13 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

13 days in Azerbaijan & Central Asia Itinerary

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Baku, Azerbaijan
— 3 nights
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Astana, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Baku, Azerbaijan — 3 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Change things up with a short trip to Gobustan State Reserve in Gobustan (about 1h 5 min away). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, see the interesting displays at Museum of Miniature Books, ponder the design of Philharmonic Park, and take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Baku travel planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Baku is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Azerbaijan Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. When traveling from Mexico City in March, plan for much colder days in Baku, with highs around 13°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Astana.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Astana, Kazakhstan — 1 night

First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, then browse the different shops at Khan Shatyr, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and finally get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Astana online trip builder.

You can fly from Baku to Astana in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Standard Time to East Kazakhstan Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Baku in March: high temperatures in Astana hover around 0°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Almaty.
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Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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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 19th (Sun): get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill and then fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Almaty trip planner.

Fly from Astana to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Astana in March, expect Almaty to be somewhat warmer, temps between 12°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Tashkent.
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Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan — 1 night

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tashkent road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Almaty to Tashkent takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from East Kazakhstan Time to Uzbekistan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Bukhara.
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the striking features of Balyand Mosque, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally make a trip to Ark of Bukhara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, then get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bukhara vacation app.

You can fly from Tashkent to Bukhara in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Samarkand.
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan — 2 nights

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 23rd (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally make a trip to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gur Emir Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip planner.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.
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Kazakhstan travel guide

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Lookouts · Parks · Bodies of Water
The world's biggest landlocked country, Kazakhstan boasts a thriving economy resting almost entirely on huge reserves of natural gas and oil. While some travelers find its seemingly endless and largely featureless steppe unappealing, others take a trip to Kazakhstan precisely because of these unspoiled stretches. If you wanted, you could certainly spend your entire vacation in Kazakhstan completely alone, exploring the sprawling, empty horizons. If you want a little company, mingle with the highly urbanized locals in Almaty or Astana, two big cities featuring broad tree-lined avenues, hip cafes, giant malls, and many innovative buildings that seem plucked right out of a science fiction novel.
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Uzbekistan travel guide

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Although it only gained full independence in 1991, Uzbekistan boasts a rich history filled with legendary conquests by the likes of Tamerlane and Alexander the Great. Major tourist attractions in Uzbekistan include centuries-old cities (once oases along the Silk Road), seemingly endless deserts, soaring mountains that serve as popular ecotourism playgrounds, and ancient fortresses untouched by the passage of time. Visitors flock to this landlocked Central Asian country to hike, ski, bird-watch, and stay in traditional yurt camps. Consider beginning your tour of Uzbekistan in Tashkent, where modern glass-fronted office buildings stand in stark contrast to decaying Soviet-era apartment blocks.
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