48 days in Central Asia Itinerary

48 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
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Dasoguz Province, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Nukus, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
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Turkestan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Baikonur, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
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Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights

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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 Russian Orthodox Church. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hezreti Osman Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ashgabat online holiday planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Ashgabat, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in January, expect Ashgabat to be slightly colder, temps between 47°F and 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dasoguz Province.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

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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, then steep yourself in history at Seyit Ahmet, then don'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 34°F, while nighttime lows are 21°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

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) and Itchan Kala are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Citadel Kunya-ark and Tomb of Sayid Allauddin. Take a break from Khiva with a short trip to Avesto Monument in Urgench, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, contemplate the long history of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah, and admire the landmark architecture of Allakuli Khan Tim Market.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nukus to Khiva by train takes about 7 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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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 ©

City of Bread

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 Teleshayakh Mosque. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, and Imom Khasan Mosque. Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Chimgan Ski Resort (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). 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

Side Trips

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Minor Mosque ©
Minor Mosque
Teleshayakh Mosque ©
Teleshayakh Mosque
Chimgon ©
Chimgon

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©

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.
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 Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, deepen your understanding at Gaukushan Madrasah, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and admire the striking features of Ulugbek Medressa.

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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 47°F during the day and 29°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 · Parks
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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 ©

Rome of the East

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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tillya Kori Madrasah and Gur Emir Mausoleum. Explore Samarkand's surroundings by going to Shahrisabz (The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray, Dorut Tilovat, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Registan, hunt for treasures at Central Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and admire the striking features of Hazrat Khizr Mosque.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Samarkand trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

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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 Nurek Dam. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hisor Fortress and National Museum of Tajikistan. Take a break from Dushanbe with a short trip to Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve in Hisor, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, view the masterpieces at NOOR ART GALLERY, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haji Yaqub Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dushanbe day trip planning app.

You can drive from Samarkand to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Turkestan.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
National Museum of Antiquities ©
National Museum of Antiquities

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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, then admire 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, then explore the ancient world of The Intimate Ruins of Sauran, then make 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
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
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 Atameken Ethno-Memorial Complex. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism and Constantine and Helen Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, make a trip to River Ishim Embankment, 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 12°F in January, and nighttime lows around -4°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 · Parks

Side Trip

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima and Church of the Intercession. Step off the beaten path and head to Temple of the Icon of Our Lady Skoroposlushnitsa and Regional Central Mosque. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Independence Stele, make a trip to Altyn Gasyr, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Vvedenskiy Cathedral, and take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Karaganda day trip app.

You can drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Karaganda are 16°F, while nighttime lows are -4°F. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Karakol.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Vvedenskiy Cathedral ©
Vvedenskiy Cathedral

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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 Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. Get in touch with nature at Karakol Gorge and Issyk-Kul Lake. Explore Karakol's surroundings by going to Barskoon Waterfall (in Barskoon) and Canyon Fairy Tale (in Tosor). There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks).

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

Do a combination of flight, car, and bus from Karaganda to Karakol in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kochkor.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing ©
Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing
Canyon Fairy Tale ©
Canyon Fairy Tale
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge

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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, then cruise 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 · Nature

Side Trip

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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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Kegety Gorge and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tokmok Mosque. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Burana Tower and then explore the activities along Kol-Tor Lake.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tokmok tour planner.

You can drive from Kochkor to Tokmok in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Tokmok

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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 Baiken Mosque for their historical value. A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Almatinskiy Terrenkur, hike along Left Talgar Gorge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kazan Cathedral, and get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

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 36°F and lows of 19°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 · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral
Almatinskiy Terrenkur ©
Almatinskiy Terrenkur