60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Ashgabat International Airport
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly to Turkmenabad, Taxi to Olot
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly to Almaty, Taxi to Saty
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Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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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, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, don't miss a visit to Monument Arch of Neutrality, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip maker website.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bugbug to Ashgabat is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bugbug in December; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Bukhara to Gijduvan to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Samanid Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Medressa.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bukhara trip planner.

Getting from Ashgabat to Bukhara by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in December, Bukhara is little chillier at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Samarkand: Shahrisabz (Statue of Amir Timur, Dorut Tilovat, &more) and Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Registan, explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), steep yourself in history at Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, 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). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ota Darvoza.

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Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Samarkand in December, things will get slightly colder in Khiva: highs are around 5°C and lows about -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tashkent: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Lake Charvak, hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tashkent sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Tashkent takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dushanbe: Museum Bibikhonum (in Qurghonteppa), Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, walk around Rudaki Park, explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haji Yaqub Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Dushanbe day trip app.

You can fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Osh.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

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Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Osh is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, explore the activities along Abshir Ata Falls, appreciate the views at Alay Valley, and take in the exciting artwork at SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osh holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Dushanbe to Osh in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Osh

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Venture out of the city with trips to Temirtau (Central Mosque & Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, don't miss a visit to Regional Central Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Stele.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Karaganda trip planner.

Getting from Osh to Karaganda by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. In December in Karaganda, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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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: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and take in the exciting artwork at Kulanshi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nur-Sultan travel route planner.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

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Oskemen, Kazakhstan

A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, don't miss a visit to Victory Memorial, get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, and walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oskemen day trip planning site.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Oskemen can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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Saty, Kazakhstan

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saty journey maker app.

Getting from Oskemen to Saty by combination of flight and taxi takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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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.
Explore Karakol's surroundings by going to Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, Barskoon Waterfall, &more) and Canyon Skazka (in Tosor). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Karakol Gorge, stroll around River Park, and see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Karakol online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saty to Karakol takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Bishkek to Tokmok to see Burana Tower about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, take in the exciting artwork at Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists, hit the slopes at Ski resort Too-Ashuu, and stroll around Panfilov Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Bishkek trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Karakol to Bishkek by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Bishkek sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Lake Issyk in Esik--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and take in the dramatic natural features at Left Talgar Gorge.

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You can drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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