60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
5
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
8
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
10
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
11
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
12
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
13
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 7 nights
14
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Explore hidden gems such as Turkmen Carpet Museum and Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, have fun at Ashgabat hippodrome, examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar.

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Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bugbug to Ashgabat. While traveling from Bugbug, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Kalta Minor Minaret. Step out of Khiva to go to Urgench and see Urgench Youth Lake Complex, which is approximately 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, admire the landmark architecture of Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, look for gifts at Khiva Silk Worshop, and explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Khiva trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ashgabat to Khiva by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In April in Khiva, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
Highlights from your plan
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Poi Kalyan Mosque and Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bukhara: Navoiy (Karavan-Sarai Rabati Malik & Mir-Sayid Bakhrom Mausoleum) and Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs (in Gijduvan). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Ulugbek Medressa, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, make a trip to Trading Domes, and get engrossed in the history at Fayzulla Khujayev House.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Khiva to Bukhara takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In April, daytime highs in Bukhara are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Navoiy, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
Highlights from your plan
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi ©
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi
Ulugbek Medressa ©
Ulugbek Medressa

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sher Dor Madrasah and Ulugbek Madrasah. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Samarkand: Shahrisabz (Crypt of Tamerlan, Dor Us-Siyodat, &more) and Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar, don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, and explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Settlement.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Khujand.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Shahrisabz, Chor-Chinor Garden
Highlights from your plan
Sher Dor Madrasah ©
Sher Dor Madrasah
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah ©
Ulugbek Madrasah

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Panjshanbe Bozor and Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification. Explore Khujand's surroundings by going to Istaravshan (Fortress Mug Teppe & Bust of Lenin). There's lots more to do: stroll around Somoni park, contemplate the long history of Arbob Cultural Palace, don't miss a visit to The Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, and pause for some photo ops at Kamal Khujandi Statue.

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You can drive from Samarkand to Khujand in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Istaravshan
Highlights from your plan
Bofanda Mosque ©
Bofanda Mosque
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor
Somoni park ©
Somoni park

4
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 hidden gems such as Ismaili Centre and National Museum of Antiquities. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Monument The Motherland (in Vahdat) and Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, make a trip to Palace of the Nation, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and stroll around Rudaki Park.

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Getting from Khujand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in April, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hisor, Monument The Motherland, Iskanderkul Lake
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Ismaili Centre ©
Ismaili Centre
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Charvak Reservoir and Japanese Garden. Go for a jaunt from Tashkent to Chimgan to see Pulatkhan Plateau about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Chimgon, make a trip to Barak-Khan Madrassah, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and appreciate the history behind Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pulatkhan Plateau, Charvak Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chimgon ©
Chimgon

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Karaganda Regional Museum. Explore Karaganda's surroundings by going to Temirtau (City Park of Culture and Leisure & Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Independence Stele, make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Karaganda State Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Karaganda road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Karaganda takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Karaganda, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Temirtau, 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 Monument Kazakh Eli and Nurzhol Boulevard. Change things up with a short trip to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka (about 46 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque, get to know the resident critters at Duman Entertainment Centre, stop by Astana Allee, and ponder the design of Fountain Circus.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Nur-Sultan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in May, Nur-Sultan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
Highlights from your plan
City Park ©
City Park
Monument Kazakh Eli ©
Monument Kazakh Eli
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bishkek: Tokmok (Tokmok Mosque & Burana Tower). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Victory Square, get engrossed in the history at State History Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Ratsek Cabin, and explore the galleries of Kyrgyz State Museum of Literature and Art.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Bishkek trip planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in May, expect nights in Bishkek to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tokmok, Ratsek Cabin
Highlights from your plan
State History Museum ©
State History Museum
Spas & Wellness
Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov ©
Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Horseback Riding Tours and Kyzart Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naryn: Koshoy Korgon (in Kara-Suu), Altyn Kol (in Kochkor) and Shar Waterfall (in At-Bashi). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Naryn National Reserve, explore the fascinating underground world of Ala Myshyk Caves, and explore and take pictures at Torugart Pass.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Naryn day trip planning website.

Getting from Bishkek to Naryn by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kochkor, Naryn Province, Koshoy Korgon, Shar Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Tash Rabat ©
Tash Rabat
Horseback Riding Tours
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

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nights
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, take a peaceful walk through Grigorevskoye Canyon, take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, thenappreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Petroglyphs. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abandoned Runway, thentake in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, thenhead outdoors with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, and finally examine the collection at Historical Museum.

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Traveling by car from Naryn to Cholpon Ata takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Grigorevskoye Canyon, Ferris Wheel
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum

7
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 off the beaten path and head to Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing and Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karakol: Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin & Barskoon Waterfall), Kaji-Say (Abandoned Pension Utyos & Lenin Statue) and Tosor (Canyon Skazka & Canyon Fairy Tale). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Karakol Gorge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Bugu-Ene Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Karakol trip app.

You can drive from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Kaji-Say, Tosor, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Highlights from your plan
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Explore hidden gems such as A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Altyn-Emel. Venture out of the city with trips to Kapchagay (Nomad Fortress, Tamgaly Tas, &more), Ancient Town Talgar (in Talgar) and Lake Issyk (in Esik). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Almatinskiy Terrenkur, examine the collection at Archeology Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, and make a trip to The Central Mosque of Almaty.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip planner.

Getting from Karakol to Almaty by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. In May in Almaty, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapchagay, Lake Alakol, Ancient Town Talgar, Lake Issyk
Highlights from your plan
Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur

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