Bukhara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa ©
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Let the collections at Art Gallery Happy Bird and Afrasiyab Museum capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Registan and Shah-i-Zinda. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hazrat Khizr Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Afrasiyab Settlement.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Samarkand sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. September in Samarkand sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shahrisabz.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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nights
Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

Shahrisabz ©
On the 17th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Statue of Amir Timur, don't miss a visit to Dorut Tilovat, appreciate the history behind Crypt of Tamerlan, then make a trip to Dor Us-Siyodat, and finally steep yourself in history at The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shahrisabz trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Samarkand to Shahrisabz in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Shahrisabz, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Qarshi.

Things to do in Shahrisabz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray ©
The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray
Dorut Tilovat ©
Dorut Tilovat
Statue of Amir Timur ©
Statue of Amir Timur

1
night
Qarshi, Uzbekistan

Qarshi ©
Qarshi is a city in southern Uzbekistan. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Kok-Gumbaz Mosque.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Qarshi trip planner.

Traveling by train from Shahrisabz to Qarshi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Termiz.
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Gumbaz Mosque ©
Kok-Gumbaz Mosque

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nights
Termiz, Uzbekistan

Termiz ©
Termez is a city in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan near the Hairatan border crossing of Afghanistan. On the 20th (Sun), make a trip to Sultan Saodat Complex, make a trip to Archeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Fayoztepa, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy, and finally contemplate the long history of Kampirtepa.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Termiz vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Qarshi to Termiz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Termiz, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 17°C at night. You will leave for Kokand on the 21st (Mon).

Things to do in Termiz

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Archeological Museum ©
Archeological Museum
Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy ©
Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy
Sultan Saodat Complex ©
Sultan Saodat Complex

2
nights
Kokand, Uzbekistan

Kokand ©
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Kokand stood as the capital of the Kokand khanate, developing into an important religious and educational center, with many mosques and madrassas.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Khan Palace and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jami Mosque.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kokand travel route app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Termiz to Kokand takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Termiz in September: highs in Kokand hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 18°C. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Margilan.

Things to do in Kokand

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Khan Palace ©
Khan Palace

2
nights
Margilan, Uzbekistan

Margilan ©
Margilan is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saeed Ahmad-Hodja Madrasah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khonakhan Mosque, and then stop by Yodgorlik Silk Factory.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Margilan day trip planning website .

You can drive from Kokand to Margilan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 18°C. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Osh.

Things to do in Margilan

Historic Sites Shopping Classes
Highlights from your plan
Khonakhan Mosque ©
Khonakhan Mosque
Yodgorlik Silk Factory ©
Yodgorlik Silk Factory

2
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Let the collections at Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex and Osh Regional Museum of Fine Arts of Sadykov capture your imagination. Your inner history buff will appreciate Osh New Mosque and Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiy. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery, trek along Kyrgyz Ata National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mosque of Ravat Abdullakhan, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Sulaiman Too.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Osh vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Margilan to Osh in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Margilan to Osh due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Yusufhona.

Things to do in Osh

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex
Highlights from your plan
Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park
Osh New Mosque ©
Osh New Mosque

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nights
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan

Yusufhona ©
Get outdoors at Charvak Reservoir and Pulatkhan Plateau. Take a break from Yusufhona with a short trip to Chimgan Ski Resort in Chimgan, about 30 minutes away.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Yusufhona trip planning tool .

Drive from Osh to Yusufhona in 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osh to Yusufhona. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Yusufhona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
On the 2nd (Fri), hunt for treasures at Yangiobod Weekend Flea Market, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ensemble Hazrati Imam. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Chimgon, then head outdoors with Lake Charvak, and then appreciate the history behind Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Yusufhona to Tashkent in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shymkent.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral ©
Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral
Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

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nights
Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum of Victims of Political Repressions, take an in-depth tour of Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskiy Oblastnoy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Museum, and then browse the different shops at Shymkent Plaza. Keep things going the next day: walk around Independence Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Mega Planet, and then walk around Park Abaya.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Shymkent route app .

Drive from Tashkent to Shymkent in 2 hours. Traveling from Tashkent to Shymkent, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. October in Shymkent sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Taraz.

Things to do in Shymkent

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mega Planet ©
Mega Planet
Independence Park ©
Independence Park

1
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Taraz, Kazakhstan

Taraz ©
One of the oldest cities in the country, Taraz has changed hands many times since it became one of the wealthiest stops on the old Silk Road trade route.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum of Tekturmas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Mosque, then make a trip to Karahan Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Aisha Bibi Mausoleum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Taraz using our trip planner.

You can drive from Shymkent to Taraz in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Taraz are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Taraz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mausoleum of Tekturmas ©
Mausoleum of Tekturmas
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum ©
Aisha Bibi Mausoleum
Karahan Mausoleum ©
Karahan Mausoleum

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Head to Esentai Mall and DOSTYK PLAZAfor plenty of shopping. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Altyn-Emel, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Army House of Kazakhstan Republic, and hike along Almatinskiy Terrenkur.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Almaty trip planning tool .

Drive from Taraz to Almaty in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Almaty sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
D.A. Kunayev Museum ©
D.A. Kunayev Museum
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts

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St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt. Get some historical perspective at Aleksandrovskiy park and Alexander Palace. The adventure continues: have fun and explore at The Shadow Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Square, explore the world behind art at Kameronova Gallery Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The Pushkin Apartment Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Almaty to St. Petersburg takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Almaty in October, you will find days in St. Petersburg are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The Shadow Museum ©
The Shadow Museum
The Pushkin Apartment Museum ©
The Pushkin Apartment Museum

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Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
On the 13th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Square, then take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor), then explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Skazka. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Red Square, then examine the collection at Chambers of The Romanov Boyars, and then take an in-depth tour of Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Square ©
Cathedral Square
Red Square ©
Red Square

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