27 days in Asia Itinerary

27 days in Asia Itinerary

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27 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  3​h
5
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
8
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

3
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.
Visit Hazret Sultan Mosque and Nur-Astana Mosque for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Kazakhstan and Kulanshi. When in Nur-Sultan, make a side trip to see Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism in Malinovka, approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Bayterek Tower, brush up on your military savvy at Kazakhstan Military History Museum, see the interesting displays at Saken Seifullin Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan online road trip planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) is 3 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in January, things will get colder in Nur-Sultan: highs are around -13°C and lows about -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Alzhir, Memorial Museum of Victims of Political Repressions and Totalitarianism
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

2
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, then examine the collection at Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at KarLag / Museum of Political Repression Victims’ Memory of the Dolinka Settlement. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, see the interesting displays at Karaganda Regional Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, then steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame, and finally see the interesting displays at Ecomuseum.

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Getting from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
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Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Step out of the city life by going to Shymbulak Ski Resort and Big Almaty Lake. Ascension Cathedral and A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Baiken Mosque, and enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Karaganda in January, with highs in Almaty at 0°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Left Talgar Gorge
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ala-Archa Gorge and Ski resort Too-Ashuu. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ala-Too Square and Holy Resurrection Cathedral. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at State History Museum, head outdoors with Kashka-Suu Ski Resort, pause for some photo ops at Vladimir Lenin Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Borborduk Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bishkek vacation maker app .

Drive from Almaty to Bishkek in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
State History Museum ©
State History Museum

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at National Museum of Tajikistan and Hisor Fortress. Take a break from the city and head to Nurek Dam and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, view the masterpieces at NOOR ART GALLERY, and get your game on at Kokhi Navruz.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Dushanbe trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Dushanbe in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bishkek in January, with highs in Dushanbe at 13°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Great Minaret of the Kalon and Samanid Mausoleum. Get some historical perspective at Poi Kalyan Mosque and Mir-i Arab Madrasah. Go for a jaunt from Bukhara to Gijduvan to see Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis, and contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bukhara trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Bukhara takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Dushanbe in January, you will find days in Bukhara are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Amir Timur Museum and Yunus Rajabi House Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore House Museum of Pumpkin and Museum of Communication History. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery of Uzbekistan, head outdoors with Lake Charvak, and examine the collection at Railway Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tashkent route maker site .

Fly from Bukhara to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Outdoors Shopping
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

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 6th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and finally delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, then steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, then don't miss a visit to Kalta Minor Minaret, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Khiva road trip planning site .

Fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Khiva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to 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)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

3
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Ulugh Beg Observatory and Art Gallery Happy Bird will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Registan and Gur Emir Mausoleum. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and gain insight at Tillya Kori Madrasah.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Samarkand takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Khiva in February, with highs in Samarkand at 10°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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