18 days in Asia Itinerary

18 days in Asia Itinerary

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18 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Baku, Azerbaijan
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Aktau, Kazakhstan
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— Few hours
Drive:  11​h 45​min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Baku, Azerbaijan

3
nights
Aktau, Kazakhstan

Aktau
When in Aktau, make a side trip to see Bozzhira Canyon in Yeraliyev, approximately 1h 30 min away.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Aktau road trip planner .

Tbilisi, Georgia to Aktau is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Tbilisi to Aktau, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tbilisi in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Aktau: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 8°C at night. On the 8th (Tue), you'll travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Aktau

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Bozzhira Canyon
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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.
Step out of Bishkek with an excursion to Burana Tower in Tokmok--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge, contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square, pause for some photo ops at Manas Statue, and walk around Panfilov Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Bishkek holiday website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Aktau to Bishkek. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Aktau to Bishkek. When traveling from Aktau in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Bishkek, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Burana Tower
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
On the 12th (Sat), browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah, then make a trip to Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip planning app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Bishkek to Tashkent in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan

1
day
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.
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, stroll around Rudaki Park, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally meet the residents at Botanical Garden and Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dushanbe trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Samarkand.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
National Museum of Tajikistan ©
National Museum of Tajikistan
Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan ©

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): make a trip to Registan, then pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda, and then admire the striking features of Gur Emir Mausoleum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Samarkand trip planner .

You can drive from Dushanbe to Samarkand in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Dushanbe, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Samarkand, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

few
hours
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): admire the striking features of Palace of Bukhara Emirs, then take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then admire the landmark architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bukhara online trip planner .

Take a train from Samarkand to Bukhara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum ©
Ismail Samanid Mausoleum
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz

5
nights
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, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ashgabat route planner .

Drive from Bukhara to Ashgabat in 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bukhara in October since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

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