27 days in Asia Itinerary

27 days in Asia Itinerary

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights

3
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hazret Sultan Mosque and Assumption Cathedral. National Museum of Kazakhstan and Saken Seifullin Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Nur-Sultan to go to Malinovka and see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, view the masterpieces at Kulanshi, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nur-Astana Mosque.

Make your Nur-Sultan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Istanbul, Turkey to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time to East Kazakhstan Time is 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in January; daily highs in Nur-Sultan reach -13°C and lows reach -23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov, then see the interesting displays at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, and then examine the collection at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and finally examine the collection at Ecomuseum.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karaganda itinerary planner.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Karaganda are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Big Almaty Lake. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiken Mosque, and see the interesting displays at D.A. Kunayev Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Almaty trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Karaganda to Almaty takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Karaganda in January, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Left Talgar Gorge
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ala-Too Square and Holy Resurrection Cathedral. Get outdoors at Ala-Archa Gorge and Ski resort Too-Ashuu. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, browse the exhibits of Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists, and appreciate the history behind Vladimir Lenin Statue.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bishkek travel planner.

Drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bishkek are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort ©
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort

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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.
Visiting Nurek Dam and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara will get you outdoors. Let the collections at National Museum of Tajikistan and National Museum of Antiquities capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Hisor Fortress in Hisor (about 42 minutes away). There's more to do: take in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY and get your game on at Kokhi Navruz.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dushanbe day trip app.

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone changes from Kyrgyzstan Time to Tajikistan Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Bishkek in January, expect Dushanbe to be a bit warmer, temps between 13°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
Visit Great Minaret of the Kalon and Chasma Ayub Mausoleum for their historical value. Let the collections at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, delve into the distant past at Chor-Bakr necropolis, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara online vacation planner.

Getting from Dushanbe to Bukhara by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Traveling from Dushanbe in January, expect nights in Bukhara to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are little chillier, around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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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 Amir Timur Museum and Art Gallery of Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art and Railway Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Lake Charvak, admire the masterpieces at O'zbekiston davlat sa'nat muzeyi, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History, and take an in-depth tour of State Museum "In Memory of the Victims of Repression".

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online vacation planner.

Getting from Bukhara to Tashkent by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

Plan trip to Khiva with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Khiva takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

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

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Get some cultural insight at Registan and Regional Studies Museum. Shah-i-Zinda and Tillya Kori Madrasah will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum, gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ulugbek Madrasah.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 7 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Khiva in February, expect Samarkand to be a bit warmer, temps between 10°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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