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
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive to Urgench Airport, Fly to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Khujand, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 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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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive
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Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 7 nights
Drive
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — 2 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gypjak Mosque and Wedding Palace. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Russian Orthodox Church, and get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip planning site.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 21-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bugbug to Ashgabat. Traveling from Bugbug in July, you will find days in Ashgabat are somewhat warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (29°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Khiva.
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Khiva, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Citadel Kunya-ark and Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), make a trip to Bikajan Bika Madrasah, steep yourself in history at Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, and admire the striking features of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Khiva sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ashgabat in July: high temperatures in Khiva hover around 41°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Bukhara.
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Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trading Domes and Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bukhara: Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs (in Gijduvan) and Navoiy (Karavan-Sarai Rabati Malik & Mir-Sayid Bakhrom Mausoleum). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Fayzulla Khujayev House, and make a trip to Ulugbek Medressa.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Khiva to Bukhara with the Route module. In July, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Samarkand.
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Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 4 nights

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ulugbek Madrasah and Tillya Kori Madrasah. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Samarkand: Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut) and Shahrisabz (Crypt of Tamerlan, Dor Us-Siyodat, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, admire the striking features of Hazrat Khizr Mosque, make a trip to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, and steep yourself in history at Chupan Ata Shrine.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Bukhara in July: highs in Samarkand hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Khujand.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Khujand, Tajikistan — 3 nights

For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kayrakkum Reservoir and Panjshanbe Bozor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Khujand: Istaravshan (Fortress Mug Teppe & Bust of Lenin). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Somoni park, make a trip to The Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, learn more about the world around you at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, and admire the striking features of Arbob Cultural Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Khujand attractions planner.

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 July in Khujand, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dushanbe.
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Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan — 4 nights

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 Ismaili Centre and Rudaki Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress) and Monument The Motherland (in Vahdat). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to National Library, head outdoors with Varzob gorge, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dushanbe day trip planning site.

Drive from Khujand to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect little chillier evenings in Dushanbe when traveling from Khujand in August, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Tashkent.
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Find places to stay Aug 2 — 6:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 4 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore hidden gems such as Charvak Reservoir and Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. When in Tashkent, make a side trip to see Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan, approximately Chimgan away. There's much more to do: stroll around Alisher Navoi National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of State Museum "In Memory of the Victims of Repression", and contemplate the waterfront views at Charvak Reservoir.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Karaganda.
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Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

Karaganda, Kazakhstan — 4 nights

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 Karaganda Regional Museum and Independence Stele. When in Karaganda, make a side trip to see City Park of Culture and Leisure in Temirtau, approximately Temirtau away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum, stroll around Central Park of Culture and Rest, and appreciate the history behind Monument Mining Glory.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Karaganda trip planner.

You can fly from Tashkent to Karaganda in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Karaganda are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.
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Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan — 5 nights

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quay Astana and Monument Kazakh Eli. Venture out of the city with trips to Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism (in Malinovka) and Korgalzhyn State Nature Reserve (in Korgalzhyn). There's still lots to do: stroll around City Park, stroll through Park of Lovers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Triumphal Arch Mangilik El.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan road trip website.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Nur-Sultan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Bishkek.
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Find places to stay Aug 14 — 19:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Burana Tower and Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov. Go for a jaunt from Bishkek to Tokmok to see Tokmok Mosque about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Alamedin Gorge, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff With Country Flag, steep yourself in history at Monument to Manas the Great, and don't miss a visit to Victory Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bishkek online visit planner.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Bishkek: highs are around 37°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Naryn.
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Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan — 4 nights

Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Step off the beaten path and head to Song Kol Lake and Tash Rabat. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naryn: Kochkor (Kyzart Pass, Horseback Riding Tours, &more) and Koshoy Korgon (in Kara-Suu). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Torugart Pass and explore the ancient world of Shyrdakbek Korgon.

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Traveling by car from Bishkek to Naryn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Cholpon Ata.
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Find places to stay Aug 24 — 28:

Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Oluya Cholpon Ata Mausoleum, delve into the lush surroundings at Grigorevskoye Canyon, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): make a trip to Abandoned Runway, then take in panoramic vistas at Ferris Wheel, then take a stroll around Ruh Ordo Cultural Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Historical Museum.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Cholpon Ata route planner.

Traveling by car from Naryn to Cholpon Ata takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Karakol.
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Find places to stay Aug 28 — 30:

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan — 7 nights

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 hidden gems such as Altyn Arashan and Ala Kul Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin & Barskoon Waterfall) and Tosor (Canyon Skazka & Canyon Fairy Tale). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), take in the dramatic natural features at Telety Pass, pause for some photo ops at Monument N.M. Przhevalsky, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Karakol online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Cholpon Ata to Karakol takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Almaty.
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Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 6:

Almaty, Kazakhstan — 5 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Altyn-Emel National Park and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Almaty side-trips: Lake Issyk (in Esik) and Kapchagay (Nomad Fortress, Tamgaly Tas, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to The Central Mosque of Almaty, examine the collection at Archeology Museum, explore the activities along Lake Alakol, and trek along Almatinskiy Terrenkur.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Almaty route maker tool.

You can drive from Karakol to Almaty in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. September in Almaty sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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