60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Start: Bugbug, Indonesia
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
+5
Taxi + Fly + Taxi + Foot + Train + Taxi:  7 h 15 min
2
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
7
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
8
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
10
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 45 min
11
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
13
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
14
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
End: Bugbug, Indonesia

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, and take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat trip planning site.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Ashgabat is an approximately 21- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bugbug to Ashgabat is minus 3 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bugbug in December; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe

4
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.
Take a break from Bukhara with a short trip to Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs in Gijduvan, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Bukhara Emirs, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bukhara trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and train from Ashgabat to Bukhara takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Ashgabat in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Bukhara, with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs, Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 10:
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

5
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Change things up with these side-trips from Samarkand: Shahrisabz (Statue of Amir Timur, Dorut Tilovat, &more) and Chor-Chinor Garden (in Urgut). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Registan, examine the collection at House Museum of Sadriddin Ayni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Samarkand trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December in Samarkand, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Shahrisabz, Chor-Chinor Garden
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Registan ©
Registan
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), steep yourself in history at Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally step into the grandiose world of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate the long history of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Chodra Hovli.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Samarkand to Khiva in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Samarkand in December, expect Khiva to be slightly colder, temps between 5°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Ota Darvoza ©
Ota Darvoza

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tashkent: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Lake Charvak, hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, fly down the slopes at Chimgon, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Tashkent sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Khiva to Tashkent takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
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Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dushanbe: Qurghonteppa (Mausoleum of Khodzha Moshad, Buddhist Monastery Ajina-Tepa, &more), Nurek (Tunnel Khalton, Nurek Dam, &more) and Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, stroll around Rudaki Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Fann Mountains, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Abu Ali Ibn Sino (Avicenna).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dushanbe trip itinerary website.

Getting from Tashkent to Dushanbe by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Osh.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Qurghonteppa, Nurek, Hisor, Iskanderkul Lake, Fann Mountains
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake

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.
Osh is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the views at Alay Valley, contemplate the long history of Dom Babura Mosque, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Sulaiman-Too, and get engrossed in the history at Museum Sulaiman Too.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Osh holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Dushanbe to Osh in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Tajikistan Time (TJT) to Kyrgyzstan Time (KGT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Osh

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Mountain Sulaiman-Too ©
Mountain Sulaiman-Too
Alay Valley ©
Alay Valley
Kyrgyz Ata National Park ©
Kyrgyz Ata National Park

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Karaganda to Temirtau to see Central Mosque about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, appreciate the history behind Monument Nurken Abdirov, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Abai Kunanbayev.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Karaganda itinerary planning website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Osh to Karaganda takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Karaganda can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Temirtau, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
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St. Joseph's Cathedral ©
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area ©
Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Monument to Victims of Political Repression ©
Monument to Victims of Political Repression

5
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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, and don't miss a visit to Monument to Aliya Moldagulova.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip planning website.

You can drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Nur-Sultan can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
National Museum of Kazakhstan ©
National Museum of Kazakhstan
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, walk around Zhambyl Zhabayev Park, see the interesting displays at Regional Local Lore and History Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of the Soviet Union.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oskemen trip tool.

Fly from Nur-Sultan to Oskemen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Saty.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists ©
Memorial to Soldiers-Internationalists

2
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Saty journey maker app.

Getting from Oskemen to Saty by combination of flight and taxi takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karakol: Abandoned Pension Utyos (in Kaji-Say), Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin, Barskoon Plateau, &more) and Canyon Skazka (in Tosor). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Merzbacher Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Karakol Gorge, see the interesting displays at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and look for gifts at Issyk Kul Brand Shop.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Karakol trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Barskoon, Issyk Kul Province, Abandoned Pension Utyos, Canyon Skazka
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Semenovskoye Canyon ©
Semenovskoye Canyon
Karakol Gorge ©
Karakol Gorge

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, stroll around Panfilov Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, and explore the galleries of Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists.

Before you visit Bishkek, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Karakol to Bishkek takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Burana Tower, Ratsek Cabin
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort ©
Kashka-Suu Ski Resort
Ski resort Too-Ashuu ©
Ski resort Too-Ashuu

5
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Step out of Almaty with an excursion to Lake Issyk in Esik--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, trek along Left Talgar Gorge, and examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Almaty route planner.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in January, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lake Issyk, Left Talgar Gorge
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

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