60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Start: Bugbug, Indonesia
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + Taxi + Foot + Train:  7 h 15 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
7
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 30 min
8
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
11
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
13
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
14
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
End: Bugbug, Indonesia

2
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 the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, and see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip maker website.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 22.5- 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 Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality
Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe

4
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.
Take a break from Bukhara with a short trip to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the striking features of Palace of Bukhara Emirs, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, and make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, taxi, and train from Ashgabat to Bukhara takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bukhara, with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough 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
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

5
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
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, examine the collection at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, and admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, photos, 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 fly; or 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

Side Trips

Shahrisabz, Chor-Chinor Garden
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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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.
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 steep yourself in history at Chodra Hovli.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip planner.

You can fly from Samarkand to Khiva in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Samarkand in December, expect Khiva to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
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: Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). The adventure continues: get outside with Lake Charvak, admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, see the interesting displays at Yunus Rajabi House Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tashkent tour app.

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 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pulatkhan Plateau, Charvak Reservoir
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir

5
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: Nurek (Tunnel Khalton, Nurek Dam, &more), Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress) and Qurghonteppa (Mausoleum of Khodzha Moshad, Buddhist Monastery Ajina-Tepa, &more). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St.Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Dushanbe by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Dushanbe, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Osh.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qurghonteppa, Nurek, Hisor, Iskanderkul Lake, Fann Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park

2
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
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 in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, steep yourself in history at Dom Babura Mosque, take in the dramatic scenery at Abshir Ata Falls, and browse the exhibits of SAIMALUU TASH Art Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Osh day trip planning site.

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Osh due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Alay Valley ©
Alay Valley
Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Karaganda to Temirtau to see Central Mosque about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Victims of Political Repression, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Karaganda trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Osh to Karaganda takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. December in Karaganda sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temirtau, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Monument to Victims of Political Repression ©
Monument to Victims of Political Repression

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: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, don't miss a visit to Monument to Aliya Moldagulova, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

For maps, photos, ratings, 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
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

3
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
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, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, see the interesting displays at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oskemen trip tool.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists ©
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists

2
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
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 other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Saty journey maker app.

Getting from Oskemen to Saty by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 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:
Highlights from your plan
Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karakol: Canyon Skazka (in Tosor), Abandoned Pension Utyos (in Kaji-Say) and Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, Barskoon Plateau, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, make a trip to Dungan Mosque, take in the dramatic natural features at Telety Pass, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Karakol trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Issyk Kul Province, Canyon Skazka, Abandoned Pension Utyos
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Semenovskoye Canyon ©
Semenovskoye Canyon
Dungan Mosque ©
Dungan Mosque

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, and don't miss a visit to Victory Square.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bishkek trip builder website.

Drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Burana Tower, Ratsek Cabin
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort ©
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort
Ski resort Too-Ashuu ©
Ski resort Too-Ashuu

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
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. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Almaty vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Almaty are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Left Talgar Gorge, Lake Issyk
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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