33 days in Asia Itinerary

33 days in Asia Itinerary

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Start: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Train:  8 h
2
Baikonur, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
7
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
9
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Bus:  2 h 15 min
10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
11
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  10 h 30 min
12
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
13
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
14
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
15
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Nur-Astana Mosque, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Quay Astana, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Duman Entertainment Centre, walk around City Park, thenbrush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan online trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiport is Astana International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Baikonur.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

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

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Baikonur ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Baikonur online trip planner.

Getting from Nur-Sultan to Baikonur by train takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kyzylorda.

Things to do in Baikonur

Museums
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Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History ©
Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History

1
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Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

Kyzylorda
Kyzylorda, formerly known as Kzyl-Orda, Ak-Mechet, Perovsk, and Fort-Perovsky, is a city in south central Kazakhstan, capital of Kyzylorda Region and former capital of the Kazak ASSR from 1925 to 1929.The city has a population of 157,400 . For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kyzylorda trip planner.

Getting from Baikonur to Kyzylorda by car takes about 3.5 hours. You'll set off for Turkestan on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Kyzylorda

Parks Historic Sites
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Turkestan, Kazakhstan

Turkestan ©
A small and historic city, Turkistan has become a major place of pilgrimage, with thousands of Muslims arriving each year to visit its main religious monument.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, get engrossed in the history at Historical Culture Ethnographic Center, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turkestan trip maker app.

You can drive from Kyzylorda to Turkestan in 4.5 hours. Another option is to fly. You will leave for Shymkent on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Turkestan

Historic Sites Museums
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The Intimate Ruins of Sauran ©
The Intimate Ruins of Sauran
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi ©
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
Historical Culture Ethnographic Center ©
Historical Culture Ethnographic Center

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Shymkent, Kazakhstan

Shymkent ©
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stroll around Central Park, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at Mega Planet, thenwalk around Park Abaya, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Victims of Political Repressions. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Independence Park and then get to know the resident critters at Shymkent Zoo.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Shymkent trip builder site.

You can drive from Turkestan to Shymkent in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Shymkent are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Shymkent

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Park Abaya ©
Park Abaya
Central Park ©
Central Park
Independence Park ©
Independence Park

1
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Almaty attractions planner.

Getting from Shymkent to Almaty by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Shymkent, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, thenstroll around Park Pobedy, and then take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around River Park, thenlook for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop, thenexamine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and finally make a trip to Dungan Mosque.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Karakol route planning app.

You can drive from Almaty to Karakol in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Museums
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Dungan Mosque ©
Dungan Mosque
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal ©
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal

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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 8th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom and then explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar and then contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bishkek online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Bishkek are 13°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Osh.

Things to do in Bishkek

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

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Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lenin Peak, steep yourself in history at Dom Babura Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Museum Sulaiman Too, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, thenappreciate the history behind Alymbek Datkanyn Aykeli, and finally look for gifts at Jayma Bazaar Osh. Keep things going the next day: walk around Enenin Koz Zhashy Park, appreciate the history behind Lenin Monument, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiy, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Osh New Mosque.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Osh attractions planning website.

You can drive from Bishkek to Osh in 8.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Osh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Lenin Peak ©
Lenin Peak
Jayma Bazaar Osh ©
Jayma Bazaar Osh

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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.
Take a break from Tashkent with a short trip to Charvak Reservoir in Yusufhona, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tashkent road trip planner.

You can do a combination of car, flight, and bus from Osh to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Osh to Tashkent, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Amir Temur Square ©
Amir Temur Square

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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.
Khiva is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, contemplate the long history of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), admire the striking features of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque).

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Khiva vacation planning website.

You can fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. November in Khiva sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ayaz-Kala
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret

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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.
On the 19th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, thendon't miss a visit to Chor-Minor, and finally stroll the grounds of Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, admire the striking features of Samanid Mausoleum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Poi Kalyan Mosque, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Medressa.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bukhara trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Khiva to Bukhara in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in November, with highs in Bukhara at 15°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
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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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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 21st (Thu), don't miss a visit to Registan, thenpause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, thenengage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally appreciate the history behind Saint Daniel's Tomb.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Samarkand attractions planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in November, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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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.
On the 23rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, thentake in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY, and finally steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Victory Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, thenwalk around Rudaki Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip website.

Getting from Samarkand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train. While traveling from Samarkand, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
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National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
Explore Tashkent further: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque, take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Garden, and examine the collection at Railway Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tashkent visit planner.

You can fly from Dushanbe to Tashkent in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Barak-Khan Madrassah ©
Barak-Khan Madrassah

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