18 days in Asia Itinerary

18 days in Asia Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— Few hours
+3
Train + Foot + Taxi + Fly:  11 h 45 min
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Baku, Azerbaijan

3
nights
Aktau, Kazakhstan

Aktau
Step out of Aktau with an excursion to Bozzhira Canyon in Yeraliyev--about 1h 30 min away.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Aktau online route planner.

Baku, Azerbaijan to Aktau is an approximately 5- hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Baku to Aktau. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Baku in October: high temperatures in Aktau hover around 17°C and lows are around 8°C. You will leave for Bishkek on the 8th (Tue).

Things to do in Aktau

Nature Parks 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 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Ala-Archa Gorge, take an in-depth tour of State History Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts, and hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar.

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

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aktau to Bishkek. The time zone difference when traveling from Aktau to Bishkek is 1 hour. While traveling from Aktau, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bishkek, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Museums

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.
Start off your visit 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 photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tashkent trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Bishkek to Tashkent by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bishkek to Tashkent is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Historic Sites
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square) ©
Independence Square (Mustakillik Square)
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, then stroll around Rudaki Park, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, and finally get to know the resident critters at Botanical Garden and Zoo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dushanbe trip builder tool.

Getting from Tashkent to Dushanbe by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 ©
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.
On the 14th (Mon), make a trip to Registan, then steep yourself in history at Shah-i-Zinda, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gur Emir Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Samarkand day trip site.

You can drive from Dushanbe to Samarkand in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. When traveling from Dushanbe in October, plan for little chillier days in Samarkand, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to 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.
On the 15th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Bukhara Emirs, take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, then contemplate the long history of Samanid Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lyab-i-Hauz.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara trip itinerary site.

Traveling by train from Samarkand to Bukhara takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October in Bukhara, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ashgabat travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train, taxi, and flight from Bukhara to Ashgabat in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Bukhara in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ashgabat, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough 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
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

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