16 days in Central Asia Itinerary

16 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 3 nights
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive to Urgench Airport, Fly to Bukhara
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Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

— 3 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 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat trip itinerary website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Ashgabat is an approximately 39-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Ashgabat is 5 hours. In August, Ashgabat is somewhat warmer than Lisbon - with highs of 43°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Khiva, Uzbekistan

— 1 night
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
Ota Darvoza has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Ota Darvoza and then delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Khiva travel planner.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 10 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ashgabat in August, things will get a bit cooler in Khiva: highs are around 39°C and lows about 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

— 1 night

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 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, then contemplate the long history of Ark of Bukhara, then don't miss a visit to Samanid Mausoleum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Khiva to Bukhara in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Memorial Complex Sheihantaur, then enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Monument of Courage Earthquake Memorial, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Minor Mosque, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tashkent trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Bukhara to Tashkent takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Bishkek.

Things to do in Tashkent

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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.
Ala-Too Square and Holy Resurrection Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore Bishkek's surroundings by going to Tokmok (Burana Tower & Tokmok Mosque). Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom, make a trip to Victory Square, and stroll around Panfilov Park.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bishkek road trip planner.

You can fly from Tashkent to Bishkek in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tashkent to Bishkek is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Bishkek are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bishkek

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan

— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Hisor Fortress and Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve are in your itinerary. Step out of Dushanbe with an excursion to Nurek Dam in Nurek--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Rudaki Park, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, appreciate the history behind Statue of Ismoil Somoni, and make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dushanbe visit site.

Getting from Bishkek to Dushanbe by flight takes about 9 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Bishkek to Dushanbe, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Bishkek, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dushanbe, ranging from highs of 42°C to lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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