48 days in Central Asia Itinerary

48 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
2
Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
3
Nukus, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
8
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
9
Turkestan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
10
Baikonur, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
11
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
12
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
13
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
14
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
15
Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
16
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights

3
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Kow Ata Underground Lake. Get some historical perspective at Parthian Settlement of Nisa and Hezreti Osman Mosque. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Russian Orthodox Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat trip builder app.

San Francisco, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Francisco to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in January: high temperatures in Ashgabat hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Dasoguz Province.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

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Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan

Dasoguz Province ©
On the 6th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum and then contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Kyrk Molla, delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, thensteep yourself in history at Seyit Ahmet, thendon't miss a visit to Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sweet Well.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dasoguz Province day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Dasoguz Province takes 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Nukus.

Things to do in Dasoguz Province

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Il Arslan Mausoleum ©
Il Arslan Mausoleum
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret

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Nukus, Uzbekistan

Nukus ©
Serving as a popular base to explore the ruins and nature around the Aral Sea, Nukus also boasts its fair share of attractions.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Mizdakhan Necropolis and then explore the world behind art at Nukus Museum of Art.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nukus day trip site.

Drive from Dasoguz Province to Nukus in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Nukus are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 8th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Khiva.

Things to do in Nukus

Museums Historic Sites
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Nukus Museum of Art ©
Nukus Museum of Art

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.
Citadel Kunya-ark and Shirgazi Khan Madrasah are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) and Kalta Minor Minaret. Change things up with these side-trips from Khiva: Urgench (Iova Mnogostradalnogo Church & Urgench Youth Lake Complex). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, take in the spiritual surroundings of Khoja Berdibai Madrasah, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and don't miss a visit to Amir Tura Madrasah.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Khiva itinerary maker.

Take a train from Nukus to Khiva in 7 hours. January in Khiva sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Urgench
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Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)
Kalta Minor Minaret ©
Kalta Minor Minaret

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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 Minor Mosque and Amir Timur Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and Imom Khasan Mosque. Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Chimgan Ski Resort (in Chimgan). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Chimgon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ensemble Hazrati Imam, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tashkent itinerary planner.

You can fly from Khiva to Tashkent in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Chimgan Ski Resort
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Minor Mosque ©
Minor Mosque

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi and History of Bukhara Puppet Theatre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah and Ulugbek Medressa. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, stroll around Samonids Recreation Park, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

Plan a Bukhara trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can fly from Tashkent to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Bukhara, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi ©
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah ©
Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum and Shah-i-Zinda. Popular historic sites such as Tillya Kori Madrasah and Hazrat Khizr Mosque are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Samarkand: Shahrisabz (The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray, Dorut Tilovat, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Registan, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, and admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Samarkand vacation maker website.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Samarkand are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Shahrisabz
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Registan ©
Registan
Tillya Kori Madrasah ©
Tillya Kori Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah ©
Ulugbek Madrasah

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Varzob gorge and Karatag Gorge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hisor Fortress and National Museum of Antiquities. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Nurek (Tunnel Khalton, Nurek Dam, &more) and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve (in Hisor). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, don't miss a visit to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, admire the verdant scenery at Vakhshskaya Valley, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haji Yaqub Mosque.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dushanbe road trip app.

Traveling by car from Samarkand to Dushanbe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. On the 28th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Turkestan.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nurek, Hisor
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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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 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Oriental Bath, explore the ancient world of Kultobe Hillfort, steep yourself in history at Mausoleum of Rabigi Sultan Begim, thenadmire the striking features of The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical Culture Ethnographic Center. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ukash Ata Maosoleum, admire the striking features of Railway Station Building, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque, thenexplore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, thenmake a trip to Esim Khan Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Juma Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turkestan online itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Dushanbe to Turkestan. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Turkestan due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Baikonur.

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
Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque ©
Hilvet Semi-Underground Mosque

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Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Baikonur ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome History.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Baikonur trip builder site.

You can drive from Turkestan to Baikonur in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Baikonur

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

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Nur-Astana Mosque and Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism and Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, stroll around City Park, and look for gifts at Astana Allee.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan online vacation builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Baikonur to Nur-Sultan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in January, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Nur-Astana Mosque ©
Nur-Astana Mosque
Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex ©
Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa. Escape the urban bustle at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area and Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Independence Stele, steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Peter and Pavel.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Karaganda trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Karaganda are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Karakol.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Saryarka - Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan, Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa
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St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing and Karakol Gorge. Get in touch with nature at Canyon Fairy Tale and Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks). Explore Karakol's surroundings by going to Barskoon (Barskoon Plateau & Barskoon Waterfall). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Karakol trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight, car, and bus from Karaganda to Karakol takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kochkor.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Barskoon, Canyon Fairy Tale, Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
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Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks) ©
Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)

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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. On the 11th (Thu), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, thencruise along Kyzart Pass, and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kochkor trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Kochkor takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tokmok.

Things to do in Kochkor

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trip

Song Kol Lake
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Horseback Riding Tours
Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake

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Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan

Tokmok ©
Tokmok is a city in the Chuy Valley, northern Kyrgyzstan, east of the country's capital of Bishkek. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kegety Waterfall, appreciate the views at Kegety Gorge, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tokmok Mosque. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Ratsek Cabin, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Burana Tower, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kol-Tor Lake.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tokmok travel planner.

Traveling by car from Kochkor to Tokmok takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Tokmok

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Chuy Province
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Kol-Tor Lake ©
Kol-Tor Lake
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Tokmok Mosque ©
Tokmok Mosque

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Visit Ascension Cathedral and St. Nicholas Cathedral for their historical value. A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Archeology Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Almatinskiy Terrenkur, hike along Left Talgar Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty trip builder website.

Drive from Tokmok to Almaty in 4.5 hours. February in Almaty sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Left Talgar Gorge
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur