28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

28 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Fly
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Train to Astana-Nurly Zhol, Fly to Manas
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive
5
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Taxi to Turkmenabad, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quay Astana and Nur-Astana Mosque. And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Bayterek Tower, walk around City Park, buy something for everyone on your list at MEGA Silk Way, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nur-Sultan trip planning app.

Cairo, Egypt to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Nur-Sultan is 4 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cairo in February, with highs in Nur-Sultan at -10°C and lows at -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Bayterek Tower ©
Must see
Bayterek Tower
4.3
Quay Astana ©
Lookout
Quay Astana
4.4

2
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression, make a trip to Regional Central Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Monument Mining Glory, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, then take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument Nurken Abdirov.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karaganda trip app.

You can drive from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in February, and nighttime lows around -23°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, trek along Issyk-Ata Gorge, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally make a trip to Victory Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bishkek online holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Karaganda to Bishkek takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Karaganda in February, expect Bishkek to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kochkor.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Trails
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
National Park
Ala-Archa Gorge
4.7
Issyk-Ata Gorge ©
Hiking Trail
Issyk-Ata Gorge
4.5
Victory Square ©
Landmark
Victory Square
4.2

1
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Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan

Kochkor is a village in northern Naryn Region of Kyrgyzstan. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): get in touch with nature with Destination Kochkor and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kochkor holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Kochkor takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Kochkor

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Horseback Riding Tour
Horseback Riding Tours
4.7

3
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Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jyrgalan Valley Trekking/Freeride Skiing and Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal. On the 12th (Fri), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Sky Trial, look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop, and explore the stunning scenery at Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks).

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Karakol planner.

Traveling by car from Kochkor to Karakol takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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3
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Almatinskiy Terrenkur and Master of Keys. The adventure continues: stroll through Kok-Tobe Hill, buy something for everyone on your list at DOSTYK PLAZA, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Almaty itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karakol to Almaty in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In February, daily temperatures in Almaty can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Must see
Kok-Tobe Hill
4.3

2
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, stroll around Rudaki Park, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally make a trip to Haji Yaqub Mosque. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve, then steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, and then don't miss a visit to Anzob Tunnel (Tunnel of Death).

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dushanbe travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Dushanbe takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Dushanbe. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Almaty in February: high temperatures in Dushanbe hover around 14°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Hisor Fortress ©
Historic Site
Hisor Fortress
4.2
Rudaki Park ©
Park
Rudaki Park
4.4

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chimgon and Minor Mosque. When in Tashkent, make a side trip to see Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan, approximately Chimgan away. There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Lake Charvak, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tashkent trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Tashkent takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

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Chimgon ©
Ski Area
Chimgon
4.2
Lake Charvak ©
Outdoor Activity
Lake Charvak
4.5
Minor Mosque ©
Religious Site
Minor Mosque
4.7

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Central Bazaar and Sher Dor Madrasah. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Registan, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazrat Khizr Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Samarkand trip builder site.

You can take a train from Tashkent to Samarkand in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums
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Registan ©
Must see
Registan
4.8
Shah-i-Zinda ©
World heritage site
Shah-i-Zinda
4.9
Central Bazaar ©
Flea Market
Central Bazaar
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

City of Museums

Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minzifa Travel and Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Chor-Minor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bukhara trip maker app.

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Shopping
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Minzifa Travel ©
Photography Tour
Minzifa Travel
4.9

2
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

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 27th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then don't miss a visit to Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally have fun at Ashgabat hippodrome. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and then explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Plan my day in Ashgabat using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Bukhara to Ashgabat in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Ashgabat, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. On the 28th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Feb 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Religious Site
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
4.5
Gypjak Mosque ©
Landmark
Gypjak Mosque
4.6