14 days in Asia Itinerary

14 days in Asia Itinerary

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14 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Denpasar, Indonesia
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Denpasar, Indonesia

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Big Almaty Lake, get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, and then stroll around First President's Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, then have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty tour planner.

Denpasar, Indonesia to Almaty is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Denpasar in November; daily highs in Almaty reach 8°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): make a trip to Victory Square and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, then stroll around Panfilov Park, then contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bishkek online journey planner .

You can drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Bishkek, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

1
night
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan tour builder website .

You can fly from Bishkek to Nur-Sultan in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. When traveling from Bishkek in November, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Nur-Sultan: temperatures range from -2°C by day to -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, then admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, and finally admire the striking features of Palace of Bukhara Emirs.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bukhara day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Bukhara takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Alma-Ata Time to Uzbekistan Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in November, expect nights in Bukhara to be somewhat warmer, around 2°C, while days are warmer, around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, make a trip to Registan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Afrasiyab Museum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand trip builder app .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Samarkand are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, then head outdoors with Lake Charvak, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent holiday app .

Getting from Samarkand to Tashkent by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Outdoors Historic Sites
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). There's much more to do: walk around Rudaki Park, make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and get your game on at Kokhi Navruz.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe tour itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Dushanbe sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Nurek Dam, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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