49 days in Central Asia Itinerary

49 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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49 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Canberra, Australia
Fly:  27​h
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Borovoe, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Taxi:  11​h 30​min
9
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
10
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
At-Bashi, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
12
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 6 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Canberra, Australia

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Almaty Central Park and Almaty Zoo. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, immerse yourself in nature at Lake Alakol, and have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Almaty trip app .

Canberra, Australia to Almaty is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Canberra to Almaty, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Canberra in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Almaty: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Alakol
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

5
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.
Explore Dushanbe's surroundings by going to Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). There's lots more to do: try out the rides at Delfin Aquapark, walk around Rudaki Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dushanbe day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Dushanbe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Almaty to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Almaty in April, you will find days in Dushanbe are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Iskanderkul Lake, Nurek Dam, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
Highlights from your plan
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Delfin Aquapark ©
Delfin Aquapark

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Chimgan (Pulatkhan Plateau & Chimgan Ski Resort) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimgon, get to know the resident critters at Tashkent Zoo, and make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Dushanbe to Tashkent by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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 26th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza, then admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally get in on the family fun at Urgench Youth Lake Complex.

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Getting from Tashkent to Khiva by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

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 (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

4
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: get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, gain insight at Ulugbek Madrasah, and contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Samarkand itinerary planning website .

Fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Ulugh Beg Observatory ©
Ulugh Beg Observatory
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda

5
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.
Step out of Bukhara to go to Gijduvan and see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs, which is approximately 1h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, don't miss a visit to Trading Domes, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bukhara trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Samarkand in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bukhara, with highs around 37°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Palace of Bukhara Emirs, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
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

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Family Rest Center Ailand and Duman Entertainment Centre. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, catch a live event at Sport Complex Kazakhstan, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan trip planning app .

You can fly from Bukhara to Nur-Sultan in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bukhara to Nur-Sultan. When traveling from Bukhara in May, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Nur-Sultan: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Borovoe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park ©
Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park
Sport Complex Kazakhstan ©
Sport Complex Kazakhstan

1
night
Borovoe, Kazakhstan

Borovoe ©
On the 12th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Kenesary Cave, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Museum of Nature, and then head off the coast to Rock Zhumbaktas.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Borovoe vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Borovoe takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Borovoe

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rock Zhumbaktas ©
Rock Zhumbaktas

1
day
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 13th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Saty online itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Borovoe to Saty takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

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

5
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.
Karakol is known for nature, historic sites, museums, winter sports, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan, take in breathtaking views at Merzbacher Lake, admire the majestic nature at Karakol Peak, and stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Karakol trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to At-Bashi.

Things to do in Karakol

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

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Koshoy Korgon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kol Suu. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Shar Waterfall and then stroll through Chatyr-Kul Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our At-Bashi itinerary planning website .

Drive from Karakol to At-Bashi in 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in At-Bashi

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Koshoy Korgon
Highlights from your plan
Kol Suu ©
Kol Suu
Chatyr-Kul Lake ©
Chatyr-Kul Lake
Koshoy Korgon ©
Koshoy Korgon

6
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.
Step out of Bishkek to go to Tokmok and see Burana Tower, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge, trek along Bir-Bulak Gorge, take a peaceful walk through Korona Peak, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Too-Ashu Pass.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip planner .

Traveling by car from At-Bashi to Bishkek takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Too-Ashu Pass ©
Too-Ashu Pass
Boom Gorge ©
Boom Gorge