15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
2
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
3
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
4
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 night
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
7
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 2nd (Sat), examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Kok-Tobe Hill, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some photo ops at Glory Memorial, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Former College of Kolpakovskiy.

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Mumbai, India to Almaty is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Almaty is 0.5 hours. In January, Almaty is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Museums Winter Sports
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

2
nights
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 4th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Bust Gogol, admire the landmark architecture of Building of Karaganda Regional Executive Committee, appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph's Cathedral, thendon't miss a visit to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev, and finally contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, appreciate the history behind Monument to K. S. Stanislavskiy, appreciate the history behind Monument to Kazybek Bi, thenappreciate the history behind A.S. Pushkin Monument, thenmake a trip to Monument to Victims of Political Repression, and finally examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Karaganda tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Almaty to Karaganda in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Almaty in January, expect Karaganda to be little chillier, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev ©
Statue of Abai Kunanbayev

2
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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 6th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, thenbrowse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, thentake in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, don't miss a visit to Monument to Aliya Moldagulova, thenmake a trip to Zashhitnikov Otechestva Square, thentake some stellar pictures from Quay Astana, and finally pause for some photo ops at Zhanibek and Kerei Monument.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

1
night
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 8th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, thenget engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, thenwalk around Rudaki Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe travel route planner.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Dushanbe in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nur-Sultan to Dushanbe. In January, Dushanbe is much warmer than Nur-Sultan - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Parks
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National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Antiquities ©
National Museum of Antiquities

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): examine the collection at House Museum of Pumpkin, examine the collection at Yunus Rajabi House Museum, thenmake a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), thenappreciate the history behind World War II Memorial, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, thenadmire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, thenget engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tashkent travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Tashkent takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
TV Tower ©
TV Tower
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Chor-Minor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, thenget great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, thenadmire the striking features of Samanid Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, see the interesting displays at Avicenna Museum, Afsona, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Centre Culturel Isteza, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Bukhara Emirs.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara day trip app.

Fly from Tashkent to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Bukhara, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Regional Studies Museum, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to President's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mausoleum, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, thensee the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip maker app.

Take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Samarkand are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time 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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