60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26​h
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
8
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
9
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
11
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
12
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
13
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
14
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip itinerary maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Ashgabat is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ashgabat is minus 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

2
nights
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.
Step out of Khiva to go to Urgench and see Urgench Youth Lake Complex, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, make a trip to Ota Darvoza, and admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva online trip builder .

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ashgabat in October: high temperatures in Khiva hover around 20°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, delve into the distant past at Afrasiab, admire the landmark architecture of Ulugbek Madrasah, and contemplate the long history of Tillya Kori Madrasah.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Khiva to Samarkand by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in October, with highs in Samarkand at 24°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Bukhara side-trips: Gijduvan (Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs & Ulugbek Madrasah). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, make a trip to Trading Domes, and delve into the distant past at Mir-i Arab Madrasah.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara road trip planner .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore Tashkent's surroundings by going to Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, get outside with Lake Charvak, and don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tashkent tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Tashkent takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
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Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Rudaki Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and explore the activities along Varzob.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dushanbe journey planner.

Getting from Tashkent to Dushanbe by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October in Dushanbe, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Iskanderkul Lake, Hisor Fortress, Nurek Dam, Sacred Spring Chiluchor Chashma, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam

5
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.
Step out of Bishkek with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, make a trip to Manas Statue, take in breathtaking views at Too-Ashu Pass, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Boom Gorge.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Dushanbe to Bishkek by combination of flight and bus takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek. When traveling from Dushanbe in October, plan for little chillier days in Bishkek, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

2
nights
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
On the 1st (Fri), see the interesting displays at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then contemplate the waterfront views at Song Kol Lake. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Ala Myshyk Caves and then stroll around National Park Salkyn-Tor.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Naryn travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Naryn takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

5
nights
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.
Karakol is known for nature, historic sites, museums, winter sports, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, explore the stunning scenery at Merzbacher Lake, see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, and make a trip to Dungan Mosque.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Karakol attractions planning app .

Drive from Naryn to Karakol in 5.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

2
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Kaindy. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saty trip planner .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Saty takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

4
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, historic sites, winter sports, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Slavskogo Embankment, don't miss a visit to Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, see the interesting displays at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Oskemen journey planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Oskemen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. November in Oskemen sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

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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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, nightlife, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, take in the pleasant sights at Nurzhol Boulevard, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and have fun at Sport Complex Kazakhstan.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November in Nur-Sultan, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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City Park ©
City Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

5
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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.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, zoos & aquariums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Qarqaraly National Park, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, make a trip to Monument to Victims of Political Repression, and see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Karaganda trip planning tool .

Drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
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Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, and explore the striking landscape of Altyn-Emel.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Almaty planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Karaganda in November, things will get a bit warmer in Almaty: highs are around 8°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral