60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

60 days in Central Asia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h
2
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
5
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
6
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
7
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
9
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h
10
Saty, Kazakhstan
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 45 min
11
Oskemen, Kazakhstan
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
12
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
13
Karaganda, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 45 min
14
Almaty, Kazakhstan
— 5 nights
Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Melbourne, Australia

2
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: examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ashgabat attractions app.

Melbourne, Australia to Ashgabat is an approximately 26- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Ashgabat is minus 5 hours. In October in Ashgabat, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Monument Arch of Neutrality ©
Monument Arch of Neutrality

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
Take a break from Khiva with a short trip to Urgench Youth Lake Complex in Urgench, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala, explore the historical opulence of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli), contemplate the long history of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, and admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Khiva holiday builder site.

Drive from Ashgabat to Khiva in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ashgabat in October, things will get slightly colder in Khiva: highs are around 20°C and lows about 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Urgench Youth Lake Complex
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum ©
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

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nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for historic sites, childrens museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, delve into the distant past at Afrasiyab Museum, and deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Samarkand driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Khiva to Samarkand takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Khiva in October, things will get a bit warmer in Samarkand: highs are around 24°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Samarkand

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

5
nights
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.
Explore Bukhara's surroundings by going to Gijduvan (Gijduvan ceramics of The Narzullaevs & Ulugbek Madrasah). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Minaret of the Kalon, make a trip to Lyab-i-Hauz, take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa), and contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bukhara day trip website.

You can 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 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Gijduvan, Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

5
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tashkent: Charvak Reservoir (in Yusufhona) and Pulatkhan Plateau (in Chimgan). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, take in panoramic vistas at TV Tower, make a trip to Amir Temur Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kukeldash Madrasah.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tashkent trip planner.

You can fly from Bukhara to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dushanbe.

Things to do in Tashkent

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Charvak Reservoir, Pulatkhan Plateau
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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Charvak Reservoir ©
Charvak Reservoir
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar
TV Tower ©
TV Tower

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dushanbe: Hisor Fortress (in Hisor), Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara (in Tagob) and Nurek Dam (in Nurek). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Iskanderkul Lake, don't miss a visit to Flagpole with the Flag of Tajikistan, get your game on at Kokhi Navruz, and take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Tajikistan.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dushanbe trip planner.

You can fly from Tashkent to Dushanbe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Dushanbe are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Bishkek.

Things to do in Dushanbe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hisor Fortress, Sacred Spring Chiluchor Chashma, Fann Mountains, Iskanderkul Lake, Ski Tourism Complex Safed Dara
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Rudaki Park ©
Rudaki Park
Iskanderkul Lake ©
Iskanderkul Lake
Nurek Dam ©
Nurek Dam

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Bishkek to Tokmok to see Burana Tower about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Ala-Archa Gorge, take a peaceful walk through Korona Peak, make a trip to Monument to Chingiz Aitmatov, and contemplate the long history of Ala-Too Square.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bishkek trip planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Dushanbe to Bishkek in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dushanbe to Bishkek due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dushanbe in October, expect nights in Bishkek to be about the same, around 6°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Naryn.

Things to do in Bishkek

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Burana Tower
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 31:
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Ala-Archa Gorge ©
Ala-Archa Gorge
Burana Tower ©
Burana Tower
Ala-Too Square ©
Ala-Too Square

2
nights
Naryn, Kyrgyzstan

Naryn ©
Perched high in the Tian Shan range, Naryn offers scenic views of the mountains and a picturesque gorge cut by the Naryn River.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Naryn Historical Museum of Ethnography and then explore the activities along Song Kol Lake. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Ala Myshyk Caves and then walk around National Park Salkyn-Tor.

To plan Naryn vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Bishkek to Naryn in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Karakol.

Things to do in Naryn

Nature Parks Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
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Song Kol Lake ©
Song Kol Lake
National Park Salkyn-Tor ©
National Park Salkyn-Tor

5
nights
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.
Karakol is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Issyk-Kul Lake, don't miss a visit to Dungan Mosque, witness a stunning natural landmark at Altyn Arashan, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Karakol trip builder.

Traveling by car from Naryn to Karakol takes 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Saty.

Things to do in Karakol

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Jeti-Oguz Canyon (Seven Bulls Rocks)
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Issyk-Kul Lake ©
Issyk-Kul Lake
Altyn Arashan ©
Altyn Arashan
Ala Kul Lake ©
Ala Kul Lake

2
nights
Saty, Kazakhstan

Saty ©
On the 8th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Kaindy. On the next day, explore the activities along Kolsai Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saty travel route builder.

You can drive from Karakol to Saty in 4 hours. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oskemen.

Things to do in Saty

Nature Parks
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:
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Kolsai Lake ©
Kolsai Lake
Lake Kaindy ©
Lake Kaindy

4
nights
Oskemen, Kazakhstan

Oskemen ©
A trip to Oskemen provides you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities, particularly with regard to religious buildings.
Oskemen is known for parks, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque, get outside with Slavskogo Embankment, explore the stunning scenery at Kiin Kirish Canyon, and walk around Sauletai Recreation Park.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oskemen trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Saty to Oskemen in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Oskemen are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nur-Sultan.

Things to do in Oskemen

Parks Outdoors Museums
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
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Zhastar Park ©
Zhastar Park
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque ©
Ust-Kamenogorsk City Mosque
Boris  Alexandrov Sports Palace ©
Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace

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nights
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Nur-Sultan ©
First Akmola, then Tselinograd, and now Astana: the city's latest name means "capital," something Astana became in 1998.
Nur-Sultan is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Bayterek Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazret Sultan Mosque, appreciate the history behind Monument Kazakh Eli, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nur-Astana Mosque.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nur-Sultan trip itinerary website.

You can fly from Oskemen to Nur-Sultan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nur-Sultan are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Karaganda.

Things to do in Nur-Sultan

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Bayterek Tower ©
Bayterek Tower
Hazret Sultan Mosque ©
Hazret Sultan Mosque
Khan Shatyr ©
Khan Shatyr

5
nights
Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Karaganda ©
Lying in the heart of Kazakhstan, Karaganda stands as the capital of its region in a vast landscape of unpopulated steppe.
Karaganda is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Qarqaraly National Park, steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame, take in the awesome beauty at Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Joseph's Cathedral.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Karaganda online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nur-Sultan to Karaganda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Karaganda, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Almaty.

Things to do in Karaganda

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karagandy, Bektau-Ata Mountain Area, Temirtausky City Local Lore and History Museum
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Qarqaraly National Park ©
Qarqaraly National Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Eternal Flame ©
Eternal Flame

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nights
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty ©
Almaty, the former capital, still stands as the country's largest city.
When in Almaty, make a side trip to see Lake Issyk in Esik, approximately Esik away. There's lots more to do: get great views at Kok-Tobe Hill, stroll around Park Named After Panfilov’s 28 Guardsmen, have fun at Medeu Skating Rink and Ski resort, and hit the slopes at Shymbulak Ski Resort.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Almaty day trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Karaganda to Almaty takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Almaty is somewhat warmer than Karaganda - with highs of 8°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Almaty

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Issyk
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kok-Tobe Hill ©
Kok-Tobe Hill
Big Almaty Lake ©
Big Almaty Lake
Ascension Cathedral ©
Ascension Cathedral