25 days in Asia Itinerary

25 days in Asia Itinerary

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25 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Athens, Greece
Fly:  9​h
1
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
9
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  5​h 30​min
10
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
11
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
12
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Athens, Greece

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.
You've added Fountain Drevo Zhizni, Kazakhstan Military History Museum, Monument Kazakh Eli, and other attractions to your itinerary. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan, learn about all things military at Kazakhstan Military History Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, then don't miss a visit to Monument Kazakh Eli, and finally experience the emotional art of opera at Palace of Peace and Reconciliation.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nur-Sultan trip maker app .

Athens, Greece to Nur-Sultan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Athens to Nur-Sultan, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Athens in March, with highs in Nur-Sultan at 0°C and lows at -11°C. You will leave for Almaty on the 11th (Wed).

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Karaganda
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

2
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes A. Kasteyev Museum of Fine Arts, Glory Memorial, Zelenyy Bazar, and other attractions. Get in touch with nature at Kok-Tobe Hill and Big Almaty Lake. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral and stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Almaty trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in March, expect Almaty to be a bit warmer, temps between 12°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

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

1
night
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.
You've now added Victory Square to your itinerary. On the 13th (Fri), learn about all things military at Mikhail Frunze Museum, pause for some photo ops at Vladimir Lenin Statue, get engrossed in the history at State History Museum, take some stellar pictures from Flagstaff With Country Flag, then steep yourself in history at Ala-Too Square, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, and then walk around Panfilov Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bishkek online itinerary builder .

Getting from Almaty to Bishkek by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bishkek: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 3°C at night. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Osh.

Things to do in Bishkek

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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State History Museum ©
State History Museum
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square
Mikhail Frunze Museum ©
Mikhail Frunze Museum

2
nights
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Osh ©
Tucked among mountains and boasting some 3,000 years of history, the city of Osh offers plenty to the curious traveler.
On the 9th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Dom Babura Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque of Ravat Abdullakhan, and then make a trip to Lenin Monument. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Kyrgyz Ata National Park, take an in-depth tour of Museum Sulaiman Too, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Osh New Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mausoleum of Asaf ibn Burkhiy.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Osh tour site .

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Osh takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Khujand.

Things to do in Osh

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uzgen Archaeological-Architectural Museum Complex
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park

2
nights
Khujand, Tajikistan

Khujand ©
For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Kamal Khujandi Statue. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Khujand Fortress, learn more about the world around you at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, make a trip to Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjidi Jami Mosque, then look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, and finally see the interesting displays at House Museum Kamal Khuzhandi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Khujand holiday planner.

Drive from Osh to Khujand in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Kirgizstan Time to Yekaterinburg Time is minus 1 hour. In March, daytime highs in Khujand are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Parks Museums Nature
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Kayrakkum Reservoir ©
Kayrakkum Reservoir
Arbob Cultural Palace ©
Arbob Cultural Palace

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes National Museum of Antiquities, Victory Park, Green Bazaar, and other attractions you added. On the 18th (Wed), make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, then make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, and then make a trip to Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dushanbe trip maker app .

Traveling by flight from Khujand to Dushanbe takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Khujand in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 5°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tashkent.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Nurek Dam
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Broadway Alley, World War II Memorial, Charvak Reservoir, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Amir Timur Museum and Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chorsu Bazaar and Teleshayakh Mosque. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, wander the streets of Old Tashkent, and don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tashkent trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Dushanbe to Tashkent by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Your list of things to see and do now includes The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray, Ulugh Beg Observatory, Statue of Amir Temur, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): make a trip to Registan.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Samarkand holiday planner .

You can fly from Tashkent to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

The Palace Complex of Ak-Saray
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Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda

2
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 list of things to see and do now includes Art Museum Kamoliddin Behzod, Trading Domes, Monument to Hodja Nasreddin, and other attractions. On the 24th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Hodja Nasreddin, and then make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Zindan, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, steep yourself in history at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, make a trip to Trading Domes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara trip maker website .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Khiva.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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Samanid Mausoleum ©
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Khiva trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bukhara to Khiva takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Bukhara in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Khiva, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Urgench Youth Lake Complex, Ayaz-Kala
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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day
Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. On the 28th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Il Arslan Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kunya-Urgench, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Khiva to Kunya-Urgench in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Il Arslan Mausoleum ©
Il Arslan Mausoleum

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nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ashgabat hippodrome, Russian Bazaar and Darvaza Gas Crater. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Geokdepe. Museum-lovers will appreciate Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts and Ashgabat National Museum of History. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and pause for some photo ops at Halk Hakydasy Memorial Complex.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kunya-Urgench to Ashgabat in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Kunya-Urgench in March, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Parks Museums Fun & Games

Side Trip

Darvaza Gas Crater
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts ©
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts

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