26 days in Central Asia & Kabul Itinerary

26 days in Central Asia & Kabul Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 4 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Kabul, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights

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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.
On the 2nd (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, make a trip to Ashgabat Train Station, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat tour itinerary planner.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Ashgabat is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. In September, Ashgabat is somewhat warmer than Cluj-Napoca - with highs of 38°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Your day by day itinerary now includes The Botanical Garden, A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts and Almaty Central Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Big Almaty Lake, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk Music Instruments named after Yihlasa.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Almaty tour planning website.

Fly from Ashgabat to Almaty in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Turkmenistan Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Ashgabat in September: high temperatures in Almaty hover around 29°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Museums · Nature
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Boris Yeltsin Peak, Canyon Fairy Tale and Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Karakol road trip planning app.

Getting from Almaty to Karakol by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks), Canyon Fairy Tale
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Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Dungan Mosque ©
Dungan Mosque

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dordoy Bazaar, Mikhail Frunze Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Take a break from Bishkek with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

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

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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.
You've added Teleshayakh Mosque, Amir Timur Museum, Charvak Reservoir, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, contemplate the waterfront views at Charvak Reservoir, and then don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square). On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Tashkent travel site.

Traveling by flight from Bishkek to Tashkent takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art ©
Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)

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Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
You've now added Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque, then explore the activities along Qargha Reservoir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Bagh-e Babur, then make a trip to Babur Tomb, then explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kabul attractions website.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Kabul takes 6 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Tashkent to Kabul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Christian Cemetery ©
Christian Cemetery
Bagh-e Babur ©
Bagh-e Babur
Darul Aman Palace ©
Darul Aman Palace

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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.
You've added Palace of the Nation, Victory Park, Gurminj Museum of Music Instruments, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Hisor Fortress in Hisor (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, and appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Dushanbe day trip tool.

You can fly from Kabul to Dushanbe in 12.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Kabul to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Pamir Highway ©
Pamir Highway

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, steep yourself in history at Samanid Mausoleum, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then make a trip to Chor-Minor, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bukhara vacation maker site.

Getting from Dushanbe to Bukhara by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Registan, then appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, and then admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Central Bazaar, then see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Samarkand day trip app.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, then steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Khiva online trip maker.

Getting from Samarkand to Khiva by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Samarkand in September since evenings lows in Khiva dip to 14°C. You'll set off for home on the 25th (Wed).

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Mohammed Amin Madrassah ©
Mohammed Amin Madrassah