31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

31 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  9 h 30 min
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
9
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
10
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
11
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
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 2nd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, appreciate the history behind Monument Arch of Neutrality, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, and then identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip builder website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Ashgabat is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in May, expect Ashgabat to be cooler, temps between 31°C and 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala and then contemplate the long history of Citadel Kunya-ark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then steep yourself in history at Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Khiva trip planner.

Drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ashgabat in May, expect Khiva to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

3
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Registan, browse the eclectic array of goods at Central Bazaar, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and look and learn at Ulugh Beg Observatory.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Samarkand trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Khiva to Samarkand by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Samarkand are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

3
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, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the landmark architecture of Chor-Minor, don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz, and get engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Samarkand to Bukhara by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Samarkand in May: highs in Bukhara hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pulatkhan Plateau in Chimgan (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Khamid Alimdjan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and enjoy breathtaking views from TV Tower.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tashkent road trip planning website.

You can fly from Bukhara to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pulatkhan Plateau
Find places to stay May 11 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Amir Temur Square ©
Amir Temur Square

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities, then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan, then stroll around Rudaki Park, and finally don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Karatag Gorge, have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz, then contemplate the long history of Hisor Fortress, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Dushanbe sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hisor
Find places to stay May 14 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Hisor Fortress ©
Hisor Fortress
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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.
Bishkek is known for nature, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, trek along Bir-Bulak Gorge, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bishkek trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek. Traveling from Dushanbe in May, you will find days in Bishkek are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karakol.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Spas & Wellness

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Karakol: Barskoon (Monument to Yuriy Gagarin & Barskoon Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake, walk around River Park, examine the collection at Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Altyn Arashan.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Karakol trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bishkek to Karakol takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Almaty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Barskoon
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum ©
Nikolai Przhevalsky Museum

3
nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
Almaty is known for parks, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Baiken Mosque, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and examine the collection at Central State Museum of Kazakhstan.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Almaty vacation planner.

You can drive from Karakol to Almaty in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. In May in Almaty, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Karaganda.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Find places to stay May 22 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake

3
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame, take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Karaganda sightseeing planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Almaty to Karaganda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Almaty in May, with highs in Karaganda at 22°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area
Find places to stay May 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame
Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima ©
Monument to Victims of Political Repression ©
Monument to Victims of Political Repression

3
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.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Bayterek Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hazret Sultan Mosque, and admire the masterpieces at National Museum of Kazakhstan.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nur-Sultan travel route planner.

Getting from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Karaganda in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nur-Sultan, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque

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