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
Drive:  9 h 45 min
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Tram + Foot + Train:  8 h
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  6 h 30 min
10
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
11
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
12
Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Bus:  2 h
13
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 7 nights
Drive:  6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Independence Monument. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, pause for some serene contemplation at Russian Orthodox Church, and make a trip to Ashgabat Train Station.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip itinerary maker.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 21- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Bugbug, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Ashgabat, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum and Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Step out of Khiva to go to Urgench and see Urgench Youth Lake Complex, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, and admire the landmark architecture of Ota Darvoza.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Khiva route builder site.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 9.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In April in Khiva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
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Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Poi Kalyan Mosque and Fayzulla Khujayev House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bukhara: Navoiy (Karavan-Sarai Rabati Malik & Mir-Sayid Bakhrom Mausoleum) and Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs (in Gijduvan). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, delve into the distant past at Maghak-i 'Attari Mosque, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, and gain insight at Kukeltash Madrasah.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Khiva to Bukhara takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Bukhara sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Navoiy, Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
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Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi ©
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi
Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) ©

4
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tillya Kori Madrasah and Sher Dor Madrasah. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Samarkand: Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut) and Shahrisabz (Crypt of Tamerlan, Dor Us-Siyodat, &more). There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Ulugbek Madrasah, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mausoleum Rukhabad.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Khujand.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Shahrisabz, Chor-Chinor Garden
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Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah ©
Ulugbek Madrasah

3
nights
Khujand, Tajikistan

Khujand ©
For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Explore hidden gems such as Panjshanbe Bozor and Kamal Khujandi Statue. Explore Khujand's surroundings by going to Istaravshan (Fortress Mug Teppe & Bust of Lenin). There's lots more to do: stroll around Somoni park, contemplate the long history of Arbob Cultural Palace, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, and get a new perspective on nature at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification.

Find out how to plan Khujand trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Samarkand to Khujand in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Istaravshan
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Bofanda Mosque ©
Bofanda Mosque
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor
Somoni park ©
Somoni park

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Rudaki Park and National Museum of Tajikistan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress) and Monument The Motherland (in Vahdat). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni, take in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY, and head outdoors with Varzob gorge.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe trip site.

Getting from Khujand to Dushanbe by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April in Dushanbe, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hisor, Iskanderkul Lake, Monument The Motherland
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Ismaili Centre ©
Ismaili Centre

4
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chimgon and Barak-Khan Madrassah. Change things up with these side-trips from Tashkent: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and get engrossed in the history at State Museum "In Memory of the Victims of Repression".

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tashkent online visit planner.

Fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
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Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Regional Central Mosque. Step out of Karaganda to go to Temirtau and see City Park of Culture and Leisure, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum, make a trip to Monument Mining Glory, walk around Central Park of Culture and Rest, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Stele.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Karaganda road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Karaganda takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April in Karaganda, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Temirtau, 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nur-Astana Mosque and Monument Kazakh Eli. Change things up with a short trip to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Nurzhol Boulevard, stroll around Park of Lovers, browse the different shops at MEGA Silk Way, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Duman Entertainment Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan visit planning website.

Getting from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Karaganda in May since evenings lows in Nur-Sultan dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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City Park ©
City Park
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov and Alamedin Gorge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bishkek: Tokmok (Tokmok Mosque & Burana Tower). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, hit the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Ratsek Cabin, and stroll around Panfilov Park.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, read Bishkek trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in May, you will find days in Bishkek are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tokmok, Ratsek Cabin
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State History Museum ©
State History Museum
Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov ©
Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov
Spas & Wellness

4
nights
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Explore hidden gems such as Song Kol Lake and Ala Myshyk Caves. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Naryn: Koshoy Korgon (in Kara-Suu), Shar Waterfall (in At-Bashi) and Kochkor (Kyzart Pass, Horseback Riding Tours, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Naryn National Reserve, explore the striking landscape at Torugart Pass, delve into the distant past at Shyrdakbek Korgon, and admire the verdant scenery at Tash Rabat.

Plan my day in Naryn using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Naryn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Cholpon Ata.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kochkor, Naryn Province, Koshoy Korgon, Shar Waterfall
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Tash Rabat ©
Tash Rabat
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
Torugart Pass ©
Torugart Pass

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Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan

Cholpon Ata ©
A well-established resort town, Cholpon Ata lies on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul, backed by the alpine peaks of the Tian Shan range.
On the 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, take a peaceful walk through Grigorevskoye Canyon, take an unorthodox tour of Abandoned Airport Cholpon Ata, then appreciate the history behind Lenin Statue, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Petroglyphs. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Abandoned Runway, then take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, then head outdoors with Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, and finally examine the collection at Historical Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Naryn to Cholpon Ata takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Karakol.

Things to do in Cholpon Ata

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Grigorevskoye Canyon, Ferris Wheel
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Museum of Petroglyphs ©
Museum of Petroglyphs
Historical Museum ©
Historical Museum
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center ©
Ruh Ordo Cultural Center

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing and Canyon Fairy Tale. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karakol: Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin & Barskoon Waterfall), Kaji-Say (Abandoned Pension Utyos & Lenin Statue) and Canyon Skazka (in Tosor). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Karakol Gorge, get interesting insight from Tours, take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), and appreciate the views at Sary-Jaz Valley.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Karakol trip app.

You can take a bus from Cholpon Ata to Karakol in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Kaji-Say, Tosor, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale

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nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Explore hidden gems such as A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and The Central Mosque of Almaty. Venture out of the city with trips to Kapchagay (Nomad Fortress, Tamgaly Tas, &more), Lake Issyk (in Esik) and Ancient Town Talgar (in Talgar). The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, and see the interesting displays at Archeology Museum.

Plan my day in Almaty using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Karakol to Almaty in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. May in Almaty sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kapchagay, Lake Issyk, Ancient Town Talgar, Lake Alakol
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Lake Issyk ©
Lake Issyk
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts ©
A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts
The Central Mosque of Almaty ©
The Central Mosque of Almaty

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