19 days in Central Asia Itinerary

19 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Fly to Urgench Airport, Drive to Khiva
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly

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Khiva, Uzbekistan

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 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark, steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Khiva road trip planning website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Khiva is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Zurich to Khiva, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Zurich, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Khiva, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

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Itchan Kala ©
Must see
Itchan Kala
4.8

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Get some historical perspective at Shah-i-Zinda and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Registan and Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum. There's much more to do: get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand driving holiday tool.

Fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, Samarkand is somewhat warmer than Khiva - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Must see
Registan
4.8
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Must see
Shah-i-Zinda
4.9

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Great Minaret of the Kalon and Mir-i-Arab Madrasa. Popular historic sites such as Samanid Mausoleum and Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums
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Samanid Mausoleum
World heritage site
Samanid Mausoleum
4.4
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
World heritage site
Poi Kalyan Mosque
4.8

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Nurek Dam and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara. Step out of Dushanbe with an excursion to Hisor Fortress in Hisor--about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: walk around Rudaki Park and get your game on at Kokhi Navruz.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Dushanbe tour website.

Drive from Bukhara to Dushanbe in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Bukhara in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Dushanbe, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nurek Dam ©
Must see
Nurek Dam
4.8
Hisor Fortress ©
Historic Site
Hisor Fortress
4.2
Rudaki Park ©
Park
Rudaki Park
4.4

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ala-Archa Gorge and Issyk-Ata Gorge. The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Konorchek Canyons, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, explore the striking landscape at Alamedin Gorge, and hike along Chon-Kurchak Gorge.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek tour planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Bishkek takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek. Traveling from Dushanbe in October, you will find days in Bishkek are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Must see
Ala-Archa Gorge
4.7
Alamedin Gorge ©
Geologic Formation
Alamedin Gorge
4.4

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ascension Cathedral and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. Step out of the city life by going to Big Almaty Lake and Food Tours. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Kok-Tobe Hill, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, and fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Almaty trip builder.

Drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Bishkek in October, you will find days in Almaty are little chillier (19°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
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Highlights from your trip
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Must see
Kok-Tobe Hill
4.3