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
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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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.
Step out of Baku to go to Gobustan and see Gobustan State Reserve, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Baku trip planner.

Mexico City, Mexico to Baku is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Mexico City to Baku, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Mexico City in March: highs in Baku hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Astana.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and finally brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Astana day trip planning website.

Fly from Baku to Astana in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Baku to Astana, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Baku in March, with highs in Astana at 0°C and lows at -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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill and then head outdoors with Shymbulak Mountain Resort.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Almaty online journey planner.

You can fly from Astana to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Astana in March, things will get a bit warmer in Almaty: highs are around 12°C and lows about 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Tashkent.
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Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · 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 landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, and finally hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar.

Plan trip to Tashkent with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Almaty to Tashkent by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Almaty to Tashkent, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Balyand Mosque, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Ark of Bukhara. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, and finally contemplate the long history of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Bukhara are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then gain insight at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally gain insight at Sher Dor Madrasah. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, don't miss a visit to Registan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gur Emir Mausoleum.

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

Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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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