30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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30 days in Central Asia Itinerary

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly + bus:  13​h
1
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
7
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
9
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

3
nights
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Burana Tower in Tokmok (about 1h 25 min away). Spend the 2nd (Mon) exploring nature at Ala-Archa Gorge. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, stroll around Panfilov Park, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Karachi, Pakistan to Bishkek is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time (PKT) to Kirgizstan Time (KGT) is 1 hour. When traveling from Karachi in September, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Bishkek: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

4
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and get all the equipment you need at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Almaty trip maker website .

You can drive from Bishkek to Almaty in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. While traveling from Bishkek, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Almaty, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral

3
nights
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Karakol ©
Set in the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Karakol reigns as Kyrgyzstan's trekking and climbing hot spot, surrounded by snowy peaks and scenic natural attractions, including canyons, waterfalls, lakes, and hot spring resorts.
On the 10th (Tue), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, stop by Issyk Kul Brand Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal, and make a trip to Dungan Mosque.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Karakol trip maker website .

You can drive from Almaty to Karakol in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Museums
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

1
night
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Kaindy and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kolsai Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Saty online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Karakol to Saty takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Astana.

Things to do in Saty

Parks Nature
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

2
nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to The Baiterek Tower, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers of World War II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, and get in on the excitement at Sport Complex Kazakhstan.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Astana holiday maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Astana takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. September in Astana sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Shopping
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City Park ©
City Park
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, nature, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and make a trip to Amir Temur Square.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Tashkent route app .

Fly from Astana to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Astana to Tashkent is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Charvak Reservoir
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Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, then contemplate the long history of Ota Darvoza, and finally delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), explore the historical opulence of Citadel Kunya-ark, admire the striking features of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Kalta Minor Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, and finally make a trip to Pahlovon Mahmud Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Khiva road trip app .

You can fly from Tashkent to Khiva in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in September, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque ©
Friday Mosque
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, shopping, museums, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, explore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, admire the striking features of Ulugbek Madrasah, and soak in style at Turkish baths.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Samarkand online trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Samarkand takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Samarkand sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Baths
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Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

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nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara ©
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Great Minaret of the Kalon, delve into the distant past at Mir-i Arab Madrasah, don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bukhara trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

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nights
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dushanbe: Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Iskanderkul Lake, make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, walk around Rudaki Park, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe trip planner .

Fly from Bukhara to Dushanbe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bukhara in September since evenings lows in Dushanbe dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara, Iskanderkul Lake, Nurek Dam
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Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam