34 days in Central Asia Itinerary

34 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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

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 nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, get great views at Quay Astana, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from London to Nur-Sultan. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, stroll around Panfilov Park, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bishkek travel planning website.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Bishkek: highs are around 38°C and lows about 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

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Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

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 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Shyrdakbek Korgon and then contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake.

Start your trip to Naryn by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Bishkek to Naryn in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

4
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karakol: Barskoon (Barskoon Waterfall & Monument to Yuriy Gagarin). On the 12th (Mon), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, explore the striking landscape at Karakol Gorge, and don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Karakol vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Naryn to Karakol takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

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Saty, Kazakhstan

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the activities along Lower Kolsai Lake, explore the activities along Upper Kolsai Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Kaindy, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Saty trip builder site.

You can drive from Karakol to Saty in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Saty

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Almaty Lake, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, and stroll around First President's Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Almaty journey builder.

Traveling by car from Saty to Almaty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Almaty are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to National Library, walk around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, then walk around Victory Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Anzob Tunnel (Tunnel of Death). Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Dushanbe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Dushanbe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) to Tajikistan Time (TJT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Almaty in July, expect nights in Dushanbe to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Take a break from Tashkent with a short trip to Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Tashkent takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

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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.
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, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, and explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand trip maker tool.

You can take a train from Tashkent to Samarkand in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

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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.
On the 27th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), make a trip to Trading Domes, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally don't miss a visit to Ark of Bukhara. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Samanid Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip maker.

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 43°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

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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 29th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassah, then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally steep yourself in history at Allakuli Khan Tim Market.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Khiva tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bukhara to Khiva. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Darvaza.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:

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Darvaza, Turkmenistan

Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Darvaza Gas Crater and don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Darvaza trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Khiva to Darvaza in 6.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat journey tool.

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Ashgabat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.