25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
4
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
6
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
7
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
8
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights

3
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ascension Cathedral and Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa. Museum-lovers will get to explore Central State Museum of Kazakhstan and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts. Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Issyk State Historical and Cultural Reserve-Museum in Rakhat--about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Ski Resort, get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and stroll through Big Almaty Lake.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty itinerary planner.

Athens, Greece to Almaty is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to East Kazakhstan Time (ALMT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Athens in March: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 12°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ala-Too Square and Holy Resurrection Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Fine Arts and Mikhail Frunze Museum. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Monument to Manas the Great, hit the slopes at Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, and explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Bishkek trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Almaty to Bishkek by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Almaty in March, you will find days in Bishkek are a bit warmer (18°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Museums
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nurek Dam and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara. National Museum of Tajikistan and NOOR ART GALLERY will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Hisor Fortress (in Hisor) and Fann Mountains (in Ayni). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, make a trip to Ismaili Centre, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, and stroll around Rudaki Park.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe takes 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. In March, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Charvak and Pulatkhan Plateau. Your inner history buff will appreciate Minor Mosque and Teleshayakh Mosque. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication History.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tashkent road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Tashkent takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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 ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa) and Fayzulla Khujayev House. Popular historic sites such as Mir-i-Arab Madrasa and Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi are in your itinerary. Step out of Bukhara with an excursion to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can 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.
Visit Shah-i-Zinda and Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ulugh Beg Observatory and Afrasiyab Museum. The adventure continues: make a trip 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 reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Samarkand day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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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), step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, then explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Nurullaboy Saroyi, contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, then admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, and finally examine the collection at Shirgazi Khan Madrasah.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Khiva trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Samarkand to Khiva takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Khiva can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake, admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, trot along with Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Khiva to Ashgabat takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in March, with highs in Ashgabat at 19°C and lows at 7°C. On the 25th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
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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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