24 days in Central Asia Itinerary

24 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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24 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Adelaide, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
9
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Adelaide, Australia

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, get outside with Lake Charvak, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online driving holiday planner .

Adelaide, Australia to Tashkent is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Adelaide to Tashkent. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Pulatkhan Plateau
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), and finally don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Khiva travel route planner .

You can fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Khiva can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum, make a trip to Registan, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Afrasiyab Museum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiab, get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip planning site .

Fly from Khiva to Samarkand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Khiva in December: highs in Samarkand hover around 10°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Poi Kalyan Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally make a trip to Chor-Minor. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), then contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, and finally explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bukhara online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum

2
nights
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: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, and stroll around City Park.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nur-Sultan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Nur-Sultan takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Time to Alma-Ata Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, Nur-Sultan is cooler than Bukhara - with highs of -7°C and lows of -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

3
nights
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: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiken Mosque.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Almaty tour builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Nur-Sultan to Almaty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nur-Sultan in December; daily highs in Almaty reach 2°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saty using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

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

3
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, stroll around Park Pobedy, witness a stunning natural landmark at Altyn Arashan, and see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Karakol trip tool .

Getting from Saty to Karakol by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Museums
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

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.
Step out of Bishkek with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and pause for some photo ops at Kurmanzhan Datka Statue.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bishkek attractions website .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In December in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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