58 days in Asia Itinerary

58 days in Asia Itinerary

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58 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Durban, South Africa
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h
2
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  7 h 15 min
4
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
7
Termiz, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Tram + Foot + Fly:  8 h
11
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
12
Urgench, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
13
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  10 h 15 min
14
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
15
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 45 min
16
Shiraz, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  17 h 30 min
17
Margilan, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13 h 15 min
18
Urumqi, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Durban, South Africa

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art and House Museum of Pumpkin. Head to Chorsu Bazaar and Art Gallery of Uzbekistanfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Yunus Rajabi House Museum, head outdoors with Lake Charvak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ensemble Hazrati Imam, and pause for some serene contemplation at Imom Khasan Mosque.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tashkent trip itinerary builder tool .

Durban, South Africa to Tashkent is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Uzbekistan Time (UZT) is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan ©
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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.
Visit Assumption Cathedral and Hazret Sultan Mosque for their historical value. Visiting Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park and Arai will get you outdoors. Take a break from Nur-Sultan with a short trip to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Astana Allee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Constantine and Helen Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and browse the different shops at MEGA Silk Way.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Nur-Sultan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Nur-Sultan, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral
Astana Allee ©
Astana Allee

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at TSUM, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Altyn-Emel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baiken Mosque. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at D.A. Kunayev Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts.

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You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nur-Sultan in October: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 19°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

2
nights
Turkestan, Kazakhstan

Turkestan ©
A small and historic city, Turkistan has become a major place of pilgrimage, with thousands of Muslims arriving each year to visit its main religious monument.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Historical Culture Ethnographic Center and then admire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at The Intimate Ruins of Sauran.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turkestan attractions planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Almaty to Turkestan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shymkent.

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Historical Culture Ethnographic Center ©

3
nights
Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskiy Oblastnoy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Victims of Political Repressions, then browse the different shops at Mega Planet, and finally stroll around Park Abaya. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Shymkent Plaza and then walk around Independence Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Shymkent tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Turkestan to Shymkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Yusufhona.

Things to do in Shymkent

Shopping Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mega Planet ©
Mega Planet
Park Abaya ©
Park Abaya

4
nights
Yusufhona, Uzbekistan

Yusufhona ©
Step out of the city life by going to Charvak Reservoir and Chimgan Ski Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yusufhona vacation site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tehran to Yusufhona. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tehran to Yusufhona due to the time zone difference. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Yusufhona

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Termiz, Uzbekistan

Termiz ©
Termez is a city in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan near the Hairatan border crossing of Afghanistan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kampirtepa and Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Archeological Museum and Sultan Saodat Complex. There's more to do: make a trip to Fayoztepa.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Termiz trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yusufhona to Termiz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off toShahrisabz.

Things to do in Termiz

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Archeological Museum ©
Archeological Museum
Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy ©
Church of Aleksandr Nevskiy
Sultan Saodat Complex ©
Sultan Saodat Complex

2
nights
Shahrisabz, Uzbekistan

Shahrisabz ©
Get a sense of the local culture at The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray and Statue of Amir Timur. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dorut Tilovat and Crypt of Tamerlan.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shahrisabz trip planner .

You can drive from Termiz to Shahrisabz in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. When traveling from Termiz in October, plan for little chillier days in Shahrisabz, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. You'll set off for Samarkand on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Shahrisabz

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray ©
The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray
Dorut Tilovat ©
Dorut Tilovat
Statue of Amir Timur ©
Statue of Amir Timur

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Get a sense of the local culture at Registan and Shah-i-Zinda. Museum-lovers will appreciate Imam Bokhari Mausoleum and Art Gallery Happy Bird. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, don't miss a visit to University Boulevard, take an in-depth tour of Regional Studies Museum, and steep yourself in history at Afrasiyab Settlement.

Before you visit Samarkand, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Shahrisabz to Samarkand in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum
Art Gallery Happy Bird ©
Art Gallery Happy Bird

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 inner history buff will appreciate Poi Kalyan Mosque and Samanid Mausoleum. Get some cultural insight at Mir-i Arab Madrasah and Kosh Madrasah. Step out of Bukhara with an excursion to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, pause for some serene contemplation at Bukhara Synagogue, and delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis.

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

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
Highlights from your plan
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa ©
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon

4
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Citadel Kunya-ark and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) and Kalta Minor Minaret. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, admire the striking features of Ota Darvoza, enjoy breathtaking views from Chodra Hovli, and delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Khiva road trip app .

Do a combination of train and flight from Bukhara to Khiva in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bukhara in November, expect Khiva to be little chillier, temps between 11°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Urgench.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mohammed Amin Madrassah ©
Mohammed Amin Madrassah
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

2
nights
Urgench, Uzbekistan

Urgench ©
Urgench is a city in western Uzbekistan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fortress Toprak Kala and Urgench Youth Lake Complex. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ayaz-Kala.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Urgench trip site .

Traveling by car from Khiva to Urgench takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Urgench

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Fortress Toprak Kala, Ayaz-Kala
Highlights from your plan
Ayaz-Kala ©
Ayaz-Kala

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Museum of Iran and Damavand Mountain. Popular historic sites such as Negarestan Garden and Darband are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Moghadam Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Emamzadeh Saleh, explore the world behind art at International Arts Museum, and shop like a local with Iranian Artists Forum.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tehran trip itinerary site .

Getting from Urgench to Tehran by car takes about 21 hours. Other options: fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Urgench to Tehran. Traveling from Urgench in November, expect Tehran to be somewhat warmer, temps between 17°C and 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Tashkent.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Damavand Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Moghadam Museum ©
Moghadam Museum
National Museum of Iran ©
National Museum of Iran
Negarestan Garden ©
Negarestan Garden

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nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of State Museum "In Memory of the Victims of Repression", pause for some serene contemplation at Khoja Akhrar Mosque, then explore the world behind art at O'zbekiston davlat sa'nat muzeyi, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Yangiobod Weekend Flea Market, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then fly down the slopes at Chimgon.

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

Getting from Tehran to Tashkent by combination of subway and flight takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of subway, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Tashkent is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Baku.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Chimgon ©
Chimgon

3
nights
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Let the collections at Heydar Aliyev Center and Baku Museum of Miniature Books capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Baku Old City and Heydar Mosque are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: tee off at Dreamland Golf Club, take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Juma Mosque.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Baku road trip planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Baku by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Baku due to the time zone difference. In November in Baku, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Baku

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Baku Museum of Miniature Books ©
Baku Museum of Miniature Books

3
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Ka'ba-ye Zartosht, then make a trip to Persepolis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Afif-Abad Garden, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, then make a trip to Zinat ol Molk House, and finally appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Shiraz vacation planner .

Fly from Baku to Shiraz in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Baku in November, expect nights in Shiraz to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Margilan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Persepolis
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Zinat ol Molk House ©
Zinat ol Molk House
Afif-Abad Garden ©
Afif-Abad Garden

1
night
Margilan, Uzbekistan

Margilan ©
Margilan is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Saeed Ahmad-Hodja Madrasah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Khonakhan Mosque, and then revel in the low prices at Yodgorlik Silk Factory.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Margilan route planner .

Explore your travel options from Shiraz to Margilan with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shiraz to Margilan. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shiraz in November: highs in Margilan hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 2°C. You will leave for Urumqi on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Margilan

Historic Sites Shopping Classes
Highlights from your plan
Khonakhan Mosque ©
Khonakhan Mosque
Yodgorlik Silk Factory ©
Yodgorlik Silk Factory

2
nights
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) and Dabancheng Ancient Town. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tianshan Grand Canyon and Southern Mosque. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Tianshan Mountain Wildlife Park, take an in-depth tour of Silk Route Musem of Xinjiang Uygur, stop by International Bazaar, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Karakoram Highway.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Urumqi route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Margilan to Urumqi. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to China Standard Time (CST) is 3 hours. In November, Urumqi is little chillier than Margilan - with highs of 3°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Karakoram Highway, Tianshan Grand Canyon
Highlights from your plan
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©
International Bazaar ©
International Bazaar

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