39 days in Asia Itinerary

39 days in Asia Itinerary

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39 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 45​min
12
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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.
Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to The Baiterek Tower, take in the pleasant sights at Nurzhol Boulevard, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and have fun at Sport Complex Kazakhstan.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Astana vacation planner.

Toronto, Canada to Astana is an approximately 22-hour flight. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Toronto to Astana due to the time zone difference. In March, Astana is a bit cooler than Toronto - with highs of 0°C and lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Step out of Karaganda with an excursion to Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum in Temirtau--about 54 minutes away. On the 16th (Mon), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Qarqaraly National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Victims of Political Repression, and make a trip to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Karaganda trip tool .

Getting from Astana to Karaganda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Karaganda sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Qarqaraly National Park
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

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, get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Ski Resort, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, and examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Almaty trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Karaganda in March, with highs in Almaty at 12°C and lows at 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saty trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 24th (Tue), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, make a trip to Dungan Mosque, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Karakol tour itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Saty to Karakol takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

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

2
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.
When in Bishkek, make a side trip to see Burana Tower in Tokmok, approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, take in the awesome beauty at Boom Gorge, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and don't miss a visit to Victory Square.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishkek day trip website .

Drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

3
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 out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Hisor Fortress (in Hisor). Fill the 31st (Tue) with excitement at Delfin Aquapark. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Rudaki Park, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Outdoors Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
Highlights from your plan
Delfin Aquapark ©
Delfin Aquapark
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, and contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bukhara trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Dushanbe to Bukhara in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. In March in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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 baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and explore the ancient world of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Samarkand trip planner .

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent trip planner.

Fly from Samarkand to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

3
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.
Take a break from Khiva with a short trip to Urgench Youth Lake Complex in Urgench, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Khiva day trip planning website .

You can fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

5
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, take an unorthodox tour of Kow Ata Underground Lake, and don't miss a visit to Geokdepe.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ashgabat online road trip planner .

You can drive from Khiva to Ashgabat in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. April in Ashgabat sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

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