53 days in Asia Itinerary

53 days in Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  28 h
1
Urumqi, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  13 h 45 min
2
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 10 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  9 h
4
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
+5
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Foot + Train + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
12
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Charlotte, United States

2
nights
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll around Red Mountain, thensee the interesting displays at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then take an in-depth tour of Silk Route Musem of Xinjiang Uygur. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianshan Mountains and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Heavenly Lake of Tianshan.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Urumqi holiday maker.

Charlotte, USA to Urumqi is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 13 hour difference. In August in Urumqi, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. You will leave for Karakol on the 20th (Thu).

Things to do in Urumqi

Parks Nature Museums
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Heavenly Lake of Tianshan ©
Heavenly Lake of Tianshan
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)
Red Mountain ©
Red Mountain

10
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cholpon Ata (Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata & Abandoned Runway), Radon Springs Djuuku (in Saruu) and Tosor (Canyon Skazka & Canyon Fairy Tale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan, explore the striking landscape at Karakol Gorge, explore the activities along Ala Kul Lake, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Karakol trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Urumqi to Karakol with the Route module. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Kyrgyzstan Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Cholpon Ata, Kaji-Say, Tosor, Radon Springs Djuuku
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

5
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.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, and steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square.

You can plan Bishkek trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

4
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, and make a trip to Monument to Kazybek Bi.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Karaganda itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Bishkek to Karaganda takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bishkek in September; daily highs in Karaganda reach 66°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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5
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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and stroll around City Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan online attractions planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in September, Nur-Sultan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

5
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: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, stroll through Big Almaty Lake, get in on the family fun at Almaty Central Park, and pick up some local products at Zelenyy Bazar.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Almaty travel planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nur-Sultan in September, with highs in Almaty at 77°F and lows at 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Almaty

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

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: take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Ashgabat takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Almaty in September, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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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

5
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.
Step out of Bukhara to go to Gijduvan and see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis, and get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

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

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ashgabat to Bukhara in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, Bukhara is slightly colder at night with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Palace of Bukhara Emirs, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

4
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: make a trip to Registan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Samarkand trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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 2nd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): admire the striking features of Ota Darvoza, step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Khiva trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Samarkand to Khiva in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Samarkand in October; daily highs in Khiva reach 64°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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)
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret

1
day
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 4th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Tashkent trip simple and quick.

You can fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tokmok.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

1
night
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

Tokmok ©
Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kol-Tor Lake and then take in panoramic vistas at Burana Tower. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the views at Kegety Gorge.

Plan my trip to Tokmok with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tashkent to Tokmok. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Tokmok. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tokmok

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kol-Tor Lake
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Kol-Tor Lake ©
Kol-Tor Lake
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower

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