15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

15 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Bus to Almaty Sayarn Bus Station, Fly to Ashgabat
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Shymkent, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights


Tashkent, Uzbekistan

— 3 nights

City of Bread

One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan) and Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chimgon, don't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Tashkent is an approximately 7-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to fly to Almaty.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay May 15 — 18:

Almaty, Kazakhstan

— 4 nights
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for nature, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, see the interesting displays at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, stroll through Shymbulak Mountain Resort, and walk around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty day trip planning website.

Getting from Tashkent to Almaty by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tashkent to Almaty, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Almaty are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Bishkek.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay May 18 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar.

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You can fly from Almaty to Bishkek in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bishkek can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 2 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get in on the family fun at World of Turkmenbashi Tales, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Inspiration Square, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, then take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Getting from Bishkek to Ashgabat by combination of bus and flight takes about 12 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Ashgabat. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Shymkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Shymkent, Kazakhstan

— 2 nights
The southern city of Shymkent acts as a center of regional commerce and trade, and, as a junction on the Turkestan-Siberian Railways, offers good onward connections to other popular destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): walk around Park Abaya, stroll around Central Park, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mega Planet, and finally take an in-depth tour of Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskiy Oblastnoy Istoriko-Krayevedcheskiy Museum.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Ashgabat to Shymkent. Traveling from Ashgabat to Shymkent, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shymkent

Parks · Museums · Shopping
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