21 days in Asia Itinerary

21 days in Asia Itinerary

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Start: Manila, Philippines
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
4
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 3 nights
Drive:  10 h 30 min
5
Kashgar, China
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Urumqi, China
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h
7
Jiayuguan, China
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
8
Lanzhou, China
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
9
Xi'an, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Manila, Philippines

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and finally examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, then appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, then get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat attractions planning site.

Manila, Philippines to Ashgabat is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Manila to Ashgabat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manila in January, expect Ashgabat to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

2
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Do your shopping at Chorsu Bazaar and Art Gallery of Uzbekistan. Get some historical perspective at Kukeldash Madrasah and Palace of the Romanovs. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Human House Shop, get outside with Lake Charvak, browse the different shops at Mega Planet, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication History.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tashkent trip site.

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Tashkent takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan ©
Art Gallery of Uzbekistan

2
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.
On the 5th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Hisor Fortress, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, then shop like a local with NOOR ART GALLERY, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Green Bazaar. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Stele with the Emblem of Tajikistan, then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Tajikistan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Artists' Colony, and finally take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Antiquities.

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Traveling by flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Dushanbe can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of the Holy Prince Vladimir and Borborduk Mosque. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Exhibition Hall of Union of Artists and Galeria M. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Osh Bazaar, browse the different shops at Madina, get into the urban bustle at Asanbay Center, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ala-Archa Gorge.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Bishkek road trip website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dushanbe in February, expect nights in Bishkek to be a bit cooler, around -11°C, while days are colder, around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Kashgar.

Things to do in Bishkek

Shopping Nature Parks
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Osh Bazaar ©
Osh Bazaar
Asanbay Center ©
Asanbay Center
Bishkek Park ©
Bishkek Park

1
night
Kashgar, China

Kashgar ©
Kashi remains a melting pot of Central Asian cultures and boasts one of the most important Islamic old towns in the region.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Oytagh Glacier Park. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Gaotai Ancient Homes, pause for some photo ops at Hongqilafu Mountain Boundary Marker, steep yourself in history at Ga Er Ancient City, then hunt for treasures at Handicraft Street, and finally explore the activities along Kala Kule Lake.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kashgar online journey planner.

Explore your travel options from Bishkek to Kashgar with the Route module. Traveling from Bishkek to Kashgar, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bishkek in February; daily highs in Kashgar reach 5°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Urumqi.

Things to do in Kashgar

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Kala Kule Lake ©
Kala Kule Lake

1
night
Urumqi, China

Urumqi ©
As one of China's fastest-growing cities, Urumqi is a melting pot of international people and cultures set against a mountainous backdrop.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): browse the different shops at The United States Shopping Mall, then examine the collection at Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan), and then grab your bike and head to Karakoram Highway.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Urumqi online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Kashgar to Urumqi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Kashgar in February, you will find days in Urumqi are colder (-7°C), and nights are a bit cooler (-17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Jiayuguan.

Things to do in Urumqi

Trails Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trip

Karakoram Highway
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Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan) ©
Xinjiang Regional Museum (Qu Bowuguan)

2
nights
Jiayuguan, China

Jiayuguan ©
The city of Jiayuguan has become particularly well known as the location of the Jiayu Pass, the best preserved and biggest of the passes of the Great Wall of China.
On the 13th (Thu), see Xuanbi Great Wall, explore the ancient world of Jiayuguan Cultural Relics Scenic Area, then admire the landmark architecture of East Barbican and West Barbican, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Xincheng Mural Tombs of Wei and Jin Dynasty, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Wei-Jin Tombs. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty, see the interesting displays at silk Route Museum, then admire the striking features of Rouyuan Tower, then steep yourself in history at Inner City Wall, and finally steep yourself in history at West Wall.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Jiayuguan journey maker app.

Traveling by flight from Urumqi to Jiayuguan takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lanzhou.

Things to do in Jiayuguan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Jiuquan
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Xuanbi Great Wall ©
Xuanbi Great Wall
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty ©
Jiuquan Park of West Han Dynasty

1
night
Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou ©
Once a major stop-off on the ancient Silk Road trading route, Lanzhou today acts as an important place to rest up for Silk Road tourists and trekkers.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): deepen your understanding at Lanzhou University, take in panoramic vistas at Baiyi Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque, then get engrossed in the history at Gansu Provincial Museum, and finally stroll around Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lanzhou route builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. February in Lanzhou sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Lanzhou

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque ©
Lanzhou Xiguan Mosque
Gansu Provincial Museum ©
Gansu Provincial Museum
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park ©
Lanzhou Yintan Wetland Park

3
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Shop till you drop at Muslim market and Paris spring department Store (Changan road). Get some cultural insight at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Xi'an Bell Tower. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), admire the landmark architecture of Eastern Royal Tombs of the Qin Dynasty of Xi'an, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Drum Tower (Gulou).

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Xi'an tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lanzhou to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lanzhou in February; daily highs in Xi'an reach 11°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) ©
Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang)

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