60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 6 nights
Drive
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Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 6 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 6 nights
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Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive to Fergana, Fly to Tashkent
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly to Urgench Airport, Drive to Khiva
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 6 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Explore Almaty's surroundings by going to Lake Issyk (in Esik) and Plateau Assy (in Batan). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, get in on the family fun at Gorky Central Park, tour along fresh powder with Turan Asia, and walk around Kok-Tobe Hill.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Almaty tour itinerary planner.

Tampa, USA to Almaty is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 11 hours traveling from Tampa to Almaty. Traveling from Tampa in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Almaty, with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Saty, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lower Kolsai Lake, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy, then explore the activities along Upper Kolsai Lake, and finally explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saty trip planner.

Getting from Almaty to Saty by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

Parks · Nature

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

— 6 nights
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.
When in Karakol, make a side trip to see Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata in Cholpon Ata, approximately Cholpon Ata away. On the 14th (Wed), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Karakol Gorge, admire the majestic nature at Karakol Peak, and explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks).

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Karakol holiday planner.

You can drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

— 2 nights
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
On the 18th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Shyrdakbek Korgon and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at National Park Salkyn-Tor and then surround yourself with nature on CBT Naryn.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Naryn trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Naryn takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 6 nights
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 with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get into the urban bustle at Asanbay Center, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Naryn to Bishkek takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. July in Bishkek sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Shopping · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 6 nights
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, make a trip to Quay Astana, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Bishkek to Nur-Sultan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, Nur-Sultan is little chillier than Bishkek - with highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Theme Parks

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 6 nights
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), Monument The Motherland (in Vahdat) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). There's still lots to do: stroll around Rudaki Park, explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, take in the exciting artwork at Noor Art Gallery, and admire all the interesting features of National Library.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dushanbe trip planning tool.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Dushanbe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nur-Sultan to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Nur-Sultan in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 99°F by day to 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Osh.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Osh, Kyrgyzstan

— 3 nights
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Osh is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trot along with a tour on horseback, get outside with Saimaluu Tash, appreciate the history behind Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, and make a trip to Manas Statue.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Osh trip planner.

Getting from Dushanbe to Osh by car takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Osh due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Osh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 5 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tashkent: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at Silver Rain Spa Salon, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, wander the streets of Old Tashkent, and get outside with Lake Charvak.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tashkent attractions website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Osh to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Osh to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 5 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Happy Bird.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tashkent to Samarkand takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 5 nights

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Bukhara trip maker.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights
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.
On the 25th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), then steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, and finally steep yourself in history at Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassah. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Khiva trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukhara to Khiva. August in Khiva sees daily highs of 93°F and lows of 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 3 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Khiva to Ashgabat takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in August, with highs in Ashgabat at 99°F and lows at 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks