60 days in Asia Itinerary

60 days in Asia Itinerary

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
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Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 6 nights
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Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
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Khorog, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
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Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
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Kabul, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
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Herat, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 4 nights
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Shiraz, Iran
— 6 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 7 nights
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Yazd, Iran
— 5 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 7 nights

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Step out of Karaganda with an excursion to Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum in Temirtau--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, appreciate the history behind Monument to Victims of Political Repression, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and examine the collection at Karaganda Regional Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Karaganda trip itinerary planning website.

Dublin, Ireland to Karaganda is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Karaganda. Expect slightly colder evenings in Karaganda when traveling from Dublin in April, with lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Karaganda

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 15 — 18:
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5
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: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Khan Shatyr, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Constantine and Helen Cathedral.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nur-Sultan vacation planner.

Drive from Karaganda to Nur-Sultan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:
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Religious Site
Hazret Sultan Mosque
4.7
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Observation Deck
Bayterek Tower
4.3
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Shopping Mall
Khan Shatyr
3.6

6
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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 some stellar pictures from Kok-Tobe Hill, stroll around First President's Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Ascension Cathedral, and go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Almaty travel route planner.

You can fly from Nur-Sultan to Almaty in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nur-Sultan in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Almaty: highs are around 20°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Khujand.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:
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Must see
Kok-Tobe Hill
4.3
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Water Body
Big Almaty Lake
4.4

2
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Khujand, Tajikistan

Khujand ©
For many, a trip to Khujand happens en route from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan to the scenic Fann Mountains or Zeravshan Valley.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Kamal Khujandi Statue, then look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, and then capture your vacation like a pro with Paramount Journey. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Arbob Cultural Palace, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Sheik Muslekheddin, and finally stroll around Park Kamal Khudzhandi.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Khujand trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Almaty to Khujand in 11 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Almaty to Khujand due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Almaty in April, with highs in Khujand at 25°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Outdoors · Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 1:
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Photography Tour
Paramount Journey
5.0
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Panjshanbe Bozor
4.4

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob), Nurek Dam (in Nurek) and Hisor (Hisor HIstorical and Cultural Preserve & Hisor Fortress). The adventure continues: walk around Rudaki Park, make a trip to National Library, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Antiquities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Haji Yaqub Mosque.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dushanbe holiday builder tool.

Getting from Khujand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Khujand in May, plan for little chillier nights in Dushanbe, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to fly to Khorog.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Park
Rudaki Park
4.4
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Mountain
Nurek Dam
4.8

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Khorog, Tajikistan

Khorog ©
The main town of the Pamirs, Khorog sits in a steep river valley at the point where two rivers meet.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Bulunkul Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Afghan Market, witness a stunning natural landmark at Garm Chashma, then stroll around Khorog City Park, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, and finally examine the collection at Khorog Regional Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Khorog itinerary maker site.

Getting from Dushanbe to Khorog by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Khorog

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 6 — 9:
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Water Body
Bulunkul Lake
4.5
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Hot Spring
Garm Chashma
4.0

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Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©

Place of Shining Light

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bamyan day trip app.

You can drive from Khorog to Bamyan in 15 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Khorog to Bamyan. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Kabul.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:
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Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Babur Tomb, then walk around Bagh-e Babur, then admire the striking features of Darul Aman Palace, and finally browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pul-e Kheshti Mosque.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kabul journey tool.

You can fly from Bamyan to Kabul in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Herat.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Architectural Building
Darul Aman Palace
4.0

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Herat, Afghanistan

Herat ©
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Herat Citadel, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Herat trip planner.

You can fly from Kabul to Herat in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Herat, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:
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Religious Site
Friday Mosque
4.6

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Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, and delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Herat to Ashgabat in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Herat to Ashgabat due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Herat in May, expect Ashgabat to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°C and 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
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World heritage site
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
2.9
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Religious Site
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
4.5

6
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Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Explore Shiraz's surroundings by going to Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam), Estakhr (in Marvdasht) and Pasargad (Tomb of Cyrus, Pasargad, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vakil Mosque, steep yourself in history at Qavam House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vakil Bazaar.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Shiraz trip builder.

You can fly from Ashgabat to Shiraz in 10.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Ashgabat to Shiraz is minus 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ashgabat in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Shiraz, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 25:
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Must see
Persepolis
4.8
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Must see
Tomb of Hafez
4.4

7
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Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Isfahan is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Khaju Bridge, explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and make a trip to Hasht Behesht Palace.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Isfahan vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Isfahan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Isfahan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Yazd.

Things to do in Isfahan

Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 1:
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Bridge
Khaju Bridge
4.7

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Yazd, Iran

Yazd ©

City of Windcatchers

Step back in time as you explore the ancient UNESCO World Heritage city of Yazd, a desert town known for its distinct Persian architecture style, punctuated by mud-brick buildings, wind towers, domed ice houses, and water reservoirs.
Get out of town with these interesting Yazd side-trips: Sar Yazd Castle (in Saryazd) and Meybod (Pigeon Tower & Narein Castle). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, and take in the exciting artwork at Yazd Art House.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yazd trip maker website.

Drive from Isfahan to Yazd in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Isfahan in June, things will get a bit warmer in Yazd: highs are around 45°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 6:
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World heritage site
Old City
4.6
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Religious Site
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
3.6

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Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©

Teh

Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, learn more about the world around you at National Museum of Iran, and examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tehran trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yazd to Tehran takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Yazd in June, things will get little chillier in Tehran: highs are around 41°C and lows about 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tehran

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 13:
Highlights from your trip
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World heritage site
Golestan Palace
4.5
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Observation Deck
Milad Tower
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Bridge
Tabiat Bridge
4.6

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