41 days in Central Asia Itinerary

41 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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41 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Varna, Bulgaria
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
Drive:  10​h 15​min
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
9
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
10
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Varna, Bulgaria

1
night
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 21st (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): try your luck at Ashgabat hippodrome, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then pause for some photo ops at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat vacation maker .

Varna, Bulgaria to Ashgabat is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. While traveling from Varna, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Casinos Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), then make a trip to Ota Darvoza, then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, and finally contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, then don't miss a visit to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Khiva online attractions planner .

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Registan and Gur Emir Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Samarkand trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Khiva to Samarkand by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. April in Samarkand sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Great Minaret of the Kalon and Poi Kalyan Mosque. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, and take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Bukhara online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

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

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of Tajikistan and Mevlana Yakub Charki Mosque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Hisor Fortress (in Hisor). There's lots more to do: walk around Rudaki Park, make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, and browse the exhibits of NOOR ART GALLERY.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dushanbe attractions planner.

Fly from Bukhara to Dushanbe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Bukhara in May, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Dushanbe. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Get a sense of the local culture at Chorsu Bazaar and Amir Timur Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and examine the collection at Museum of Communication History.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip planner .

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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.
Ala-Too Square and Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 10th (Fri) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Boom Gorge, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, and learn about all things military at Mikhail Frunze Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bishkek trip planner .

Getting from Tashkent to Bishkek by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to At-Bashi.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
State History Museum ©
State History Museum

1
night
At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan

At-Bashi ©
At-Bashy is a village in the Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan, about 35km southwest of Naryn on the main highway to the Torugart Pass. On the 14th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Shar Waterfall and then explore the activities along Chatyr-Kul Lake.

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Traveling by car from Bishkek to At-Bashi takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in At-Bashi

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chatyr-Kul Lake ©
Chatyr-Kul Lake

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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 16th (Thu), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), make a trip to Dungan Mosque, and admire the verdant scenery at Merzbacher Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Karakol trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from At-Bashi to Karakol takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum ©
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan

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Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saty online holiday planner .

You can drive from Karakol to Saty in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Saty

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

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ascension Cathedral and Baiken Mosque. There's still lots to do: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Alakol.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Saty to Almaty in 4.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Astana.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Lake Alakol
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Kazakhstan and Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Change things up with a short trip to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka (about 50 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Kazakhstan Military History Museum, and explore the galleries of Kulanshi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Astana trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Almaty to Astana in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In May, Astana is a bit cooler than Almaty - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque