21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
5
Kashgar, China
— 1 night
6
Urumqi, China
— 1 night
7
Jiayuguan, China
— 2 nights
8
Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
9
Xi'an, China
— 3 nights

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat attractions planning site.

Manila, Philippines to Ashgabat is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manila to Ashgabat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in January, expect Ashgabat to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

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.
Head to Chorsu Bazaar and Art Gallery of Uzbekistanfor plenty of shopping. Visit Kukeldash Madrasah and Palace of the Romanovs for their historical value. There's still lots to do: stop by Human House Shop, see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication History, get outside with Lake Charvak, and browse the different shops at Mega Planet.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent itinerary tool.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Tashkent in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan ©
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan

2
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.
On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, then shop like a local with NOOR ART GALLERY, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Green Bazaar. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Artists' Colony, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities.

Find out how to plan Dushanbe trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
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NOOR ART GALLERY ©
NOOR ART GALLERY
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists and Galeria M. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Osh Bazaar and Madina. There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Asanbay Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir, buy something for everyone on your list at Bishkek Park, and explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge.

Before you visit Bishkek, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Dushanbe, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Bishkek, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Bishkek

Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Asanbay Center ©
Asanbay Center
Bishkek Park ©
Bishkek Park

1
night
Kashgar, China

Kashgar ©
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Gaotai Ancient Homes, appreciate the history behind Hongqilafu Mountain Boundary Marker, then contemplate the long history of Ga Er Ancient City, then hunt for treasures at Handicraft Street, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kala Kule Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kashgar trip itinerary planning app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bishkek to Kashgar. The time zone difference when traveling from Bishkek to Kashgar is 2 hours. Traveling from Bishkek in February, expect Kashgar to be a bit warmer, temps between 5°C and -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Urumqi.

Things to do in Kashgar

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:
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Kala Kule Lake ©
Kala Kule Lake

1
night
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): browse the different shops at The United States Shopping Mall, then examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then grab your bike and head to Karakoram Highway.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Urumqi online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Kashgar to Urumqi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Kashgar in February, you will find days in Urumqi are colder (-7°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Jiayuguan.

Things to do in Urumqi

Outdoors · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Karakoram Highway
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Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)

2
nights
Jiayuguan, China

Jiayuguan ©
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
On the 13th (Thu), see Xuanbi Great Wall, then explore the ancient world of Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area, then admire the landmark architecture of East Barbican and West Barbican, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Wei-Jin Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty, then examine the collection at silk Route Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of West Wall.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Jiayuguan trip maker tool.

You can fly from Urumqi to Jiayuguan in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Jiuquan
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Xuanbi Great Wall ©
Xuanbi Great Wall
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty ©
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty

1
night
Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou ©
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Lanzhou University, take in panoramic vistas at Baiyi Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum, and finally stroll around Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lanzhou route builder app.

You can fly from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. February in Lanzhou sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque ©
Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
Gansu Provincial Museum ©
Gansu Provincial Museum
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park ©
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park

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nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and Xi'an Bell Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and Xi'an Mosque. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, make a trip to Muslim Quarter, take in panoramic vistas at Drum Tower (Gulou), and look for gifts at Muslim market.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Xi'an travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Lanzhou to Xi'an in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lanzhou in February; daily highs in Xi'an reach 11°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

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