31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Start: Montreal, Canada
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
10
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
11
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Montreal, Canada

3
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Monument Arch of Neutrality, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, and don't miss a visit to Halk Hakydasy Memorial Complex.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip planning website.

Montreal, Canada to Ashgabat is an approximately 21- hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Ashgabat, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Montreal in August, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 43°C by day to 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

2
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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Ulugbek Medressa.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara road trip website.

Do a combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, Bukhara is little chillier at night with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, gain insight at Tillya Kori Madrasah, engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, then admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, admire the landmark architecture of Ota Darvoza, make a trip to Kalta Minor Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To find out how to plan a trip to Khiva, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Samarkand in September, Khiva is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Mohammed Amin Madrassah ©
Mohammed Amin Madrassah

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, then admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, then make a trip to Amir Temur Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Tashkent takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
TV Tower ©
TV Tower

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Fann Mountains (in Ayni) and Hisor (Hisor Fortress & Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve). There's still lots to do: stroll around Rudaki Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, and take a memorable drive along Karatag Gorge.

To plan Dushanbe vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Outdoors Fun & Games Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hisor, Fann Mountains
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Delfin Aquapark ©
Delfin Aquapark
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

3
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 with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Borborduk Mosque.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Bishkek online itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek is 1 hour. When traveling from Dushanbe in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bishkek: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Monument to Yuriy Gagarin in Barskoon (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: witness a stunning natural landmark at Altyn Arashan, contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, walk around River Park, and make a trip to Dungan Mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Karakol trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Karakol takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monument to Yuriy Gagarin
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 20th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saty trip planner.

You can drive from Karakol to Saty in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, and walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Almaty holiday builder app.

Drive from Saty to Almaty in 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Almaty are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): admire the local landmark of Monument of Friendship of Peoples, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, and finally pause for some photo ops at Zhanibek and Kerei Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a splash at Family Rest Center Ailand, stroll around City Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and finally learn about all things military at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Nur-Sultan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Almaty in September, things will get slightly colder in Nur-Sultan: highs are around 22°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

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