30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Male, Maldives
+2
ferry + Fly + bus:  13​h 15​min
1
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
6
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
11
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  11​h 15​min
End: Male, Maldives

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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 out of Bishkek to go to Tokmok and see Burana Tower, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ala-Archa Gorge, pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, don't miss a visit to Manas Statue, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek road trip website .

Male, Maldives to Bishkek is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Male to Bishkek. Traveling from Male in October, expect nights in Bishkek to be much colder, around 6°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

1
night
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 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Naryn driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Bishkek to Naryn in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Museums
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

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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.
Karakol is known for nature, historic sites, museums, winter sports, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan, and make a trip to Dungan Mosque.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Karakol trip planner .

You can drive from Naryn to Karakol in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Saty trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Saty takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

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nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Saty to Almaty in 4.5 hours. October in Almaty sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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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.
Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, walk around City Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan trip tool .

You can fly from Almaty to Nur-Sultan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Almaty in October, things will get little chillier in Nur-Sultan: highs are around 8°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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City Park ©
City Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and admire the striking features of Chor-Minor.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Bukhara trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Bukhara takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nur-Sultan to Bukhara. When traveling from Nur-Sultan in October, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Bukhara: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, and admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Madrasah.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Samarkand road trip website .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Samarkand are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then admire the landmark architecture of Ota Darvoza, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), don't miss a visit to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum, admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Khiva trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Samarkand in October, with highs in Khiva at 20°C and lows at 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Step out of Tashkent with an excursion to Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, head outdoors with Lake Charvak, and get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tashkent online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Tashkent takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pulatkhan Plateau
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Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Hisor Fortress (in Hisor) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Rudaki Park, explore the activities along Varzob, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dushanbe day trip planning site .

You can fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Iskanderkul Lake, Hisor Fortress, Nurek Dam
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam