39 days in Central Asia Itinerary

39 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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39 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Drive:  17​h 45​min
1
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
2
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
4
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
5
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
9
Khorog, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
10
Vahdat, Tajikistan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Nurek, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
12
Qurghonteppa, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
13
Ayni, Tajikistan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
14
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, and finally step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chodra Hovli, admire the striking features of Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Khiva trip itinerary planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Khiva is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Khiva is 3 hours. Expect much colder evenings in Khiva when traveling from Tel Aviv in September, with lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Popular historic sites such as Shah-i-Zinda and Tillya Kori Madrasah are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Registan and Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, admire the striking features of Hazrat Khizr Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of Regional Studies Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Samarkand vacation planner .

Getting from Khiva to Samarkand by combination of taxi and flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. In September in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and Great Minaret of the Kalon. Get a sense of the local culture at Poi Kalyan Mosque and Mir-i Arab Madrasah. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Ark Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Balyand Mosque, and make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Bukhara road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Bukhara

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

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hazret Sultan Mosque and National Museum of Kazakhstan. Visiting Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park and Arai will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Astana attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Astana takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bukhara to Astana is 1 hour. Traveling from Bukhara in September, expect nights in Astana to be slightly colder, around 7°C, while days are much colder, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ala-Too Square and Museum of Fine Arts. Get outdoors at Ala-Archa Gorge and Ak-Sai Glacier. There's lots more to do: trek along Bir-Bulak Gorge, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, take in breathtaking views at Issyk-Ata Gorge, and identify plant and animal life at Konorchek Canyons.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bishkek trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Astana to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Astana in September, things will get a bit warmer in Bishkek: highs are around 33°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Ak-Sai Glacier ©
Ak-Sai Glacier

2
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Kok-Kiya Valley and Chatyr-Kul Lake. When in Naryn, make a side trip to see Koshoy Korgon in Kara-Suu, approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake, stroll through Torugart Pass, hike along Eki-Naryn Valley, and admire the landmark architecture of Blue Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Naryn road trip website .

You can drive from Bishkek to Naryn in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shyrdakbek Korgon, Chatyr-Kul Lake, Koshoy Korgon
Highlights from your plan
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
Torugart Pass ©
Torugart Pass
Koshoy Korgon ©
Koshoy Korgon

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Issyk-Kul Lake and Przewalski Peak. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Karakol's surroundings by going to Barskoon (Barskoon Waterfall, Barskoon Gorge, & more). On the 21st (Mon), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Karakol tour builder website .

You can drive from Naryn to Karakol in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ascension Cathedral and Central State Museum of Kazakhstan. Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Big Almaty Lake. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Altyn-Emel. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, admire the striking features of Kazakhstan National Science Academy, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Almaty journey tool .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Almaty takes 6.5 hours. September in Almaty sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Khorog.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

1
night
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 30th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at National Flag of Tajikistan, examine the collection at Khorog Regional Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden. On the next day, take in the natural beauty of Garm Chashma, appreciate the history behind World War II Memorial, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bulunkul Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Karakul, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Khorog City Park.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Khorog vacation tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Almaty to Khorog in 25 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Khorog due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Vahdat.

Things to do in Khorog

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

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day
Vahdat, Tajikistan

Vahdat
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): snap pictures at Rope Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Monument The Motherland, then explore the activities along Rokhatin Lake, and finally cruise along Romit Gorge.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vahdat trip builder app .

You can drive from Khorog to Vahdat in 12 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Nurek.

Things to do in Vahdat

Nature Parks Wildlife

1
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Nurek, Tajikistan

Nurek ©
On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Lenin Statue, then make a trip to Stele to Constructors of Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant, then admire the landmark architecture of Tunnel Khalton, and finally identify plant and animal life at Nurek Dam.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nurek trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vahdat to Nurek takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Qurghonteppa.

Things to do in Nurek

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

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Qurghonteppa, Tajikistan

Qurghonteppa ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Museum Bibikhonum, don't miss a visit to Buddhist Monastery Ajina-Tepa, then take in the dramatic natural features at Childukhtaron Valley, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sacred Spring Chiluchor Chashma, and finally appreciate the history behind Ismoil Somoni Monument.

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

You can drive from Nurek to Qurghonteppa in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ayni.

Things to do in Qurghonteppa

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Museum Bibikhonum ©
Museum Bibikhonum
Buddhist Monastery Ajina-Tepa ©
Buddhist Monastery Ajina-Tepa

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night
Ayni, Tajikistan

Ayni ©
Ayni or Aini is a town and jamoat in north-west Tajikistan. On the 5th (Mon), explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ayni planner .

Getting from Qurghonteppa to Ayni by car takes about 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Khujand.

Things to do in Ayni

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iskanderkul Lake
Highlights from your plan
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake

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nights
Khujand, Tajikistan

Khujand ©
For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the activities along Kayrakkum Reservoir, make a trip to Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin, then learn more about the world around you at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Somoni park. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Khujand Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Kamal Khudzhandi, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, then examine the collection at House Museum Kamal Khuzhandi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjidi Jami Mosque, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bofanda Mosque.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Khujand trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ayni to Khujand in 2.5 hours. October in Khujand sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Khujand

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kayrakkum Reservoir ©
Kayrakkum Reservoir
Masjidi Jami Mosque ©
Masjidi Jami Mosque