23 days in Asia Itinerary

23 days in Asia Itinerary

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1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
2
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
6
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
10
Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights

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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: enjoy some diversion at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Zhambyl Zhabayev, explore the activities along Big Almaty Lake, and get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Almaty day trip planning site.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiport is Almaty Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill

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Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Kaindy and then explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

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

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and then explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake. On your second day here, explore the activities along Ala Kul Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Karakol trip planner.

Getting from Saty to Karakol by car takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal ©
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Victory Square and then explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and then appreciate the history behind Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bishkek holiday planning tool.

Drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Nature Parks Shopping
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
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 28th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Chimgon, don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, thendon't miss a visit to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), thenpause for some photo ops at World War II Memorial, and finally hunt for treasures at Chorsu Bazaar.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tashkent trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Bishkek to Tashkent takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Khujand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Museums Winter Sports
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Chimgon ©
Chimgon
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

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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.
On the 30th (Thu), stroll around Somoni park, get a new perspective on nature at Historical Local Lore Museum of Archeology and Fortification, thenpause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, thendon't miss a visit to Khujand Fortress, and finally walk around Park Kamal Khudzhandi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): explore the activities along Kayrakkum Reservoir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjidi Jami Mosque, thenstop by Panjshanbe Bozor, and finally don't miss a visit to Kamal Khujandi Statue.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Khujand trip builder app.

You can drive from Tashkent to Khujand in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January in Khujand, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

Parks Museums Nature
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Somoni park ©
Somoni park
Panjshanbe Bozor ©
Panjshanbe Bozor
Kamal Khujandi Statue ©
Kamal Khujandi Statue

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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.
Step out of Dushanbe to go to Hisor and see Hisor Fortress, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, get a taste of the local shopping with NOOR ART GALLERY, and have some family-friendly fun at Kokhi Navruz.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dushanbe online journey planner.

Getting from Khujand to Dushanbe by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Khujand in January, expect nights in Dushanbe to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hisor Fortress
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NOOR ART GALLERY ©
NOOR ART GALLERY
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan

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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.
On the 4th (Tue), admire the striking features of Chor-Minor, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, admire the landmark architecture of Samanid Mausoleum, thenmake a trip to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and finally make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Poi Kalyan Mosque, steep yourself in history at Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, thenget engrossed in the history at Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and finally explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bukhara trip planning app.

Drive from Dushanbe to Bukhara in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Dushanbe in February, expect nights in Bukhara to be about the same, around °C, while days are a bit cooler, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
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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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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 6th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Saint Daniel's Tomb, thenexplore the world behind art at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Registan. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, contemplate the long history of Shah-i-Zinda, thenget curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Samarkand road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll set off for Kyzylorda on the 8th (Sat).

Things to do in Samarkand

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

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Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan

Kyzylorda
Kyzylorda, formerly known as Kzyl-Orda, Ak-Mechet, Perovsk, and Fort-Perovsky, is a city in south central Kazakhstan, capital of Kyzylorda Region and former capital of the Kazak ASSR from 1925 to 1929.The city has a population of 157,400 . Plan my day in Kyzylorda using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Samarkand to Kyzylorda takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Samarkand to Kyzylorda, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kyzylorda

Parks Historic Sites
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