60 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
3
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
6
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
8
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
9
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
11
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
12
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
13
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
14
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Heydar Mosque and National Museum of History of Azerbaijan. Change things up with these side-trips from Baku: Gobustan (Gobustan State Reserve & Mud Volcanoes). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Baku Old City, go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah - Fire Temple, and see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Baku online trip itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Baku is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Baku, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Baku reach 38°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gobustan
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Baku Old City
Baku Old City
Heydar Aliyev Center
Heydar Aliyev Center
Baku Boulevard
Baku Boulevard

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, and then identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip planner.

Getting from Baku to Ashgabat by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) is 1 hour. While traveling from Baku, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of 43°C to lows of 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

4
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 off the beaten path and head to KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement and Qarqaraly National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, don't miss a visit to Independence Stele, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Karaganda trip planner.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Karaganda in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ashgabat to Karaganda. Traveling from Ashgabat in August, things will get much colder in Karaganda: highs are around 29°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Highlights from your plan

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nur-Astana Mosque and Assumption Cathedral. There's lots more to do: walk around City Park, go for a walk through Nurzhol Boulevard, explore the striking landscape of Arai, and take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan online trip builder.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nur-Sultan, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

4
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Zhastar Park and Zhambyl Zhabayev Park. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, examine the collection at Eastern-Kazakhstan Regional Architecture and Ethnographic Museum Reserve, and stroll around Sauletai Recreation Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Oskemen online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Oskemen, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists ©
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saty trip maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Oskemen to Saty takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ala Kul Lake and Altyn Arashan. Take a break from Karakol with a short trip to Canyon Skazka in Tosor, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, pause for some photo ops at Lenin Statue, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Karakol Peak.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Karakol trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Canyon Skazka
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Ala Myshyk Caves and then explore the striking landscape of National Park Salkyn-Tor.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Naryn trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Karakol to Naryn in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

5
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 off the beaten path and head to Burana Tower and Ala-Too Square. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, head outdoors with Too-Ashu Pass, pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, and make a trip to Manas Statue.

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

You can drive from Naryn to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. August in Bishkek sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Almaty.

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
Panfilov Park ©
Panfilov Park

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Issyk and Turgen Waterfalls. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, make a trip to Temple of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Almaty travel planner.

You can drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek in September, you will find days in Almaty are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake Issyk, Turgen Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rudaki Park and National Museum of Tajikistan. Explore Dushanbe's surroundings by going to Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and take a memorable drive along Karatag Gorge.

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

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Dushanbe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Tajikistan Time (TJT) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Almaty in September, expect nights in Dushanbe to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Fann Mountains, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Iskanderkul Lake, Nurek Dam
Highlights from your plan
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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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 off the beaten path and head to Mir-i-Arab Madrasa and Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa). Take a break from Bukhara with a short trip to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Medressa, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara vacation maker app.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Bukhara in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa ©
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum and Tillya Kori Madrasah. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Registan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulugbek Madrasah, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar, and stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand sightseeing tool.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum ©
Imam Bokhari Mausoleum

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore hidden gems such as Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art and Minor Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Tashkent side-trips: Chimgan (Pulatkhan Plateau & Chimgan Ski Resort). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Barak-Khan Madrassah, take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower, contemplate the long history of Ensemble Hazrati Imam, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication History.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Tashkent online trip maker.

Getting from Samarkand to Tashkent by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chimgan
Highlights from your plan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Barak-Khan Madrassah ©
Barak-Khan Madrassah

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