10 days in Central Asia Itinerary

10 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Bus to Almaty Sayarn Bus Station, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

Rome of the East

Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then don't miss a visit to Registan, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Settlement, then explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, then engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Samarkand is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Samarkand is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in March, things will get cooler in Samarkand: highs are around 17°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 2 nights
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.
On the 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then walk around Rudaki Park, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni.

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Traveling by car from Samarkand to Dushanbe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from Samarkand, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums · Parks
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 1 night
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll around First President's Park, walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, appreciate the history behind Glory Memorial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and finally take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

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You can fly from Dushanbe to Almaty in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Almaty due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dushanbe in March, expect Almaty to be little chillier, temps between 12°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

— 2 nights
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): appreciate the history behind Stella of Friendship of Nation, appreciate the history behind Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Bishkek Park. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Victory Square, steep yourself in history at Monument to Manas the Great, stroll around Panfilov Park, then don't miss a visit to Flagstaff With Country Flag, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

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You can fly from Almaty to Bishkek in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Almaty in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Bishkek, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bishkek

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 1 night
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 9th (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, then take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace.

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You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Ashgabat in 12 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from Bishkek to Ashgabat, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bishkek in March since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites
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