25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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25 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
8
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Athens, Greece

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. Visiting Kok-Tobe Hill and Shymbulak Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Almaty to Rakhat to see Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, see the interesting displays at Archeology Museum, and make a trip to Big Almaty Lake.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Almaty trip itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Almaty is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Athens in March; daily highs in Almaty reach 12°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ala-Too Square and Monument to Manas the Great. Take a break from the city and head to Ala-Archa Gorge and Kashka-Suu Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom, get engrossed in the history at State History Museum, and stroll around Panfilov Park.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bishkek trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Bishkek, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Museums Nature
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
State History Museum ©
State History Museum

3
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Tajikistan and NOOR ART GALLERY. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of Antiquities and The Ziyodullo Shahidi Museum Of Musical Culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). There's much more to do: walk around Rudaki Park, examine the collection at Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and don't miss a visit to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dushanbe trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. March in Dushanbe sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Nurek Dam, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Hisor Fortress
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress

3
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kukeldash Madrasah and Minor Mosque. Visiting Lake Charvak and Pulatkhan Plateau will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, examine the collection at Museum of Communication History, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimgon.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tashkent online journey planner .

Getting from Dushanbe to Tashkent by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Pulatkhan Plateau
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

3
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Great Minaret of the Kalon and Chasma Ayub Mausoleum. Get some cultural insight at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and Poi Kalyan Mosque. When in Bukhara, make a side trip to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bukhara trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs
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Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Popular historic sites such as Shah-i-Zinda and Tillya Kori Madrasah are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Ulugh Beg Observatory and Afrasiyab Museum. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Registan, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Happy Bird, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sher Dor Madrasah, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Samarkand driving holiday website .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, don't miss a visit to Ota Darvoza, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally examine the collection at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Khiva online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Samarkand to Khiva by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daytime highs in Khiva are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Museums
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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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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 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, admire the striking features of Wedding Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally make a trip to Monument Arch of Neutrality. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, get outside with Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, then explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat journey builder website .

Drive from Khiva to Ashgabat in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Khiva in March, expect Ashgabat to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

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