39 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

39 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

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39 days in Asia & Europe Itinerary

Start: Fresno, United States
Fly:  31​h
1
Lahore, Pakistan
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h
2
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  10​h 30​min
3
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h
4
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Muscat, Oman
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Doha, Qatar
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Manama, Bahrain
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
8
Sanaa, Yemen
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 45​min
9
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
10
Kuwait City, Kuwait
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
11
Tehran, Iran
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  3​h
12
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
13
Amman, Jordan
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 30​min
14
Damascus, Syria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
15
Beirut, Lebanon
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
16
Ayia Napa, Cyprus
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
17
Paphos, Cyprus
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
18
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
19
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
20
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
21
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
22
Ayni, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
23
Nurek, Tajikistan
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
24
Khorog, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  23​h
25
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
26
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
27
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  43​h
End: Fresno, United States

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Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore ©
Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get outside with Bagh-e-Jinnah, contemplate the long history of Badshahi Mosque, and then don't miss a visit to Masjid Wazir Khan.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lahore trip builder .

Fresno, USA to Lahore is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Pakistan Time is 13 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Fresno in September since evenings lows in Lahore dip to 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Lahore

Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Badshahi Mosque ©
Badshahi Mosque
Bagh-e-Jinnah ©
Bagh-e-Jinnah
Masjid Wazir Khan ©
Masjid Wazir Khan

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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bamyan vacation builder .

Getting from Lahore to Bamyan by combination of flight and car takes about 8 hours. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bamyan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kow Ata Underground Lake, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ashgabat fast, fun, and easy.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bamyan to Ashgabat in 10.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Ashgabat are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 7th (Sat), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter, enjoy the sand and surf at Jumeirah Public Beach, then make a trip to Jumeirah Mosque, and finally get engrossed in the history at Al Fahidi Fort.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Dubai day trip planning website .

Explore your travel options from Ashgabat to Dubai with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Ashgabat to Dubai is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in September; daily highs in Dubai reach 103°F and lows reach 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Muscat.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Al Fahidi Fort ©
Al Fahidi Fort
Jumeirah Public Beach ©
Jumeirah Public Beach

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Muscat, Oman

Muscat ©
The capital and largest city of Oman, the coastal city of Muscat boasts numerous historical sites and pristine modern developments.
On the 9th (Mon), kick back and relax at Qurum Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see the interesting displays at Amouage, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Muscat travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Muscat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a bus. While traveling from Dubai, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Muscat, ranging from highs of 95°F to lows of 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Doha.

Things to do in Muscat

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Qurum Beach ©
Qurum Beach
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque ©
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Doha, Qatar

Doha ©
Doha, Qatar's capital city, draws visitors with its constant development and expansion, making it a destination on the rise.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Katara Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at State Grand Mosque, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Islamic Art. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sealine Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Doha day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Muscat to Doha in 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Muscat in September, expect nights in Doha to be about the same, around 81°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 105°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Manama.

Things to do in Doha

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Sealine Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sealine Beach ©
Sealine Beach
Museum of Islamic Art ©
Museum of Islamic Art
Katara Mosque ©
Katara Mosque

1
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Manama, Bahrain

Manama ©
Bahrain's capital and largest city, Manama serves as a commercial and financial hub, keeping pace with other Gulf capitals dominating this part of the world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get all the information you need at Bab el-Bahrain Souk, then take an in-depth tour of Bahrain National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque). On the next day, delve into the distant past at Qal'at al-Bahrain, identify plant and animal life at Royal Camel Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Al Dar Islands, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ahmed Al Fateh Islamic Center.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Manama online vacation planner .

You can fly from Doha to Manama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Doha in September, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Manama: temperatures range from 100°F by day to 88°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Sanaa.

Things to do in Manama

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque) ©
Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque)
Qal'at al-Bahrain ©
Qal'at al-Bahrain
Bahrain National Museum ©
Bahrain National Museum

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Sanaa, Yemen

Sanaa ©
One of the oldest cities in the world, the capital Sanaa provides visitors with a rich taste of ancient Arabian culture.
On the 14th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque of Sana'a, then make a trip to Bab al-Yemen, then step into the grandiose world of Dar al-Hajar, and finally take a stroll through Old City.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sanaa trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and car from Manama to Sanaa in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Manama in September: highs in Sanaa hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Riyadh.

Things to do in Sanaa

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Old City ©
Old City
Dar al-Hajar ©
Dar al-Hajar
Great Mosque of Sana'a ©
Great Mosque of Sana'a

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Riyadh ©
As the nation's capital, Riyadh represents a hub of commerce, culture, and transport.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): examine the collection at National Museum, then get to know the resident critters at Riyadh Zoo, and then steep yourself in history at Al Masmak Fortress.

Plan my day in Riyadh using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Sanaa to Riyadh takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Sanaa in September; daily highs in Riyadh reach 102°F and lows reach 85°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuwait City.

Things to do in Riyadh

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Riyadh Zoo ©
Riyadh Zoo
Masmak Fortress ©
Masmak Fortress
National Museum ©
National Museum

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Kuwait City, Kuwait

Kuwait City ©
Kuwait City, the country's capital and largest urban area, combines many of the aspects of a modern, rich city of the Gulf region, with a more rugged and ordinary core.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Mosque, observe the fascinating underwater world at The Scientific Center, and then stroll around Al Shaheed Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kuwait City trip planner.

You can fly from Riyadh to Kuwait City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Riyadh, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kuwait City, ranging from highs of 109°F to lows of 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Kuwait City

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
The Scientific Center ©
The Scientific Center
Grand Mosque ©
Grand Mosque

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Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
On the 18th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Darband, then examine the collection at Omidvar Brothers Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tehran trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Kuwait City to Tehran takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Kuwait City in September, plan for cooler days in Tehran, with highs around 89°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Tehran

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Darband ©
Darband
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Omidvar Brothers Museum ©
Omidvar Brothers Museum

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Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

Planning Erbil trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tehran to Erbil takes 3 hours. When traveling from Tehran in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Erbil: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 72°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Amman.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

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Amman, Jordan

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Husseini Mosque, then delve into the distant past at The Citadel, and then delve into the distant past at Jerash Ruins. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Roman Amphitheater, then get a taste of the local shopping with Al Balad – Downtown Amman, then wander the streets of Nabad Art Gallery, and finally take a stroll through Jabal Al Lweibdeh.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amman trip builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Erbil to Amman takes 6 hours. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Erbil in September, expect Amman to be slightly colder, temps between 88°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Damascus.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jerash Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

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Damascus, Syria

Damascus
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
On the 22nd (Sun), admire the striking features of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum, pause for some photo ops at Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Umayyad Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), then take a stroll through Old City, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun). On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Ma'alula Village (Maaloula), browse the eclectic array of goods at Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, steep yourself in history at Damascus Center, then admire the natural beauty at The Environmental Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Damascus.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Damascus holiday planner .

Take a bus from Amman to Damascus in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Amman in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Damascus, with highs around 94°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Ma'alula Village (Maaloula)
Highlights from your plan
Umayyad Mosque
Umayyad Mosque
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) ©
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun)

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Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): make a trip to Corniche Beirut, take in the dramatic natural features at Pigeon Rocks in Raouche, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque, and finally shop like a local with Beirut Souks.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Beirut trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Damascus to Beirut in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Damascus in September, you will find days in Beirut are little chillier (88°F), and nights are a bit warmer (76°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Ayia Napa.

Things to do in Beirut

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Beirut Souks ©
Beirut Souks
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque ©
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut

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Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa ©
Though Ayia Napa boasts archaeological sites and the largest water park in Europe, the city is best known as a party hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Fig Tree Bay, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Profitis Elias, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nissi Beach.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ayia Napa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Beirut to Ayia Napa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Beirut in September since evenings lows in Ayia Napa dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Paphos.

Things to do in Ayia Napa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Protaras
Highlights from your plan
Nissi Beach ©
Nissi Beach
Fig Tree Bay ©
Fig Tree Bay
Church of Profitis Elias ©
Church of Profitis Elias

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Paphos, Cyprus

Paphos ©
The legendary birthplace of the Greek goddess Aphrodite and the capital of western Cyprus, the city of Paphos showcases an abundance of archaeological, architectural, and historical sites.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll through Coral Bay, and then explore the ancient world of Tombs of the Kings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Paphos Harbour Castle, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aphrodite's Rock, then explore the ancient world of Kato Paphos Archaeological Park, and finally identify plant and animal life at Akamas Peninsula National Park.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Paphos online day trip planner .

You can drive from Ayia Napa to Paphos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Paphos can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Paphos

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Aphrodite's Rock, Akamas Peninsula National Park, Coral Bay
Highlights from your plan
Coral Bay ©
Coral Bay
Tombs of the Kings ©
Tombs of the Kings
Akamas Peninsula National Park ©
Akamas Peninsula National Park

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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 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Ota Darvoza, and then explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, and finally step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Khiva online tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paphos to Khiva. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Turkmenistan Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Paphos in September, Khiva is slightly colder at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum, delve into the distant past at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, then get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally contemplate the long history of Saint Daniel's Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Afrasiyab Museum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, then slough off your stress at Turkish baths, and finally make a trip to Registan.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Samarkand road trip website .

You can fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Spas Baths
Highlights from your plan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, and finally make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara driving holiday tool .

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum

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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.
Plan trip to Dushanbe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Bukhara to Dushanbe in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bukhara in October: highs in Dushanbe hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ayni.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan ©

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Ayni, Tajikistan

Ayni ©
Ayni or Aini is a town and jamoat in north-west Tajikistan. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Fann Mountains.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ayni trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Dushanbe to Ayni in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Nurek.

Things to do in Ayni

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Fann Mountains ©
Fann Mountains

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Nurek, Tajikistan

Nurek ©
On the 5th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Lenin Statue, then don't miss a visit to Stele to Constructors of Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant, then admire the striking features of Tunnel Khalton, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Nurek Dam.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nurek online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Ayni to Nurek by car takes about 4.5 hours. October in Nurek sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Khorog.

Things to do in Nurek

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam

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Khorog, Tajikistan

Khorog ©
The main town of the Pamirs, Khorog sits in a steep river valley at the point where two rivers meet.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Khorog Regional Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Garm Chashma, and then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Khorog travel route app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Nurek to Khorog in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Khorog

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Botanical Garden ©
Botanical Garden
Garm Chashma ©
Garm Chashma

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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.
To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bishkek journey website .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Khorog to Bishkek takes 23 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Khorog to Bishkek is 1 hour. October in Bishkek sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kochkor.

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Ala-Too Square

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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. On the 8th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Jailoo Kilemche and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kochkor itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Bishkek to Kochkor in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Karakol.

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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

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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.
On the 9th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Karakol Historical Museum, make a trip to Dungan Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Karakol trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kochkor to Karakol in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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