60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
3
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
4
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 6 nights
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 6 nights
6
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
7
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
8
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
9
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
10
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 6 nights
11
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 9 nights

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 1st (Thu), examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, then make a trip to Ashgabat Train Station, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and finally enjoy some diversion at Ashgabat hippodrome. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, appreciate the history behind Monument Arch of Neutrality, then hunt for treasures at Tolkuchka-Basar, then find something for the whole family at World of Turkmenbashi Tales, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Ashgabat is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Hyderabad to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hyderabad in December, expect Ashgabat to be cooler, temps between 11°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Theme Parks · Casinos · Museums
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World of Turkmenbashi Tales ©
World of Turkmenbashi Tales
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ashgabat National Museum of History ©
Ashgabat National Museum of History

3
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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 4th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark, then don't miss a visit to Bikajan Bika Madrasah, then contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), see the interesting displays at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah, then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah.

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Getting from Ashgabat to Khiva by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Ashgabat in December; daily highs in Khiva reach 5°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites · Museums
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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.
You'll explore and learn at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and Art Museum Kamoliddin Behzod. Family-friendly places like Samanid Mausoleum and Great Minaret of the Kalon will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, contemplate the long history of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Bukhara trip maker.

You can take a train from Khiva to Bukhara in 7.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Khiva in December: highs in Bukhara hover around 9°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

6
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shah-i-Zinda and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ulugh Beg Observatory and Imam Bokhari Mausoleum. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Registan, see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sher Dor Madrasah.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand journey planning app.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Samarkand sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

6
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art and Amir Timur Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Railway Museum and O'zbekiston davlat sa'nat muzeyi. Step out of Tashkent to go to Yusufhona and see Charvak Reservoir, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at State Museum of History of Uzbekistan, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin,, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and wander the streets of Old Tashkent.

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Traveling by train from Samarkand to Tashkent takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art

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-Astana Mosque and Hazret Sultan Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Kazakhstan and Saken Seifullin Museum. When in Nur-Sultan, make a side trip to see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka, approximately Malinovka away. Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Afghan War Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, see where the action happens at Astana Arena, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Municipal Mosque.

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Fly from Tashkent to Nur-Sultan in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tashkent to Nur-Sultan due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

6
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Vvedenskiy Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum and Karaganda Regional Museum. When in Karaganda, make a side trip to see City Park of Culture and Leisure in Temirtau, approximately Temirtau away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, explore the world behind art at Karaganda Regional Museum of the Fine Arts, and appreciate the history behind A.S. Pushkin Monument.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karaganda trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Karaganda can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Temirtau, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area

6
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Kolsai Lake. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort. Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Tamgaly Tas in Kapchagay--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Almaty Zoo, walk around First President's Park, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Interesting Science Experimentum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Almaty travel route planning tool.

You can fly from Karaganda to Almaty in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Karaganda in January, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kolsai Lake, Tamgaly Tas
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum and Karakol Historical Museum. Family-friendly places like Altyn Arashan and Dungan Mosque will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop, appreciate the history behind Monument N.M. Przhevalsky, and explore the stunning scenery at Juuku Gorge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Karakol trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Karakol takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Burana Tower and Monument to Manas the Great. Get in touch with nature at Ala-Archa Gorge and Issyk-Ata Gorge. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, fly down the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, get a dose of the wild on Iron Horse Nomads, and stroll around Panfilov Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bishkek sightseeing website.

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Other options are to 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 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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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.
Get outdoors at Nurek Dam and Iskanderkul Lake. You'll explore and learn at National Museum of Tajikistan and Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments. Get out of town with these interesting Dushanbe side-trips: Proto-urban site of Sarazm (in Sakhibnazar), Hisor Fortress (in Hisor) and Fann Mountains (in Ayni). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with NOOR ART GALLERY, walk around Victory Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St.Nicholas Orthodox Church, and have fun at Delfin Aquapark.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe day trip tool.

Fly from Bishkek to Dushanbe in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, Dushanbe is somewhat warmer than Bishkek - with highs of 13°C and lows of -1°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Proto-urban site of Sarazm, Hisor Fortress, Fann Mountains, Iskanderkul Lake, Nurek Dam
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan