15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
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Khujand, Tajikistan
— 1 night
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Astana, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and then admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower, then admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, and finally don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tashkent trip maker tool.

Mumbai, India to Tashkent is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Uzbekistan Standard Time (UZT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight 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.
On the 3rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Ark of Bukhara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, make a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, then make a trip to Samanid Mausoleum, and finally contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Bukhara journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Bukhara takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Bukhara are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, then contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gur Emir Mausoleum. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Madrasa Ulugh Beg, Madrasa Tilla Kari, Madrasa Sher Dor, don't miss a visit to Registan, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Samarkand trip builder site.

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Khujand.
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Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Khujand, Tajikistan — 1 night

For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, then look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, and finally make a trip to Kamal Khujandi Statue.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Khujand itinerary builder.

You can drive from Samarkand to Khujand in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, daytime highs in Khujand are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dushanbe.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to National Library, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then don't miss a visit to Ismaili Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Hisor Fortress. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, then make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, then walk around Rudaki Park, and finally make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dushanbe holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Khujand to Dushanbe takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. In April, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly to Astana.
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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 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, then buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Astana online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Dushanbe to Astana takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dushanbe to Astana is 1 hour. Traveling from Dushanbe in April, things will get a bit cooler in Astana: highs are around 14°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Almaty.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan — 2 nights

Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, and then stroll around First President's Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, fly down the slopes at Shymbulak Mountain Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Almaty online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Astana to Almaty takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Astana in April, with highs in Almaty at 20°C and lows at 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to Bishkek.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, then contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally make a trip to Victory Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip maker website.

Getting from Almaty to Bishkek by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April in Bishkek, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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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Tajikistan travel guide

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Landmarks · Parks · History Museums
Caravans loaded with goods passed through Tajikistan when the ancient Silk Road ran through this country; today, it is one of the world's poorest and least explored nations. Devastated by the civil war of the 1990s, Tajikistan tourism has recently bounced back, as the country's unspoiled mountain landscapes attract a growing number of daring climbers and adventurous travelers. Picturesque highland villages welcome foreign explorers searching for an authentic Central Asian experience in a place seemingly frozen in time. Roads are practically nonexistent in many places and public transport unreliable, but the hospitable Tajiks treat visitors with such warmth and kindness you're not likely to mind the lack of amenities and modern distractions.
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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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Kyrgyzstan travel guide

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Bodies of Water · National Parks · Spas & Wellness
A landlocked country of soaring mountains and sprawling steppes, Kyrgyzstan only became independent in 1991, after several decades as one of the Soviet Union's republics. Today, the country represents a growingly popular tourist destination, enticing visitors to come with its rolling pastures and unspoiled mountain landscapes. A trip to Kyrgyzstan reveals a mostly rural land, where it's still possible to witness the lifestyle of the semi-nomadic shepherds living in portable yurts--simple dwellings made of wood and animal skins. You'd be hard-pressed to find many urban attractions here, but the hospitality of the natives and the stunning natural scenery will more than make up for any lack of modern amenities.
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