23 days in Asia Itinerary

23 days in Asia Itinerary

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23 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Almaty, Kazakhstan
1
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Khujand, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
8
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Drive:  11​h 45​min
10
Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Almaty, Kazakhstan

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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, nature, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kok-Tobe Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Big Almaty Lake, appreciate the history behind Glory Memorial, and don't miss a visit to Kazakhstan National Science Academy.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Almaty journey app .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airport is Almaty Airport. In January in Almaty, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saty.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort ©
Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort
Shymbulak Ski Resort ©
Shymbulak Ski Resort

1
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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 other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saty online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Almaty to Saty takes 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Karakol.

Things to do in Saty

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

1
night
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 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal and then contemplate the waterfront views at Issyk-Kul Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Ala Kul Lake.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Karakol trip planner .

Drive from Saty to Karakol in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bishkek.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

2
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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.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Victory Square and then explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Osh Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Those Who Died For Freedom.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bishkek trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Karakol to Bishkek in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. January in Bishkek sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature 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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nights
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): stroll through Chimgon, don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), then appreciate the history behind World War II Memorial, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tashkent day trip app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Tashkent in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Khujand.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Museums Parks
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

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nights
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, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Ismoil Somoni, then don't miss a visit to Khujand Fortress, and finally stroll around Park Kamal Khudzhandi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kayrakkum Reservoir, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjidi Jami Mosque, then look for gifts at Panjshanbe Bozor, and finally appreciate the history behind Kamal Khujandi Statue.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Khujand road trip site .

Getting from Tashkent to Khujand by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. In January in Khujand, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Khujand

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

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Dushanbe to Hisor to see Hisor Fortress about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: walk around Rudaki Park, don't miss a visit to Statue of Ismoil Somoni, meet the residents at Botanical Garden and Zoo, and take in the exciting artwork at NOOR ART GALLERY.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dushanbe road trip planning site .

You can fly from Khujand to Dushanbe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Khujand in January, expect nights in Dushanbe to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

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), make a trip to Chor-Minor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Moschea Bolo-khauz, and finally don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Poi Kalyan Mosque, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, then take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and finally explore the ancient world of Chor-Bakr necropolis.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bukhara trip planner .

Getting from Dushanbe to Bukhara by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Dushanbe in February, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Bukhara: temperatures range from 10°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to 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, admire the masterpieces at Imam Bokhari Mausoleum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tillya Kori Madrasah, and finally don't miss a visit to Registan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Gur Emir Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, then see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and finally explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Samarkand trip planner .

Getting from Bukhara to Samarkand by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Samarkand can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -1°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 . To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyzylorda day trip app .

Traveling by car from Samarkand to Kyzylorda takes 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to Alma-Ata Time (ALMT) is 1 hour. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Sat).
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