17 days in Central Asia Itinerary

17 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

— 3 nights
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, get great views at Quay Astana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral.

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Edinburgh, UK to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Edinburgh to Nur-Sultan due to the time zone difference. In June, Nur-Sultan is a bit warmer than Edinburgh - with highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 3 nights
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.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and walk around Panfilov Park.

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Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Bishkek takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in June, expect nights in Bishkek to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 3 nights
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 11th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, then make a trip to Ismaili Centre, and then contemplate the long history of Hisor Fortress. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then stroll around Rudaki Park, then make a trip to Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and finally don't miss a visit to National Library.

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You can fly from Bishkek to Dushanbe in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe. Traveling from Bishkek in June, expect nights in Dushanbe to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 41°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 2 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 14th (Mon), admire the striking features of Wedding Palace, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Monument Arch of Neutrality, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally make a trip to Gypjak Mosque.

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You can fly from Dushanbe to Ashgabat in 13.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Dushanbe in June, Ashgabat is a bit warmer at night with lows of 27°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 15:

Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minor Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, and make a trip to Amir Temur Square.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tashkent trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Tashkent takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18: